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Offline andrewalston

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 29 November 18 11:24 GMT (UK) »
I had a go with WikiTree but found it hard work.

You upload a GEDCOM and then plough through everyone in there looking at possible matches with the existing entries. You get, if I remember correctly, 4 weeks to go through the automatically generated list of matches, and after that you do things manually. Bear in mind that your John Smith born in Birmingham will match with about 150 in Alabama, 20 in Alaska, . and 500 whose place of birth was just left blank.

Once you have sorted through those, you then need to re-assemble your families, because the import process throws all that information from the GEDCOM away.

All this means that the GEDCOM you upload needs to be SMALL, or you will give up part way through.

When I commented on this, the person who responded said that she added all her entries longhand - yet another chance of transcription error.

The idea seems reasonable, but the implementation leaves a lot to be desired.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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