Adding a family member, skipped generations

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I have been contacted by a distant cousin.  My great grandfather and her husbands grandfather were siblings.   I am the manager of the her husband's grandfather's profile, but do not yet have any descendants of that man.

I would like to send an invitation but cannot actually connect to my tree without more information.  Should I add them as unrelated?

Or shall I ask her to join and watch carefully until I see their names so we can join up?
in Genealogy Help by Kristina Adams G2G6 Pilot (184k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

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Given the situation you describe - you don't seem to have the information to connect the profile of this person, I infer you probably have minimal reliable/accurate detail about the person to base a profile on (birth date and place). you describe them as a 'distant' relation (in fairness a first cousin once removed is not particularly distant, unless you mean geographically, but I digress) which says you probably don't know if they might actually be interested in joining Wikitree, how they might feel about having their information online, etc. (have you ever met or spoken on the telephone with the person?) Moreover the specific person you are considering inviting is related to you by marriage not blood.

If the person decides not to accept your invitation there is (if my assumptions above are correct) now a privacy protected, orphan (i.e. unconnected) profile, with (estimated?) dates and places.

Given all this I would probably just send her an e-mail privately and ask her if she is interested in joining and if so would she like to help get her started on Wikitree.

by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (274k points)
selected by Anonymous W

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