I am not really sure how to use this to find connections.

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I am new to this site and am not sure how to see if there are connections.
WikiTree profile: Angie Williams
in Genealogy Help by Angie Williams G2G Crew (310 points)

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Hi Angie!  Welcome  and thanks for joining us!

WikiTree is a one world wide family tree.  You add your family twigs to the WikiTree and try to connect your twigs to surname branches.  Eventually the branches connect to the WikiTree trunk.  The goal is to have one leaf, called a profile, on the WikiTree for everyone that ever lived.  So it is not a collection of a bunch of duplicative profiles for the same person.  If there are two profiles for the same individual, they must be merged into the lowest ID number (with the surname spelling the individual used and accumulating the data from both profiles) so there is only one profile/leaf on the WikiTree for each person. 

Your contributions of your family twigs are gifts to the WikiTree community.  They are donated with the knowledge that others will contribute to your profiles with biographies, sources, pictures, documents and other information to improve each donated profile.  Through collaboration, each of us donating our time and expertise in our areas of interest, we are improving the the 19 million+ profiles on the WikiTree.

 

So, if you are ready to get hooked, you can start by editing your profile to add your parents.  Remember to use the surname each was born with (mom's maiden surname).  Then, edit their profiles to add their parents. Then keep going back along your family lines to add your ancestors that are not already on the WikiTree. Be sure to include the sources for your information.  We are here to help, too.  It is a lot of work, but worth every effort you contribute.  Kitty 

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (473k points)
selected by Lesley Robertson-Harton
Can you "pull in the sources" like on /ancestry or do I copy source information and post it?  I have a tree at Ancestry with documentation, but I haven't found a simple way to add it here.

Thank you,

Kathy

Hi Kathy, I haven't used it in a long time, but you can import a GedCom file that will bring in your sources, but not pictures or images.  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:GEDCOM  

Kathy, there is no easy way to copy data from Ancestry and please note a lot of folks on WikiTree dislike Ancestry because they consider all data from it as being behind a "pay wall" so you have to be a paying member to see it.  But that data is still considered a source on WikiTree.  And you can still present your data for others to easily view.

If you use the Chrome browser, there is an extension called WikiTree XWikiTree X is a special extension to the Chrome web browser that enables you to create and edit WikiTree profiles using data from other genealogy websites.  So you can copy data directly from ancestry to WikiTree.  This is the easiest method.

Since I don't like the Chrome browser, the other is what I do.  I view the selected record and first copy & paste  the pertinent source data supplied by Ancestry at the bottom of the record. In this case: North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.  Then I add the Ancestry Template to the end of that source data.  This template creates a link to the Ancestry record in question without have to add the whole url such as https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8908&h=6395408&ssrc=pt&tid=112002463&pid=130140750884&usePUB=true  The template is {{Ancestry Record|####|#####}}.  These #### are found in the url, in this case they are dbid=8908&h=6395408.  So the template should be filled in like this {{Ancestry Record|8908|6395408}}.  Then I copy the data from the record, in this case:

Name Velma Lorine Johnson
Gender Female
Race White
Marital Status Widowed
Social Security Number (remove number)
Father's Last Name Bagwell
Age 71
Date of Birth 4 Apr 1918
Residence City Jacksonville
Residence County Onslow
Residence State North Carolina
Date of Death 10 Feb 1990
Death City Jacksonville
Death County Onslow
Death State North Carolina

I clean it up to a single line:  ''Data= Name: Velma Lorine Johnson [Velma Lorine Bagwell] Gender: Female Race: White Marital status: Widowed Social Security Number: Father's Last Name: Bagwell Age: 71 Date of Birth: 4 Apr 1918 Residence City: Jacksonville Residence State North Carolina Date of Death 10 Feb 1990 Death City Jacksonville Death County Onslow Death State North Carolina''  and add this after the Ancestry template so I end up with this as the source;

<ref> North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.  {{Ancestry Record|8908|6395408}} ''Data= Name: Velma Lorine Johnson [Velma Lorine Bagwell] Gender: Female Race: White Marital status: Widowed Social Security Number: Father's Last Name: Bagwell Age: 71 Date of Birth: 4 Apr 1918 Residence City: Jacksonville Residence State North Carolina Date of Death 10 Feb 1990 Death City Jacksonville Death County Onslow Death State North Carolina'' </ref>

This gives my source, Ancestry Com, their source, North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004, the link to the record for those with Ancestry subscriptions,{{Ancestry Record|8908|6395408}} and the data that folks can't see if they don't belong to Ancestry,  Name: Velma Lorine Johnson [Velma Lorine Bagwell] Gender: Female Race: White Marital status: Widowed Social Security Number: Father's Last Name: Bagwell Age: 71 Date of Birth: 4 Apr 1918 Residence City: Jacksonville Residence State North Carolina Date of Death 10 Feb 1990 Death City Jacksonville Death County Onslow Death State North Carolina.

Is it pretty...no, does it give all the pertinent data as a source...yes.  Does it follow WikiTree policy...YES.

Here is the Help Page on Links to Ancestry

Now that we covered that, almost all Census data can be found on Family Search that you find on Ancestry and the citation from that site is a better source and a lot easier to copy than from Ancestry and well worth that extra effort.  For Velma it is:

<ref> "North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FG8J-XTR : 17 July 2017), Velma Lorine Johnson, 10 Feb 1990; citing Jacksonville, Onslow, North Carolina, v 8B cn 8656, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,991,665.</ref>  This was just one copy and paste!!! So much easier on Family Search. 

One thing though, many records on Ancestry are only found there and so when you can't find the easier Family Search record, use the above example to copy the record from Ancestry.

Now, wasn't that easy?  ;)

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