Can you add one family member to an unlinked notable?

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We have a page listing the profiles of notable people who are not (yet) connected to the main tree here on WikiTree. The default sort on that page places 5-star profiles at the top, and then other notables (in descending order by branch size, then in alphabetical order by country, then in alphabetical order by Last Name At Birth), although you can sort the list by any column by clicking on the icon next to the column header.

If you scroll down the list, you may notice that about half the page is taken up by profiles with a Branch Size of 1. In other words, those notables don't have any relatives linked to them on WikiTree: no parents, no siblings, no spouses (spice?), and no children.

Now, as any connector can tell you, connecting profiles to the main tree can take a lot of work. But if you can add even one family member to any of these unlinked profiles, then you would double the size of their branches, and therefore double the number of ways for other connectors to connect that branch to the main tree.

(That's not to say that adding more family members wouldn't improve the situation even more, because it would. So if you come across a source -- like a census record -- which would enable you to add multiple family members, don't let me stop you.)

So can you add one family member to an unlinked notable?

WikiTree profile: Space:Unconnected_Notables
in The Tree House by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (432k points)
I first read your question as "is it allowed to add .... " After reading the rest of the text I realized you meant "would you please add...."
I read it the same way. :-)

The wording is derived from all the "Can you help connect a..." challenges, and is meant in the sense of "Are you able to...?"

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Best answer

Hi Greg, I see where I can connect Jackson Pollock with his mother’s ancestors. Thanks for a good Saturday afternoon project.

Jackson Pollock is connected. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pollock-8 

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (370k points)
selected by Susan Laursen

Thank you, Alexis! That's going above and beyond the call of duty!

Greg, with my being an art major in the 1960s...I had to see if I could connect him. I understand that his paintings have sold for between 12 to 18 million dollars.
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I managed to increase the branch size for William Crozier from 1 to 3.

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (432k points)

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