Comments on WikiTree

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Here are some unsolicited endorsements, reviews, and kind words from people using WikiTree.

A few neat stories have also been posted here in the forum: "Do you have any great WikiTree stories?"

And you might also be interested in the 2011 USA Today column by Kim Komando on "New ways to complete your family tree" and the New York Times article entitled "Finding Family History Online".

USA Today and the New York Times   GenSoft 2011 Award
Valerie Craft "There's a lot going on at WikiTree, more than I can really get into here. I recommend that you check out the site yourself to discover all there is. But there's one more thing I want to mention: the biggest reason why you should you WikiTree: cousin bait. ... In my years doing genealogy, I've had the most success thanks to WikiTree. One cousin who contacted me emailed me copies of a Bible record and snail-mailed me actual original photos of my Great-Grandfather as a young man (the only photos I had of him were from his 40s or older)."


Terri Crowell "Thanks to WikiTree after 40 years of research I was finally able to connect with my family in Finland. My grandparents immigrated to the US in 1903 or so and died about 1960. Because my grandfather had a brother left behind in Finland, his great-granddaughter was searching for what became of his brother that immigrated. She has provided full documentation as well as photos and interpretation of old Swedish/Finn records. She has even researched my grandmother's family and added their records. ... The ability to collaborate with long lost relatives is phenomenal. Thank you WikiTree."


"Consistently high ratings for this online genealogy site might make this a great place to store your family tree information. Upload your tree to share with others. Includes privacy controls and more."
— Internet Genealogy magazine, October/November 2011 issue


Bill Crosland "I'm about to reach my ninetieth birthday, so I'm not much of a gee-whiz guy on the computer, but I'm quite enjoying myself on WikiTree. I write this note to tell you that your site has allowed me to reconnect with a whole branch of my family that I'd lost contact with years and years ago. And that after only a few days using your site! Thanks kindly for making this service available free of charge. I couldn't otherwise afford it."


"I've only been using it for 5 days and I've already found 2 'branches' of my tree going back to the 16th century. I've always been frustrated by those other websites that want you to pay to keep track of your own family and I finally found wikitree. I've been telling everyone about it."
— Erica Nicksin


Orlaith Read "WikiTree is such a great site for compiling and storing family info. It's so idiot-proof and I love it. I've already met up with 2 third-cousins that I never even knew existed."


"On behalf of the Krasilowycz family in Ukraine and their Americanized Kroslowitz cousins, a great big 'Dyakuyu!' (Thank you!) to WikiTree. This site was the catalyst that led to our meeting each other and learning more about our families on the other side of the world. Proof positive that WikiTree is THE most awesome of genealogy sites."
— Karen Kroslowitz on Facebook


Jamie Swindells "I get about 3-5 requests a week from people on WikiTree to share data while I get about 1 a month on Ancestry.

"In one case I was able to put a neice in contact with an aunt she hasn't seen since she was 17 (over 30 years ago) ... it was real neat as they both knew a family song that someone in the family sang to their children at bedtime that was passed down."


Ralph Bartlett "One of the features I like about WikiTree is that you can leave it for awhile and it still has life. Its growth is not dependent on one person. When I get an opportunity to go back and re-engage it will have grown and I can decide where I can contribute based on how it has developed."


Kate Brown "Thank you so much for this site. WikiTree has allowed me to take boxes and boxes of notes, pictures, and bits of information and get it all in one place. Now I have a resource for all my family, whether local or scattered, and all our future generations."


Rosamond Alejar "This is a great site! I am such a fan. I've been doing our tree for two years with other tools but with WikiTree, nephews and nieces are also starting to show interest ... It was like pulling teeth to get them interested before."


Thomas Allen "It's amazing how simple WikiTree is to use. I have a family tree program with 20,000 people in it, but the main issue has been keeping up with family. Here, I can add them by email and when they update I can see their additions."


"I've connected with a cousin I didn't know existed! We're having such fun sharing family information. What a great way to see where we come from. Before WikiTree, the only roots I ever saw were the gray ones!"
— Alice Jones, Hawaii


Doug Coldwell "I have spent most of my day adding pages to the wikitree site. I have never found a site that is so well done. It is so easy to work with."


"When our family reunion was announced this year I was volunteered to complete the family history. Wikitree.com has made the whole process so easy! It was simple to construct the family tree and share it with my relatives to gain their input. I especially like the privacy functions and page layouts. It is really an amazing service!"
— Cris, Chicago


Todd Futter "This site is really neat! As I use it more and more, it amazes me. I am starting to fill out my family tree information ... I LOVE the way that it organizes family groups. Way to go!"


