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A wealth of research assistance awaits you in the many Genealogy groups on Facebook. Genealogist Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has just updated her list of 5,500+ genealogy groups on Facebook links. Inspired by her success using Facebook to break down some of her brick walls, Katherine’s Genealogy on Facebook list is a gold mine of resources.

Download the 169-page PDF file here containing information and links to Facebook groups and pages for genealogy research on locations, subjects, time periods, ethnicity, societies, and other resources. The list is laid out well and easy to navigate and has a Table of Contents.

The list is arranged by location or subject. Links for locations on Facebook include virtually every country from Australia to Zimbabwe; U.S. locations are broken out by state. Subject links run the gamut from adoption to surnames. The links include subject groups that collaborate only on Facebook, and links for existing organizations, libraries, archives, societies and surname groups.

To be notified when the list updates, “like” Katherine’s professional Facebook page at

Genealogy Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte compiles and maintains the Facebook for Canadian Genealogy list, including French-speaking groups & pages. Both of these lists are invaluable.

The German Genealogy research group has been instrumental in advancing my continuing Prussian research, and Norwaylist Face Book is also very generous and helpful. I can’t say enough good things about the level of collaboration and support provided by the members of these groups, including help with translation, geography, customs, and culture.

In some ways I think the Facebook groups – with the ability to post photos and records – are a natural evolution from the Internet email lists that served us all so well for years.

Give the Genealogy on Facebook and/or Facebook for Canadian Genealogy a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the many, many resources they contain. And thanks to Katherine and Gail for maintaining these lists.