Genealogy Groups on Facebook

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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.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Katherine R. Willson 16 September 2015 at 7:30 PM - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing my list with your readers! 🙂

    • Nancy 26 September 2015 at 12:23 PM - Reply

      My pleasure, Katherine!

  2. Nancy 10 September 2015 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    And I have Scots who emigrated to South Africa, so I’m interested too.

  3. Dr M Jordaan 6 September 2015 at 11:42 PM - Reply
  4. Nancy 6 September 2015 at 3:59 PM - Reply

    Interesting – please keep us posted, Dr. Jordaan.

  5. Dr M Jordaan 6 September 2015 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    Fantastica, I am doing a similar project from a South African perspective

    • Jeanette Bergoff 10 September 2015 at 11:50 AM - Reply

      Would be very interested to see your results as I am an ex-Rhodesian of Croatian &.Dutch blood on my mother’s side & English on my Father’s side. Living in South Africa.

  6. Nancy 6 September 2015 at 12:24 PM - Reply

    The other group I recommend for Norway is

  7. Susan 6 September 2015 at 12:00 PM - Reply

    How do I get the Norway Genealogy Research Group? After I logged onto FB, I clicked on the link above and was not allowed to see any of it.

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