Would you like to help with 2 problems during connect-a-thon?

+7 votes
I have two unconnected profiles in my collection. I am stumped on both and would love for someone who likes a challenge to take them on.

Kumler-30 must have come about when I found what I thought was a relative of Mary Kumler Landis, the mother of Kennesaw Mountain Landis. I made a note that I found something on Ancestry, got interrupted, and somehow have never been able to find her again, on Ancestry or anywhere else. (Yes, I know, lesson learned - don't add it until you have all the data and sources lined up!!)

Ball-11744 came from who-knows-where in my rookie days and I haven't had any luck on subsequent searches

Have fun! And thanks in advance!
WikiTree profile: Mary Kumler
in Genealogy Help by Pam Smith G2G6 (9.7k points)

1 Answer

+1 vote
Well, sorry.  I did a little looking and came up with nothing.

I wonder if you could answer a question.  Maybe I just have a basic misunderstanding of the process.  But why do people add unconnected profiles in the first place?

ago by Julie Kelts G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
I can only speak for myself, but I create profiles because I found them in a list of BMD-records. I don't have any more documentation than what is in the list, but this list is enough to prove they have lived. That's why they have their right to have a profile on WikiTree. Maybe someone else will find other records that belong to the person and thus find more connections to the person and eventually  also to the big tree, but one of my sayings is: What isn't created cannot be connected.

I might do that, if I had built out my own tree first, since those are the people I know a lot more about.

I assume that when you do that, you look for all the possible profiles already on WikiTree, that may be just a little mis-identifed?


Julie, I’ve gone just about as far as I can with my immediate family. I added a notable and took several weeks to connect him by doing lots of research and writing bios. Similarly, I’ve spent the Connect-a-Thon trying to help my project connect the victims of a disaster. It looked relatively easy, but I only managed to connect one. The issue seemed to be that people with uncommon names married spouses with common names of their siblings or children died young. I won’t give up, but I’m feeling a bit frustrated.
Julie, I sometimes need a little change. I can't only do "my" family. So when I get sick of them, I do a bit Canadian sourcing with people who are completely unrelated to me and I don't know nothing about than what is written in the profile, or I move to my British/Madeiran project and create some profiles for the folks I sometimes have nothing than their married name and the fact that they are the mother of a child that was baptized in the 1800s.
I have seven One Name Studies.  So, if I find a person with one of the surnames I am studying - even if he/she is unconnected - I create a profile.  That's my starting point.
Good point.  Too bad for me that the One Name Study I am most interested in at the moment is Brown.  What a swamp!  There are already hundreds on WikiTree with no dates, no locations, and no documentation.

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