Saturday, September 6, 2008

Whipple Research Society?

Nearly four years ago, I (the Webmaster of the Whipple Website) posted this on my own blog:
Since the Whipple Website came online in 1997, we have watched that site grow from a few pages to over 100,000 pages [currently over 125,000] , with individual pages (in the Whipple Genweb) for over 95,000 [now 122,000+] Whipple relatives.

What is to become of the Whipple Website if the webmaster dies or becomes incapacitated? Will someone just pull the plug? ... or should we create a non-profit organization of some sort to ensure that the site continues in perpetuity? (If we do establish such a corporation, will it guarantee that the Whipple Website will continue?)

Several years ago someone created a 501(c)(3) corporation, hoping to provide some sort of ongoing existence for the web site, but the IRS denied tax-exempt status, so it was dissolved.

Should we try again? How about naming it the Whipple Research Society? Whipples can be a cantankerous lot. Do you think enough of us could get together to organize such a society? Is it worthwhile?

Well, last week Blaine Whipple (undoubtedly the most prolific writer of Whipple genealogies) found the above post. (See his web site at www.blainewhipple.com.) He responded with this comment:
If you are successful in organizing a Whipple Research Society, I would be happy to join and suggest the first project be a DNA study with the goal of determining if there is a relationship between Capt. John of Dorchester-Providence and the Ipswich brothers.
I responded by telling Blaine that I would post the original post on the Whipple Website's blog. What is your response? (Although I'm aware that DNA testing has become a hot topic in genealogical research, I'm not quite "up to speed" on it. The thought of using DNA to determine the common ancestry of the two main U.S. Whipple lines is intriguing.)

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