02 September 2015

NextGen Genealogy Network fosters the next generation’s interest in family history

NextGen – are you?

We first shared with you about NextGen back in 2013 via a guest post, The NextGen Genealogy Network (NGGN) -- Guest Post by Kassie Nelson.

The above article gives you a great overview of NextGen and from the NextGen FAQ page here is a shorter perspective ...

Who founded the NextGen Genealogy Network? NGGN was founded in 2013 following a Twitter conversation between Jen Baldwin, Kassie Nelson, and D. Joshua Taylor, who wanted to create a community for other young genealogists. Additional collaboration from Shannon Combs Bennett, Tara Cajacob, Wendy Callahan, Melanie Frick, Barry Kline, and other volunteers turned this vision into reality.

Putting together a new organization seems like a lot of work. Why bother? As young genealogists ourselves, we know how hard it can be to meet others who share our interests and to find our place within the genealogy community. We want everyone to experience the incredible benefits of enrichment and encouragement that being a part of and contributing to a vibrant and active community can offer.

What exactly is a young genealogist? NGGN builds connections and fosters engagement among young genealogists in their twenties, thirties, and forties. We strive to create a sense of belonging among those who might feel out of place in the genealogy community because of their age, but also realize that youth can't always be attributed to a number. If you are young at heart or simply value the perspective of the next generation of genealogists, we welcome you!

As one would expect, NextGen has footprints on the major tech platforms as well as a blog.

Are you NextGen?  If so, you can join/participate in NextGen and it doesn’t cost you a penny, just your willingness to join a network which ...

... fosters the next generation’s interest in family history. We build connections between all generations, provide resources to promote the next generation’s engagement in the genealogical community, and offer innovative, virtual opportunities for development. Through communication and cooperation, we empower genealogists worldwide.

Not NextGen? You can keep abreast of what is happening via the group’s FB page (it also has a separate closed group FB page), the aforementioned blog, and web site.

Though I may not be NextGen, I still have an interest in anyone interested in family history!  After all, they are the Next Generation when it comes to who will be researching, preserving, and celebrating our shared family history.

Editor’s Note: A post on a related topic, The NextGen of Preservationists ... (2014)

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