Where can I find the actual full WikiTree?

+6 votes
I'm new and don't understand the layout here yet.  Do I only get to see the tree I input here?  I'm hoping there's a way to see the full WikiTree.  Or at least a part that might have some of my ancestors.

Thanks for any help you can give.
in The Tree House by Laura Fletcher G2G Crew (310 points)

When you log onto WikiTree, in principle, you have access to the whole “tree,” actually to the whole database, subject to a few privacy restrictions. [For example, you could add your parents and set the privacy level so only you could see them, and no one else.]

You can search for individuals by parameters you set on the search screen. The following options apply to the persons you select:

There are some limitations as to what you can see at any one time. If you are on a profile you will often, but not always, see buttons for ANCESTORS and DESCENDANTS. Clicking either one of these will show up to 5 generations of ancestors or descendants, if they are in WikiTree. On your profile, for example, these buttons do not appear because you are not yet connected to anyone.

Also, on a profile, if you click Family Tree & Tools, you will get several report options for ancestors or descendants. One of the options is the Compact Family Tree which will give up to 8 generations of ancestors.

 If you want to see more, your option is to download a gedcom of ancestors or descendants. These are limited to 15 generations or 10,000 people.

You can also explore the “dynamic tree.” You can expand this (although I do not know if there are limitations), but you can only see what fits on your screen or monitor. You can scroll, however, to see other parts.

3 Answers

+9 votes
WikiTree is a shared tree, which means that everyone can see all profiles on the tree except for those that are for living people, or that have been classified at some other level of privacy. see this link.


To find other family members try searching for relevant last names here;

by M Ross G2G6 Pilot (436k points)
+7 votes
There are over 10,000 with the Fletcher surname at WikiTree. To see the list, click on Find which is at the top right of this page. Then look down the menu to Surnames and enter the Fletcher surnames.

There are over 20,000,000 individuals whose names are at WikiTree.

One way to get started would be to develop your tree by starting with parents, then grandparents and great grandparents.

You may also want to look at the Help menu to the right of the Find menu.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
+8 votes
You cannot see the full tree as a tree right now - for 2 reasons.

1 - is because it is far too big - there are over 20 million profiles. and

2 - because your own family is not yet linked to the full (or global) tree as we call it.

We encourage all newcomers to add parents, grandparents and great grandparents to their own branch of the tree. We also encourage you to add siblings (and their spouses and children) for each generation as well. You never know when one of them will be able to link to someone already on the global tree.
by Robynne Lozier G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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