Greetings fellow WikiTreers!
Welcome to the October 2014 edition of News from the Tree, our monthly report on new features and changes around the site, notes on community leaders, tips, etc.
Volunteer Requests in G2G
If you want to volunteer but aren’t sure where you can help, check this category and see what’s needed. Find a task and jump right in!
Relationship Finder Now Finds Multiple Common Ancestors
Our Relationship Finder was designed to name the relationship between two people, e.g. “third cousin twice removed.” To do this it finds the first ancestor shared by both people.
Now the Relationship Finder will find and display all your common ancestors instead of just the first. The further back in time, the more we all start to share ancestors. (This is what WikiTree is all about!)
This is especially valuable for genetic genealogists. When analyzing why two people share a segment of DNA, you want to know about all their shared ancestors, not just the first shared ancestor.
New Emphasis on Editing After a Merge
When you complete a merge, it’s important to clean up the narrative and integrate the sources into one section. To make this easier, after you complete a merge you’re now redirected to the edit page so you can make the changes without another click.
Our Style Committee gave great guidelines on what to keep and what to remove when cleaning-up a biography. You can read about that here.
We are delighted to welcome a new Leader to the ranks this month: Vicki Norman. Vicki has been a WikiTreer since August of 2012. She’s involved with our U.S. Civil War and Photo of the Week projects and has made many wonderful contributions and improvements to several of our U.S. Presidential profiles.
- Spend some time learning the menus at the top right of your page. These drop down menus give you shortcuts to everything from help, to the relationship finder, to categories.
- Want to spruce up your profile pages? Check out this PDF Manual on WikiMarkup.
- Never be afraid to ask a question in the G2G forum. We don’t bite!
- “Smile; you’re collaborating.” Ellen Curnes
- Many ancestors have different ways of spelling their names, when searching for somebody always try searches with different spelling variations.
- Have you thought about what would happen to your research if something were to happen to you? It’s never too soon to think about it. Here are some suggestions on how to ensure your profiles are properly handled if necessary.
There have been several new projects started recently. Here are just a few of them:
Westward Ho: This is a top level project that encompasses all sub-projects west of the Mississippi River from 1800 – 1925. Some of those sub-projects include Wild Wild West, Trails and Wagon Trains, Cowboys and Cowgirls, and the Mexican American War.
Multimedia: This is a new project for all those WikiTreers who have some multimedia talent to create various forms of multimedia to promote and/or educate and entertain people about WikiTree.
Global Community Outreach: The goals of this project are to recognize cultural differences and integrate them into the existing structure of WikiTree, to encourage members to share information relevant to their cultural heritage and background and to discuss strategies for reaching out to genealogists around the world and ways for volunteers outside the United States to become more active in our global community.
The Czech Project: This project is working to research and improve our shared ancestors from the Czech Republic.
There are just a few of the great projects on WikiTree. As of now, we have fifty ongoing projects. Check out the list of projects and see what grabs your attention and join one (or two or three!).
Top 10 contributors for last month:
- Kirsty Ward (10,072 edits in September)
- Kaye Mansfield (9154)
- Catherine V (7662)
- Vincent Piazza (7640)
- Austin Pérez (7096)
- Susan Tye (6292)
- Doug Lockwood (5489)
- Maggie N. (5407)
- Abby Glann (5239)
- Michelle McQueen (4893)
New Member Comments
When a guest volunteers to become a full member we ask them to leave a comment telling a little about how and/or why they’d like to volunteer with WikiTree. We get some really great responses. Comments such as:
- I’m still “wet behind the ears” to many people only starting out on this ancestry journey about 1 1/2 years ago. Born and raised Irish Catholic and believing I was from Sicilian descent on my paternal side, the real truth was about to unfold… My DNA test created “Clash of the Titans” take II, Filipino & possibly the Ashkenazi Jewish. It’s been a very interesting journey and one I can’t wait to see which parts of the world it’ll take me to. Lisa Magno
- I am planning a family reunion in 2016 and would love to build one on here as a tool for my family to use for the reunion. Angela Smart
- Creating such a genealogical world wide web requires certain checks and balances to work with common understandings for our common goals. I can use help as I can easily get “turned around” working on one limb, moving to a twig and on and on it goes, spinning a little out of control. but I love the research and exciting or unexpected discoveries! Pam Vest
- As I delve into my families’ pasts I can see global connections being made, and a brotherhood of man from common ancestors emerging all around me. Ted Giovannini
Anyone can view these comments on the New Volunteer Feed.
If you have a few minutes to spare they are fun to read through and a great way to find people with interests similar to your own or researching the same surnames/locations. When you see a comment that resonates for you, click the thank-you link or post a comment to make them feel welcome to WikiTree.
Ghosts in the Tree
Wrap up in a blanket with all the lights on or off in your home and listen to or tell your favorite Ghost Story.
You can watch via:
Brought to you by our Multimedia Project!
Thank you for your contributions to our great community.
The WikiTree Team and Leaders