On Thursday, WikiTree.com passed its most significant milestone yet: 1,000,000 profiles. Since last fall, new profiles have been added at an average of 100,000 per month.
WikiTree’s early users were only creating a few dozen biographical profiles of their family members. The recent growth has been led by experienced genealogists importing GEDCOMs with hundreds or sometimes thousands of ancestors.
Although these genealogists grew their trees elsewhere they are choosing to participate on WikiTree for two reasons. First, it helps them get found by distant cousins. Every WikiTree profile has a public version (*) which will be indexed by Google.
"I have had my tree information listed on various websites for probably almost 10 years now. I have had a few people contact me through those listings, but in the short time I have been on Wikitree I have had many contacts from people interested in the lines I am researching." (**)
-- Paul Bech
Second, WikiTree makes it easy to share and collaborate with non-genealogist family members. Every WikiTree profile has a private version. These pages have extensive privacy controls and a user-friendly interface designed to make casual users feel comfortable adding personal facts and memories and uploading photos to profiles.
"I believe that many genealogists and family historians will appreciate the features in WikiTree especially if they seek a web-based application where they can share and collaborate with family or other researchers. The WikiTree site is easy to use, easy to understand and most importantly, it 'gets' concepts that are important to its users such as privacy."
-- Thomas MacEntee
* If the "Unlisted" Privacy Level is selected for a profile there is no public information.
** Quotes above are from GenSoftReviews.
WikiTree's mission is to create a rich worldwide family tree resource by striking the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy. It gives families a free and easy way to privately share information and organize their facts, memories, and photos. At the same time, it enables distant relatives and strangers to grow a worldwide family tree and create a valuable resource for future historians. WikiTree was started in 2008 by Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiAnswers - one of the top 50 websites in the US. Content on WikiTree is owned and edited by its contributors. Join the free community at http://www.WikiTree.com.