How to add existing wikitree entries to my tree when no profile manager exists

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I am just beginning to enter my tree.  I entered my grandfather William Edward Shumate which became Shumate-553.  In attempting to enter his father John Wood Shumate, I found an existing wikitree entry Shumate-515.  I am unable to add Shumate-515 because it has no profile manager.  Do I just enter the info for John Wood Shumate as a new entry?  Thank you, Annie
WikiTree profile: John Shumate
asked in WikiTree Help by Ann Pope G2G Rookie (220 points)
Click Edit and on the right click add father. You can then scroll to where you can enter Shumate-515 to connect to your profile. Do this when you find other profiles that match your family. Otherwise, you would enter the information to create a New profile.

4 Answers

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Please don’t make a new profile when one already exists. The profile you linked to is open, so you are able to add info and sources (not user uploaded family trees please)
answered by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (184k points)
I just went back to that profile - John is the son of William, not his father. You might need to check the dates etc.
Marion, John was born in 1855 and William was born in 1883. This would make your supposition a bit hard to accept.  You might want to check the dates.  ;)
+3 votes
When you click to add father a page comes up with section A and Section B (section B is the add new person form which you don’t have to do here).

In section A is a box that asks for the wiki ID if you go to John’s page (in a new tab or window) you will see his last name at birth followed by a dash and some numbers this is the wiki ID which you type into the box (is ID is Shumate-515)
answered by A. C. Raper G2G6 Mach 4 (43.6k points)
As Shumate-515 is already  connected to the main tree via other connections, then doing the above  will connect you and the rest of your branch to the main tree. Which is great. It is not always that easy to get connected !
+2 votes

If you're sure Shumate-515 is your Great-grandfather and there is no Profile Manager you can Adopt Shumate-515.  Just below the Sources on his Profile you will see a box showing it is an "orphaned Profile'.  In that box you click on adopt this profile there and you are now the Profile Manager.  Makes sense as he is a blood relative.

Then you can can click on {children?] in John's Profile and add Shumate-553 in the box after Add Child of John Shumate and then click on Add Child of John Shumate on the bottom.  Make sure the box asking to verify that Harriet is his mother so she is linked as well. Now they are linked and part of your tree.

Hope that helps.  This is a great learning situation as this may occur again and now you will know how to handle it.

answered by L J Russell G2G6 Mach 7 (79k points)
+2 votes

It appears that someone decided to add the father's profile for you. I am certain though that this won't be the last time you are faced with connecting to pre-existing profiles as you add additional family. Below is a link to the help page for adding family which will hopefully aid you if a similar issue comes up in the future.

Adding Family

Welcome to WikiTree, Ann! smiley

answered by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (626k points)

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