User talk:Jillaine

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Search tip for pages [30 October 2012]

Hi Jillaine, What is the search tip for text on a page? Foggy mountain breakdown on source renaming is because most of the members working on project were not part of our initial projects and have no idea of our decisions and why we made them. Trying to find the portion on the page that referred to historical societies. Hope it was in reference to repositories because that was our decision but cannot remember the actual discussion or find it. --Beth 19:26, 23 August 2009 (EDT)

Ctrl-f brings up a little "Find" box in the lower edge of your screen (usually; guess it depends on your software).

The source renaming project is both an amazing, nightmarish mess, and also an example of what's possible on a wiki. You get enough people working on something together and a community can make tremendous progress. THe challenge is around divergence of expectations/understandings. As for the Type discussion, I think Dallan is just going to have to make a call, and we live with it.

-- jillaine 20:36, 23 August 2009 (EDT)

User pages and editing [6 January 2010]

Hi Jillaine,

Is this actually a user page? Jillaine/Transcriptions/Richard-Taylor-Probate1694 . If so why am I able to edit the page? I thought editing user pages were restricted to the user. I was browsing through different pages to decide the method to use to add a 10 page document to the Henry Gay family research project. --Beth 21:12, 5 January 2010 (EST)

Well thinking more about it the reason that I can edit the page is probably because I am an administrator. --Beth 21:24, 5 January 2010 (EST)
That may very well be (that because you're admin, you can edit it; I can't test this theory on someone else's user page because I also have admin access). I am happy to put the transcription somewhere else where people *could* edit it. It ended up in my user space because the result of some old discussion about transcriptions was that they would usually not be of interest to many other people, so they are the equivalent of "My Sources" for text. I personally disagree with that but until WR creates some sort of space for transcriptions, I'm leaving it here. Jillaine 08:19, 6 January 2010 (EST)
We tested that. As soon as Mike was made admin last fall, he could edit my user pages. He couldn't before.
I thought the latest discussions decided transcriptions could be articles. I personally prefer MySource so I can link and cite it.--Judy (jlanoux) 11:15, 6 January 2010 (EST)

Place cleanup [19 January 2010]

Jillaine, I believe I figured out a way that you can find the places you have that need fixing (at least some of them). I discovered that many appear all in a row preceded by the surname. So, in Special:Categories, somewhere around here, you can see a list of Betz in (somewhere). Hope that helps. --Jennifer (JBS66) 17:04, 19 January 2010 (EST)

Also, to move ahead faster in the list of categories, you can edit the number after the offset= in the URL. (JBS66) 17:17, 19 January 2010 (EST)

Deleting pages [9 December 2010]

Jillaine, since you are an admin, I believe you have the rights to delete pages. You shouldn't have to put them into speedy delete. (unless you want to that is :-) --Jennifer (JBS66) 11:41, 9 December 2010 (EST)

mmm... I don't see any other option besides speedy delete... please guide me, oh great admin one! thanks! Jillaine 12:52, 9 December 2010 (EST)
Well, you're a great admin too, so I'll pass this trick onto you :-) Click on More --> Delete. --Jennifer (JBS66) 14:25, 9 December 2010 (EST)
Wow, Jennifer, you are AMAZING!!! ;-) Jillaine 18:01, 9 December 2010 (EST)

Penelope Prince [30 October 2012]


I just now noticed that you are an administrator. Would you please make the changes yourself and restore all of the changes that you made to Penelope Prince? For reference, please look at all of my notes for Penelope Prince and compare them to the (nonexistent) historical record for Penelope Kent. There was NO Penelope Kent. I did many years of research on the historical identity of this woman. Again, I am happy to explain if necessary and welcome your email. 09:41, 30 October 2012 (EDT)

Penelope Kent [30 October 2012]

Please take a look at this page Penelope Kent you just merged. I don't think that a merge will add better information to the existing mess of data in the person record. Could you please check this?--Klaas (Ekjansen) 09:43, 30 October 2012 (EDT)

Deletion [16 December 2012]

Hi Jill,

I noticed that you deleted this page: [1] on the grounds that is was a duplicate.

