Monday, December 10, 2007

FamilySearch Wiki Getting an Overhaul

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - December 04, 2007

The Family History Department at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been working on major changes to their online genealogy services at One part of the effort has been the creation of a research wiki. Everything is under development and changes are frequent.

Jim Greene posted a recent update on the FamilySearch Labs blog. He wrote:

"Thanks to you we have had great success on the Research Wiki. Many people have joined our community. In an effort to keep you up to date, we thought we’d post some of our wiki plans to the blog.

"Today (Dec 3, 2007) we posted on our site our plans for the next steps. The FamilySearch Research Wiki is intended to become a general resource available to everyone who comes to In order to scale to that size we need to switch to a different underlying system for the wiki. We are making the switch this week. We will leave the current site and its content live, but no one will be able to edit it or add content. At the same time, we will bring the new software up in a test mode, inviting an increasingly larger group of people until we are sure it will serve everyone. At that point we will close down the current Research Wiki site and switch to the new one which will be open to everyone. Keep watching the FamilySearch Labs blog to keep up to date on our progress."

You can read much more about this project at

1 comment:

Annie said...

This looks like a great program. I am excited to try it and see if it will help me with my genealogy! My husband is a wiki-freak, so I am sure he will be excited, too. Thanks for sharing!