Faces of NextGen LIVE! Meet Melissa Finlay

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 Melissa Finlay!

 

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Faces of NextGen: Meet Becks Campbell

Becks Campbell, 32, Washington 

What five words would you use to describe yourself?
1. Passionate
2. Excitable
3.Dreamer
4.Nerdy
5. Friendly

Why genealogy?
Why not genealogy? Genealogy shows us who we are and where we are from —
what we do with that information is up to us. Genealogy has been a part of my life
since I was little girl. My mother is a professional genealogist and has been
involved in that field for the past 15+ years. As a child, she would take us to the
cemetery to find long-lost relatives and the names and dates in those resting places
took hold in my mind and stuck.

What’s the coolest discovery you’ve made?
There are so many, but it would probably have to be the prison records of a
bootlegger in Montana from the 1930’s. My clients family had a rumor that this
scalawag went to prison for bootlegging, but there was never any proof. There
were several instances of him being in county jail on offenses but the real find was
a perfectly clear mugshot.
!
What are you working on this week?
This week I am working on a great deal of English research for a client. Her family
is English starting at her mother and she wanted to go back on the maternal side to
see what else could be found out about her family. I’m learning all sorts of new
terms and ways of researching — its fantastic!

What’s the number one secret to your success in genealogy?
Keep going. Sometimes the names and dates can start to blur, or you want to give
up because you can’t find that one piece of information just keep going. Try a
different name or line. Watch your favorite show or listen to music to motivate
you. Just keep going.

What superpower would you want to help you uncover your family history?
The are so many superpowers that I would want, but I honestly think the ability to
read, write and speak any language so that when I dig into those records in foreign
languages I could understand everything that was written down.

What are we most likely to find you doing when you’re not researching family
history?
So many things, but in addition to being a genealogist I work at a funeral home and
as a caregiver for adults with developmental delays. I also own a genealogical
transcription business called Life Stories — so I keep myself pretty busy most days.

Anything else you’d like to share?
I love to network with other genealogists, historians and those in the death field
and industry. Connecting as friends and learning more about each other is a huge
mission in my life. Come find me over on Facebook and Instagram.

Find Becks online at www.hipsterhistorian.com


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Help Ensure Access to New York City Vital Records

As some of you may have heard, New York City is trying pass a proposal which will significantly restrict access to vital records.  Here at The NextGen Genealogy Network, we stand with our colleagues all over the world in opposition to these proposed changes.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene wants to dramatically increase the amount of time that birth and death records are kept locked away from the public eye.  They are proposing that birth records would be locked for 125 years and death records for 75 years.

This would be catastrophic for researchers who rely on these documents and those of us with New York ancestors.


There are several ways you can help to try and stop this from happening.

*Write a letter to the NYC Department of Health stating that you are against this proposal and emphasize how damaging this would be for genealogists.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Gotham Center
42-09 28th St., 14th Fl, CN31
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132

*Sign the petition – found at the link below

https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nyc-vital-records-access

*For those of you local to the NYC area, attend the public hearing for this issue on Tuesday October 24th at 10am-12pm.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3-32
Long Island City, 11101

*Spread the news!

Share on social media, tell your friends and family – get the word out!

Faces of NextGen LIVE! Meet Deborah Sweeney

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 Deborah Sweeney!

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

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