How to use a biography from wikitree to my ancestry tree on

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I found a biography on an ancestors page that I'd like to use and source on my ancestry tree on Can I do this and how?
WikiTree profile: William McCord
in WikiTree Help by Melisa McCord G2G Rookie (160 points)

2 Answers

+6 votes

Hi Melisa and welcome!

On William's profile (Facts page) in your Ancestry tree, click the Add button in the Sources column.  You can Add Web Link, and paste in the address for William's WikiTree profile.

Or, you can Add Source, and fill out the form describing the WikiTree profile and which facts it supports.  This is probably the better way.  On Line 1, you have to click 'create a source,' and fill in another form about WikiTree.  I'm not sure about the correct info to create the source citation on this form - maybe another WikiTreer can educate us on that.

Edit to add:  This might help -

by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (606k points)
edited by Herbert Tardy
+3 votes

Prior to using something such as a bio on another site please consider this:


This site and all information and images within it are copyrighted, unless otherwise noted. US copyright law protects all materials on this site. All rights reserved.

by David Wilson G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
Citing something as a source does not violate copyright.
Sorry, if I misunderstood.  I read the question as how do I copy a bio from WT?  I've noticed more-and-more Find A Grave contributors are using WT by placing a link on memorials and find this to be awesome.
'Use and source' is a little vague.  Maybe Melisa will clarify.
If you are just going to link and not to quote then you can do that in the source block as suggested.

If you are going to quote ( or copy the text in sone way ) then personally, I feel that you should acknowledge the author (s) If it  has essentially been written by one person (check the changes tag) .You could use something like

 Jo Smith, profile of Fred Bloggs 1850-1950, Wiki-tree profile Bloggs-22 , accessed  1 Oct  2017 followed  by the link

If many have worked on the profile then you could put the author as  'multiple contributors or editors '

Edit, just checked your example. In this case the initial creator left an unsourced profile, ackowledged at the bottom of the profile. The bio was written and sourced by  another person.

Your citation could additionally include mention of the original gedcom ie add ...Bloggs-22, ( A Bloggs , gedcom Bloggs family 2011)
I think the author should always be 'WikiTree contributors,' or something similar. A profile might have a single author now, but any number of members might contribute to it at any time.  'WikiTree contributors' will always be a valid author, whereas if you credit a sole author, you would have to monitor the citation in case it ever changed.

I agree that if you use a source with a link that clearly states the source and or the original poster, you are not violating any copyright. The same with photos, you must give credit to the photographer and original person who posted the photo! 

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