What are they and why are they of interest to genealogical researchers? Let’s quote the Community Trees introduction:
“Community Trees are lineage-linked genealogies from specific time periods and geographic localities around the world. The information also includes the supporting sources. Most of the genealogies are joint projects between FamilySearch and others who live locally or have expertise in the area or records used to create the genealogies. Each Community Tree is a searchable database with views of individuals, families, ancestors and descendants, as well as printing options.
The scope of partner projects may be a small, grass roots village or township working together to form a family tree of all the known residents of its community for a given time period. Some are genealogical and historical societies working with FamilySearch to index several sources of data to link them to common, lineage-linked genealogies of a targeted geographic area of interest.”
Trees from all over the world that fit the site criteria are on the site ranging from Australia to Wales. Additionally, oral genealogies are being added to further enhance this complement of worldwide resources.
If you haven’t visited them before, take a few minutes today and enjoy. Be prepared for the Wow factor before you start though. It will undoubtedly be invoked.