Glad you answered
I just gave John May a "lick and a promise" There's
lots more on the http
biography on him. Very well done, I think. The one I worked on the most was May-1681. I don't
see you as manager there. It's
fine to adopt any orphans you like ... "related" or not. After all, we're
all related somewhere along the line, right?
In the case of Carpenter-3398, you skip him and make a note of his WikiTree
ID number, then after your GEDCOM is in, you will connect just his mother and father to him. All your profiles will download
. It will be easy at that point, because they will have been assigned ID#s
, and you'll just enter them in the correct
blank on his edit screen.
In the case of Causey
-73, again skip him and any others already in WikiTree
, even if they aren
where the sources come in handy. : ) Later, when you have entered
everyone you have, you will start to correspond with the existing managers, and see what they know. It is entirely possible that you know more than they do, and they will be happy to turn the job over to you (as long as you have good evidence supporting your conclusions). I often run into people who say things like, "This was my mother's
file, and I am just looking after it now." Or, "I adopted this person last month and haven't
even begun to do any research yet."
You will see. It just takes time. Nothing happens overnight here ... or very little. That's
the nature of collaboration. It takes time, but the benefits are immense! I have found some cousins, lots of new information, whole new lines of ancestors, and some wonderful Wiki
-friends. Just takes a little patience
Duplicates are a big issue here. It's
a result of the GEDCOMs
and the fact that so many of our profiles are mere skeletons ... without good sources yet. so people aren
sure, and they just go ahead and download
their profile, feeling they have the correct info
... and we end up with 5 of the same
a whole project to deal with these, the Arborist
Project, of which I happen to be a member! So I can help with the duplicates. We will start by getting the main profiles "right" and then start tackling merging. Again, not an quick process, but it works! You should have seen the Connecticut Meads when I started at WikiTree
! Every generation had at least ten children, and every single family had named two of their children John and Jonathan
! And they all stayed in the Fairfield
Connecticut area for a couple of hundred years. What a mess that was! But it's
in pretty good shape now. We'll get there with the Causeys
So, for these older profiles, if you even suspect they are already in here, they probably are. Just skip and write down the Wikitree
ID #. You'll do some linking later, but it's
a whole lot easier than doing a bunch of merging later. Believe me! For the
children and grand children
, probably better to skip, too ... if there's
any question. It's
easy to move profiles around, but harder to merge, and deleting is out of the question ... not done at all.
Hope this helps. Good luck. Once it's
in here, I will help you with the duplicates.
Thanks and welcome again,
PS, if you like, we can continue by email, may be easier.