Happy 25th Birthday Family History Month!
Started by the Monmouth County (NJ) Genealogy Society in 1990, the Family History Month initiative hit mainstream genealogy in 2001. Since then, it’s popularity has steadily risen and today, you can read about national coordination of events to celebrate:
And a bit closer to home, I’ve compiled a list of New Jersey events in October:
Last week, I was the featured guest on The Forget Me Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show hosted by Jane E. Wilcox. She invited me to speak about creating virtual genealogy communities. As a founding member of the Facebook group Nashi Predky / Our Ancestors for Ukrainian Genealogy, I have been willing to talk about starting online communities using social media. Prior to this interview, I presented at the APG’s Professional Management Conference during day one of their poster sessions.
My poster “Creating a Virtual Community: Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors) Unites Ukrainian Researchers” focused on the creation of a Facebook group to fill researcher’s need of an online “home” for Ukrainian genealogy. By using the social media platform of Facebook, researchers have the ability to use live arena to get and share information. While being “only” on Facebook does limit the group’s reach, our success is definitely measurable. Our group gained over 830 members within its first 12 months!
So, how does this relate to New Jersey genealogy? The answer is quite simple… Were you aware that there are 40+ groups that focus one NJ genealogy and history? If not, maybe I can convince you to become a member of one or more!