Women of Google+ : Joan Miller

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Joan MillerFeatured G+’er : Joan Miller

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

My son invited me as he knew I enjoy social media to connect with others.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

My main circle is genealogy and family history. Fellow genealogists (the blogging, Facebook and Twitter genealogists) have been jumping on the G+ bandwagon. I like the fact we are exposed to groups/streams/people we wouldn’t normally find elsewhere.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Social media is a big part of my online presence as a genealogist. I enjoy teaching others about genetic genealogy (using DNA for family tree research) and connecting with others. We share information and resources online and have built a community.

I feel the interaction with people outside my main circles will be a valuable part of the G+ experience. New ideas and cross posting add to the dynamic and can benefit all by providing a broader base of knowledge and experiences from which to draw.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

Thank you for creating this venue to recognize the Women of Google+. Though this website I have found women doing wonderful things and have added them to my circles.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

A retired manager of a medical research lab, Joan Miller is a long time genealogist who uses DNA to complement traditional family history research. She is a published author of scientific papers and genealogical articles. She coordinates the Alberta Family Histories Society DNA special interest group and is the Aumack surname Y-DNA Project Administrator. Joan is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the International Society of Genetic Genealogists, Toastmasters International (an organization that teaches public speaking and communication) and many genealogical societies. Joan’s Luxegen Genealogy and Family History blog was voted one of Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Best Blogs for 2011.

Joan Miller is available to give talks on the following topics: using genetic genealogy to find one’s ancestors ; the use of social media and genealogy; and using technology to research one’s family tree.

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Women of Google+ : Leslie Brinkley Lawson

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Leslie LawsonFeatured G+’er : Leslie Brinkley Lawson

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

A fellow genealogist sent me the invite. He was among the first to be invited, and asked on Facebook who wanted an invite. Me!

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I’m loving the ability to hangout with others and see their faces as well as have a group conversation. Very cool. I also like that I have the ability to follow people who would otherwise never be in my circle of friends. Very interesting reading.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I find I go to G+ before I check the other social networking sites. I like the variety I’m finding here! Many are doing more blogging here because of the ease of use.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I hope it will allow me to grow my own network of professionals I can interact with.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a forensic genealogist and speaker; mother of two grown children and a wife. Most of my clients are attorneys who need heirs found to clients estates or have clients no longer able to help in telling us who their family members are. I invite you to visit my webpage to learn more about me, LawsonResearch.net

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Women of Google+ : Heather Wilkinson Rojo

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Heather Wilkinson RojoFeatured G+’er : Heather Wilkinson Rojo

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I belong to a group of genealogy bloggers named GeneaBloggers. I was invited by several members and jumped right onboard!

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Within 24 hours I had a circle with 100 GeneaBloggers. I was able to form circles of regional genealogists, circles with genealogists by special interests and other groups of friends. We began doing “hangouts” the first night, and the first conference had five genealogists from California, North Carolina, Canada, Australia and New Hampshire. I was able to see the benefits of long distance communication right away.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I check it every morning, just like reading the morning paper! And I also check in several other times during the afternoon and evening.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

One of the GeneaBloggers I met with on a “hangout” is planning a set of webinars for genealogists next week. For 10 days we’ll answer questions on how to use Google+ for genealogy, blogging, communication and any other topics that come up. This should get everyone off the ground and running by two weeks.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m the Captain of the New Hampshire Mayflower Society, and member of several genealogy and historical societies (NEHGS, MSOG, NHSOG, NSG, Londonderry Historical Society, New Hampshire Historical Society). I have an award winning blog “Nutfield Genealogy” I’ve been writing for two years.

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