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'''Administrator Guide - Table of Contents'''
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== Welcome  ==
  
&lt; [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Guide|Administrator Guide]]<br>&gt; [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Responsibilities|Administrator Responsibilities]]<br>&gt; [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Best Practices|Administrator Best Practices]]
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It is our pleasure to welcome you to our growing team of community administrators. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the first communities were introduced in May 2011.
  
== Welcome<br> ==
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== Our administrator community [[Image:1280px-April4 2010 Sitka Alaska Larus schistisagus.JPG|right|290x250px|1280px-April4 2010 Sitka Alaska Larus schistisagus.JPG]] ==
  
It is our pleasure to welcome you to our growing team of community administrators. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the first communities were introduced in May 2011. FamilySearch joins with all our community members in thanking you for joining our community of volunteers.  
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As administrators, we make up a community of researchers and family historians who have developed expertise in locating genealogical resources in specific states and countries. We have had success in identifying our own ancestors, have helped others to do the same, and have a desire to provide an additional avenue of assistance through social media. The broader volunteer community includes all members of each genealogy research community as they have an opportunity to answer each others questions. We, as administrators, take a leadership role to encourage others to share what they know. Using social media to share information extends our reach and increases the potential for attracting new community members who may become interested in family history research.  
  
This guide is meant to be informative as you begin your journey as a leader in these online communities. Please take a few minutes to review the information and become familiar with FamilySearch's vision for your communities. Keep note of questions you have along the way and don't hesitate to ask.  
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To make these FamilySearch communities as efficient and useful as possible, multiple administrators will share responsibilities in each community. Our goal is for all administrators to have a positive experience through working together and ensuring that each community will be a successful and welcoming resource to the public.
  
Contact FamilySearch Sponsors or other members of the community by:
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== Administrator Training  ==
  
*Leaving a message on the Discussion/Talk page for the wiki page from which you have a question
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The majority of the training for all volunteer administrators is given in three ways:  
*Posting a comment on the [https://www.facebook.com/groups/117212955030975/ Genealogy Research Community Admins Facebook group]
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*Conversing in the Research Community Admins group chat on Skype (How to join)
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== Introduction to FamilySearch  ==
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*By the person who is the regional administrator.
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*By the Quality Assurance team member.
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*On the GRC Group page on Facebook
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*One-on-one training is also used when needed.
  
Please watch this 3 minute video to learn more about FamilySearch.<br>
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== Regional admins  ==
  
[http://youtu.be/ITzQ7z-2jWw FamilySearch.org -- What's Your Story?]<br>
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In addition to FamilySearch sponsors, you will also have a volunteer regional admin whom you can go to for help. Each region generally has 5-10 communities. Regional admins are experienced volunteers who help facilitate friendly communities through:
  
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*Reaching out to the administrators in the communities covered by their region to offer encouragement, congratulations, or advice
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*A successful regional admin will take initiative in building a working relationship with and between the administrators in the communities he or she oversees (suggested minimum: 3-5 hours per week)
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*Leading by example, fulfilling the responsibilities and best practices of an administrator in their community and/or communities of choice (regional managers should not do all the responsibilities of their region, but rather facilitate collaboration between volunteers)
  
FamilySearch has been working hard since 1894 to bring together an amazing collection of resources for people interested in finding their genealogy. We do all of this for free with the help of volunteers and missionaries like you. We hope you will [[FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Responsibilities#Sharing_resources|learn]] about our resources so you can share them.<br>
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==== United States Research  ====
  
FamilySearch hopes you will share other resources too. Our mission is to help people with their family history. We don't have copies of all the world's records; sharing non-FamilySearch resources is central to our plan.<br>  
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*'''New England (US)''' - [[User:Cnapoli|Cathy Napolitano]] <br>Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
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*'''Mid-Atlantic (US)''' - N/A <br>Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland
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*'''Midwestern (US)''' - [[User:MJSaylor|Mary J. Saylor]] <br>Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
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*'''Mid-South (US)''' - [[User:Francesellsworth|Fran Ellsworth]] <br>Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri
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*'''Gulf-South (US)''' - N/A <br>Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas
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*'''Great Plains (US)''' - N/A <br>Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas
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*'''Mountain West (US)''' - N/A <br>Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
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*'''Pacific States (US)''' - N/A <br>Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
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*'''Ethnic Communities''' - N/A <br>African American, American Indian, Youth / Young Adult
  
