We are to the point in genealogy where guidance is needed in terms of ‘good, better, best’
So many books on Germanic roots are in circulation. How does a novice or intermediate researcher decide which to select? The popular mammoth sites only provide broad overviews, generalized or limited information to appeal to the masses.
When someone posts a specific question on one of the zillion sites that pop up, who will send them to an accurate, current, concise reference source?
One recent example is this query from wikia.com: Where can I find information on passports during WW1? Most of these queries have two results. They go unanswered into cyberspace, or they gain an answer which is misleading at best and incorrect at worst.
such as size, data content, accuracy in transcription, and coverage in years.
Now can you compare the Castle Garden immigration site to the so-called Ellis Island site, and to smaller transcription sites who abstract secondary sources or scattered original records?
Which portal to the British BMD sites is best?
Which blogs on the hurdles of divorce or adoption research are the place to start?
Where do I go to solve that problem of a Chinese ancestor in Hawaii?
What are the top 10 sites for colonial Americans?
What were the top 10 most populous cities in America in 1790 where my ancestor might be lost –and which sites lead me there?
According to the bibliographies used by speakers in recent national genealogical conferences, which tools are best for research in modern urban areas?
After a database quickly tells me an ancestor was at the battle of Antietam, how do I learn about his experience there?
Which of these questions will GenyWise be best suited to answer?
Whimsically sharing favorite tips and tools is not the same as ranking resources as good, better, and best. Perhaps GenyWise will develop a link between the keywords
in a section of Questions, or from the titles of Groups, Discussions, and Blogs, and route the contributor to the pre-determined category which might already have information on the topic. There is a discussion of this under the GenSeek group.
By the way, the categories
allowed by GenyWise for their Discussions are limited and somewhat random. GenyWise and this network can do better than some robotic approach that spouts a few canned answers.