User talk:LSnellgrove

Hello and welcome to the WeRelate virtual genealogical community. Together we can build a community website where we can learn from each other, work together and find what we need to make our research easier, more rewarding and fun.

If you would like to create a homepage:

  1. You will need to log in
  2. select the My Relate button,
  3. click on homepage
  4. click on edit

You will see three input boxes. The first is for Surname in Place pages. These are like message boards--only they can be organized by county and family group with headers. New information can be added under a family's section at any time. Answers to a question can also be added right under the question. Information will not be lost in the threads. See Phillips in Texas. When you create a surname in place page, be sure use only the surname. You can create a header for individuals and families on the page itself. It should be entitled Surname|Place name like Phillips|Texas. The place should be a large area such as a state, or country. (If you click on edit button on Phillips in Texas you will be able to see how to create the headers for Phillips in Texas. )

Personal Research pages are password protected. These pages can be viewed by all but only you can write on them. They are a great place to store your research notes, to do list and transcriptions of historical documents. These can have any title you choose.

The third text box is for your homepage information. What ever you would like to tell the world about yourself and your research. Have fun and welcome to our virtual genealogical community.

If you have any questions or comments please email me. Again thank you for participation.--sq 22:49, 14 November 2006 (MST)



Hi, you have done some impressive work. Thanks for participating. We'd really like to get some feed back to make it better. You could leave a message on my talk page or email me at Thanks again.--sq 22:42, 15 November 2006 (MST)

Any problems?


I noticed in the server logs from yesterday evening that there were some errors logged while you were editing family pages. Unfortunately the log doesn't provide any other information, and I looked at your pages and they seem to be fine. We just launched the person and family pages recently and there may be some bugs, which I'd like to correct. Did you experience any problems while editing family pages last evening? The pages referenced in the logs are:

Thank you by the way for your comments. I agree that the "Researching" section can get too long. I'll remove Surname and Place page references when I push out the next set of changes today or tomorrow.

Also, you can search the help pages by clicking on the main Search button and entering "" (without the quotes) in the Keywords box along with the words you want to search for. If you don't find what you're looking for, please let either Solveig or me know, so we can improve the help.

Thank-you again for your feedback!

--Dallan 11:54, 16 November 2006 (MST)

Help and tutorials

I will be writing new tutorials with movie demos soon. We will be changing the main page to accomodate increased functionality. As soon as that is complete, I will start production on the demo videos and new tutorials. So your input would be greatly appreciated. What did you need help with, struggle with? My problem is that I am so involved with the project, I don't know what the sticking points are. I know how it works because I helped design it. It would be really helpful if you and some others could go through the tutorials, help pages and data input screens, etc., and let me know what the problem areas are. I want to make everything very easy to understand and use.

Thanks again for your comments and participation. --sq 15:54, 18 November 2006 (MST)

"Researching" Section and pedigree maps

I changed the format of the "Researching" section. Not sure I like it yet; let me know if you have feelings one way or the other. Also, we just added maps to the bottom of pedigree pages. Please let me know if you have any comments one way or the other.--Dallan 19:21, 21 November 2006 (MST)

Pedigree Migration Map

Hi, Just wanted to show off the Pedigree Migration Map. It is colored coded for vital information for children, spouse, subject, and six ancestors. You can click on the individuals you want to see at the top of the screen. What do you think? --Dallan 23:04, 22 November 2006 (MST)

Thank you for your comments

Thanks for your comments on the maps! I'll add a legend early next week.--Dallan 23:37, 24 November 2006 (MST)

Brilliant spam-fighting work just got better!!

Five minutes a while ago, this time down to two-and-a-half. I hope we can keep you in the team! Robin Patterson 14:47, 13 December 2006 (MST)

Thanks again Lauren!--Dallan 00:38, 6 January 2007 (MST)

Family Tree Explorer


We just launched a early release of the Family Tree Explorer. In case you'd like to try it out, I've taken the pages that you've created and added them to a tree called "mytree". So when you launch Family Tree Explorer, you should be able to click on File then Open to view your tree. I'd be interested to get any feedback you have. We're going to be working on it intensely over the next several weeks, so this is a great time to have some input into how it will turn out.--Dallan 23:34, 20 January 2007 (MST)

WERELATE.GED Imported Successfully

The pages from your GEDCOM, "WERELATE.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 09:44, 27 May 2007 (MDT)

fixing up Scottish places [1 November 2007]

