It just dawned on me that I first joined WikiTree 29 Dec 2011, 5 years ago.
I am so glad I did.
I have to confess, it took me a couple of years to figure out WikiTree. Truthfully, I am still trying to figure it out. There is so much to learn and do here. Yesterday, I just started to learn how Templates works.
My first experience with Merging was the fact that I did not know how to get back into my first profile (mine) so I created a second one on 22 Jan 2012.
Then I had to get help on how to merge and promptly screwed it up by merging it in the wrong direction. So my "newer" profile replaced my "older" and lowest WikiTree-ID. WikiTree has since put aids in place to help keep merges going in the proper direction.
Two things (out of many great things) about WikiTree that I love are:
1. The community is passionate about good Sourcing. This must be at the heart of every genealogist and it is what makes WikiTree as a One World Tree the most effective and best of all the trees out there.
2. Collaboration. WikiTree is built on Collaboration. There are so many ways of sharing and communicating on WikiTree that if you are not using some of these features, you are missing out on one of the strongest tools to find and attract cousins and others who can help you build your tree.
Online Genealogy tends to push people into isolation by the nature of how the programs work. They are built around individualized access. If they have collaboration tools, they are more of a secondary thought and not well built.
WikiTree turns this upside down, and is most effective when sharing with others who share the same passion for good results. Projects being just one of many examples.
And while some may quibble and find fault with my examples, where else can you go and hash out differences. Where else can you post your frustrations and get a dozen or so people to immediately jump in and help out?
I could go on, but if you are not WikiTreeing, you are missing a huge opportunity to grow your family tree.
Help me Celebrate.
What awesome things have you experienced with WikiTree?