It’s been a bit of struggle finding something not related to Hurricane Katrina lately, so I thought I’d tell you about a group that I do volunteer work with. This is a bit of free advertising for the website. So be warned. My opinions are incredibly biased!
Two years ago, big changes were happening on AOL and the genealogy forum no longer existed in it’s previous form. At that time some of the volunteers left for new adventures on the internet. With the help of sponsor, Joe Albert, www.genealogyforum.org.
It would suffice to say that genealogists may be the most helpful people on the planet. In what other enterprise do people spend hundreds and hundreds of hours doing research and then share it with anyone who might (or might not) be related? Genealogyforum.org takes that unwritten law of genealogy and provides a place where people can learn, explore, and share their genealogy pursuits.
The sole purpose of the website is to help genealogists. This is done in four main ways:
1. Every day their are live genealogy chats. They chats are moderated by a person who knows the topic well. Questions are fielded, information is shared, and everyone learns something.
2. Genealogy Chat Resource Centers are being built to help genealogists learn ways to do research and to learn more about their heritage. There are three chat centers at present. The hope is that in the future all genealogy chat topics will have their own resource center.
3. A message board is dedicated to the exchange of genealogy information. Each category is moderated. Moderators as well as visitors chime in to answer questions and share research experiences.
4. Each month a topic is posted where staff and the public can submit articles. Topics are chosen that explore genealogy, history, and heritage. They cover a wide range of topics and attempt to explore the personal experience as well as the wider “how to” field.
In addition to this, there is a United States Research Links directory that provides links to free genealogy databases, indexes, and information for all 50 states. There is also an Ancestor in the Spotlight section where you can submit articles about your favorite ancestors. And, there is a monthly newsletter.
Remarkably, all this is done by a small group of 20-25 volunteers. In fact, everyone at genealogyforum.org is a volunteer. Each volunteer brings their own research experiences to the table. There is a sense of dedication and a feeling that genealogy should be share with anyone who wants to hear! In a day when everything goes for a price, it’s great to know there is a free community for the exploration of genealogy right here on the internet!
If you’d like to visit the website, here’s a link: Genealogy Resources and Live Help
If you are researching your family tree and would like to find out more about the