WeRelate.org, the world’s largest genealogy wiki, saw a doubling of new users from Saturday, August 13 to Monday, August 15 over the same period the week before (August 6-8). Since people don’t have to give a reason for joining, it’s impossible to tell why the sudden bump in new users, but I strongly suspect it has to do with the user policy changes at Geni.com.
NOTE: Geni.com announced last Thursday a major change in how users with free accounts can access data. This has not gone over very well. Several geneabloggers have shared their opinions, including Randy Seaver, Thomas MacEntee, and Elizabeth O’Neal at Little Bytes of Life. I have never used Geni.com, so I’m not going to offer my opinion of whether or not their change in the terms of service are good or bad.
I will say that I love WeRelate. The atmosphere is friendly. Everyone truly wants to get the best data out there.
You can follow WeRelate on Twitter and on Facebook.
I plan to post more about WeRelate in the near future.
(Disclaimer: I am a volunteer administrator for WeRelate. I am not compensated for any of my work.)
WeRelate.org is a relatively new site with a lot of potential. It is based on a wiki model, which will make it very easy for researchers to collaborate on common areas of interest.
I’ve just dabbled with putting up some ancestors. I had to include my “famous” Matilda Debolt Skinner Crossen Brown McFillen. (Famous only in the sense that I tell so many people about her and she’s one of the few “out of the ordinary” ancestors I seem to have!)
One thing that I am considering doing (in my copious amounts of spare time – ha!) is to post members of the 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery. I collect information about them when I come across it. The research isn’t very “serious,” but it would be nice to have a place where I can post what I have and allow others to contribute, especially since there isn’t very much written about the 1st OHA.
The other part of WeRelate.org is its genealogy search engine. Think of it as “Google for genealogy.” Somehow, they have created an Internet search engine that will search just genealogy and history sites. They do acknowledge that there is a percentage of non-relevant sites included in the search, but your chances of finding something meaningful is much higher with their search engine than with a general one like Google.
Oh, did I mention it’s free?