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Category:WikiTree_Help
This replaces much of the Help Data below now.

My Scratch Pad on my Nav Home Page started to become a bit over loaded, so I created this page for my important/favorite links I refer to most often. Saves looking them up again. Hence, My Cheat Sheet.

This is not a complete list of WikiTree's favorite or most used Links. It's use is only as a reference for additions to Profiles and not a how to guide. It will always be under construction as WikiTree changes with new additions or changes. If there are any you think should be added or there has been a rule change not reflected here, please Private Message me.

Please note as I live in the United States some may find this skewed that way. Well, it is because that is mostly what I look up. ;) Many of the links below are World Wide in scope, you just may have to check the higher(Parent) or lower(Child) categories to find references to your regional location.
The Data Doctors Project has created a Space Page very much like this and could/should be more up to date than this.

See: Profile Help If you don't find what you're looking for on this page, that one probably has it and then some.
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Contents

Cheat Sheet

WikiTree Help Pages

Templates & Stickers

Some Templates perform a Function like the Find A Grave Template and some produce Informational Stickers that appear in the Bio of a Profile like the WW 2 Sticker.
Here is a great Page on WikiTree Templates that is more of a How To than offered on this Cheat Sheet. Kudos to Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz for creating this.

Function Templates

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Informational Templates/Stickers

There are various Information Stickers to Display Personal History, Occupation, Location, etc. Use of these may or may not Place the Profile in a Category.
Examples:
{{Descendant|id=[[Appleton-13|Samuel Appleton]]}}
Descendant
Descendant of Samuel Appleton.

Descendant Sticker For showing you descended from this person, preferably with a WikiTree ID. Result:


{{US Southern Colonist Sticker}}
U.S. Southern Colonies Project logo
... ... ... was a Southern Colonist.

US Southern Colonist Sticker For those who lived in the South before the formation of the United States. Result:


{{German Roots Sticker|Hessen}}
... ... ... has roots in the region now known as Hessen, Germany.

German_Roots_Sticker For those persons with German Ancestry. Result:


{{Multiple Births|3}}
... ... ... is one of triplets.

Template:Multiple_Births Sticker Templates for Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets, etc.


{{Occupation |image=Wikimedia_Commons_photos-1.png |text=was a blacksmith at the Tower of London. }}
... was a blacksmith at the Tower of London.

Template:Occupation Create your own Occupation sticker with Image and description of your choice.


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Navigation Profile Boxes (aka Succession Boxes)

These boxes combine Function and Information to help define a Profiles Achievements or define a Childs Links to Parentage, Biological and Adoptive. See also Example Page.
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Military Templates/Stickers & Categories

Sticker Templates and includes some pertinent Military Categories for your Service Member Profiles.

Not all Conflicts are listed below. See Military Categories - World Wide for those listed on WikiTree]
  • Military Categories - World Wide Main Index for All Military Sub-Categories on WikiTree.
    • If you unsure of where to begin looking for a Military Related Category, start here.
    • If you know a specific conflict for your Profile go to Wars Category. This lists time periods so you can find the conflict by when it occurred.

Project:Military_and_War The Military and War project is a top-level project focused on maintaining sub-projects for the various military and war related events and people in our family histories.

Military Categories have a clearly defined hierarchy on Category creation and usage. Before creating a category please read: Help: Military Categories A how page on adding or creating Military Categories.

For a list of Military Forces by Country use the following.

United States Military

Flags Images

Military Badges, Insignias and Decorations

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War/Conflict Specific Stickers/Categories: World Wide

Category: Wars This list Wars/Conflicts since the Year 1 World Wide.

War/Conflict Specific Stickers/Categories: United States
Please notice in the following examples that different countries/combatants are available for most conflicts, you just need to use them.
French and Indian War: Seven Years' War - Guerre de la Conquête
... ... ... ... served during the French and Indian War.

French & Indian War Sticker Template.Click for instructions on using Template.

French_and_Indian_War Project Page

American Revolutionary War: 1776
1776 Project
... ... ... ... served with {{{unit}}} during the American Revolution.

Revolutionary War Sticker Template. Click for instructions on using Template.

Main Revolutionary War Index. Go here to find sub-categories for Revolutionary War.

