For many years The Source and Red Book have been two of the most well-respected books in the genealogical world. Contributors to these books brought expertise and professionalism to the publications. The books’ pages are regularly consulted by librarians, lecturers, teachers and professional researchers, along with those who are new to the field who want to conduct their research using the highest standards.
The publisher of the two titles, Ancestry.com, has taken an unprecedented step in placing the full contents of both titles online for free searching at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page. In addition to easy and free access, the wiki offers the opportunity for members of the genealogical community to update, correct and expand the content. Points of information, addresses and websites, additions to tables and holdings: all may be updated or enhanced, increasing the value of these works by making them a current, “living” resource.
You can find The Source and Red Book under the Learning Center tab at Ancestry.com or simply by visiting http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page. The contents of both books have been uploaded.
Although improvements are planned, the community is already signing in and making updates.
[As published in the 2010 Summer Forum, published by FGS, and adapted from an Ancestry.com announcement at Salt Lake City, May 2010]