Hello, and a getting started question.

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I'm working on US Stone and Costner trees, and well as some work on the Crewson (my wife's) family tree.

One interesting genealogical note is that I grew up in Minnesota and my grandparents on my mother's side died when she was young so while I new a lot of my father's side I knew little about my mother's. Later I moved to North Carolina, and my mother was researching her side of the family and it turned out they came from not far from here.

In any case much of what I have started from family books and was supplimented with data from ancestry.com and my heritage.com. The source notations still reside in the GEDCOM, but it seems it doesn't make any sense to load people already here and merge if the existing Wikitree information has already been researched.

My strategy is to find the oldest relative NOT already in Wikitree and export GEDCOM's for them and their descendants and link that "sub-tree" to the existing profile that is there. It would seem that would reduce the workload for merging, and I would concentrate on filling gaps.

For those of you that have been on the receiving end up uploaded GEDCOMs does that sounds like a reasonable approach, or should I just upload the whole thing and commence to tag things for merging?
in The Tree House by Keith Stone G2G Crew (930 points)
Welcome Keith!

I hope you enjoy your stay.  Sounds like you will be very good to work with.  Enjoy!
Hi Keith, thanks for introducing yourself and Welcome to the Tree! Your approach makes perfect sense to me. I actually ditched my GEDCOM and added profiles one at a time which allowed me to really look at my sources. As Tom mentioned in his answer you can add data for existing profiles.
I did the same as Bill. GEDCOM's are more trouble than they're worth.
In my humble opinion, it's best to add manually one at a time.  I started to upload my tree but it was too large, then I decided just to do one at a time. It worked well as I was able to verify sources and make corrections as I went.  It really wasn't as overwhelming as I first thought it would be because after a couple of generations I often ran into people who were already listed. Then it was just a matter of connecting to them and filling in any gaps I could.


Good luck on your new journey at Wikitree.  Beware... it's very addicting!
Thanks to you all. I'm in the same place, wondering the same thing, GEDCOM or manual. I appreciate your wisdom.
I like to add them one at a time, but if you can break them up into smaller families, uploading a GEDCOM is a good way to add lots of people.

Just remember to go back and edit out all the GEDCOM junk when you are finished.


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That's the most reasonable approach I've heard in a long time.  If the profile's already here, there's no point in uploading it again. Just check to see if you can contribute data,

Thanks for understanding our goals.
by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (206k points)
selected by Dale Gatherum-Goss

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