Family Group Leader
Desirable skills, knowledge, experience, some suggestions to help, tenure and
the process to become a Group Leader.
A Group Leader does not have to be an expert
genealogist or an expert computer user. A strong desire to help the PRA
share our information and to help fellow Group Members with their research are
the primary skills a Group Leader should have to be successful.
A Group Leader must be a current member of the
PRA. To help, here is a list of suggestions for a Group Leader to help
them be successful. These
reflect the thoughts and suggestions of PRA Members, Group Leaders and Board
members. They will be modified as needed to reflect the ever changing role of a
Group Leader and the needs of the PRA.
To facilitate communication, it is very
important for a Family Group Leader to have access to the Internet and have
an e-mail account.
A Family Group Leader should be willing, and
able, to commit to actively
work towards the goals and objectives of the PRA.
A Family Group Leader should
communicate regularly with their Group Members and to keep them informed of
the status of any work being conducted by their Family Group.
A Family Group Leader should respond to
queries from individual members of the PRA on any mail list, message board
or blog which involves their Group.
A Family Group Leader should organize those
PRA Members who are part of their Family Group and review the best available
sources of data which supports the organization of that Family Group.
This includes collecting data from the
Family Group members and/or any other available sources, examining the
evidence and proof and determining the composition of the Group. This is not
intended to produce anything other than the best research possible given the
available data and/or sources. This is not intended to stifle the process or
to produce a 100% accurate report, which as we all know in genealogy is
usually not possible, especially when you go much beyond the 20th century in
Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
- Being a Family Group Leader means you will be the team leader for your
Group. As a team leader, you should lead by example.
- A Family Group Leader should have some experience in genealogical
research using traditional and computer methods.
NOTE: The broader the experience, the more comfortable a Group
Leader will be in their role, however, this skill and experience will be
acquired as you participate in the Group.
- A Family Group Leader should be knowledgeable of their PRA Family Group.
NOTE: The broader the knowledge, the
easier a Group Leader will be in their role, however, this knowledge and
experience will be acquired as you participate in the Group.
Suggestions to Help a Group Leader:
- Find somebody in your Group to help you! Many of your Group are just
waiting for somebody to ask them to help. You can share the work as well as
get more participation from your Group members. Many of our Groups have
co-leaders who split the work making it easier for their Group and helps
- Send monthly Group updates to Group Members and to the Research
Note: You can use the News (blog) on this website, the PRA mail list, the
PRA blog on Google and/or your own mail group. If you don't have time to do
monthly reports or don't have enough new information, send quarterly
(every 3 months) Group updates.
- Locate documents for your Group that can be shared with other
researchers and obtain consent for the PRA to publish them on our website
and in the Pedigrees. When you have them, contact the Editor of the
Pedigrees and work together to publish them in the Pedigrees.
- Publish at least one (1) article and/or genealogy report about your
Family Group each year. With your consent, the PRA will publish it on our
websites and in the Pedigrees.
Note: As an option, a Group Leader may wish to build a website for
their Group. Several of our Groups have websites where they post
information to help their members keep informed of the latest
information and as a great way to share documents, photographs and other
- Try to attend a PRA Reunion/Meeting when possible. While the PRA is a
genealogical association, we do meet for social interaction as well.
Meeting other "cousins" is one of the most enjoyable benefits of
membership. The reunion/meetings used to meet every other year at a different
location but now we only meet when we can get enough Members together to make it happen. We try to move the location around the US to give more
opportunity for every member to attend a meeting. We do use the latest technology on the web to host "Webinars" for Membership meetings and we can arrange a special meeting for just your Group.
There is no defined tenure. However, the
Research Director may remove
a Group Leader at anytime with approval of the Board.
Once a person is appointed as a Group Leader,
they will act as the Group Leader immediately.
If selected to be a Group Leader, they will be
asked one question:
Are you willing to serve as a Group
Leader and to actively work towards the goals and objectives of the PRA?
If the reply is "Yes" and the Group Leader
is a current PRA Member, they will be appointed to the position by
the Research Director.
If the reply is "No", the Group Leader is
thanked for their interest but will not be invited to be a Group Leader.
If a Group Leader is not able, or capable, of
performing as a Group Leader, they are thanked for their work and asked to
What Steps are taken to be selected as a Group
1. A volunteer expresses their desire to be a
Group Leader to the PRA’s Research
Director. Click here to
contact the Research Director.
2. We refer the person to the
Family Group Leader Skills page to be sure they understand the guidelines for being
a Group Leader. We also refer the individual to the
Family Groups page, the
John French Master File and the
"JFMF What Now" page to be sure they have an understanding of our
Family Groups and the (JFMF).
3. The person is referred to the
Research Director who
communicates with the person and reviews their request to be sure they are a
current PRA member, are willing to adhere to the guidelines and they have the
desired interest and basic "tools" to be successful in the job. This includes
Internet access and some basic computer skills.
4. Once the
Research Director has completed
the review and interview, the
Research Director reviews the recommendation and makes a decision. He then
communicates with the individual and notifies them of his decision.
5. If the individual is appointed, the
Research Director makes the
announcements to the Board, Officers, Committee Chairs, and the other Group
Leaders and on the PRA website, mail list and blog.
6. Once appointed, the new Group Leader is
provided with access to the special folder on the PRA's website and their access
rights on the PRA Member's only website are changed to allow them to that of a
"User" so they can work on their family trees (gedcom files).
7. Once appointed, the new Group Leader should
quickly move to establish communication with their Group members and to identify
what steps are needed to help them move their Group forward.
These steps are not all inclusive as there are
many other parts but these basic steps will help you to be a successful Group
Questions: Contact the PRA's