USGenWeb & Me

Hi! 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 would be delighted to tell you more about my history in the USGenWeb.

How long have I been with the USGenWeb Project?

I have been a member of the USGenWeb Project since early 2007 when I became the county coordinator for Blount County, TNGenWeb. At the time, I did not have any personal connections to the county; just a desire to help out given all the help I’d received myself from USGenWeb volunteers and contributors. 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.

Given that I live in Nashville, Tennessee, and near the State Library & Archives, I knew I would have access to materials that I could leverage for my sites. I loved everything about being a coordinator! Soon after adopting Blount County, I was asked to help out in the NCGenWeb Project (where I do have family roots) and became the WebMaster. 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 its 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.

What leadership roles have I had in the project?

As mentioned earlier, I have been the State Coordinator for TNGenWeb for the past 7 years. I have been the NCGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator for 8 years. I have also been an Assistant State Coordinator for FLGenWeb, a position I held for 7 years as well. Since 2016, I’ve been a member of the USGenWeb Advisory Board as a representative for states in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic district.  Throughout all of these positions, I’ve had the opportunity to see the inner workings of the project and work with many others to ensure success. From dealing with web server issues, bringing in new coordinators, helping with website issues, and more – there are so many moving parts to the project that are needed in order to keep the USGenWeb in the forefront of the genealogy community.

What have I done to help promote the project?

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 over the years I have been proud of my efforts 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 created multiple web-based data repositories for NCGenWeb & TNGenWeb to provide easier access to newspaper and yearbook information – you can check out the NC Yearbook Index, the TNGenWeb Who’s Who Database, and the TNGenWeb Historical News Portal to see examples.  These projects have been highlighted in multiple library organizations’ presentations and documentation to grant-funding agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
  • I partnered with the online genealogy course, RootsMOOC and created an NCGenWeb-run Facebook group as a complement to the course
  • Through the use of RSS feeds and email subscriptions across multiple USGenWeb sites, my USGenWeb colleagues and I are able to directly reach out to more than 2,000 users who receive our new material directly in their email inboxes.

Anything else?

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.  It takes a village to conduct the work of the project and I very much enjoy being part of the team. 

Page last updated: September 1, 2018