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  1. Together we're growing an increasingly accurate single family tree by carefully evaluating sources & incorporating DNA.
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Our tree includes 34,566,070 profiles (11,657,184 with DNA test connections) edited by 1,008,482 members from around the world.

New & Notable

Gordon Lightfoot Profile of the Week: Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot (1938-2023). Which musician is closest to you on our global family tree?

Katherine Swynford Last week: Katherine Swynford, wife of John of Gaunt. Twenty generations of her direct maternal line descendants on WikiTree have been confirmed with mitochondrial DNA! Which extraordinary DNA line are you most closely connected to?

Previous features:

[more examples of profiles]

Photo of the Week

Featured Family Photo: William Preston Lawrence, Eliza (Bishop) Lawrence with baby Leona (Lawrence) Roper, and Clara (Lawrence) Stillings. Uploaded by Douglas Roper.

WikiTree Challenge: What can we uncover through collaboration? This week's partner: mitoYDNA.

Kenneth Guerin Member of the Week: Quebecois and Acadian project member Kenneth Guerin.

"I like the fact that we are profile managers, not owners. We are stewards of information, not owners. We are a community, keepers of the tree."

Betsy Ko Last week: Betsy Ko [video interview] hosts Zoom chats for new members.

"For me, WikiTree is so special because it's a place where everyone can be seen. When I'm working on a profile on WikiTree, whether it's someone famous or not, rich or poor, old or young, I feel like I'm doing something to make them be seen."

[more of our wonderful wikitreers]

YouTube video GenealogyTV did a video tour: "How to Use WikiTree."

For another member's perspective, see the "Welcome to WikiTree" video series.

Here's a member's introduction in verse: "One tree, two tree ...".

"It's been wonderful to experience how collaborative genealogy in WikiTree makes all of us better genealogists. Collaboration on our shared ancestors encourages us to share information and to hold each other to high standards." —Ellen Smith, member since 2014

"Before WikiTree, I was skeptical and discouraged about big one-single-trees because there were (are) so many errors, but WikiTree is different because it's collaborative, genial and there are people available to help resolve any issues." — Roberta Estes, blogger

Ancestry DNA

Top 25 family names yesterday:

  1. SMITH (89)
  2. BROWN (56)
  3. HUNT (42)
  4. RICHARDSON (41)
  5. MILLER (39)
  6. BAKER (37)
  7. ROBERTS (36)
  8. WELLS (35)
  9. IRVING (35)
  10. WARD (35)
  11. GRAHAM (33)
  12. JONES (33)
  13. HARRIS (33)
  14. BUIE (31)
  15. WEBB (30)
  16. JOHNSON (30)
  17. DAVIS (28)
  18. HARDING (27)
  19. PIEPER (27)
  20. HAVENAAR (26)
  21. LEWIS (26)
  22. LEE (26)
  23. JELLEY (26)
  24. ROSS (25)
  25. TAYLOR (24)

Browse all the top surnames with their top contributors.