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NGGN welcomes Secretary

The NextGen Genealogy Network welcomes Jari C. Honora as our new Secretary.

Jari C. Honora

Honora replaces Beth Garison Wylie, who served as NextGen Secretary from 2016 -2018.  Jari has an extensive background in education and is currently a middle school teacher.  An avid genealogist, he has been researching his family history for 14 years, and has been doing genealogy professionally for the past 5 years.  He has strong Creole roots on his maternal side and contributes regularly to the CreoleGen blog.

In addition to giving presentations at societies in the U.S. and Canada,  Jari has also done work for Finding your Roots (PBS), the Georgetown Slavery Project, and We’ll Meet Again (PBS).

Contact him at The NextGen Genealogy Network –


Faces of NextGen LIVE! Meet Emily Schroeder

The NextGen Genealogy Network’s Faces of NextGen LIVE! is a popular feature hosted by Education Coordinator Eric Wells. In this recorded interview, get to know Emily Schroeder, the author of the Growing Little Leaves blog.

Want to say hello to your fellow young genealogists during a fun and informal interview with Eric? Let us know at

Don’t forget to bookmark our YouTube Channel to keep up with the latest on Faces of NextGen LIVE!



NGGN featured on Genealogy Connection







NextGen’s Education Coordinator Eric Wells was recently featured on The Genealogy Connection podcast.  Listen as they discuss Eric’s first experiences in genealogy, his work with The NextGen Genealogy Network and some great family anecdotes.

Find Eric’s interview on The Genealogy Guys Website



RootsTech 2018




One of the biggest events in the genealogy calendar is back and we will be there!

RootsTech runs from February 28 – March 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It will be fun and informative 4 days filled with hundreds of speakers, vendors and events.

NextGen Meetup

The NextGen meetup will be held on Thursday, March 1 from 8:30-9:30 pm at the Destinations Lounge at Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek (75 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 USA). It’s directly across from the Salt Palace Convention Center.  Feel free to drop by and network with fellow young genealogists.  We would love to see you!


We want to give a shout out to a few of the speakers and vendors who are well known NextGen members. You may recognize some of them from our popular Faces of NextGen LIVE! series. Catch up on their interviews by clicking their names below.


  • Dan Earl – ‘Every Stone Tells a Story: Cemetery Preservation’
                       ‘Living on Cloud 9: Genealogy Beyond the Binder’
  • Daniel Horowitz – ‘MyHeritage-on-the-go: An app for family research’
                                      ‘Your MyHeritage DNA results and verifying matches’
  • Melissa Finlay‘Which Charles is Which? Sort Same Name Folks’
  • Jen Baldwin – ‘The Great War: Researching Your British WWI Family’
                              Findmypast: Your Source for British & Irish Research’
                              ‘British Isles Origins in Unexpected Records’                        
  • David Lambert‘Understanding New England Probate Records’
                                   ‘Researching U.S. & Canadian World War I Ancestors’
  • Amie Bowser-Tennant – ‘Deed You Hear About These Underutilized Records?’
                                                  ‘Get ‘Twitterpated’ with Twitter for Genealogy’
  • Paul Woodbury‘How Close Are We Really? Evaluating Shared DNA’
                                     ‘On Target: DNA Testing Plans’
  • D. Joshua Taylor – ‘Big Data: Buzz Word or Family History Revolution?’  
                                      ‘Records – different sizes, types and names’
                                      ‘Call to Action: Diversity in Family History Tech’                       


  • Family History Fanatics – A family company ran by Devon Noel Lee and her husband focusing on bringing genealogy fun to all ages.
  • SK Translations –  Specializing in German to English translations and run by Katherine Schober

The full RootsTech schedule can be found here

NextGen In Action!

If you are lucky enough to be at Rootstech, don’t forget to snap a photo of you there with the hashtag #nextgeninaction and post it to your social media – bonus points if you are wearing NextGen merchandise, or holding a ‘I am NextGen’ sign!

Your photos will be featured in an upcoming blog review of the event.