Project: Arborists

Categories: Arborists Project | WikiTree Help

Project Leaders: Robin Lee & Gillian Thomas

WikiTree Arborists are volunteers who have taken on the mission of improving the overall health of our single world WikiTree.
In particular, Arborists seek out and merge duplicate profiles.



What is an Arborist and what do we do?

As an Arborist you are actively involved in improving the health of our global tree, including proposing and completing merges. You may work with WikiTree profile managers to assist them with merging duplicate profiles and providing advice when proposed merges are rejected or postponed.

For a full list of project members, see the badge report.

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Criteria for becoming an Arborist

Before applying to join the Arborists project, make sure that you meet the criteria for being an Arborist:

  1. An active Wiki Genealogist for at least 3 months with at least 1000 contributions
  2. Able and willing to collaborate with and communicate effectively with other members
  3. Able to add reliable sources to profiles on WikiTree as evidenced by the Sourcerers Badge or participation in a Source-a-Thon
  4. Enjoy merging profiles, and confident you can do this in an accurate and efficient manner, with a focus on accuracy over efficiency
  5. Familiar with the Arborists project page and help topics on merging and duplicates on WikiTree; see help pages
  6. In the last month, have proposed at least 10 merges and completed at least 20 merges
  7. Not currently being Mentored
  8. Not currently a party to Mediation

Please do the following after you have been awarded your badge:

  1. Add the category [[Category:Arborists Project Members]] (enclosed inside double brackets) to your profile page in the biography section.
  2. Add arborists to your list of followed tags allowing you to see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed. It's good to also add merges, merging, and duplicates.
  3. We use the WikiTree Arborists Google Group and the G2G to communicate as a project. Request to join at Wikitree-arborists Forum including your name and Wiki-ID. We also have a channel on Discord.
  4. Add your name here along with a note about what you're working on. This must be regularly updated, to help the group work together effectively.

Improving your Arborists Skills

After you join the Arborists Project, check out the Arborists Skills page, where you work on activities to build your confidence and competence in merging.

Some Tasks to work on

Arborists Error Reports:

Project Pages

How can you request Arborist assistance?

Our Project Liaisons page lists Arborists with expertise relevant to specific projects or countries. Please contact one of the people on that list for assistance with a specific merge or line.

Alternatively, you can ask a question in the Special Project category of G2G and tag your question Arborists.

What if there are merge disagreements?

From time to time disagreements can occur involving duplicates and merging. In those situations:

  1. Always make sure you add sources to support the specific facts currently on the separate profiles if available.
  2. Communicate with the relevant profile managers using the comments section of the profiles, including asking the profile managers if they have specific sources they would be able to add, or to discuss discrepancies between two potential duplicates.
  3. Ask for advice from the WikiTree community by posting to the G2G Q&A using the tag Arborists or by contacting one of the Arborist Project Leaders Robin Lee or Gillian Thomas.

If you still are not satisfied, please see Problems with Members.

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