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.--sq 11:02, 29 March 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--sq 14:25, 30 March 2007 (MDT)
PARKISON ALSPACH ANCESTORS.GED is being held for review
The pages from "PARKISON ALSPACH ANCESTORS.GED" have not yet been generated because they appear to match pages from a GEDCOM you have previously imported to WeRelate. Please be patient while we take a look at your GEDCOM. If it turns out that the people in Overlap.ged are different from people you have imported previously, your pages will be generated right after the review, which should happen tomorrow (or Monday if tomorrow falls on a weekend).
If you have already imported a GEDCOM containing people in PARKISON ALSPACH ANCESTORS.GED, we need to ask for your patience. We don't at present have a way to auto-merge people from multiple GEDCOM submissions, so if PARKISON ALSPACH ANCESTORS.GED includes people you have previously imported, importing PARKISON ALSPACH ANCESTORS.GED will create duplicate pages that you will have to merge later by hand. In the near future we will allow you to delete the pages generated by your previous GEDCOM submission and start over with a new GEDCOM. Until then please be patient. We will notify you as soon as deleting pages is available.
-WeRelate agent 16:38, 28 March 2007 (MDT)
GEDCOM uploaded successfully
Your GEDCOM was uploaded successfully. Feel free to launch the family tree explorer and check it out. We were having some issues that caused your GEDCOM to not be uploaded initially; we noticed that probably because of the delay your GEDCOM was uploaded again. We imported the first GEDCOM but left the first one alone because they seemed to be the same. Thanks for using WeRelate! -Nathan 17:24, 28 March 2007 (MDT)
PARKISON ALSPACH ANCESTORS.GED Imported Successfully
The pages from your GEDCOM, "PARKISON ALSPACH ANCESTORS.GED" have been generated successfully. You may view them by launching the family tree explorer and opening the family tree into which this GEDCOM was imported.
-WeRelate agent 17:42, 28 March 2007 (MDT)
Parkison genealogy [5 February 2013]
I'm descended from Mary Dyer Parkison. I wondered if the history of the Parkisons by Ed H. Parkison was ever published or is available somehow. Thanks for any information you might have. Cathy Travlos--Cbt 15:38, 5 February 2013 (EST)