Description: BGS’s long time member, Steve Lake, has been using Wiki Tree for 7 years. WikiTree is all about collaboration. In this internet era genealogy utilizes many high-tech tools, but today’s rapid communication facilitates good old-fashioned information sharing. Many tree builders are not prepared for an open shared tree. Many would ask, “I already built my family tree. Why would I want to start over and build a new one?”
My experience was that starting over and transferring my tree information took my new WikiTree profiles to a higher level of proving sources, as well as the memorials on Find-a-Grave and profiles on FamilySearch.
Another element is conflict resolution. “One cousin says Aunt Mabel was born in 1902 and another says 1903.” This requires negotiation and compromise. While the profile has only one field for each vital, the body of the biography can accommodate multiple versions and include explanations. Every version is valuable and being able to compare often settles issues.