- Starting next year, African-Americans will be able to research their ancestors free in an online genealogy database called AfriQuest.
The genealogy wiki WeRelate and the University of Southern Florida Africana Heritage Project (USAF) are among those behind the project. Researchers will be able to add images and records to the database, too.
According to the press release, “Every record readers add to the database will not only be preserved, but will be available to anyone for free, now and in years to come.”
- The UK genealogy records site Familyrelatives.com, which recently added social networking features for registered members, now also lets users create their own home pages, upload photos, post items for sale in a classifieds section and announce events.
Members can customize their home pages by picking a layout and adding a photograph and caption, along with information about their research interests. Uploaded photos go into a gallery, which can be public, private or available to family and friends. Users also can make announcements public or private.
Those services are free. For its records, FamilyRelatives offers subscription ($75 per year) and pay-per-view options.
- Following on the heels of iFamily: The social networking site FamilyLink.com (from the creators of the data site World Vital Records) has come out with an application you can add to your Facebook profile.
You can use the new app, called Were Related (no relation to WeRelate), to search your Facebook friends for your relatives. If those relatives also use Were Related, it’ll suggest who among their Facebook friends might be related to you. Were Related also lets you upload your GEDCOM to your facebook profile.
You can get a little more info on the application and instructions for adding We’re Related to your Facebook profile on the World Vital Records blog. Its the 153rd most popular application on Facebook out of more than 5,000not too shabby.