Readers of Genea-Musings will recall that I made a "Wikis for Genealogy" presentation on 15 May to the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD). Very few of the attendees had ever used a genealogy wiki before.
One of the categories I had in my presentation for genealogy wikis was "Family Associations." This seems like an excellent use for a wiki - if the family association has a dedicated group of family researchers. One of the examples for this type of genealogy wiki was the Whitney Research Group, which focuses on the different Whitney family groups in the USA. Here is the home page for the Whitney Research Group wiki:
My interest in the Whitney surname is the ancestry of Martha Whitney (1764-1832), who married Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) - they are my 4th great-grandparents. Martha is descended from John-1, John-2, Nathaniel-3, William-4, and Samuel-5.
I clicked on the link for the John Whitney Family of Watertown, Massachusetts in the screen above, and saw:
There are sections for Primary Resources, John and Elinor Whitney Databases (currently not functional) and Miscellaneous databases.
I clicked on the Family Group Record for John and Elinor (-----) Whitney and saw research notes for the family. Here is the top of the page:
Further down the page are notes from one of the major scholarly resources used in constructing the wiki:
And further down the page are the list of children of John and Elinor (-----) Whitney, and the start of the References section:
A user can click on any of the children with an active link and go to the wiki page for that person's family.
The Reference 3 item is for "John Whetny, widower, d. 1 Jun 1673 aged about 84 yeares," according to Watertown Records, Comprising the First and Second Book of Town Proceedings, with the Land Grants and Possessions. Also, the Proprietors' Book, and the First Book of and Supplement of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Watertown, MA: Historical Society, 1894, p. 36.
I clicked on the active link for the reference, and saw:
For this reference, the items that pertain to the Whitney family were transcribed on this reference page.
I compared the information that I have for my own Whitney line against the information on the wiki pages, and found no significant vital records errors on my part, assuming the Whitney Research Group data is error-proof (it's a pretty good assumption, I think). Using the information from the Reference 3 above, I was able to add more source citation data to my database entries.
I do have research note information that will add to the information on some of my families, so I will join the Whitney Research Group and make my contributions to the wiki effort.
I could not see the Comments for the any of the Person Pages because I am not yet a member of the Group. However, I could check out the Source and History pages of the wiki.
Unfortunately, very few people are aware of these online family tree wikis, and even fewer are collaborating with others and contributing to them.
What other family tree or family association wikis are available online? Have you contributed to them? I would be especially interested in information about the collaboration aspect of working with a family wiki.