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Please review the discussion above and indicate your preference for which option you would support by marking your UserID under one of the option below.

1. FACEBOOK APP: When you upload a GEDCOM, the living people would be stored in a "mini-tree" that would be accessible via a Facebook application. You would choose people from your Facebook friend list to give access to this tree. You would view and edit the living people in this tree using a different interface from the WR interface. The interface would be significantly scaled down from the WeRelate interface. History would not be kept for living people, wiki formatting wouldn't work, and you might not get notified of changes to living people for example. When you navigated to a deceased person from the Facebook application you would be taken to their wiki page in WR. This approach is probably a medium amount of effort programming-wise.


2. PRIVATE WERELATE WIKI: We allow people to create private family wikis. The interface would be the same as WeRelate, but you control who gets to create accounts to view and update the pages. Furthermore, you could "publish" certain pages (all or some of the deceased people in your tree) from your private wiki to the WeRelate public wiki, and you could automatically or selectively copy changes from the public wiki back into your private wiki. If I were to provide this, I would probably want to make it available to people who have donated a modest amount (say $10-20) to cover the costs of hosting a separate database. This approach has the benefit that as new features are added to the public WeRelate site, they would also be added to the private sites. This approach is also a medium amount of effort programming-wise.


3. NEW COLLABORATIVE SITE: We create a new genealogy program (possibly using extensions) with sharing and publish/subscribe capabilities. The goal would be that this program would replace your desktop genealogy program. It would run online so you could access it from your iPhone or Mac or Netbook or Windows machine, but it would be your private database. You could use this program to share your complete genealogy with your close family members, publish certain people in your tree to WR or Geni or Ancestry or where-ever, and automatically or selectively copy changes from those other websites back into your program. If I were to provide this, I would probably want to charge say $20-30 so that I could hire another programmer and a support person, so the program could be developed to have the same capabilities as the desktop programs it would be competing with. This approach entails the most effort programming-wise, but may have the capacity to result in the nicest solution ultimately.


4. PHPGEDVIEW APP: We modify the open-source PhpGedView and add publish-subscribe capabilities to it, so that you could publish people from your PhpGedView database to WeRelate. If I did this, I would also add PhpGedView hosting for people who don't want to set up their own PhpGedView server for say $20/year. This approach entails the least amount of effort programming-wise, but you have to be comfortable with using the PhpGedView interface. (See SourceForge review and Wikipedia article on PhpGedView application.)


5. STATUS QUO: Basically do nothing to support the interest of WeRelate users wanting to incorporate living people within their databases, and continue with the policy of including no living people on WeRelate or any other supported subsidiary site.


Complicated succession box format

Extended Family
Grandparents Parents Subjects Children Grandchildren
Edward VIII

her uncle

George VI

her father

Queen of the United Kingdom


Heir Apparent

Prince Charles
her son

Next in line

Prince William
her grandson

Edward VIII

her uncle

George VI

as King of the British Dominions beyond the Seas
her father

Queen of Canada


Queen of Australia


Queen of New Zealand


Queen of Pakistan


End of Line
George VI

as King of the British Dominions beyond the Seas
her father

as Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen of Ghana
Queen of Nigeria

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Next step: Review your GEDCOM

You're not done yet!

WeRelate is different from most family tree websites. By contributing to WeRelate you are helping to create Pando for genealogy, a free, unified family tree that combines the best information from all contributors.

Now that you have uploaded <GEDCOMfile>.ged, your next step is to review what your pages will look like, review any potential warnings, and combine (merge) people in your GEDCOM with matching people already on WeRelate. You need to review your GEDCOM before it can finish importing.

Note: if your gedcom contains many errors or multiple families, we’d ask that you resolve and correct the errors, delete this gedcom and re-submit it without the errors before merging it with families already on WeRelate. If the gedcom is very large, we’d suggest breaking it up into separate lines and importing them one at a time, which makes the review and correction process easier.

