Why do you have to add an existing person by WikiTree ID instead of just accepting the match?

+3 votes
Four times now I have tried to add a child who is living and already in another wikitree. She is a cousin. I have reloaded every time without success. When I have  confirmed that the person I want to add is the same as someone in another tree I do not understand why I have to fill in the person instead of being able to just confirm the match. It is very confusing when after saving the information you are asked to repeat the action, instead of being told that the match has been submitted.  Exactly how am I to get this living child added? It is not easy to update wikitree.
WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Langley
in Genealogy Help by Edwin Reffell G2G4 (4.1k points)
recategorized by Chris Whitten

2 Answers

+2 votes
For living people, you need to be on the trusted list for that individual before you can edit, add, remove or anything else except to 1) make a trusted list request or 2) leave a message on the public Bulletin Board.  I hope this answer helps you.
by Becky Syphers G2G6 Mach 3 (36.1k points)
+2 votes


I think I understand your question, and reworded the headline accordingly.

If I follow you, you:

  1. Went to add a child but didn't know that the child already had a WikiTree profile.
  2. After submitting the child as a new person the system suggested that the person might already exist.
  3. You accepted one of the matches.

You're asking, since you accepted the match, why didn't the system automatically set that person as the child.

I agree, that would be a nice feature, if you are on the Trusted List of that other profile, as Becky points out.


by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
I also learned this the hard way.  Be sure to do a Wiki Tree search on everyone you want to add to Wiki Tree to make sure they do or don't have a profile already.  If they do have a profile already, then add them using their Wiki Tree ID number.  It is a few steps but it will make your life much easier.

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