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 19:03, 21 May 2007 (MDT)
Hi and a tip
Welcome! I agree about the pastime, even though you've been at it longer than I have -- love the picture! (Our granddaughter is about that age.) I wanted to mention something that it took me a while to learn but might come in handy as you have time: if you list one surname with just one state, it will be easier for fellow researchers to find your interest. The software can't figure out that "Barrett in Mississippi, Georgia" actually means "Barrett in Mississippi" and "Barrett in Georgia," so we have to make it explicit, otherwise someone who was looking for Barretts in Georgia might actually miss your listing. . . . I guess this is our reward for being here in beta, but I feel like the wiki idea is so good -- we don't have to have everything perfect and other folks can help fix it up -- that I'm happy to put up with some hassles and I hope you will be too. --Hh219 21:36, 21 May 2007 (MDT)
Thanks for the tip. I've updated my page. I agree that using a wiki for organizing family tree information is a brilliant idea. It will take some time to get comfortable with the wiki's features, but I'm looking forward to it. --Moultriecreek 03:19, 22 May 2007 (MDT)
Error importing BarkerBlake.ged
We had an error while attempting to import BarkerBlake.ged. This is most likely our fault. We will review the error and should have your pages ready tomorrow (or Monday if tomorrow falls on a weekend). There is no need to re-import your GEDCOM file.
-WeRelate agent 12:24, 22 May 2007 (MDT)
BarkerBlake.ged Imported Successfully
The pages from your GEDCOM, "BarkerBlake.ged" have been generated successfully. You may view them byand opening the family tree into which this GEDCOM was imported.
-WeRelate agent 14:49, 22 May 2007 (MDT)
Tip for person pages
Hi! My name is Christian and I'm a WeRelate admin. I was patrolling the recent changes and I saw the nice work that you're doing. I really like the pictures that you've included on some of your person pages. I had a little tip to help you collaborate with others on WeRelate. In order to help others find existing person pages for their relatives, we try not to include middle names, titles, and suffixes in person page titles. I went ahead and moved your Person:William Henry Barrett, Jr. (1) to Person:William Barrett (7). I understand that you lose some detail in the title, but the page is still as specific, and is easier to find for people who might not know that he is a Jr. or that his middle name is Henry. You might want to check out the other 6 pages for persons named William Barrett. If one of them was made for the same person as your William Barrett, you could merge the two pages together. See Help:Person pages--Titles for person pages for more information.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Christian--Wrhelp 04:52, 23 May 2007 (MDT)
Barrett.ged Imported Successfully [25 August 2007]
The pages from your GEDCOM, "Barrett.ged" have been generated successfully. You may view them byand opening the family tree into which this GEDCOM was imported.
-WeRelate agent 17:54, 25 August 2007 (EDT)
Cemetery Category [20 April 2009]
Thanks for your help cleaning up the Florida cemeteries category. :-) --JoshHansen 18:36, 20 April 2009 (EDT)
Nice work! [8 December 2009]
Next step: Review your GEDCOM [30 April 2011]
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 werelatetest.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. We will keep your GEDCOM in the queue for two weeks to give you time to review it.
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 files (or families) and importing them one at a time, which makes the review and correction process easier.
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.
MySource page [7 May 2011]
Hello, I noticed that you created a source page for Source:Grave Marker - Emma Barker Rauschenberg. This would be better as a MySource page because it pertains to only one person or family. I have created a new page for you and moved the info. over to MySource:Moultriecreek/Grave Marker - Emma Barker Rauschenberg. Please visit that page and press Watch from the left menu. Then, you can mark the source page for Speedy Delete. Let me know if you have any questions, --Jennifer (JBS66) 12:44, 7 May 2011 (EDT)
blake surname [10 March 2013]
I have a george blake living in Chattooga 1900 with emma he was born in 1847 and his parents are from mississippi. I have a photo Of my G Grandfather John Samuel on a front porch and it looks like the same front porch in your photo of linnie.--Manofiron8 11:51, 10 March 2013 (EDT)
Barkers [15 November 2013]
I am related to your Barkers. My GGrandfather was Eugene Harrison Barker. I believe he was a brother to your John Barker and son of Joseph G. Barker. I would be happy to chat with you and exchange any information that may be of use to either/both of us. My grandmother was Ethel Clara Barker, daughter of Eugene. My main search if for the father of Joseph Barker, which I believe I may have a good lead. Thank you for considering my request.
Joyce Bessent Baumann--Texasladyx3 21:38, 15 November 2013 (UTC)