Should you build a profile incrementally or wait to you have completed your research to add to wiki tree?

+14 votes
Presently developing family trees for several family lines. Typically have a lot of information on one person but not others. Better practice to start building the tree by name and relationship? Versus waiting for all research is completed before entering detailed data?
in The Tree House by Wayne Oldroyd G2G2 (2.1k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

6 Answers

+12 votes
There are people who do either Wayne.  You can add what you have and fill in the additional details in as they come.  As long as you have sources you should be good.

I hope this helps,

by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (603k points)
+9 votes


by Elizabeth Hudman G2G2 (3k points)
+23 votes
I think the ideal collaborative site would be one where you keep everything you've got on the site and you don't have any work at all on your hard disk or on bits of paper in shoeboxes.

It's no use to anybody else there.  You might have the vital piece of somebody else's jigsaw, and they might have the vital piece of yours.  Most of the time and effort available for genealogy is wasted because people spend it looking for what somebody else has already got.

Also, the stuff you've put out there doesn't get thrown away when you die.  A lot of work is wasted because it never gets "finished".

But there's a very different view of WikiTree which says it's all about finished product.
by RJ Horace G2G6 Pilot (562k points)
I really like RJ's answer here.

I do think you should put up everything you know, or suspect -- just be sure to say why you know/think it's true.

WikiTree is designed for collaboration. Others can help you fill in the blanks and correct errors.
+15 votes
I think it's better to create the profile with the basics then flesh it out later.  The sooner the peson appears on WikiTree, the sooner others researching the same line can find it.  This would be beneficial for all.
by Michael Sackett G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
+6 votes
My take is add what you know. Genealogy is typically a work in progress. If I knew the whole picture before I added anything, my contributions would be very limited. I do my best to be accurate in what I add, even if it is limited in scope.
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
+5 votes
There is a lot of room between "name/relationship" and "all research completed".  After two years experience on WikiTree, my method is to add a profile only when I have a name, solid birthdate and relationship.** If all I have is a name and relationship I now generally do not start a profile using estimated birthdates. For example, if I have the name of a child or sibling from an obituary or will, I will indicate the person and relationship in the biography of the profiled person until I have a birthdate. Because WikiTree profiles, including biographies, are fully searchable, others interested in the person should be able to find the relationship if they use all WikiTree tools available.

** Usually a relationship. I have created "stand alone" profiles for my grandmother's foster parents, for example, and indicated the relationship between them and my grandmother by linking them in the biography section.
by Ellen Curnes G2G6 Mach 6 (68.4k points)

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