GenealogyWise Update from FamilyLink

We just received the following statement concerning Genealogy Wise and plans are being made to post this over at Genealogy Wise as well.

I wanted to clear up some information I have been seeing about GenealogyWise. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or comments.

GenealogyWise is part of FamilyLink. In October 2009, FamilyLink laid off some employees as part of a restructuring. One of these contractors was someone who worked on GenealogyWise. In October I wrote about this change and posted it on the GenealogyWise homepage and newsletter.

Since that time, that person has posted her grievances with FamilyLink. One of these grievances is that volunteers who worked on a GenealogyWise project were not paid. Those volunteers have been paid there are no outstanding issues with her and her work on GenealogyWise.

There is no censorship on GenealogyWise. Yes, I as the Community Manager, do terminate the membership of people who post pornographic images and spam or that are abusive to other members. We recently terminated the membership of a community member that was in violation of section 14 of the Ning Acceptable Use and Content.

FamilyLink is committed to GenealogyWise and the community and we feel that it is very important to support and participate in this community which has become a place for genealogists to network, learn, and find answers. Thank you to everyone who participates in GenealogyWise.

Gena Philibert Ortega, Community Manager

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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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