About GenVines

Our mission is to help those serving the genealogy community who are either:

  • Publishing records online.
  • Letting the genealogy community know about these online resources.

If You Publish Genealogy Records…

With GenVines, you can:

  • Discover who to let know about your new collections.
  • Post information about volunteer opportunities that people can do from home.


If you Blog Genealogy News…

With GenVines, you can:

  • Learn how to follow follow websites and post information in just a few minutes a day.
  • Be listed in the directory, and discover other news bloggers that you can learn from and collaborate with.


Meet the Team

Janell Vasquez
I got my start in genealogy with a simple class on beginning family history research at BYU, and left college with a full-fledged degree, which ended up being a much better choice than my initial idea to major in math. I love solving problems and piecing the puzzle of my family’s lives together (which is much more fun than solving math problems).

I created this site after being frustrated, knowing how much is being placed online all the time – and that the pace is only going to accelerate. But because it’s spread out all over the place, it’s impossible to know what’s happening and where. I love helping people, and love the power of the internet to help people make connections. I am married with 3 kids, and I have a day job in the genealogy world, so while this site isn’t always at the top of the priority list, it is a labor of love and I use it to show as proof that you can accomplish a lot in just 30 minutes a day.

Jane Colmenares
I have one son who is in Pharmacy grad school, as well as a husband, two basset hounds and a cat. I am a nurse practitioner by vocation. I have been involved in genealogy for the past 7 years, and been involved with the USGenWeb program for 5 years. I am an Assistant State Coordinator as well as a County Coordinator for many counties. I work closely with FamilySearch and am the Chair of the FamilySearch Research Wiki Community Council. I am excited to be working on a progressive new project like GenVines.

Lynda Avery
I have been married for 52 years and have three children and 10 grandchildren, with great-grandchildren coming along. I spent my working years in the insurance industry for over 21 years.

I served a FamilySearch mission for 3 ½ years in the indexing area and the Wiki. That experience helped me gain a stronger desire to work on my own family history. I had worked sporadically with researching my family for several years. I was first encouraged toward family history work as I watched my grandmother doing research, through all my growing-up years. She was still writing histories in her 90’s. I am now trying to devote more time to researching my family. I believe GenVines can be helpful to many people who are trying to find their families, and I hope to be able to contribute to that effort.

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