Hi WikiTreers!

Here are a few things happening around the community this week:

  • Community Clean-Up ChallengeClean-Up Challenge of the WeekLocation errors. Join our group effort to improve as many location names as possible by Monday. One of us gets the bragging rights for doing the most, but we all win with a cleaner shared tree.
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Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the October 2017 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?

Source-a-Thon 2017 was a Huge Success!

Wow, WikiTreers, what a great weekend we had for the Source-a-Thon!  The community really came together with 480 participants on 26 teams sourcing over 53,000 profiles.

Here are the top 10 teams:

  • Team Roses – 11,433
  • Kiwi Crew – 6,062
  • Team Virginia – 4,255
  • Legacy Heirs – 2,975
  • Team GB Gen – 2,789
  • Forget-Me-Nots – 2,784
  • Team Tornadoes – 2,743
  • Team New York – 1,922
  • Flying Dutchmen – 1,710
  • Southern Super Sweepers – 1,597
And the top individuals:
  • Lucy Lavelle – 1,780
  • Morgan Mulligan – 1,495
  • Deb Durham – 1,445
  • NJ J Penny – 1,242
  • Emma MacBeath – 1,177
  • Charlotte Shockey – 1,138
  • Susan McNamee – 1,009
  • Charlene Newport – 816
  • Abby Glann – 770
  • Kirsty Ward – 759

You can see more team and user stats here: http://wikitree.sdms.si/function/WTChallengesScores/Scores.htm?code=SourceaThon2017&Type=0

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!  WikiTreers ROCK!!!

Have you Checked your Weekly Connections in the Connection Finder?

Every week you can find two new connections in our Connection Finder.

Each Tuesday, we showcase a WikiTreer in a Meet our Members feature on our blog and they also get spotlighted in the Connection Finder for that week.

This week it’s Karen Tobo.

Karen Tobo

Karen has been a member for six years and has made 100,000+ contributions. She’s an active Connector who helps make the world a smaller place by growing out family connections for strangers until they meet on our global family tree (77.5% of WikiTree’s 15 million profiles are now connected within 100 degrees). Karen writes: “Making new connections is my favorite thing to do on WikiTree! I enjoy seeing how we all relate.”  Check your connection.

We also highlight what we call an Example Profile of the Week. These profiles are top-notch and meet the styles and standards criteria that the community has agreed upon. The notable whose profile is used as an example is also featured in the Connection Finder for that week.

Spotlighted this week is Queen Isabella I (1451-1504), sponsor of Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage, from the European Royals and Aristocrats Project..  See how you are connected.

And of course you can always see your connection to our standard connection anchors, Queen Elizabeth II and Kevin Bacon.

Follow the tag connection_finder for weekly updates on connections.

Eva Ekeblad is Our Newest Leader

A big congratulations to Eva Ekeblad, our newest WikiTree Leader!  She’s been with WikiTree since February 0f 2016 and has been doing genealogy since 2011.  The ancestors of my paternal grandfather back to the 1600s all came from a quite limited area in Västergötland, centered in the southern part of Viste hundred. They were self-owned farmers, or farmers on contract to a manor. The ancestors of my maternal grandparents came from the iron making districts in Bergslagen or from the farming country around lakes Mälaren and Hjälmaren.

She will be helping Lena Svensson lead the Sweden project. Thank you, Eva, for being such a valuable contributor to our community.

Have you tried GEDCOMpare 2.0?

As recently announced we are no longer doing traditional GEDCOM imports.

“Importing your tree” never really made sense here, where we share one tree. Working with the old system was like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. We forced you to compare everyone in your GEDCOM with potential matches on WikiTree, skip everyone who appeared to be a duplicate, and import the rest as new people, all in one painful step. And that was just the first step. If you didn’t go on to edit and improve the profiles that were created through the import you would be leaving messes for others to clean up later.

Now we have something that fits more comfortably with the way collaboration works here. It’s a dynamic process. It still begins with automatically-suggested matches. But as you compare them and explore existing WikiTree profiles, you can update those profiles and add relatives one person at a time using your GEDCOM data and your good judgment as a Wiki Genealogist.

This system is live, but it’s not perfect. Early testers are helping us figure out what needs to be improved.

If you’d like to be among these early testers, upload your GEDCOM.

To be clear, you will be creating and editing live profiles, and things won’t work quite as well now as they will in a few weeks. If you don’t want to be on the “bleeding edge” you should wait. Or feel free to use it, but don’t edit many profiles with it. (GEDCOMpare can still be used just as a search tool.)

