Thanks and Giving From NextGen #GivingTuesday

For the third year in a row, NextGen Genealogy Network has joined the collective giving power of individuals in joining #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving that encourages and celebrates philanthropy globally.

Occurring today (December 3rd!), #GivingTuesday is held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and uses the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to collectively inspire people to collaborate and give back to their communities.

We have some exciting projects coming up in the new decade of 2020 and whole host of new blog posts, interviews and the second year of our annual NextGen Genealogy Scholarship coming up!

To implement various projects and programs, we are asking for our members to show their support on #GivingTuesday with a donation to NextGen. Any donation is appreciated! Those who are interested in joining NextGen Genealogy Network’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit and click on the green “DONATE NOW” button.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website,

To inspire you more, read about when we asked the members of the NextGen Genealogy Group on Facebook about Thanksgiving, gratitude, tradition, and family.

Chris Ferraiolo: “Gratitude means being thankful for all the things people have done to make your life better or just little things here and there. It means being humble about the things people go out of their way to do and just appreciating the friendships and relationships around you.”

Cheryl Passey: “We started a scrapbook several years ago. I leave a space outlined for photos to be added on a couple of pieces of scrapbook paper after the big day, but during our time together on Thanksgiving, everyone signs their name and or leaves a message. It’s fun to go back through the years and see the photo and what we wrote. Especially poignant after the loss of a family member.”

Heather Rojo: “We hold hands and then we go around the table and each shares short gratitude. I grew up doing this. I asked my parents and they said they grew up doing this in New England”

Note: Responses edited for clarity and length.

Sincerely, The NextGen Genealogy Network Leadership Team

OGS Webinar: Upper Canadian Justice

On the first Thursday of every month, the Ontario Genealogical Society hosts an education webinar.  This month, Linda Corupe will be presenting a webinar entitled ‘Upper Canadian Justice’.   The presentation will begin at 7pm EST on December 5 and registration is required.

Linda says: ” The records associated with the administration of justice in early Upper Canada are an often overlooked and misunderstood genealogical resource. This lecture will discuss the various types of court records available, the differences between them, how to access them, and what information can be obtained from each. Supplementary records such as jail registers and newspaper articles will also be discussed. “

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity:   REGISTER HERE for Thursday’s webinar

Happy Family History Month!

Did you know that October is designated as Family History Month by the United States Congress since 2001? Since that time, genealogists, family historians, and story-tellers have helped this celebration of ancestry and history grow and evolve on a national stage.  Dozens of genealogical and historical societies promote and celebrate this month as a way to remember and commemorate each and every family’s rich and deep history.

Why is family history so important to us here at the NextGen Genealogy network?

Well…we are that next generation! We are the generation that will carry on the stories, the ideas, the values and the history of our very own people.

Who are we? The following are some of the words of the leadership of NextGen Genealogy Network on what family history means to them and why it is so important.

Theresina Lloyd: it means I’m able to discover things about my roots that I didn’t know and always wondered about. Being from a small family, just my siblings, and mother, the pull to find where things like my love of the Scotland Highlands, Irish music, the British way of speaking, and even certain tastes of food, has been a huge part of my curiosity. Plus I love a good mystery and I’m able to work on one that slowly unfolds in front of me. It has also given me a better appreciation for history and how events have shaped our lives. I’ve connected with family I never knew about and family I did but they were cut off from us. I’ve also been disappointed but that will never discourage this quest and love for genealogy.


Stephany Berry: What I love about genealogy is that there is always a brick wall to solve. It is exciting finding new details, and putting together stories about my ancestors. Reading about how my ancestors found strength getting through hardships make me proud of my family history. My favorite part is sharing my findings with my family.


Becky Zoglmann: Family history and genealogy has opened up a whole new world to me. It has given me a connection to those who quite literally made me who I am. I enjoy learning about their lives and experiences, especially as they lived through historic events like Jack the Ripper and the World Wars.

Volunteer Coordinator

This is who we are and why we do what we do. We’d love to know more about you and why you feel drawn to family history and genealogy. Leave us a comment below on what draws you to genealogy.

Happy Ancestor Hunting!

OGS Webinar: Digging Deeper with City Directories

On the first Thursday of every month, the Ontario Genealogical Society hosts an education webinar.  This month, Michael Strauss will be presenting a webinar entitled ‘Digging Deeper with City Directories’.   The presentation will begin at 7pm EST on October 3 and registration is required.

Michael says ” City Directories have been published in both the United States and Canada for more than two centuries. An often overlooked resource and neglected source of genealogy information about our ancestors many types of directories can provide details that might otherwise remain hidden.”

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity:   REGISTER HERE for Thursday’s webinar