NextGen Welcomes Graphic Design Assistant

The NextGen Genealogy Network welcomes Emily Phillips as our new Graphic Designer. Emily first became interested in genealogy after a class assignment in her freshmen year of high school got her hooked. She then joined the Genealogical Society of Monroe County, where she was the youngest member. She enjoys researching her French Canadian and Polish roots. In fact, researching her family tree has helped Emily make many new connections, including her distant Polish relatives, who she visited in 2016. They still live in her ancestral village of Jabłonka, Poland.

Emily graduated, in 2017, from Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in graphic design. She currently lives in Monroe County, Michigan. She hopes that her knowledge of graphic design will help NextGen as we continue to grow as an online community.

If you want to check out Emily’s designs visit her Instagram account at or her online portfolio at

NGGN Welcomes Volunteer Coordinator

The NextGen Genealogy Network welcomes Eric Schubert as our new Volunteer Coordinator.

Eric has been researching his family history for about the past 7 years, his interest starting when he was around 10 years old. So far in his family tree, he’s solved a decades old adoption case, uncovered Revolutionary War Ancestors, and traced most parts of his family tree back to Colonial Times. He currently resides in Burlington County, NJ as a high school student.

Find Eric online at his Twitter @ESGenealogy.

Faces of NextGen LIVE! Meet Scott Fisher

The NextGen Genealogy Network’s Faces of NextGen LIVE! is a popular feature hosted by Education Coordinator Eric Wells. However in this recorded interview, our Social Media Coordinator Melanie McComb conducted a fascinating interview with Scott Fisher, presenter of Extreme Genes.

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

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


NextGen Goes International

This past June the NextGen Genealogy Network was invited to attend the annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Guelph, Ontario as a vendor. We recently formed a partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society and were excited about this opportunity! In addition I gave two lectures at the conference (on Prince Edward Island repositories and records and another lecture on how to use NextGen tools in your research). Unfortunately due to some delivery issues with UPS, we were not able to ship out materials out in time for the conference. The show must go on though!

I held a selfie contest with Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, David Allen Lambert, who was attending the conference.Anyone that attended and had a selfie with either myself or David was entered into a contest to win a free one hour consultation with David. The lucky winner was Cheryl Martin Levy! Below is the winning selfie.

Overall, it was a great conference. There were a variety of topics that were being discussed. As an American, I really appreciated hearing the Canadian perspective and the different resources available (such as Archives of Ontario, Library and Archives of Canada, Canadiana, etc.). There were even rides involved – golf carts shuttled us between buildings. This was a welcome treat given the weather was quite warm in Guelph.

We look forward to more opportunities with the Ontario Genealogical Society and other historical societies.

Melanie McComb is the social media coordinator for the NextGen Genealogy Network. She is also a genealogy blogger (known as The Shamrock Genealogist) and international speaker. She has been researching her family history for over 16 years.