WikiTree is a public genealogy website where people privately collaborate by sharing their DNA, family names, history, and photos. It is vast with 23 million profiles. Surprisingly, it is funded by a private corporation Interesting.com, Inc who specializes in internet service, website design and graphics. With all that data, their goal is to build a single family tree.
Is that Scary?
You have to ask yourself, “Is that Scary” that someone else in my family could share their DNA which could link to my DNA which would open secrets I don’t want shared. That is where their practice of privacy comes in. Living people aren’t listed except within your own account. It is the same privacy taken by Family Tree Tops when working on living family trees. It’s private and its not published.
Genealogy focuses on ancestors, and that is where most people want to do their research. Many Genealogy trees are ancestral. Our trees have a little of both living and deceased relatives. Knowing our families is a living experience, made rich by our beginnings; our ancestors. It’s possible to know your great grandparents, but not so likely beyond that. Our living family trees show your great grands and expand forward from there. They are descendant and also show your living relatives. Depending where you sit in the tree, they show your children, nieces, and nephews. For this reason they are for personal use (wall art, family reunions, sharing among relatives).
Back to the WikiTree
So, this monstrous wealth of information is a bit complicated to use. WikiTree Genealogy takes time, learning, and patience to master the construction of your tree and the resources available. Once you enter surnames of interest (tags) you will receive a “feed” of activity related to those surnames. Depending upon your last name, you may receive a lot or a little information (sent by automatic emails on your schedule). I put in Flood and Frecker, my parents surnames. I built some of my tree but there is far to go. The further back you go, the more information there is. Partly because of the mathematical expansion of your ancestors, but also because deceased records are less private.
Lots of Help
Nearly all the people interacting with WikiTree Genealogy are volunteers. There are many professional genealogists. And there is ALWAYS help to find your way. Activities, resources, networks and instructions are abundant. Connect with others only if you like.
I like to browse the photos that are shared publicly. Ancestor photos often tell a rich story, some are love stories, many are portraits of families and people at their best. Just like all genealogy, there are amazing discoveries to make.