Here are known issues: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:GEDCOMpare_Improvements

If you use the new system and have something to report that isn’t described on the GEDCOMpare help page or the GEDCOMpare Improvements page, reply here or post a new message using the tag GEDCOMpare.

Over Three Million WikiTree Profiles Have DNA Test Connections!

We are now calculating and displaying a new statistic on the home page: The number of profiles on WikiTree with DNA test connections.

Today that number is 3, 147,339.

This is awesome! It’s a number that really says something impressive about our commitment and progress toward growing an accurate shared family tree — a tree with relationships that can be confirmed with DNA.

What exactly is a DNA test connection? It’s where we post a notice on a WikiTree profile that says there is a DNA test that might be useful for confirming or rejecting relationships to that person. For Y-chromosome tests it means the test-taker is on the same paternal line. For mitochondrial tests it means the test-taker is on the same maternal line. For autosomal tests (the most popular these days, e.g. AncestryDNAFamily Tree DNA Family Finder, 23andMe) it means that the test-taker is within eight degrees and is therefore likely to share significant segments of DNA.

The bottom line: A DNA test connection is an opportunity to try to scientifically prove what’s been established through traditional genealogy.

Question of the Week

Have you participated in the Question of the Week yet? Every Friday a genealogy-related question is posed to community members in our G2G Forum. You can join in the fun and share a little about yourself and learn about your fellow WikiTreers! Follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

We recently asked “Who were you named after?”

Here are just a few of the answers we received:

  • I had conflicting stories from my parents. Mom said I was named after I nun she knew, but dad said I was named for Natalie Wood. I have always gone with dad’s pick. ;-) . ~ Natalie
  • I was named after a character in a theatre production!  My father was an usher and my mother came to see Oklahoma! so often she grew fond of the main character …They were breaking with tradition. In my family we have lots of name patterns. I found seven Joshua Pitman Trefry so far, and several other Joshua P. It makes for some interesting family tree puzzles. ~ Laurie
  • My brother was 5 years old when I was born, and Roy Rogers was a big deal in this young life.  He got to give me my middle name, so I was named Kitty Dale Cooper after Dale Evans.  I am lucky he didn’t go for Trigger or Bullet.  :-) ~ Kitty
  • My first name, Lena, isn’t really from anybody, even if my mom’s cousin has the same name. My second and third however are from my grandmothers, Maria from my father’s mother and Viola after my mother’s mother. Those names were not their first names either. Viola is kind of special to me since my mom, sister and daughter also have that name, so therefore I have tattooed five violets from my neck to my left upper arm. ~ Lena
  • I was named after Queen Victoria and Robert E. Lee.  My father had an affinity for both of those folks.  In an odd coincidence, “Lee” turns out to be a common middle name in my extended family: my 3x-great-grandfather’s half-brother William Lee Smith and at least three of his children.  We suspect that it may possibly have been my 4x-great-grandmother Elizabeth‘s maiden name. ~ Vicky

Meet Our Members

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

Every week we post an interview with one of our members so you can get to know them a little better.  In case you missed it, here are our August features!

Tree-Tips

  • Remember point VI of our Honor Code: We respect copyrights. We don’t knowingly copy information that’s owned by someone else. If we ourselves want to preserve a copyright, we’re clear about what’s copyrighted so others don’t accidentally copy it.
  • When creating a profile, you will have noticed the box for entering a source. Sources are required on WikiTree. Try adding an additional source for one of the profiles you created. If you don’t have one handy, select “Research” from the pull-down menu in the upper-right corner of the profile that starts with the profile’s WikiTree ID, e.g. Franklin-1. Login to the RootsSearch tool and use it to search FamilySearch.org or a dozen other sites.
  • In the upper-right corner of every WikiTree page you will see pull-down menus with links for navigating the site. Spend some time exploring these menus. Just about everything on WikiTree can be accessed through them.
  • G2G, our Genealogist-to-Genealogist Forum, is the heart of our community. Take a trip there now to see what people are talking about, and if you’re ready to meet people, post a note to introduce yourself.
  • Venture out of your own branches! See the Volunteers Needed page for a list of ways that your energy and expertise (no matter the level) are needed right now. There is never a shortage of things to do on WikiTree.

