Frequently asked questions
What is a profile?
- A profile gives you a place where you can tell other people about yourself and the families you are researching
- If you want, you can even upload images
- Profiles were formerly referred to as homepages
How do I find my profile?
- First, if you are not yet a member, you need to join WeRelate
- Joining takes about two minutes and costs you nothing.
- Once you have joined, you can go to your profile by clicking on the My Relate button in the menu at the top of the page
- Alternatively, if you have signed in already, you can click on your User Name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
How do I find someone else's profile?
- If you know their user name:
- Click on Admin in the menu at the top of the page and select "Browse Pages"
- On the next page, select either "Watched Pages" or "All Pages"
- Watched Pages are those you are watching and will be informed if there is a change
- All Pages are all the pages on WeRelate
- Namespace: Select User
- Title: Enter the person's user-name and click "Go"
- This should take you to the user's profile page.
- If you don't know their user name:
- Click on Search in the menu at the top of the page and select "All"
- Choose User from the Namespace drop-down box
- Enter any information that may be posted on their profile
- This may include a first or last name, or any surnames or places they are researching
- Click the "Search" button and look through the returns for the desired profile
How do I create or edit my profile?
- Click My Relate in the menu at the top of the page, and select "User Profile"
- On the Profile Page click "Edit" in the menu on the left. You'll see two sections:
1. Surnames and/or places you are researching
This is the section used to create Surname in place pages
- Click on "Add Surname and/or Place"
- In the edit boxes that appear, enter a surname you are researching and in what place you are researching that name
- Please include only one surname and/or one place on each line. You can add additional surnames and places by clicking on the Add Surname and/or Place link.
- This will create a Surname in place page, or add a link to one that already exists, which helps you collaborate with others working on the same surnames in the same places
- To begin, we recommend that you set the place to a state or country for Surname in place pages
- An example of a profile page with these links User:Dallan
- For a more detailed discussion see the Help:Surname in place help page
- Enter what you want to tell others about yourself and the research you are doing. This is the text that will appear on your User Profile page
- Consider adding a User language template to your page (instructions can be found on each template).
- You can even add an image to your page - See Images Tutorial for more information about uploading and placing your image on a page
- It's a good idea to click on the Show preview button at the bottom of the page to see the effects of your changes
- Don't forget to click on Save page to save your changes when you're finished
Can others edit my profile?
- Only you can edit your profile or user pages
- Others may leave messages for you on the talk pages associated with your Profile and User pages, but they cannot edit the pages directly
- If you want to create a page that others can also contribute to, please create an article instead.
When will my changes start showing up in searches?
- Your changes take effect immediately
- The changes will not show up in Search results until the following day
- Pages are indexed every night - so, if you created a new page, made changes to an existing page, or added new words to an existing page - the results will start showing up in searches the following day
Can I see an example?
Titles for profiles
- The title of a profile consists of two parts: