Monday, January 23, 2012

FamilySearch Seeks Admins for Facebook Pages and Skype Group Chats

FamilySearch Genealogy Research Communities first appeared as Facebook pages and Skype group chats in May 2011. Each Facebook page or Skype group is dedicated to a state in the US or an entire country. These pages and groups are run by experienced genealogy volunteers for those areas. These virtual communities are the online equivalent of asking for help at your local Family History Center. We grew from 4 communities to 59 over the past several months. With a minimum need of 2-3 admins per community--and a greater need for larger communities--we are at less than 50 percent "staffed." Advisers are looking to recruit more volunteers.

Join our team of admins who lead research communities on Facebook and Skype:
  • Interact with those who post on the page by answering questions posted or commenting on them if you don't have an answer, encouraging others to answer questions, and showing gratitude for resources shared.
  • Share news and information about how to do genealogy research in this area, information about genealogy events, and great resources available for this area.
  • Partner with local organizations such as libraries, archives, and societies, to invite them to share their news and events on the page.
Please review our "Join a Facebook Research Community" FamilySearch Wiki page to learn which communities are available--and how to find them. If we don't have the state or country you want to admin, please apply anyway. We can make a new community.

If you have any interest in helping, please apply to be an admin. We welcome even the smallest contribution. Need some motivation? Read The Ancestry Insider's post "Beyond the Walls of Your FHC." We also welcome new members to our communities. Simply "Like" a community on Facebook.