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?

Posted: September 20, 2007.

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  • Did you know you can post your “Waymarking” with WeRelate.org? You can do this by creating place pages for your cemetaries, hospitals, etc. and then entering the longitude and latitude.

    Then, when you display a family tree map with people that reference your place with long + lat data, these places will show up on the map.