I joined an online social network the other night, called GenealogyWize. I spent a few hours there doing some search through their World Vital Records search engine, and managed to find a few references of one of my great, great, great, grandfathers in an obscure document hosted on GoogleDocs. It was a report from an old agricultural society in Nova Scotia. Apparently my ancestor was a judge for that society in one of the counties.
One of the things I liked about their search engine, is they place a flag that says FREE on links that are free for viewing. They still have links to all the other information, but they let you know up front that a subscription to the host of certain information is required. This simple convenience is such a welcome and appreciated time saver. I think that has been my biggest frustration during all my searches, chasing after links that I simply can’t afford to get access to.
GenealogyWize is a full featured social network. There are community chats, discussion boards, helpful resources, and the ability to network with others chasing those same faint footprints in time. I have also found it that it’s a very welcoming community. I opened my email today to find a notice that someone posted a comment to my page there. It turned out to be a welcome note, explaining all the resources available there, encouraging networking with the genealogists. I think I may be spending a little time over there, especially with that handy little search engine.
I mentioned finding that list of family group sheets on line the other day. I can tell you that there is definitely a tie to my family tree. How do I know for sure? Well because I am listed there, along with my Father, Grandmother, and on. I spent hours last night going through those pages, examining the facts and sources listed. Unfortunately, I started at the top. If I had started at the bottom, I would have found my own name within a few pages. How I missed that while I was printing them, I have no idea.
“People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.”