Greetings fellow WikiTreers!

Welcome to the September 2014 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?

New Search Features

You can now sort search results.

You can resort the top 100 results by first name, last name, birth date, death date, or profile manager.

New Form for Creating Profiles

We’ve made major improvements to the process for creating a profile for a new person.

The match suggestions will now appear on the same page so you don’t risk wasting a lot of time adding info and sources only to find out the person already exists. The matches should also be better, and rejected matches will be saved.

Daily Limit on Messages Raised from 10 to 20

The daily message limit is something we’ve been forced to impose because of spammers.  The good news is that we’ve just increased the limit on private messages and comments from 10 to 20 per 24 hours.  Read more about the limit and what counts as a message here.

Badge Pages Now Have Photos

Here’s a fun little addition to badge pages: they now have member photos.

For example, check out our Leader list:


If you haven’t uploaded a photo of yourself, this is another reason to do it. If you’re shy, you could always use an avatar. Having some image adds a nice personal touch to your presence.

Connect for the Cure

The Global Family Reunion team is seeking researchers of all levels to help people who trying to find their connection to A.J. Jacobs and the global family.  This month they launched their Connect for the Cure initiative as an incentive to individuals who might be interested in donating some of their time to assist in making these connections for the Reunion, which is also a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s.  If you are interested in participating, you can learn more about it here.

Who’s New?

We’re thrilled to announce three new Leaders:

Sally Stovall -Sally has been with us since December 2013.  She’s been very active in many of our projects including our Titanic Project  and she is one of our exceptional Greeters.  Sally is now also co-Leader of our Profile Improvement Project.

Michael Stills – Michael has been a member since December 2011.  He’s the co-Leader of our 1776 Project.  Among other things he is also active in our Global Family Reunion project. You can learn more about Michael in his “I Am A Cousin” feature.

John Atkinson – John has been a member since January 2011 and is active in many of our projects, such as the European Aristocrats Project. He is also  involved in our G2G Forum.

Quick Tips

  • 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.
  • If your research includes anyone that might be an Historically Significant Ancestor check carefully for duplicates in any project that might contain them. For example European Aristocracy has almost all Kings and Queens of Europe and their families, all US presidents and Mayflower passengers are already here. Please check with the relevant Project for naming conventions and other information. In the menu at the top right of pages, see Find > Projects.
  • Before uploading a GEDCOM for matching or import check the tree you are creating the GEDCOM from, add estimated birth and death dates based on baptism or burial dates if you can, this will improve the accuracy of GEDmatches and allow the profile to be imported.
  • If you are not sure about how to format your sources yet still add them as text, you can always re-edit the profile when you have found a better way to do it.

Resource Roundup

Members are working hard to create outstanding free-space resource pages.  Here are a few:

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month:

WikiTree Club 1000 August 2014

  1. Doug Lockwood (12,565 edits in August)
  2. Vincent Piazza (9639)
  3. Betty Tierney (7648)
  4. Michelle McQueen (7433)
  5. Austin Pérez (6813)
  6. Susan Tye (6613)
  7. Greg Rose (6200)
  8. Mr Robert Blais (6055)
  9. Mary Hammond (5892)
  10. Kirsty Ward (5469)

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: Ron Woodhouse and Vivek Chamaria!

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 have been researching my family off and on for almost 40 years by interviewing family members in person or by mail. Only within the past 3 years have I learned the importance of documenting my sources. I have also been swept up by the DNA bug. I still work full-time so my time for research is limited, but I love the addiction.” Karen 
  • “My family research has been haphazard at best for several years and I am hoping for a jump start, as well as sharing what I have gathered with others. Knowledge is more powerful when you share it. ” Jeff
  • “I just had twins and would love to be able to tell them about their family. I’ve always been interested in genealogy, and as I age I realize that the older generation I have always used as a source for information is going away. I’d love to be able to maintain a sense of history.” Dara
  • “I’m a first year college student with a few siblings. My grandmother is interested in lineage and I don’t really care if I’m the 20th cousin of a celebrity, there must be thousands of people in my history. If I were related to Alexander the Great or something that would be pretty awesome but I’m not looking for anything that exciting. My history class really got me interested so here I am.” Mycalea
  • ” A world-wide tree has tremendous potential in terms of medical and historical research. Having such a resource free to all removes barriers to the positive things that can done with it. Behaving as a cooperative and responsible adult – which is what the nine simple rules seem to call for – sets an example within the field and outside it as well.” Patricia

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.

Thank you for your contributions to our great community.

Sincerely,
The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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