Two—no, make that three—genealogy organizations have reached milestones this week:
- WikiTree, a genealogy community with a goal to build a free worldwide family tree, now has 5 million ancestor profiles. The site’s founders say its “slow-growth” approach—encouraging the careful addition of profiles over “bulk” uploads—makes this milestone an important one.
You can hear from WikiTree founder Chris Whitten in the January 2013 Family Tree Magazine Podcast, hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke.
- The volunteers for FamilySearch Indexing, the effort to index records at the Family History Library and make them searchable at the free FamilySearch.org, have indexed their one billionth record.
The volunteers who indexed and arbitrated that record, Kenneth B. of California, Brittney S. of Idaho and April R. of Alberta, Canada, get a FamilySearch backpack with goodies inside. You can see how the indexing process works on FamilySearch.org.
- This last milestone has us smiling big: Family Tree Magazine has reached 10,000 likes on Facebook!