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month: WikiTree Club 1000 July 2017

  1. K Bloom (9,436 new edits in September)
  2. Esmé van der Westhuizen (8414)
  3. Ronnie Halford (7956)
  4. Gregory Rose (7935)
  5. Kaye Mansfield (7797)
  6. NJ Penny (7498)
  7. Carrie Quackenbush (6871)
  8. Elizabeth Winter (6817)
  9. Paula Cullen (6345)
  10. Lilia Zwerewa Hordyczuk (5947)

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: Barry AshfieldLinda BarnettTess (Mapley) Cameron and Lynette Jester!

Project Updates

Project Spotlight: The Acadians Project

pgm.gifThe Acadians Project goal is to grow and source one family tree of French immigrants who settled in Acadia in the 1600s. Their descendants are concentrated in today’s Canadian Maritime Provinces, New England, and Louisiana (Cajuns).  They strive to have all Acadian descendants linked to their growing list of Acadian First Families.

If you would like to participate, click here to join.

Project News

Don’t Miss These!

Challenges/Contests

SOURCERERS CHALLENGE:  Far too many profiles on WikiTree don’t have any sources. This challenge is about correcting that with census data, BMD records/index references, family bible references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. Each month we’ll post in G2G to start up the month’s challenge. To participate, go to this G2G post.

SURNAME SPOTLIGHT CHALLENGEOur Surname Spotlights focus on 4 surnames each month. Pick one surname to work on during the month. In addition we have a theme for the month, sourcing, connection, error correction, or biography building. To join in the Oktoberfest Challenge, go here.

You might also want to check out our Weekend ChatSaturday Sourcing SprintsBiography Builders Challenge, Data Doctors Challenge and the Surname Spotlight Challenge.

WikiTree Calendar

Stay up to date with all the latest challenges, contests,  and upcoming events via our Calendar.

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

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the September 2017 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?

Have you Registered for the 2017 Source-a-Thon?

Registration is open for the Source-a-Thon!

It will be going for 72 hours straight, September 30 – October 2, to kick off Family History Month. We’re including Monday so that those who are busy on the weekend can still participate.

Last year we had 616 participants and sourced over 22,000 profiles! Can you help us beat that this year?

If you can participate by sourcing Unsourced Profiles during any of those hours, tell us in an answer in this G2G post and we’ll get you registered. (Participation instructions will come when the Source-a-Thon begins. It’s something any Wiki Genealogist can do.)

After you post, a WikiTree Leader will give you the Source-a-Thon badge and a “race number”. A number is required in order to be eligible for the $4,600+ in door prizes being donated from around the genealogy community.

Have you Checked your Weekly Connections in the Connection Finder?

Every week you can find two new connections in our Connection Finder.

Each Tuesday, we showcase a WikiTreer in a Meet our Members feature on our blog and they also get spotlighted in the Connection Finder for that week.

This week it’s Philip Smith.

Sam Houston

Philip became a WikiTreer in April of 2013.  At one time he was one of our wonderful Leaders but stepped away from his leadership role to have more time to work on his own profiles. He is active with the Arborists, and in the Categorization and Louisiana projects.  Philip has almost 200,000 contributions! Check your connection.

We also highlight what we call an Example Profile of the Week. These profiles are top-notch and meet the styles and standards criteria that the community has agreed upon. The notable whose profile is used as an example is also featured in the Connection Finder for that week.

Spotlighted this week is the namesake of Houston, Texas, Sam Houston(1793-1863) from the Texas Project.  See how you are connected.

And of course you can always see your connection to our standard connection anchors, Queen Elizabeth II and Kevin Bacon.

Follow the tag connection_finder for weekly updates on connections.

GEDCOM Upload Process Transition

As some of you know, we have been working on a completely new system for handling GEDCOMs. We’re excited to announce that it’s finally ready to release.

Under the new system you won’t create a bunch of new profiles all at once through a traditional GEDCOM import. Instead you’ll be able to create and edit individual profiles in a dynamic process using your GEDCOM data.

Those of you who are familiar with WikiTree X will recognize the basic framework. WikiTree X, created by Justin York, enables you to create new profiles and edit existing ones using data from other genealogy websites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry, Find-A-Grave, etc. Once you’re comfortable with it, WikiTree X is a really powerful tool. It’s much easier than manually entering or copy-and-pasting information from those other sites.

