Why share your genealogy content on WeRelate.org (2009)

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Why share your genealogy content on WeRelate.org (2009)

  1. 1. WeRelate.orgShare your genealogy on the world’s largest genealogy wikiDallan Quass
  2. 2. Why Share?
  3. 3. Why Share?Reason #5Leave a Legacy
  4. 4. • Hello, Tom?– Hi mom!Hypothetical Phone Call
  5. 5. • Hello, Tom?– Hi mom!• How would you like to help out with our familyhistory?– I’m pretty busy right now; I don’t think I can do muchHypothetical Phone Call
  6. 6. • Hello, Tom?– Hi mom!• How would you like to help out with our familyhistory?– I’m pretty busy right now; I don’t think I can do much• Do you have any pictures or stories about yourgrandparents that you could share?– I’d love to! There are several things I’d like mychildren to know about their great-grandparentsHypothetical Phone Call
  7. 7. Why Share?Reason #4et Family Members to ContributeWhat They KnowEven Non-Genealogists HaveStories and Pictures
  8. 8. CarlPhillipsAngelaGreenleyBenjaminPhillipsKennethPhillipsMaryDunnHerbertGreenleyElizabethSatterSarahPhillipsMaryDunnKennethPhillipsThomasPhillipsSarahJohnsonDavidGreenleyElizabethSatterHerbertGreenleyRuebenSatterRuthOlsonVictorPhillipsSarahJohnsonThomasPhillipsRobertPhillipsWilhelminaSchmidte Believe No One Else (we know) is Researching Our Family Histo
  9. 9. CarlPhillipsAngelaGreenleyBenjaminPhillipsKennethPhillipsMaryDunnHerbertGreenleyElizabethSatterSarahPhillipsMaryDunnKennethPhillipsThomasPhillipsSarahJohnsonDavidGreenleyElizabethSatterHerbertGreenleyRuebenSatterRuthOlsonVictorPhillipsSarahJohnsonThomasPhillipsRobertPhillipsWilhelminaSchmidtBut We Might Be Working on the Same Lines
  10. 10. CarlPhillipsAngelaGreenleyBenjaminPhillipsKennethPhillipsMaryDunnHerbertGreenleyElizabethSatterThomasPhillipsSarahJohnsonRuebenSatterRuthOlsonRobertPhillipsWilhelminaSchmidtCarlPhillipsAngelaGreenleyBenjaminPhillipsKennethPhillipsMaryDunnHerbertGreenleyElizabethSatterSarahPhillipsMaryDunnKennethPhillipsThomasPhillipsSarahJohnsonDavidGreenleyElizabethSatterHerbertGreenleyRuebenSatterRuthOlsonVictorPhillipsSarahJohnsonThomasPhillipsRobertPhillipsWilhelminaSchmidt
  11. 11. Why Share?Reason #3Connect With PeopleYou Don’t Know+Extend Your Tree
  12. 12. Most People’s Pedigree Charts Look Different
  13. 13. But Most People’s Source Lists Look the Same!
  14. 14. Where Are the Sources?? ???
  15. 15. • Sources help those who follow afterus retrace our research steps– In case there are questions– To learn how to do researchApproximately 95-98% of people listed ingenealogy files don’t have sources.
  16. 16. Why Don’t We List Sources?A.A. It takes too longIt takes too longBibliographic information for the 1900 US Federal Censusat Ancestry:Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line].Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census.Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900.Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900.T623, 1854 rolls.
  17. 17. Why Don’t We List Sources?A.A. It takes too longIt takes too longB.B. It’s complicatedIt’s complicated020040060080010001200140016001997Edition2007Edition2017Edition?Number of Pages in ESM’s Evidence Book
  18. 18. Why Don’t We List Sources?A.A. It takes too longIt takes too longB.B. It’s complicatedIt’s complicatedC.C. The tools make sourcing difficultThe tools make sourcing difficultHow many clicksare required tosee all of thesources for Lewis?
