There are probably many, many ways to collaborate. Collaboration is all about dividing up the work and sharing the results with all members of the PFWW. Collaboration activities show off the power of the PFWW to make the work go more quickly and also to make it more fun as we share the rewarding “burdens” of research. The PFWW website provides the means for any member to create a group of which he becomes the owner. These groups have the facilities at their disposal to have a news bulletin, a discussion group or forum, an event calendar, a photo album and the ability to easily broadcast emails to all the groups members. You can read more about this in the How To section of the Utilities Menu.
We are starting out with emphasis on just a couple ways to collaborate:
- Transcription and Extraction Projects
- Focus on Family Branches
Transcription and Extraction Projects
These projects are a part of an overarching methodology for breaking down brick walls. They seek to make family history information available to members of the Pemberton Family World Wide that would otherwise be difficult or expensive to acquire. They are supported by volunteers who want to take some of their time to assist in the work. As of this writing, there are two of these projects in process: “The Cheshire Wills Extraction Project” and “George’s of Tarven and Nantwich“. The first one is chaired by the PFWW Historian and seeks to transcribe and publish all the Pemberton Wills in the Chester Record Office. There are many more Pemberton Wills projects just waiting for a group to conquer. The second one is a collaboration group chaired by Graham Pemberton and Jackson Pemberton and is collaboration group whose object is to discover the common ancestor of these two members of the PFWW. DNA proved they have a common ancestor, most likely in the time period 1550 – 1660.
PFWW Collaboration Groups
The technical functions of this website allow any member to create and administer a research, collaboration, family reunion, or other type of group. These groups have the following characteristics to assist members:
- A group may be “public” (available to any member of the PFWW, or “private” (can only be seen by members who have been invited into the group)
- A group has both a discussion forum and a news bulletin
- A group can have its own avatar and photo album
- A group has its own event calendar
- “One click” sends an email to all group members
- It is simple to invite others to join your group
You will definitely want to read how to find collaborators in the “How To -” area of the Utilities menu.