I'm considering getting the Premium feature, but have a question first: Is it possible to connect/subscribe to another persons family tree?
Let me explain. I have my tree and my cousin has her family tree. Through SmartMatch I've been able to update the details (on my tree) on my great-grandmother. However, my cousin has done VERY extensive research into that part of the family. Is there a way I can connect her entire tree (where it is relevant to my family) to my family tree? Alternatively, can I view her tree and manually add family members?
What you will need to do is to contact her and have her give you a GEDCOM file of the family tree that you will then be able to import into your FTB software and either create a new tree with this file or merge this into your existing family tree.
Should you need more information about GEDCOM files then you can visit our HELP section which you will find at the bottom of the page and then got directly to the Family Tree Builder section and here you will find a number of topics including the "How do I merge two family trees" .
Jag tror man måste vara betalande medlem för att kunna kontakta andra medlemmar. Som Basic medlem (icke betalande) får man Smart Matches men man kan inte göra något med dom. Allt för att locka dig att bli betalande medlem.
I'm confused about first names say for instance Ole and Olof or Olaf; Hulda or Hilda and Isabella or Isabell...It seems as though they were using both names in these examples. It was back in the 1700-1800's and I don't know if names were used as say a nick name or if it would be totally different. It was back in the 1800's and before. I see several sources for Ole and Olof that appear to be the same person but....same with Hilda and Hulda or Isabella and Isabell.
Sur names have me nuts... those I'll work on yet before I scream for help. Does anyone have any input on my example above. I'm really lost being you've been around the Genealogy block a time or two I'd like to hear your input.
Anders gave you an excellent set of examples. He could have also added that many folks lacked an education and sometimes their names were spelled the way they sounded (phonically). I have found about 18 different spellings of our surname, and it's a simple name with just two syllables. I'm afraid you'll just have to muddle through it all along with the rest of us, but it does get a little easier as you become a better researcher. Good luck and happy hunting! Charles Herndon, Austin, TX
"many folks lacked an education and sometimes their names were spelled the way they sounded (phonically). I have found about 18 different spellings of our surname"
The same happened in my wife's father's family. The patriarch came from Switzerland, and being of Italian race and no doubt illiterate and with a heavy accent, his children were registered with five variations of his surname, a later generation with two more. The original family were traced by way of birth certificates etcetera; the clue being that no matter the spelling of the father's (and so the child's) name, they always had the same mother.
Thank you I'm so new at this and don't seem to have much of a clue as to what I got mself into. But I'm thinking I've a job,, maybe even a job and a half. I really appreciate your answer, it was really helpful.
I think you are talking about scandinavian persons. Often their names was writen down in the birth book as the priest found it appropiate. The names Kristina, Christina, Stina, Kerstin may have been used for the same person in different times and different priests. The same with the names Katarina, Catharina, Karin, Kajsa. So it can be very confusing when looking in the church books and follow a family where the names are changing.
When it comes to surnames it is not that confusing when you know the rules. At the time, at least in Sweden, the surname came from the name of the father and then son or dotter is added for the children. So you allways know what the fathers name was. Of course the names of the father can also vary in time Jonas/Jon, Påvel/Pål/Paul and so on and that gives also the variations in surname over time. This naming convention ended in the late 1800s and the surname started to be inherited from father to children and the wife started to take the husbands surname. Before, the wifes used their maiden surnames their whloe life.
Also, It was posible to change surname and this was particular common for soldiers that took or was given by the officers a short surname that often caracterized thier person like "Strong" or a name that came from the place where they lived like Ljungman because he came from Ljung. This was also practiced for people in towns where many people lived close together with similar names and they changed their names to be easily separated and maybe wanted to separate them selfs from thier pesant background.
Thank you Anders for yoru response to my question, and yes I was referring to Scandinavin names. I meant to add that little bit of important information but forgot.
I never would have realized that women didn't take on the mans sur name until the late 1800's. I understiood the dotter and son part with one s and sometimes with ss. It sounds as though I have much to, hmmmm maybe someday maybe my husband would think that would be a god excuse to eventually visit Sweden. What a dream that would be.
Okay now seriousl Thank you for the information you provided.
Does anyone have this problem, when I search, entering name and surname, place of residence and death, I would like to only get hits from that area. E.g I want to only see South African records! But it includes millions of US records that I don't want to see!
Jean has some valid points, though they sound a little bitter towards the USA. On the flip side, I get dozens of "Smart Matches" from other countries that aren't even close to being good matches and have to spend valuable research time rejecting them. But, I am still glad I get them because every once in a while I do actually find family. In fact, of the 8045 names on my site, over 1700 are matches with a lady in Austrailia, the most matches of any other site! Anyway, good luck and happy hunting.
Is it possible to link nodes other than by descent path, i.e., a direct jump between distant relatives to show some special connection? I have a nephew whose namesake is a distant, indirect relation several generations removed. I have in mind something that might be represented by a small icon in a person's "card" that that would enable a one-click jump to a far-separated "card". By the way: what do we call that thing-a-me that contains a person's name and image? A cartouche?
Marianne is right, but I don't think she quite grasped what you were asking. Did you mean an actual icon on a family member's card that automatically moves you to his relatives card? If so, there's not one, so far as I know. You might want to put the idea in suggestions forum. By the way, I've never heard the phrase "thing-a-me". In Texas, and most of the rest of the south, we us "thing-a-ma-jig"! LOL! Happy hunting.
Yeah, I said -jig as a child of the Old (Florida) South, but bunking with a platoon of Pittsburgh and Philly urban types for a couple of years can do strange things to one's vocabulary. So, "card" seems to be the term we use.
I hear that! I was raised in west Texas, then lived in Dallas area, then New Orleans, then Mobile, and now back in Texas, in Austin, not to mention two years in South Carolina while in the navy. So, you can just imagine what my accent is like, ya'll mon a mis! LOL! Merry Christmas.
Hi ~ I created my family tree in geni years ago. I learned quickly that when I sent out an email from geni to my tree members their information became locked and only editable by them. This was frustrating because they never added important data like new children, new marriages, etc.
I just learned about myheritage and I am preparing to create my family tree again in myheritage. If I transfer the info over from geni, will my branches be unlocked? Or should I rebuild from scratch?
You can definitely transfer your tree from Geni.com and bring it to MyHeritage without needing to start it from scratch. Please, follow the instructions below:
1. Log in to Geni.com
2. Click on "Family" > "Share your tree"> "GEDCOM Export – Export" (as shown in the picture below)
3. Geni allows you to export "Blood relatives", "ancestors" or "descendants" for free. The full GEDCOM export including in-law parts of the tree is not free on Geni.com and requires a Geni Pro account. Note that once you have moved to MyHeritage.com you can export any data you uploaded or created even with the free MyHeritage Basic account.
4. Keep "Type"| as "GEDCOM 5.5" and click "Export GEDCOM file"
I'm sorry to be confusing but my question is - after I transfer my tree from geni using GEDCOM, will the locked branches be unlocked?
When I first created my family tree on geni.com I sent out email notices from geni to my family members. When they opened the tree with the link I sent I was no longer able to edit their information. I was locked out. Unfortunately, they don't keep their information up to date - they have not added new children and new marriages, etc., and I am unable to add that information myself.
My question is, will my tree still be locked after a transfer from geni? If so, then I will have to start from scratch because I want to be able to add all information myself.