Aleš Trtnik had the idea to do this with GEDCOMs, i.e. treat a GEDCOM like data on an external site. That’s what the new system does. Your GEDCOM file will be like a resource for you to use as you contribute to WikiTree, if and where the file has valuable information and sources that aren’t already on WikiTree.

Today, Wednesday, September 6, we’ll stop processing files under the old system and tomorrow we start up the new system.

WikiTree Error Reports are Now “Suggestions”

The “Error Report” links in the pull-down menus now say “Suggestions” instead.

The reports aren’t different than they were yesterday. But thanks to Aleš‘s brilliance, hard work, and the way he collaborates with the community to improve his WikiTree+ reports, they’re very different than they were last year. They have evolved quite a bit.

Originally, they mostly reported straightforward errors. Death date before birth date, a parent’s death date before a child’s birth date, etc. Now there is so much more, e.g. the comparisons with Find-A-Grave and WikiData profiles. A lot of what’s in these reports now aren’t errors. They’re suggestions for things a Wiki Genealogist should look at.

Have you Seen the New Gallery of Members?

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

Have you seen the new Member Gallery?

It’s a compilation of our Members of the Week, i.e. the feature where Eowyn does a blog interview, then the member is an anchor person in the Connection Finder and gets highlighted on the home page alongside the Profile of the Week.

We like the idea of doing more to spotlight individual WikiTreers. Prospective members and Newts should know that we’re a community of people like them. Real genealogists who are friendly and collaborative.

If you think you might like to be interviewed and appear in the Connection Finder, you can e-mail her (eowyn@).

Question of the Week

Have you participated in the Question of the Week yet? Every Friday a genealogy-related question is posed to community members in our G2G Forum. You can join in the fun and share a little about yourself and learn about your fellow WikiTreers! Follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

We recently asked “Have any of your ancsestors been victims of natural or man-made distasters?”

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

Here are just a few of the answers we received:

  • The saddest story I’ve encountered while researching my local cemetery may be that of Rosa Mall.  She first married Christ Bruegger, who was killed in the Vulcan Mine Explosion of 1896 in New Castle, Colorado (one of the explosions which caused the coal seam to burn to this day).  She was left with one son, Chris.  She married Patrick Fahey, who died of a heart attack in 1912, leaving her with five small children.  I figured out last month that one of her daughters married a cousin of mine.  While pursuing that lead, I discovered that her son Chris died in 1934 in a car crash.  I figure that by the time I track down why she came to the US from Switzerland and what happened to each of her children, I’ll have encountered enough tragedy to write a book. Here is more about the Vulcan Mine explosion that killed Christ Bruegger. ~ J. 
  • My parents; my brother and myself as children!!  Remembering the Flood of 1955 that destroyed parts of Farmington, Putnam, Norwalk, Waterbury, and Winsted, Connecticut. An estimated 14 inches of rain fell during a 36-hour period beginning Aug. 18. On Aug. 19, 1955; and again in Oct 15, 1955 when the rivers crested and overflowed into the streets of Georgetown, Wilton and Norwalk, Connecticut which was my hometown. ~ Dorothy
  • My 3rd great grandfather Thomas Moulton and his wife Sarah Denton were part of the Willie Handcart Company which came across the plains to Utah in 1856. They were the only family which did not lose a member in that tragic trek. They brought their eight children ranging in age from 19 to under 1 year, the youngest having been born aboard the ship Thornton on the Irish Sea. Many lost their lives on the journey; however, none of those who arrived in Salt Lake City ever regretted having made the trip. ~ Eugene
  • I had several relatives who were affected by flooding in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania caused by Hurricane Agnes in June 1972.  My grandparents were rescued from their home before the water rose to 4-1/2 feet on the first floor of their home.  More than 2,700 graves were washed away in nearby Forty Fort Cemetery, including my 2nd cousin Linda Thomas and my 1st cousin once removed John Smith. ~ Star

Meet Our Members

Every week we post an interview with one of our members so you can get to know them a little better.  In case you missed it, here are our August features!

  • Sarah Rojas became a  WikiTreer in May of 2014 and is our newest Leader.  She is co-leading our Arborist project and helps in the G2G as an Integrator/Moderator. Learn about who her favorite ancestor is here.

Tree-Tips

  • Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

    Remember point V of our Honor Code: We respect privacy. We privacy-protect anything we think our family members might not want public. If that’s not enough for someone, we delete their personal information.

  • The “Find Matches” tool will compare the profiles in your Watchlist to the rest of WikiTree in order to search for potential duplicates. Remember that our goal at WikiTree is to have one profile per person. It’s important to identify and merge duplicates. See the Matching and Merging FAQ for more about this important topic.
  • “Unconnected” means that a person is not connected to the “big tree.” See Unconnected for more about what this means, and about some of the fun activities on WikiTree where we work together to connect people. Viewing the unconnected profiles on your Watchlist can be a way to prioritize profiles you might want to work on. Everyone will connect eventually.
  • Your followed tags will help keep you informed about new members and what’s going around WikiTree that’s related to your particular interests. You might want to add a couple tags that keep you in touch with the community as a whole. ANNOUNCEMENTS will alert you to new features and changes on WikiTree. We use WIKITREE_LOVE to share good things.

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month: WikiTree Club 1000 July 2017

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: Robynne Lozier!

Project Updates

Project Spotlight: Black Sheep

pgm.gifThe Black Sheep Project is a top level project that includes 7 sub-projects:

Their mission is to highlight the profiles of notable people on WikiTree who would be considered “black sheep”, and support those that have family members they wish to be included in the project. They describe Black Sheep as those that were outcasts, outlaws or just plain outlandish!

If you would like to participate, click here to join.

Project News

Don’t Miss These!

Challenges/Contests

sourcerer.gifSOURCERERS CHALLENGE:  Far too many profiles on WikiTree don’t have any sources. This challenge is about correcting that with census data, BMD records/index references, family bible references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. Each month we’ll post in G2G to start up the month’s challenge. To participate, go to this G2G post.

connectors.gifCONNECTORS CHALLENGEThe goal of the Connectors Challenge is to see how many individuals you can connect to our global family tree.  To join in the September Challenge, go here.

You might also want to check out our Weekend ChatSaturday Sourcing SprintsBiography Builders Challenge and the new Surname Spotlight Challenge.

WikiTree Calendar

Stay up to date with all the latest challenges, contests, LiveCasts and upcoming events via our Calendar.

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

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the August 2017 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?

Have you Checked your Weekly Connections in the Connection Finder?

Every week you can find two new connections in our Connection Finder.

Each Tuesday, we showcase a WikiTreer in a Meet our Members feature on our blog and they also get spotlighted in the Connection Finder for that week.

This week it’s Alison Andrus.

Alison Andrus

Alison currently leads the US History Project, an umbrella for many smaller projects. (Is there a project for your state yet?) In her blog interview, Alison writes “I have met the most wonderful, caring and kind people on WikiTree you will ever want to meet. They are so generous with their time and talents, I have learned so much and feel so humbled.”

See how you are connected to Alison.

We also highlight what we call an Example Profile of the Week. These profiles are top-notch and meet the styles and standards criteria that the community has agreed upon. The notable whose profile is used as an example is also featured in the Connection Finder for that week.

Spotlighted this week is English author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).  See how you are connected.

And of course you can always see your connection to our standard connection anchors, Queen Elizabeth II and Kevin Bacon.

Follow the tag connection_finder for weekly updates on connections.

Relationship Finder Quick Links

Here’s a fun thing. Check out your new Relationship Finder Quick Links.

There’s a link at the bottom of the Relationship Finder (as well as from “Relationships” in your profile pull-down menu, your Family Tree & Tools page, and anyone else’s Quick Links page such as the one for Chris.)

This page enables you to go down the list and click to see if you’re related to the US presidents, Magna Carta Surety Barons, or Mayflower passengers. There’s also a section for checking whether you’re related to your spouse or if your parents are related to each other. :-)

For the Magna Carta and Mayflower sections we tried to remove those who don’t have connections to living descendants or who would have been redundant because their children are also on the list. If you notice someone that should be included or excluded, please post here.

Do you have suggestions for other sections we should add? If so, share them here.

New Source Requirement When Creating Profiles

We just implemented a new change regarding sources. If you want to create a profile without including a source you’re now asked to select a source substitute like this:

[ ]Personal recollection of events witnessed by [[Whitten-1|Chris Whitten]] as remembered 11 Jul 2017.

[ ] Unsourced family tree handed down to [[Whitten-1|Chris Whitten]].

[ ] Source will be added by [[Whitten-1|Chris Whitten]] by 12 Jul 2017.

The first option only appears if the birth or death date is after 1917. The second option only appears if the dates are after 1700. The third option will include the {{Unsourced}} template as well as recording that text in the profile.

