Can you help spread the word about GEDMatches?

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GEDMatches went live over the holidays and it's really taking off. We had a few days of stress and panic: first cleaning up bugs, later dealing with growing pains. But it's stable now and ready to be taken to the next level.

So many genealogists out there have GEDCOM files. They may or may not want to participate in the WikiTree community. Collaboration may not be their thing, or they're just too busy. But I'd bet that most genealogists would love to see how their family tree compares to our shared tree, especially if they knew it could be done in about 10 minutes as a guest member with no obligation.

Tomorrow (Friday) Elyse and Thomas will send out the press release. I'll post a link to it from here when they do. But these press releases only do so much.

Do you have ideas for getting the word out to genealogists?

in Genealogy Help by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Dick Eastman is a very widely read blogger in \the genealogy world and a very willing to help kind of guy.  I would send him a note asking him to help publicize the GEDMatches project and how it wil help genealogy research.

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Opening up GEDMatches to the general genealogical public is such a good idea.

I'm in several genealogical groups on Facebook and other websites. Many of us are probably involved in other genealogy websites. We can make the announcement about GEDMatches to each of these sites and on different forums.
by Debby Black G2G6 Mach 8 (80.6k points)

I agree opening up GEDMatches to the general genealogical public is such a great idea.

As has been pointed out gedmatches clearly has two uses for wikitree.

The first for wikitree members, to add individuals without increasing the number of duplicate on wikitree and the second as a means of none wikitree members just doing an easy search to find out what information matches on their family tree with wiki tree (and hopefully joining and adding their research to the wikitree).

With this in mind could the gedmatches have it’s own front web page in addition to the one we use.

That would purely allow researchers to see what matches there was and then entice them to look deeper into wikitree.

Only the current feedback I’m getting from outside researchers is wikitree looks at first sight complicated, and this can be a bit off putting.

Peterson

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