User talk:BradPatrick

This is a talk page, a place where you can leave me messages, ask questions, make suggestions, etc. Every page has an associated "discussion" or "talk" page.--Brad 18:52, 9 April 2007 (MDT)

Indeed :) I suspect that at this point, the number of people who really understand MediaWiki (and other Wikis) as enabling technologies for social change is fairly small - I'll almost regret when it gets big enough that we'll lose this specialness, even as much as I'm deploying Wikis and teaching people about using them as much as possible :) Take care. --Improv 21:25, 9 April 2007 (MDT)


links on your userpage

You might want to fix the links on your userpage - the external links are ill-formed and don't actually link to where you intend (be careful with the pipe). I'm going to probably link WeRelate in my next blog entry - hopefully that'll pull in a few new eyes. --Improv 21:32, 9 April 2007 (MDT)


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.

Video Tour

We strongly recommend that you spend a few minutes taking our video tour. 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.

Create Webpages

The next thing to do is launch Family Tree Explorer, 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.

Thanks for participating in your virtual community.--Dquass 22:05, 9 April 2007 (MDT)

GEDCOM and going for broke

Ok, Dallan, I went ahead and uploaded my 5,000 person database after we talked about things for several hours today. Two major hits in 24 hours were enough to inspire me to share my stuff, knowing that it is just the beginning. It's also the best way for me to learn how this works and get my hands dirty actually doing it. Nathan, sorry dude, if I messed up any of the GEDCOM configuration options in TMG.--Brad Patrick 13:52, 11 April 2007 (MDT)

Great! Please let me know how many other people you find! :-) Dallan 21:17, 11 April 2007 (MDT)
We've seen other TMG files, so hopefully the GEDCOM uploader program migrated all of the information correctly, but let me know if you see any issues with the pages generated. BTW, thanks for reminding me to update my user page; you've certainly done a nice job with yours. Thanks for helping out! -Nathan 14:54, 18 April 2007 (MDT)

BAP.GED Imported Successfully

The pages from your GEDCOM, "BAP.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 14:13, 11 April 2007 (MDT)

Choice of voice on a user page

Brad, thanks for the comments. Maybe I didn't choose the right place to post the biography. Dallan had asked me to draft one for my home page, and so I did.

I must admit that I'm still not fully conversant with the wiki format, at least to the point of going first person. I'm still old school--comfortable with email, bulletin boards, and mailing lists. There, you at least have an idea whom you're writing to, even if the audience is an entire list. I was envisioning my bio as a static page, and therefore more of a statement than a conversation. If there's a better place for that information, I'd appreciate you directing me to it. Thanks! (actually added by Dlitzer 17:43, 13 April 2007)

Thanks for getting back with me. I am coming from Wikipedia, where there is a distinction between what is an article about a person versus a user page created by that person. This isn't Wikipedia; all of the information about individuals is ancestral. Thus, the social dimension of the site is where the user space becomes important. You can learn a bit about me by reading my user page, and obviously we are carrying on a conversation here on my talk page. I can just as easily refer to your talk page (User_talk:Dlitzer) or the specific edit where I raised the question.
You might find these few tips helpful as well. To add a header, like I did to this section, use two equals signs on both sides of the text. To indent, like this paragraph is, use a single colon. Always "sign" your postings by typing hyphen-hyphen-tilde-tilde-tilde-tilde, or if you are mouse-friendly, clicking on the second to last button on the right, immediately above the edit window where you type. Always use the "preview" feature to see if what you are about to save looks the way you want it to. It's okay if it takes a couple of tries to get it right. Nobody's watching. :) If you want to see what these links look like and what the wiki text looks like, all you have to do is click the edit button and it will show you exactly what the syntax is. Hope this helps! --Brad Patrick 11:58, 13 April 2007 (MDT)

I enjoyed reading "Genealogist - For the Love of It" [6 February 2010]

Thanks for making this reassuring article easily available.--Dquass 08:29, 14 April 2007 (MDT)

I just read it and also love it. It is nice to have reinforcement for my passion; I think some of my friends think that am I just nuts, oh well. Thanks so much for sharing.--Beth 23:48, 6 February 2010 (EST)

Fixed the image bug you mentioned

Hi Brad, I believe I fixed the bug where you can't upload an image by following a link. Also, I added a "new user log" on the logs page so that it's easier to track new users (even ones that don't create home pages) and see the IP addresses they're coming from.--Dallan 18:12, 14 April 2007 (MDT)

Parthina Davis

Parthena E. Davis born aug 18, 1854, died jun 18, 1918 Married to to Joseph Marshall. I don't think that it is the same woman. My Parthena was born in TN and died in AR.

Washington Co, Ohio [24 December 2007]

Hi Brad -- I saw on your profile that you have an interest in Washington County, Ohio. I haven't uploaded all of my family yet (in fact, just a small portion), but I'm researching YOUNGs, STEELEs, and McKITRICKs in Washington County. I've done some research on descendants of John and Mary (DARLING) YOUNG who emigrated from Scotland to Washington County; related surnames include PIXLEY, CORNELL, LANE and BARTMESS.

I don't see any lines in common, but it is very nice to see another Washington County researching here on WeRelate :-) --Ajcrow 14:49, 24 December 2007 (EST)

Back after hiatus [21 February 2009]

Hello, world:

I'm back after some time away from things that weren't taking care of my new daughter. :) Hope you are hunting down those ancestors... --Brad Patrick 17:57, 21 February 2009 (EST)

Hi Brad,

How old is she? Our youngest is just turning 8 and our oldest is 19.5. Life changes. In five years we'll go from five kids to 1. Nice to see you back.--Solveig Quass--sq 21:12, 21 February 2009 (EST)

Possible duplicate pages [8 May 2009]

Hi Brad, welcome back. Could you sort out these 2 pages? Family:Harold Bishop and Unk Bishop (1) and Family:Harold Bishop and Unk Bishop (2). Thanks. --Volunteer Administrator-Beth 21:14, 8 May 2009 (EDT)

Deacon Charles Leonard Young [29 June 2009]

Hello Brad,

I am doing a little clean up on WeRelate. I hope you do not mind. I am renaming the People Pages first name as Dea to their first names since Dea is an abbreviation for Deacon.

Debbie Freeman --DFree 20:08, 28 June 2009 (EDT)

Coker DNA surname project [7 February 2010]

Project page on WeRelate: User:Beth/Coker Surname DNA Project

--Beth 23:50, 6 February 2010 (EST)

Your intro. [18 October 2010]

Brad, I realy like your intro in WErelate. It le me know that I am not alone in my early days of "list-making". It also reminds me of the vast amount of research that has to be done now on all those folks. You popped up as watching on of my ancestors, a Jcob French and family I think it was, and I stopped and read your user page.

Have a great day

Jim Tarbet--Tarbet 13:02, 18 October 2010 (EDT)