The recent issue of Ancestry magazine has an article about using genealogy wiki's. A genealogy wiki is a website where the users collaborate on family trees with each person having the ability to add or edit a person in the tree. The users are notified each time someone has modified or added to the data.
I think this is a great idea so I went to WeRelate to see what it was like. The address is www.werelate.org. Registering was easy and free. Once I received the confirmation email, I began to search for names in my database to see if anyone else is researching my family lines.
The website boasts that they have almost two millions names on their site that users have added. The power of the site comes from users uploading GEDCOMs or individuals for others to find and work on together. In the few minutes I was able to search, I did not find any exact matches, but there were plenty of possibilities for me to look into. I hope to upload some of my own ancestors soon in hopes of other researchers out there finding me.
If you belong to WeRelate, I would love to hear from you. I watched some of the tutorials that are available and I know there are tricks and other features that I haven't used yet. I find the idea of a wiki to be an interesting and fun way to collaborate on a family research project and will write more later as I continue to explore this new avenue of genealogical research.