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Offline bikermickau

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 28 May 17 23:55 BST (UK) »
I use familysearch to keep some of my tree online, each individual has id numbers assigned by familysearch, I can add any sources that are available on familysearch. A problem with it is anyone can edit, add and remove data.
I also have had my tree further expanded on Rootsweb for 10+ years, this is where I have received most of contacts seeking relatives.

Mick
Jeffs - Northamptonshire to Leicestershire to Queensland, Australia
Lewis - Wales to Gloucestershire to NSW & Queensland, Australia
Iddols & Baylis - Gloucestershire
Mary Jones, daughter of James Jones and Eliza - born abt 1864 Staffordshire, died 1948 Queensland, Australia
Dorans - Ireland to Scotland to Queensland, Australia
Ralph - Ireland to Scotland to Queensland, Australia
Reedy - Ireland to NSW & Queensland, Australia
Bradbury (False name?) - Oxfordshire to Queensland, Australia

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #10 on: Friday 07 July 17 01:27 BST (UK) »
Depends if you're prepared to be collaborative on your tree or not.  It's built around the concept of one single contestable tree, rather than a collection of individual (and often unsourced) trees.  It has been primarily US-based but I think users from across the globe are expanding.

I've been using Wikitree for my online work and have made some great (Australian) connections.  I personally find the concept of one single tree rather interesting.  I monitor my profiles and haven't found anyone messing with them without a good reason and explanation (eg adding an individual to a particular category).

Most people I've come across on Wikitree are helpful and wish to collaborate.  There is capacity for someone to (deliberately or accidentally) obstruct, but Wikitree has some work arounds for unresponsive or nonactive profile managers.

The main problem I find with Ancestry or other paid subscription sites is that you might find something interesting on a private tree, but you can't communicate with the tree owner unless you are also a paid subscriber. And then there are cases where the tree owner is no longer active, so a tree even with errors becomes 'set in stone'.  The paid sites are great sources but have their limitations.

In terms of sharing information that you've spent money on. My Mother takes the view we shouldn't do it. But for me, as all genealogists would be acutely aware of, time travels and we'll all end up in a grave one day; what's the point of take all that research with you?  If I can help someone else, or reduce errors, by sharing that GRO certificate, why not!
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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #11 on: Friday 07 July 17 01:53 BST (UK) »
Voltaire,

My problem was not about sharing but more of someone changing my correct info. at any time.
(I'm not on wikitree)!

As for sharing, I don't have a problem with that either......now that I have worked out how to decide whether root hunters are genuine!

Over the years I emailed many certs. to people in the belief of their word that I would receive certs. I didn't have i.e. trading info. for info...

I'm an honest person, fulfilled my part of the bargain & to this day those people have shared absolutely nothing!!!

I had one in particular who gave me access to their 'Fancestry' Tree...24 hrs later the access was no longer yet that person received a lot of info. on my line related to their ancestor!

As I previously mentioned, I have had more genuine contacts through RC with genuine research & exchanging info!!!

Annie
South Uist, Inverness-shire, Scotland:- Bowie, Campbell, Cumming, Currie, MacDonald, MacInnes, MacIntyre, MacKinnon, Steele, Walker

Ireland:- Cullen, Flannigan (Derry), Donahoe/Donaghue (variants) (Cork), McCrate (Tipperary), Mellon, Tol(l)and (Donegal & Tyrone)

Newcastle-on-Tyne/Durham (Northumberland):- Harrison, Jude, Kemp, Lunn, Mellon, Robson, Stirling

Kettering, Northampton:- MacKinnon

Canada:- Callaghan, MacKinnon, MacPhee

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #12 on: Friday 07 July 17 02:56 BST (UK) »
You take the good with the bad. I've come across distant family who are very happy to receive information, but with nothing in return.

Then again, I've had one who was willing to share the details of his (unregistered and illegitimate) grandfather. He didn't know and got the full story from the best source, his mother who is still alive. Was truly impressed with the willingness to share a very private detail.
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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #13 on: Friday 07 July 17 04:01 BST (UK) »
You were very fortunate Voltaire...

I gave up sharing my info. many years ago until I received info. initially rather than the opposite...me sending the info!

I have had more genuine responses working that way although I'm unsure as to how the contacts knew I was genuine or maybe they took a chance on me?