Peter Waterworth "I'm really so delighted with the site, it's just what I've needed. I've been collecting disparate pieces of family history from relatives for decades and never had a chance to collate them in one place until I found WikiTree."


Christine Searle "Within a week of putting my tree on WikiTree I heard from a great-grandson of my great-grandfather's sister (what does that make him?) who sent me some fantastic photos of my grandfathers aunt's family setting up homesteading in Saskatchewan. And a week later I heard from someone with a similar relationship in my mother's line. Really fantastic!"
Christine Searle commenting on Facebook
Lianne Lavoie "WikiTree is the best genealogy tool I've ever come across, and it's done wonders for the organisation of my research."


Gail Cox "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."
Gail Cox commenting on Jenny Lanctot's blog post "What's Not To Love About WikiTree?"


"I absolutely love Wikitree. ... 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."
Ray Jones commenting on the blog post "What's Not To Love About WikiTree?"


Krissi Hall "I tried a couple other sites before I came to Wikitree, and found them too hard to use (when will people figure out the Flash is NOT the best thing ever?), or too expensive, or just not what I was looking for. I love the awesome merge abilities and just how easy it is. I also love the idea of a free world-wide tree."


Liz Shifflett "I've only been on WikiTree a month, and I'm already getting overwhelmed (and sleep-deprived :). But it is oh so exciting to have the collaborative forces of WikiTree members help me break through brick walls. Many are crumbling. It's really exciting!"
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"The beauty of WikiTree is the synergy of working collaboratively with distant cousins. It's thrilling - and energizing - when you see your tree get fuller when that collaboration works as a wiki was designed to."


Randy Seaver "If you've been looking for a FREE family tree system that encourages collaboration, then I suggest that you try WikiTree. My opinion is that it's the easiest to use collaborative family tree currently available."


Thomas MacEntee "The WikiTree site is easy to use, easy to understand and most importantly, it 'gets' concepts that are important to its users such as privacy."


Dick Eastman "[Y]ou can find many online sites for publishing your genealogy information but not all of them provide privacy controls. ... WikiTree incorporates a 'Trusted List' system to customize the access you give to distant relatives. Each person, place, or thing listed in WikiTree has its own Trusted List. Similar to 'Friends Lists' on social networking sites, each user on a Trusted List has to be individually approved by the person who uploaded the information."


Monica Palmer "I don't just like WikiTree... I love love love it! My two favorite things about it are the different security levels on every single page and item and the 'Encyclopedia of You'!

"Your Navigation page is also the best I've seen on a wiki site. It not only tells you what you've done recently, but shows you what you can do next and how you can get there."


Cindy Williams Reilly "My tree linked up to a total stranger/cousin. I found out through her that I am related to a Choctaw indian chief named William Durant. She even had pictures. ... I then took those pictures and made postcards from WikiTree and sent them to other family members. I love WikiTree!"


"I have been working a little with Wikis these past 3-4 years (in physics collaborations), and I'm impressed with the organization of the WikiTree website. Top rate."


Jay Byrne "I've used other services including Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, etc. but none were as easy and accessible for sharing and collaboration."


"We had a very enjoyable Sunday morning here in Dublin with my brother & his family & our Mum & Dad going through all the family tree, memories, photos etc. The snow & ice were left behind outside as we all got warm & fuzzy inside! I got my neices and nephews to hassle their Mums & Dads for info and they have been great at giving me info. Now I plan to roll it out to the cousins and let them loose on the site."
— Jane N.


"What a fabulous toy! My daughter has a family tree assignment and this has made getting the info together a lot easier."


Marsha Auger "I thought my experiences reconnecting with former colleagues and students on Facebook was an incredible phenomenon. It just began to prepare me for this. I have journeyed many places, with many loved ones, in the past couple of days and have found new family, as well. Thank you for providing that continuing opportunity with WikiTree."
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"Last night I was in the midst of a multi-faceted information blitz. I have been raving about how the impossible task of recording all this family information has moved at lightening speed, because of WikiTree. Only problem I have right now is trying to figure out why the genealogy gods favor me with the best information of the day beween 11PM and midnight! Just can't log off!!!"


"I LOVE this site. It is free, easy to use and easy to read."
— Melissa F., Cincinnati


"Last year we lost a lot of very valuable genealogical info when my 77-year-old mother's machine crashed. Never again will we lose this info, thanks to WikiTree and GEDCOM exports."

Do you have comments on WikiTree? E-mail me, Chris Whitten, the creator. Feel free to give negative feedback. Just be aware that I'm rather sensitive and I'll take criticism better if it's preceded by flattery.