Looking to be vetted so I can upload some trees. Laing / Gusnowski / Stetko

+6 votes
I've got quite a large family tree for the Laing and Gusnowski/stetko family to upload.
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Chuck Laing G2G Crew (310 points)
retagged by Julie Ricketts

Great advice from both Brett and Shirley below. I think most of us who have been here for a while will discourage you from uploading a GEDCOM. It kind of creates a big hole for you to fall into that has steep sides and is hard to climb out of. ;-)

Like Brett says, if you want to see what the process is like, upload a very small file. 

Mainly, spend some time looking around and reading help pages and G2G posts. There is a lot of information here and a learning curve. Things are quite different from other genealogy sites because of the "one big tree" structure. When you import a GEDCOM, family connections are not made automatically because you have to sometimes skip an ancestor who already has a profile. It's usually easier to build your branch manually and copy & paste from wherever you keep your information.

By the way, asking here in G2G is the best way to get help and feedback. So, kudos to you!! :-)

p.s. I added a few tags to your post so that others will find it more easily.

2 Answers

+1 vote
Hi Chuck,

You need to read and sign the honor code first.


Then in the "help" section read about uploading a GEDCOM. Then try a small one 10-20 individuals before doing anything larger. An even better way to add your family is start with you and work back manually. It gives you a chance to check your facts, source your information and learn about the way WikiTree works. I would do some manual entry before I uploaded a GEDCOM.

Otherwise welcome and all the best!
by Brett Rutherford G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
+2 votes

Hi Chuck, Welcome to WikiTree.

Before you start uploading your family info via gedcom, I suggest you read the Help Index entry on gedcoms. There are certain restrictions and requirements you should be aware of. You might also want to do a search on G2G for gedcom. There have been some interesting conversations on the subject.

I also suggest that you sign the Honor Code so you will be a full Genealogist Member of Wikitree. You will have more abilities to edit and add profiles when you do.

If you have any problems, let me know and I'll see if I can help you.


by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (466k points)
Sorry for the misunderstanding. The Family tree that I have isn't a GEDCOM.

My grandfather was deep into geneology, and he's compilied everything about his side of the family in a composition notebook.

On the Stetko side, they've got several books, and I have access to a bunch of land records about the family.
Sorry that I jumped to a conclusion I should not have. You will need to add each member of your family manually, including whatever sources and documentation you have for that family member.

You should also be very careful when you add a family member to make certain that it does not already exist here on WikiTree. Since our goal is one profile per person, we try to avoid adding duplicate profiles. As you go further back in time, you will be more likely to find members of your family lineage already here.

If you refer to the Help Index from the Help tab at the top of the page, you will be able to look up information on sourcing, style guidelines, and help with writing a biography.

If you have specific questions or problems, G2G is the place to come. Someone here is always willing to help.

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