Project: Ambassadors

Categories: Ambassadors Project


Welcome to the Ambassadors Project!

WikiTree Ambassadors are volunteers who have taken on the mission of spreading the WikiTree Love across our social media channels.


What are Ambassadors

WikiTree pledged to stay 100% free, so we need to keep costs low. Since we don't have a big ad budget, our community depends on word of mouth. We grow when our members tell other genealogists, their family and friends what we do.

Ambassadors are some of our awesome volunteers who are active on various social media channels and/or bloggers who are dedicated to helping share the Wikitree love.

Becoming an Ambassador


  1. If you signed the Honor Code, are active in social media or blogging, and have been a WikiTree member for at least one month, respond to this G2G post and we'll award you the Ambassador badge and invite you to the Ambassadors Google group.
  2. Add ambassadors to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed. (Tag alternate: social media)


Ways to Participate

Social Media Channels

While there are similarities across our social media channels, differences are set out below.

To like, favorite or +1 a post is great!
To share it or comment on it is better!


WikiTree Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is our most active and successful channel. We get good likes, shares and interaction there. Project members active on Facebook are encouraged to:

  • Like status updates on the WikiTree page.
  • Share them on your page. Show your friends!
  • Comment! The more people engage, the more they talk about WikiTree.
  • Post and tag #WikiTree related things in your status timeline. Share profiles and pictures.
  • Mention WikiTree in your genealogy groups when relevant.


WikiTree on Twitter

This is a big one for the project! The multilingual Korean-based social network news service runs the @wikitree handle, and tweets with the #wikitree hashtag. They post often, and have followerers who tweet about them. This has the potential for our tweets to get lost in theirs. So we'd like to increase our presence here. Project members can:

  • Retweet WikiTree posts.
  • Tweet with the #wikitree hashtag often.
  • Tweet profiles, free space pages, help pages, and interesting G2G posts.
  • Tweet photos! These really stand out in the Twitter feed.

We have three daily "papers" on that post directly to Twitter:

  1. Daily From the Tree: Morning issue; pulls from some of the more well-known genealogy tweeters.
  2. The Forest Elf Daily: Afternoon issue; pulls from some of Eowyn's (our Forest Elf) favorite genealogy tweeters.
  3. WikiTreers Weekly: Friday morning issue; pulls from WikiTreer tweeters. These tend to get retweets from people included in the paper. They also contain great stories and links to share.


WikiTree Google+ page

  • +1 WikiTree status posts.
  • Share them on your own page so others outside of the WikiTree page can see them.
  • Comment! The more we get people to engage, the more people we have talking about it.
  • Post WikiTree related things in your own statuses and be sure to tag WikiTree in the post (ie share profiles or pictures)(tag by putting +WikiTree)
  • Mention WikiTree in any genealogy groups you participate in when relevant.
  • Participate in any WikiTree google communities you are a part of (ie Photo of the Week, DNA project).


WikiTree on Pinterest

Project members are encouraged to participate in these ways on Pinterest:

  • Re-pin WikiTree posts
  • Pin posts with #wikitree hashtag (ie profiles, pictures, free-space pages)
  • One goal is to have a board for each project on WikiTree with relevant profiles pinned to them.
    • If you have a particular project you would like to help achieve this with, contact Eowyn so she can add you to the board.
  • Come up with ideas for group boards that WikiTree and others can participate in (ie Geneabloggers set up a Genealogy Tip Jar board where people post helpful genealogy things)


WikiTree on Tumblr

On Tumblr, project members can:

  • Follow WikiTree
  • Like WikiTree posts
  • Share WikiTree posts
  • Post profiles, pictures, free space pages etc with the #wikitree hashtag


WikiTree on LinkedIn

  • Goal: Post blogs posts, newsletters and press releases here.
  • Follow our LinkedIn page. Like, comment and share what we post there.


Linking from Wikipedia to WikiTree

There is a Template on Wikipedia that can be added to articles about people. It should be added at the beginning of the section dealing with the personal life of the person. Usually headed Personal Life or Family Life. Use this code {{Wikitree side box|xxxx}} replacing xxxx with the profile name e.g. Niven-216.

There is an example at: [[1]].


WikiTree Blog

Project members interested in blogging can participate in a variety of ways:

  • Geneabloggers Daily Prompts:
    • Shared across GeneaBloggers' social media channels.
    • Great way to share WikiTree profiles, free space pages, help pages, etc. If you want to participate in this on the WikiTree blog contact Eowyn. If you are a Geneablogger and want to participate in them on your own blog to showcase WikiTree profiles or pictures that is also great! Don't forget to send a link to your blog post to Eowyn, so we can share it!
  • Post WikiTree related blogs to your own blog(s). Send post links to Eowyn, so we can share it!

We have a few regular segments already:

  • Our monthly newsletter.
  • News From the Tree
  • Meet our Members and
  • WikiPick of the Day.
  • Suggestions for other regular segments are welcome!
If you are a Blogger, please make sure we've given you the Blogger badge and added a link to your blog here!

Finding Content

Sharing great content is key to social media success, so help curate.

  • This Day in History: We would love to have a regular This Day in History post to share and feature posts for historically significant ancestors. Part of this is staying ahead of what happened on upcoming days and making sure relevant profiles are in good shape to share.
    • Kirsty Ward created the category: This Day in History. Update them by adding events to category pages, and tagging profiles with an appropriate This Day in History subcategory (date). (see example: here).
  • When someone mentions WikiTree let the group know, so we can see and share.
  • We love to know and share what's going on in the genealogy community. So be on the lookout for great genealogy content, i.e. -- new sites, tools, products, news. Tell the group, so we can remix it.


  • Cousin Bait! Each profile has a link called Cousin Bait. It's located at the top right in the drop-down links of the main navigation, underneath the profile ID. Use it for tips and easy ways to share your own WikiTree profiles and pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest (see example).

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