The strange thing about it, the family I had more documentation on (Scottish/Paternal) were the family who didn't respond after receiving all those docs. yet the family (maternal) who I had least documents for were the ones who were more genuine, sent me their info. & I sent mine.

The Scottish ones all 'shared' that info. on online trees & I also note there are many errors but those errors are not mine as I have all the documents i.e. some of their info. has been gleaned elsewhere & as I'm a 'one man band' they possibly think my info. is incorrect as some of it is a 2nd marriage which I didn't send them the info. on, i.e. I have no idea how they have my 2 x g g/father & his previously widowed wife with 12 children together?

They had 4 together & my 2 x g g/mother had 5 with hubby no. 1 i.e. there are 3 mysterious children  ::)

Annie
South Uist, Inverness-shire, Scotland:- Bowie, Campbell, Cumming, Currie, MacDonald, MacInnes, MacIntyre, MacKinnon, Steele, Walker

Ireland:- Cullen, Flannigan (Derry), Donahoe/Donaghue (variants) (Cork), McCrate (Tipperary), Mellon, Tol(l)and (Donegal & Tyrone)

Newcastle-on-Tyne/Durham (Northumberland):- Harrison, Jude, Kemp, Lunn, Mellon, Robson, Stirling

Kettering, Northampton:- MacKinnon

Canada:- Callaghan, MacKinnon, MacPhee

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #14 on: Sunday 05 November 17 21:37 GMT (UK) »
I just answered another question here about WikiTree and privacy settings.  Please see my response at http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=781810.msg6364585#msg6364585

Several on this thread have expressed reservations about sharing "my tree" on the internet.  That is great that you know that about yourself and your research.  Clearly, WikiTree is not about "my tree" or your tree;  it is about a one world family tree, so it is not a good fit for those who want to limit editing by others on "my tree".  All donations of our family twigs (because in the worldwide, 15 million+ profiles on WikiTree, our individual contributions are just twigs) to the WikiTree are gifts to the WikiTree community, so it is a good idea to not give what you want to control. 

Please see the Honor Code for details:  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:Honor_Code

I also saw a concern about WikiTree hijacking data.  Please see this information about the commitment to a free, one world family tree:  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:The_Free_Family_Tree

I would be happy to answer any questions about WikiTree.  Please feel free to contact me! 

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #15 on: Monday 06 November 17 23:54 GMT (UK) »
I am a new member of WikiTree and am very pleased to be there.
I too, like others, have years of research behind me, and much money spent.
I have no nieces or nephews anxious to take over my work so I decided on WikiTree where all of my extended family can access it for ever and a day.
If another person adds something to one of your family, you will be notified. Then you can either take them to task, or thank them for that little gem of information you didn't know about.
Come and join us.
Regards
Jean
Fawcett, Down; Gibson, Ayrshire and Tasmania; James, Cornwall and Victoria Aus; Cox, Northamptonshire, Thomas, Gloucestershire; Albury, Berkshire,

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #16 on: Wednesday 28 November 18 15:37 GMT (UK) »
I signed up with Wikitree today after finding one of my ancestors on there. So far I haven't put my tree on there. It is a gedcom file with all my OH's tree in it as well, and until I find out how to split it up into smaller fragments, I won't be uploading it.
I did manage to add a little more information to my ancestor (baptism, parents names and burial dates). This has enabled him to be linked to a sibling put on Wikitree by a different person.
My other contribution was to sort out a lot of children of another ancestor, all of whom had parents called John and Grace but whose births spanned almost 35 years. John senior and his wife Grace had a son called John who also married a Grace, so the later children were theirs. In that case I didn't attempt to edit the existing tree, too complicated - but I pm'd the tree owner and got a message back already, thanking me for my help.

Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott
Essex/Herts: Livermore, Holgate, Law, Day, Myson, Boyton
Norfolk/Suffolk: Stone, Alexander, Tipple, Ingate

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Re: Does anyone have experience of Wikitree
« Reply #17 on: Thursday 29 November 18 10:58 GMT (UK) »
Hi

The more I think about the less willing I am to put my full tree onto Wikitree even though it is only a year's work and not 20 years like yours, I might put a couple of generations on to try it out.
The webinar I saw was on https://familytreewebinars.com and the is titled Wkitree  free for all and you can see part of the webinar without needing to log in, if you want to find out a bit about it.

Jan



I have a Legacy tree and I can see the Legacy webinars for free.