True Detective: Tracking Your Criminal Ancestor

If you are in the Bay Area, don’t miss out on this great event hosted by the Sutro Library with Ron Arons! To RSVP for this free event, please visit HERE.

Bay Area NextGen Group!

Attention of Bay Area NextGenners! We have an exciting new networking opportunity for those in the San Francisco area.

Sutro Library

The Sutro Library, California State Library (located within the J.Paul Leonard Library on the San Francisco State University Campus) has the largest genealogy collection west of Salt Lake City. The Genealogy Librarian is hoping to start a genealogy group on the campus – all would be welcome!

The Sutro Library has an active social media presence, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more details on this group, please contact us at, or Dvorah Lewis, Genealogy Librarian at

2018 Year in Review

What a year it has been for The NextGen Genealogy Network! 2018 has been our most successful year yet and we have made great strides in connecting young genealogists around the world.  Here is a round up of the years best bits!

Faces of NextGen LIVE!

Faces of NextGen LIVE! is a popular feature hosted by our Social Media Coordinator Melanie McComb and Education Coordinator Eric Wells. They have had many fascinating guests this year including George G Morgan, Blaine Bettinger and Steve Fulton UE, but our most watched interview was with Scott Fisher of Extreme Genes:


We were very excited to enter into our first partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society this year.  OGS is Canada’s largest member supported genealogical organization and is dedicated to cooperating with, offering support to and sharing experience and technical support to other genealogical organizations.   

OGS has provided NextGen with financial support, as well as promotional support in the OGS weekly online newsletter and an information page on the OGS website.



Here at NextGen, we aim to organize as many meetups as we can at conferences around the country.  This year was no exception. Our most popular meetup was at RootsTech – we had a great turn out and it was a lot of fun!

RootsTech 2018 NextGen Meetup


In The Press

NextGen was featured several times in the press this year.

Our Content Coordinator Becky Zoglmann wrote a piece for the OGS blog detailing the efforts of NextGen and the use of technology in genealogy.

Eric Wells, our Education Coordinator, was featured on The Genealogy Connection podcast where he discussed his first experiences in genealogy, the work of NextGen and some family anecdotes.  You can listen to the interview here. 

Leadership Team

Our volunteer Leadership Team added several new faces this year.   We welcomed Emily Philips as our graphic designer, Theresina Lloyd as our Treasurer, Eric Schubert as our Volunteer Coordinator and Kathleen Kaldis as our Hereditary Society Outreach Coordinator.


For the second year,  we participated in #GivingTuesday with much success – we received many donations from our supporters.  As NextGen is a volunteer run organization, we rely solely on donations and support from the community.

There is still a little time left before the end of the year and we would love if you would consider a year end donation to our organization.  Donations can be made through our Facebook Page and via Paypal. 

We also have our NextGen merchandise store at Zazzle – we do get a percentage from the sale of any merchandise so go ahead and show your NextGen pride!

We have big plans for the new year with a continued presence at national conferences, partnerships with Genealogical Societies and The NextGen Scholarship.  2019 will be our biggest and best year yet!

Meet your NextGen Leadership Team – Eric Schubert

Name: Eric Schubert
Age: 17
: New Jersey


What is your role at The NextGen Genealogy Network?

Volunteer Coordinator – I make sure that volunteers are representing NextGen at genealogical events and conferences throughout the country.

How did you hear about NextGen?

I heard about NextGen on Twitter and really was intigued by its mission. I applied for the Volunteer Coordinator position shortly after to get involved and was happy to be accepted.

When did you first get interested in genealogy?

I would say I first got involved in genealogy via a mixture of two experiences. My grandparents all passed in a short time period when I was younger, so I didn’t feel as if I knew my family history, etc. Around that time period, I was also home sick during the winter often and would be searching for something to do. My Mom suggested I try and do something productive, and research my family history after seeing one of those “” commercials – I did, and the rest is history.

Do you have a specific area of expertise or interest?

Not yet. I try my hand at everything!

What is your favorite type of genealogical record?

Naturalization records. I feel like they’re the type of record that people think of when they are asked about genealogy, so I enjoy researching & sharing them.

If you could meet any ancestor, who would it be?

My great grandmother, Janet. She died when my Mother was younger and I’ve talked with many people who knew her well. On all accounts, she was the sweetest person and I have many of her old scrapbooks, etc that I’ve digitized. So, I just always love researching her.

Are you involved in any local societies/organizations?

Yes – I am a member of two local historical societies in my area.

 What is the one piece of advice you would give to a new genealogist?

Stay focused & organized.

Do you plan on becoming a Certified or Accredited Genealogist in the future?

Definitely! I plan on doing so once I graduate from college in 2023.

Where can we find you online? (FB/Instagram/website/email etc)

Twitter – @ESGenealogy