Tried to invite a cousin to join "Wikitree". He never received invite.

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Through DNA have found a 3rd or 4th cousin.  He knows nothing about his family beyond GreatGrand Parents and that his ancestry is of German decent.  I would like to help and so far have gone back 4 generations.
in WikiTree Help by Tom Shutt G2G3 (3.6k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

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Tom, there are a couple of glitches that might have occurred:

  1. The only way the invitation can be sent through WikiTree is for you to first create a profile here for your cousin.  Then enter his email address - just doing that automatically starts the invitation process.  Please make sure the email address you entered for him is correct - that's where the invitation will automatically be sent.
  2. Have your cousin check his mail folder spam or junk or whatever it's called, just in case the message went there.
  3. If you go back to your cousin's profile, you can choose to re-send the invitation.
  4. If all else fails, your cousin can go to the WikiTree site and join on his own, then merge his profile with the one you created for him.  This is something we would rather avoid, though, because we don't want to unnecessarily create duplicate profiles plus it puts a burden on a brand new member to have to go through the merge process right at the start.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (913k points)
selected by Tom Shutt
I wish there was another way to invite a cousin without creating a profile for them.
I agree, Jillaine, especially since the privacy changes.

When we create the profile, it's unlisted, then when the person accepts they have to change it to one of the private choices - not a good way to start a new member off with having to correct stuff.  

If they don't accept the invitation then bottom line is that we have added a new unlisted and likely unconnected profile.  Aren't we supposed to have permission of a living person to add their profile now?
+1 vote
Did you have his e-mail address? And did you ceate a profile for him? I admit I've not had much success getting people to join, but you could just tell this person to look at the Wikitree site and ask for help.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
+1 vote
The process is described here:

I'd suggest looking through that page of the Help file to make sure you did it correctly.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (433k points)

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