FamilySearch Communities: Administrator Community

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


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

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 by the person who is the regional administrator. Additional training will also be conducted on a one-on-one basis as needed.

Historically, online meetings were held to help large groups of people who were new to being administrators of a Facebook page for genealogy research. Those meetings are on hold until further notice. The previous admin meetings were recorded and can be reviewed if desired:

  • Go to MeetingPlace.
  • Enter the code 5588 and click Find Meeting.
  • Click Past, change the dates if needed.
  • In the bottom section, find the meeting on the date of the meeting you want to watch.
  • Click on the number to go to the meeting room.
  • Click on Attachments/Recordings on the right side of the screen.
  • Click on the WebRecording link.

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, 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:

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


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: