FamilySearch recently expanded their reach by implementing both Skype group chats and Facebook pages, each of which is dedicated to a country, or to a US state. Considering these 59 online communities enable a broader reach from and to the local Family History Centers, they have been managed by volunteers experienced in genealogy. Each community required 2-3 admins for the smaller communities and much more for the larger ones, it will be necessary for them to double their volunteer staff.
The list of duties includes:
- Responding to those who participate in online conversations and post to the pages, or encouraging others to provide answers.
- Provide up-to-date information and news regarding genealogy research, events and valuable resources.
- Partnership and liaising with local, regional and national societies, archives and libraries, encouraging their participating in the online events.
Family search has provided a publication on their Wiki page entitled, “Join a Facebook Research Community” for those who wish to learn which communities are available and how to volunteer. They also suggest that if the state or community you want to participate in is not available, they’d like you to apply anyway and they will consider creating a new community.
Those interested in helping may apply. They welcome all contributions, no matter how large or small.
To simply become a new member to a community, all you need to do is “Like” a community on Facebook.
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