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Grandma Wapaha (Photo of the Week Winner - 13 Jan 2017)

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

  • Have you wondered how WikiTree differs from FamilySearch? See this G2G discussion where WikiTreers are sharing their thoughts on it.


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Popular RootsTech Event Open for Registration

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (September 15, 2016)—FamilySearch International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2017 is now open. RootsTech is an annual family history and technology conference where guests of all ages are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories across generations—past, present, and future. In 2016 the event attracted more than 28,000 attendees in-person from all 50 US states and 30+ countries. RootsTech 2017 will be held February 8–11 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The popular Innovator Summit and free Family Discovery Day are also open for registration. The website for registration isRootsTech.org.

The 4-day conference will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers, over 200 informative sessions, including hands-on computer labs taught by industry professionals and leaders, interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall, and entertaining evening events, all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries. Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $159 and $189 for the RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass. Passes for the Getting Started track start at $49 for a single day and $69 for a limited 3-day pass. All passes include access to the popular expo hall and morning keynote sessions.

Starting off the 4-day RootsTech conference is the Innovator Summit, a unique 1-day conference designed for serious entrepreneurs, developers, and innovators interested in giving their creative ideas traction in a growing multi-billion-dollar industry. The event also offers attendees the opportunity to interact and connect with industry influencers, executives, and investors. The Summit will include a morning general session (the keynote speaker will be announced soon), over 20 classes, the Innovator Showdown semi-finals, and more. Innovator Summit ONLY passes are available at the discount price of $99.

Along with the Innovator Summit, the Innovator Showdown returns to RootsTech with $100,000 in prizes. Innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world and from any industry are invited to compete with their latest products or services that enable individuals to discover, preserve, and share their personal and family stories, memories, or ancestral connections. The top 5 finalists will be invited to present their product or service on the main RootsTech stage before a panel of judges and a live audience on Friday, February 10, just after the morning keynote session.

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, February 11, 2017, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free and fun 1-day event includes inspiring messages from Church leaders, engaging classes for families, youth, and young single adults, and evening entertainment to inspire and help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Family Discovery Day attendees will also have access to all the interactive activities and exhibitors found in the RootsTech expo hall. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org. Registration is required.

Click here for the direct link to this news release online or to download media-approved photos.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, held February 8–11, 2017, and hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest global family history event in the world! The sixth annual conference—celebrating families across generations—is the perfect place to discover and share your family’s stories and connections through technology.

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FamilySearch recruits 100,000 to save the world’s records
Worldwide genealogy event unites volunteers in making historical records discoverable online

SALT LAKE CITY (July 11, 2016) — On July 15, FamilySearch International will launch the world’s largest indexing event with a goal of bringing more than 100,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour period to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.

“FamilySearch believes everyone deserves to be remembered,” said Shipley Munson, FamilySearch International’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “All should have the opportunity to find their ancestors, and we provide a simple way for people to make those family connections.”

During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software, a program that stores scanned copies of a variety of old records. Volunteers can then complete as many records as they would like by retyping the information from the scanned images into the program. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.

“Family history discoveries online are driven by indexed records. Volunteer indexers make those personal discoveries happen. Without them, much of what we do would not be possible,” Munson said. “We invite everyone to join in this important cause to preserve history.”

Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2006. The demand for volunteers continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added online every year and as more people take interest in making personal family discoveries.

To join over 100,000 teammates in saving the world’s records, visit familysearch.org/worldsrecords.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.


Media Contacts:
Paul Nauta
FamilySearch Public Relations

Collin Smith
FamilySearch Marketing Manager, Indexing
1-801-240- 8263

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For Immediate Release

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit (CANGEN) is pleased to announce their inaugural conference, to be held October 21-23, 2016, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Brampton, Ontario.

The Summit showcases Canadian genealogists who have an expertise in the record sets relating to the early settlers of Canada.

On Friday, October 21, we have arranged a day at the Archives of Ontario. And better still, for those with Loyalist ancestors who are mind boggled with the documentation required for your UEL certificate, former UELAC Dominion Genealogist Kathryn Lake Hogan will be offering a workshop at the Archives. Kathryn will share her expertise on what documentation is required and how to access the records at the Archives.

