GeneaBloggers is a volunteer organization created by a core group of bloggers dedicated to advancing those who blogged genealogy. If you’d like to help out, please contact us.
The expressed purpose of GeneaBloggers is to:
- To promote an awareness of, and interest in, sharing genealogical content online through blogging, vlogging, and other formats.
- To provide support and educational opportunities for online genealogy content providers.
- To recognize the achievements and milestones of genealogy content providers.
- To promote fellowship and cooperation among our members.
We’ve been granted nonprofit status. (That’s 501(c)(3) in USA parlance).
Last updated: May 15, 2022
Meet the GeneaBloggers Board
Linda Stufflebean New Premium Membership Chair
We’re happy to announce that Linda Stufflebean will be taking over the role of Premium Membership Chair. During her 18 years of blogging, Linda has always been extremely supportive of other...read more
Laura Hedgecock – President
Laura Hedgecock is an author, storyteller, speaker, and GeneaBlogger obsessed with family history and passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. Maybe that’s because she...read more
Elizabeth Swanay O’Neal – Vice President
Elizabeth Swanay O’Neal is a professional genealogist who writes, lectures, and consults on a variety of topics. Her passion is using technology and social media to enrich the experience of...read more
Cheri Hudson Passey – Treasurer
Cheri Hudson Passey is a professional genealogist, instructor, writer and speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and...read more
Judy Muhn – GeneaBloggers Secretary
We’re happy to have Judy Nimer Muhn join the GeneaBloggers board as Secretary. She is sure to be a great asset. Judy is a professional genealogist, researcher, presenter, writer (blogger) and...read more
Jenny Hawran – GeneaBloggers Social Media Coordinator
We’re so happy to have Jenny Hawran join the GeneaBloggers admin team to help us out with our social media channels. She’s got her work cut out for us, but luckily she’s up for the...read more
A Little Bit of GeneaBloggers History
What began in 2007 as Jasia Smasha’s Carnival of Genealogy morphed into the GeneaBloggers group supporting online genealogy writers. In Jan 2008 Kathryn Doyle and LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven) wanted to produce a style guide for the term “GeneaBloggers” because at the time various genealogy bloggers were referring to the fledgling organization as genea-bloggers, GeneBloggers, genealogyBloggers, etc.
Back in the day, WikiPedia did not wish to add a GeneaBloggers topic not seeing it as an “entity” and footnoteMaven said “Let’s make us one.” Jasia Smasha, Kathryn Doyle, LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven), Miriam Robbins, Randy Seaver, and Terry Thornton aka The Graveyard Rabbit (deceased) were part of that core group. The Facebook group provides an outlet including distribution of the GeneaBloggers logo and the GeneaBloggers Facebook Group logo created by LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven) that she has graciously donated to the group. Though a 1995 weblog-er, DearMYRTLE didn’t enter the GeneaBloggers group until this point.
Thomas MacEntee joined the group in the summer of 2008, and by Jan 2009 reserved the domain. He wrote:
“Out of an abundance of caution I have decided to reserve the domain name geneabloggers.com (as well as genea-blogger.com, geneablogger.com and others – they all forward back to geneabloggers.com) in trust for the good of the Geneabloggers group. I am fronting the domain registration fees as well as the website hosting fees. I’ve also taken care of the gene@pedia website hosting (more about this exciting new feature soon).” Source: Thomas MacEntee’s “Inquiring Minds Want to Know” posted 22 Jan 2009 at GeneaBloggers.com. (https://www.geneabloggers.com/inquiring-minds-want-to-know : viewed 21 May 2017.)
In January 2009, Thomas began robust community building around conference attendance, blogger beads and a website of resource assistance. In June 2017, after years of community building service, Thomas has stepped down to focus on his other genealogy interests.
Today, we’re on a path towards obtaining official nonprofit status. We continue to provide helpful resource links, daily blogging prompts, blogiversary listings, and welcome posts.
Pat Richley Errikson and Laura Hedgecock contributed to this article. Please also read It’s not just about blogging…
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