you have my info and I get nothing. this site is to hard to understand

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in WikiTree Help by Nancy Almaguer G2G Rookie (280 points)

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+9 votes
Best answer
Hi Nancy, I felt exactly as you do when I first came here and I left and I came Back and now I don't think there is a better family tree site to be found. I am totally hooked on Wikkitree. You should just take it one step at a time. You have come to the right place, Here on G2G we are a lot of friendly people who are ready to help where we can, so please don't give up, ask anything here and we will help  you find your way through Wikitree. As mentioned by our other members, please become a volunteer, then someone will be along to help you get started and guide you through the process of getting to know Wikitree! Welcome to our great family.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)
selected by Caryl Ruckert
I don’t understand what you are saying. Volunteer for what?
Hi Nancy, in order to be able to add you family to Wikitree you need to volunteer to become a Wikitree member. It's as simple as that, then you can start woking on your tree.
I don’t understand. What you are saying don’t know how to be come a member.

There are three types of members on WikiTree.

  1. Wiki Genealogists: The volunteers who are helping to grow our free, increasingly-accurate, collaborative family tree.
  2. Family Members of these genealogists who get to enjoy the fruits of the tree without really contributing to it.
  3. Guest Members who are just checking things out.

How to Volunteer   volunteer.gif

First register as a Guest Member. Then you'll need to confirm your e-mail address.

Next you'll see a form on your Navigation Home Page that invites you to volunteer to become a full member. Volunteering means that you want to collaborate on our shared family tree and plan to abide by our Honor Code.

The volunteer form invites you to add one or more topic tags for surnames, locations, or projects that interest you, and to comment on your interest. These comments are a way for you to introduce yourself to other WikiTreers who share the same genealogical interests.

Don't fret too much about picking the right tags. You could just enter a surname or two. The tags can be edited at any time.

Also don't worry too much about the comments explaining your interest. If you're new to genealogy, for example, you can just say that. It's good to say that you're interested in collaborating with other genealogists, since that's what WikiTree is all about.

Tag comments appear for others who are following the tag, on your profile, and on the feed of new volunteers that's monitored by WikiTree "Greeters" — friendly members who have taken it upon themselves to welcome others.

A Greeter will usually confirm you soon after you volunteer. You can then sign the Honor Code and contribute as a full member of our community. (Thank you!)

Why do you have to "volunteer"? Why can't you just get started adding family?

Everything on WikiTree is free. But WikiTree members enjoy benefits that cost money on other websites — unlimited family profiles, unlimited photos, unlimited private family web pages, etc.

In WikiTree's early years (we were founded in 2008) anyone could join and immediately get started. This led to serious problems. Many people were taking advantage of the free services but didn't care about the mission to create one shared tree. Many weren't serious about genealogy, didn't appreciate the importance of sources, or weren't interested in collaboration. This hurt the community in many ways and made it expensive to operate.

In order to always remain free and guarantee WikiTree's future we decided to limit full membership to those who want to help connect the human family on one free, genealogically-correct tree, and who plan to abide by the Honor Code.

So When you are on your navigation home page: My Wikitree: navigation home page, you should see a form that invites you to volunteer. click on this and follow the prompts.
+9 votes
Do you have any particular questions we can help you with? It does take some getting used to, I've found, but I like how this site makes me stop and focus on one person at a time. If there's anything specific we can help with, please let us know!
by E Childs G2G6 Pilot (104k points)
Did not get info need as how to use site.
See for the basics on using this website.
+7 votes

We do not have your information. You are still a Guest member and have added no information or family tree. Once you become a member you will be able to add your family and make connections with other family members and researchers. For more information on becoming a member see Volunteering.

by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (500k points)
Will just forget about this site not user friendly.
Nancy,  How can you expect anyone to help you if you do not indicate what you want to know?

Based on the comments you have made so far, it appears you expect a family tree to appear based upon your name.  It does not work that way.  WikiTree gives you a format to build your tree and it will probably be connected by cousins you did not know you had, to their tree.  The emphasis on documentation for the profiles you build for your kin folks will help you build a solid tree.  If along the way you find you need help, ask for specific actions and WikiTree folks will be there to help.

Wikitree is the most satisfying genealogy tool I have found.  Dig in!  

NO I don’t expect a tree to appear. You and everyone one that has answered how to us the site. Can not add or see anything. I have lots on my tree at family tree dna so will stay with that site. Sorry
Until you have volunteered and signed the honour code, you will not be able to add anything.

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