Help:How to Dig a Little Deeper
Keep in mind that WikiTree is huge. No member uses every feature and function. This page is just intended to introduce you to what's available.
Explore a Family Tree & Tools Page
How to get there: 1.) The Family Tree & Tools tab on a profile, or 2.) Profile Menu > Family Tree & Tools
A person's profile is the main page about a person. Their Tree & Tools (TNT) page is the guide to the WikiTree features and functions related to the person.
Scroll beneath the pedigree chart on a TNT page and you'll find a wealth of tree views and tools along with helpful explanations. Take some time to explore this page and click on various items.
If you have questions about anything on this page, ask in G2G.
Put Your DNA Test to Work
Have you or another member of your family taken a DNA test for genealogy?
Your test can help scientifically confirm (or reject) the connections on our single family tree. Our ideal is to mark every parent-child relationship on WikiTree with a DNA-confirmed indicator.
See Help:DNA for an introduction. If you're a little more comfortable with "genetic genealogy" dig into the DNA Features page. But before you do anything, if you have taken a DNA test select it here. This puts your test to work on WikiTree without you having to do anything else.
Play with the Relationship Finder
The Relationship Finder is a great tool for a couple of reasons:
- It's a "cousin calculator" — it tells you exactly what to call your great aunt's daughter's child.
- It's fun to see the common ancestors you share with other genealogists you meet on WikiTree.
- You can see if the relationships that connect you are Uncertain, Confident, or Confirmed with DNA. This gives you a focused line to research and improve upon.
Play with the Connection Finder
Over 75% of the people on WikiTree are connected within 100 degrees of separation. Unlike the Relationship Finder, the Connection Finder includes relationships by marriage, so it's not about genealogy, strictly speaking. It's just fun to see how closely the world is connected.
How closely are you connected to Queen Elizabeth II or one of this week's other "connection anchors"? Click here to see.
Create a Free-Space Profile
Person profiles are the basic building blocks of WikiTree. Genealogy is primarily about people. But there are places, events, and other things that tie us together. For these we have free-space profiles.
You can create a page for anything that's important to you or your family: a house, a pet, an heirloom, a cemetery, a family business, a military unit, ... Here's an example for the USS Bangor, a ship that participated in World War II.
Create one for something related to one of your ancestors.
Research with RootsSearch
How to get there: Profile Menu > Research
RootsSearch is a super handy genealogy research tool. It makes it easy to search for records for any person on over 20 websites including FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, Find-a-Grave, and more without having to enter their information over and over again.
The best way to understand it is to try it. Take a minute now to open one of your profiles and click on the RootsSearch link in the lower right corner, or the Research link on the Profile Menu.
Categories are a way to group profiles that have something in common, e.g. people who were born in a particular location, buried in a given cemetery, served in a military unit together, or were involved in some historic event.
Look for this icon on the toolbar above the biography section of their profile:
When you click that icon a text box will appear that says "Enter text here to select a category." Try entering the name of the town in which the person was born. If it appears, select it. This will insert a category tag that looks like this:
See Help:Categorization for more information.
Check a WikiTree+ Suggestions Report
How to get there: Profile Menu > Suggestions
Every profile with a public family tree has a Suggestions Report. It shows you a list of suggested changes to profiles in the person's family line.
These tools are intended for users who really want to dig in. Don't worry if all the suggested changes don't make sense yet.
Install the WikiTree X Chrome Extension
Although mainly for advanced members, it's a powerful way to add information and research from sites such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, and Find-a-Grave to WikiTree profiles.
See WikiTree X for more information.
Send an E-Card
Every image that's uploaded to WikiTree can be sent as a nifty e-card. Look for the E-Card button beneath any family photo.
There are also special collections of vintage postcards that were uploaded especially for this. It's a fun way to spread genealogy joy to friends and family.
We especially hope you feel like you are now a part of the WikiTree family!
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