Thursday, January 15, 2009

Barn raising - internet style

Ol' Myrt here has been very much interested in the development of genealogy wiki entries at Just now, as a registered user, I received the following email from Content Coordinator Michael Ritchey, about a grassroots effort to complete work on the Maryland section of the FamilySearch Wiki. In short, here's what he had to say.

"Here's a quick note to tell you about a project being developed by the FamilySearch Wiki community: the Maryland Barn Raising. A wiki barn raising is a short, focused community effort to create or revise content relating to a single topic such as "genealogical research in Maryland."

During this barn raising, we will revise the Maryland Portal and all the Topics pages it links to. At the end of the barn raising, the wiki will contain information about all the latest and best records to use to find Maryland ancestor. The wiki community needs your help to make this effort a success! We'd love it if you would pitch in and contribute a few edits to the Maryland pages. You don't need to be a Maryland expert to contribute, but experts are certainly welcome!

To see a list of pages we plan to update and also a list of simple tasks that non-experts can do, take a look at our Maryland Barn Raising Tasks page at

This first barn raising is proving to be a lot of fun, and we're learning things that will be foundational to barn raisings for other areas of the world. Hope to see you soon on the wiki!"

This, my DearREADERS is an excellent idea -- a project in the virtual environment with a historical moniker describing the activity to a "T". I hope my 2008 FGS roomie Kearby Parker will pick up on this blog entry, as she has expertise in eastern shore Maryland and her input will be invaluable.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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