Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Genealogy Squad: You Are Not Alone

The Genealogy Squad Facebook group launched on May 6, 2019, and was an immediate success. At this moment there are 14,376 members and the group is fast approaching what we believe will be 15,000 members this coming week.

The mission of the Genealogy Squad Facebook group is to provide a positive space for the sharing of appropriate and reliable methods and resources to assist genealogists at all levels. We focus on answering questions and solving problems, while demonstrating best practices in all aspects of genealogical research. Questions relating to the use of DNA testing are better suited for our sister group, Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques at

The founders and administrators of The Genealogy Squad are Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi's List), and Drew Smith and George G. Morgan of The Genealogy Guys Podcast. We have a combined total of more than 150 years of experience with genealogical research and want to provide high quality, helpful, and friendly assistance to our members.

Where Are Our Members?

A significant number of our members have asked about the make-up of our membership, primarily because there seems to be an assumption that The Genealogy Squad is only for and composed of U.S. members. That assumption is far from accurate. Our members are from all over the world, and there is a wonderful excitement to help one another. Here is an image from the FB statistics about our members as of this morning. The origins and numbers change as membership grows but it is important that you know more about your fellow members.

The Genealogy Squad members as of June 16, 2019
(Click the image to enlarge.)

The chart above doesn't include every place; we know there are members in other countries, such as Israel, Italy, France, South Africa, and elsewhere. However, this graphic gives you a little feel for larger clusters of members.

Think Globally!

You can help other people by being more precise about the places - including country and other geopolitical jurisdiction - in your posts here. Remember that there is more than one London and more than one Madison; there is an Essex County in New Jersey, one in Massachusetts, one in the UK, and one in Ontario, Canada. 

This may be a little change in your mindset, but it's really very helpful to begin thinking and researching with a more global perspective. You'll help yourself *and* you'll help other members in this great FB group!

Spread the Word

If you are not a member of The Genealogy Squad, go to the FB page at and request to be added. You have to answer two quick questions so that we know you're not a robot and so we can know a little more about you. We'll approve you pretty quickly. 

If you are already a member, tell your friends and genealogical society members about us. Give them the link, but don't use the FB Invite function. We decline invited people because we want everyone to join on their own volition. (After all, we all dislike being added to an email distribution list without our choice. The same thing holds true here.)

We look forward to having you join us. We know you will learn a lot, and you'll be able to share with and help people from all over the world. 

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