Day 2 of "31 Days of Out of the Box Genealogy Tips" involves exploring genealogy wikis. Wikis can be another source to find valuable clues to use in your research. #genealogy #genealogytips #areyoumycousin #ancestors #familyhistory
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31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips – Genealogy Wikis

 

July 2018 is completely focused on providing you with genealogy tips that are …..well,….”out of the box”.

If you missed Day 1 in the “31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy” series, check it out here!

(I’ll wait.)

Now that you are caught up, let’s take a look at Day 2!

DAY 2 – Explore Genealogy Wikis!

What is a Wiki?

As defined by Dictionary.com , a wiki is a website that allows anyone to add,delete, or revise content by using a web browser. Think of it as a type of crowd-sourcing on a particular topic.  In our case, the topic is genealogy.

Is everything on a wiki page – genealogy related or otherwise – 100% correct?

No, it’s not always correct, BUT a genealogy wiki is a good place to get basic information about your topic and/or to gain clues to help jump start a particular genealogy research project.

Examples of Genealogy Wikis

  • FamilySearch Wiki can be searched by topic or by location and is the one I use the most.  When beginning genealogy research in a new to me state or county, I first go to the FamilySearch wiki page for that area to learn what genealogy resources are available for that area.
  • WikiTree is a free site working toward the goal of creating a single family tree. Researchers have the ability to collaborate with other researchers on direct and collateral lines.
  • Wikipedia is not a genealogy specific website, but it can be used to search for genealogy clues to your family line. You can use it to gain information about locations you research and potentially even family lines.

REMEMBER a wiki’s information is only as good as the person’s knowledge who added it.  Use wikis to search for clues. Verify the information yourself. Look for sources and citations as you evaluate the accuracy of a wiki page.

Now it’s your turn….

Explore a wiki today!

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Day 2 of "31 Days of Out of the Box Genealogy Tips - Let's Talk Genealogy Wikis! #genealogy #genealogytips #areyoumycousin #ancestors #familyhistory

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