1776 Project Page

War of 1812
... ... ... ... served in the War of 1812
Service started:
Unit(s):
Service ended:

War of 1812 Sticker Template. Click for instructions on using Template.

1812 Category Main Index. Go here to find sub-categories for War of 1812.

War of 1812 Medals.

War of 1812 Project Page

Mexican-American War
... ... ... ... served with the United States Army during the Mexican-American War
Service Started: unknown
Unit(s): unknown
Service Ended: unknown

Mexican-American War Sticker Template.

Mexican-American War Main Index Go here to find sub-categories for Mexican-American War.

Mexican-American War Project Page

US Civil War
... ... ... ... served in the United States Civil War.

US Civil War Sticker Template Both North & South inclusive.
Click for instructions on using Template.

US Civil War Main Index To find specific events, battle, units and ships of North and South

Various State and Army Flags You can use a Flag from this selection in the sticker.

US Civil War: War Between the States Project Page

Spanish-American War (1898)
... ... ... ... served with the unknown during the Spanish-American War.
Service Started: unknown
Unit(s): unknown
Service Ended: unknown

Spanish-American War Sticker Template. Click for instructions on using Template.

Spanish-American War Main Index. Go here to find sub-categories for Spanish-American War.

Spanish-American War Project Page

Philippine-American War (1899-1902)
Do not confuse those who served during these years as being involved in Spanish-American War. Check service dates carefully.
No Template for Sticker at this time.

Philippine-American War Main Index. Go here to find sub-categories for Philippine-American War.

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World War 1: The Great War
... ... ... ... served in the British Army in World War I
Service started:
Unit(s):
Service ended:

WW 1 Sticker Template. Click for instructions on using Template.

US WW 1 Main Index. Go here to find sub-categories for WW 1.

US Army WW 1 Main Index. To find specific Army units that served in WW 1.

United States WW 1 Conflicts. To find Specific Campaigns/Battles of WW 1.

US Navy_Ships WW 1. List of US Navy Ships that participated in WW 1 on WikiTree. Not all ships are listed yet.

The Great War 1914-1918 Project Page

World War 2
... ... ... ... served in the South African Army in World War II
Service started:
Unit(s):
Service ended:

WW 2 Sticker Template. Click for instructions on using Template.

World Wide WW 2 Index Go here to find World Wide Sub-categories for WW 2.

US Armed Forces Main Index. Go here to find United States Military Sub-categories. By Conflict.

US WW 2 Main Index. Go here to find US Armed Forces specific Sub-categories for WW 2 only.

US Navy Ships Index. List of US Navy Ships on WIkiTree that participated in WW 2. Not all ships are listed yet.

Campaigns/Battle of WW 2. Go here to find World Wide Specific Campaigns/Battle Sub-categories for WW 2.

World_War_II Project Page

Korean War
... ... ... ... served in the Republic of Korea Army in the Korean War
Service started:
Unit(s):
Service ended:

Korean War Sticker Template. Click for instructions on using Template.

Korean War Main Index. Go here to find sub-categories for the Korean War.

US Korean War Index. Go here to find American specific sub-categories for the Korean War.

Korean_Conflict Project Page

Vietnam War
... ... ... ... served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War
Service started:
Unit(s):
Service ended:

Vietnam War Sticker Template. Click for instructions on using Template.

US Vietnam War Military Main Index. Go here to find American Military sub-categories for the Vietnam War.

US Vietnam War History Main Index. Go here to find American History sub-categories for the Vietnam War.

Vietnam_War Project Page

Persian Gulf War: Desert Storm
No Template for Sticker at this time.

Persian Gulf War Main Index. Go here to find sub-categories for the Persian Gulf War.

US Persian Gulf War History Main Index. Go here to find American History sub-categories for the Persian Gulf War.

Iraq War
No Template for Sticker at this time.

Iraq War Main Index Go here to find sub-categories for the Iraq War.

Iraq_War Project Page

War in Afghanistan
This is a New Project and is looking for volunteers
... ... ... served in the United States Navy in the War in Afghanistan
Service started:
Unit(s):
Service ended:

War in Afghanistan Template Click for instructions on using Template.

