Welcome to WeRelate, your virtual genealogical community. We're glad you have joined us. At WeRelate you can easily create ancestor webpages, connect with cousins and other genealogists, and find new information.
The first thing to do is, then select File in the Family Tree Explorer menu and give your family tree a name. You can either upload your GEDCOM or create person and family pages one at a time. To upload your GEDCOM, select File in the Family Tree Explorer menu and then click on Import and choose the GEDCOM file to import. The system will create a editable web page for each person and family in your GEDCOM. To create a page manually, select Add in the Family Tree Explorer menu and click on Add new person; enter the given (first name) and surname (last name), select Add, then fill in the blanks and save.
The Family Tree Explorer is a Flash application and will need to use some space in your computer to cache the files. That's computer talk for "If you store some ancestor page information on your computer, you will be able to view more pages faster. Otherwise, the system has to fetch each page every time you edit or look at it. This would make navigating your tree very slow.
Connect with other genealogists
You should always sign in when you are editing or adding pages. Use the signature button to sign your work (the swiggle, second from the right, above the edit box). That way others with similar interests can find you. If you click on the blue user name on any page, you will go to that person's home page. You can leave a message on his/her Discussion page. The Discussion page button is in the light green second level menu bar above.
Great things you can do at WeRelate
Please see the Great things you can do at WeRelate article.
Thanks for participating in your virtual community.--Dquass 23:03, 4 April 2007 (MDT)
Shared research pages
Just FYI, if you title all your shared research pages with one surname and one place (without abbreviation), they will be indexed into categories properly. It will be easier for your cousins to find your pages. For instance, if you create a page for Smith in Kentucky, it will be indexed in the Smith category, the Kentucky category and the Smith in Kentucky category. The next time someone creates a page for Smith in Kentucky they will come to your page instead of creating a second page for "Smith in Kentucky". It's all about making it easier networking with other genealogists. It is best to use larger jurisdictions such as states or countries instead of towns because our ancestors moved around and generally had connections in the surrounding areas. The information you are looking for may well be in a nearby town. If you want to be more specific, autocomplete will give you a list of towns, counties, districts, etc., if you type in the name, add a comma, then wait a moment. You can then select the standardized jurisdictional name.
When abbreviations are used, the system thinks that the abbreviation is a different place. So, it won't put "Kentucky" articles in the same category with "KY". If you title your page with an abbreviation, for example "Smith in KY", and your cousin titles a page with "Smith in Kentucky", your articles will not be in the same category. Thus, it is less likely that you will connect with that cousin. The same is true if you title your page with multiple locations. For instance, if you title your page with "KY, OH and MT", it will be placed in the "KY, OH, and MT" category. A cousin searching for "Smith in Kentucky" won't see your page in the right category index.
Likewise, if you title your page with multiple spellings, such as Smith, Smythe or Smothe or with added letters such as Smither/s or Smyth(er)(s), your page will not be put in the categories for each spelling; instead, a new category will be created for your particular list. Your cousins may not have the same list and probably won't enter that exact list in their search, making it more difficult for you to connect.
Click on a surname category link at the bottom of any person page to see the category index list. :-D--Kittydoc 14:50, 5 April 2007 (MDT)
MyFamilyFBK.GED Imported Successfully
The pages from your GEDCOM, "MyFamilyFBK.GED" have been generated successfully. You may view them byand opening the family tree into which this GEDCOM was imported.
-WeRelate agent 07:37, 6 April 2007 (MDT)
Thank you for adding the article about Richland Township! (I set the "located-in" place to Dekalb and renamed the page to conform to the way other place pages are titled.) If you know of any other places that we don't have, please feel free to add them!--Dallan 14:39, 12 April 2007 (MDT)
Butler [22 December 2007]
Great to see another Hoosier on WeRelate! I just redirected your Butler page to the one that's already up and uses our standard place format (small to large, you'll see how it works). I know it seems awfully fussy, but when people come looking for Butler in DeKalb County we want them to all wind up in the same place! I hope this makes sense, if not, bug me about it, or you can always bug Dallan who can explain it better than I can... --Hh219 10:30, 8 July 2007 (MDT)