Faces of NextGen: Meet Michael Melendez

Michael MelendezMichael Melendez, 25, Utah

What five words would you use to describe yourself? Shy, old soul, unorthodox, observant, ambitious.

Why genealogy? Because it brings family stories and historical events into cohesion.

What’s the coolest discovery you’ve made? That NextGen exists!

What are you working on this week? The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree.

What’s the number one secret to your success in genealogy? Gleaning more information from a record than the average person.

What superpower would you want to help you uncover your family history? Time travel.

What are we most likely to find you doing when you’re not researching family history? Political activism.

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