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Launch Of GenealogyWise Networking Website

An extraordinary thing happened a few weeks ago: the creators of GenealogyWise, a social networking site dedicated entirely to genealogy, quietly launched their website without an announcement, possibly thinking of a small, informal launch during which they could quietly work out the bugs and refine the features.

That was before 2,918 members joined in three days, created 1,912 interest groups, started 55 forums and posted more than 100 blog entries. Now, there are more than 12,000 members and over 3,000 groups.

For those of us involved in Internet genealogy, it has been a happy scramble to establish our presence on GenealogyWise and begin using its many powerful, robust features. GenealogyWise runs on the same platform (Ning) as this Community Network, so these will be familiar too you, and it is quick and easy sign up.

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One organisation to embrace this opportunity is Lowcountry Africana, a free website dedicated to African American genealogy and history in the Lowcountry Southeast (which, I think, covers South Carolina, Georgia and Florida), who have established about 12 discussion groups covering various topics. Incidently, for those following our slavery discussion group, Lowcountry Africana seems a good resource.

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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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