October 30, 2011 - Experienced genealogists are often afraid of allowing their carefully-researched family history to become part of an online collaborative family tree project. Many of us have experienced the horror of finding branches butchered, families missing, or worse-yet, ancestors merged without our knowledge, with some stranger’s line of unknown, unsourced zombies.
WikiTree has been working hard to make online genealogical collaboration safe and reliable. We have been working closely with the genealogy community to improve the way users match and merge individual profiles. The result is an assortment of easy-to-use features that make duplicate profiles simpler to identify, and easier to merge, so that you can get the benefits of sharing research with family members and distant cousins without all the scary consequences.
- All merges require the mutual consent of both profile managers.
- Approved merges affect only the individual profile, not the entire family tree.
- Side-by-side comparison of profiles makes informed decision-making easy.
- If conflicting information or questionable sources make you afraid to complete a merge, you can track it as an “Unmerged Match.”
- Rejected matches won’t come back to haunt you. They’re tracked and won’t appear in future FindMatches searches.
- If mistakes are made, you can follow a trail of breadcrumbs to get back to where you started.
And speaking of safety, WikiTree’s six levels of privacy controls allow you to protect sensitive information on living people. Finally, WikiTree is 100% free, which means that neither you nor your relatives will ever be harassed with membership upgrade offers.
About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to create a single worldwide family tree with which we can all freely connect our private family histories. We aim to strike the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy so that families can share personal information, photos, and memories, while at the same time growing a valuable genealogical resource with distant cousins and strangers. WikiTree is entirely free for everyone. The service is supported by modest ads on public pages. Join our rapidly growing community at http://www.WikiTree.com/.