Robin R. Foster

Robin FosterRobin has been researching, helping people with genealogy research and sharing information about their ancestors since 1985. Her love of family history developed when she was a small child who queried all the relatives she met about their ancestors and what life was like while they were growing up.

She has extensive knowledge of historical documentation and current online technologies used in genealogy research. She works to heighten awareness about genealogical and historical resources through her blog, Saving Stories and column, National Genealogy Examiner.

Robin, a presenter at the annual Charleston, SC Family History Workshop, is a member of the South Carolina Genealogical Society (Columbia Chapter) and has presented for the following chapters: Anderson, Pinckney, Greenville, Columbia. She presented at the 41st Annual Summer Workshop of the South Carolina Genealogical Society held at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History July 12-13 in 2013. Libraries and museums that have requested presentations that she has honored include: Lexington County Public Library (Cayce Branch), Union Carnegie Library, Richland Library (Main), and Union County Museum.  You can keep up with her upcoming presentations here.

In addition to being a regular presenter, Robin serves as a Team Lead for FamilySearch Wiki Support, a family history consultant in the Greenwood Ward of the Greenville, SC Stake of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints, and a volunteer at the Lawrence Local History and Genealogy Room of the Greenwood County Library (SC). 

Robin recognizes the great potential to discover information online and to collaborate with others. She has an established social presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and other networks.  See the interview Tech Talk: Pinterest Gains Ground with African-American Women.   She currently provides support as a Social Media Consultant for clients both online and offline.  For a complete list of all of her social sites, see XeeMe:  Robin Foster.

Her love of African American history extends back just as far as her love for family history.  At the start of the fourth grade she began reading on her own works by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and others who wrote about how they overcame challenges they faced to become great.  She believes as African Americans discover and share their genealogy, they are adding to the annals of history.

Robin is the author of IDG's monthly column Citing African Ancestry.

Saving Stories

Go In-Depth with Robin:

What is your favorite blog post from your personal website?
My favorite blog post from my personal website is “I have over 46 newspaper articles on one ancestor”  because it illustrates how merely following a hunch can lead you to success.  I do not believe there were many people during 2005 who would take up searching for an ancestor on every page of every issue of a newspaper on microfilm with no prior reference.  That is just how determined I was.  Even if my great grandfather’s name (Lafayette Franklin Vance) did not appear, I knew I would at least learn a lot about the community.   I figure if I could find 46 articles on one person, I will probably search for other family members too.

What are your feelings about adding non-blood related lines into your research?
This is important to my research because sometimes I have had to research step parents and step children to find an ancestor.  In some cases, they knew the most about on ancestor.  African American family members drew closer to one another during hard times. Since slavery, they took in people who had no place else to go.  You may have been taught to call your 90 year old cousin “auntie” to show respect.

What is your social media tool of choice for genealogy?
My favorite social media tool for genealogy is Pinterest. I know that Pinterest is not widely used for genealogy yet, but there are considerably more users repining genealogy these days than when I first began. You can categorize boards with your favorite post about genealogy resources, and they stay in one place on that board as opposed to some sites were the things you like or share disappear off the page.

I am seeing a lot more traffic to my blogs coming directly from Pinterest pins. Pinterest is the third highest place driving traffic for me (1st Facebook, 2nd Google Search).


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Robin R. Foster is a Genealogy Research Presenter and a Social Media Consultant.   You can follow her on Facebook (, Pinterest (, and on Twitter (@SavingStories).  Robin is the author of IDG’s monthly column, Citing African Ancestry. This article originally appeared on The In-Depth Genealogist and can be found here: [insert original link]