GenealogyWise is a new social network site for genealogists. It's a little like Facebook in concept but this is a place that you meet other genealogists, find those that are researching your surnames and join all kinds of genealogy groups.
The following is the announcement sent out by FamilyLink this morning. FamilyLink is the company behind WorldVitalRecords. Just so you know, I am the newsletter editor for WorldVitalRecords.
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FamilyLink.com, Inc. Launches Genealogy Social Network Website GenealogyWise
Open community-based website represents a new option for family history exploration and unique way to discover and connect with family members around the world
Provo, UT, July 14, 2009 -- FamilyLink.com, Inc. today introduced GenealogyWise.com, a new web property that combines community interaction with tools and resources for people who are interested in researching and sharing their family history with others. GenealogyWise.com joins other web properties operated by FamilyLink.com, Inc. in an effort to connect families with each other and with their histories.
GenealogyWise is an open network that allows anyone to join and create social groups within the genealogy-focused community. The innovative and easy-to-use platform opens the doors of social networking to millions around the world who are interested in sharing their passion for family history and in meeting new people that share that passion.
“FamilyLink is focused on bringing families closer together and in connecting families around the world. GenealogyWise is a natural extension of our social networking efforts,” said Paul Allen, CEO at FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We are thrilled to see the enormous interest in GenealogyWise. More than 3,000 users joined and contributed more than 10,000 items to the site within the first four days. The site is being created and driven by the users, truly leveraging the power behind social networks. We believe this type of service - connecting family and family history researchers with others who are interested in and share that same passion - is what makes the site so powerful.”
GenealogyWise community members have contributed thousands of photos and hundreds of videos to the site. They have also created more than 2,000 social groups, some of which already have more than 200 members.
The service allows users to join surname groups, explore ancestral records, share photos, video, and family trees. Users can create a profile to tell others about their research interests, to receive and respond to emails from other users without publishing an email address, to create online family trees and personal research pages, and to collaborate with other users. The service is completely free.
"Social networking platforms provide the perfect technology for sharing genealogy information and connecting with an unlimited number of people from all corners of the globe," said Allen. "FamilyLink will continue to innovate and provide social experiences on existing platforms and new and emerging platforms as the company extends its reach and expands its efforts to connect families through social networking."
About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
The leader in social networking for families, FamilyLink has developed a suite of web properties, applications and tools to connect families with each other and their heritage. The FamilyLink network of web properties includes FamilyLink.com, GenealogyWise.com, WorldHistory.com, and WorldVitalRecords.com. FamilyLink is also the developer of the fourth most popular networking application on Facebook, We’re Related, which has a user base of 50 million. The We’re Related application helps individuals stay in touch with their families by connecting them to their possible relatives, and also by sharing photos, news events, links, favorites lists, and more. FamilyLink.com, Inc. also operates the AdMazing ad network that helps high traffic social applications and sites related to family history and heritage monetize their audiences.
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