Posted by Heather Erickson on April 30, 2010 in Wiki, Website

What if the respected genealogical resources The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources could be updated on a more regular basis? With all of the information these two books provide us in our family history research, the details can easily become outdated. Well now these two exhaustive guides to American genealogy can be updated regularly with the launch of the beta version of the Wiki.

The Wiki is a new section on available to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. It offers detailed and useful information about family history records, research, and places pulled from The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

These two well-known books have been guiding genealogists for more than twenty years, but by making this content available in wiki format, we’re inviting you, our vibrant community of passionate genealogists, to update, expand on and even add to it, making it a go-to resource for guidance and information.

In addition, the Wiki offers links to databases, as well as Web pages for genealogical societies, archives, and other valuable resources. It allows for additional resources to be added, so that others in the family history community can benefit from the information you provide. If you’ve ever had questions about family history, or if you have answers that others can benefit from, the Wiki is the place to visit.

Locate the new Wiki in the Learning Center drop-down tab on the site, or visit

Heather Erickson

Heather Erickson is Head of Global Communications for and has been with the company since 2009.


  1. Kelly

    Love it,Love it,Love it..For us Geny-Nuts,this will help with those brick walls we all hit.It’s also nice to have pics w/articles to give you a better perspective.

  2. Jade

    One thing I noticed is that in the Church Records article, the list of resources, the Lutheran Church items’ indentation and orthography indicate that they are within the category of Unitarian and Universalist organizsations. This really is not so :(.

    There is no way in the Wiki setup extensively to revise such formatting.

    Can y’all please look into this?

    Thank you,

  3. bromaelor

    Yes Andy. I think I’m going to keep well away from this Pandora’s Box. Are Ancestry totally naive about what happens on open-access wikis??? Even if the contributors are “vibrant community of passionate genealogists”!!!

  4. Mike Bronner

    Heya Andy! I’m wondering the same … are the contributors going to be vetted, or is the contributed material going to go through a vetting process, similar to Wikipedia?

    The potential for trash contributions is just too enormous. One thing I HATE about public wikis is all the spam.

    Heather, can you comment on how these will be regulated / moderated?

  5. Heather Erickson

    Currently, the wiki is in beta and anyone can contribute without registering. Submitted content and changes are being monitored and moderated in-house to prevent spam and other inappropriate material. One of the reasons we’ve done it this way is to give us a sense of how our community is going to contribute to and use the wiki. Every wiki is different and is susceptible to different kinds of abuse and we want to set up the best possible system of moderation to make sure our wiki is as useful and reliable as possible.

    As the wiki moves out of beta, however, you can expect for sure a rigorous system of moderation to prevent inappropriate and useless content and to maintain the quality and accuracy of the Wiki. Thanks for your interest and your question and we’d love to see your contributions on the wiki.

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