Hi Lauren, you've probably seen that there's a big effort to get all the place pages in the right "contained in" structure in preparation for a place overhaul that Dallan is going to do. Anyway, I've signed up to try to get Scotland into shape, and I'm wondering if I could ask you to help me out with one small patch. I'm very appreciative of all the work you'd done earlier in the year on Fife and Perth. Those are in very good shape. I'd just noticed that there are probably a few extra Anstruther pages running around in Fife. There are the proper parish pages for Anstruther Easter and Anstruther Wester that you created, but there are also three other pages for Anstruther as a whole, and Anstruther Easter and Wester as towns. I'm not sure whether there should be two towns, each within their respective parishes, or a single town contained in both parishes (although we'd have to pick one as the "primary contained in"), or what. I figure you'd know best what makes sense, since you've done actual research in the area. Could you look into those pages, and get them sorted and consolidated however you think makes sense? Thanks! --TomChatt 03:36, 31 October 2007 (EDT)

Thanks, Lauren! --TomChatt 04:53, 1 November 2007 (EDT)

Updating Scotland [8 November 2007]

Hi, We're getting ready to rename the place pages to their "full" names soon. I'm thinking about running an automated process to add "previously-located-in" entries to all places with an FHLC link that corresponds to where the FHLC says the place was located in. When I did the initial merge, I unfortunately often threw this information away. It's been critical to get this information back for places like the Czech Republic and Wales so I've written a program to automatically update the place places. I see that you've often updated the located-in place to be more specific than the FHLC place, and in these cases I won't update it, but I thought I'd run it over Scotland just in case. In preparation for this I'm swapping the located-in and previously-located-in places where the previously-located-in field is actually the current located-in place because the program expects this. Once I get the list of updates to be made I'd like to show them to and ask you to check to make sure they look reasonable before I actually apply them if that's alright. I've also left a message on Tom Chatt's talk page.--Dallan 20:39, 7 November 2007 (EST)

Hi Lauren, I responded to this on Place_talk:Scotland. I'm becoming convinced that the best thing to do with those modern districts and "unitary authorities" is to just get rid of them, as far as WeRelate Place pages are concerned. What do you think? --TomChatt 02:11, 8 November 2007 (EST)

Feedback on final place review [21 November 2007]

Hi, I wanted to make sure that you saw the proposal I left for a final place review on WeRelate talk:Place review. I'd love to get your comments on it. This is due primarily to the discussion you and Tom and I had a couple of weeks ago. Thanks!--Dallan 11:39, 21 November 2007 (EST)

Daniels Relatives.ged Imported Successfully [20 May 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 09:50, 20 May 2008 (EDT)

My Family Tree.ged Imported Successfully [29 January 2009]

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 21:53, 29 January 2009 (EST)

TMG 2008_02_02.GED appears to overlap a previously-imported GEDCOM [3 February 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 21:05, 3 February 2009 (EST)

TMG 2008_02_02.GED Imported Successfully [4 February 2009]

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 11:06, 4 February 2009 (EST)

Surname in Place Pages [9 March 2009]


I'm working on a volunteer project for Dallan-- drafting categories for articles in the no-name namespace (i.e., "Articles"). See User:Jillaine/Article_Project.

One of the things that Dallan has recommended is that we move "Surname in Place" content to the appropriate Category page. In an email he wrote:

- the surname-in-place articles: we could either create a surname-in-place category for articles about people with a specific surname in a particular place, or we could move these to the category page. "Surname in place" articles was an idea I had that didn't "take" -- I thought that people would use the pages like message boards. I don't like the surname message boards at Ancestry because they're too broad - covering a surname for the entire world. So I thought we could do better by limiting the surnames to particular states/countries. But we don't have the readership and these articles never really went anywhere. So I think that cutting and pasting the text to the category pages is a good idea, unless the article is really well-done (do we have any?) in which case I might categorize it as a (surname) project.

It looks like you may have some good, "well-done" such pages.

I haven't started actually moving any text or even started categorizing the actual pages. Right now, I'm just coming up with categories and making a list of pages that might go in particular categories.

But as I'm goign through all these pages, I see that you've got quite a lot of surname-in-place pages, fairly well done. I'd like your input on what happens long before we actually do anything. Thoughts?

