I have used ancestry.com with success for finding my immediate family including cousins and distant relatives from census reports marriage licenses etc. to get me started on building their profiles here on WikiTree.
If you know the person's date of birth, death and place, put that in after you create the profile on Ancestry.com. Then start to add other information such as where they went to school or who they married in the "Facts" section there which they will pick up and send you "hints" to census reports etc. NOT ALL HINTS WILL FIT, you have to narrow it down to what does. You can accept them or reject their hints. But you move the good hints to your "Facts" page on Ancestry.
Lets say they sent you a "hint" on a 1880 census report and it seems to fit. Then cut and paste the info into the fact section making it a paragraph like this:
- 1930 United States Federal Census Census & Voter Lists Name Vincent Campodamo Father Vincent Capodanno Mother Rachel Capodanno Sibling Marie Capodanno Birth 1929 - New York Residence 1930 - Richmond, Richmond, New York - Age: 1. Source Information Ancestry.com. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
If they give you a Find A Grave hint, click on the page itself and it should send you directly to the FAG page. Again copy the hint info making a paragraph out of it and post it in the facts section.
Today I found this one:
* U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Birth, Marriage & Death Name Erastus A. Eddy Spouse Henrietta W. Eddy Birth 12 Jun 1832 Vermont, USA Death 28 May 1911 Wright County, Minnesota, USA. (I made it a paragraph to post here.)
I clicked on the link and went directly to the FAG page URL https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62001172 So I added the URL and the
Find A Grave Memorial# 62001172 . Now when you make your WikiTree profile you have (like in this example) two paragraphs that you can use as sources under the source section.
Anyway that's how I got started and used Ancestry to help me source some of my profiles here and built them up from them.
I've also used Marriage certificates and US City Directories made into paragraphs, that Ancestry sent as hints, to fill in the gaps like:
- U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989 Directories & Member Lists Name June G Barger Spouse Lewis L Barger Residence 1951 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
- Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 Birth, Marriage & Death Name June Green Spouse Lewis L Barger Marriage 6 Mar 1937 - Rhea, TN.