Links to Collaborative Genealogy Sites

In the interest of seeing that our family tree, the actual genealogical “who, what, when, and where” is preserved, I have placed some of the research that went into this blog on three websites, two of which actually aim to piece together, person by person, a single family tree for everyone. Taken literally, that is wildly ambitious, not to mention completely impractical, but the effort alone has already produced, flaws and shortcomings notwithstanding, a very special body of research.

These “collaborative” genealogy sites are WikiTree and WeRelate. Each is a little different.

(For example, WikiTree makes room for all relatives including living people and then adds privacy controls. WeRelate, meanwhile, has decided to forego information on living people and just focus on the near past. There are plenty of other differences, but…)

The main point is that putting the information here means it will survive even in generations when no one inherits an interest in family history– which I see as increasingly  likely.

Here are some jumping off points, categorized first by site, and then by a few key relatives:

 

WikiTree

 

 

WeRelate

 

 

Finally, I said there are three sites. The third is Ancestry.com, which somewhat sadly, has a paywall and curious people cannot simply click over to peruse the material at will. You can see it without paying, but to do so you’ll have to email me or Elisha Lee to be put on a list of invitees. Sorry, I didn’t make up those rules. If you are already on Ancestry, you can search for our tree which is called Kinsmen and Kinswomen (revised and sourced). [15,000 relatives and counting…] On the plus side, looking for a silver lining, the highly commercial aspect of Ancestry has paid huge dividends in making a vast trove of documents available online, including – in most cases – photocopies of originals. There really is nothing like it for primary research.

At some point, I will figure out how to put a version of our tree here, on this site, with measures in place to protect people’s privacy, but until then, the three organizations above will have to suffice.

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One thought on “Links to Collaborative Genealogy Sites

  1. Mary Beecher Price July 2, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    This is a wonderful hint of the hard work you’ve done — I *do* subscribe to Ancestry (and like you, have both mixed feelings about their charges, but respect for the fact that the stuff they have and continue to assemble costs something, too, so I swallow each August when I re-up and cope. I have put quite a bit of our family – including our (Beecher) father’s forebears. He’s a complex figure, Harry Beecher, and changed his name. But I am pretty confident that he *did* have real Beecher links, even if not straight line. So I will go on Ancestry and see what links and leaps you and Elisha may’ve figured out. That’ll be fun. Won’t get to it right away, but you’ll likely see my pawprints when I do….. Thanks for this. Jonny (Beecher) had mentioned it to me, and whetted my appetite. So — “March On March On,” to quote the rather stentorian Winsor song….. and love to you and your family. More anon. — Best, Mary [Knowles] Beecher Price

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