War in Afghanistan Category Index Go here to find American specific sub-categories for the War in Afghanistan.

War in Afghanistan Project Page.

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Veteran Recognition
If you know someone served in a branch of the military service of any country during peacetime you can use this Sticker. You can replace the image in the Sticker with the image of the flag or military insignia of that country
... ... ... is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Army 1956-1958
Germany

{{Veteran Recognition
| badge-image =Military_Badges_and_Insignia-3.png
| nationality =United States
| branch =Army
| start-year =1956
| end-year =1958
| text = Germany }}

Notes on using this Template.
| badge-image = You can use an image of your own choice here.
| text = area is an open field and you can type in whatever you want.
Service Related Deaths - POW/MIA - Wounded in Action
The Following Categories are for those who died in the service of their country. Also this includes those who were Prisoners of War or are Missing In Action
Military Cemeteries

United States National Cemeteries Military WikiTree list of cemeteries where service members are buried in the United States or its Territories.

US Veterans Dept Grave Locator Search for graves of US Service Men/Women buried in the United States or its Territories.

American Battle Monuments Commission WikiTree list of grave sites and cemeteries where service members are buried on foreign soil.

American Battle Monuments Commission Grave Locator Search for graves of US Service Men/Women buried on foreign soil.

Fields of Honor - Database Fields of Honor - Database lists those Americans buried in European Memorial Cemeteries.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Grave Locator Search the database for the men and women of the British Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Gold Star Mothers

The American Gold Star Mothers Inc. was formed in the United States shortly after World War I to provide support for mothers who lost sons or daughters in the war and all conflicts thereafter where American Service Personal are deployed.

Gold Star Mothers

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Navigation or Succession Boxes

Easier to See What Succession Box Does: Example Page

Creates a Preceded by and Succeeded By Box in a Profiles.

Same thing as above with width and color changes.

Great addition to anyone who was adopted.

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Categories

Help:Categorization The Basics of What Categories Are and Their Function. Updated 3 May, 2019

Request a New Category Form Not sure how to create a new Category, use this form. New 9 April, 2019

Adding, Deleting, Renaming and Merging Categories Updated 3 May , 2019

Levels of Categories Categories are hierarchical. This page helps to explain this.

Help on Creating Personal Categories Easier to show example than explain, see: My Personal Category

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Cemeteries

United States General

Unitied States Military Related

Some Popular Categories

One Name Study Main Index - World Wide. See if Your Family Name(s) Are In a One Name Study.

One Place Study Main Index - World Wide. Like the One Name Study, this involves locations: Township, City, County/Parrish. etc.

Occupations Main Index - World Wide

The Regions Category is extremely varied and covers many different aspects of Specific Regions in the World. This is a Category to Browse to see what is available.

United States Specific Region Categories. Nested Under Regions Main Index.

The History Category is extremely varied and covers many different aspects of Specific Locations, Eras, Events, etc., in the World. This is a Category to Browse to see what is available.

United States Specific History Categories. Nested Under History Main Index.

Category:Causes_of_Death Categories covering Cause of Death - Index Removed as of 1 march 2019: See G2G Discussion on removal of Causes of Death Category

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The Proper Care and Feeding of Profiles

WikiTree Help Pages on Guidelines for Profiles

Living Persons

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) does not permit the names or data of living person to be viewed. Children under the age of 13 can only be added by a WikiTree Member parent.

Help:GDPR FAQ

Why Does Grammar, Style, and Formatting Matter?

Read this for for one explanation of why Standards are good for WikiTree by WikiTree Founder, Chris Whitten..

