I am new to the wiki,(September 19, 2012), but have been very impressed so far. I have used One Great Family for years and became very dis-heartened when data that I had cleaned up a week before was messed up again. My full line built very fast there and I connected with royalty which sent my line all the way back to Adam by several routes. But I could not download more than a few generations at a time. Large tree sections would take days to try and download. Often the downloads contained zombies, (living people 150 to 6,000 years old). Since they were living their data was not downloaded, just the word "living" and perhaps a surname.
I find the review process of WeRelate very encouraging. Errors are being corrected before trees are connected. This process also helps us to update our data on our home computers and in our favorite genealogy program.
I use Gramps for many tasks. It has a tool for estimating dates for your unborn and your zombies. The data base cleaning features are unmatched by any other program that I have used. The tool for removing duplicates is good but slow. For large files I use the FamilyInsight program, because I can mark several duplicates at a time. For example all of the duplicates that compare at or near 100% can be selected and merged in one step. PAF is a reliable stand by, and good for sharing with other people, because so many are aware of it and use it. Lifelines needs a good update to be brought into the 21st century.
One Great Family, Ancestor.com, and Family Search, and others all just take the gedcom, as it is, and upload it. Errors, zombies, and all are dumped into the database. error corrections are never permanent, and error builds upon error. One of my Thomas Barneses had hundreds of children with different last names, on One Great Family. It became impossible to clean up.
I am searching ACKLEY, BARNES, BATY, BERNIER, BIGOD, CHAMBERS, CONKLIN, DANKS, DAY, EARLY, FRENCH, GERVIN, GOATTIN, HAPER, HEATH, HENRY, HOOVER, JACOBS, JUDD, LEMONS, LOVELAND, MADDOX, MANN, MCSHAN, MILLER, MORGAN, MORRIS, ORVIS, PHELPS, SANDERS, SMITH, SPARR, SPRINGER, STANILAND, STONE, STONER, STOTT, STRANGEWAYS, STRONG, STROUT, SUNDERLAND, SWITZER, TAYLOR, TOWER, TUCKER, WORMELL,
I find a lot of LIVING, and UNKNOWN, but have never been able to make a connection. If you are related to them let me know and I will send them all to you. :)
I was born Ronald L. Taylor, then adopted and my name changed to Ronald Guy Barnes.
I am researching for my bloodline consisting of Taylor and Conklin families with their related links.
I also research what I call my ethics line, the Barnes and Girvan families.