Use a wiki to make a family tree

2011-05-03

in Geek stuff, Internet matters

Yesterday it occurred to me that a wiki would be an ideal way to assemble a family tree.

People could be added in, with open fields where information about them can be added. There could be basic things – like dates of birth, marriage, and death – and more personal ones, like schools attended and so on.

By making it a wiki, the project wouldn’t put a huge burden on a single person, and everyone could easily contribute what they knew.

Custom software specifically intended for making family tree wikis would probably be better than using generic wiki software like MediaWiki. It could be tweaked to suit the purpose more intuitively and be easier to use.

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Anon May 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

This is a million dollar idea. Hire some programmers and start it up.

. May 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Wikis for Genealogy

http://www.cyndislist.com/wikis.htm

GenWiki is designed to become the main source for genealogy in the German-speaking areas of the world.

http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/Main_Page

Familypedia
(The largest semantic wiki for genealogy.) 

http://familypedia.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Statistics

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