Eldon if Sharon doesn't have a chance to answer because she's already on the road, I will give you the answer through this little table.
It's actually fascinating -- we were thinking about a "Huguenot diaspora" Master Project:
This map indicates the main routes used by Huguenot refugees, the countries to which they went and the numbers settling in each area.
Dutch Republic 50-60K
N.E. Europe 2K
Cape of Good Hope 400
I'm excited to be designated geni.com's newest Curator.
I've been active in several projects including those involving everything from early USA settlement in Connecticut, to Mormon Pioneers, "Namesakes" and the geni programming API. I love the collaborative nature of family history research and enjoy helping others make new discoveries about their ancestors and documenting that information for others.
I have ongoing research interests in the following localities: California, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Eastern Canada, Southern England, Ireland and Norway.
My favorite area of geni.com is related to various "projects". Working on these has been, and will continue to be, a model of the success that can be found with collaborative family history. I'm also active in contributing updates to profile's "about me" section to help add historical context to each individual life history.
...well enough about me...there's work to do.
Because of Geni, it turns out that Randy Stebbing and I are 11th cousins. I had no idea I was related to "prominent Puritans" and other American religious leaders.
Randy has been so helpful in fleshing out their profiles.
Like Randy I really enjoy Geni "projects." They are a way to focus and learn about the larger history our ancestors are involved in.
A locality basis turns out to be a very interesting way to understand a life story. I look forward to some gold rush projects for instance!
I have the pleasure to announce that Geni has appointed a Dutch curator. I am pleased to be that curator. Especially for persons who use the Dutch language operating on Geni can be more easy now.
I am doing genealogical research since about 1969.
Since then I've always been a helper to others in their research for their ancestors.
I had my first experience with a wiki-based global collaboration genealogy site on WeRelate.org (about 2 million profiles). WeRelate had big problems because of the many duplicates, caused by gedcom uploads. I was there one of the top 5 mergers to solve the problems.
I also had experience with a little similar site, Familypedia (about 100,000 profiles). Familypedia had not the problem of the many duplicates because they had no gedcom upload process. I learned there the wiki-techniques to present genealogies.
In the recent years I was an active administrator of the multilingual Rodovid genealogy site (about 500,000 profiles) in the Dutch and German location and a co-administrator in the English and general manager (engine) location. I stop now as administrator on Rodovid to give my attention to Geni. On Geni I started the 4th april 2009 with the gedcom upload of my pedigree, but caused by personal circumstances (severe illness of my spouse) I was inactive untill the 11th of aeptember 2011.
Geni is a big challenge because there are so many users and profiles, so we can really speak of a collaborative global genealogy.
That creates opportunities, not so much for me, but specially for Geni as a prominent leading collaboration site.
All users are for Geni equal. As curator, I am nothing more than other users, an ordinary user or a pro user. I only have easier access to data and I have many more tools, so I can help others.
As a curator I am here for all users, to make them have more fun and to give them more possibilities to work useful on and with Geni. Above that I try to help Geni to improve the site.
Geni still has much trouble caused by earlier mass upload of gedcom files with many duplicates, incorrect family relationships and wrong merges.
With all manpower Geni is working to overcome these problems by properly merging of the many duplicate profiles and correction of erroneous parents and partners. The software is constantly being improved by Geni, firstly to avoid futural false and erroneous merges, secondly to make it possible to undo wrong merges and relationships more easily. Geni is also working to improve the gedcom upload method to prevent many duplicates added in the future.
Still there is a lot of work to do and still there is to little manpower to manage the almost 100 million profiles perfectly, but Geni is continiously looking for expansion of the actual group of good curators and collaborators !
Do you have problems, suggestions or other matters, you can count on me !
What a wonderful and inspiring introduction Fred.
I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work with you. In fact I've been holding off on New Netherlands genealogy (now New York - and where I live) until the Dutch community was able to take itself to the next step.
I understand you've created a Portal for Netherlands users? Would you mind posting that link? I want to show it off to other countries.