GeneaBloggers is a volunteer organization created by a core group of bloggers dedicated to advancing those who blogged genealogy.
The expressed purpose of GeneaBloggers is to:
- support genealogy bloggers including content-providers on a variety of platforms
- share information on resources
- permit free use of fM’s several logo graphics among members expressing solidarity
- disallow corporate ownership
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. This was to avoid confusion and similar to the AP style guide for journalists and was long before bloggers in general began to wield power.
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.
We’re on a path towards obtaining official nonprofit status. (That’s 501(c)(3) in USA parlance) we will continue to provide helpful resource links, daily blogging prompts, blogiversary listings, and welcome posts. If you’d like to help out, please contact us.
Meet the GeneaBloggers Board
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 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 genealogy...read more
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
My name is Shannon Seigfreid Thomas. I am a mother, wife, photographer, amateur genealogist, and friend to many. I share my home with my husband, Jason, my son Hunter and our three furbabies. We...read more
She caught the genealogy bug on the 8th of July, 2009, when she was 18. She is half Australian and half American. Caitlin’s Australian side of the family were predominantly from Scotland, and all...read more
Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as an Assistant Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a volunteer...read more
DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, consistently among the top 5 family history blogs internationally, where the focus is...read more
Hilary Gadsby has been doing family history research since the turn of the century and has been blogging about it since late 2007. Originally entitled Genemeet and meant to share her research...read more