I found it while messing around on YouTube. There are 5 different videos on there [which are all repeated on the list for some reason]. And? I love them. They have a mixture of videos, and the 2 videos [like the one above] of the Fold3.com users who tell about their military family story and how they use Fold3.com in the telling of their story are extremely moving.
The second type of video is tutorials in which there are 3 of on their YouTube channel. Now, I like these too. Seriously. For years, I have wrassled [Texas-speak for wrestled] with searching on their site, and I think the videos, which vary in length but are approximately 4 and a half to 5 and a half minutes long, are quite helpful.
The titles available right now are as follows:
- An Introduction to Fold3: Historical Military Documents
- How to Search on Fold3
- Browse for Records on Fold3
- World War II Documents, Records, Online Memorials, and Photos
- The Interactive Vietnam War Wall on Fold3
These are such great videos! Why haven't I seen these? And according to their stats, I'm guessing some of you haven't seen them either. Why? You must check their YouTube Channel, Fold3Team, out, like, right now. They're great for those new to Fold3.com, but relevant to those not-so-new to Fold3.com.
Those of you who've been around for a while are probably shaking your heads, and thinking, "Duh, Caroline. I already know how to use their site."
And my response would be, "Duh right back at you." [Rolling eyes heavenward.] "But how about those family members who don't get what you do with genealogy and why you do it? Are you trying to tell me that Fold3.com's personal family story videos wouldn't woo some of those family genealogy naysayers over to the Dark Side? Or perhaps that one of their how-to videos wouldn't be helpful mixed into a presentation in an upcoming genealogical society meeting ?"
Yeah. Duh. <grin>
Above is a screenshot of Fold3.com's website. I've marked where they are advertising their videos and tutorials. The one on top changes every 30 seconds or so advertising a different aspect of their databases and website, while the one on the bottom is a static advertisement. So, they're trying to get the word out that way, but I haven't seen much elsewhere. Of course, if you visit their Facebook page, it's on there as well. But, and I know this is going to surprise you, I'm never on Facebook. I'm usually on Twitter, and I use Google Plus a wee bit.
Also, I'd love to see Fold3.com put out a Smartphone and iPad app. I'd love to be able to go to Thanksgiving and show my family these videos, stories, the Vietnam War Wall, Memorial Pages, etc. Show them our history, our family, and our family stories.
After all, I can't be the only one who's a sucker for a good story. Right?
Connect with them and go see what they're doing. Now.
Fold3Team YouTube Channel
[Note: In the interest of disclosure, I am an affiliate of Fold3.com and I have an All-Access account that I paid for with them. I was not asked to do this review, but even if I had been asked by them to do a review all the opinions stated are always my own.]