How to use WikiTree

Categories: WikiTree Help

Here's an introduction to using WikiTree. If you don't see what you're looking for here, see the complete Help Category or Help Index. You can also ask for help in our Genealogist-to-Genealogist Q&A Forum, or post on Twitter (@WikiTreers), Facebook, or Google+.

For a video introduction, click here.


What is WikiTree?

WikiTree is a community dedicated to growing The Free Family Tree, a single tree that connects us all and is accessible to us all.

See About WikiTree for the mission and a few words on the community and organization behind it.

Getting Started

For a video introduction, click here.

Registering as a Guest Member

If you're a current member login here. If you've forgotten your password you can have it e-mailed to you from this page.

If you were invited by a family member or fellow genealogist follow the link in the e-mailed invitation.

If you're new start by registering as a Guest Member. See Community_Membership for more about membership and its benefits (all free!).

Do you have a GEDCOM?

If you have used other family tree websites or software it's likely that you can export a GEDCOM file and upload it here. This is the fastest way to see if any of your ancestors are already on WikiTree. You'll get a GEDCompare report with likely matches.

Volunteering and signing the Honor Code

After creating a Guest Membership — unless you are just participating in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist Forum, searching, or using GEDCompare — you'll want to read our Honor Code. This Honor Code is a promise that members make to each other, and it's the foundation of our community.

If you agree with the Honor Code, we would love to have your help growing The Free Family Tree as a Wiki Genealogist. The next step after registering as a Guest Member is to volunteer to help grow the tree.

Adding Information

This is a "wiki" site which means the pages are designed to be easily improved upon.

  • Adding biographies, personal memories, and comments.
    • Adding links to the body of pages and biographies.
    • Adding headlines, lists, and other formatting inside biographies.
    • Adding sources, citations, and references. (Please include sources! Primary documentation or information that would allow others to find it is best, but always provide at least some idea of where information came from.)
  • If you've taken a DNA test for genealogy, there is an excellent introduction to WikiTree for genetic genealogy on the DNAeXplained blog: WikiTree and DNA.

Editing and Deleting

Most info on a profile can be edited by clicking the "Edit" tab.

  • Merging when there are duplicate pages for the same person.

Inviting Family and Collaborating

  • To enable someone to collaborate with you on an individual profile, click the Privacy tab and add their e-mail address to the Trusted List.


  • By default, most information about living people and their nuclear relatives is protected so that you need to be on the Trusted List just to see it.

Questions and Contacting Us

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