FAQ



FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


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SEARCHING

Q. What is the Search' option?

A. This simple option allows you to search for a known individual or surname.


Q. What is the 'Advance Search' option?

A. This choice presents you with a detailed search option for all individuals on the site. Additional fields are available to help with or narrow your search, including; dates, locations and many more fields to choose from.

 

Q. How do I find who I’m looking for?

A. There are a number of ways, but the search function provides the most straight forward method. The advanceed search form allows you to enter additional information about the individual you’re looking for and presents you with a list of possible matches from the database.

Another great database resource can be found by clicking on the 'Surname' link if you are not sure exactly who you are looking for or want a quick snapshot of all surnames in our family tree database.

Q. How do I find an individual’s ancestors?

A. Once you locate an individual, the easiest method is to press the Ancestors tab. This will show you a graphical display of both the paternal and maternal ancestors.
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Once you have the ancestor chart displayed, you can click on the arrows located at the far right ancestor if you need to see additional ancestors. There are a number of formats for you to choose from (Standard, Compact, Box, Text, Ahnentafel, and Photos & History) to display ancestors. Try clicking on the various options and see which one works best for you.

Q. What if I want to see an individual’s descendants?

A. The tab marked Descendants can be used to display the descendants of an individual. There are a couple of different formats that descendants can be displayed. You can switch between the Standard and Register format to display the information the way that works best for you.

Q. Can descendants be shown in a graphical format?

A. Yes, Once in the Descendants are displayed, you can show a specific branch of descendants from the selected ancestor by pressing the descendant icon next to the descendant you wish to display.
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One of the best reports is the "Text+" Descendants or Ancestors report.

Jay's TIP: Set the page width to legal and select siblings to be included, click submit for a great listings that included dates and places.


Q. Is there a way to tell if two individuals are related?

A. Yes, the Relationship tab will show a graphic display of all the people between two relatives. To use this function, locate the first individual and then press the Relationship tab. Then use the find button to locate the second person to be displayed. Once you have the two people selected click the calculate button to display their relationship.

Q. I am having problems understanding the new numbering system you are using. The new format seems to be I234567. Because of the font I use, it is hard to know if the first character is either the letter "I" or "l" or the number "1" and if that character is required for searches when using Person ID in advance search. Please advise.

A. A unique person ID is assigned to each person. The format of this ID is ALWAYS the letter "I" (for individual) followed by one to six numeric digits. This person ID must be entered in its entirety when used in the advanced search . The letter "F" (for family) followed by one to six digits is used to create an unique ID for each family.

Q. What is an Ahnentafel Report?

A. An Ahnentafel report is a book-style report that begins with a specific person and moves back through the person's ancestors for a given number of generations. (Ahnentafel means ancestor table in German.) This type of report describes each person in a narrative format and gives each person a unique Ahnentafel number. The starting individual is given a number of 1. From then on, an individual's father is assigned a number that is two times the number of the individual. The mother is assigned a number that is twice the individual's, plus 1. If you are number one, your father is 2, your mother is 3, your father's father and mother are 4 and 5 and your mother's father and mother are 6 and 7 and so on. If a person is missing, their number is skipped. The child of any person always has a number that is one half the number of the father.

Q. The Timeline function looks interesting, what is it?

A. A timeline is displayed for an individual when the Timeline tab is clicked. The time line shows important events in history that occurred during the life of an individual or a group of individuals. It gives you a unique perspective to see what was going on in the world during the lives of our ancestors.

Q. If I see a mistake in the information presented can I correct it?

A. The suggestion tab allows you to send corrections, updates, comments or any other information to the database administrator. Information on which individual you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggestion tab. The database administrator will take your suggestion and add it to the database in the next web update cycle.
Registered Users can also add edits by using the small 'edit' icon next to any editable feilds that will directly update the database, once approved by the Administrator. (We check for date standards, city and town consistancy, etc.)
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Q. Is there a way to print the display without all the headers and icons?

A. Yes, just click on the Print link locate above the control tabs. A format that is simplified for printing is presented and you can use the print function of you browser to print the page.

Q. What are all the icons for that are located on the upper right of the page?

A. These icons let you access additional information that is contained in the database.

CHARTS

Q. What are Ancestry Charts?

A. Ancestry Charts show an indefinite number of ancestors for every person on the site - you decide the maximum number of generations - with links to each person's individual page. You can collapse or expand each generation. For each descendant listed you can also click to view a graphical tree tracing the line of decent. You can also switch easily between Standard and Register formats.

Q. What is an Ahnentafel Chart?

A. It's an Ancestor table which tabulates the ancestry of one individual by generation as text rather than in a pedigree chart format. A comprehensive ahnentafel gives more than the individual's name, date and place of birth, christening, marriage, death and burial. It can give biographical and historical commentary for each person listed, as well as footnotes citing the source documents used to prove what is stated.

Q. What is an Ahnentafel Number?</p>

A. It's a unique number assigned to each position in an ancestor table. Number one designates the person in the first generation. Numbers two and three designate the parents of number one and the second generation. Numbers four through seven designate the grandparents of person number one and the third generation. As the ahnentafel extends by generation, the number of persons doubles.

Q. What are Decendency Charts?</p>

A. Decendency Charts show an indefinite number of descends for every person on the site - you decide the maximum number of generations - with links to each person's individual page. You can collapse or expand each generation. For each descendant listed you can also click to view a graphical tree tracing the line of decent. You can also switch easily between Standard and Register formats.

