Checking grandmother’s old records

+4 votes
Hi: I have grandmothers old record books dating back to early 1700’s, and I’d like to fact-check and input all info here on Wikitree. I know that her ancestors  are already listed, so how do you go about this? Create your own tree and add links to others’ trees later or do you have to first contact the admin of the tree already on wikitree, and links then are automatically generated? Also, what kind of proof is required (links, photos, or just info) to confidently add ancestors? Thanks
in Genealogy Help by Jaime El-Helw G2G Crew (940 points)

2 Answers

+6 votes
Start with yourself and work back adding profiles for those of your ancestors who do not already have a profile on Wikitree. When you find one with an existing profile then you link to them with the appropriate relationship. You must not duplicate any people who already have a profile. Duplication is against Wikitree policy and creates a mess that needs to be cleaned up later by merging. You should ensure that you have at least one source (preferably more) for each person that you add. Have fun and ask on here if you get stuck.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (685k points)
+3 votes
Hello Jaime, if your grandmother's ancestors are already listed on WikiTree then I would definitely advise you to contact the Profile Manager (PM for short ) or managers looking after those profiles.  PMs are often ( but not always) related to the people they are working on , so there is a high chance one of them could be a relative of yours - a cousin, of some sort, maybe. Contact them by going to one of the profiles concerned and finding the link to send a private message ( it is just under the "Died XXXX" field) and next to where the profile manager is named.

The basic kinds of proof required are birth, marriage, and death records. Also extremely helpful are baptism records and Census records.  Old wills can also help to prove relationships as they were legal documents.

Just to emphasis what Lynda advised - check every step of the way, to make sure that none of the profiles which you are going to add are already on WikiTree. This avoids duplicates and also leads to discovering new relatives and tree branches.
by Joe Farler G2G6 Pilot (154k points)

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