Genealogy Help on Facebook

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We are excited to announce the creation of several online research communities powered by FamilySearch.  These communities have been created to help you and others researching in the same area to:

  • ask questions,
  • collaborate on your research, and
  • share knowledge you have gained as you've done your own research in a specific area.

Ethnic Research Communities[edit | edit source]

North America[edit | edit source]

Latin America[edit | edit source]

Europe[edit | edit source]

Africa[edit | edit source]

Asia[edit | edit source]

Australia[edit | edit source]

How to join a Facebook group:[edit | edit source]

  1. Register for a Facebook account if you do not have one at
  2. Click on the link for the locality above to go to that research community page
  3. Click on the LIKE button 
  4. Join in the discussions! It's that easy.
  5. Learn more about Facebook in this brief video tutorial.
Not interested in joining Facebook? Try our Skype Communities instead.

Questions?[edit | edit source]

  • I would like to see a community started for _Nebraska_<LynetteF>_________, could you create one?
Since this is a pilot program, only a few limited localities are being created now. If you would like to have a group created for a location you are researching:
  • Go to the Discussion page and click to edit the page. (You must be signed in to edit.)
  • Add a note about which groups you'd like to see next.
  • Include whether or not you'd like to be considered for a moderator for the group.
  • After your request, add ~~~. That will Help:Signatures to the request and allow us to notify you when a community is created for that area.
To add additional communities, we need admins to help take care of them. If you would be interested in being an admin, see Facebook and Skype Community Administrators for more information.

  • What is Facebook?
Facebook is a leading "social media" website where individuals communicate and interact with one another. You can learn more or register for an account at

  • I am concerned about Facebook safety and the privacy of my personal information. Where can I learn more?
Facebook has created a website about keeping yourself safe at Facebook Safety. If you are very concerned and would rather not use Facebook, you are welcome to Research Communities on Skype instead.

  • What's the benefit of joining Facebook vs. Skype?
Both will be places where you can go to collaborate with other researchers. You may prefer one or the other simply because you already use one tool or the other. Other benefits to each are:
  • Facebook is a leading social media website. You can join a group on Facebook and just visit the website when you wish. Or, if you'd like to be more involved, you can even sign up to receive a text message when something is posted to the page.
  • Skype is a chat program that allows for more detailed communications and interaction between individuals or groups of users. It allows groups to participate together in group discussions. It also allows for sending documents that others can review to help with evaluating records and, if desired, live video discussions or screen sharing.

  • Additional questions?
  • Ask on the Discussion page. Click Edit this page and add your question.
  • Be sure to add ~~~ after your question to sign your name to it so that someone can contact you if need be.