== Our administrator community<br> ==
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==== Canadian Research ====
  
As administrators, we make up a community of researchers and family historians who have developed expertise in locating genealogical resources in specific states and countries. We have had success in identifying our own ancestors, have helped others to do the same, and have a desire to provide an additional avenue of assistance through social media. The broader volunteer community includes all members of each genealogy research community as they have an opportunity to answer each other's questions. We, as administrators, take a leadership role to encourage others to share what they know. Using social media to share information extends our reach and increases the potential for attracting new community members who may become interested in family history research.<br>
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*'''Canada''' - [[User:Debdunn|Deb Dunn]] <br>Canada, Canada First Nations, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
  
To make these FamilySearch communities as efficient and useful as possible, multiple administrators will share responsibilities in each community. Our goal is for all administrators to have a positive experience through working together and ensuring that each community will be a successful and welcoming resource to the public.
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==== European Research  ====
  
== Administrator community meetings  ==
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*'''British Isles:''' - [[User:Debdunn|Deb Dunn]] <br> England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
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*'''Continental Europe''' - [[User:Bnbrowning|Betseylee Browning]] <br>Czechoslovakia, France (French and English pages), Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (Russian and English pages), Switzerland, Ukraine
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*'''Nordic''' - [[User:BradleyDMarchant|Bradley Marchant]] <br>Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden (English and Swedish)
  
Each Saturday and Tuesday, a training webinar is held to teach about the different things that can be done with a Facebook page.
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==== South America and Spanish Research Worldwide:  ====
  
Though the FamilySearch pages may often be referred to in these discussions, '''these trainings are open to the general public.'''&nbsp;If you are an administrator of a genealogy-related page on Facebook, you are welcome to attend! Simply [[#Request_to_become_a_community_administrator|request to become a community administrator]] and, under the "Suggest a new community" question, type "Genealogy Research Community Admins group only."<br>  
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*'''Latin America''' - [[User:DSGurtler|Debbie Gurtler]] <br>Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hispanic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela (Spanish and English pages)
  
'''Meeting information:'''
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==== Research in Other Areas of the World: ====
  
:*'''Tuesday:''' 9:30-10:00 AM Mountain Time<br>  
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*'''Oceania''' - Michelle Patient <br>American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga
:*'''Saturday:''' The meetings were at 10:15 AM Mountain Time, but are on hold until further notice
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*'''Asia''' - N/A <br>China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand
:*'''Place:''' [http://meetingplace.ldschurch.org/a/47355e1410cd5d630e42a133e2c7e721 Click to attend]
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*'''Africa and Middle East''' - [[User:Kelly.familyhistory|Kelly Erickson]] <br>Nigeria, South Africa
:*Alternate: [http://meetingplace.ldschurch.org MeetingPlace sign in as a Guest to ID 2214]
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'''Instructions to join:'''
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== Additional roles  ==
  
:*'''Click '''the above link.
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Several other individuals have a unique role in our communities. Periodically, other staff, missionaries, or volunteers are invited to use their specific talents to help the entire administrator community. Current special roles include:
:*Sign in as a '''Guest '''(your name will be shown as a meeting attendee).
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:*Enter your '''phone number''' (no punctuation) to have the system call you.
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:*If it doesn't call you, you may need to call in instead. Dial 877-459-7266, then follow the prompts and enter the code to join the meeting.
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:*International callers may need to use Skype to dial into the meeting if the system doesn't call them.
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'''Reviewing recordings:'''<br>
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*[[User:Francesellsworth|Fran Ellsworth]] - Admin mentor, instructor, and quality assurance.
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*[[User:Jacallut|Janett Call]] - Posting FamilySearch Historical Records update information
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*Nathan Miles - Reports
  
:*[https://chqmpweb1.ldschurch.org/mpweb/scripts/mpx.dll Go to MeetingPlace].
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== Questions?  ==
:*Enter the code 2214 and click '''Find Meeting'''.
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:*Click '''Past''', change the dates if needed.
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:*In the bottom section, find the meeting on the '''date '''of the meeting you want to watch.
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:*Click on the number to go to the meeting room.
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:*Click on '''Attachments/Recordings '''on the right side of the screen.
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:*Click on the '''WebRecording '''link.
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Daily communication between the volunteer administrators and the FamilySearch sponsors and support staff takes place on the "Genealogy Research Community Admins" Group page on Facebook. If you have any questions about this guide, please post them on the Group page:  
 
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== FamilySearch sponsors  ==
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In addition to the community administrators that are assigned to each community, FamilySearch staff members will also be listed as administrators and are available as community sponsors to assist in any way necessary. These FamilySearch sponsors include:
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*[[User:JensenFA|Fran Jensen]] - Social Media Manager
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*[[User:JohnsonAC|Art Johnson]] - Help as a Service Manager
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*Nathan Miles - Management Reports
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Sponsors are here to help you and ensure that you have the tools you need to make this community a fun, informative place for researchers to visit.
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== Special roles  ==
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Several other individuals have a unique role in our communities. Periodically, other staff, missionaries, or volunteers are invited to use their specific talents to help the entire administrator community.  
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Current special roles include:
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*[[User:BavelasAJ|Andrew Bavelas]] - Quality Assurance
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*[[User:Jacallut|Janett Call]] - Historical Records
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== Regional admins  ==
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In addition to FamilySearch sponsors, you will also have a volunteer regional admin whom you can go to for help. Each region generally has 5-10 communities. Regional admins are experienced volunteers who help facilitate friendly communities through:
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*Reaching out to the administrators in the communities covered by their region to offer encouragement, congratulations, or advice
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*A successful regional admin will take initiative in building a working relationship with and between the administrators in the communities he or she oversees (suggested minimum: 3-5 hours per week)
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*Leading by example, fulfilling the responsibilities and best practices of an administrator in their community and/or communities of choice (regional managers should not do all the responsibilities of their region, but rather facilitate collaboration between volunteers)
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Current regions and regional managers include: <br>(Regions follow [http://www.icapgen.org/icapgen/regions ICAPGen regions] where possible)*
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*'''New England (US)''' - [[User:Cnapoli|Cathy Napolitano]] <br>Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
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*'''Mid-Atlantic (US)''' - N/A <br>Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland<br>
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*'''Midwestern (US)''' - [[User:MJSaylor|Mary J. Saylor]] <br>Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
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*'''Mid-South (US)''' - [[User:Francesellsworth|Fran Ellsworth]] <br>Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri
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*'''Gulf-South (US)''' - N/A <br>Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas<br>
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*'''Great Plains (US)''' - N/A <br>Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas<br>
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*'''Mountain West (US)''' - N/A <br>Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming<br>
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*'''Pacific States (US)''' - N/A <br>Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington<br>
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*'''Canada and British Isles''' - [[User:Debdunn|Deb Dunn]] <br>Canada, Canada First Nations, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales<br>
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*'''Nordic''' - [[User:BradleyDMarchant|Bradley Marchant]] <br>Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
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*'''Latin America''' - [[User:DSGurtler|Debbie Gurtler]] <br>Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hispanic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Perú, Puerto Rico, Venezuela (Spanish and English pages)
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*'''Continental Europe''' - [[User:Bnbrowning|Betseylee Browning]] <br>Czechoslovakia, France (French and English pages), Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (Russian and English pages), Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine
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*'''Oceania''' - Michelle Patient <br>American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga
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*'''Asia''' - N/A <br>China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand
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*'''Africa and Middle East''' - [[User:Kelly.familyhistory|Kelly Erickson]] <br>Nigeria, South Africa
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*'''Ethnic Communities''' - N/A <br>African American, American Indian, Youth / Young Adult
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<nowiki>*</nowiki>ICAPGen lists Missouri and Texas in two groups. Here we have left Texas in Great Plains, but removed it from Gulf-South. We have also removed Missouri from Midwestern and left it in Mid-South. This balances the number of communities in the affected regions.  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/117212955030975/ Genealogy Research Community Admins Facebook group]
  
[http://bit.ly/H8SR80 See a graphic] that shows the leadership of the administrator community
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Revision as of 17:18, 4 March 2013

FamilySearch Communities This article is about an aspect of the Genealogy Research Communities sponsored by FamilySearch.

