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Interview with D. Joshua Taylor

At the Arkansas Genealogical Society Fall Seminar in October,  our secretary Beth Garison Wylie was lucky enough to meet up with renowned genealogist D. Joshua Taylor for a quick interview.  Joshua is the President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, host of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow and a founding member of the NextGen Genealogy Network.

Tell us how NextGen started.

NextGen was actually a couple of different people doing the same thing at once. We wanted a resource for those interested in getting the next generation of genealogists together. We were chatting over Facebook one night and NextGen was born. We basically wanted a resource – we wanted a place to get together.

What would you like to see happen in the next two to three years with NextGen?

I would like to see NextGen do online events, webinars, seminars and networking events online. There is such an opportunity to present programs such as ‘the 10 things you can do to get started in genealogy’ and ‘ways to branch out’. This will really let the world know about the next generation and what they can do. Also to encourage that bridge between the current generations as well. I would like to see NextGen move forward with that.

How is the NYG&B engaging the next generation? 

Oh boy! It’s always been one of my passions. One of things we started is a NYG&B Labs program this year. The idea being that we want to help emerging professionals and those who have an idea, but lack the resources to make happen. We want to provide those resources. We partner with someone that has an idea in some area of genealogy with a tech professional and other mentors trying to develop new products and ideas.

Find D. Joshua Taylor online at and New York G&B Society

The NYG&B Week starts January 8 2018.  For details on the events taking place, including webinars and special events, please visit the NYG&B Week page.

For information on the NYG&B Labs initiative, please visit the NYG&B Labs page.


NextGen In Action – November Submissions

Here are our November submissions for NextGen In Action – we love seeing all the photos of young genealogists working hard!  Keep them coming!

Want to see your photo here and get involved in NextGen In Action?

Snap a photo of yourself holding the ‘I am NextGen’ sign or wearing some NextGen merchandise (found at our Zazzle store)

Post it any of our social media sites using the hashtag #nextgeninaction, or email us at






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!