WikiTree – Public View

February 27, 2012

There are two (2) views of your Profile. The Public View, which you can see in this Blog Post:


and Private View.

Based on the permissions that you have, you will be able to see your Profile, in the Private View. This is where the details are that only those with the correct permissions can see.

Here is Public View:

I have blocked out the details, but with access, you will see your details. This is from the Right Button that says Profile, Private View.

First, note the picture. We have the ability to upload photos. That is done from the Photo ICON. (more details on that later).

To see other people in your family, there are links on the Left that will allow you to view other profiles. Again, the details are controlled by your permissions. As mentioned before, there is a link on the Left that will allow you to send me an email for that permission.

However, you can Add people to your profile, if they aren’t already listed. For example “add sibling” or “add child”. This will give you the ability to Add new people. to your profile.

The data entry screen will be in another Blog post.

It’s important to mention here, that I will suggest that you change the Privacy Setting (instructions to follow) if you add a new, living person. Living persons are made private, but for now, in this Tree, I will suggest that you make it private.

There is a lot of ways to navigate from this screen for updates.

WikiTree–Mission Statement

February 27, 2012

While entering this project, it may also be nice to understand who and what WikiTree is.

The short version of their Mission Statement is:

Our mission is to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will make genealogy free and accessible for everyone.

Like the Honor Code, it is also important to read the About WikiTree web page. The page talks about the Mission, in more detail, the Community, and the Organization.

Again, there is a link to this information at the bottom of each page or at:

WikiTree – Honor Code

February 27, 2012

I think that it’s important that folks joining me on this WikiTree journey, take a few minutes to read the WikiTree Honor Code. Please read it.

I’ll point out the opening paragraph:

WikiTree is free, but it’s not a free-for-all.

If you were invited by a family member and are just creating or editing a few private family profiles, the following doesn’t much apply. Those who participate at a higher level become part of our wiki genealogy community. Our community is creating something special: a worldwide family tree that will make genealogy free and accessible for everyone. This grand project requires mutual trust and a common understanding of how the community works.

So for this project, and the way I am attempting to do this, it may not be as important, but I am suggesting that the Family Take a minute to read the page

The Link again is:

More Information

You can discuss this Honor Code on our community’s Facebook page. For help see how to use WikiTree.

Here is more about WikiTree including its mission and organization. Here is more about the community.

Whereas this code is like a pledge that community members make to each other, the creators and hosts of WikiTree have also made a pledge: to keep WikiTree free.

There is also a link on the bottom of each screen on the Web Site.


February 26, 2012

Now that the Invitation has been accepted, and your password established you will see this menu on your profile screen:


Your Name will be listed, and when a Picture is uploaded, it will appear to the Left of your Name. The Red ICON, on the right indicates that this Profile is Private.

The Menu Items are:

  • Profile – Public View
  • Edit
  • Photos
  • Family Tree
  • Changes
  • Privacy
  • Profile – Private View

The Private View is what someone finding this profile will see.


This is mind. Name, Photo, and Born 1940’s. There may be some recent Wiki-Tree activity listed below the name. Again, this profile is Private. If you are on this Profile’s Trusted List, here is what you will be able to see.


Note: I have control over the Trusted List and there is a way to ask for permission to be on the Trusted List. It’s on the screen.

WikiTree–Email Invitation

February 26, 2012

Now that I have set up my Wiki-Tree Tree, some security testing has been done. It appears that I do, in fact, have the control I need to get this project going.

Here is how this first step will go:

I add my known email address into the profile that I am updating to the tree. Wiki-Tree will send an email that will look like this:


It says that I am, including my name, sending you the email. This is the invitation to join the tree. Since the receiver probably doesn’t have a profile, the Link that is provided should be clicked, where reader will be taken to a website to create a Password.


It is asking for the reader to create their own password and to enter it a second time. There is a Check mark that MUST be added, indicating that the user is 13 years old.

You will then be taken to your Profile Page.

Those instructions will follow.


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