Click here to review your GEDCOM

Once you have finished your review and marked your GEDCOM Ready to import, one of our administrators will review your GEDCOM and finalize the import. This usually happens within 24 hours. You will receive a message here when the pages have been created.

--WeRelate agent 09:21, 1 July 2010 (EDT)

Featured Page Test Format

Have you discovered a fascinating page? Did it make you laugh or cry? Please take some time to nominate that page. Why nominate a page? Because, it's like a virtual pat on the back, a way to recognize hard work. Also, featured pages are a wonderful example to those just starting out with WeRelate. A page from the list will be featured on the Main Page each week.

So, let your voice be heard, nominate a great page today!

Next week's featured page candidates

Here are some of the criteria previously established for Genealogy Well Done Status.

In short, "genealogy-well-done" criteria includes the following factors:

  • Makes good use of primary and secondary sources -- limited reliance on questionable or tertiary sources. If page only includes unreliable sources, then it probably should not be considered.
  • Shows a reasonable exhaustive search of the relevant source records.
  • Provides analysis of the data to "make the case."
  • Considers alternative viewpoints, and addresses conflicting ideas.
  • Makes good use of narrative to "tell the story."
  • Provides background information to place the story in its historical and social context.

Additional factors may boost the "genealogy-well-done" qualification:

  • Includes photo and/or document images.
  • Gives additional relevant facts and events besides just vitals.
  • Has multiple contributors or watchers.
  • Has multiple number of "What Links Here" links.

Nominations (Long-List)

'Admins: Please add any new nominated pages to this nomination long list, then review those listed here, and rate the top three pages by points:

  • 3 for best page
  • 2 for next best page
  • 1 for third best page
The three top place point-getters will be added to the "short-list" and I will entertain your recommendations and comments (pro and con) for each next week.

Close Out Date: Sunday, 15 Aug 2010

Date AddedPage TitleCommentsSumbitted byAdmin #1 SolveigAdmin #2 JBS66 Admin #3 DFreeAdmin #4Admin #5Admin #6Admin #7Admin #8Total Points
11 Feb 2010 Person:Charles Quinnell (1) Nice variety of sources. sq #1: 3 #2: No #3: Later #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 3 pts.
26 Mar 2010 Family:Frederick Wilke and Mary Wilkins (1) Excellent coverage and narrative. Jennifer (JBS66) #1: 2 #2: 3 #3: No #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 5 pts.
10 April 2010 Person: Benjamin Dean (9) Good use of photos & sources. DFree #1: 1 #2: 1 #3: 3 #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 5 pts.
10 April 2010 Person: Orange Neff (1) Well-formatted and very easy to read. DFree #1: No #2: No #3: 1 #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 1 pt.
10 April 2010 Person: Orange Neff (1) Nice variety of sources. DFree #1: No #2: No #3: 2 #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 2 pts.
14 May 2010 Place:Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United States A nice example of a helpful cemetery page Jennifer (JBS66) #1: No #2: 1 #3: Wait #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 1 pt.
7 August 2010 Person:George Tuttle (1) Many photos, good use of sources. Jennifer (JBS66) #1: No #2: 1 #3: Wait #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 1 pt.

Settlement of Gravesend, Long Island -- Well-presented, interesting, good use of wiki features. --BobC 08:52, 24 August 2010 (EDT) Person:William Smith (640) -- Well-researched, good use of photos, good follow-on research in the The Problem of William H. Smith page. --BobC 09:03, 24 August 2010 (EDT) Analysis:Tuckahoe Place Name Frequency -- Good exploration of a placename. --BobC 09:07, 24 August 2010 (EDT) Person:Charles Addams (3) -- Compilation of facts, sources and references for Addams Family creator. --BobC 09:12, 24 August 2010 (EDT)

Short List

'Admins: These are the three best pages rated by you for last week. Pleaser review and write your comments, both pro and con, for and against, best features and shortcomings. On Saturday I will review and select which page will be the Featured Page for next week. Thank you.

