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Sam Evetts

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Signed 28 Jun 2020 | 21 contributions | 3 thank-yous
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I'm brand new to WikiTree (July 2020) and trying to climb the learning curve. Once I get this figured out I look forward to sharing my tree here, in the hope it might benefit other Genealogical researchers. My initial GEDCOM of about 2400 people has some matches but apparently a lot of folks without existing profiles.

I found ancestors in a couple of my lines who had unmanaged WikiTree profiles so I clicked the link to manage them.

Sam W. Evetts
Born 1960s.
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Son of [private father (1930s - unknown)] and
Brother of [private sister (1960s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (2000s - unknown)] and [private daughter (2000s - unknown)]
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Hi Sam,

As you have been a member of WikiTree for a few weeks now, I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the New Member How-To been helpful, or left you with any questions?

This page may be of interest to you, Getting Started with Genealogy on WikiTree. These pages can help you with Sources and Adding Sources on WikiTree. The RootSearch tool on every profile is very helpful, you log in with the same login as your WikiTree login.

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. To contact me, be sure to use the "reply" link below this comment so that I will be notified. Alternatively, you can click my name to visit my profile, where you can send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page.

Laura ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS Have you noticed that you can click on Tags to see others interested in that surname, or location?

posted by Laura DeSpain
Thank you for signing the Honor Code, Sam.

One of our mentors created a tutorial for the GEDCOMpare process that others found very helpful. I hope that you will too.

If you have any questions about how WikiTree works, let us know by using the "reply" link under our comments, or by clicking our names to visit our profiles. From there, you can leave a comment, or send a private message.

Wendy ~~ WikiTree Greeter

posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Wendy (Skillings) Taylor
Thank you Wendy. The tutorial you mention will likely be very timely for me; after 20 hours I'm still waiting for my GEDCOM upload to appear complete and ready for GEDCOMpare. Mine was about 2500 individuals, I don't know whether that's considered large or small.

Although I've researched and documented my ancestry now for over 30 years (off and on), this is my first attempt at collaboration; I have a great deal to learn about the various tools and expectations on the site, but I hope the work I've done might be helpful to others. It really frosts me that the commercial sites expect *me* to pay *them* to share the work *I've* done; in contrast the collaborative vision of WikiTree is appealing.

Thanks again for your note.

posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Sam Evetts
Hi Sam

The GEDCOM is stuck, so I asked one of my colleagues to check and she has asked the technical team to advise. It isn’t too large, but remember you have to compare them all in the file, before it will complete. Smaller files are easier to manage and you see the results sooner. I will let you know when I hear back.

I agree about pay sites, though am a member of one, plus my research has improved by finding the sources available out there. I have virtually met cousins and we share and discuss our respective research. It is good having someone critique your interpretation of facts. On the other hand, you can need patience, waiting for responses if privacy is set too high. I set all deceased persons to Open settings to encourage collaboration, but have to monitor other people’s changes which means I try to be as thorough as I can be as I work on each profile. Respect is crucial. I try to discuss any changes with the profile manager before making them.

Have fun Wendy

posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Wendy (Skillings) Taylor
Thanks again for your timely response and for pro-actively forwarding my observation that my first attempt at sharing my GEDCOM seems stuck.

Your further comments on the necessity of collaboration in changing data on individuals also helps me realize how I'll need to proceed going forward. No doubt I will learn from others and find errors in my work; careful version control between my own on-machine private data and shared data on WikiTree will be vital. I'll study on the privacy settings in order to find an effective balance between respect for individuals and effective collaboration, and I'm sure I'll learn the protocols for comparing notes with others when we have inconsistent information on a given person.

Thanks again, you are very kind to reach out and communicate.

posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Sam Evetts
Thanks again Wendy, I'm just confirming that the GEDCOMpare report did come through and I've made a couple of of dozen matches and rejected a few more than that. Still much to learn.
posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Sam Evetts
So glad to here it, Sam. Hopefully that means others are getting their reports now also. Thanks for letting me know.


posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Wendy (Skillings) Taylor
Congrats on being a Family Member of WikiTree!

I'm a volunteer greeter, here to answer your questions about WikiTree. Our New Member How-To pages can help you get started adding profiles or just learning your way around.

Welcome to the community!

Hilary, WikiTree Greeter

posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
Thanks Hilary for both your kind notes. I have a great deal to learn about the site and will certainly spend some time on the various how-tos. This is my first attempt to share my research on-line and I hope what I've been able to accumulate and document might be helpful to others; of course I'm hoping I will learn more about some of my own lines as well.

Thanks again.

posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Sam Evetts

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree.

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posted on Evetts-115 (merged) by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby

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