Help:How to Use WikiTree

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For a video introduction, see Leanne Cooper's
"Welcome to WikiTree Series: An Introduction to WikiTree" on YouTube.

WikiTree can be a little intimidating at first!

Our community and features have been growing for ten years so there's a lot here. And we're not like other genealogy websites.

The first thing to know: WikiTree is all about genealogy collaboration. We work together.

If you ever get stuck, come ask a question in our G2G (Genealogist-to-Genealogist) forum. We're a friendly bunch.


About WikiTree

WikiTree is a community of genealogists dedicated to growing The Free Family Treea single tree that connects us all and is accessible to us all.

There is a newly-produced independent video introduction on YouTube. There's also a fun chat about the WikiTree community with our founder Chris Whitten, Forest Elf Eowyn, and Greeter-Mentor Leader Mags.

Check out this YouTube video about what makes WikiTree special: the community.

See About WikiTree for more on the mission and organization.

Getting Started

If you're a "newg" — new to genealogy — see Getting Started With Genealogy.

If you're a "newt" — new to WikiTree — read on ...

Register as a Guest Member

If you're a current member login here. If you've forgotten your password you can have it e-mailed to you from this page.

If you're new start by registering as a Guest Member. See Community Membership for more about membership and its benefits (all free!).

Do you have a GEDCOM?

If you have used other family tree websites or software it's likely that you can export a GEDCOM file and upload it here. This is the fastest way to see if any of your ancestors are already on WikiTree. You'll get a GEDCompare report with likely matches.

Volunteer and sign the Honor Code

After creating a Guest Membership you'll want to read our Honor Code. This Honor Code is a promise that members make to each other. It's the foundation of our community.

If you agree with the Honor Code, we would love to have your help growing The Free Family Tree as a Wiki Genealogist. The next step after registering as a Guest Member is to volunteer to help grow the tree.

After you volunteer your account will be confirmed by one of our Greeters and you'll be invited to officially sign the Honor Code.

Learning How to Use WikiTree

We have a series of short tutorials to help new members get started. Click here.

If you prefer a self-guided approach, check the Help Index when you run into trouble. If you can't easily find the answer, ask in G2G. It's the center of our friendly community.

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