Welcome to WeRelate, your virtual genealogical community. We're glad you have joined us. At WeRelate you can easily create ancestor web pages, connect with cousins and other genealogists, and find new information.
We strongly recommend that you spend a few minutes taking our. It provides a brief overview of how to use the features of WeRelate. A little time spent here may save you time later. There are also in-depth text tutorials available from the Help button.
The next 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 an 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 (second button from the right in the menu bar above the edit box) to sign your comments on discussion pages. 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.
Shared research pages
Shared research pages act like specialized message boards. Be careful to use only one name spelling and one location in each field; do not use abbreviations. Including postal codes and multiple spellings, names, or locations in these fields will cause your pages to be improperly indexed. It will make it harder for your cousins to find your pages and work with you. For more information see Shared research pages.
Great things you can do at WeRelate
Please see the Great things you can do at WeRelate article.
Telling others about our project
Please tell others to come here! The more people we have using this project the better. Just tell them to come to WeRelate.org, have a look around the site, and then join up.
Thanks for participating in your virtual community.
--Kopuru 15:08, 3 June 2007 (MDT)
Lewis7.GED Imported Successfully
The pages from your GEDCOM, "Lewis7.GED" have been generated successfully. You may view them byand opening the family tree into which this GEDCOM was imported.
-WeRelate agent 23:03, 4 June 2007 (MDT)
Heistand/Heistand families [28 January 2008]
Are you related to the Heistand/Hiestand family? I have a file here at WeRelate that has many of the same names in it as you have online. See what I wrote so far on the family --Msscarlet1957 17:46, 28 January 2008 (EST)
drake family [30 August 2008]
Would you like to exchange info on the Drake FAMILY?
I think I can be of some assistance.
Daniel DUCKY Drake
email@example.com--Duckydrake 15:23, 30 August 2008 (EDT)
Your Likins Family [30 December 2008]
Very interested in your Likins line. I have a huge database that isn't online at this time,had to pull it down for a while. but would help out where I can. Interested in a swap?? Bobby Lykins--Theswede 00:55, 30 December 2008 (EST)
Gee family [9 January 2009]
How are you interested in the Gee family? Are you related?--Busdriver43512 10:04, 9 January 2009 (EST)
Hans Blanckenbuhler [5 July 2009]
Kevin, could you please "clean up" this person's page. It appears that you have multiple marriage pages for him that need to be merged and cleaned up.
Thanks much and best regards,
Jim:)--Delijim 10:50, 5 July 2009 (EDT)
Hi, Kevin-- It's nice to see someone your age with a serious interest in genealogy! I've finally gotten around to unloading a GEDCOM for my early colonial lines and their English & Dutch ancestors, which I had been putting off because I knew I was going to find lots of overlaps with pages already created. Sure enough, I can see that some of my lines are frequently going to be following some of yours. That being the case, I kind of wanted to give you a heads-up that when I can add "real" sources for information on the pages we share, I'm going to be deleting the MySources you've included from Ancestry's One World Tree. There's a reason for this.
You're probably already aware of this, but all the info in One World Tree is just taken from other unsourced assertions and GEDCOMs. As such, it's completely lacking in verifiability. That is, there may well be a documented original source for a name or date or relationship, but if there is, One World Tree isn't going to tell us what it is. Or it may just be someone's wild guess, or even made-up "facts" -- and there's more of that than you might imagine. I use Ancestry heavily myself, and I look at what their "family tree"-type sources say, but I use those only as leads and placeholders -- an idea of where and when to look.
Anyway, I didn't want you to think I was simply brushing off your own research -- and if you come up with better info than I have on a page, I expect you to replace or add to mine, right? :-) --Mike 15:22, 31 December 2009 (EST)
Jonas Jonasson [12 March 2012]
Hi, I am a descendant of Jonas' sibling Mans Jonasson (Mounce Jones).
I am not sure if you are aware of a publication that deals with the New Sweden Colony on the Delaware, Swedish Colonial News, but Dr. Craig has published quite a bit of the genealogy of the colony in the newsletter before he passed away about a year and a half ago. He left all of his research to the Swedish Colonial Society in Delaware. Many of the newsletters can be found at: www.newsweden.org.
I am doing my research at the Allen County Public Library, in Allen County, Indiana where they also have many of the first year in print.--EarthandIce 18:05, 12 March 2012 (EDT)
Cassell Family History from Michigan [27 December 2014]
Hi, I'm daughter of Jean and possess the family heritage book, going back to Germany from where they came, settling in PA, going to Michigan. My greatgrandfather died when my grandpa was only 3 and his widow remarried a person named Welsh; the children all being adopted, but not all taking the name. Only recently discovered this site so sorry if I'm really late in responding to you. The book is History of the Bechtel Family, Grand Rapids, Michigan, published by the Moelker Printing Co., Grand Rapids, MI. My book was printed in August 1977. Our family is on pages 43 to 48/49. There are copies in all families so I hear. Several of the groups settled in CA.--Chickapinhill 23:01, 27 December 2014 (UTC)