1. Start by going to WikiTree and registering for your free account. You’ll need to provide your name, email address and a password, and confirm you’re older than 13 years—that’s it. Type in the anti-spambot code and click Create Account. (You’ll get an email with a link you need to click within 24 hours to confirm your address.)
5. Your Navigation Home Page, reached upon login to your WikiTree account or via the My Nav Page link at the top of the screen, has your tree, links to your profile, suggestions to continue adding to your family tree, and a Watchlist Activity report. Your Watchlist logs changes to WikiTree profiles you’ve created, requested access to, or been given access to by another user. From here you can search for matches with other WikiTree users for the profiles in your tree.
6. To search for WikiTree matches to relatives on your tree, click the Watchlist link, then Search for Potential Duplicates. Type in a surname or person from your tree, or just click the Find Possible Matches button to search for matches to anyone in your tree. In the search results list, click on a name and view the person’s profile to determine if he or she is really a match. If so, click the Merge link. Don’t worry—this doesn’t immediately combine the two profiles. Instead, it opens a dialog box so you can write a short message to the other WikiTree contributor. That person will get an email about the proposed merge, and can accept or reject the suggestion.
From the December 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine
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