Thursday, March 10, 2016, I had the pleasure of presenting “Genealogy Wikis and Wikipedia” to the Mountain Genealogists Society in Evergreen, Colorado. Although I had the usual technical difficulties, the audience forgave my stumbles and enthusiastically participated. Thanks to everyone for their kind reception and to the society for inviting me.
Everyone knows about Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia, but many people do not know that there are other “Wikis” out there, to include many dedicated to genealogy. Wikis enable communities to write documents collaboratively using a simple markup language and a web browser. The “community” can be the world, as with Wikipedia, or a smaller group, such as a corporation, governmental organization—or the genealogy community.
During my presentation, I explained how Wikis work and the many ways they are used, especially by genealogists. I also demonstrated how to use this simple but powerful tool by making changes to existing Wiki pages. We finished by creating a Wikipedia article about the second woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics, Ida Martha Metcalf.
Click this link to check out my presentation slides and find out how useful this collaboration tool can by to your genealogy research.