Using Pinterest Secret Boards for Genealogy Research

Genealogy author and educator shows how he uses Pinterest Secret Boards to assist with genealogy and family history research!

I’ve been a longtime Pinterest fan and user with over 10,000 pins and more than 50 boards – you can check out my Pinterest profile HERE.

One Pinterest feature that is severely under-utilized is Secret Boards. A secret board is NOT public and can only be seen by you or other Pinterest users that you invite to the board. Secret boards can be used as a “prep” area to add pins and content BEFORE switching it to a public board.

But here is how I use them for genealogy: I have several boards where I temporarily pin items for review at a later date.  Very often I’m busy working on different projects, but something will catch my eye and I want to “save it for later.” Secret boards on Pinterest work very well for this purpose. Here are some of the boards I have:

  • Genealogy Reading List: Each morning I review about 500 blog posts using my Feedly reader. Often I want to analyze an article’s content before I share it on Facebook or Twitter so I can add my commentary. I simply pin the article to this board and add a few notes to the description.
  • Genealogy To Do List: When I am researching, I may come upon an online record that I don’t have time to analyze, but, again, I want to save it for later review. I pin the record, add some notes and save. Later on I can click the pin and be taken right to the online record.
  • Surname Boards: I have created secret boards for each of my surnames. This is where I pin various items including Find A Grave memorials, records from Ancestry and more.

Here is a short video showing how to set up a secret board on Pinterest and how to pin items you find on the Internet, both with and without images.

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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

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