Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Ancestry Research On-Line

The Mormon Church has an extensive web site that is free to use for searching for information.  I find that I have to use it in connection with other sources (like Ancestry.com).  They don't have facsimiles of the original documents but have enough details  to fill in some info that I need as well as it gives the detail on the microfilm where the record is located.


One of the other services is the Wiki* that is a great place to get answers to questions you may have.  It is a great source for the researcher.  Currently, there are over 47,000 articles and a variety of topics.  I have used it for German research questions. Again, another free resource.


*wiki (play /ˈwɪki/ WIK-ee) is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYGtext editor.[1][2][3] Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative works. Examples include community websites, corporate intranetsknowledge management systems, and note services. The software can also be used for personal note taking.
Wikis serve different purposes. Some permit control over different functions (levels of access). For example editing rights may permit changing, adding or removing material. Others may permit access without enforcing access control. Other rules can be imposed for organizing content.
Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work."[4] "Wiki" (pronounced [ˈwiti]or [ˈviti]) is a Hawaiian word for "fast".[5]

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