Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Ninja, Joins WikiTree Team

WikiTree.com is excited to welcome genealogy tech guru, instructor, and speaker Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy to the WikiTree team as our, yes, Genealogy Ninja. Thomas will be utilizing his considerable skills behind the scenes of the WikiTree community, helping to foresee and helping to forsee and resolve issues with growing a worldwide family tree.

Well-known to many professional and amateur genealogists, Thomas specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,000 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors. Thomas can be heard on GeneaBloggers Radio each Friday evening. Thomas also works with several genealogical societies including the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. His new role at WikiTree won’t replace any of these activities, and is intended to complement them.

“We’ve given him a playful title,” says WikiTree creator Chris Whitten, “but Thomas’s role is serious. Creating a worldwide family tree is not a mission that can be taken lightly. Without the right technology and collaborative atmosphere, the number of poorly-sourced and duplicate ancestor profiles could overwhelm and destroy the nobility of our project. On behalf of all current and future WikiTreers, I thank Thomas for agreeing to help defend the genealogical integrity of our community.”

About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to create a single worldwide family tree with which we can all freely connect our private family histories. We aim to strike the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy so that families can share personal information, photos, and memories, while at the same time growing a valuable genealogical resource with distant cousins and strangers. WikiTree is entirely free for everyone. Content is owned by its contributors. The service is supported by modest ads on public pages. Join our rapidly growing community at http://www.WikiTree.com/.