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Family Member

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Date: 27 Jul 2018 [unknown]
Location: [unknown]
Profile manager: David Brodeur private message [send private message]
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Becoming a "Family Member" on WikiTree

  • WikiTree is a free and collaborative online genealogy web site. A great deal of on-line family genealogy is available here.
  • Please consider becoming a "Family Member" on WikiTree!
  • is 100% FREE to use
  • The costs of operation are covered by modest ads on public pages.

There are various levels of participation available

  • Guest Member: A limited, introductory level
    • Anyone can register on WikiTree as a Guest
    • Usually, this is done as a prelude to becoming a Family Member or a Wiki Genealogist.
  • Wiki Genealogist: This is what David is doing
    • Register as a Guest Member
    • Volunteer to help, and be confirmed by a current genealogist
    • Sign the Wiki Genealogy Honor Code.
    • "WikiTree is free, but it's not a free-for-all."
  • Family Member: This enables you to see the available results

You can get a free Family Member account in one of two ways:

  1. A Wiki Genealogist adds you as a family member or friend. They include an e-mail address on your profile and you accept the invitation. (Until you accept the invitation you're considered a "Pending" Family Member. This is why there are two Family Member badges: Pending, and Active.)
  2. You register as a Guest Member and volunteer. A Wiki Genealogist has confirmed your account but you haven't yet signed the Honor Code.

Family Member

  • A Family Member can become a Wiki Genealogist at any time by signing the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code.
  • Family and friends of Wiki Genealogists don't need to volunteer or sign the Honor Code.
  • Family Members aren't expected to contribute any serious genealogy. They get to enjoy the fruits of the tree.
  • Family Members are encouraged to participate on the profiles of close family members and flesh out the details of modern family history.
    • They can help fill in the blanks, contribute to biographies, add personal memories, upload photos, etc.
    • Family Members need to be on the Trusted List to edit a profile. (Wiki Genealogists can edit any Open profile.)
    • A Family Member can privately ask a profile Manager to add them to the Trusted List of any profile.
  • Living subjects who are not Members always have an Unlisted profile. This is a key rule at WikiTree.
    • Only members on the "Trusted List" can see any details of an "Unlisted" profile.
    • Privacy Levels
    • A Wiki Genealogist Member can add a Family Member to the Trusted List of any Unlisted family profile they manage.
  • By becoming a Family Member, you receive control of your own profile on WikiTree.
    • WikiTree members manage the "Trusted List" and specific content of their own profile.
    • By default, a Family Member's personal profile is Private with Public Family Tree, but it can be developed at another Privacy Level, for example:
    • A Family Member who "can't be bothered" should just leave their profile Privacy Level at "Private with Public Family Tree".
    • A new Family Member can change their first name on their profile to a pseudonym, if they prefer: e.g., 'Living', or 'Anonymous'.
    • The Public View of their profile will show where they lie on the tree, but all the personal details will be omitted.
    • A "Private" Family Member can still have access to Unlisted profiles of close family members, and peruse the public tree.
  • Use the Settings page to limit the email received from WikiTree.


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