Our Opening Plenary speaker on Friday evening is genealogist and author Jennifer DeBruin who will share with us some of the struggles of our Canadian ancestors. This energetic talk will be followed by a social time. A time to get to meet fellow Canadian genealogists, an opportunity to get to know the speakers better, or browse the vendors/exhibits in the marketplace.

Saturday’s programming offers five streams of research. Registrants are welcome to mix and match:
• Ruth Blair - who will talk on researching Irish ancestors
• Mike Quackenbush - who will talk on researching English ancestors
• Louise St Denis - who will talk on researching French Canadian ancestors
• Kathryn Lake Hogan - who will talk on researching Canadian ancestors
• Christine Woodcock - who will talk on researching Scottish ancestors

Sunday starts with Louise St Denis, Director of National Institute for Genealogical Studies, sharing her extensive knowledge on Methodology. THEN she is providing each registrant with a certificate for a FREE course at the Institute.

We wrap up the weekend with Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist, who will help us to get a better handle on writing our family stories so that our work can be preserved for future generations.

REGISTRATION for the full weekend is just $159cdn ($125 usd). Registration for the Saturday only is just $119cdn ($93 usd)http://www.cangensummit.ca/

All registrations include breakfast and lunch on Saturday, free access during the weekend to Findmypast, and admission to the exhibition hall/marketplace.

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Greetings fellow WikiTreers! Welcome to the April 2016 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?

What’s your connection to Maureen O’Hara?

Maureen O'Hara (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

We’re excited to announce that Maureen O’Hara was the winning profile in last month’s “Connection Combat.”

O’Hara was an Irish-American actress, a famous redhead known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, usually in westerns and adventure films.  She often starred alongside John Wayne.

Each time there is a new winner they are featured in our Connection Finder.  This means you can check your connection with Maureen O’Hara here.

You can also still check your connection with the previous month’s winner, Alex Haley.

Follow the tag connection_combat to know when a new battle starts!

Do you have any second or third cousins who have taken DNA tests?

Have any of your second or third cousins taken DNA tests for genealogy?

If your close cousins are on WikiTree you’ll know if they’ve taken a DNA test because it will appear on your profile.

With third cousins or closer, it’s easy to get started using the “Confirmed with DNA” relationship status indicators  – potentially back to your great-great-grandparents.

Here are the newly-rewritten instructions: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/DNA_Confirmation.

And a personal example to follow: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/DNA_Confirmation_Example.

Small changes on edit-person pages

We just made a small round of improvements to the edit-person page, i.e. the page for editing a person’s profile.

  • Most noticeably, there are colored backgrounds indicating the gender for siblings, spouses, and children in the Edit Family column.
  • The siblings, spouses, and children are numbered. This was a recent suggestion here.
  • The family members’ names use the standard versions found elsewhere (see Name Displays on a person’s pull-down menu for an explanation). This means that the name of a public person will now display in its longer form, e.g. with formal first name and middle name instead of preferred first name.
  • There are now direct links to go to family members’ edit pages. It’s this icon link next to their names: 
  • There are some more informative mouse-over titles. In particular, the colored privacy dots are explained a little better when you hover over them with your cursor.

Just small things that hopefully make editing a smidge easier.

Compact Family Trees now include DNA-Confirmed Indicators

Compact Family Trees now include “Confirmed with DNA” indicators.

For example, see Peter Roberts’ Compact Tree. Yours is accessible from your Tree and Tools page or from the “Compact Tree” link on pull-down menus that start with your ID.

Look for the little DNA checkmarks .

When it appears by a father or mother, this indicates that their relationship to the child has been marked as Confirmed with DNA, hopefully using the high standards described on the DNA Confirmation page. You’ll know whether it’s reliable by checking for a source on the child’s profile that describes how the paternal or maternal confirmation was made.

This little improvement is significant because many of us show our Compact Family Tree to DNA test matches. That is, when someone matches us through AncestryDNA, Family Finder, or 23andMe, we send them the Compact Tree URL to ask if they recognize any names or places.

