Proof of Family Connections

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Recently I've found so many possible, Probable, family members and think I have gone as far as I can to authenticate. So my question is: at which point does one Accept that these are genuine relatives and place them into one's family tree?
in Genealogy Help by Angela Southward G2G4 (4.2k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
Hi Angela,

It could be helpful to post the specifics here, and ask if anyone knows a good way to find out more.    If there is an existing profile, it will help to include the WikiTree ID number with your question (and maybe add everything you already have to that profile).

You never know.  Some amazing answers show up here. No guarantees, of course, but it might be worth a shot.

Best of luck!
Thank you Cynthia. I'll get the names on the Tree and see what happens. Angela

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If you have documentation for individuals not already on the WikiTree, then creating the profiles is acceptable. However, linking the profiles to your lineage, or that of another family, should be delayed until additional documentation is found to support the connection.


Generally, you will discover your documented lineage by working from yourself and following the trail back through time.


Hunches are not facts, though they are often a great start to finding documentation that proves or disproves the assumption.


Question assumptions!

by George Blanchard G2G6 Mach 9 (91.0k points)
selected by Trudy Roach
Hi George. Actually hunches are not part of it. I've SEEN names on (government or church)  lists that could be part of my family. Then I've clicked back into their names and see other connections to me - like a wedding date that is the same as the one on my relative's wedding date, stuff like that. Can't do DNA matches because as far as I know, I'M the end of my mother's line.

Thank you for answering - I wouldn't want to 'shake the tree' with bad imput.

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I think if a person is probably connected (rather than just possibly) you should build the profiles, connect them, mark the relationship as uncertain (which is part of why we have those certainty indicators), and explain why the realtionship is considered 'probable'. Hopefully at some point others will be able to add evidence that proves or disproves the connection.

This may be the approach I will be taking for the claimed parents of my 6G-Grandfather Aert Ton  While it is not 'finished' you can probably sense how I am starting to setup the narrative for that purpose.

If however it is only a 'possible' connection I would suggest you do not join them in a relationship and instead simply link them in their narratives with an explanation - I used this approach in the profile of Andrew Sproul

by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
Thank you Rob. I'll take this approach when I fully know how to do all of the things you suggest - I'm still trying to figure WikiTree out and how to navigate my way around.  I'm not very computer savvy to begin with!


to set a relationship as uncertain you just need to go the edit view of the child's profile and select the uncertain button next to each parents name then save the profile.

to link a profile in the narrative you need to enter the other person's profile ID and whatever name you want displayed (usually their full name, but could be anything that makes sense in the sentence) inside so-to-speak 'link brackets'. For example in a biography I could link to your profile by using:

I answered a question for [[Mayling-1|Angela]] today.
Thank you Rob Ton. More great advice.


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