Aside from my business, I’m involved in several genealogical projects that I’m excited about.
Started by Jen Baldwin in October 2012, Conference Keeper was created as a single go-to website for finding information about genealogy and family history conferences. As Jen became more deeply involved with other genealogical work, Conference Keeper took a break and idled until late in 2015.
My good friend Tami Mize and I saw the value of such a site in the genealogy community and re-ignited the mission and purpose of Conference Keeper. We curate and calendar the dates and details of genealogy and family history conferences, seminars, workshops, and other events.
With the newly formed GeneaBloggers TRIBE, a wonderful group for anyone interested in sharing their family history through blogs, vlogs and other forms of content creation, I jumped at the opportunity to be the Editor of our weekly and monthly newsletters.
I also host our monthly Twitter chat where we talk about all things content creation. Follow it at #gbtribechat.
This project is in the early stages of development. Several years ago I discovered people were selling off letters that soldiers wrote during wartime on Ebay. I am not a fan of this so I began collecting them when I could with the intent of one day sharing the stories and hopefully reuniting the letters with interested family members.
My good friend Julie Ricketts and I recently decided to work on this project together and I am very excited about it. We are in the process of developing our website where we can share what we’ve found and also have a podcast in the planning stages. Many of the letters started with “Dear Folks….”, hence the name of our project.
I Seek Dead People Club
A group of fellow genealogy enthusiasts and I are collaborating on forming a genealogy club that will focus on bringing the younger generations into the family history fold. We’re intending to have monthly meetings online as well as hosting meetings locally in our individual states. It’s in the very early stages of development but we have big hopes for it!
WikiTree Forest Elf
Not exactly a project, as I’m paid staff of the site, but I’m very passionate about my role as the Forest Elf of WikiTree. I oversee the day-to-day operations of the site and help our members feel like valued contributors (because they are!).
If you haven’t heard of it, WikiTree is a completely free, collaborative family tree and a wonderful community of volunteers.
Global Family Reunion
In 2014 and 2015, I worked closely with author A.J. Jacobs as his Chief Cousin Connector for the Global Family Reunion and co-wrote a Getting Started with Genealogy appendix for his book “It’s All Relative” (it should hit stands November).