How do I keep track of the profiles as I have adopted a bunch?

+7 votes
Hi Everyone,

I have a large family (Fritz), which is only starting to become a twig on the tree.  My tree includes my husbands family (Gilchrist), (Cox), (Nickerson) and the various maiden names that women had who married into either family.  I am not sure if this is how it is suppose to be done, but this is how my tree is being done!  Anyways I adopted a bunch of Fritz profiles that were not related to me, but were all related to each other.  I had a "soft heart" and felt sorry for them all by themselves.

Question:  How can I keep track of all the profiles that I have?  Would a alpha list work best?  I would like a list so that I can keep track of when the last time I visited their profile and worked on them.  I am making a special effort on profiles that have a birthday.

Any suggestions would be welcome.

PS...Wish I had a horn I could blow I just officially connected my family to the MAYFLOWER last night.  My families connection is Mary Weston Clark, b. 6 May 1752,  daughter of Isaac Weston and Molly Ripley (5).  Listed on the bottom of page 294, Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 for Mary Weston.

I found this information on

in The Tree House by Taylor Worthington Gilchrist G2G6 Mach 8 (80.3k points)

4 Answers

+5 votes
Best answer
Hi Taylor,

I've done something similar-what is really fun is when comments come in on a profile and I'm left scratching my head as to why I manage that profile :-)

I would recommend using personal categories. I use them to notate that I am managing a profile that I researched for someone else, like my brother-in-law. My personal practice is to leave the profile to a new manager if they come along, but that's completely up to you.

Anyway, to set those up, you'll put something like [[Category:Brown-8212 Newberry]] on the profile. The first part would be your profile number and the second part whatever notation you might use to group the profiles together. In your case you might consider [[Category:Fritz-800 Adopted Fritz Family]] or something along those lines. Then you'll click on the red link that creates on the profile and put that into [[Category:Fritz-800]] which is your personal category. I use them for to-do lists, too. That category then needs nested in [[Category:Personal Categories]] and you're set.

I am happy to help if you need a hand.
by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (389k points)
selected by Cynthia Rushing
If you just want to sort all your profiles, use the watchlist and you can sort by last edit date, birth date, name, etc. :-)
yep, I've started using categories to help organize and manage my profiles.

Categories can be confusing to setup at first. It takes a while to get the hang of them.

I love your answer!

Thank you so much!

I will put some thought into it and maybe I can come up with something heartwarming to place on the profile.  I will run it by you and see what you think.


Abby, where is the start point for [[Category:Personal Categories]]?  Does it lead to a page with a list?

I love this idea.  I can use it for so many things.

Thanks, cousin!

Emma :-)

Hi Emma,

The category lists all the people (more or less) using personal categories, and then you could see what they're using. To get started you can just put what will be the top of your personal category tree on your own profile, [[Category:McBeth-165]]. All personal categories after  this should start with that plus some modifier for what you're categorizing for. They can be used like maintenance categories to create work lists or to group together profiles that you need to distinguish from your regular watchlist. It's as easy then, as following my directions above. The Newberry example is for profiles I manage for my brother-in-law's family research. Another I use is [[Category:Brown-8212 Needs Biography]]. I just nest any I use under [[Category:Brown-8212]]. How you use them is pretty much up to you.
I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this, so I will just have to test it and see what happens :-)
Bingo!  I got it to work.  Thanks!  What a great new tool :-)
Hi Everyone,

I truly appreciate all the suggestions and comments you have provided me.  Many of the Fritz profiles I adopted are some large groups of related profiles.  I was hoping that eventually they would fit into my family line or some other Fritz family.  I am going to do something to highlight them and hopefully a Fritz family will see that they are part of their family!!!

+4 votes

Hello, Taylor!

Have you not discovered your Watchlist yet? It's under My WikiTree in the drop-down menu near the bottom!

Or were you looking for some other tracking system? Let us know if you are.

Oh, and congrats on your Mayflower connection!!

by Lindy Jones G2G6 Pilot (184k points)

I didn't realize till everyone told me that the watch list tells me everyone that I manage which is perfect.  Because I have so many profiles that need so much work, I want to develop a system that I track what stage of basic completion each profile is i.e (birth, death, marriage, parents, spouse, sources, biography, photos).  I am going to see if I can include this as part of my watch list.

My husbands father was killed when he was one and his mother is now 84.  I have been calling her and interviewing her memories about her husband.  She even gave me a phone number of one of his school friends and he agreed to talk to me just needed a few days to gather his thoughts.  This type of first hand memories won't be around much longer and will mean alot to the future generations in our family.

Thanks Lindy
+4 votes
Hey Taylor...I adopted the many records of the Boughner family. It was overwhelming at first. Watchlist is great...but stuff falls between the cracks. Check your error list as well. If you have a comment from a fellow WikiTreeer on a specific profile look after updating and researching that profile. Stay calm, enjoy the step at a time. Congrats on the Mayflower connection!
by Brett Rutherford G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
Hi, I do use the watch list, but I have been off for about a year and I am trying to catch up.  I am working on my error list.  I spend an incredible amount of hours working ancestry and love every minute or rather hour of it!  I am very detail oriented so this is right up my alley.  I wasn't sure if all my  profiles were on my watch list as I have cemetery profiles too!

I almost was swinging from the ceiling lamps when I discovered my Mayflower connection!  You would of thought I won the lotto but actually I won something much more important in my eyes.

Thank you so much Brett
+1 vote
Hi Taylor, congrats on your Mayflower find! In addition to Watchlist I also just jot down the name, profile number in an old unused address book.
by Keith Cook G2G6 Mach 2 (21.1k points)

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