Saturday, 22 April 2006

Encyclopedia of Genealogy

Who is the best known North American genealogist on the Internet? There are two top candidates in my book, and if you answered Dick Eastman you'd be in good company. He's been publishing Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter for a decade. Both free and subscription versions keep readers updated with what's new in family history, and in associated technology.

Less well know is his Encyclopedia of Genealogy. Like the Wikipedia its a Web 2.0 collaborative project. It will remain a work in progress. You can browse an index of entries or search terms in the full text. Anyone is free to contribute a new article, or edit an existing one. If you see something missing, or an article which needs improvement, feel free.

In fact free is the operative word. It costs nothing to use or contribute. By the same token, its not extensively reviewed information. Caveat Emptor.

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