What do you believe are some of WikiTree’s best “hidden” features?

+22 votes

Some of the “hidden” features I love most are 

1. A report for all your known ancestors within 2,000 years http://wikitree.sdms.si/function/WTWebAncestors/errors.htm?WikiTreeID=Roberts-7085 Just replace Roberts-7095 with your WikiTree ID

2. A report of all the males with your surname who have Y-DNA tested https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?filterId=&filterType=yDNA&title=Special%3ADNATests&s=ROBERTS&order=name

Just replace ROBERTS with the surname of your choice.

3. The ability to find portraits of your ancestors and find your ancestors who have descendants who have been Y-DNA or mtDNA tested https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Beaufort-1/899

What can you share?

in The Tree House by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (621k points)
edited by Peter Roberts

9 Answers

+14 votes
Best answer
This is helpful when I see empty bios:

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (609k points)
selected by Andrea Williams
Cool.  I did not know that existed.  Thanks.
I didn't either a few months ago. Someone on Geni posted that in the forums there and I thought I'd give it a try. It's pretty cool. One thing to note is that you may have to edit for grammar at the end. Like add a period here and there.

However, that could just be nitpicking.
+12 votes
Your report #1 sounded intriguing, so I tried it. It gave a few names, but mostly just statistics.

In one case there was a name I didn’t recognize, so I looked into it further. The reference was useless: an event in the 1600’s as remembered by the submitter. He has not been active in several years, so he has no interest in it.

I find it discouraging when these unsourced or improperly sourced people come up with such alarming frequency.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
+18 votes
I saw your question and headed a totally different direction.   The best hidden feature of Wikitree is that spark that happens when you realize that the work of many people is what solves your biggest ancestral mysteries!

While we are read the share our ancestors and collaborate, until you break through a wall, you really do not understand the benefit of this approach.
by Robin Lee G2G6 Pilot (763k points)
I certainly hope this happens frequently!
Right! And the more you contribute, the more you benefit.
+12 votes

Not just working on common ancestors, but a community working together to pull in sources and local histories and stories...

Seeing family and geography patterns by watching contributions feed for surname tags and following G2G

Learning by seeing great biographies and the diversity of (“quality”) sources supporting those stories.
by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (498k points)
Kay, I so love your attitude!  I identify WikiTree is more of a sort of community that I would like to live in...oh yea, I guess I do!  :-)
Me, too, Kay.  The community, and the connections to local figures, as well as family members, established, here, are what make me anxious to to read my daily feeds, monitor the G2G, and help,where I feel competent.
+9 votes

Great question!

For me the things I really enjoy about WikiTree are not that hidden.  But just the things that make it great and easy to use.

For example, just the basic profile creator, it is easy to use and fill in all the boxes and edit information later.  On the other genealogy websites I use like Geni, FamilySearch and Ancestry I feel like it is always more of a challenge to enter in the data and have it come out looking like you want it to.  At least you always have to click a bunch of icons or boxes and wait for things to refresh.  So I enjoy the editable wiki approach to genealogy profiles.  

Also I really enjoy the G2G forum and the ability to "Ask a question" tied directly to a profile.  This is a great help as there are usually other skilled genealogist willing to help look up information on a profile I may be having difficulty with finding out certain information.

Then of course the Relationship Finder is way cool and much more robust then the similar tool at the other websites.  Allowing you to check the connection between any two profiles, not just your profile to others.

Lastly there is a cool tool I have found outside of WikiTree where you can upload your GEDCOM file and it makes a nifty family tree graphic for you.  Check it out at http://learnforeverlearn.com/ancestors/


by Erik Granstrom G2G6 Mach 3 (37.1k points)
+6 votes
I like that you can share a tree of ancestral portraits https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Ayer-961/4
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (621k points)
+5 votes

About those nifty TreeWidgets...

Last year, when I registered a one-name study with the Guild and built a for-purpose website, I wanted to know what options I had for TreeWidgets I could use there. So I went hunting...and tried a whole boatload of ID combinations. I've not used most of them since, and have not gone back to confirm the others. So current functionality not guaranteed. I may come to regret this, but it won't be the first time.  :-)

Help links:

(Edited: Well, shoot. I used "XXXX-1234" as a profile ID in the examples below, and that created a monumental number of erroneous links because...duh...that ain't a valid WikiTree profile. So here's the list using an actual profile ID.)

TreeWidget list ("embeddable" and "not embeddable" refer to inserting the widget on an external webpage or blog); replace "Threlkeld-241" with a valid WikiTree profile ID:

by Edison Williams G2G6 Pilot (366k points)
edited by Edison Williams
+5 votes
I love that Wiki has Adoption Angels and Black Heritage. Both of these are what helps make us a family!!! I do want to say, that my previous Mentor: Paula R. was and still is my angel. I don't know what I would have done without her. Probably, give up.
by Living Ford G2G1 (1.5k points)
+3 votes
I don't know because I haven't found it yet.

But seriously, the creator report:


It gives you the # of profiles a person has created. There is also a "Bio Check" function where you can see if there are problems with the Bio.
by Mark Burch G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
edited by Mark Burch

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