Genealogy genealogist genealogest

An idea, free from me to you, or possibly to Wikipedia who don’t have anything better to do with their time.

A cousin from Canada visited the other night, and turned out to be a serious genealogy nut. You know, one of those people for whom the family tree is a living thing and who talks (unstoppably) about how triple-great uncle Max from Kprlzkt came over and worked as a wig-ironer in the East End but made it to the House of Lords and so on and so on and so on, fascinatingly at first but finally causing one to gnaw one’s own arm to stay awake.

Anyway (and I exaggerate – she was lovely) she had a thick lever-arch file of the family, with A4 pages of output from her family-tree-generator software, with photos attached and notes and precedents and antecedents.

Isn’t this a natural for Wikipedia ? Shouldn’t all the genealogy nuts’  family-tree-generator software output into a common data format and upload to a searchable universe of great uncle Max’s and great auntie Ida’s? Then when it turns out that Max from Kprlzkt ran off with Sasha from Grbzyl, and they had eight kids one of whose grandkids became an opthalmogist in Boise, Idaho who is now also a genealogy nut and has traced his arm of the family and uploaded the photos and written the notes, then cousin and opthalmogist could save on the duplication of effort.

Seems like a no-brainer to me. Not very much data involved to become a node: parents, spouse, kids, place and date of birth, marriage, death. Upload your citation, photos, notes. Bang. A searchable, linkable resource for the edification of all and the linking of genealogy nuts around the world.

Wikifamilihistori anyone?


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2 Responses to “Genealogy genealogist genealogest”

  1. John Says:

    Wiki Version

    Non Wiki Version:
    (Where the common data format is called a GEDCOM, and most genealogy software programs will export their data in this format)

  2. Martin Ross Says:

    Wow. You guys are quick! Is it well-known and used? I asked my genealogy-nut-cousin and she bought up some interesting problems about discretion.

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