(Submission Form)

Submit Your Family Tree

Both required; 3-16 characters (letters, numbers, hyphen, or underscore only), no spaces.

We recommend standard if this is your first submission. You can use the Advanced setup later to modify your options.

Terms and Definitions

CONC is a tag within your genealogy progam that means "continue with the previous text, and do not leave spaces." The advanced user setup/edit form allows you to adjust CONC tag output if the words in your notes are running together.

WorldConnect permits you to download portions of another researcher's family tree, if the submitter allows it. Downloading a file copies a portion of the family tree to your computer, so you can incorporate it into your personal files. As with any other source, be sure to verify the accuracy of the information.

If you are submitting a family tree, you have the option of adding a footer to your file. Many submitters use this area, which appears near the bottom of each page, for closing comments.

GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. Within the WorldConnect Project, "GEDCOM" indicates an individual family tree or file. A more detailed explanation of what a GEDCOM is, and how it is used within the WorldConnect Project, is available here.

When you create a GEDCOM file, the fields containing information in your genealogy file (birth, marriage, baptism, etc.) are mapped to the appropriate GEDCOM tags (e.g., BIRT, MARR, BAPM). A listing of the most common tags and their definitions is available here.

If you are submitting a family tree, you have the option of adding a header to your file. Many submitters use this area, which appears near the top of each page, to add supplemental information for those accessing the file, including: postal addresses, homepage URLs (Web addresses), page counters, cautions that some data has not been verified, and so on. A header is not the same as a title , which appears directly under the RootsWeb masthead.

Post-em Note
A Post-em Note enables you to help fill in a missing piece of information in an existing file. It is the electronic equivalent of a sticky note. You can attach your e-mail address, a link to another Web address, or other information to the record of any individual in WorldConnect. For a more detailed explanation of what Post-em Notes are, and how to use them, click here.

The title of a WorldConnect database will appear in bold letters directly under the RootsWeb masthead. The title is not the same as a header. A header, if used, will appear in a much smaller type directly above the individual entries, between the blue lines.

When you upload your family tree, you are transferring a copy of your file to the WorldConnect Project. It does not alter or remove the family tree on your computer.

URL is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. In layman's terms, it is an address for a document or resource on the Internet. The address of your family tree will include your user code(s).

User Code
The person submitting a family tree chooses a unique user code to identify each family tree submitted. The user code appears in WorldConnect's search results, and becomes part of the URL (address) of the family tree.

More Terms and Definitions

Related FAQs:

Creating a GEDCOM file
Standard Submission Form
Protecting Privacy of the Living

This page reviews the advanced setup options. We highly recommend you choose the standard setup option the first time you submit a family tree to the WorldConnect Project.

Preliminary steps
  • Create a GEDCOM format of your family tree prior to beginning the submission process.

  • Complete the submission form in the side panel of this page, or follow the links on the main WorldConnect page or the main RootsWeb page.

  • You may submit as many family trees as you wish; however, each one must have a unique user code.

Completing the setup/edit form
[View Advanced Setup/Edit Form]

You can change your options at any time, without having to resubmit your family tree. Leave the location field blank if you are not uploading a new or revised GEDCOM file.

Section one: owner information
The information you entered on the preliminary submission pages will appear here automatically. You may update or modify the information, but you cannot leave these fields blank. You will be notified when Post-em Notes are attached to your family tree, unless you change the default to "no."

Section two: display options
[View placement and examples of title, header, footer]

"Title" is the only required field. It will appear on every page within your family tree. The header and footer areas appear in smaller print.

You determine if names are displayed in bold type and if the surnames are changed to all uppercase (capital) letters.  "No" indicates you want the surnames to remain in the format you entered them in your program: all uppercase, mixed case, or even all lowercase letters.

Your family tree will be seen in an assortment of reports and charts. The maximum number of generations shown on a report is determined by the depth(number of generations) you choose, and by the number of generations appearing in your family tree. You also determine which pedigree format will be initially seen (when applicable). There will be a link on the report to the alternate pedigree format.

The last two options in this section pertain to your GEDCOM file. If you want to include HTML coding in your notes or source materials, choose "yes" to allowing HTML in your GEDCOM. If the words in your notes run together, choose "yes" to adjust CONC tag output (CONC is a term that means "continue with the previous text, and do not leave spaces").

Section three: GEDCOM download options
You determine if others can download your file, and if so, how many generations (the depth) can be downloaded. If you leave the setting at "no," other researchers will not be able to download any part of your file. Individual downloads are limited to ancestors or descendants of a specified individual, although a savvy user can make repeated downloads to acquire a large portion of your file. Only you, the submitter, can download your entire file.

You next have the option to include a note that will appear when your file is downloaded. For example, you may wish to state that the original information you have contributed to the family tree is to be used for private research only, and/or you may wish to include your name and contact information.

Section four: upload options
The last section of the form identifies where your file is located on your computer, and defines your display preferences.

Clicking on the "browse" button is the easiest method to enter the location of the file on your computer. Older browsers may not display the "browse" button -- but upgrading your browser software should make it visible. If you are uploading from a disk or CD, be sure it is inserted in your computer. You will not be able to use multiple disks for the same family tree. If you are not uploading a new or revised file, the location should be left blank.

The remaining options in this section determine how you want the WorldConnect Project to display individuals, especially those still living. To learn more about using these options, click here.

Submission buttons The setup/edit page has multiple functions, which are activated by the buttons at the bottom of the page. Key points are shown below, and more details are available here.

  • Big files may take a long time to upload.
  • You can change your options at any time without having to upload your file again.
  • Your file, updates, and deletions are applied immediately. The search function is updated once a day. New files,updates, and deletions may take up to 24 hours to be applied to the search function.
  • Retrieve GEDCOM allows you to download your family tree as you submitted it, regardless of the display options you chose.

After submitting your file, make a descendancy chart for each of your great-grandparents to quickly verify that the living were treated as you intended. Look for descendants who should have been marked as living or removed, but who were not recognized by the living filter. Click here to learn more about using the clean and remove options to protect the privacy of the living.

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