Help & FAQs
Help & FAQs
How to create your family tree if you are new to family history?
Click on family tree on the home page and a blank tree will appear. To enter for example, your parent’s details go to that person and click edit and enter the details. Repeat for other members of the family whose details you know. As you get more information you can fill in the gaps on your tree.
How to change an individual’s details in your tree?
Just click on the edit button under the appropriate person’s name.
Can I make my tree private?
Yes you can. Just click on account at the top of the page and select the box “change my family tree visibility”.
This can be useful if you wish to keep your research and family tree private or you may have a notorious individual family member that you wish to keep private.
Why do I see blank names when I look at “all members” of my family tree?
Many of us have people in our tree as “unknown” such as, for example a spouse of a named member who we have no details of and no name. That is why they are there.
If you have forgotten your password pleas use the “forgot password box" on the Log In page and we will send it to you or the option to reset your password.
Can I print out my tree?
Printing a family tree presents a challenge as a tree can be very large. For example we have one single tree within our library that has over 54,000 names in that one tree. What we suggest is that you use the screen print command on your computer for any particular line you may wish to print. We will, very soon hope to be partnering with specialist print companies who will be able, at a cost, to print a complete tree.
What is the Memory Box?
This is the place to upload those family documents, photos, birth, marriage and death certificates and any other documents such as copies of census reports or copies of newspaper articles. Click on memory box to upload any items.
How do I import a GEDCOM file?
Just click on family tree on the home page and you will see the “upload GEDCOM” button.
How can the “Community” help me?
One thing we have learned in over 15 years researching family history is that family history folk love to help others.
In the “Community” section you have a number of choices to help you and the 8 are headed and numbered in this section. Just click on the Community” button on the homepage to see the categories and you can post in all if you wish.
To find people researching your family name for example go to section 5 and [post a message like “looking for anybody researching the Smith family from Aberdeen. Similarly, if you are looking for Smith ancestors from Aberdeen go to section 6.
You can post a message say in the Genealogy chat that you are looking information about a particular ancestor who you may know about but cannot trace. Ask the community for help.
Finding your family via our search facility
You will see the name search on the home page so this is where you should start. Enter as much information you have but we strongly suggest that you visit regularly as we are adding new family trees to our library daily.
It is also very important to post messages on our community boards and please let us know about your success in tracing family.
We hope members will help one another by offering “look ups” in census records. Post a message saying what you need.
General chat is just that but remember please keep it polite.
What is a GEDCOM FILE?
GEDCOM (an acronym standing for Genealogical Data Communication) is an open de facto specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software. GEDCOM was developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) as an aid to genealogical research.
A GEDCOM file is plain text (usually either ANSEL or ASCII) containing genealogical information about individuals, and meta data linking these records together. Most genealogy software supports importing from and exporting to GEDCOM format. However, some genealogy software programs incorporate the use of proprietary extensions to the format, which are not always recognized by other genealogy programs, such as the GEDCOM 5.5 EL (Extended Locations) specification.
While GEDCOM X and several other files have been suggested as replacements, the current 1996 version remains the industry standard 20 years on.
The above taken from Wikipedia is the “official” explanation. In simple terms GEDCOM is a way of transmitting family tree files so that they will appear as a traditional family tree and not appear as lines of text that nobody can understand.
If you would like to see a particular feature or you think the site could be improved please drop us an email as we are always looking to improve Ask The Ancestors.
If you need help go to our home page and click on “see how it works” in either of the the two boxes set into the photos. This will bring up a separate page that should tell you all you need to know.
If you still need help please do not hesitate to email your query to us and we will do our best to help you out.
To contact us, please click here.
Where to begin?
- Enter the information you already know into your family tree.
- Speak to your relatives to see if they can tell you more about your family history.
- Search other members' trees and see if anyone else is researching the same family as you.
- Use our historical records to find detailed information of ancestors from hundreds of years ago.