21 July 2008

Comparing collaborative genealogy websites

A recent posting on the Genlighten Blog is on online collaborative genealogy websites, a topic I've had in mind to tackle but not much experience. I'm fairly reticent about placing recent family information in other's hands, One institution I deal with still thinks its safe to use mother's maiden name as a security question!

Genlighten is a startup commercial service aiming to connect people wanting lookups with those offering that service. It's Blog archives start in June.

The article on online collaborative genealogy websites reviews Geni, Ancestry Family Tree, and New Family Search.

It was the latter as a collaborative site that attracted my attention. The posting states "it’s still very much under development and is currently only available to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)," that it "aspires to become much more than either Geni, Ancestry, or their competitors" and "a key access portal for the LDS Church’s extensive (some would say indispensable) genealogical holdings." Sounds interesting.

The posting is a recommended read. Not reviewed but mentioned are The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG) and WeRelate.

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