I didn't note the time that I uploaded the GEDCOM file, but it was about 12:15 p.m. I received an automated email at 2:19 p.m. from WikiTree noting that "The gedcom file that you uploaded to WikiTree has now been completely processed." Then at 2:24 p.m. I received an email from Chris Whitten, the WikiTree webmaster, that said:
"As you may also see from a separate automated message, your gedcom has
been processed. Here's the report:
I went ahead and merged the page that the gedcom created for you into
your account page, so that your tree is integrated:
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There's My Tree. On the "Tree," view, only the names of the persons in a five generation pedigree chart, plus their birth and death dates, are shown. If there is no name in a position in the five generation tree, there is a link that enables you to add a person.
For the #1 person in the five generation tree, WikiTree displays a preferred picture, their birth date and death date, their siblings (with links), their spouse(s) and their children (with links).
I could click on any one of the underlined names in the tree, and see a Person Page (we'll do this in the next post). The person in the #1 slot in the pedigree chart is highlighted at the top of the tree. There is a menu line below this name with "Profile (public view)," "Edit," "Photos," "Family Tree," "Changes," "Privacy" and "Profile (private view)." The user can click any one of these menu items and see the details.
Below that menu line is a menu line in smaller type with (for my tree) the following links: "Print Friendly," "My Tree," "Seaver Tree," "Richmond Tree," "Carringer Tree," and "Auble Tree." There is also the note to use a "Tree" icon and a "Descendants" icon to navigate the tree.
What does the "Print Friendly" link do? Here's the "print-friendly" tree for "My Tree:"
It prints on one 8.5 x 11 page. There is not much decoration, but it's functional (although it doesn't have place names or marriage data on it). Use your "Back" button to go back to the graphic Tree.
The use of the four grandparents (in my case Seaver, Richmond, Carringer and Auble) to easily navigate the Tree is very handy, and it may be unique in online family trees. I don't recall seeing a similar feature. I clicked on "Seaver Tree" and saw the tree of my paternal grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942):
The "Richmond Tree" link showed me the tree of Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), my paternal grandmother:
The tree of my maternal grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in the "Carringer Tree:"
All of those are just one click away from anywhere in the tree (if you are on a person's page, you have to click the "Tree" button on the larger menu).
On the "Seaver Tree" page, I wanted to see Isaac Seaver's ancestors, so I clicked on the "Tree" icon (it's a small green pedigree chart to the left of the person's name in the tree chart - everybody has one), and saw:
The five-generation tree for the person selected appeared, and I could almost instantly see Isaac's ancestors.
What about descendants? The small green "Descendants" icon is to the right of the person's name (it looks like a descendant's chart). I clicked the one next to Isaac's name and saw: