Hi, it’s me again! If you’ve landed on this page, you are probably interested in knowing more about my interests in the USGenWeb Project. I am an adamant supporter of the USGenWeb and am pleased to share more information with you about what I do for the project.
When I began actively researching my family history in 2006, the free resources available via the many sites of the USGenWeb Project were absolutely fundamental to my research process. Thanks to the many hours of dedication from countless volunteers to publish information online, I was able to fill in family tree details, explore resources to help me better understand genealogical research, and make connections with researchers far more experienced than I. Because of these positive experiences, I knew I too had to find a way to give back.
And give back I did. In early 2007 I joined the TNGenWeb project as the county coordinator for Blount County. Not knowing anything about the county, just armed with a mission to serve, I quickly began to research the county, learn more about the people living there, and gained a true appreciation for it’s interesting history. Along the way, I provided research guidance to many information seekers and loved every minute of it. In 2009 I became even more engaged in USGenWeb by becoming WebMaster for the NCGenWeb, eventually becoming an Assistant State Coordinator, and then county coordinator for multiple counties. In July 2011, I had the opportunity to become more involved in TNGenWeb also and became State Coordinator of the project. In addition to my volunteer activities for TNGenWeb and NCGenWeb I also maintain county sites for KYGenWeb. NC, TN, FL, KY, and UT. Very different states, but all equally fascinating in the depth of history and information available.
Throughout all my USGenWeb tenure, I have diligently worked to provide an ever-increasing array of information to support family history & genealogy research. At the same time, I leverage technology & social media to help foster connections and further aid in information dissemination. I believe strongly in the core mission of the USGenWeb Project and I work tirelessly to promote the organization. Of note…
- My efforts for USGenWeb have been highlighted in national publications such as Jet Magazine, and the quarterly publication of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
- When it was time to index the 1940 US Census, I coordinated a group of more than 50 volunteers under the TNGenWeb Indexing Team to transcribe 360,000+ names, consistently ranking as one of the top-producing groups
- I have created multiple web-based data repositories for NCGenWeb & TNGenWeb to provide easier access to newspaper and yearbook information – you can check out NC People in the Papers, the NC Yearbook Index, the TNGenWeb Who’s Who Database, and the TNGenWeb Historical News Portal to see examples
- I partnered with the online genealogy course, RootsMOOC and created an NCGenWeb-run Facebook group as a complement to the course
- Using WordPress for my and my colleagues’ USGenWeb sites has allowed us to directly reach out to more than 1500 users who receive our new material directly in their email inboxes.
You can learn more about my background by visiting my About Me page, as well as my personal family website. But, to know me is to know that I am passionate about widely sharing information for FREE! The USGenWeb is a great vehicle for accomplishing this objective and in my years with the project, not only have I learned much from other coordinators, but I have also felt I have truly been able to give back.
Page last updated: August 7, 2016