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Genealogist-to-Genealogist Forum

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Welcome to G2G, the Genealogist-to-Genealogist question-and-answer forum.

WikiTree is all about collaboration. Whereas most collaboration on WikiTree is between family members and distant cousins, G2G is for genealogists who want to help each other regardless of family connection.

Here you can help answer questions from the community or ask your own question. It's completely free and open to all genealogists.

G2G Categories

When you post a question, you will be asked to categorize it. Here are the categories.

The Tree House

Our WikiTree club house. If you don't know where else to put a question, it probably goes here.

It's not just for questions. Write a post to introduce yourself. Share something that other genealogists might find interesting. Report about your recent discoveries, or what you've been working on.

This is a fun category without strict rules.

Offers of Genealogy Help

Post here if you have access to a specific resource or are willing to help other genealogists.

If you would be willing to do local look-ups, see Research Assistance. Thank you, generous genealogists!

Requests for Genealogy Help

Here is where you ask for help on your "brick walls." You can ask a specific question about a person or a general question about genealogy research.

You can also post a broad appeal, e.g. to ask if anyone has information on a certain family or family name in a certain location. The right people may not see your question today, but they may see it sometime in the future. Be sure to tag these questions with the surname (see below for more on tagging).

If it's a question about a person, it's very important to include a link to the WikiTree profile for them (see below about profile links). The profile is where all the current information about a person is kept. Others can't help you if they don't know what you already know and where you have already looked.

The only reason not to connect a WikiTree profile is if you are not a WikiTree member and therefore can't create a profile. In these cases, you should include everything you know about the person including dates and locations. A name is never enough.

Since G2G is public we don't allow questions about living people. They will be deleted.

Requests for Volunteers

This is where leaders and members of WikiTree Projects ask for help on project-related tasks and goals.

Browse this category any time you're looking for a way to contribute to WikiTree. You are needed!

This category is not for questions about specific people or their genealogy, unless you're seeking a group of members to collaborate on a person that's of central importance to a project.

Policy and Style

This category is for questions about the finer points of WikiTreeing. Ask for help on the hard decisions or discuss WikiTree's policies, procedures, standards, categorization, collaboration methods, etc.

WikiTree Tech

This is for questions about the website itself and how it works. It's the closest thing to "tech support" that's available on WikiTree.

WikiTree is a completely free website, with no customer service staff. Members help each other with most technical questions. However, WikiTree team members do try to follow this category. If you have a non-urgent bug or a suggestion for improving WikiTree, this is the right place to put it.

If you need to report an urgent bug or have a very private question, e-mail

Profile Links and Tags

In addition to the category, you'll be invited to connect the question to a person on WikiTree and tag it. Including these helps your question be seen by the right people.

Connecting to a profile is done with the WikiTree ID. Including it means the question will be linked from the profile and appear in activity feeds for those watching it.

Tags are a more free-form organizational system. You can enter whatever surnames or terms you expect others would be following if they'd be interested in this type of question. For example, a question about merging free-space profiles might be tagged with merging and free-space profiles.

Tagged-questions automatically appear on surname index pages, if one exists. For example, questions tagged van_meteren appear on the surname index page for Van Meteren.

Tags must use an underscore if there is a space in the term. For example, use us_civil_war instead of us civil war. The latter is three separate tags.

Every WikiTree project has its own designated tag, e.g. arborists, global_reunion, and euroaristo. It's important to use the standard tag so that all the project members will see it.

See Tags for more about standard tags.

Click here to add or edit the tags you're following. You'll get a daily e-mail update about the activity in them.


G2G is moderated by WikiTree Leaders. They may help improve the wording of your question (without changing the meaning) and may improve the categorization or tagging. Offensive, inappropriate, or duplicate questions may be hidden or deleted.

Leaders, see Moderating G2G.

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