Monday, June 26, 2017

Get Started on WikiTree Today!

For anyone doing DNA triangulated groups and segment studies who want to find the best tools to verify their paper trail, WikiTree is a must.

Yes, there is a learning curve. If this Blundering Genealogist can do it, so can you.

You can do a partial or full tree on WikiTree and add your GEDmatch number in order to verify your paper trail. Be prepared; you may discover surprises.

It has been my experience as I work with other people and teach them the wonders of WikiTree, you won't be alone for long. Often by the time you enter your second great-grandparents you will start finding cousins (especially if you live in the United States).

That is why I suggest single entries rather than uploading a gedcom. Often adding a gedcom only creates more work. Especially if many of your family members already have profiles.

In the lower right hand corner of the profiles you enter (in profile view, not in edit view), you will find a Research tool. Use it. This link gives you resources with a click of the button. (You will need to re-sign-in .)

Some people have challenges using a collaborative tree. You can set your privacy so others can't change your data. If your data is questioned don't be offended. Other genealogists are trying to help or they may need help. This is your opportunity to collaborate with others to explain why your information is correct. And yes, I have had to swallow my pride more than once and accept when I had mis-information. I am thankful, because I would rather leave a tree to my family and the world that is right and verified by not only paper sources, but DNA as well.

Go for it! Have some fun and try it out. You will be glad you did.

Happy Finding! To get started: Click HERE.

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