Why does WikiTree delete entries from GEDCOM files prior to 1600?

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I had uploaded a GEDCOM file generated by research on Ancestry.com.  The file went back to 1129.  However, WikiTree said that any information before 1600 would be deleted.  This means my ancestors who were in America in the 1500's would be deleted as well as the research into my family in England and Scotland.  This also means that Wikitree can never have a One World Tree because they are cutting off very important connections.  The farther back we go, the more likely we are connected.
in Genealogy Help by Chris Purdom G2G Crew (350 points)
retagged by Liander Lavoie

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Chris, you can still add your ancestors manually.  Most web sites that attempt a world tree get bogged down with multiple duplicates which nearly defeats the purpose of having a worldwide tree. The same thing was happening on WikiTree and it is taking a lot of extra work by volunteers to merge and clean these profiles. Probably many of your ancestors in deep history are already on the site. It is the WikiTree goal to have only one profile per person and this seems the best way to proceed.

It means extra work to enter each individual manually, but makes for greater efficiency in the long run. Remember, you're not alone. All of us are doing the same thing--entering older ancestors manually. Not only are we able to check for duplicates one at a time, but this also enables us to verify documentation for each ancestor to make sure the line is correct.

To see the GEDCOM FAQ, click the following link: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/GEDCOM_FAQ
by Debby Black G2G6 Mach 8 (82.9k points)
selected by Liander Lavoie

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