User talk:Npowell

Have you seen GedcomParser at Example: Pippin the Younger - be patient - tree contains more then 450 peoples...

Sorry it's been a while since I've responded to this item... I have seen the Rodovid site and I like WeRelate's approach better. -Nathan 14:30, 22 February 2007 (MST)


Godfather TAG in GEDCOM

Hello. Thank you so much for taking care of that. I have edited the GEDCOM manually to remove the Umlauts (ä,ö,ü) and uploaded it a second time to tree2(Umlaut free version). -Tobiaseisentraeger

GedCom Ferreira Porto

Olá caro Npowell, obrigado por enviar-me a sua mensagem apontando. A minha intenção foi a de atualizar a página da genelaogia, talvez eu ainda não tenha conhecimento de como fazer isso, se puder por favor mande-me esclarecimentos. Obrigado e um abraço --carlosetmenezes 12:43, 12 March 2007 (MDT)

Exatamente, o meu GedCom é gerado pelo PAF e está sempre sendo atualizado, tanto com correções como com novas adições de pessoas, assim entendo que para manter atualizado minha WeRelate deveria também enviar o GedCom atualizado. Obrigado e um abraço --carlosetmenezes 13:26, 12 March 2007 (MDT)

Ok entendido, vamos aguardar, obrigado por sua atenção Abraço --carlosetmenezes 13:51, 12 March 2007 (MDT)

Olá caro Nathan, que boa noticia essa de podermos excluirmos o GedCom e enviar outro atual. Obrigado e um forte abraço.--carlosetmenezes 13:48, 16 March 2007 (MDT)

Missing People

Thank you for the head's up about the missing people in my GEDCOM. I'm still trying to actually be able to see my GEDCOM in the family tree maker, but so far every time I try to view it, nothing loads. As soon as I can see it, I will fix the missing information.

Ginny Sanchez

If you want, we can upload your GEDCOM without the missing information, and then you could fill in the holes. -Nathan 19:23, 16 March 2007 (MDT)
Yes, please. That would be fantastic, thank you! Ginny Sanchez
We'll take care of it by the end of Monday -Nathan 23:44, 17 March 2007 (MDT)


Hi Nathan--So you got stuck with me, huh?! ;-)

I will re-check what I submitted, but what I was trying to send was a family history starting with William Byers in VA in the 1700's. Did I inadvertantly re-send the Snook GEDCOM? (Both were located on my desktop and it could have happened.....) If so, sorry and I'll try to re-send the Byers after work today.

Ellen Jennings

We already have the Byers GEDCOM. I just wondering if there are a lot of people in the Byers GEDCOM who are also in the Snook GEDCOM. -Nathan 13:57, 2 April 2007 (MDT)

Except for the most recent 2 generations, there are no connections between the Snooks and the Byers. One person from each family did marry in 1927---my grandparents. So the second GEDCOM took them out and their descendents. Sorry for the confusion.

I hope this clears it up1

Ellen Jennings

There is a problem importing BillingsDiller.ged

There was a problem importing BillingsDiller.ged, owned by Katsus98040

-WeRelate agent 13:01, 8 April 2007 (MDT)

The Billings/Diller gedcom I just uploaded is my maternal side of my ancestry. The Wells gedcom I uploaded last night is the branch of my paternal side on which I have done the most research. The overlap will be from my parents marriage. Not sure how to avoid this duplication (and I was planning to upload my paternal mother's branch (Stephenson) so if this causes confusion or error, please advise). Thanks, Kathryn

Thanks for letting us know -- I hope that we cleared up everything. -Nathan 10:47, 10 April 2007 (MDT)

My Gedcom file


I did try to import a GedCom file that is very similar.  I just took out the living realitives.  I would not like their names and information to appear on my family tree for privacy reasons.  So how do I import my new Ged Com file that is similar to the one I deleted?

Thank You, Kristy

Sorry about this -- I see that you deleted your old family tree file. I'll put your new GEDCOM in the queue immediately to be generated. -Nathan 10:37, 9 April 2007 (MDT)

i've got several gedcom files and they all contain overlap data

I've been so confused getting started in genealogy. I've made several files that all contain overlapping data and I need to merge them all into one. How can I do that? Some end with .fbk, some with .ftw, and some with .ged.

How can I get all my family data into one file? Or should I? I'm so confused trying to track my biological father, my mother and my stepfather's families.


Your GEDCOMs were both really small, so I ended up just generating the pages for both of them. Feel free to merge any overlap created. It shouldn't be too hard -- just delete the duplicate pages and make sure all the information you want to keep is in the pages you want to keep. Let me know if you have any questions. -Nathan 08:20, 9 April 2007 (MDT)

Obrigado tudo normal agora

Obrigado Nathaniel agora está tudo normal, abraços --carlosetmenezes 12:36, 9 April 2007 (MDT)


Would you go ahead and import "danforthjoy.ged" I believe the only duplicates would be Danforth Joy Coonradt and his wife Ann Marie Nielsen. I will merge them manually.