Question of the Week

Have you participated in the Question of the Week yet? Every Friday a genealogy-related question is posed to community members in our G2G Forum. You can join in the fun and share a little about yourself and learn about your fellow WikiTreers! Follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

We recently asked “How do you use social media to promote your family tree?”

Here are just a few of the answers we received:

  • On Facebook I’ve been honoring my ancestors on their birthdays and anniversaries by writing a bio and including pictures of them or their gravestones or of some document that mentions them. The first year I did parents thru 2nd greats. The second was for 3rd greats plus aunts, uncles, great aunts and great uncles with no living descendants. This year it is 4th greats. Next year I may do famous and infamous ancestors and other relatives. I get to share my work and my cousins get to learn some about their ancestors. ~ Mary
  • Yes, I do use Facebook for genealogy, I have found over 200 2-3rd  cousins which helped tremendously.  We even met in person. It’s a great way to expend your genealogy and knowing your family. Once we started to talk about sickness and illness facts they were more interested. Some are not too interested but gave me the information needed.  ~ Lise
  • I use my blog http://gulfcoastlagniappe.blogspot.com, where I have a widget for WikiTree, as well as Facebook for connecting with relatives. When I have brick walls, it has been really great to write about my research and ask for any information anyone could add via my blog. I have received a gold mine of information and help from distant relatives in this way. Plus making lasting relationships with those who are serious family researchers like myself ~ Michelle
  • In addition to belonging to an embarrassing number of Facebook Genealogy  groups and my genealogy blog, I also started my own local Facebook genealogy chat group just so I could talk more about genealogy! ~ Emma

Who’s New

We’re excited to announce Sarah Rojas as our newest Leader!  She’s been WikiTree-ing since May of 2014 and is active as a Sourcerer, Connector and Data Doctor.

Her grandmother, Bennie Callis, was an avid researcher of her genealogy, which eventually got Sarah hooked after going through the books and documents she had.

Learn more about Sarah soon in a Meet Our Members feature!

Meet Our Members

Every week we post an interview with one of our members so you can get to know them a little better.  In case you missed it, here are our July features!

  • Jacqueline Girouard became a WikiTreer in September 2014 and as her profile says, she’s had something productive to do every day since.  Jackie is one of our wonderful Leaders, co-leading both the Acadian and Louisiana projects, as well as participating as a SourcererArborist and Data Doctor.  Do you have Acadian ancestors? So does she!

Tree Tips

  • Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

    Remember point IV of our Honor Code: We know misunderstandings are inevitable. We try to minimize them by being courteous to everyone, even those who don’t act accordingly.  Collaboration can be hard but treating each other with respect and kindness can go along way to smoothing over the bumps in the road.

  • Have you noticed all the different badges you can receive on WikiTree? Here’s a list of the types and how they are earned and awarded.
  • New to WikiTree? Get started by creating a few profiles for your relatives. Start at your profile. Click a link such as [mother?] or [father?] on your profile or your profile’s edit page. If you need more help, see Help:Adding Family.
  • WikiTree has seven privacy levels. See Help:Privacy for a full explanation of each one. The privacy level determines what those who are not on the Trusted List can see and do.

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month: WikiTree Club 1000 July 2017

  1. Cindy Lesure (8,667 edits in July)
  2. Kaye Mansfield (8312)
  3. NJ Penny (7707)
  4. Carrie Quackenbush (7577)
  5. Gregory Rose (7260)
  6. Michael Sheffield (6947)
  7. Esmé van der Westhuizen (6490)
  8. Stephanie Ahles (6485)
  9. Susan McNamee (6068)
  10. Austin Pérez (5997)

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: Eva EkebladSusie MacLeod and Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl!

Congratulations to last month’s challenge winners:

Project Updates

Project Spotlight: Ambassadors

pgm.gifWikiTree has pledged to stay 100% free, so we need to keep costs low. Since we don’t have a big ad budget, our community depends on word of mouth. We grow when our members tell other genealogists, their family, and friends what we do.

Ambassadors are some of our awesome volunteers who are active on various social media channels and/or bloggers who are dedicated to helping share the WikiTree love.  If you are active on social media and/or have a blog, this might be the project for you!

If you would like to participate, click here to join.

