What do you do if you see incorrect information on WikiTree?

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in Genealogy Help by
recategorized by Chris Whitten

4 Answers

+3 votes
Howdy, anonymous!

Individual contributors post the information found on WikiTree, and are responsible for it's veracity. If you have information to add, you can contact a contributor directly from a link on the profile page in question, and share the information that you feel is in error.

You can also request to join WikiTree yourself, collaborate and connect with new cousins. Just send a request to info (at) wikitree (dot) com.

~tami, WikiTree Cousin Connetor & Community Assistant
by Tami Mize G2G6 Mach 4 (42.7k points)
+2 votes
Another thing to do would be to post on the bulliten board of the profile-- if you have a WikiTree account. I would probably also contact the profile manager directly, though.
by Lindsay Tyrie G2G6 Mach 1 (20.0k points)
+2 votes

To add one basic point to what Tami and Lindsay said: When you see incorrect information, you can correct it.

This is a wiki. The collaboration is limited on modern family history. You have to be on the Trusted List to have full read/write powers. But on deep ancestors from 200 or 300 years ago, any WikiTree member can make corrections, just like on Wikipedia.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
+2 votes

Well, If this happens, you must NOT put the information to your tree. What you should do is find the correct information. Then, put THAT information in your tree!

If you have found erroneous information on Wikitree (or anywhere else for that matter) the person posting it is most likely unaware of the error. Unless someone who has the correct information comes forward and politely advses them of the facts the incorrect infomation is likely to be further propagated.

It gains no-one to complain about incorrect information and yet do nothing about it. Most Wikitreers I have had contact with are very prepared to listen and act on useful information that will help correct an error. It is one point in the Wikitree Honour code that we recognise that mistakes will happen but that we care about the accuracy of the information. We do not condemn someone for incorrect facts, but we co-operate and assist where-ever possible.

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