  19. 19. Why Don’t We List Sources?A.A. It takes too longIt takes too longB.B. It’s complicatedIt’s complicatedC.C. The tools make sourcing difficultThe tools make sourcing difficultD.D. We don’t know WHYWe don’t know WHY to list sourcesIt’s difficult to understand why sourcingis important until someone asks you howyou know something you’ve written andyou realize that you can’t answer them.
  20. 20. Why Don’t We List Sources?A.A. It takes too longIt takes too longB.B. It’s complicatedIt’s complicatedC.C. The tools make sourcing difficultThe tools make sourcing difficultD.D. We don’t knowWe don’t know WHY to list sourcesE. All of the above -- especially D!
  21. 21. Why Share?Reason #2Become a BetterResearcher
  22. 22. Wouldn’t It Be Nice If There Were AWell-Documented, Accurate, FreeRepository of Genealogical Information?
  23. 23. Wouldn’t It Be Nice If There Were AWell-Documented, Accurate, FreeRepository of Genealogical Information?Who could build this?
  24. 24. Wouldn’t It Be Nice If There Were AWell-Documented, Accurate, FreeRepository of Genealogical Information?Who could build this?YOU!
  25. 25. Wouldn’t It Be Nice If There Were AWell-Documented, Accurate, FreeRepository of Genealogical Information?Who could build this?YOU!All of Us, Working Together
  26. 26. Why Share?Reason #1Help Create aWell-Documented, Accurate, FreeSource of Genealogical Information
  27. 27. Five Reasons to Share1.Help create a well-documented, accurate, freesource of genealogical information2.Become a better researcher3.Connect with people you don’t know and extendyour tree4.Get family members to contribute what they know5.Leave a legacy
  28. 28. Five Reasons to Share1.Help create a well-documented, accurate, freesource of genealogical information2.Become a better researcher3.Connect with people you don’t know and extendyour tree4.Get family members to contribute what they know5.Leave a legacy
  29. 29. Five Reasons to Share1.Help create a well-documented, accurate, freesource of genealogical information2.Become a better researcher3.Connect with people you don’t know and extendyour tree4.Get family members to contribute what they know5.Leave a legacy
  30. 30. Five Reasons to Share1.Help create a well-documented, accurate, freesource of genealogical information2.Become a better researcher3.Connect with people you don’t know and extendyour tree4.Get family members to contribute what they know5.Leave a legacy
  31. 31. Five Reasons to Share1.Help create a well-documented, accurate, freesource of genealogical information2.Become a better researcher3.Connect with people you don’t know and extendyour tree4.Get family members to contribute what they know5.Leave a legacy
  32. 32. Five Reasons to Share1.Help create a well-documented, accurate, freesource of genealogical information2.Become a better researcher3.Connect with people you don’t know and extendyour tree4.Get family members to contribute what they know5.Leave a legacy
  33. 33. What’s the Best Way toShare My Genealogy?
  34. 34. What’s the Best Way toShare My Genealogy?There’s No Single “Best” Way
  35. 35. Genealogy Sharing Alternatives• Mail GEDCOM files• problems
  36. 36. Genealogy Sharing Alternatives• Mail GEDCOM files• problems• Write a family history book• stories and pictures!
  37. 37. Genealogy Sharing Alternatives• Mail GEDCOM files• problems• Write a family history book• stories and pictures!• Small-group website• living and deceased• share with known (close) relatives• e.g., Ancestry Trees, MyHeritage.com, Geni.com
  38. 38. Genealogy Sharing Alternatives• Mail GEDCOM files• problems• Write a family history book• stories and pictures!• Small-group website• living and deceased• share with known (close) relatives• e.g., Ancestry Trees, MyHeritage.com• Open-group website• deceased only• share with known and unknown relatives• e.g., WeRelate.org, Genealogy.Wikia.com
  39. 39. Genealogy Sharing AlternativesAn Ideal Solution?• Use both a small-group and an open-group website• Share entire tree on small-group website; share earlierancestors on open-group website• Best of both worlds• Synchronizion between small-group and open-groupwebsites is likely to become available in the near future
  40. 40. What isWeRelate.org?
