Friday, July 10, 2009

GenealogyWise - Facebook for Genealogists

Hello All -

I saw this on the newsletter from Family Tree Magazine (USA) - GenealogyWise social networking site. It looks very interesting. I have had a quick look at it, but not enough to give a thorough opinion just yet. Here is a excerpt from the article below:

"FamilyLink Launches "Facebook for Genealogists"
Posted by FamilyLink has launched a new social networking site especially for genealogists called GenealogyWise. Randy Seaver, whose Genea-Musings blog clued us in to the quiet launch of GenealogyWise, has posted some screenshots and thoughts.

FamilyLink likely invited a small group to join so the site will already be lively when an official announcement goes out. GenealogyWise does appear to be buzzing with activity. Similar to Facebook, you create a profile, find friends, set up groups, upload photos and invite people to events.

There’s also a discussion forum, blog and video areas any GenealogyWise member can contribute to, a genealogy search (this links you to the World Vital Records subscription site), a store (also goes to World Vital Records) and a chat area.FamilyLink is also owner of World Vital Records, the We’re Related and MyFamily Facebook applications, interactive history site, and several other ventures. Interestingly, FamilyLink has another genealogy social network, FamilyHistoryLink, launched in 2007 as FamilyLink (it was renamed when the company took FamilyLink as its corporate name). FamilyHistoryLink still wears a beta label and looks dated in comparison to GenealogyWise. "

It will be interesting to see if this will take off. There are already a numerous number of genealogists and family historians using Facebook. At the moment GenealogyWise is in its infancy, so it is hard to say. There is the possibility that too many social networking sites can cause folks to stay away - they can't keep up with all these sites all the time. However, I think it is a good idea to have a social networking site just especially for genealogists. Whereas Facebook is there for just about everyone and anything of interest.

Here is the link for GenealogyWise if you want to see more about it.

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