FamilySearch Wiki talk:WikiProject Professional Genealogists

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Perhaps the best way to connect wiki users with professionals is to highlight the article "Hiring a Professional Researcher" on the home page every once in awhile. I'm concerned about a separate community of genealogists being created. The above-mentioned article already links to the online lists of the APG, BCG and ICAPGen. Is the intention to link to other online portal-type services? To just create a list of researchers that are in the know of wiki use might show favoritism. Charlene M. Pipkin Genguide 13:41, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

The idea is not for FamilySearch to create the lists of researchers or the researchers' pages, but for the researchers to do that. The community owns the wiki. Anyone can participate. We anticipate that individuals, research companies, and professional associations will all have a way to get listed. There's no favoritism involved because it's the community that creates it, not some centrally-located office. The idea is to allow researchers to post more than "here are my rates and here are my specialty areas and credentials" so that customers can have more information by which to select researchers. The idea is also to level the playing field -- give a better opportunity for individual researchers, who don't have a big marketing budget, to be seen as easily as research companies who have large marketing budgets. There's no charge to be listed here, so it levels the field for the "little guy." Ritcheymt 11:51, 25 June 2009 (UTC)