  41. 41. What isWeRelate.org?Shared genealogy space
  42. 42. What isWeRelate.org?Shared genealogy spaceWork together onfamily treesjoint projects-family treesjoint projects
  43. 43. How doesWeRelate work?
  44. 44. How doesWeRelate work?Wiki
  45. 45. How doesWeRelate work?Wikilike Wikipedia, butcustomized for genealogists
  46. 46. What is a Wiki?
  47. 47. What is a Wiki?A Website that Anyone can Edit
  48. 48. Editing
  49. 49. Editing
  50. 50. Editing
  51. 51. Editing
  52. 52. Editing
  53. 53. Editing
  54. 54. Quality Controls
  55. 55. Quality ControlsBeforehand vs After-the-factNupedia vs Wikipedia
  56. 56. Quality ControlsBeforehand vs After-the-factNupedia vs Wikipedia1. Permanent history2. Change notification3. Recent changes patrol
  57. 57. 1. Permanent history
  58. 58. 2. Change notification
  59. 59. 2. Change notification
  60. 60. 3. Recent changes patrol
  61. 61. What isWeRelate.org?Shared genealogy spaceWork together onfamily treesjoint projects-family treesjoint projects
  62. 62. Why Share Genealogyon WeRelate.org?
  63. 63. 5. Stories and Pictures
  64. 64. 5. Stories and Pictures
  65. 65. 5. Stories and Pictures
  66. 66. 5. Stories and Pictures
  67. 67. 5. Stories and Pictures
  68. 68. 4. Change Notification andPermanent History
  69. 69. 4. Change Notification andPermanent History
  70. 70. 4. Change Notification andPermanent History
  71. 71. 4. Change Notification andPermanent History
  72. 72. 4. Change Notification andPermanent History
  73. 73. 3. SourcesCommitment to encourage good sourcingCatalog of over 1 million sources fromFHLC, Ancestry, thousands of websites“Ive learned ALOT in my few weeks onwerelate about the work involved and thevalue in documenting sources”.— kennebec1
  74. 74. 3. SourcesCommitment to encourage good sourcingCatalog of over 1 million sources from FHLC,Ancestry, thousands of websites“Ive learned ALOT in my few weeks on werelateabout the work involved and the value indocumenting sources”.— kennebec1
  75. 75. 3. SourcesCommitment to encourage good sourcingCatalog of over 1 million sources from FHLC,Ancestry, thousands of websites“Ive learned ALOT in my few weeks on werelateabout the work involved and the value indocumenting sources”.— kennebec1
  76. 76. 3. SourcesCommitment to encourage good sourcingCatalog of over 1 million sources from FHLC,Ancestry, thousands of websites“Ive learned ALOT in my few weeks on werelateabout the work involved and the value indocumenting sources”.— kennebec1
  77. 77. 3. SourcesCommitment to encourage good sourcingCatalog of over 1 million sources from FHLC,Ancestry, thousands of websites“Ive learned ALOT in my few weeks on werelateabout the work involved and the value indocumenting sources”.— kennebec1
  78. 78. 2. GEDCOM Import and Match
  79. 79. 2. GEDCOM Import and Match
  80. 80. 2. GEDCOM Import and Match
  81. 81. 2. GEDCOM Import and Match
  82. 82. 2. GEDCOM Import and Match
  83. 83. 1. Free, and Free LicenseFree to UseWeRelate is Non-Profit
  84. 84. 1. Free, and Free LicenseFree to UseWeRelate is Non-Profit
  85. 85. 1. Free, and Free LicenseFree to UseWeRelate is Non-Profit
  86. 86. 1. Free, and Free LicenseFree to UseWeRelate is Non-ProfitWhat if WeRelate Shut Down?Someone Else Could Host the Data
  87. 87. 1. Free, and Free LicenseFree to UseWeRelate is Non-ProfitWhat if WeRelate Shut Down?Someone Else Could Host the Data