Contents

Welcome

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our growing team of community administrators. It has been exciting to see so much research help provided since the first communities were introduced in May 2011.

Our administrator community
1280px-April4 2010 Sitka Alaska Larus schistisagus.JPG

As administrators, we make up a community of researchers and family historians who have developed expertise in locating genealogical resources in specific states and countries. We have had success in identifying our own ancestors, have helped others to do the same, and have a desire to provide an additional avenue of assistance through social media. The broader volunteer community includes all members of each genealogy research community as they have an opportunity to answer each others questions. We, as administrators, take a leadership role to encourage others to share what they know. Using social media to share information extends our reach and increases the potential for attracting new community members who may become interested in family history research.

To make these FamilySearch communities as efficient and useful as possible, multiple administrators will share responsibilities in each community. Our goal is for all administrators to have a positive experience through working together and ensuring that each community will be a successful and welcoming resource to the public.

Administrator Training

The majority of the training for all volunteer administrators is given in three ways:

  • By the person who is the regional administrator.
  • By the Quality Assurance team member.
  • On the GRC Group page on Facebook
  • One-on-one training is also used when needed.

Regional admins

In addition to FamilySearch sponsors, you will also have a volunteer regional admin whom you can go to for help. Each region generally has 5-10 communities. Regional admins are experienced volunteers who help facilitate friendly communities through:

  • Reaching out to the administrators in the communities covered by their region to offer encouragement, congratulations, or advice
  • A successful regional admin will take initiative in building a working relationship with and between the administrators in the communities he or she oversees (suggested minimum: 3-5 hours per week)
  • Leading by example, fulfilling the responsibilities and best practices of an administrator in their community and/or communities of choice (regional managers should not do all the responsibilities of their region, but rather facilitate collaboration between volunteers)

United States Research

  • New England (US) - Cathy Napolitano
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Mid-Atlantic (US) - N/A
    Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland
  • Midwestern (US) - Mary J. Saylor
    Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Mid-South (US) - Fran Ellsworth
    Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri
  • Gulf-South (US) - N/A
    Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas
  • Great Plains (US) - N/A
    Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas
  • Mountain West (US) - N/A
    Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
  • Pacific States (US) - N/A
    Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
  • Ethnic Communities - N/A
    African American, American Indian, Youth / Young Adult

Canadian Research

  • Canada - Deb Dunn
    Canada, Canada First Nations, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

European Research

  • British Isles: - Deb Dunn
    England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
  • Continental Europe - Betseylee Browning
    Czechoslovakia, France (French and English pages), Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (Russian and English pages), Switzerland, Ukraine
  • Nordic - Bradley Marchant
    Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden (English and Swedish)

South America and Spanish Research Worldwide:

  • Latin America - Debbie Gurtler
    Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hispanic, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Venezuela (Spanish and English pages)

Research in Other Areas of the World:

  • Oceania - Michelle Patient
    American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga
  • Asia - N/A
    China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Africa and Middle East - Kelly Erickson
    Nigeria, South Africa

Additional roles

Several other individuals have a unique role in our communities. Periodically, other staff, missionaries, or volunteers are invited to use their specific talents to help the entire administrator community. Current special roles include:

  • Fran Ellsworth - Admin mentor, instructor, and quality assurance.
  • Janett Call - Posting FamilySearch Historical Records update information
  • Nathan Miles - Reports

Questions?

Daily communication between the volunteer administrators and the FamilySearch sponsors and support staff takes place on the "Genealogy Research Community Admins" Group page on Facebook. If you have any questions about this guide, please post them on the Group page: