User talk:Elaine52



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Bowman-Sasnett Family does not appear to be a GEDCOM [2 January 2010]

We were not able to import your file because it does not appear to be a GEDCOM file. You might want to read this help page.

For questions or problems, leave a message for Dallan or send an email to

--WeRelate agent 09:54, 2 January 2010 (EST)

Next step: Review your GEDCOM [2 January 2010]

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 Bowman-Sasnett Family Tree.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.

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 10:31, 2 January 2010 (EST)

Bowman-Sasnett Family Tree.ged Imported Successfully [2 January 2010]

The pages from your GEDCOM have been generated successfully. You may now:

For questions or problems, leave a message for Dallan or send an email to

--WeRelate agent 20:30, 2 January 2010 (EST)

Your Gedcom [3 January 2010]

Hello, I am one of the volunteer administrators here at WeRelate. I noticed that you revised the following family, added several children that appear to be duplicates:


In the future, please be very careful in adding your gedcoms to existing families. If your gedcom disagrees substantially with the existing families, please try to resolve any date or person discrepancies before adding your gedcom. This can be done in the gedcom review process. Since I did some of the original work on this family, and it was fairly well researched, I'd ask that you please check your sources for this family, and see if it is based upon primary research.

On this family, you've added a husband that only lived to be 5 (five) years old:


On this family, you should have merged the two wives, since it is the same person:


On this family, you'd added a husband that is obviously of a different generation, and much too old to have been her husband:


On this family, you've added a wife that obviously does not belong with this family:


In the future, if you have discrepancies such as these, please do not load your gedcom and try to correct your file first.


Jim--Delijim 22:56, 2 January 2010 (EST)

If it had let me add the gedcom as it was, I would not have messed up but it would not finish loading until I added some and with me not knowing some of the 1400 or 1500 for certain, then I had to take a chance and hope they were right.....It is not as simple as just loading ....which should be all you have to do but it wasn't.--Elaine52 08:44, 3 January 2010 (EST)

The system does not require one to add bogus data. It would have been a good idea to explore WeRelate for a few days and get acquainted before attempting such a large gedcom load. The gedcom process will load your data into the Review which you saw. There you are able to preview the results and possible make corrections. The warnings are simply alerts. You must click on each line to indicate that you have read the warning and considered it. It is not required that you change any data. When working on the family match tab, please be very careful as you will be possibly overwriting someone else's work. Here you should be very sure of your data and have adequate sources before making changes. Working in a public database is a little different from using your own. But it is very rewarding to be able to share directly with other researchers. We hope you enjoy WeRelate.
A hint. After such a large upload, you may have duplicates of existing pages. These can't always be caught at gedcom because of changes made later. It is a good idea to check your personal duplicate list. This is found on the MyRelate menu. It will show where there are two pages that POSSIBLY refer to the same family. If so, they can be merged. Again, please work slowly and use care when merging. Some existing pages are good, some not. The volunteers are putting a lot of effort into trying to find and fix the bad ones.
You can also use Family Tree Explorer (FTE) to work through your new pages and review them for errors. --Judy (jlanoux) 10:46, 3 January 2010 (EST)

Elaine, in the future, I'd highly recommend that you don't "take a guess and hope that the information is correct" on any future gedcoms. Many of us here have spent much time in "getting it correct" by researching and sourcing the information added to WeRelate to ensure it is as accurate as possible. Again, if you have gedcoms with multiple errors, you should 1) delete the gedcom, 2) research the discrepancies and add the accompanying documentation and sources to back up the information, and 3) re-load the gedcom with the correct information. If your gedcom has too many people for you to review, it should be broken up into smaller gedcoms (usually by family) and loaded separately, which makes the review process easier. The loading of large gedcoms is discouraged for this reason.

Thanks for your future assistance. On those families that I have on my watchlist that have obvious errors, I will be "rolling them back" to how they were before you added your gedcom. You are free to research those families and re-merge the ones that are exact matches in the future.

Thanks for your assistance and understanding,

Jim--Delijim 09:14, 3 January 2010 (EST)

Thanks for your to i invite family members to this site and is it always this hard to pull up certain family members--Elaine52 09:26, 3 January 2010 (EST)

Also why is it not showing the pictures I have on the tree--Elaine52 09:28, 3 January 2010 (EST)

Hi Elaine, since WeRelate is not a "closed" or membership site, you don't have to "invite" them, you can just e-mail them and give them the link to your user page (you might want to look at a few other people's user pages and see how they've set them up, as an example). As far as pictures, they are not loaded as part of the gedcom process. They have to be added manually one at a time. Use the "Add" dropdown (above at the top of the screen) to add them and be sure to make sure to indicate the copyright status. I'd highly recommend that you view some of the tutorials in order to see the correct way to review gedcoms, add photos and information, etc., which I think will help you in the future.

Best regards,

Jim--Delijim 09:45, 3 January 2010 (EST)

Thanks so much for your help. I am sure that in the future I will become familiar with the way it works and not have to ask so many questions.--Elaine52 10:40, 3 January 2010 (EST)

Your Duplicate List [19 January 2010]

Hi Elaine. I am encountering a LOT of duplicates which appear to be from your gedcom uploads. WeRelate is different from many 'tree' sites in that we strive to have one unique page for each person. Will you please go to the MyRelate menu and select ShowDuplicates. When you click on an item you will be taken to a compare screen where you can indicate if these are the same persons. The hard-working volunteers really appreciate it when people handle their duplicates. Thanks. --Judy (jlanoux) 18:34, 19 January 2010 (EST) (WeRelate volunteer)