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From: Familytwigs <>
Subject: Re: [WIKI-GENPAGES] Why The Need (Was Genealogy Wiki site - TheGenealogy Wiki)
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 19:19:03 -0400
Hmmm. I started in the late 70's/early 80's. I didn't get online until
Christmas of 1999. Most of my work was the hard way.
There will always be someone looking to make trouble. You can count on
death, taxes and troublemakers:o) I wish everyone would learn to behave
like adult humans. But.......I know. My point is, sharing is a really good
thing. It is good on many levels. I have begun to wonder what will happen
to all my work when I am gone. I want it out there for those 'cousins' to
find. Just recently a cousin got in touch with me from her home in
Turkey!! What a joy. I want to make more contact. I want the people I
have known in my life to have a living history that is not forgotten. The
edit parts don't really bother me. As I say on my county pages, it is up to
the individual to check the facts. I want to work with other people who are
connected to me by the tiny twigs. Technically, everything you mention
could happen. But because of the edit thing, it would be set right again.
I don't think anyone would use a wiki as their main database. That wouldn't
make sense. It probably should just be considered another tool to achieve
Even solid sources sometimes contain mistakes. Census takers often simply
asked the neighbors when someone wasn't home, or it was the end of the day
and one house way down the road. Spelling errors occurred in government
offices and numbers were sometimes transposed in dates.
As far as ownership, no one owns facts. If someone wants to own all their
data, they should not have it up anywhere. To me genealogy is history. How
can anyone own history? I have a cousin that will not share any of her
data. Which is fine. But I can and have found the same data. Seems
silly. Working together we could have been further along in the search.
And I am equally entitled to know the history of my/our family. So, how
can you figure out who 'owns' the facts? Running into the ownership thing
over and over is tiresome, but it's gonna happen:o)
When I die, my work will go on. My ancestors will not be forgotten.
On 6/18/07, Penelope Blake <> wrote:
Twigs (Sheri) ^..^