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by | May 27, 2017

Be sure to see: It’s not just about blogging…

What began in 2007 as Jasia Smasha’s Carnival of Genealogy morphed into the GeneaBloggers group supporting online genealogy writers. In Jan 2008 Kathryn Doyle and LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven) wanted to produce a style guide for the term “GeneaBloggers” because at the time various genealogy bloggers were referring to the fledgling organization as genea-bloggers, GeneBloggers, genealogyBloggers, etc. This was to avoid confusion and similar to the AP style guide for journalists and was long before bloggers in general began to wield power.

GeneaBloggers itself is a volunteer organization created by a core group of bloggers dedicated to advancing those who blogged genealogy. Back in the day, WikiPedia did not wish to add a GeneaBloggers topic not seeing it as an “entity” and footnoteMaven said “Let’s make us one.” Jasia Smasha, Kathryn Doyle, LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven), Miriam Robbins, Randy Seaver, and Terry Thornton aka The Graveyard Rabbit (deceased) were part of that core group. The Facebook group provides an outlet including distribution of the GeneaBloggers logo and the GeneaBloggers Facebook Group logo created by LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven) that she has graciously donated to the group. Though a 1995 weblog-er, DearMYRTLE didn’t enter the GeneaBloggers group until this point.

The expressed purpose of GeneaBloggers is to:

  • support genealogy bloggers including content-providers on a variety of platforms
  • share information on resources
  • permit free use of fM’s several logo graphics among members expressing solidarity
  • exclude commercial advertising
  • disallow corporate ownership

Thomas MacEntee joined the group in the summer of 2008, and by Jan 2009 reserved the domain. He wrote:

“Out of an abundance of caution I have decided to reserve the domain name geneabloggers.com (as well as genea-blogger.com, geneablogger.com and others – they all forward back to geneabloggers.com) in trust for the good of the Geneabloggers group. I am fronting the domain registration fees as well as the website hosting fees.  I’ve also taken care of the gene@pedia website hosting (more about this exciting new feature soon).” Source: Thomas MacEntee’s “Inquiring Minds Want to Know” posted 22 Jan 2009 at GeneaBloggers. (http://www.geneabloggers.com/inquiring-minds-want-to-know : viewed 21 May 2017.) In January 2009, Thomas began robust community building around conference attendance, blogger beads and a website of resource assistance. In June 2017, after years of community building service, Thomas has stepped down to focus on his other genealogy interests.

This team at GeneaBloggersTRIBE will continue the providing helpful resource links, daily blogging prompts, blogiversaries, spotlights with an eye to new and emerging content-providing technologies. So expect to find support at GeneaBloggersTRIBE.com for vlogging (video blogging), podcasting, content curating, micro-blogging in addition to traditional blogging. Who knows what is next for content developers?

Meet the GeneaBloggersTRIBE Team

Team Member: Jill Ball GeniAus

Jill (GeniAus) Ball, a former librarian, teacher and IT specialist, is an amateur genealogist and grandmother of 12 from Sydney. In 2011 Jill was awarded Honorary Life Membership of The Australian...

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Team Member: Claire Brisson-Banks

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS AG®, a Rhode Island native, holds a masters in library science from of San Jose State University. She is the CEO of Timeless Genealogies™  “Where Your Family is No....

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Team Member: Laurie Desmarais

My name is Laurie Desmarais and I have more than twenty years of genealogical research experience.  I am regular conference attendee, volunteer, blogger and participant in many Facebook user groups....

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Team Member: Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond has been researching her family for 25 years, since she was too young to have a driver’s license and had to rely on her mother as a chauffeur. She has traced all branches of her...

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Team Member: Hilary Gadsby

Hilary Gadsby has been doing family history research since the turn of the century and has been blogging about it since late 2007. Originally entitled Genemeet and meant to share her research...

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Team Member: Caitlin Gow

She caught the genealogy bug on the 8th of July, 2009, when she was 18. She is half Australian and half American. Caitlin’s Australian side of the family were predominantly from Scotland, and all...

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Team Member: Laura Hedgecock

Laura Hedgecock is an author, storyteller, speaker, and GeneaBlogger obsessed with family history and passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. Maybe that’s because she...

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Team Member: True Lewis

I am True Lewis. Retired Veteran of the US Army. A Daughter of the American Revolution. I am the Family Historian for the Ike Ivery Family at Ike-IveryFamily.org. Granddaddy Ike was Enslaved, and...

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Team Member: Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, freelance writer, web developer, and educator living in California. A former school teacher, Elizabeth was an avid promoter of technology in the classroom, and now...

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Team Member: Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a professional genealogist, instructor, writer and speaker. She is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC which provides research services as well as instruction and...

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Team Member: Carol Kostakos Petranek

Carol Kostakos Petranek serves as an Assistant Director of the Washington, D.C. Family History Center where she coordinates classes, conferences and community outreach projects. She is a volunteer...

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Team Member: Shannon Thomas

My name is Shannon Seigfreid Thomas. I am a mother, wife, photographer, amateur genealogist, and friend to many. I share my home with my husband, Jason, my son Hunter and our three furbabies. We...

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Team Member: Russ Worthington

Russ Worthington lives in the beautiful northwest corner of New Jersey that most people don’t know exists (there are no exit numbers). He started “collecting his ancestors” about...

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