There is already a huge profile for my family I want to add to on "" why can't I see it "for free?"

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My father entered a profile kimismylurv during a free trial, and I would like to add to it
in Genealogy Help by Robert Fredrickson G2G Crew (620 points)
Hi, I have a very large tree on from when it was free to do so, or when I was a member I don't recall. I am currently pulling info from there and putting it here via Ancestry's Free Trial. Either create a free trial for yourself and create/add the information you want or pay the monthly fee to join the site.

You can find YOUR tree by searching for known persons and it will give you a list of trees that have info on that person. If your dad used his name as his user name then you will be able to find it that way.  Then I think you have to start your own tree with the new info and then go through the process of adding the entire tree he did to your tree, but remember you are only able to see/add to it if you pay after the trial.

Re: ancestry. If the person has a public tree you can't see it on ancestry unless you pay but if you join you may be able to view it as is an ancestry-connected site. That Being said, just because it's an ancestry does NOT mean that it is true. Many people will post and/or save incorrect information by mistake due to repetition of family names and such. So don't count on accuracy unless you can verify facts yourself.

C. D. Hackett,  Thanks!  Your answer was simple and direct.  I agree with you, about verifing facts.  In fact, I try to keep track  of all new information I get regardless, of from where I get it.  In other words, I search each new fact I receive until I find the same information in three different locations.  Such as, birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, etc.  Then I make the change to the profile if my original information does not agree with the other two or three peices of supporting evidence I have found.

Example:  Anyone could say they were related to Gretta Garbo (GUSTAFFSON).  My mother use to say she was her cousin by marriage.  However,  I have found a lot of information that is pointing to that possibility, but, not enough to prove it yet. Therefore, I have kept the information I have on her separated and have not yet added her to my WikiTree profile  for now.

There are thousand's of people with the exact same name, but so far I have not found any with my same name that are related.  Don't want to discourage anyone, but if the shoe doesn't fit your foot...then your feet will get blisters and you won't be able to wear it.  To put it shortly, if Aunt Violet's shoes don't fit the mold to fit into my family tree you won't find her name there hanging from my family tree. Unless, either, someone else put's her there or I make a mistake unintentionately.  In which case as soon as, I learn of the error I will correct it.  So, keep adding sources as you can.  Thanks, in advance.

Barbara Jean Duren, formerly Beebe-655

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Best answer
Hi Bob,

Are you asking about WikiTree, or about and why they're not free? That's their business model: to make money on memberships. They do offer value, but not if a family member has done research and you just want to add to it. WikiTree is made for this sort of collaboration but Ancestry is not.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by Living King
Many municipalities (libraries) offer for free as long as you are logged into the library wireless network. It offers the same searches/documents/results as
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Just to add to that if it’s your own tree on Ancestry you can take off a gedcom file and then up load that to the Wikitree ged matches.

To get the file off ancestry you need to open your tree in ancestry (or get your Dad to log in)  and then go to the "tree settings" and you will see export tree on the right.

Also works if you don't have a paid up subscription, if it's your own tree.

by Peterson Cobbett G2G6 Mach 2 (22.4k points)
edited by Peterson Cobbett

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