gene@pedia

With more and more people discovering how to “geneablog” there are more and more questions about concepts such as “blog carnivals” and “memes,” as well as genealogy terminology such as “lookups” and “cemetery inventories.” While the geneablogging community has always been a helpful and welcoming one, having a definitive resource one could go to would have great value.

Thus was born gene@pedia.  It is a wiki based on the MediaWiki platform which drives Wikipedia.  Users prefer wikis that mimic Wikipedia since the “look and feel” seems to make them more comfortable.

On the downside, MediaWiki is not an easy platform for most users.  The main hinderance: it is not WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) meaning that edits cannot be made in a Rich Text Format dialog.  There are some basic codes that must be used.

Despite there being an extensive set of Help files for gene@pedia, I will be working on a more extensive set of tools for users so they can become acclimated to the MediaWiki environment.  This will include recorded videos as well as some webcasts where users can join a webconference, get on the phone and we’ll have a good old-fashioned “wiki bee” as I’m calling it!

If you have questions about gene@pedia please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them!

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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