Greetings fellow WikiTreers!
Welcome to the July 2014 edition of News from the Tree, our monthly report on new features and changes around the site, notes on community leaders, tips, etc.
“DNA and WikiTree” Hangout with Peter J. Roberts
On July 17, we hosted a Google+ Hangout, where special guest Peter J. Roberts talked to us about DNA in general, and how we can better incorporate DNA into WikiTree. Peter covered topics including:
- How to optimize your Y-DNA and mtDNA results in WikiTree.
- How WikiTree’s new DNA Ancestry Confirmation Aid helps make sure your genealogy is accurate.
- How you can help develop additional WikiTree tools and aids for using your autosomal DNA and X-chromosome results.
It was very informative and participants asked some excellent questions. If you missed it live or want to watch it again you can do so at Google+ here and YouTube here. Peter is also a guest blogger for us. Check out his latest post “WikiTree Uncovers X-Chromosome Ancestral Treasure!”
An Easy Way To Include A Photo in the Biography Section of a Profile
One thing that some advanced WikiTreers started doing, especially those around the Profile of the Week community, is including images inside the text of a page. For example, see http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Chapman-4652
It can look great. But, if you don’t know HTML, it’s not easy.
To make it easy, there is now some copy-and-paste code on photo pages in the lower right hand corner that looks like this:
Maggie, one of our fabulous leaders, started up a new Facebook group called “WikiTree for Genealogists” for the curious, the new and the seasoned members of WikiTree. If you would like to learn all about WikiTree before you join, this is the place for you. If you love doing your family history at WikiTree, then this is the group for you! Please join us there and help share the WikiTree love with others who might be interested.
We’re excited to introduce you to our three new leaders that were welcomed in June!
M. Gaulden: We call her “Mags”. She says “As a Child, my mother, grandmothers, and grandfather would often tell me about my family. Who we were, where we came from and how our family came to be. As a teen I was given some unpublished papers by a Hunt cousin. I scanned them, as teens do, but I kept them. Years later I went back to them and entered the information into Family Tree Maker. Soon after I started my hunt, pardon the pun, in earnest for the rest of my family.” Mags is one of our stellar Mentors and very involved as a Greeter and Arborist as well as super helpful in our G2G Forum!
Rick Pierpont: Rick’s been with us since August of 2013 and has almost 23,000 contributions! He’s incredibly thorough and efficient. One member commented on his profile “You just blew my mind with your sources.” He is working on a Pierpont Name Study here on WikiTree. A few of his notable ancestors include James Lord Pierpont, the composer of ‘Jingle Bells’, Thomas Sherwood, witness for the defense in the Goodwife Knapp’s witchcraft trial and authors Louisa May Alcott and Harriett Beecher Stowe.
Robin Lee: Robin joined us in April of last year and is a valuable part of the WikiTree community! She is very active as an Arborist and works diligently and ceaselessly on the merging of duplicate profiles while making a conscious effort to do so as accurately as possible. She has also brought up some great points and excellent suggestions in our G2G Forum – always on the lookout for ways we can make WikiTree a better experience! It has been said of Robin, ” You have done an outstanding job… you have done so much, and come so far… Thank you for all you contribute and do here at Wiki Tree! It is much appreciated!” Agreed!
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 would love to volunteer to contribute in whatever way I can. I don’t have much experience, but love digging til I find little nuggets of information on where my family came from and imagining how their lives may have been. Sometimes it can open an avenue of understanding why we are the people we are today. – Laura
- I have almost no ego, I’m here to learn about my heritage and to help as much as I can in any way that I can! Count me in. – David
- Been doing my family tree for over 30 + yrs. Hard part is waiting for records to be released because some have a timetables, laws, etc. Never let these hurdles stop you from finding where your family comes and what their lives where like. Theres a favorite quote of mine, that pretty much sums up everything on why I do what I do…The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Hazel
- I absolutely volunteer any info I have to the public for the greater good of genealogy! – Sandi
- Once I started on my journey to discover my families origins, I found I wanted to do more. I want to help bring the family together so that the young ones will know they have family out there. I also hope that new connections will be made and maybe new friendships. – Yona
- Our family has been interested in genealogy for as long as I can remember. But no one made it digital. Perhaps that’s my task as next in line? – Hedvig
Anyone can view these comments. 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. You can also click a link to thank them or even leave a comment to make them feel welcome to WikiTree!
Top 10 contributors for June 2014:
- Michelle McQueen (10,557 edits in June)
- Vincent Piazza (9573)
- C V (7106)
- Susan Tye (6021)
- Michelle Brooks (5542)
- Mary Hammond (4985)
- Bob Tonsmeire (4867)
- Lisa Franklin RN, BSN (4776)
- Dr David Hughey (4592)
- Austin Pérez (4524)
Google+ Hangouts on Air
WikiTreers – we’d love to get some feedback from you! We’ve hosted two Google+ Hangouts on Air now, the one mentioned above about DNA and also our “100 Degrees of AJ” hangout. Do you enjoy them? Would you like to see more of them? If so, what would you like to hear about? What topics/projects are you interested in learning more about? If you have suggestions, please share them in our G2G Forum and we’ll see if we can make them happen!
You’re the BEST!
WikiTree is growing more and more every day and we’re continually impressed with what a wonderful community of members we have! We must give a BIG thank you to all of you for the hard work and dedication you put in contributing to growing our worldwide family tree. You’re the best!
The WikiTree Team and Leaders