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, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We Need You!

Here at The NextGen Genealogy Network, we are constantly evolving to keep up with all the developments in the genealogy world.

We are looking to add some new faces with fresh ideas to our Leadership Team! If you can spare a few hours each month, we would love to hear from you!

Currently , we have an opening for a Social Media Coordinator. Your duties would include posting a couple of times a week to our social media outlets – Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

However, if this doesn’t seem like a good fit for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss ideas you have for the future of NextGen, we are open to all ideas.

Contact us via email at or via our Facebook page –

End of the Year, End of the Decade! – Be a Part of NextGen Genealogy Giving.

Wow, this year went by fast and we couldn’t be happier transitioning into a new year, and a new decade here at NextGen Genealogy Network. In the past few years, we have had a lot of changes, but we are excited to grow into the future with all of you!

As a non-profit organization, we rely on your donations to help us not only survive but to thrive and bring genealogy education to our generation and the following ones. Today we are asking for end-of-year donations so we can continue to bring you the best of the best.

Any amount helps, whether it is $1, $10 or $100, we appreciate your donations.

Being able to have donations from our members, followers and even the curious helps us bring you things like scholarships, Faces of NextGen, and meetups at various genealogy conferences around the world.

Do you want to be part of NextGen Genealogy Network and see what we have to offer? Join our Facebook group here. Have ideas of what sort of scholarship we should offer? Donate here and let us know in the comments below what you would like to see in the coming year!

Thank you so much for the wonderful year and for staying with us into the next amazing decade.

-The NextGen Genealogy Network Team