Colleen Greene, MLIS

Colleen Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, educator, and web developer. She is the Marketing Librarian & Digital Humanities Specialist for California State University, Fullerton, and teaches an online graduate-level genealogical methodology course for San Jose State University. Her teaching focuses on Mexican and Hispanic research; DNA; methodology; search strategies; emerging technologies; and society marketing and communications.

Colleen publishes her professional blog at and shares her family history at Sign up to receive her FREE monthly Hispanic research email newsletter at:

July 7, 2018

11:00 AM - Facebook for Genealogy

Facebook is the largest social networking site in the world. Launched in 2004, it became available to the general public (ages 13 an over) in 2006. 79% of all U.S. adults who engage in online activities use Facebook (Pew Research Center). This reach in terms of geography, demographics, and usage makes it a powerhouse tool for genealogists. And it is free! Learn more about how individuals, societies, and professionals can get the most out of Facebook. The practical everyday uses cases presented will benefit those who are skeptical of Facebook, those still figuring their way around using it, and those with years of experience.

Colleen Greene has been using Facebook personally and professionally since 2005, and has been teaching classes on it since 2006.


12:30 PM - Utilizing the Digital Public Library of America and the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the HathiTrust Digital Library are two relatively new innovative resources to incorporate into your family history research. Both house and provide gateways to consortia-shared rich digitized collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices for free. Well-designed navigation and collection organization, combined with advanced search and discovery features, make it easy to quickly and effectively locate materials relevant to your research focus. DPLA’s mapping and time-focused features make it possible for those not so familiar with a particular era or geographic region to gain a better understanding of the types of records available for different places and times. HathiTrust’s innovative reading features make it easy to quickly locate your ancestors in its extensive collection of public domain published family histories and historical materials.

You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.


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