Stack Exchange is a Q&A network for computer programmers that has expanded into Q&A for other topics, including genealogy and family history.
Anyone can read questions and answers on Stack Exchange, but in order to post questions or answers you’ll need to be a registered user.
You don’t have to be that heavily invested to benefit from Stack Exchange. I often go to Stack Exchange when I’m digitizing photos to remember the recommended file type and size. It’s a great site for a quick refresher on various genealogy topics and is worth checking out.
If you become a registered user and want to post questions and answers you should understand more about the community. Registered users gain or lose Reputation or trust withing the community based on how other Stack Exchange users rate their questions and answers. A higher reputation earns you Privileges. Stack Exchange has an information page about gaining and losing Reputation and the Benefits of participating. Basically, voting/ranking helps direct other users to more trusted responses and benefits the community.
Stack Exchange is still primarily used by programmers, with over 40 million participating each month, but whatever your profession or hobby, it’s worth checking to see if it’s on Stack Exchange. (Genealogy falls under the Life/Arts heading.)
Kinpoint.com is a new website that offers free family tree analysis of FamilySearch family trees.
Kinpoint has free services as well as premium services. Free services include checks to verify vital information is properly recorded for each person in your tree. Kinpoint puts a yellow circle by a person’s name if there is any vital information that needs to be properly sourced: a death location is missing, a birthdate, etc. For LDS users Kinpoint also looks for any ordinance work that still needs to be done for ancestors in your tree.
Kinpoint’s premium services include looking for possible problems in your tree, like a parent born after the birth of a child, and they have source hints and matches that can help you find more documentation for people in your tree. Work done in Kinpoint updates into your FamilySearch tree reducing the need for duplicate work.
I have several trees on different sites and one on my home computer but was surprised to see that my free FamilySearch tree has so much vital information missing. This will be a fun clean-up chore I’ll let my kids help with because the information will be so simple to document. It’s rare to find such low-hanging fruit on a family tree and I’m excited to use Kinpoint to introduce my kids to family history work in a way that’s visual and will give them instant success. Happy hunting during #FamilyHistoryMonth!