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Giving Tuesday


NextGen Genealogy Network has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

As we look to the future of the NextGen Genealogy Network, we need your help. We are committed to the mission of building connections between all generations, providing resources to promote the next generation’s engagement in the genealogical community, and offering innovative, virtual opportunities for development. To implement various projects and programs, we are asking for our members show their support on #GivingTuesday with a donation to NextGen.

“We are excited about the next chapter of NextGen and building upon our growing virtual community. We want to empower the next generation of genealogists with educational webinars, conference stipends, and other programmatic initiatives that are member focused and member driven,” said Beth Wylie, NextGen Genealogy Network Leadership Team member.“ In order to take NextGen to the next level, we are asking for our members to gift $50, $25, or any amount of their choosing, so that we may continue implementing worthy projects that fulfill our mission.”

“NextGen is an all-volunteer run organization that strives to be open and accessible to all young genealogists. As such, we need your support now more than ever to facilitate new and innovative programming.” said Kristin Britanik, Outreach Coordinator for NextGen Genealogy Network Leadership Team.

Those who are interested in joining NextGen Genealogy Network’s  #GivingTuesday initiative can visit and click on the green “DONATE NOW” button. We will also be accepting donations through the ‘DONATE’ button on our Facebook page.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website,


The NextGen Genealogy Network Leadership Team




Faces of NextGen LIVE! Meet True A. Lewis

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 True A. Lewis

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!


Meet your NextGen Leadership Team – Kristin Britanik

Name: Kristin Britanik
Age: 32
: Pittsburgh, PA

What is your role at The NextGen Genealogy Network?
Outreach Coordinator

How did you hear about NextGen?
I heard about NextGen through Twitter when the group was calling for blog submissions on bridging gaps between generations with genealogy. I was lucky enough that my entry was featured!

When did you first get interested in genealogy?
In graduate school, I studied architectural history and did a lot of archival research. I had free access to an account to help with creating house histories. I found I was way more interested in the people who lived there instead of the actual buildings I was supposed to be researching.

Do you have a specific area of expertise or interest?
I enjoy debunking family myths. On my blog, I have a series called “Is your Granny a liar?” where people send me their family legends, and I do research to try and find the truth. It’s not always possible, but I’m always amazed by the amount of information that can be found and how there are usually seeds of truth to family stories.

What is your favorite type of genealogical record?
I love probate records. I especially like using extensive ones with room-by-room inventories of the estate. I think that level of detail really tells you a lot about a person and can illustrate their lives in ways that other record sets can’t.

If you could meet any ancestor, who would it be?
I’d like to meet my 2nd great-grandmother. From what I have heard from my family, and what I’ve seen in the records, she was a strong and independent woman who looked out for herself and her children. She came to the United States from Belgium by herself at the age of 40 to be with her son. I’d also ask her who is my 2nd great-grandfather because it’s my toughest brick wall.

Are you involved in any local societies/organizations?
I’m a member of the Western PA Genealogical Society in Pittsburgh.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to a new genealogist?
Be determined and don’t be afraid to question old and established research. Sometimes things you think are true are actually what is preventing you from breaking down the brick wall, so never stop looking for new evidence.

Do you plan on becoming a Certified or Accredited Genealogist in the future?
Yes, it’s a long-term goal of mine. Right now I still have a lot of work to do before I’m ready though.

Where can we find you online? (FB/Instagram/website/email etc)
You can read by blog at and find me on Twitter & Instagram @deepgenes


Join our NextGen Leadership Team!


Here at the NextGen Genealogy Network , we have a truly amazing leadership team and we want you to be a part of it!

We currently have an opening for a Treasurer.  We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and has a passion for genealogy.  Experience is preferred, but not required (we can train you).

If you have any questions, or wish to apply, please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you!