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… consider genealogy…

The Legal Genealogist has no idea where the whole GivingTuesday thing began.

Yes, even Wikipedia says it got its start in 2012 as “the brainchild of Henry Timms at the 92nd Street Y in New York” with a “co-founding organization,” the United Nations Foundation.1

And that’s the story on the About page of the website of the organization by that name.2

And that sounds good to me; I just haven’t verified it.


What sounds even better?

Doing something — almost anything — on this Giving Tuesday to give back to the genealogical community.

And yeah… I do have an idea… or two.

First, for the Americans among us, we can take this to the top, and add to the push at the National Genealogical Society, where a gift right now (and through the end of the year, even) will be matched (up to a total from all donors of $30,000). This year, the emphasis is on funding education and records preservation efforts.

And second, for all of us anywhere, consider donating to the DNA Reunion Project at the Center for Jewish History — an amazing initiative focused on unlocking mysteries and making crucial connections, “often linking Holocaust survivors to living relatives they did not know they had.” As its web page adds, that “can be a priceless gift for a population ravaged by genocide, and time is of the essence, as that population ages and dwindles.”

Whenever and wherever GivingTuesday began, it’s a great opportunity.

We can take a moment today from the commercial trappings of our ordinary lives… and give instead.

We can even think of it as giving ourselves a gift.

The gift of community and continued or renewed connection to family.

What could be better than that?

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “On GivingTuesday 2022…,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 29 Nov 2022).


  1. Wikipedia (, “GivingTuesday,” rev. 29 Oct 2022.
  2. See “About GivingTuesday,” ( : accessed 29 Nov 2022).
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