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Ronald Riepenhoff

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Hi again,

I sent you a message a couple of weeks ago on behalf of the Germany Project and have not yet heard back from you. I hope you are well!

If I don’t hear back from you by the end of April, I will assume you no longer wish to be a member of the Germany Project and I’ll go ahead and remove you from our member roster. You are, of course, welcome to rejoin at any time via our G2G sign-up post.

Best wishes,

Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen

The Germany Project leadership is doing semi-annual check-ins with all project members and we want to verify that you’re interested in being a member of the Project. As a new member, you would normally be exempt from this check-in; however, I noticed that you have not yet joined our Google Group, where the project communicates. Please submit a join request here.

Also, please add GERMANY to your list of G2G tags so you don't miss any discussions in G2G (see: Help:Tags#How_to_follow_tags Help:Tags).

I look forward to hearing from you soon!


Traci ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Ronald,

As you have been a member of WikiTree for a while now, I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the New Member How-To been helpful, or left you with any questions? Looks like you have some of your family on your branches. Let me know if you have run into any roadblocks.

Please do return to the profiles you have created to add more biographical details and sources -- this is the best way to create an interesting, accurate, and well-rounded story of your family. The easiest way to find info and sources is to use the handy RootsSearch link on the right side of any profile. Learn more about sources here.

Congrats on joining a project ~~ I am sure you will find it interesting and rewarding!

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. To contact me, log into WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment so that I will be notified. Alternatively, you can click my name to visit my profile, where you can send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page.

Peggy ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS Did you know that you can use the search box at the top of the page to find info on any surname? Check out this page for info on your surname:

posted by Peggy Watkins
Hello. I have a Riepenhoff who has 2 profiles, #20 put on by Anon Ellerbrock in 2018 and #32 put on by me in 2021. I have more information than the first one but it says to merge with the lower number. Is there someone who can help me with this. I have more questions but I will get this done and then see about the others.
posted by Ronald Riepenhoff
Hi again, Ronald,

To start the merge process, go to either of the profiles and go to the bottom and click to "initiate the merge". Do a side by side comparison them click "merge them".

If you have any trouble with this, let me know and I will start the merge.

Both managers need to agree to the merge. Although the new profile will have the older id, the info from both profiles can be retained.

Hope that helps. Drop me a note if any questions arise along the way.


posted by Peggy Watkins
Thank you. The older #20 would be the older profile? I will send another post to the other person and see if they reply.
posted by Ronald Riepenhoff
Hi there,

Yes, Riepenhoff-20 is the older profile and that is the ID that will be kept after the merge.

You can send a message to the profile manager or initiate the merge and they will be notified. This profile manager is not a currently active member but they may still respond. If your merge proposal goes unanswered for 30 days, you can proceed without the other manager's participation. More about merging can be found here:

Let me know if I can help further.


posted by Peggy Watkins
I have started the merge. Now I wait. Peggy, since you have tried to answer my question and seem to know a lot about genealogy and Wikitree, I want to give you a condensed version of what I have been doing in genealogy and ask you some questions. If you can't answer them all, maybe you can head me in the right direction. I started researching my direct family in 1978. That lasted about 3 weeks when I ran into a bunch of cousins I didn't know about. About 4 years later I had found where we came from in Germany and was getting information on them. By 1997 I was having trouble keeping up with everyone so I decided to write a family history. I had 300 copies printed in the winter of 1999, 563 pages with over 8,000 relatives. I started this when there was no or very little internet. No looking up sources on genealogy sites. I had to go to the "horses mouth" so to speak. A lot more interesting than looking at a bunch of figures and tables on the internet. The 300 books are all sold now except the one I have kept. More relatives want a copy so I am in the process of making it into an e-book and trying to update so of it. When I made the book I put in all the information I had, living and not. No one expressed any problems with that and all but a couple of books went to relatives. More people will see the e-book however, but if I leave out information on living people like you do at Wikitree, a lot of the information I have in the original book will be gone. Is there a place on the internet you could put an e-book and have it for relatives or a select group of people? Now on Wikitree, I think I was told that I could put someone I had talked to as a source but try to find a paper source for the information also? That will be easy for some and hard for others. If there is a profile on here who is connected to my tree and has someone over it, I need to get permission to put that person on my tree. But if there is no one who is watching over it then I can put it right on? And lastly, is there a way to look at the big overall tree? This is a lot of questions but I am not very computer savvy so a lot of what people talk about doing here is Greek to me. Thank you for any answered questions.
posted by Ronald Riepenhoff
Hi Ronald,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

For the book you want to publish, you could create a free space page for it. You can choose the privacy settings for a space page, just like you can with a profile. More info here:

Yes, an interview or conversation can be used as a source. More info on sources can be found here:

You do not need permission to connect to a profile. You should consult with other profile managers if you are making any significant changes such as changes to parents, spouses,. Etc. or if you have any questions.

You can't see the whole tree, it's massive! There's some cool features on the family tree tab for any profile that provides some interesting ways to view that part of the tree.

Hope that helps!


Edited for typos

posted by Peggy Watkins
edited by Peggy Watkins
Hi Ronald,

Thanks for joining the Germany Project! I've awarded you a project member badge.

Please read the Germany project page and add GERMANY to your list of followed G2G tags. When you have a chance, please submit a join request to our Google Group, where our project communicates. Please make sure to add your name and WikiTree ID to the request so we can get you set up. Here's a link:

The Germany Project has several teams that cover regional, functional, historical and migrational interests. Please check them out and let me know which team(s) you'd like to join. You'll find that one of our 16 regional teams may be a good fit.

We look forward to working with you!

Traci Thiessen ~ Germany Project co-leader

posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi, Ronald!

Congratulations on becoming a Family Member of WikiTree! How excellent! I'm a volunteer greeter, here to answer any questions you may have about WikiTree.

Our New Member How-To pages can help you get started adding profiles or just learning your way around.

Welcome to the community! I hope your WikiTree journey will be as fruitful and enjoyable as mine has been.

Pippin Sheppard, WikiTree Greeter

posted by Pip Sheppard

This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree.

To contact me, please log in to WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment to be sure I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment, on my profile page.

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree Greeter

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