Monday, February 13, 2012

Help from Volunteers

Genealogists are know throughout the world for their generosity to exchange information and help one another out. This is very evident when one looks at the number of sites that are available because of the countless number of volunteer hours donated over time from individuals throughout the world.

The first groups worth mentioning is USGenWeb and WorldGenWeb. According to their websites, both USGenWeb and WorldGenWeb began in 1996 by a group of genealogist who shared a desire to create online centers for the genealogical research, they are totally non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.


The USGenWeb is broken up into the 50 states while WorldGenWeb is broken up into 11 regions. Each region is divided up by counties and each country is divided into the various administrative divisions according to the country.


Another site that has provided assistance over the years is RootsWeb. This site began operating online in 1993 as Roots Surname List. Over the years a surname database was built along with mailing lists and gedcoms from fellow genealogists. In 2000, it was purchased by MyFamily.com. Users can still upload Gecom files and the information is viewable on both the Rootsweb and Ancestry websites. This is the oldes free community genealogy website.



There are many other volunteer websites. The indexing done by other organizations including FamilySearch.org shows the power of those who donate their time to helping out genealogists throughout the world. It would be nice to develop a list of various websites that are done by volunteers. Feel free to comment and share other websites!

Comments and Suggestions are always welcomed!

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