Profile not public so it cannot be adopted

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I created a profile.

I removed myself.

I later want to adopt it (as it invites me to) so I can edit it.

"The profile is not public so it cannot be adopted."


WikiTree profile: Alfred Thomas
in WikiTree Tech by David Wilson G2G5 (5.6k points)
retagged by Michael Stills
Sorry - I see now that this problem has been posted several times before. I will request help from


But as someone else says - it's a Catch 22.

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I changed the profile to open, so you can adopt it.

Was it Private when you removed yourself?
by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (709k points)
selected by Maggie N.
I cannot recall - it probably was, due to the children not having death dates. I have now adopted it, made an amendment and reset the privacy to orange again. But I am in two minds whether to remove myself, else I (or hopefully others) will want to adopt or edit it in future. Oh, well, my burgeoning Watchlist continues to grow! Thank you.
@Aleš Trtnik, can you fix Garrison Keillor (Keillor-19) as well?
No. That is the living person. It has to be private. You can only adopt it.
It will not let me adopt it. That is why I posted here. It seems that a living person cannot be adopted.
Hi Gilbert,

You've already done so, but for future issues, if there is a private orphan, you can email info@ wikitree .com to ask for help. We're happy to have people step up to care for them. Otherwise, send a trusted list request to the current manager to be added to the trusted list. Private profiles cannot be adopted otherwise, in order to protect their privacy.
Ok, got it!

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