Monday, May 3, 2010 Announcements at NGS made some announcements to the genealogical world at the National Genealogy Conference (NGS) that ended Saturday in Salt Lake City. At least one (or more) should be of interest. As you may know Ancestry seems to be getting out of the print publishing methodology. About a month ago they published the last issue of Ancestry magazine. In a parallel move Ancestry announced at NGS they announced had launched a new wiki. This wiki will now be the venue for access to two venerable and pricey genealogical reference books:
1. The Redbook: American State,County, and Town Sources; &
2. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.
These sources will now be available online in wiki format---meaning that anyone can update them as needed.
When I took a tour of Ancestry headquarters in Provo on Thursday, I noticed that every staff member had a copy of the red book and the white book on their desks next to their computer monitors.

To take a peek at this new online wiki click the following link:

Ancestry also announced that there will be a MAC version of Family Tree Maker 2010. Dr D found this less interesting that the new wiki; but it may leave some of you salivating on your keyboard.


  1. Hi Dave,
    Will the ancestry wiki be subscription based only? I will go check it out. It would be nice to have the Red Book online and easily available.

    What is this Select profile thing below?

  2. Hi Nancy,

    I just noticed your comment. I think it is free but it is hard for me to check it out because my computer automatically logs into Ancestry.

    I don't see the "Select profile" thing to which you refer.