Editing Profiles - Text and Sourcing

Basic Help
Data Fields
These are the Name, Date, and Location Fields where you enter the Profiles Basic Data. These are Important as this is what WikiTree uses in its Searches.
Interactive map of US States and counties from Colonial Period on. Mapofus Org
Style Guidelines
Sources
  • Help:Uncertain What information is may be considered an Uncertain Source.
  • Category:Source Compendium of different Research Sources members have added to WikiTree.
Adding images or Documents
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The Free Space Profile
The Free Space Profile If you have a great deal of information that is relevant to more than one Profile, you should create a Free Space Profile that can be shared by multiple Profiles. Here you can add photos, images, documents, text, etc. without filling each Profile with this data on an individual basis.
  • Free Space Profile Index Alphabetical Listing of Existing Free Space Profiles on WikiTree, Look here to find out if a Free Space Profile has already been created.
Advanced Editing Techniques
  • Wikipedia: Special Characters. So you want to add a ß or Æ to your Profile. See here for a list of Special Characters. Copy and paste from the Glyph Column.
  • Help:HTML and Inline_CSS The basic style rule on HTML and inline CSS is: It's not recommended unless it's specifically recommended.
Deleting Profiles
  • Deleting Profiles FAQ Why we Merge Profiles and don't Delete or Recycle Profiles. See also Recycling WikiTree IDs below.
Recycling WikiTree IDs
Reusing the WikiTree ID of a Profile Instead of Merging is Prohibited with Certain Exceptions

Research Notes

Research Notes not only includes a section you can add to a Profile detailing research on the individual. It also includes the Tags such as {{Estimated Date}} and {{Unsourced}} which can highlight a specific point about a Profile.
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Working With Existing Profiles

Very Important on what to do when working with a Profile Managed by another WikiTree Member

Protected Profiles

Some Profiles are protected from general modification and or require certain Certifications to Create or Modify.

Merging Profiles

How WikiTree handles Duplicate Profiles.

Orphaned Profiles
Problem(s) With Other Members

Every family can sometimes have problems.

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WikiTree Projects

A project is a group of members organized around a topic or volunteer activity. There are "top-level" projects like the ones you see below, sub-projects, and easy-to-start free-space projects. See the Project FAQ for more information.
  • Help Projects Simple explanation and examples of Projects. Also has a great list of Projects too.
  • Project FAQ More details on what Projects are and their use on WikiTree.
Some Popular Research Projects.
  • Project:Global Cemeteries. Global Cemeteries Project is to document the final resting place of our deceased ancestors and others we come across.
  • Project:Military and War. The Military and War project is to provide a framework for the remembrance of those who fought, for whatever reason, lest we forget ...
Some Popular Volunteer Projects.
  • Categorization. To help manage the category hierarchy and encourage the use of categorization.
  • Data Doctors. To help WikiTree members create more accurate profiles which equates to better overall genealogy.
  • DNA. To help members understand and use DNA information on WikiTree, manage DNA information accuracy, and expand DNA features in the One World Tree.
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GEDCOM Stuff

How to use a GEDCOM File to transfer your research to WikiTree

The GEDCOMpare File Primer Page is a compendium of tips, hints and links to WikiTree Help Pages to help the new GEDCOMpare user.
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Miscellaneous

  • Category:Source Compendium of different Research Sources members have added to WikiTree.
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WikiTree Tools

WikiTree Plus
A powerful tool that permits you to search the WikiTree Database. Multiple Search Variables permit you to create reports on Profiles, Categories and much more.
WikiTree X
WikiTree X is a special extension to the Chrome web browser that enables you to create and edit WikiTree profiles using data from other genealogy websites directly to WikItree.
WikiTree Sourcer
WikiTree Sourcer is a Browser Extension developed by Rob Pavey that helps the user to search for sources and cite them, thus saving a lot of time and manual typing.
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About This Page

I created this page as catch all for those learning to use WikiTree or just have a rough time finding the right Help or Category Page sometimes like I do. This is not a sanctioned WikiTree Help Page. As I am my own proofreader, if you see any mistakes in grammar or possibly just not clear enough, please let me know. LJ

My Golden Rule for WikiTree

Remember My WikiTree Golden Rule.
If you haven't learned anything new about WikiTree in the last week,
you haven't made enough mistakes. ;)


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Thank you for this Cheat Sheet. I am one who has a hard time finding the right info. Plus you have a lot of interesting things to investigate.
posted by Sue (Morey) Carda
Hope it helps Sue. With my memory, I needed it. LOL
posted by LJ Russell
also... please change Category:US State Flag Images to Space:US State Flag Images

Thanks!

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
All done. Thanks for the heads up Liz.
posted by LJ Russell
Could you please correct a category?

[Category:US Flag Images]] has been changed to [Category:United States Flag Images]] and it needs to be changed on this page.

Thanks, Natalie

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott