Over at Kerry’s there’s a debate underway about The Value of Great Big Trees Online. I come down on the side of being not all that interested. I agree with the many who say that regurgitated incorrect and un-sourced material is a root problem. But, it can be a place to start.
I know that in my five years online only 0.01% of the 10,000 or so people visiting my genealogy charts have taken any interest in contributing or conversing. Not a single one has ever asked me for my sources. Except for that genealogy police one. If that’s a general indication of how things go with shared trees, well, I rest my case.
Meanwhile, there’s something in this vein that does interest me. It doesn’t replace Great Big Trees but it’s big enough for me and far more satisfying. My #1 genealogy-cousin is expecting her copy of Legacy 7.5 to arrive this week along with the manual and training CD’s. FTM is not suiting her anymore and she decided it’s time to switch.
I’ve waited a long time for this day. On the one hand, I’m already feeling daunted by the amount of work ahead but, on the other hand, it’s pretty darn exciting.
First step will be to get her family file out of Family Tree Maker into Legacy via gedcom. Does anyone have experience with this? I’m hoping, but not assuming, that we can cruise right through it and go on to the next step.
IntelliShare. As far as I know, this is a feature unique to Legacy. It is going to allow us to merge our family files, work on copies of the same file and synchronize our changes periodically.
The benefits to this are outstanding. Primarily, it will keep us from duplicating the same work. It will also put us in touch with places where we have differences to become points of discussion.
I haven’t done this yet but I’m guessing that the source citations are automatically inserted when she merges my data and vice versa so that brings her right into the MRIN Filing System. With a simple mind mapping technique I can send her my entire Source Library listing.
Since she already has a filing system of her own, synchronizing the way we handle sources could be more challenging.
Regardless of how we file them, sharing a family file lessens the chance of us purchasing, downloading or scanning the same source documents twice.
Surely, more hands make genealogy work lighter. And more fun, I think, if there’s someone else who enjoys it at a similar level of interest. We both prefer well-sourced family history. She’s better versed in the history. I’m better at the technology to bring it together. I’m looking forward to taking our collaboration to a new level.
As we get settled, we may find another person or two to bring into it and that could solve the issue of inheritors as we grow older and step aside. It will give us a vehicle for mentoring and natural transition.
IntelliShare can be used to share a family file between two or more people. I’m assuming there’s no limit. Has anyone tried this and have any tips to pass on?