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What’s Not To Love About WikiTree? — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for posting this Jenny! You nailed it – WikiTree is definitely a collaborative environment that provides the flexibility to set up your profiles in whatever way you think is best.

    Can’t wait to see your other posts!

  2. I would like to see what everyone is raving and complaining about. There are probably a lot of people, including me, who are unable or put off by the invitation only.

  3. Claudia, the reasons for the “invitation only” process are mentioned in this blog post, and once you start using WikiTree, you’ll understand why it has to be that way.

    If you want an invitation, you can find people to invite you at: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Members_to_contact_for_an_invitation. Alternatively, there are many WikiTreers (including myself) who would be more than happy to extend an invitation to you. All you have to do is ask.

    You WILL be asked to read and sign the Honor Code when you receive your invitation.

    Be mindful that you will want to look around, read the FAQ and help information, and see what other people are doing before you commit. You may even want to just enter one or two individuals’ information by hand before you upload a GEDCOM, just to see whether it’s something you feel you can maintain.

    One thing that sets WikiTree apart (for me, anyway) is that Chris Whitten and the WikiTree team are all very good about answering any questions you may have about the site itself.

    Give it a try and I think you’ll see what all the hubbub is about.

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I’m also a huge fan and happy user at WikiTree. I’m currently volunteering as a greeter and enjoy every second of enabling others to get started with their own trees.

    The experience of working on my own WikiTree has given me new insight into how important sources are for each new ancestor I add. It takes only a few additional minutes and now I’m able to explain to newly found cousins where I got my information.

    It is still amazing to me that I can find such a rich online experience with so many different options available to me… totally FREE. All that is asked of me is that I be responsible to our community with the information that I’m putting up.

    Chris Whitten and the entire WikiTree team deserve a huge thank you for making the internet a better place to be. They certainly have my thanks!

    gail cox

  5. Jenny, thanks again for this wonderful post. I’m really looking forward to seeing the others.

    Gail, I love your comment! Thank you so much.

    Claudia & company, I do understand why the invitation requirement would be off-putting. To be honest, that was part of the purpose when we introduced it. The site was growing too fast. We needed to slow things down and make sure only the people who really wanted to participate became members.

    Now that things are calming down a bit, we’re starting to work on making the invitation process simpler and smoother. The plan is to enable anyone to register as a Guest Member. What a guest can do will be limited, but at least you’ll be able to join instantly and get started. Then if you want to continue you’ll need to be confirmed by a current member and sign the Honor Code.

  6. I absolutely love Wikitree. I have been using it steadily for almost one year, and I have several hundred ancestors on my tree. I have been contacted by several different distant relatives of mine who I otherwise would never have met, including one who sent me pictures of a great uncle that we had only heard about.

    The use of profiles for ancestors is what really sets the site apart. It makes it really easy to see the relationships among various family members, and it allows you to go into depth with birth, marriage and death dates – and pictures and documents. I have made it a practice to try and include an obituary in an ancestor’s profile whenever possible. This combination of information and narrative on the person’s life really helps provide a lot of context to your family tree.

  7. Thanks, Ray! I love hearing this stuff.

    I wanted to mention to everyone that as of this week our “Guest Member” system is now live. Anyone can register instantly and get started, but what you can do is very limited and your membership will expire unless you choose to volunteer to become a Wiki Genealogist or a Wiki Genealogist volunteers to help you with your genealogy. See the press release on Dick Eastman’s newsletter here: http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2012/10/wikitree-reopens-member-registration.html

    You might also want to check out the first comment there, the one from Jon Preston. Essentially, he’s asking “Does WikiTree signal the slow death of the genealogy hobby?”

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