Start with myself, or start with existing WikiTree profile?

+7 votes
I'm pretty sure I want to avoid the horrors of importing a GEDCOM. That being said, I'm looking for the best way to proceed.

I've verified that several of my ancestors are already in WikiTree, from about 1712 and earlier. None of the more recent people seem to be there, and I am eager to add my data, but I want to do it the right way. Should I start with myself first and build backwards? Or can I start with the relatives I am confident of and build down (towards present-day)?

I appreciate your input and the help that is available here.
WikiTree profile: John Fish
asked in The Tree House by Lisa Goetsch G2G Crew (520 points)
lol ... very wise to avoid the horrors of importing a gedcom! Congratulations on having such excellent fore-sight! And for being prepared to take the time to do each person one at a time ~ Welcome to wikitree :)

2 Answers

+6 votes
Best answer
Hi Lisa,

The right way to start is adding family members to your profile as you can see here:

And go on until you connect to the existing profiles of your ancestors.
answered by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Mach 4 (48.3k points)
selected by Brett Rutherford
As Dennis says, I think I should use "The suggested way" instead of "The right way"

: )
+8 votes
I don't think there is a right way.

You could start in the middle and work out toward both ends, if you'd like :)
answered by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (388k points)

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