"TamuraJones: #genealogy I feel like posting another scoop :-)"
"TamuraJones: #genealogy #news First Look at Mundia: Ancestry.com's social genealogy application for FaceBook http://bit.ly/mundia "
I missed it the first time around because of Christmas shopping. By the time I got around to looking at it, there was already speculation that Mundia was an online family tree application, a Facebook family tree application, and another way for Ancestry.com to lure the unsuspecting genealogy researcher into their web.
I also missed the "social media release" on 6 December 2009 titled Mundia.com launches globally that provides some background data on the beta release of the website. I wonder who the thousands of signups are? Did anybody but Tamura Jones see this?
http://www.mundia.com is owned by Ancestry.com - it says so right on their web page. It does look different from Ancestry.com, except for the ever-present green leaves. If you are not signed up, this is what the home page looks like:
The visitor is invited to enter a surname (don't put in anything except a surname!). I entered "Seaver," hit the green "Search" button, and saw:
Wow. They have over 21,000 "Seaver" matches in their database. I was curious, so I clicked on the "15,865 Seaver matches" link and saw:
An alphabetical list of matches from the database. There are search fields on the left side of the screen above, so I entered "Isaac" in the first name field and clicked on "Search" again and saw:
The second one down the list is my second great-grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901), so I clicked on him and saw:
The popup window above shows the different family trees available on the system - the one at the bottom looks like my own tree, so I clicked on it and saw:
Ah, the dreaded registration screen! I can't see the actual data without being a registered user of Mundia.com.
Thank you, Tamura Jones, for scooping the genealogy blog world on this website. Only time will tell if this is a useful website for researchers and family tree enthusiasts.