Seo Sang Don (서상돈) is my wife’s great-great grandfather and the subject of numerous posts of mine. Spurred by my wife’s aunt on a recent trip to Montreal, I am going to harness whatever I can from social media to track down the progeny of Seo Sang Don that are scattered across the globe. I will start, despite my concerns over privacy, with a Facebook group and branch out into other media channels as time and results permit.

What I do need is an application, preferably embeddable (ideally in WordPress), that I can use to track the progeny via a family tree. I am currently using Geni, which is quite intuitive and has quite a few share options. I will just need to play around with it some more to make sure it is stable and robust enough (and ideally can be embedded directly within the Facebook group page I will be starting.

The beginnings of a Seo (서) family tree

The express purpose of all of this is to make it possible to have a reunion for all the descendants of Seo in about two years. So that is my timeframe. I am certain I will enjoy the process of pulling all this information together and using social media as genealogical tools. I also get a chance to live vicariously through my wife’s well-documented family as it is quite difficult to track down my own Gallagher lineage beyond my deceased grandfather. Keep those records people; keep the heirlooms, the photos, the letters. You never know when they will help you piece together the mystery of you.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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