Unfortunately this creates red links from the pages that are left behind. A better way, is to replace the page with a redirect to the other page. This means that the links in the various family tress will still work. AndrewRT 16:11, 4 December 2012 (EST)

Andrew. Apologies for my mistake. I try to double-check "what links here" to make sure that doesn't happen, but I must have missed that step. Feel free to roll it back, or let me know if you need me to do it. Jillaine 13:47, 5 December 2012 (EST)
No problems - I've created a redirect which sorts out the issue. Just didn't want to be going around fixing the links when someone else was going around inadvertently creating them! AndrewRT 18:43, 16 December 2012 (EST)

Metrics [16 December 2012]

Many thanks for adding your thought to my metrics page - I've replied as best I can. Please let me know what you think! AndrewRT 18:44, 16 December 2012 (EST)

Thanks for the welcome! [18 February 2013]

Apparently this isn't the first time I've decided to check out WeRelate. Now I have two accounts! :( One made in 2010, and one a few days ago. Do you know how to merge them, if that's possible? Liannelavoie 15:14, 18 February 2013 (EST)

I don't know. But you've done the right thing by asking at support. Someone who knows will reply. Jillaine 15:20, 18 February 2013 (EST)

WikiTree [12 March 2014]

J. which do you like better? this or WikiTree? I am thinking about uploading my trees to this site. Fred--FREDITO 14:43, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

WikiTree [23 January 2015]

J. which do you like better? this or WikiTree? I am thinking about uploading my trees to this site. Fred--FREDITO 14:44, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

New categories needed [23 January 2015]

Hello ! Please, see here ! Amicalement - Marc ROUSSEL - --Markus3 17:34, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Automated surnames within places categories [12 May 2015]

In the autumn of 2012 or 2013 all automated surnames-within-places categories were removed. There was quite a long discussion with many pro- and many con-users on the Watercooler. I was a pretty new user at the time and hadn't got my head 'round categories, so I stayed out of the discussion.

Not having that many ancestors, but still loving genealogy, I switched my interest to trying to improve place pages, especially those for Ontario, Canada, and Great Britain. I found that if one makes a category for a place, all the WR sources for that place are found on its accompanying category page. Also, one can build hierarchies of places on place pages, e.g. all the inhabited places in a county. Both uses lead to handy checklists for people trying to reduce the size of the haystack their pin might be in.

There's one problem: the place given on a source-page must match the place-page down to the last hyphen provided by the LDS catalogue. I have had to change the source-page-places a great deal, especially in Great Britain. The suggestion of tying redirects into source page places is too minor to expect it ever to be done.

Regards, --Goldenoldie 15:42, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Prince William County, VA research map [15 June 2016]

Jillaine, I note that you and I worked on the Place:Prince William, Virginia, United States page several years ago. The 'map' on that page is essentially useless (to me) and I'm wondering if you have the know-how to create a different type map that could be posted to that site. I sure don't know how. But I have found a description of the boundaries of the original Prince William County - before the other counties were cut out from it. All boundaries but one are waterways which should be found on a map - if I only knew how to create a map with waterways labeled on it. If such a map with original boundaries marked in a dark outline and current county boundaries marked differently, I'm thinking that would be so helpful to folks trying to determine if their ancestor's Stafford County deeds refer to property in the current Stafford, Prince William or in one of the cut-out counties. Does that make sense to you? Is this something you could do or would want to do?

Description of original PWC before other counties were cut from it:
In 1730 an Act was passed by the General Assembly to become effective 26, Mar 1731 "which delared that 'whereas divers and sundry inconveniences attend the upper inhabitants' of the counties of King George and Stafford 'by reason of their great distance from their respective courthouses and other places usually appointed for public meetings, . . . all the land on the heads of the said counties, above Chopwansick Creek, on Potomack river, and Deep run, on Rappahannock river and a south-west line to be made from the head of the north branch of the said creek to the head of the said Deep run, be divided and exempt from the said counties . . . and be made a distinct county . . . called and known by the name of Prince William.'"

"The new county included the present counties of Prince William, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Arlington. Its southern boundaries were Chopawamsic Creek of the Potomac River and Deep Run of the Rappahannock and a line connecting the heads of these two creeks. Its eastern and northern boundaries were the Potomac River; its southerwestern boundary was the Rappahannock; and the county extended westward to the Blue Ridge Mountains."
(From "Prince William A Story of its People and Places", WPA, 1941, Pg 28, 29) --janiejac 22:41, 15 June 2016 (UTC)