WikiTree Welcomes User Group Coordinator is proud to announce that Lianne Lavoie has become the WikiTree community's new User Group Coordinator. Lianne now facilitates the rapidly growing collaborative circles for historically-significant ancestors such as European aristocrats and Mayflower families.

Sharing modern family history is relatively simple: it can be done privately between family members who know each other. But as you go further back in time, collaboration becomes increasingly more complex and it is very important to carefully cite sources as well as communicate with other researchers. These challenges led WikiTree users to create discussion groups dedicated to widely-shared ancestors.

The members of these groups tackle the messiest problems of genealogical collaboration and push the envelope as to what is possible using WikiTree. Since their work is vital to the success of the World Family Tree project, Lianne is here to help ensure that they have what they need. When they need new tools, Lianne is here to help WikiTree develop them.

Lianne is a recent graduate of the University of Manitoba where she studied computer science and philosophy. She blogs about her genealogy research at Stories of a Canadian Family. Her many other interests range from book collecting to belly dancing.

About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to grow a single worldwide family tree which will ultimately make genealogy free and accessible for everyone. Privacy and collaboration are balanced 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 but new members must be invited by a family member or fellow genealogist. See