Greetings fellow WikiTreers!

Welcome to the March 2015 edition of News from the Tree, our monthly report on new features and changes around the site, notes on community leaders, tips, etc.

What’s New?

Pre-1700 Project Coordination

Family History Photo of the Week Winner: Erca Campbell

Do you work on pre-1700 profiles? In the continuing effort to cut down on duplication, we’ve made a change regarding project coordination. You’re now asked to find out if there’s a related project before creating or editing any person born before 1700, and coordinate your work through the project if there is

Before creating or editing profiles of people born before 1700 you now need to:

  1. Take the Pre-1700 Self-Certification quiz.
  2. See if a project exists where members collaborate on profiles from this time period or location, and if so, work with them.

A Volunteer Coordinator can make this easy. They’ll help you find the right project and introduce you to the project leaders.

This new requirement is just about communication. We want to make sure that members working on the same profiles know about each other, and know about the project’s help pages and style guidelines, if there are any.

Compact Family Tree

We’ve added a great new feature that many of you have asked for – the Compact Family Tree. It shows up to 8 generations on one Web page. It’s especially well-suited to sharing with 23andMe, Family Tree DNA Family Finder, and AncestryDNA test matches. It makes it easy for your matches to scan for shared ancestry. Here’s an example of what it looks like.

You can access this from any profile page.  Just go to the second drop down menu at the top right of the page and select the “Compact Tree” option.

Collaborating During Conflict

Collaboration can be difficult. With that in mind we’ve created a new process to help make it as easy as it can be.

Has someone on WikiTree angered or annoyed you? Is someone causing problems or doing damage to our shared tree?

The new Problems with Members page is meant to be a starting point for all types of problems with other members.

Who’s New?

We’re excited to have two new Leaders come on board this month!

Jacqueline Clark has been a WikiTreer since February of 2014 and is active in many of our projects such as our DNA project, the Black Sheep Project and the U.S. Presidents Project.  She is also super helpful responding to questions in our G2G forum. Since becoming a Leader, she’s heading up one of our new projects focused on those who served in World War I.

With us since May 2014, Shirley Dalton is a delightful addition which makes her perfect to help co-lead our Greeters Project.  She does a wonderful job of helping new guests and members feel welcome to our WikiTree family. She’s active in several of our other projects as well including our Arborists Project and our U.S. Southern Colonies Project.

Mentor Tips

  •  Our G2G (genealogist-to-genealogist) forum is outstanding for members seeking help and offering help. Inquire about a technical issue, post an offer, ask for help with a brick wall, or just say hello in the Tree House. Check out the G2G About page to learn about tagging and other information about using this forum.  It’s all about communication!
  • Are you looking for ways you can get more involved on WikiTree? Be sure to check the “Request for Volunteers” category in the G2G! That’s where project members post when there are opportunities to jump in and lend a hand.
  • If you have something to contribute to a WikiTree profile but no time to add it yourself, don’t let it slip away. Post your info and source on the profile’s public comment board. The profile managers will be alerted by e-mail and others will see your post in activity feeds like the one below.

Project Updates

The Cymru Welsh Royals and Aristocrats 742-1535 Project has launched!  The goal is to improve the profiles of Welsh royalty, aristocrats and nobility and their descendants.  There is a big task ahead of us, but we are going to start slowly.  After years of using British/European naming standards, we are going to switch these medieval Welsh Royals and Aristocrats to their own naming standard, and we will add well-documented biographies.  We have accumulated many online resources to help with these tasks.  If this project interests you, please read the project page.  This project is currently led by leader Vic Watt and is a sub-project of the UK Wales Project.

Family History Photo of the Week Winner: Gasua Fortenberry

A new project to gather the profiles of those who served in The Great War, also known as World War I, led by Jacqueline Clark is underway. Any ancestors who served can be added; check out the project page.

Have you had a chance to help out in our revamped Collaborative Profile of the Week, or C-PROW? It’s a great way to get a feel for working with other community member while learning new skills and making profiles on WikiTree the best they can be. Check out this week’s nominees:

The May 2015 Cemeterist Challenge is about to launch! Join in on the conversation on what the challenges will be and how you can participate:

Do you have Templeton branches on your tree?  The Templeton Name Study is looking to add every Templeton on WikiTree to the Category:Templeton Name Study. Currently we are working on adding articles to all of the Name Study Pages with information well researched information.  We are also working to connect Templetons on WikiTree, who have unknown DNA, to Templeton’s on WikiTree with known DNA through family migrational patterns.  Have Templeton’s?  Add them!

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month:

WikiTree Club 1000 February 2015

  1. Kirsty Ward (11,301 new edits in February)
  2. Robert Hathaway (10008)
  3. Greg Rose (6631)
  4. Linda Gauvin (5485)
  5. Theresa Bashford (4951)
  6. Susan Tye (4742)
  7. Mrs. Pam Hendrix (4345)
  8. Sandra Scarborough (4331)
  9. Patricia Menton (4324)
  10. Vincent Piazza (4297)

Super Star recipients (recognized by a Leader for extraordinary contributions that go far beyond what is normally seen on WikiTree):

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication: Cheryl Hammond, Shirley Dalton, Doug Straiton, Guy Constantineau and Lena Svensson.

New Member Comments

Family History Photo of the Week Winner: Lizzie Cannons

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’ve been researching my family tree since I was a kid in Denver a lot of years ago. The Genealogy section there was an escape for me, and I loved being given access to the materials behind the locked doors. The internet has opened up a great new world in research, and I’ve been thrilled to discover more information about my ancestors. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned, correct any errors I’ve made, and help others with their own research. Glad there is a free forum for those of us who are interested in this fascinating topic!  –Janet
  • “I have a vision of a single(ish), documented world family tree. There must be an app for that… Ah! here it is! I’m not terribly interested in keeping knowledge and information to myself. If I have made a connection, why should someone else have to start from scratch? Checking proofs is something else, but let’s not duplicate energy needlessly. Let’s do this!” –Ben
  • “This is a highly-addictive pasttime, and it is so rewarding when family branches start falling into line.” –Beverly
  • “I’m Dana and this is soooooo interesting to me……it’s the closest I will ever come to being a detective :)” –Dana

Anyone can view these comments on the 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.

Thanks for all you do WikiTreers. You’re the best.

The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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  2 Responses to “News From the Tree: March 2015”

  1. It’s taken a bit of time but I am exploring more and more of the possibilities of involvement in Wikitree. As someone else said, it like being a detective! I am so grateful to everyone who has done so much work on my family tree – how wonderful to say “my”! Suddenly retirement has taken on an added dimension. Thank you WIKITREE-ERS!
    Wendy de Waal-788

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