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As a general rule, you should do genealogy research before creating and editing WikiTree profiles.

Stated that way, it sounds ridiculously obvious, right? :-)

Seriously, though, it is common for beginners to start with a family tree that was given to them by a family member. Many want to recreate that tree or one found elsewhere online on WikiTree with the intention of doing independent research and adding supporting sources after creating the profiles.

This is not usually a big problem with profiles of modern family members. You might want to enter the family tree that was given to you back to your grandparents or even great-grandparents, for example, before doing your own research and carefully adding additional sources. This is not likely to cause problems for other community members.

For deeper and more distant ancestry, however, it is very important that you do serious genealogy research before doing serious editing. Otherwise you're likely to accidentally create duplicates or cause other problems for other members who are working on our single family tree.

Do not create more than a handful of profiles based on uncertain or second-hand sources without searching for better sources on the profiles you have already created.

Do not add or edit any profiles of people who lived more than 200 years ago without a solid understanding of genealogical research and the peculiar problems of collaboration on WikiTree. See the Pre-1700 Self-Certification for more information.

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