Should I post an aquaintance's tree on WikiTree?

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I have recently received a family tree of the Clayton's of Thorpe Arnold, Leicestershire, England, showing about 300 persons (unrelated to me) sourced from Bishop's Transcripts. Should I enter the data on WikiTree? If so how should I start it off, please?
in Genealogy Help by Carl Horner G2G5 (5.2k points)

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Hi Carl. Would you consider inviting your acquaintance to join WikiTree and then assisting him or her in building their tree? That way they can help manage the pages should something come up or a question appear that they could readily be able to respond to. 

Not sure how many profiles you already have on your tree but remember, If your Watchlist gets too large, some WikiTree tools won't work for you and certainly will be hard to keep an eye on and update from time to time. 

If you just wanted to add a few people then just go to the right top of your profile and click on "Add" and a drop down menu will show, select "New Person".

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
selected by Carl Horner
Thanks Dorothy,

Graham is aware of WikiTree but has a very busy retirement and having researched his tree is satisfied with his results. While obviously willing to share the information he has no time to do so beyond sending copies to interested parties.

At what number of profiles should I expect to run into WikiTree log-jams?

Cheers, Carl

This page says 5,000 :

Thanks also for best answer!

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Bishop's transcripts - that doesn't sound as if it concerns living people. I avoid adding living people to WikiTree, whether related or not.

On the other hand, I add people I'm not related to all the time - either because i drift off sideways, exploring the ancestors of some spouse of a distant cousin or because I get interested in an unrelated family in the same parish where I have kin. This is one of the joys of WikiTree, that you can truly work om expanding the global tree.

So, the first strategy for finding a starting point for your 300 would be to do a search and see if anybody is already in the tree, that you could use as a starting point.

Or it may be more practical to just start at the root of the received tree - there IS a root? - and build from there, looking carefully at suggested matches, of course.
by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (361k points)
Thank you Eva,

birth dates run from 1709 to 2000 so clearly the later generations are from Graham's first hand knowledge.

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Hello Carl, You can start it with any individual or branch that you choose to work on. Just make it clear when you are sourcing that you are referencing BTs rather than original Parish Records. BTs are a very useful resource as familysearch often have browsable images, but since they were compiled  quarterly by handwritten copying there is an extra level of risk that details may not have been transferred accurately. I have found several examples in my own part of the tree where there were discrepancies between the BT and the OPR.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (626k points)
Thank you Lynda,

that is helpful to know,

Bless you,


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