Q. What are Pedigree Charts?

A. Pedigree Charts can display an indefinite number of generations - you decide the maximum number you see - in four different formats for every person, plus the Ahnentafel format. Any photos, biographies, documents and dropdown data boxes with additional information, make them the centerpiece of the site. A single click takes you to the individual page, or a new pedigree chart, for anyone on the chart. You can even switch parents!

Q. What is a 'Relationship Chart'?

A. Relationship Charts show the relationship between two individuals on the site.

FILES

Q. What is a GEDCOM file?

A. GEDCOM is an acronym for GENealogical Data COMmunication. A GEDCOM file contains information on a family in a specific format - GED. Generally a GEDCOM file is produced by entering data into a genealogical program such as Legacy or Family Tree Maker, and exporting the results as a GEDCOM file. Most genealogical software programs - will import and export GEDCOM formated data.
If you would like to add detailed genealogy data on your family, you can send us a Gedcom file, which will ensure the data gets entered just as you have it in your files.

ICONS

Q. What are all the icons for that are located on the upper right of the page?

A. These icons let you access additional information that is contained in the database. You can hover your mouse pointer over each or press the Question Mark icon to obtain a description of what each icon does.

MENU

Q. What is the 'List of Surnames' option?

A. This option presents you with a list of all surnames on the site and allows you to easily select any of your choice.

Q. What does the 'List of Places' option show?

A. This option presents you with a hierarchal view of all places listed on the site and allows you to easily drill down through all "lesser" localities.

Q. What does the 'Dates & Anniversaries' option show?

A. This option allows you to find quickly, all individuals associated with any date in history. You can search for just a month, just a year, or even day (e.g. 'Show me everyone born on the 7th of any month').

Q. What does the 'Odds & Ends' option show?

A. This option shows you with a list of assorted items with nowhere else to go . . . . . unless you can suggest otherwise!

Q. What does the 'Biographies' option show?

A. This option allows you to quickly find a biography, if one is available, of any individual on the site.

Q. What does the 'Documents' option show?

A. This option allows you to quickly find the image of an documents, if available, relating to any individual on the site.

Q. What is a Census?

A. A census is an official enumeration of the population in the UK. In addition to counting the number of people in a building, the census collects other vital information, such as their names, ages, sex, occupations, citizenship status and places of birth - but the information can change from census to census. The UK government began collecting census data in 1841 and has done so every 10 years since.

The images shown in the 'Census' section of this site are reproductions of the Enumerator's actual records taken that year for that particular individual.

Q. What does the 'Photographs' option show?

A. This option allows you to quickly find photographs, if any are available, of any individual on the site.

Q. What is the 'What's New on the Site' option

A. The 'What's New on the Site' option shows the date of the latest GEDCOM import and the most recently added and updated components of the site - photographs, biographies, documents, headstones, and individual and family records etc.

MISTAKES

Q. If I see a mistake in the information presented can I correct it?

A. The suggestion tab allows you to send corrections, updates, comments or any other information to the database administrator. Information on which individual you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggestion tab. The database administrator will take your suggestion and, if agreed, add it to the database in the next web update cycle.
Registered Users can also add edits by using the small 'edit' icon next to any editable feilds that will directly update the database, once approved by the Administrator. (We check for date standards, city and town consistancy, etc.)
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REGISTERED USERS

Q. What are the benefits of Registering as a User?

A. You must Register as a User, and Log In when registration is approved, to see the details of Living Individuals and their records, documents, photographs and biographies. Registration also ensures the 'Project' managers can e-mail you with any major changes to the 'Project' or the site.

When you register, an email is sent to me automatically - if I am unable to process your application due to absence, illness, computer problems, etc , there will be a delay for which I apologise in advance.

Your access to information about living people will be determined by whether you are a family member, contributor or researcher. I may reassess your access rights, and adjust your registration profile, after some email correspondence to establish your bona fides.

Q. What if I have moved or changed phone numbers?

You can edit some fields in your own profile. When you are logged in, your user name usually appears on the menu bar. Next to your user name will be a link to edit your profile.
Your email address, postal address and phone number MUST be present in your user profile or you will not be able to log in.
You can change your information there, or email us and we will update your profile.

Q. What if I forget my password?

A. I do not have access to your password. So, if you forget it, you can ask the system to retrieve it for you via the Log In page. Just enter the email address you supplied when you registered. If you can't remember that, then I will be happily to supply it!
The HELP page for Forgot password, Forgot Username and reset password can be found at Login - Help

Q. What if I changed my email?

A. You can email us at 1familytree.com@gmail.com and we can update the email address in your file.
You can also edit some fields in your own profile. When you are logged in, your user name usually appears on the menu bar. Next to your user name should be a link to edit your profile.
Your email address, postal address and phone number MUST be present in your user profile or you will not be able to log in.

RELATIONSHIPS

Q. Is there a way to tell if two individuals are related?

A. Yes, the Relationship tab will show a graphic display of all the people between two relatives. To display the relationship between two people first press the Relationship tab, then use the 'Find' buttons to locate the individuals - or keep the individuals as displayed - then click 'Calculate' to display their relationship. If the individuals are not related the program will tell you that


Q. How do I find who I am looking for?

A. There are a number of ways, but the search function provides the most straight forward method. The advanced search form allows you to enter information about the individual you're looking for and presents you with a list of possible matches from the database.

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