FamilyLink Launches “Facebook for Genealogists”

FamilyLink Launches “Facebook for Genealogists”

FamilyLink has launched a new social networking site especially for genealogists called GenealogyWise. Randy Seaver, whose Genea-Musings blog clued us in to the quiet launch of GenealogyWise, has posted some screenshots and thoughts. FamilyLink likely invited a small group to join so the site will already be lively when an...

FamilyLink has launched a new social networking site especially for genealogists called GenealogyWise.

Randy Seaver, whose Genea-Musings blog clued us in to the quiet launch of GenealogyWise, has posted some screenshots and thoughts. FamilyLink likely invited a small group to join so the site will already be lively when an official announcement goes out.

GenealogyWise does appear to be buzzing with activity. Similar to Facebook, you create a profile, find friends, set up groups, upload photos and invite people to events. There’s also a discussion forum, blog and video areas any GenealogyWise member can contribute to, a genealogy search (this links you to the World Vital Records subscription site), a store (also goes to World Vital Records) and a chat area.

FamilyLink is also owner of World Vital Records, the We’re Related and MyFamily Facebook applications, WorldHistory.com interactive history site, and several other ventures.

Interestingly, FamilyLink has another genealogy social network, FamilyHistoryLink, launched in 2007 as FamilyLink (it was renamed when the company took FamilyLink as its corporate name). FamilyHistoryLink still wears a beta label and looks dated in comparison to GenealogyWise. I wonder if FamilyLink will phase it out?

Facebook has a well-established genealogy community, with more than 500 genealogy groups and several genealogy applications. Can GenealogyWise compete?

Would you stick with the all-encompassing Facebook, switch to GenealogyWise’s dedicated genealogy network, or use both—or neither? Let us know by clicking Comments below.

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  1. I spent an entire day on GenealogyWise and love it. I am on Facebook and Twitter and find all three to be totally different. There are many groups and discussion areas on GenealogyWise which enhances the learning experience.

  2. I have face book account and was on my space and both of my accounts have BEEN PHILFERED OR hijack AND INFO STOLEN SO I DO NOT USE THEM NO MORE

    SO BE WARE OF WHAT you place on them.

  3. I certainly will use the site but I’m confused. What’s all this about different readers? My preferred browser is Mozilla or Bing –
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to leaping over some of my brick walls.
    Is there literally a ‘facebook’ page for genealogists?
    Have a great day

  4. Was skeptical but tried it and am already loving it. The Groups feature is great – I started one and it was effortless. I think I will keep Facebook for friends, but drop Twitter and migrate over to GenealogyWise. Of course, it also depends on how many others move over – an interesting social experiment, don;t you think?
    Evelyn in Montreal

  5. I would definitely use genealogywise. I’ve just discovered facebook and it’s a lot of fun. i love being in contact with my far-away family. i’m having minimal success with genealogy on facebook. so a similar site for genealogy will definitely get my attention.

  6. I tried "We’re Related" on Facebook and it was the most annoying app. I started a tree, invited a few family members and a few invited me and then it was very spam like. I had constant emails asking for me to please just give the names of two family members (and have them annoyed like I was being annoyed?) The promised GEDCOM interface never showed and the best was the fun filled April Fool’s joke telling 19 million of us that we were related to Obama. I take genealogy seriously and couldn’t believe that they dared to add more span, more needless emails…they lost me forever. I removed the app and advised my family that we would not be using that app to share info. If the app is successful, it’s because it steals your names and sends invitations (without permission)to all of your "friends" and then the "friends" wonder why you want to be "related". "We’re Related" lost my business and FamilyLink might have been wise to re-name "We’re Related". Genealogists are quick to evaluate products and my guess is most have been there and gone. I wouldn’t spend a lot of time creating a tree on this site.