The Compact Tree is great for this because it shows about the same number of generations as are meaningful for autosomal DNA and it includes the most names and places in the smallest amount of space. (Easy for scanning; not great for most genealogical purposes where you want to easily understand relationships, see missing people, etc.)

Who’s New?

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

We’re pleased to welcome two new WikiTree Leaders this month:

Jacqueline Girouard: Jackie has been a wonderful WikiTreer since November 2014.  She’s active in many projects including our Acadian Project and Louisiana Families Project.  She definitely has Acadian Roots: her father is descended from the pioneering Acadian couple Francois Girouard and Jeanne Aucoin while her mother descends from Acadian pioneers Jehan Theriot and Perrine Rau and also Louisiana French pioneers from France and Alsace-Lorraine on her mother’s side. Jackie also participates as an Arbortist and a Ranger and is active in our G2G forum.

Scott Fulkerson: Scott has also been with us since November.  He’s jumping right in with both feet and taking on leadership of our Notables Project!  Along those lines, Scott is also very active as a Connector and does great work connecting the profiles of notable individuals to our worldwide family tree.  He participates every month in our Connection Combat and is often the winner, including this last month where he was the first to connect Maureen O’Hara to the tree.


  • 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.
  • Activity feeds enable you to track changes on WikiTree. There are several different kinds of feeds, such as Changes to a Profile, Family Activity Feed and Thank-You Feed. See the full list of feeds and their descriptions here.
  • After trying GEDCompare with your large GEDCOM file upload a smaller one for your first GEDCOM import. The WikiTree process is different than with other websites and a smaller file lets you get a feel for the process without getting overwhelmed.
  • Prioritize your profile updates. From your Watchlist click the fourth header ‘Last Edit’ to sort the list so that the first profile listed is the one that’s gone the longest time without being edited. Check it out! Maybe there’s something you can add or improve!

Community Accomplishments

Top 10 contributors for last month: WikiTree Club 1000 March 2016

  1. Kirsty Ward (15,956 edits in March)
  2. Esmé van der Westhuizen (15151)
  3. Terry Johnson (7232)
  4. Ian McArthur (6291)
  5. Greg Rose (5827)
  6. Vincent Piazza (5269)
  7. Coltrane Milholen (5212)
  8. Lance Martin (5058)
  9. Bea Wijma (4670)
  10. Steve Selbrede (4365

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: Jerry BarabooValerie Willis and Robin (Felch) Craig!

Project Updates

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

Many new projects were started last month!  See if any of these spark your interest:

Two One Name Studes were also implemented:
  • Deuchar Name Study has just started and already has a great space page started. Do you have any Deuchars in your tree? Sandra Green is the coordinator if you’d like to join in!

You can view the full list of One Name Studies here.  Also check out all our current projects and see where you can get involved!

Don’t Miss These!

Family History Photo of the Week Nominee

Sourcerer’s 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. You come and post the profile you’ve added source(s) to (at least the profile number/name, if not a link to it) as well as what sources you added. At the end of the month we tally for a winner. We are now actively in our April 1 Challenge, which will run through April 30th.  To participate, go to this G2G post. To see the stats from March’s contest, go here.

Collaborative Profile of the Week:  WikiTree is all about collaboration and every week many members come together to work on the Collaborative Profile of the Week. Every Monday a profile is selected. It’s usually a profile from one of our current projects that is in desperate need of some TLC. Interested members can then chip in to help make the profile as great as it can be. Check out last week’s wonderful results on José de la Carrera y Verdugo, or join in on this week’s efforts with Jean-Baptiste McLoughlin from the Immigrant Pioneers project. Follow the tag ”profile_of_the_week” in G2G if you don’t want to miss these.

Weekend Chat:  Each Friday we start a Weekend Chat  post in G2G. All members are invited  and encouraged to come and post, whether it’s to introduce themselves, share what they’ve been working on, talk about the weather or post tips and suggestions.  This is a great way to get to know some of the awesome members of our community! Follow the tag ”weekend_chat” if you don’t want to miss out on the fun.

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

Sincerely, The WikiTree Team and Leaders

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