One of the comments in my presentation was that WeRelate is a bit difficult to navigate because information about each family (husband and wife) was on one web page and information about each person was on a separate Person page. In June, www.WeRelate.org modified their page design and really improved navigation - it's much easier and user-friendly now ( had nothing to do with the change!).
Www.WeRelate.org is an online family tree system in a wiki format. It is an inter-connected family tree, meaning that it is one big tree where each person has a page - there are not supposed to be separate pages for the same person in two or more trees. Researchers like you and me can submit a GEDCOM file to WeRelate, but we have to match any persons in our database with persons already in the WeRelate database. This is done person by person, and can take awhile if we submit a large GEDCOM file.
To submit data to WeRelate.org, you need to register as a user. The data that is added to the WeRelate.org family tree is what you submit. However, if more than one person submits conflicting data for the same person, the wiki feature permits all submitters to collaborate and discuss the differences with each other. For some historical persons for which there are many submitters, the content is "semi-protected" based on a consensus reached by the moderators on the system.
All of the data on the WeRelate.org system is available to view and search for free. To see how the system works, the home page has some tutorial videos that guide a new user through the website and system. These are well done and very helpful.
I want to demonstrate the Search process in the screens below and they will show some of the breadth of the system. Here is the Home Page screen:
I clicked on the "Search" link in the menu row and it shows six choices - All, Articles, People, Images, Sources and Places. I wanted to search for a person, so I clicked on the "People" link and saw the search fields:
I chose Given Name = "george" and Surname = "soule" and added Spouse given = "mary" in the screen above, and saw:
The search field with the match results are shown above. I picked the first name on the list, George Soule, husband of Mary Buckett. George was a Mayflower passenger, and is one of my ancestors. The George Soule "Person Page" came up (four screens below) with:
Further down the Person Page, there are sections for Origins and Will of George Soule. For persons that have a lot of information posted, the submitted information has been broken up into sections.
At the bottom of the Person Page is a list of References that include any footnote numbers in the "Facts and Events" area (but not the notes area), plus whatever additional references were added.