Mentor Tips - Finding work to be done on our big 'ole tree.

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Very rarely do we need to look for something to do on WikiTree, but there is a way to find "holes" (something that needs attention) in the Tree.

On your profile page go up to the top right of the page and click on your WikiTree ID Menu.  Go down and click on Ancesters.  This will bring up a listing of all of the profile on your tree which are your ancestors.

Look through the list and find the ancestors that are unkown.  There you go, now you know where to work on research and sources.

Have Fun!  Mags
in The Tree House by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (511k points)
edited by Keith Hathaway
And if you want more to do, come work on mine! :-)

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That's a good idea. However, on my tree I am stuck on a couple of people (brick walls  and cannot figure out how to find more info.  Example parents of  thomas norman (my great grandfather) on my tree [[norman-801|vicki norman]]

Cannot find birth or death records.   I know his birthdate due to entries in the Norman Family Bible..
by Vicki Norman G2G6 Mach 2 (20.8k points)
Then move on to the next unknown and come back to the one(s) who have you stumped later.  This tip is to help find other areas to work on.

(And for the brickwall...have you asked for genealogical help in G2G?  You never know what one of our Volunteer Genealogists might find for you!  Wait, you might know since I have seen you answer questions here in G2G!)

Good Luck,  Mags

Vicki, you probably know this already, but for those who don't, we can also add the category "Family Brickwall" to profiles.

Edit the narrative section of their profile page to put in as much as you do know and what the remaining questions are. Then above the biography section, add: [[Category:Family_Brickwall]].

+3 votes
You know, there was a method I used to use when I used WorldConnect a lot, which was to look at my own or other family trees in "text only" format.  This allows the webpage to show many more generations than the typical display will allow.  I haven't found such a setting here at WikiTree (or Geni or Ancestry for that matter), but I would love to see one.
by Kyle Dane G2G6 Mach 9 (99.4k points)
Hey Kyle,

You might want to rephrase this as a question and poste it as it's onw question in the forum.  Tag it with improvement and ask it under Tech.

Good Luck,

Mags
+3 votes
I did what you said. The first name on the list is me. Next to my name it says "Died [date unknown]". That is funny and a little creepy!
by Rick Pierpont G2G6 Pilot (112k points)
Rick...you are alive.  Mags

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