1. Page Title (5 pts.)

AdminPro commentsCon CommentsBest of 3? (Yes or No)
sq Good use of sources, nice layout. No pictures or document images. No
sq I like the style and outstanding use of sources. Long sentences. Yes
Delijim Alot of well-researched information. Not visually appealing. No

2. Page Title (4 pts.)

AdminPro commentsCon CommentsBest of 3? (Yes or No)
sq Good use of sources, nice layout. No pictures or document images. No
sq I like the style and outstanding use of sources. Long sentences. NO
Delijim Alot of well-researched information. I'd like to see more detail and narrative on his life, family, occupation, migration, etc. Some of the others above tell a more thorough story.... Yes

3. Page Title (3 pts.)

AdminPro commentsCon CommentsBest of 3? (Yes or No)
sq Good use of sources, nice layout. No pictures or document images. Yes
sq I like the style and outstanding use of sources. The narrative needs to be formatted better instead of just one long paragraph. No
Delijim Alot of well-researched information. Would be better with more narrative. No

Previously Featured

Moved to WeRelate:Featured pages

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As many around the world celebrate Christmas and enjoy the festive holiday spirit this month (December), we highlight two actors, who in many people's eyes, portrayed Santa Claus best in their cinematic roles, Mr. Edmund Gwenn and Sir Richard Attenborough. Both actors played the part in versions of the same movie, Miracle on 34th Street, Gwenn in the original 1947 screenplay and Attenborough in the 1994 remake almost 50 years later.

Read more about the WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge.

Good luck!

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Inauguration Day has taken place on January 20th following each United States presidential election since 1937. The term of a President commences at noon on that day, when the Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the President.

As we witness the presidential inauguration this month, January's Genealogy Crowdsourcing Challenge puts the spotlight on two Supreme Court Chief Justices who have played that important role in the inauguration of past presidents: The Honorable Edward White (served 1910-1921) and The Honorable Warren Burger (served 1969-1986).

You can join this month's challenge and help bring their WeRelate pages to life. Best of luck. And have fun.

You can read more about the new WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge if you are unfamiliar with the game.

Congratulations to User:Cos1776 and User:jrm03063, players and winners of last month's Christmas Challenge.

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Exactly 100 years ago this month the U.S. freighter pictured here, filled with grain, was sunk by a German submarine, an action which led to the United States entering World War I.

February's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge highlights the two individuals who played key roles in that attack, Thomas Ensor and Hans Rose.


Full Text: 100 years ago (on 3 February 1917), the SS Housatonic (formerly SS Georgia), a United States merchant transport ship, was sunk by German submarine U-53. This action was one that pulled the United States into entering World War I three months later. Here's the rest of the interesting story.

Carrying a full cargo of wheat from the United States, the Housatonic set sail from Galveston, Texas via Newport News, Virginia for Liverpool, England on 16 January 1917. Captain Thomas Ensor, captain of the Housatonic, reported that about twenty miles off the Isles of Scully (off the southwestern tip of Britain) his cargo ship was stopped by the German submarine U-53, under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans Rose.

An officer and two seamen from U-53 boarded the ship, and sent Captain Ensor over to the submarine, where he was questioned by Captain Rose, who spoke fluent English. After examining the Housatonic's papers Rose told Ensor to return and order his crew to abandon ship. Rose explained that he was sorry, but the ship was "carrying food supplies to the enemy of my country." After the crew launched two lifeboats the German submarine then delivered a single torpedo and the Housatonic sank.

Interestingly, Rose was one of the most respected and courageous U-boat commanders of World War I, famous for his humanity and fairness in battle. Sometimes after torpedoing a ship he would wait until all the lifeboats were filled, then throw tow lines, give the victims food, and keep all the survivors together until a rescuing ship appeared on the horizon when he would release the lines towing the lifeboats and submerge. There exist many other accounts of him caring for survivors even when putting his own life at risk.

You can join this month's challenge and help bring the WeRelate pages on these two people to life.


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