What is the shortest way to access a profile in my wikitree?

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What is the shortest way to access a profile in my wikitree when I do not know their wikitree number?  For example:  I often want to look at say Joline Smith's profile.  However I do not know her wikitree number (I.e. Smith-2000000) and I would only know the Joline Smith.
in WikiTree Help by anonymous G2G Crew (700 points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Perhaps Joline Smith is easily found in a surname search, but John Smith and many others are not. I find using my tree view works best in some cases. Looking instead for a close relation with an uncommon given name and working to the connection with the target works in others.
Thank you for your suggestion.  I really like using the tree view myself.

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Best answer

One idea about accessing  the surname you mentioned, is to use our name search engine that is right next to the WikiTree logo on every profile. WikiTree

  Then maybe bookmark the profile on your computer!!!!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Thank you for your idea.  I have used the search engine quite a bit in the last few days.  It works pretty good.
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If It's someone I use a lot, I bookmark them in my browser.  I have my main paternal and maternal lines bookmarked that way, usually with someone I can work from, either backwards or forwards.  For example, I bookmarked my White great-great-grandfather, because from his profile I can easily get to my great-grandmother.  I also pasted my entire Watchlist in a Google Spreadsheet.  And, of course, you can search for them.
by J. Crook G2G6 Pilot (199k points)
Thank you for your idea.  I have not used a bookmark yet.  I think I should try it out.  It is amazing how many times you go back to one particular profile.
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If you're the manager on the profile, go to your Watchlist and use the search feature of your browser (Ctrl+F on Windows) to search for the given name. You may have to check a second page if you have more than 500 profiles.

It won't help finding the profile the first time, but you could add a link to the profile in the scratch pad on your Nav Home Page. That way, you can get to it even if you don't have access to your bookmarks on your computer.

Confession: I didn't figure out the usefulness of the scratchpad until the last couple of months. I kept ignoring it; wish I hadn't done that.

by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (278k points)
Scratchpad?  How do I do this?
Go to your Navigation Home page from the "My WikiTree" menu at the top. This is the direct URL https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:Home

Look for a rectangular box. Below it is a button that says "Edit Scratch Pad." Click that to open the empty space in edit mode. You can paste and save anything in there. Only you will be able to see it.

If you don't see the box, look at the very bottom of that page for the link that says "[customize appearance of this page]" and click it. Look for the "Navigation Home Page" settings and put a check mark in the box beside Scratch Pad, then save the settings. Now look at your NavHomePage.
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Another useful tool if you've been to a person recently is to go to MyWikiTree - Contributions,.  Then scan down until you find it.  This is very useful for profiles you've worked on the last couple of weeks.  But even a couple of months it may be quicker than many other ways.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
Thank you for this idea.  It works really, really well.  I have used it several times in the last few days!
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Hi! I made the WikiTreeTurbo Chrome extension to solve this exact problem.

With the extension installed, you can hit the backquote (`) key on any page to pop up a searchable list of profiles.

by Julian Laffey G2G1 (1.8k points)

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