  88. 88. Five Reasons to useWeRelate.org1.Free, and free license2.Gedcom import and match3.Sources4.Change notification and permanent history5.Stories and pictures
  89. 89. Five Reasons to useWeRelate.org1.Free, and free license2.Gedcom import and match3.Sources4.Change notification and permanent history5.Stories and pictures
  90. 90. Five Reasons to useWeRelate.org1.Free, and free license2.Gedcom import and match3.Sources4.Change notification and permanent history5.Stories and pictures
  91. 91. Five Reasons to useWeRelate.org1.Free, and free license2.Gedcom import and match3.Sources4.Change notification and permanent history5.Stories and pictures
  92. 92. Five Reasons to useWeRelate.org1.Free, and free license2.Gedcom import and match3.Sources4.Change notification and permanent history5.Stories and pictures
  93. 93. Five Reasons to useWeRelate.org1.Free, and free license2.Gedcom import and match3.Sources4.Change notification and permanent history5.Stories and pictures
  94. 94. Four More ReasonsShared Projects
  95. 95. Four More ReasonsShared ProjectsPlaces
  96. 96. Four More ReasonsShared Projects PlacesMaps
  97. 97. Four More ReasonsShared Projects PlacesMapsTerrificVolunteers!
  98. 98. Four More ReasonsShared Projects PlacesMapsTerrificVolunteers!
  99. 99. Three Reasons to NOT ConsiderWeRelate.orgSettlers“CityFolk”ExplorersPioneersBookPublishingSmall-groupWebsitesOpen-groupWebsitesWhich group are you in?
  100. 100. Three Reasons to NOT ConsiderWeRelate.orgSettlers“CityFolk”ExplorersPioneersBookPublishingSmall-groupWebsitesOpen-groupWebsitesWiki Etiquette• be Active• be Bold• be Courteous• be Documentation-strong• be Encouraging with newcomers• be Forgiving/Fond of volunteers• be Generous concerning conflictingopinionsProblem:Not alwaysfollowed!
  101. 101. Three Reasons to NOT ConsiderWeRelate.orgSettlers“CityFolk”ExplorersPioneersBookPublishingSmall-groupWebsitesOpen-groupWebsitesWiki Etiquette• be Active• be Bold• be Courteous• be Documentation-strong• be Encouraging with newcomers• be Forgiving/Fond of volunteers• be Generous concerning conflictingopinionsWeRelate is in BETAGood news Bad newsUsers help set Be willing to findthe direction for and report bugs andfeatures and policies other deficiencies
  102. 102. Three Reasons to NOT ConsiderWeRelate.orgSettlers“CityFolk”ExplorersPioneersBookPublishingSmall-groupWebsitesOpen-groupWebsitesWiki Etiquette• be Active• be Bold• be Courteous• be Documentation-strong• be Encouraging with newcomers• be Forgiving/Fond of volunteers• be Generous concerning conflictingopinionsWeRelate is in BETAGood news Bad newsUsers help set Be willing to findthe direction for and report bugs andfeatures and policies other deficienciesProblem:Not alwaysfollowed!
  103. 103. Conclusion• Share your family history!– Help create a well-documented, accurate, freesource of genealogical information– Become a better researcher– Connect with people you don’t know and extendyour tree– Get family members to contribute what they know– Leave a legacy• Ways to share– Write a book; include stories and pictures– Post to a small-group website– Join an open-group website (like WeRelate.org)
  104. 104. Thank YouQuestions?dallan@werelate.org
  105. 105. WeRelate =Shared genealogy spaceBy contributing to WeRelateyou are helping to build aunified family tree containingthe best information from allcontributors.

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