Saturday’s Dilemma ~ Creating a Facebook Family Group Page

facebook-logoAfter recent events, I have decided to create a Facebook Family Group page for both my paternal and maternal side. I could use some advice. First, both trees are about medium-sized, up to about 6000 ancestors each, give or take a few. I want to start with direct line ancestors first, beginning with my Grandparents. However, as you know the farther back you go the greater the number of “Grands: there are.

I get a little overwhelmed when I think of how to do it efficiently. I have a tremendous confused-smileyamount of photos, stories, and documentation to go along with each ancestor. Plus, most of them had large numbers of children. I can see this getting out of control. I could just do “blog” type posts but even then, I would have to tie that person to our “common denominator” ancestor. I would like to avoid having to change how I input the information once I get started. I believe this is why it has taken me years to finally decide to do this. I guess I could just make a plan and then stick to it!

Oh, and then there are the rules of the group. I feel like I am getting a headache just thinking about this part of the process. So, I decided to ask a few questions and I hope some of you would be willing to provide some good advice.


1. What are the most important “rules” that should be included?


2. Which format would you use when listing your ancestors and why?


3. Would adding photos and documentation in a separate adjoined page be best? Of course, they would be carefully labeled.


4. Would you separate your paternal and maternal lines into separate groups pages or put them together?


5. If you have a Family Group Page, what is the one thing you would have done differently?



Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions, hints, and/or advice. You guys are the best!


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.






2 thoughts on “Saturday’s Dilemma ~ Creating a Facebook Family Group Page

  1. I ended up making different group pages per ancestral couple. For me that was the easiest way to avoid overlap and confusion. I made each group private, by invite or requested membership only (& asked that they list their relationship to the couple when requesting membership). My “rules” were pretty simple:

    1). Please introduce yourself and how you fit into the _____ family when you join (brief or detailed, it’s up to you)
    2). Please feel free to share information, photos, stories, and memories
    3). Please feel free to post/share/link in any websites, blogs, Facebook groups, Instagram accounts, Ancestry/23&Me/FamilyTree/MyHeritage accounts etc. related to our shared family history
    4). Please feel free to add or invite new members who you know are _____ descendants
    5). Please NO hate speech, discussions on politics, religion, etc. unless it has to do with the ____ family

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