Thank You--Coonradt 20:45, 10 April 2007 (MDT)


Nathan, for your information and future reference, my GEDCOM file was generated by PhpGedView, the popular web-based genealogy system.

My site is at if that helps. Email me at rob [at] roblog [dt] com if you feel a username/password would help you diagnose any problems.

Regards Rob Roy

Attempting to Import GEDCOM

My GEDCOM has been rejected twice. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong.For the name of the file I used "latimerddbd.rmg" that is at the top of the page. Thanks, Shelby A Morse


You asked what program I use for my genealogy. I use Roots Magic. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong so that it will not come through. Thanks, Shelby A Morse

There are probably several different file formats that you can export from the Roots Magic program. In order to be able to export your genealogy to WeRelate, it needs to be in the GEDCOM file format. Maybe it would be helpful if we posted step-by-step directions on how to do this in RootsMagic? Let me know if this would be helpful. Thanks again for using WeRelate! -Nathan 23:12, 14 July 2007 (MDT)

Overlapping GEDCOM s

I am uploading several family GEDCOMS today.. and yes there is overlapping and can you still place the files on for me, thank you --Msscarlet1957 16:41, 12 July 2007 (MDT)

1moore.ged upload

I didn't realize when I uploaded 1moore.ged the other day that I'd already uploaded an earlier gedcom. The earlier one is not very good. 1moore.ged has been cleaned up - for one thing, there were lots of entries listed as "living" that couldn't possibly be alive. Is there a way to get rid of the former and only keep 1moore.ged? Do I need to delete the earlier one? How do I do it. Sorry I've gotten so confused, but I'm hoping to learn how to use this site because I think it's a great idea. Also, I write a genealogy column for a computer user group's newsletter, and I plan to do it on WeRelate for September. I mentioned this site in my August column, but didn't go into a lot of detail.

I also hope this was the right place to send this message. I'm really "wiki impaired". Kaye

It sounds like you need to do the following:
  1. Delete your family tree as described in Help:Family Tree Explorer.
  2. Re-import your new GEDCOM. Since the old GEDCOM's family tree will be deleted, the system will no longer detect an overlap.
Let me know if you have any other questions. -Nathan 11:39, 20 July 2007 (MDT)


Please go ahead and up load my files. TT is simular to the last one, but smaller as it's easier to manage at present. Will add people as I go. Please add TT.GED TO OVERWRITE what's ther now Ta much



Nathan, Thanks for the heads-up. Yes, please import this GEDCOM, I will merge the duplicates.--Johnsyverson 09:02, 27 August 2007 (EDT)

WeRelate page User talk:GayelKnott has been changed by Npowell [9 October 2007]

I've received the email saying that you are still having problems uploading my Scott family gedcom. I'm concerned about this problem, as I have other gedcoms that I would like to upload and am wondering if there is something I could fix before doing so. I have uploaded gedcoms to WorldConnect, so am particularly puzzeled by the problem.

Thanks, Gayel--GayelKnott 11:27, 9 October 2007 (EDT)

The problem is most likely a bug in the program I wrote. I should be able to fix it sometime tonight or tomorrow morning though. Thanks for uploading your content to WeRelate!

boettger.ged [13 October 2007]

Sorry, missed this (from Sept 23) still pending. That boettger.ged did overlap (people accidentally left in the export list when I did another gedcom. You can delete it, I have found and moved all my boettgers to the right tree now.

Thanks! Lelani--Larris 20:02, 12 October 2007 (EDT)

Profile [6 July 2008]

Nathan, I looked at your profile and it looks like you are my man. I live in Cupertino, CA six miles from Stanford. I am a retired Electrical Engineer from HPLabs in Palo Alto where I worked for 18 years. Prior to that, I was a consulting engineer and among many other clients, did work for Lawrence Livermore Labs and Lawrence Berkeley Labs. One of my daughters spent 3 years in Brazil in Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sur and Jundiai near Sao Paulo. She married a Brazilian 10 years ago and they are currently spending Thanksgiving break with his parents who live in Campo Limpo de Sao Paulo. If you wish, tell me how and I can get these files to you--Scot 11:57, 19 November 2007 (EST)

Wow! It seems like we have a lot in common. Serving in Brazil was really a great experience for me! -Nathan 12:55, 19 November 2007 (EST)

Nathan, I have just added comments on the talk page for Francis Nichols, whom I believe is a shared ancestor. I will be in SLC from 7/23 to 7/27 at the Austin family convention at the Plaza and will be spending time at the FHL. Is there anything in particular that you think I should research?--Scot 13:54, 6 July 2008 (EDT)

Various merges... [14 April 2008]

Well, we may have ancestors in common, but probably not these. I've been on a puritan merging vendetta for the last couple weeks and my connection to most of these folks is pretty indirect.--Jrm03063 19:57, 14 April 2008 (EDT)

1037.ged Imported Successfully [1 August 2008]

The pages from your GEDCOM 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.

