Help! reversing saved changes

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I have been editing McClellan-281 for most of the afternoon, because I am not the profile manager I had more than one window open. I added his children, that's okay, then added a biography and 5 sources at  21:16, 22 July 2020.

Then when I closed another window it asked to save changes and the biography and sources disappeared.

I opened the changes page but don't know what to do.

How do I put it back to what I had entered at 21:16, 22 July 2020? Or can someone else do it?
WikiTree profile: John McClellan
in WikiTree Help by M Ross G2G6 Pilot (787k points)
Go to changes tab, select the date time you want, check the data to ensure that is where you want to revert to, click and then look at result to ensure it’s what you want.
Thank you, I will make sure I put these instructions into my how to Wikitree doc
M, you have probably figured this out already, but I think it should be said that it's generally not a good practice to have the same profile open in multiple tabs and being edited in multiple tabs.  Any time you save one tab, you won't save the changes done in another, and you may undo changes you have saved in another tab.
Thanks for your comment.

Just trying to think this through, when I edit information for a profile of which I am not the manager, for example add a child, it opens a new window to add the child or spouse etc. After I do that I am then asked to save the changes, so I save the changes.

If I want to add more information do I then close that window and find the person's profile again from my nav/home page and start again from that point or ?

And then do any more edits starting again from that page? Or is there a simpler way?

I'm still more than a little confused.
Well, in the scenario you describe, you have the edit window open for a profile for which you want to add a child, right?  When you click on the link to add, another window opens, and you enter the data for the child in that window and save.  So you now have two windows open, one for the parent and one for the child.  If you then want to add more info for the child, you can just click on edit for that profile, you don't need to open a third window.  I don't think it makes any difference whether you are the manager or not, I'm just saying that if you try to edit the same profile in multiple windows, it's incredibly easy to get yourself confused.  I have even seen a complaint or two in this forum where two members were trying to edit the same profile at the same time and were canceling each others' edits.  Does all that make any sense, or am I missing the point here?

I'm not really sure what I did. The profile for McClellan-281 was created with a Gedcom. There was no biography or sources, as I had lots of information for him I added both biography and sources. 

You are correct I obviously had too many windows open and I didn't realise I had saved the new information to a different window. I will definitely pay more attention to this now I know how easy it was to get it muddled up.


There is a difference between adding to a profile I manage or adding to a profile someone else manages. 

On a profile I manage such as this one copied below: the highlighted areas allow me to add information on the same page, if i click on add father, mother, children etc the page changes to Edit family of Robert Dods, it does not open another edit page and I can add or change information on that page. 

If I go to edit and then click add a father it does open a new page. 

Robert [middle name?] Dods

Born about 1650 [uncertain] in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotlandmap

Son of [father?] and [mother?]

1 Answer

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It looks like restoring data will fix the problem.
by Pat Credit G2G6 Pilot (190k points)
It worked! Did all your info come back?
Yes! Thanks for doing that, now I will have to make sure I understand the instructions from Marion Poole.

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