When great great grandparents are unknown how do you show this?

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How do you identify and track " unknown" great great grandparents?
in WikiTree Help by Howard Tarr G2G2 (2.7k points)
According to your family tree, you've got all your great great grandparents identified.  Where are you struggling ?

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I can answer your first question quickly - don't create profiles for people whose names you don't know. In their children's profiles, just leave the name boxes for the mother and father blank. It's best not to write "Unknown" because this gives the person the surname "Unknown" which is hard to undo later if someone comes along who knows what their name was. It happens a lot.

Identifying and tracking unknown great great grandparents is what genealogy is all about. It involves research, much of which you can probably do on line. Common areas of research include Birth, death and marriage data, old newspaper archives, lists and information published by other genealogists and historians on the net, ships of arrival for immigrants, census records, school attendance records, to name a few, not forgetting good old Google!. I would warn against copying family tree information directly from other sites like ancestry.com and familysearch.com. These don't have the rigorous sources requirement that WikiTree does and you could find yourself copying someone else's mistakes. Instead, make a note of the information and treat it as possible clues, which you then verify (or not) by finding sources.

Hope this helps.
by Living Turner G2G6 Mach 4 (42.9k points)
selected by Terry Fillow
It's not difficult to do but it is limited in who can do it. The profile manager and trusted list members can change the name but it acts like a merge and makes a new profile, keeping all of the other original data.
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I have this problem that another member came up with a solution for. We know the surname. We have a DNA match but the match is a couple generations back so 2 levels of unknown with common surname were added. This way we show that we are related but don't know how. Since the generations go back to Ukraine it may never be known. This is a problem with many of my cousins on my mother's side. It would be nice to have a way to show a genetic link with unknown tree. This actually happened on my father's side too. I added an unsure link for a possible connection. I would prefer to have a Genetic link possibility with no link in the tree.
by Sue Hall G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
Check WikiTree's new policy on Profiles with no birth and death dates.
Link to policy?

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