A Call to Action for Scholars of American History: Contribute to Wikipedia

I suspect many American genealogists will be interested in an article in the blog of David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States. He writes:

“We are fast approaching the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, a hallmark of the expansion of democracy here in the United States. On March 8, we will open our exhibit, Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, which celebrates its modern relevance through inclusive retelling of the women’s suffrage movement.”

He then goes on to give an overview of the efforts of the National Archives and Records Administration’s preparations for easier access to the 19th Amendment’s records concerning women’s suffrage. You can read David Ferriero’s short overview at https://tinyurl.com/y7lphemy and then he references a more in-depth article at: https://wikiedu.org/national-archives-professional-development.

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That would be great if more historians would share from their areas of expertise. I would also encourage family historians to add articles if their family members are notable. I have written an article for my first North American ancestor and linked all my other family articles at the bottom of his article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Moore_(colonial_official). Now when I meet a new family member, I just send them to my lead article and they can get caught up.

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I write family history articles and post them on Wikipedia e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Moore_(colonial_official)

Bob Moore Moore-32168 on WikiTree GEDmatch #M492364; GEDmatch Genesis #NJ8541398 28 Campion Ave Guelph, ON N1H 5L4 (h) 519-837-1986

On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 10:14 AM, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter wrote:

> Dick Eastman posted: “I suspect many American genealogists will be > interested in an article in the blog of David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of > the United States. He writes: “We are fast approaching the 100th > anniversary of the 19th Amendment, a hallmark of the expansion of de” >

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David Paul Davenport August 28, 2018 at 12:01 pm

I concur, but professional historians have no incentive to “publish” on Wikipedia. I’m not referring to money, but to the “kudos” of the institutions that employ them. Any writing that isn’t published by an academic press or scholarly journal does not gain for the writer “credit” toward tenure and promotion, nor is it consider “community service” (which at some institutions is a component of employee evaluation). So don’t get your hopes up, Mr. Ferriero.

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The issues with Wikipedia are much more than just academic scorn. Conservative commentator Dennis Prager has often mentioned in the past year how leftists have taken over his Wikipedia page and not allowed him to correct some false statements.

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