Update on WieWasWie
WieWasWie in English
Last week I answered questions about WieWasWie, the successor of Dutch BMD site Genlias. One issue that remained unanswered in that article was when WieWasWie would be available in English. There is more information available: On Twitter, WieWasWie mentioned that they planned to start on the English translation early next year, but first the Dutch site should work without problems.
Someone from the WieWasWie team also replied to last week's article:
We agree that the English version should be introduced ASAP, the sooner the better. Of course we need to focus on the Dutch version first, but we're definitely planning for the English one! I'd like to add here that you can email to our helpdesk for any kind of help at our site (we know a little English too; -)!): firstname.lastname@example.org
Records from Zeeland in WieWasWie
Birth records from Zeeland are now in WieWasWie. Still missing: Zeeland death and marriage records, and records from Noord-Holland (and maybe others?). I'm sure that those records will follow soon.
Summary of current situation
For those that missed it a quick summary of the current status:
- WieWasWie is the successor of Genlias, the Dutch database of (mostly) BMD records.
- Genlias will shut down at the end of this year.
- WieWasWie does not have all records yet that Genlias has, but the missing ones will be added over the coming weeks.
- WieWasWie does not have all search options that Genlias has (in particular, searching for two people is not possible on WieWasWie), but that will change over the coming weeks.
- WieWasWie does also offer extra functionality, like downloading scans or building your family tree.
- Not all functionality will be free. Currently you can take out a trial subscription (no credit card required) that offers everything for free until the end of 2012.
- There is no English interface yet, but there will be one. Genlias will shut down before WieWasWie is available in English, though.
- Do you have questions about Genlias that you'd like to see answered on this website? Leave a comment below this article, or send me a message.
- Do you have a question for WieWasWie? Send them an e-mail (email@example.com). You can also contact them on facebook or twitter.
Thank you WieWasWie for replying to last week's article, and thank you Yvette Hoitink for pointing me to WieWasWie's tweet.