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

--WeRelate agent 21:26, 1 August 2008 (EDT)

1037.ged Imported Successfully [1 August 2008]

The pages from your GEDCOM 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.

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

--WeRelate agent 22:01, 1 August 2008 (EDT)

Gee family [9 January 2009]

How do you come to research the family? Are you related?--Busdriver43512 10:02, 9 January 2009 (EST)

It depends. Are you referring to people/families that are in my family tree? (Click on the link on my talk page). If some of the people in there are related to you then we're probably related. Let me know. :)--Nathan 13:32, 9 January 2009 (EST)

1.ged appears to overlap a previously-imported GEDCOM [26 January 2009]

The pages from this GEDCOM have not yet been generated because they appear to match pages from a GEDCOM you have previously imported to WeRelate.

If you have already imported a GEDCOM containing people in this GEDCOM and you want to replace that tree with this GEDCOM, you need to delete that tree first so duplicates aren't created when you import this GEDCOM. Go to the Family Tree page, scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on the "delete" link next to that tree. Please be aware that any pages in that tree that are being watched by others won't get deleted. Once that tree is deleted you can create a new tree and re-upload this GEDCOM into it. (We're planning to make re-uploading GEDCOM files much simpler later this Fall.)

If you don't think you have already imported a GEDCOM containing people in this GEDCOM, or if the two GEDCOM's don't overlap that much, leave a message for Dallan or send an email to and we'll go ahead with the import.

--WeRelate agent 19:24, 26 January 2009 (EST)

Gee family [27 January 2009]

Yes, we are related in some way. My husband's family starts with Solomon, Solomon Jr., William, Zopher, Anson, F. Harmon, Samuel D. Foster, Walter and my spouse. I have a lots on them via a book of Solomon Sr. life, and both of his wives. Not as much on the Huntly line, as in the Gee line. Thanks so much for info

 Have a great day. Ruth Ann--Busdriver43512 09:24, 27 January 2009 (EST)

Great. I would love to collaborate with you too. If you find any information that's not already on those pages, please feel free to add it!

Dickinson family. [21 February 2010]

Hi Nathaniel, could you please view the talk page of John Dickinson and Elizabeth Howland. It appears a daughter you added is either a duplicate of the Hannah Dickinson (daughter of John and Elizabeth) or she does not belong with this family. You've added her as "Hannah or Ann Dickinson", but there is already a Hannah Dickinson, daughter of John and Elizabeth on their page.

Unless you have documentation of an "Ann Dickinson", this person should probably be either merged with the proven Hannah, placed with the correct family or deleted.

Thanks and best regards,

Jim--Delijim 11:42, 18 March 2009 (EDT)

Thanks for taking care of this! -Nathan 10:31, 21 February 2010 (EST)

Possible duplicates [21 February 2010]

Hi Nathaniel,

Are these pages of yours duplicates: Family:Jay Andersen and Elaine Unknown (2) and Family:Jay Andersen and Elaine Unknown (1)? If so can you merge these pages? Thanks. --Volunteer Administrator--Beth 21:18, 15 April 2009 (EDT)

I merged these pages; if they are not duplicates let me know and I will unmerge. --Volunteer Admin-Beth 19:05, 19 April 2009 (EDT)

Thanks for taking care of this! -Nathan 10:31, 21 February 2010 (EST)

Abigail Chappell Comstock Huntley [21 February 2010]

Hi NPowell,

Abigail Chappell was the widow of John Comstock at the time of her marriage to Moses Huntley. I'm descended from Abigail and John, as well as Moses brother Aaron Huntley and Mary Champion.

From a copy of a book (don't have exact name, title page misplaced) pa 226 and 227:

"Moses2 HUNTLEY (John1), of Lyme, Conn., born in Boston 1 July 1652 and baptized in the First Church of Roxbury 27 Oct 1657. He married in Lyme, 18 Jan 1680, Abigail (CHAPPELL)COMSTOCK, widow of John Comstock."

Also, in Lyme Vital Records, Vol L-1 pa 49

COMSTOCK,Abagall, wid of John m Moses HUNTLEY 18 Jan 1680

Could we delete the Abigail COMSTOCK line ?

