How did you discover G2G?

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Tell us how you first discovered G2G and what you did to make it work for you?
in The Tree House by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (393k points)

8 Answers

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Internet search looking for a person who stole one of my pictures (copyright infringment crime in the USA) that he posted on a different genealogy site. Search result led me here as that thief's name shows up on WikiTree.
by G B G2G3 (3.2k points)
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Hi Michael

Pure accident how I found the website, I decided with some members to just put their name into google and see what it came up with.  Surprise surprise the name appeared and I clicked.  Before I knew it, decided to join the website, especially as the profile was lacking information.  I added more details and hey presto some four months later, still here and adding to the website.

Since then, been promoting the website on other forums.
by Anonymous Bowling G2G6 Mach 5 (59.5k points)
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Found WikiTree about 1-2 years ago but wasn't ready to sign the Honor Code because I was just starting genealogy (mostly on Ancestry.com).  Visited a couple of times off and on during that time period but still hesitated about joining.

In February, this year, I finally decided to join.  I felt I understood the difference between just adding people to my tree and adding ancestors.  I wanted a place to bring all my information together so I didn't have to go back and forth between other websites.

That was the background for my answer.  I joined and like most people I wanted to upload a gedcom.  I read the instructions carefully and resisted the urge to upload the 4,000+ tree from Ancestry.com.  I then re-read the instruction page, especially the size suggestions, and  whittled my tree from 225 to 70 people.  While waiting for the gedcom approval, I started following the various links on the drop down menus at the top of my navigation page.

First, I learned that gedcom is not the best way to go when you join WikiTree.  So it prepared my mind that there was going to be work to clear up the source import being lacking in an usable format.

Second, during my week wait for approval, it answered a lot of questions I didn't know I had.  I added several posts to favorites that I used for tips and ideas. Plus 1001 little things - is the profile open or not; private message vs comment on profile; badges; profile protection, etc....

Third, it gave me a sense of a real community.  I'm a bit introverted but I don't feel hesitant in posting in G2G.  Everyone gets that when you post you just want to find an answer or an alternative (outside the box) to get past the knothole in your tree.
by Kathleen Heath G2G6 Mach 2 (20.6k points)
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I found G2G on my nav Homepage.
by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (225k points)
Haha, so did I. It was easy :-)
same for me
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But seriously, I've only been at WikiTree a few months, but I visit G2G often, just to see what is going on. I don't use the feed a lot - when your research is mostly in patronymic space you don't have many surnames to follow. And I notice that quite a lot of Sweden-related questions (where I might be able to help) go untagged. So I just look at what's currently going on, and learn quite a lot from that. Often I also get into the Related Questions, so I get to see the stuff from before I joined.
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (371k points)
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In the dropdown menu of "My WikiTree", I was going through all the options seeing what new things there were that I didn't yet see or know about
by Russ Gunther G2G6 Mach 7 (78.7k points)
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After I first joined I spent some time exploring the site and trying to figure out how it worked.  G2G was obviously a great place to get quick help and pick the brains of those who have been here a long time and amassed a lot of user based knowledge.  So I started reading first and then I started participating.   There is a great sense of community on G2G.
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (625k points)
+4 votes

Back in Nov 2014 when looking for records on my father's parents  I checked Ancestry.com but not everything is public and very few "Ephrains" showed up on what I could see. I googled on Bing and Google to see if there was a wedding or funeral annoucement or BIO but there wasn't any. Went to newspaper websites in Rhode Island but that didn't help either. Then found WikiTree and decided to ask for help. Wow, did I get a great answer, Chris Hoyt not only found Ephrain my grandfather but my grandmother and several of my aunts and uncles from a 1930 US Census report. That was it, I was sold, started my tree and found more connections from there. 

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)

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