WikiTree X problem

+2 votes

Hi Justin(?),

On Opera, when I try to add a new family member with WikiTreeX, the information is collected for the first name on the record instead of the current record.  In this example, the information for John Smith is entered on WikiTreeX instead of the information for Sophia Smith.  This worked fine until about a week ago.  I don't know if it is a problem or a WikiTreeX problem.  I hope you can get WikiTreeX to collect the info for the correct person.  Thank you!  Kitty

United States Census, 1850

Name: Sophia Smith
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1850
Event Place: Oakfield, Genesee, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 14
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1836
Birthplace: New York
House Number: 1238

John Smith

Deziah Smith

Nanny A Smith

Sophia Smith

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch( : 12 April 2016), Sophia Smith in household of John Smith, Oakfield, Genesee, New York, United States; citing family 1310, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

WikiTree profile: John Smith
asked in WikiTree Tech by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (470k points)
edited ago by Ellen Smith

2 Answers

+2 votes
Kitty, are you sure there is a feature to create a WIkiTree profile from a census record?? I have only added profiles from a FamilySearch profile, not from a source.
answered by Jim Angelo G2G6 Mach 2 (22.5k points)
Yes.  If you click on the census link, and select any name on the record, Alva for instance, the information that WikiTree X identifies is for the first name on the list, John Smith.  It used to work perfectly.  This is, of course, using the WikiTree X extension on Opera.  Thanks for looking into this.  Kitty
In my experience, if you are on a census record and invoke WikiTreeX then, select update and tell WikiTreeX what profile you want to update, it will add the citation for the census under sources.  

Today, if I do the above, using Chrome, WikiTree+ says that I need to be on a person profile, and adds nothing at all to my target.
+1 vote


You're right, this worked up until about 15 Mar. I posted another G2G post about it.

In other words, regardless of who you clicked on in a census record, you had three options on WikiTree X:

1) Update an existing WikiTree profile w/ census information

2) Use the WikiTree ID for an existing profile to create a new, connected profile -- father, mother, sibling, spouse, child

3) Create an unconnected profile

I've been looking at this some tonight, and it looks like FamilySearch has changed something in how record detail is used.

I noticed on some marriage records that if you're viewing the information in "preview" mode -- i.e., click and open the record up while remaining in the list -- you get a full transcription of the record including all of the people who are included on the record.

However, if you click through to the detail of the record, you are getting information only about the individual you clicked on. 

Here's an example:

If you click on the first record in that list, it will open up as a preview. 

If you click on the "paper" icon, you'll go into a detail page that shows only John W. Fulk's information. It doesn't even show the name of his spouse. 

I've submitted some feedback to FamilySearch. I can't imagine why they would want to remove detail from the detail page! (Yes ... I'm a little irritated about this. lol)

Incidentally, the detail page for census listings do show clickable links for each of the individuals listed in the census; however, WikiTree X will only grab the information for the primary person in the listing. I suspect these two scenarios are related.

answered ago by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (266k points)

Thanks for pursuing this, Julie.  It does appear to be a change on FamilySearch because FindAGrave still works fine.  I hope we can resolve the problem because it is putting a crimp in my new Smith profile production.  Never can have enough Smith’s.wink

While I wish I were able to fix this, Kitty, I'm just as stuck as you are. laugh

I did update my other post w/ a note for Justin, though. I'm not sure he's been able to do much with it, though.

Fingers crossed! smiley

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