-- jillaine 23:05, 28 February 2009 (EST)

Hi Jillaine, I haven't been ignoring this issue, but I've been "enjoying" the flu and having a hard time thinking! Perhaps it would be best if I worked the "Surname in Place" articles into the [Rumgay Family Exchange] set of articles, then added a link on the appropriate Category page? I haven't had any takers yet on adding to the Rumgay Family Exchange pages, but I know there are other Rumgay researchers out there. --Lauren 13:56, 9 March 2009 (EDT)
I've opted to put the "Schwager in Pennsylvania" and "Sayles in Pennsylvania" articles up for deletion, since the Family namespace now includes that information. I'm not quite sure what to do with the "Hauck in Pennsylvania" information on burials at Keelor's Cemetery though. --Lauren 14:21, 9 March 2009 (EDT) - New York Passenger Lists [9 March 2009]

Hello, I was trying (mostly in vain!) to figure out the NY Passenger list sources we have here. I created a new source Source:United States, New York, New York. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, 1897-1957 since that is the title at NARA. In an effort to eliminate sources beginning with, I deleted the source - New York Passenger Lists (if I just redirected it, the name would still appear in the drop-down boxes). Your Person:Jean Forrest (4) was the only page to link to this source. - New York Passenger Lists ( is also one that I would like to delete. But, we both have pages that link here. Would you mind if I deleted this source as well? Thank you!--Jennifer (JBS66) 12:09, 9 March 2009 (EDT)

Jennifer, I do mind when you delete sources I've linked to. I didn't realized I'd have to watch every source page I linked to in order to keep them from disappearing, leaving me with the dreaded "red link." If redirecting the page is something you are very opposed to, you are welcome to change the source to your new version on the linked pages, then delete the old source.--Lauren 13:47, 9 March 2009 (EDT)

Since this is the first time that I've deleted a source with links attached, I'm glad I asked. I need to bring this up on the Watercooler, as I believe this is common practice among others. Thank you for your honesty.--Jennifer (JBS66) 13:55, 9 March 2009 (EDT)

Jennifer, Sorry if I sounded a bit cranky, but for the last few months I've been working through my tree, replacing most MySource references with Source references, correcting places, merging data, and getting rid of red links. The thought of having to redo or even recheck all 1725 I've already done ... well ... --Lauren 14:00, 9 March 2009 (EDT)

rumgay [3 November 2009]

robert rumgay born india was my grand father--Robertr 19:52, 2 November 2009 (EST)

WeRelate Featured Page for week of March 7, 2011 [8 March 2011]

Congratulations! Your Person Page, Samuel D. Daniels has been selected as the WeRelate Featured Page for the week of March 7th, 2011. Keep up the good work and best regards from all of us at!

Jim (Co-Administrator on 15:26, 8 March 2011 (EST)

[5 September 2012]

Hi Lauren, My name is Barbara Sheppard Gallagher and I descend from Matilda Mahorter/Mehorter. I keep running across your name on as well - my tree is public so you can see how we relate. I live in the Philadelphia area. I only recently began my research in depth when I became disabled and had a ton of time on my hands. This sure is addictive!! I just wanted to let you know that I am "out here" as well doing research. If I find something of interest to share, I will be sure to send it along. If I can ever be of assistance in some way, please let me know.

Barbara--Barbara Gallagher 13:42, 5 August 2011 (EDT)


I am related to you because my father was John M. Adams, Jr.

Lauren has done a terrific job in tracing our family heritage--Pbreeding 15:18, 5 September 2012 (EDT)

John Mehorter Adams [5 September 2012]


I thought I would give you some information on my Father.......

He married my mother Elizabeth May Robinson (July 15, 1929 - August 19, 1982) on May 2, 1954 after his wife Ms. Stewart died. He had one child by Ms. Stewart named Sandra Bea (August 24, 1942). My father had 3 children by my mother and they are Patricia Jean (July 23, 1955); Katharine Ann (December 16, 1957) and myself Margaret Louise (May 16, 1960). My father had a son and I think it was before Ms. Stewart and his name was Edward Shimer Adams. I have no idea or information on this because my father never talked about this. I found out that he had a son at a very young age.--Pbreeding 15:13, 5 September 2012 (EDT)

Hello! Long time no communicate [2 December 2014]

Hi Lauren,

It's been a long time since we exchanged info on the Rumgays. (I'm supposedly descended from James Rumgay (c. 1598) & Katharine Cowpar (c. 1598) from info I got through a member of Genes Reunited). I haven't been spending much time on my Muirs from Fife (and related families). In fact, I am just now trying to delete my account with WeRelate as my records in my gedcom file are not compatible with their system and I cannot upload my most recent tree. I hope this finds you relatively well.

Fondest regards,

Jim Muir--Jim Muir 03:29, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Jane Muirhead [29 April 2016]

I'm sure you don't check this anymore but I just wanted to say hello. Jane Muirhead Forrest is my great great grandmother. My great grandmother was Gwendolyn Clemmer Whyte. It's nice to meet you and know that you are out there.

Melissa--Haroldnmaude422 10:23, 16 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi Melissa! I remember great-aunt Gwen. I'm in touch with some of great-uncle Bob's kids too. It was tough on my grandmother, Marguerite, to lose all of her younger siblings.--Lauren 15:49, 29 April 2016 (UTC)