2021’s NextGen Genealogy Network Scholarship – Be Part of the Future

What a year 2020 was — absolutely one for the history books, but we here at NextGen Genealogy Network want to make this a year for you too.

As in past years, we have given out a scholarship to genealogists to attend conferences, classes, and learning events.

And, it is happening again this year!

Normally, we have this due in March, but due to an event of historical proportions, we thought we would shake it up a bit and give everyone some extra time to get their essay in.

And this year, the prize, is $500!

What do we need from you to enter?

To apply for the scholarship:

Applicants will write a short essay on the event they want to attend and how this will improve their genealogy skills.

All entries must be emailed to info@tnggn.org by June 1, 2021.

Essays will be judged by the Scholarship panel and winner will be notified by email by June 15, 2021.

The winner will be required to write a piece for the NextGen blog detailing the event they attended.

Terms & Conditions

  • Receipt or proof of purchase must be provided to the Scholarship panel before prize money is awarded.
  • Former and current NextGen Leadership Team members are ineligible for this scholarship.

#GivingTuesday with NextGen – Dec 1

For the third year in a row, 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 December 1#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.

This year is going to be a bit different than we’ve had before because of what is going on in our world right now — pandemic, politics, and people. In the midst of all of this, we look to what we are thankful for, and it is all the wonderful people in our lives and how we can share our stories with the world around us.

But, like everyone else, we are wanting to continue our mission here at NextGen Genealogy Network, which is:

“…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 be able to implement all these various projects and programs (like our scholarship we put together every other year!) we are asking for members of NextGen to show their support on #GivingTuesday (Dec. 1) with a donation to NextGen.

For those of you who are interested in joining NextGen Genealogy Network’s  #GivingTuesday initiative can visit tnggn.org and click on the green “DONATE NOW” button.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website, givingtuesday.org.


The NextGen Genealogy Network Leadership Team

Becks K., Emily P., Adina N., & Theresina L.

NextGen @ RootsTech 2020

Hello Everyone!

What a busy few months it has been, and with the 10th Anniversary of the RootsTech, many of us were happily involved with genealogy and family history for that enlightening weekend.

We even had a meet-up at Rootstech on Friday of the conference at the every loved Blue Iguana cafe in Salt Lake City. If you were there and took pictures, be sure to share it with us! Use the hashtag #IamNextGen.

But this year, we wanted to do something a little different with our recap of RootsTech and include all of you (especially the #NotAtRootstech folks) about what were your favorite lectures, what you wanted to see more of and your general thoughts on the 10th anniversary of the worlds biggest genealogy conference.

In our NextGen Genealogy Network Facebook Group (come join us!), we asked, “Even if you were watching online, what was YOUR favorite part of the conference this year? What was most surprising or something you’d like to see happen next year?”

And here is what you told us (responses edited for clarity and length):

Anita Rodgers said: “More of Crista Cowan – More day-to-day researching techniques. Study the number of people in attendance at the aired sessions…You had so many gifted genealogists in attendance.”

Chris Ferraiolo: “My favorite parts of the conference were learning what was coming down the pike from Ancestry, how to better use WATO and of course Blaine Bettinger’s lecture on Genetic Genealogy and its effect on Law Enforcement — I really hope that last one alleviated fears. Next year, I’d like to see more variety. More discussions about other ethnic groups.

Rebekah Jones: “For me, one of my favorites was Cheri’s presentation on tackling difficult stories. This is a topic that isn’t talked about much, and I was so thrilled to see it discussed, especially on the Livestream.”

Jamie Mayhew: My favorite part of RootsTech was being able to share it with my granddaughter. She was able to see me give a presentation and participate in the excitement of thousands of family history enthusiasts.

Katie Goodwin: It was my first time attending and I had a blast! I would love to see more advanced sessions. The ones I went to were pretty packed or ran out of seats.. so perhaps bigger rooms, too

Krista Thompson: Learning about and hearing from the “Berlin Candy Bomber” (Picture Below) was a highlight for me!

There were so many wonderful things about RootsTech this year from the speakers to the vendors and the lectures – and we’d love to hear your experiences. Tweet us, comment below or share on Facebook — and don’t forget to hashtag #IAmNextGen!

NextGen Welcomes New Social Media Coordinator

The NextGen Genealogy Network is pleased to welcome Dr Adina Newman as our new Social Media Coordinator. Adina takes over from Melanie McComb who held the position for 2 years.

Adina Newman is a professional genealogist and educator who resides in Massachusetts. As the founder of My Family Genie, Adina assists clients in their family research, particularly in cases related to Jewish genealogy and genetic genealogy. She also uses the platform to blog about her personal family history, the family history of reality TV celebrities, and strategies to assist others in their genealogy research. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research and the SLIG Virtual All-DNA Advanced Practicum. She also volunteers as a Facebook moderator for a Jewish genetic genealogy group.

Find her online at MyFamilyGenie.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.