I have been researching my family tree since about 1985 - and things have changed enormously since then! At first, I had a few hundred names, mostly derived from conversations with great aunts and uncles and family bibles that had been passed down the generations.
I restarted my research in 2009, when my first child was born. Initially I wanted to create a printed family tree as a keepsake, but I quickly discovered the power of the internet, in particular the digitised census records on ancestry and the various pedigrees online. In a short timescale I quickly expanded my tree into over 5,000 names.
Having been an active contributor to Wikipedia since 2005, it made sense for me to join a free wiki, so I chose the then-largest one, WeRelate.  I have been active there ever since, expanding my genealogical work beyond my own family to also cover a "surname study" for my own surname, Turvey, and my mother's surname, Tulloch.  I have also managed to link my mother's ancestry to scottish noble families and, through them, to scottish royalty and most of the royalty of europe. So my family tree now tops more than 10,000 people!
In 2016 I started using WikiTree. The main drivers are the apparent financial problems on WeRelate, accompanied by a growth rate that has ground to a halt and a lack of development.
My experience of WikiTree (so far) is very positive:
- the size is significantly larger, and this has already meant I have had many more family connections than on WeRelate - comparable to my experience of Ancestry
- the approach to older genealogy is more nuanced than the blanket prohibition on WeRelate, albeit there are significant quality complaints on both
- there is the same desire for quality genealogy, but WikiTree seems to have more positive ways to achieve this
- the manual entry is easier, in particular avoiding the unwelcome "family" type between individuals
- WikiTree X is a fantastic tool, meaning the functionality can start to compete with the best commercial sites
I am looking forward to my time on this site and hopefully these good experiences will continue!
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On 4 Oct 2019 at 01:27 GMT Amy (Crawford) Gilpin wrote:
Thanks for your message on the East Lothian Team Page. I've added you to the list of team members.
On 1 Sep 2019 at 20:41 GMT Marjorie (Humphrey) Gibbon wrote:
I've been looking at the numbers of unsourced etc for Northumberland, and saw your comment on Norfolk. Below the table on the county unsourced page, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Norfolk%2C_Unsourced_Profiles, there is a comment about the location, 'Location is Norfolk excluding ...', then says the total number of profiles. I presume (I might be wrong!) that is all the profiles with Northumberland in one of the location boxes (birth or death). Would be interested to hear what you think, or if you have had a reply from anyone better informed than me! Best wishes, Marjorie
On 15 Jul 2019 at 00:37 GMT Simon Parker-Galbreath wrote:
Thanks for your comment on page Turney-1072 re.
"According to this tree, was the son of Turney-977"
You will notice that the LDS tree was sourced from their "Pedigree Resource File," database". Much of which is from poorly researched patron submissions. This is one of them - if you proceed to William's supposed father Thomas on the LDS page you will see that a baptism date of 8 Jan 1714 is attributed to him. This is duplicated in a number of incorrect pedigrees by people only using the indexes and not checking the actual parish registers like I have. That supposed baptism is in fact a misread burial. You can see more on this and copies of the Husborne Crawley register on my web page :- http://simonpg.com/d81.htm
On 21 Jun 2019 at 21:24 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.
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On 29 Nov 2017 at 06:46 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:
I’m the new Project Coordinator for the England Project. I am contacting you, as there have been some recent changes to the project which we are keen to bring to your attention. Please look at the England Project page for more information on the changes and the ways members are able to actively contribute moving forward. Once you have considered how you would like to participate, please contact either myself or Susie to let us know. We can then list your involvement, help you join the Google group forum for England, and give you any other help you may need to get going. If we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you do not wish to be a part of the England Project for the time being. We really hope you will join the team! Gillian