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How to Use Pinterest For Genealogy Research

8 Sep 2021 9:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

How to Use Pinterest

Even if you “don’t do” Social Media, give the concept in this blog post a listen . . .

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find lists of websites that were curated by experts when you’re researching a genealogical topic?  Like a list of recommended research sources for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that was compiled by the Chicago Genealogical Society.  This is exactly what you’ll find if you go to our CGS Pinterest Board called “Recommended Great Chicago Fire Research Sources” at

And wouldn’t it also be great to create your own list of your favorite websites and to borrow parts of other people’s lists that they update for you (so you don’t have to search for any new website links)?

This in a nutshell is Pinterest.

After you create a free account, you can search for Boards (other people’s lists of websites).  When you look at a Board, instead of a bullet point list you’ll see descriptive Pins like the one at the right (small visual bookmarks with a link to a website).  When you click on a Pin, your computer opens a new window displaying that website.  You can always use other people’s Pins, or by clicking the red Save button inside of a Pin, you can save it to your own Pin collection. 

CGS has set up its Pinterest page at with nine Boards:

  • “About Us . . . Chicago Genealogical Society”
  • “Blog Recommendations”
  • “Chicago Military Research Recommendations”
  • “Ethnic Chicago Genealogical Resources”
  • “Of Interest”
  • “Recommended Great Chicago Fire Research Sources”
  • “Research Resources Recommendations”
  • “Research Guide Recommendations”
  • “Social Media . . . Chicago Genealogical Society”

If you’d like to get started with Pinterest, we suggest that you visit the Pinterest Help Center at  And here are some topics that can help you get started:

If you’re hesitant to join any Social Media platform due to privacy concerns, we recommend that you use a name other than your legal name, and you display a Profile photo of a sunset or other object.

We hope you’ll come visit our CGS Pinterest page and use our Boards to enhance your genealogical journey.

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