New Projects

  • North Dakota: Do you have any research interests in what is now the state of North Dakota? This project focuses on creating and improving profiles for anyone who lived in this area at any time. There is also a suggested list of other ways you can help on the project page.
  • Hughey One Name Study:  Do you have Hugheys in your tree? Get involved with this new One Name Study!
  • Washingon State: This project is a sub-project of the U. S. History Project which works to create and improve profiles for those individuals who lived in the state of Washington. There is a list of things you can do to help on the project page.
  • Davis One Name Study:  Got Davis’?  Collaborate with other WikiTreers in this one name study.

Don’t Miss These!

Challenges/Contests

sourcerer.gifSOURCERERS CHALLENGE:  Far too many profiles on WikiTree don’t have any sources. This challenge is about correcting that with census data, BMD records/index references, family bible references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. Each month we’ll post in G2G to start up the month’s challenge. To participate, go to this G2G post.

connectors.gifCONNECTORS CHALLENGEThe goal of the Connectors Challenge is to see how many individuals you can connect to our global family tree.  To join in the August Challenge, go here.

photo_of_week.gifFAMILY HISTORY PHOTO OF THE WEEKIf you love old photos or if you have photos in your own family collection that you love, you can share them in our Family History Photo of the Week Facebook group so they are nominated for our Family History Photo of the Week Contest!  See also Criteria for Selection and DisqualificationSee previous winners here.

You might also want to check out our Weekend ChatSaturday Sourcing SprintsBiography Builders Challenge and the new Surname Spotlight Challenge.

WikiTree Calendar

Stay up to date with all the latest challenges, contests, LiveCasts and upcoming events via our Calendar.

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

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the July 2017 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?

Have you Checked your Weekly Connections in the Connection Finder?

Every week you can find two new connections in our Connection Finder.

Each Tuesday, we showcase a WikiTreer in a Meet our Members feature on our blog and they also get spotlighted in the Connection Finder for that week.

This week it’s Jacqueline Girouard.

Jackie Girouard

Jacqueline Girouard became a WikiTreer in September 2014 and as her profile says, she’s had something productive to do every day since.  Jackie is one of our wonderful Leaders, co-leading both the Acadian and Louisiana projects, as well as participating as a SourcererArborist and Data Doctor. You can learn more about her here and check the Connection Finder to see how you are connected!

We also highlight what we call an Example Profile of the Week.

These profiles are top-notch and meet the styles and standards criteria that the community has agreed upon. The notable whose profile is used as an example is also featured in the Connection Finder for that week.

Spotlighted this week is legendary hero of the American Revolution, Paul Revere, from the 1776 Project.  See how you are connected!

And of course you can always see your connection to our standard connection anchors, Queen Elizabeth II and Kevin Bacon.

Follow the tag connection_finder for weekly updates on connections.

FamilySearch Connections app can now update WikiTree profiles

Our friend Justin York, from FamilySearch, made this announcement earlier this month:

“We just updated the FamilySearch Connections App to add ‘Update WikiTree’ links to existing matches. When that link is clicked, the Merge:Edit page that WikiTree X uses will be opened with the data from the FamilySearch profile so that you can merge it into the matched WikiTree profile. A source citation pointing to the FamilySearch profile will also be added. The app also loads match information a little faster now.”

See https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:FamilySearch_Connections for more information about the app.

Help Pages are Now Searchable

Our help pages are now searchable. There’s a search form on every help page, e.g. How to Use WikiTree or Tutorial #1: Start Climbing Our Tree. Or you could click here.

Question of the Week

Have you participated in the Question of the Week yet? Every Monday a genealogy-related question is posed to community members in our G2G Forum. You can join in the fun and share a little about yourself and learn about your fellow WikiTreers! Follow the tag “question_of_the_week” to get the new question each week.

We recently asked “Do you have any inventors in your family tree?”

Here are just a few of the answers we received:

