|A visual of my board on the Pinterest App for iPhone|
- USE COMPUTER/TABLET AND SMARTPHONE Ease of use is the idea here. The map interface that Pinterest uses is powered by Foursquare (though I believe it is using Google maps in some fashion). It is not as elaborate as Google Earth, as the only locations that appear through search are those added by users. The board can be built using your smartphone but I recommend using a computer or tablet for tip #2
- ADD NEW MARKERS IN FOURSQUARE To do this board correctly you will need to add new locations yourself by using Foursquare's Add Venue feature that can most easily be accessed on your desktop/laptop (Link to Foursquare page here ). My personal board still has some corrections to make as I used a shortcut the first time, using random businesses/landmarks already in Foursqaure's database as map markers. Extra tip, new markers won't need to be made as often when working with locations in the United States. Most places have a general "City name here" location marker.
- REMEMBER THE CITY/STATE WHEN PLACING A GENERAL LOCATION (Germany vs Berlin, Germany) As an example I wanted to place the surname Hartung in Germany but I don't have a specific location yet from my research. I scrolled down on the map to bring the map to street level in a random spot of Germany. Giesen, Germany was the winner this time by random chance. Don't worry about knowing exactly where you put your marker, city-wise, until you save the new marker. Foursquare will then bring up a new page giving your new marker a "profile" page. There will be a mini-map on the right hand side with all the location information you will need. Extra tip, don't worry about how you categorize your new marker, that is a feature purely related to Foursquare. It has no affect on your Pinterest board. (#3 comes back in #5)
- TURN ON MAP FUNCTION When creating your Pinterest board, turn on Show Map function. It allows the board to function as a map once in use.
|Locations of some Ohio ancestors. You can zoom in or out as much as you'd like|
The first screen capture is correct. The first two results of the search are markers I created. The second screen capture is incorrect. I changed the location box to just Germany, and it did not yield my newly created markers. If you leave the box alone before searching it will search your current location.
6. COLLECT PICTURES FOR THE PINS Pinterest is built on being visual. It will not let you pin anything until it has a picture to go with it. Get as creative as you wish. Add specific pictures of family members that lived in that location, flags or surname crests. I went with something more generic as you can see in the pictures above. The pictures not from my personal collection came from Flickr Commons. Flickr Commons is in essence, public access to the world's public National Library of Scotland and over 70 more institutions. Other than the fact that this is a great site for anyone in genealogy, you can use it add interesting photos to the locations you create. Extra tip, share your board! You can find my work in progress HERE
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