Member Types

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Here are details on the WikiTree community's three member types. All are free — there are no premium memberships on WikiTree.

Wiki Genealogists   wiki-genealogist.gif

Wiki Genealogists are full members who embrace our mission. They are the leaders of the community who are growing the worldwide family tree.

To have a Wiki Genealogist account you need to have a Family Member account and then sign the Honor Code.

Family Members   family-member.gif family-pending.gif

Family members and friends of Wiki Genealogists don't need to sign the Honor Code. They aren't expected to do any serious genealogy. They get to enjoy the fruits of the tree without really helping to grow it.

Family Members are encouraged to participate on the profiles of close family members and flesh out the details of modern family history. They can help fill in the blanks, contribute to biographies, add personal memories, upload photos, etc.

Family Members need to be on the Trusted List to edit a profile. (Wiki Genealogists can edit any Open profile.)

Family Members can upload GEDCOMs and take advantage of GEDMatches but can't create profiles by importing GEDCOMs.

You get a Family Member account in one of two ways:

  1. A current member adds you as a family member or friend. They include an e-mail address on your profile and you accept the invitation.[1]
  2. You register as a Guest Member and a Wiki Genealogist confirms you. Unless you volunteer to do wiki genealogy yourself they would only do this if they intend to help with your genealogy.

If you have a Family Member account you can become a Wiki Genealogist at any time by signing the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code.

Guest Members   guest.gif

Anyone can register as a Guest.

Guests can participate in G2G and edit their own profile. They cannot create or edit other profiles but they can add comments to profiles.

Guests can upload GEDCOMs and take advantage of GEDMatches but can't create profiles by importing GEDCOMs.

A Guest Member can become a Wiki Genealogist if they say they want to help grow our worldwide family tree and a current Wiki Genealogist (usually a Greeter) confirms them. This gives them a Family Member account which is then transformed into a Wiki Genealogist account as soon as they sign the Honor Code.

Guests may just be exploring WikiTree. There is no commitment. They can choose to delete their account at any time.



For more details on editing rights, see Permissions.


  1. People who have been invited to join WikiTree but haven't yet accepted the invitation have "pending" Family Member accounts. This distinguishes them from active Family Member accounts and passive profiles.

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