  • My father, J.B. Gunn discovered the Gunn Effect and invented the Gunn Diode which is a “miniature” microwave generator (the kind used for Radar, not for cooking).  If you have ever got a speeding ticket from a handheld Radar gun, you can blame my father. It is (or at least was) also used in some Radar detectors. ~ Janet
  • Michael Werk, invented several methods to reduce fat into soap and candles and started a very successful company in Cincinnati.  He eventually sold his business to local competitor, Procter & Gamble.  ~ JT
  • My father designed a tent that could be erected in a few minutes. He then made it using a small hand turned sewing machine, canva and four miles of thread. We holidayed in the tent for years. We children would get an ice cream if we could erect the tent, assemble our stretchers and roll out our bedrolls in under 10 minutes. Ice creams were a daily treat when we were on the move! ~ Susan
  • My brother invented an ergonomic fishing pole. He loves to fish and the normal fishing pole was causing pain and discomfort in his wrist and elbow. So he designed a fishing pole with and angled handle that keeps your wrist in alignment and relieves the pressure on the elbow. He made them himself, found a company to make them, and he sold them at fishing shows. A company eventually bought his product and I think the patent but they have not produced them. A real shame because there are a lot of fishermen who would benefit from this rod. I have one and it is great. ~ Thomas
  • My 1st cousin 5x removed Joshua Pusey is the inventor of the match. Joshua was a patent lawyer in Philadelphia.  A tinkerer at heart, his most famous invention is the Flexible Match which he patented in 1892. A few years later he sold his patent to the Diamond Match Company. ~ Marilyn

Meet Our Members

Every week we post an interview with one of our members so you can get to know them a little better.  In case you missed it, here are our June features!

  • Mel Lambert became a WikiTreer in November 2015 and is one of our newest Leaders. She is active in our Military and WarMentorand DNA projects and also participates in the Sourcerers challenges.  Check out her interview to see how she became interested in her family history.

Tree-Tips

  • Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

    Remember point II of our Honor Code:  We care about accuracy. We’re always aiming to improve upon our worldwide family tree and fix mistakes.   If this is something you enjoy you might want to check out our Data Doctors Project and the Data Doctor Challenges.

  • If you find yourself in the middle of a conflict, you can get help. Walk through the Help:Problems with Members process. This is a step-by-step guide to help you assess the situation and make the best decision on how to handle it. You can always find a link to it on the Help pull-down menu in the upper-right of any page.
  • The heart of our community is G2G, our Genealogist-to-Genealogist Forum. Browse around a little bit. If you haven’t already, introduce yourself.
  • Your followed tags will help keep you informed about new members and what’s going around WikiTree that’s related to your particular interests. You might want to add a couple tags that keep you in touch with the community as a whole. ANNOUNCEMENTS will alert you to new features and changes on WikiTree. We use WIKITREE_LOVE to share good things.

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month: WikiTree Club 1000 April 2017

  1. Keith McDonald (16,609 edits in June)
  2. Elizabeth Winter (11412)
  3. Aleš Trtnik (8470)
  4. Carrie Quackenbush (7357)
  5. NJ Penny (7216)
  6. Gregory Rose (7011)
  7. Cindy Lesure (6870)
  8. Stephanie Ahles (6380)
  9. Shirley Dalton (6030)
  10. K Bloom (5875)

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: Eddie KingSarah (Callis) Rojas and Sarah (Murtaugh) Heiney!

Congratulations to last month’s challenge winners:

Project Updates

Project Spotlight: Volunteer Coordinators

pgm.gifOne of the essential groups in our community is the Volunteer Coordinators. They help new members understand how to become more involved with the WikiTree community and get connected with Projects relevant to their interests

A Volunteer Coordinator …

  • … is a member who joined WikiTree more than 3 months ago.
  • … is familiar with active projects and their leaders and coordinators.
  • … has a solid understanding of how WikiTree works.
  • … is friendly and has good communication skills.
  • … gives accurate and helpful answers to questions in G2G.
  • … is always courteous to other members.

If you would like to participate, click  here to join.

New Projects

Don’t Miss These!

Challenges/Contests

sourcerer.gifSOURCERERS CHALLENGE:  Far too many profiles on WikiTree don’t have any sources. This challenge is about correcting that with census data, BMD records/index references, family bible references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. Each month we’ll post in G2G to start up the month’s challenge. To participate, go to this G2G post.

connectors.gifCONNECTORS CHALLENGEThe goal of the Connectors Challenge is to see how many individuals you can connect to our global family tree.  To join in the July Challenge, go here.

photo_of_week.gifFAMILY HISTORY PHOTO OF THE WEEKIf you love old photos or if you have photos in your own family collection that you love, you can share them in our Family History Photo of the Week Facebook group so they are nominated for our Family History Photo of the Week Contest!  See also Criteria for Selection and DisqualificationSee previous winners here.

You might also want to check out our Weekend ChatSaturday Sourcing SprintsBiography Builders Challenge and the new Military Challenge.

WikiTree Calendar

Stay up to date with all the latest challenges, contests, LiveCasts and upcoming events via our Calendar.

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

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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