Thanks, Neal--Neal Gardner 18:01, 16 April 2009 (EDT)

Thank you for taking care of this. I went ahead and deleted the now orphaned Abigail Comstock (1) page.--Nathan 10:28, 21 February 2010 (EST)

David Huntley and Mary Tinker [14 June 2009]

Hi NPowell,

I believe this Mary Tinker married David Huntley Jr, whose person page I have just added. I'll double-check and get back to you.

Neal--Neal Gardner 14:58, 17 April 2009 (EDT)

Sounds great!--Nathan 21:09, 14 June 2009 (EDT)

Robert Seabrook and Alice Goodspeed [27 May 2009]

Last week's listing of this couple showed the same wedding date, death date for Robert and death date for Alice, September 12, 1596. This would make them 33 and 20, respectively. But it would make it hard for them to have three children, and for them to emigrate to Connecticut.

I found a note commenting on the advanced age of Robert when his will was probated.

So I checked Ancestry, and found a Millenium file listing, showing Robert's death as 1650. There was no date available for Alice, who apparently died before Robert did.

I was hoping that one of the other parties interested in this couple could find out more accurate information on their deaths.

PS. I graduated from Stanford, Class of 1953.

    Osmond--Osmond 00:51, 27 May 2009 (EDT)

Sarah (Tilden) Sutton - incorrect husband [21 February 2010]

I notice that you are watching page Family:John Sutton and Sarah Tilden (1) as well as pages of their children. According to Torrey, Sarah Tilden married George Sutton, not John Sutton. John Sutton married Julian.

Being new to WeRelate, I don't feel completely comfortable cleaning up these families. I believe that the children need to be merged (where not already done) and linked to the one family of George Sutton and Sarah Tilden, and then the family page for John Sutton and Sarah Tilden needs to be deleted. Once the family page is deleted, I'm not sure if the person pages for John Sutton and Sarah Tilden also need to be edited to remove the link to the family.

Once this is cleaned up, I can add John Sutton's wife Julian.

If I do not hear back within a week or two, I may try to clean up the pages myself - but I wanted to give you a heads-up of what I think needs doing.--DataAnalyst 09:33, 31 January 2010 (EST)

Hi DatAnalyst,

I'm also watching the Sutton lines, and would be happy to colaberate with you on corrections. My first Sutton is Jerusha Sutton, fa James. I've left messages for NPowell, but don't often get answers.--Neal Gardner 14:01, 31 January 2010 (EST)

I have finished merging the George Sutton/Sarah Tilden and John Sutton/Sarah Tilden families. I believe I left the George Sutton/Sarah Tilden family intact and as correct as it was before, and didn't leave any orphan pages. I also added John Sutton's correct wife. --DataAnalyst 17:07, 7 February 2010 (EST)

Thanks for cleaning up these pages. I appreciate it! I'm sorry about not always getting back about these pages. I'm going to try to do a little better with this in the future.--Nathan 10:16, 21 February 2010 (EST)

Mary Swindle 1 and 2 [15 July 2012]

Hi Nathaniel,

Person:Mary Swindle (1) and Person:Mary Swindle (2) have the same spouse and similar information. Why the no merge template? Thanks. --Beth 23:33, 15 July 2012 (EDT)

Jane Hawker, wife of Andrew Peterson [2 October 2012]


My name is Jim Hawker. I was wondering if you could provide me with source information for Jane Hawker's marriage to Andrew Peterson in 1864 that you have published in your tree?

I am interested in this for reasons beyond my surname. On 20 July 1863, an LDS commissioned ship named the Amazon arrived in New York. Aboard that ship were two women and a young girl, Emma Hawker (age 37), Jane Hawker (age 26), and Sarah Ann Hawker (age 12). The surname could also have been spelled as Harker. Emma is the sister of my direct ancestor, Robert Hawker, and Sarah Ann is his daughter. Jane was raised as Robert's youngest sister, but I believe, but can't prove, that she is actually his niece, by his oldest sister, Elizabeth, and an unknown father.

In the Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database for the arrival of their company in Utah, only Emma and Sarah Ann are listed. Jane is not there and I have been unable to determine what happened to her. A Jane Hawker in Coalville is of interest to me because Emma Hawker married Henry Reynolds and lived in Coalville until she died on 10 Dec 1873. If Jane also wound up in Coalville, it would be the culmination of a long search.

Please provide any details you can about Jane Hawker and the sources of your information.

Kind regards,

Jim Hawker--Jhawker 22:30, 1 October 2012 (EDT)

Clement Miner (3) [7 September 2013]

Am working through my end of the Minor/Miner family and keep tripping up on Clement Miner (3). I can find no record of a Clement born in 1663 to Clement & Frances Burcham Minor. Because there are no references given, I'm wondering if it is a typo on the birth date that should have been 1668 (see Clement Miner (2)). Thanks for your thoughts...--Frank 13:13, 7 September 2013 (EDT)