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How-To #3
Manage Watchlist

You should now have a few profiles in your Watchlist.

How to get there: 1.) Click here or 2.) My WikiTree pull-down menu > Watchlist

At the top of your Watchlist you'll see two tabs: Free-Space Profiles and Person Profiles. Free-space profiles are pages for places, events and things. We'll focus on person profiles for now.

Here are the tabs and buttons for monitoring and managing the profiles on your Watchlist. In this tutorial we'll examine the most important of these tools.


Monitor Activity

How to get there: 1.) The Activity button on your Watchlist or 2.) My WikiTree > Family Activity Feed

This is a feed of all of the changes to profiles in your Watchlist, what we call your Family Activity Feed. The same feed is e-mailed to you once a week.

Monitoring the activity on the profiles most important to you — the profiles on your Watchlist — is an essential part of how our community works.

Find WikiTree Matches

How to get there: 1.) Click here or 2.) the Find Matches button on your Watchlist or 3.) Find > WikiTree Matches

The "Find Matches" tool will compare the profiles in your Watchlist to the rest of WikiTree in order to search for potential duplicates. Remember that our goal at WikiTree is to have one profile per person. It's important to identify and merge duplicates. See the Matching and Merging FAQ for more about this important topic.

Since duplicates aren't always caught when a profile is created, it's important to review Find Matches periodically.

Browse Pending Merges

How to get there: 1.) Click here and choose the "My Watchlist" link in the options at the top of the page or 2.) the Pending Merges button on your Watchlist or 3.) Find > Pending Merges then choose "My Watchlist" in the links near the top center of the page.

The "Browse Matches" tool enables you to view pending merges, unmerged matches, and rejected matches initiated by you or waiting for action from you. You can also view all the pending merges and matches from across WikiTree, but it's best to focus on the profiles on your Watchlist for now.

When you find a pair of duplicates and propose a merge, it's necessary to wait for the other Profile Manager to approve that merge. The same thing happens when someone proposes a merge with one of the profiles you manage. You should get an e-mail when a merge is proposed, but it's still a good idea to periodically check "Pending Merges Waiting for Action by Me."

The Merging and Matching and Merging FAQ help pages could be considered some of the most critical help pages on WikiTree. Be sure that you take some time to learn about this process, and if you're ever unsure about how a merge should be handled, ask in G2G.

Check for Unconnected Profiles

How to get there: 1.) Click here or 2.) the Unconnected button on your Watchlist or 3.) Find > Unconnected People

"Unconnected" means that a person is not connected to the "big tree." See Unconnected for more about what this means, and about some of the fun activities on WikiTree where we work together to connect people.

Viewing the unconnected profiles on your Watchlist can be a way to prioritize profiles you might want to work on. Everyone will connect eventually.

Check for Unsourced Profiles

How to get there: 1.) The Unsourced button on your Watchlist or 2.) Find > Unsourced Profiles

"Unsourced" means a profile has no source citations. As we've talked about, sources are critically important for genealogy.

Technically speaking, profiles that appear in the Unsourced category are those that have the {{Unsourced}} Research Note Box. The tag for the Research Note Box is added automatically if you create a profile without including a source. When you add a source, the {{Unsourced}} tag needs to be removed.

It's a good idea to check periodically to make sure profiles on your Watchlist aren't in the Unsourced category by clicking this button on your Watchlist.

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