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Dear Barbara, Jon and Gareth,
Barbara, when trying to send an email to someone on WikiTrees, one is asked for a code. I cannot find a code of any sort anywhere. Is it a capcha? And is this why you suggest sighted help might be needed.
Jon and Gareth, I take on board the care that is needed. Even looking at information about my family, I can spot errors, and some assumptions of kith and kin, and yet vital information is missing, and I cannot see how the assumptions have been made.
However, all I want to do is to add information that I know is right, and if people don't correct things, then that's up to them.
Perhaps both of you can also let me know about how to get round this code business~!
From: Barbara Mallyon - Email Address: BarbaraMallyon(a)lewmal.co.uk
Sent On: 23/08/2012 16:56
Sent To: david972scott(a)btinternet.com, Blind genealogists - Email Address: david972scott(a)btinternet.com, blind-genealogists(a)rootsweb.com
Subject: Re: [BG] WikiTree
Thank you for putting the information about this website on the List,
pleased to say that I have found a link to my family tree.
WikiTree - Collaborative Family Tree
When you are on the website, scroll down the page to where it gives
the names beginning with A to Z, don't bother with that, it says
"jump to any surname", enter the surname and click on GO.
The website gave me some names and I was able to send an email to
the person that put the names on the website, I have now got a reply.
This is a free website, you cannot be a member of the website unless
are invited, it is a funny system. You will need some help to look at
Barbara Lewis Mallyon
Basingstoke, Hants. UK
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Scott" <david972scott(a)btinternet.com>
To: "Blind genealogists" <blind-genealogists(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:32 AM
Subject: [BG] WikiTree
> Does anyone have any experience of WikiTree, both from the point of
> view of its accessibility, and how trustworthy it is.
> I have stumbled across it, as they have apparently a lot of
> information about a branch of my family. However, some of it is
> inaccurate, and a lot incomplete. Before attempting to add to
> their information, I would like to know how others have fared on
> this site.
> David Scott.
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Thanks for the text of your article, it made very interesting reading.
As far as addresses and occupations are concerned, findmypast.co.uk have in most cases transcribed those details in all of their censuses, not just 1881 and 1911, so, although there would be an additional cost in either subscribing to FMP, or as I have done, purchased 60 pay as you go credits for just under £7 which gave me 30 household transcriptions, those details are to a large extent available.
As a free alternative, of course, there are literally hundreds of Rootsweb mailing lists. Take for example this one which is specifically for those who are visually impaired. There are members on this list, either with partial sight or who are totally sighted, who have helped out in the past when a request has been posted to the list for the additional information that hasn’t been transcribed from census images. I have also made such requests on specific surname and county lists, because inevitably there are people on that list who also have interests and even in some cases direct connections to the family I was researching.
In addition, there are a growing number of Online Parish Transcription websites containing baptisms, marriages and burials, and an ever increasing number of family history societies are producing parish record transcripts on CD. An excellent source for these CDs is http://www.prtsoc.org.uk
Never forget the http://www.familysearch.org website of the LDS, although it’s an index not full transcriptions, it’s filled many many gaps in my own family. Again though, care has to be taken as there are a goodly number of entries submitted by church members over the years, and, as I mentioned with Ancestry’s Trees, there are a goodly number of errors to be found.
Ancestry is my favourite site of all, but there is much more to be found in researching family history by extending searches to other websites and sources of information.
Can I just point out here that anyone making a connection through this wikitree should still make sure of the information that is being given out. Quite likely many of the people on there will have the same incorrect info as can be found on Ancestry’s World Tree. I have come across numerous mistakes in my own Nixey tree on Ancestry, and despite alerting the tree owner, trees on there remain dreadfully inaccurate.
Whatever info we glean from such family tree sites should never be taken at face value, they should always be checked out thoroughly. I’d far prefer a smaller and exceptionally accurate family tree, than to have hundreds of thousands of people in my tree who have nothing to do with my side of the family whatsoever.
Does anyone have any experience of WikiTree, both from the point of view of its accessibility, and how trustworthy it is.
I have stumbled across it, as they have apparently a lot of information about a branch of my family. However, some of it is inaccurate, and a lot incomplete. Before attempting to add to their information, I would like to know how others have fared on this site.