Monday, April 22, 2013

Free WikiTree Worldwide Family Tree Reaches 5 Million Profiles

I received this press release today from Elyse Doerflinger of WikiTree:


WikiTree Reaches Five Million Profiles
Important Milestone for Feature-Rich, Free Family Tree Website
April 22, 2013: WikiTree, a community of genealogists and family historians committed to growing a 100% free worldwide family tree, announces its latest achievement: Five million profiles created by WikiTree members.
According to Thomas MacEntee, genealogy educator and author, “The ability to reach 5 million profiles is something to shout about, especially since WikiTree intentionally takes a ‘slow growth’ approach. What does this mean? Well, instead of having users ‘dump’ profiles filled with dubious content, WikiTree encourages well-researched profiles from its users.”
WikiTree discourages bulk additions such as large GEDCOM imports. Community members are encouraged to merge all duplicates and collaborate on the same ancestor profiles. Therefore, while five million may not compare to some family tree websites, WikiTree profiles are continually improving, not just growing in number.
Innovative Features Encourage Participation
What makes WikiTree attractive to those who want to preserve their family history research and share it with friends, family and other genealogists? Many new features have been added to the WikiTree platform that provide a user-friendly way to track genealogy research and allow for richer collaboration. Features include:
  • Advanced Privacy Controls
  • Genealogy Alert Features
  • Free GEDCOM Comparisons
  • Cousin Bait” Toolkits
  • Genealogist-to-Genealogist Q&A
  • Embeddable Family Trees
Genealogists and serious family historians are invited to visit the community and discover the benefits of WikiTree for themselves. WikiTree – Growing the World’s Family Tree.
About WikiTree
Growing since 2008, is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See

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