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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.

Surname and Given Name
"Surname" is another term for last name; "given name" is a first or middle name.

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Submitting Your Family Tree

The first page of any family tree in the WorldConnect Project will give you basic information on the submitter: their name, address, the number of records in this family tree, and the date it was last updated. The same information will be repeated on every page.

In addition you may find links to the submitter's homepage, or comments they have left pertaining to their files. This information will be found in the comment areas at the top and bottom of the page.

You will also see a search engine that looks similar to the top portion of the form shown here. You can do searches, or browse through an index of names appearing in the family tree.

Index Results
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Hints for successful searches
  • Browse through the listings, or search for partial names, to find variant spellings
  • Look for links to the submitter's homepage -- check footers and headers
  • Add Post-em Notes to help fill in missing data, or for corrections

How to use the index form

  • Search by surname, or partial surname. Entering just a last name will result in listing of surnames beginning with the one you entered, and any surnames in the file that begin with that sequence of letters. A search for WAIT would result in matches for Wait, Waite, and Waitstill in this family tree. A search of at least three letters of a name — say, WIN — would result in matches for any surname in this file beginning with those three letters. The bracketed numbers indicate the number of individual records in this one family tree for that surname.

    Click on any surname in the listing, and you will be given a listing of individuals appearing in the family tree. At the end of the listing you will find links to see "Previous Page" and "Next Page". Use those links to review the balance of the index.

  • Search by both a surname and given name. To search by a full name, format your entry as surname, given name (for example: Smith, John). You can include a middle name or initial if you wish, or you can use partial names. When searching by this method, you will receive a listing beginning with that person, or names beginning with that sequence of letters.

    Caution: Remember the listing starts with the individual you entered, or names beginning with that sequence of letters. At the end of the listing you will find links to see "Previous Page" and "Next Page". Use those links to review the balance of the index, including other individuals with the same surname that appear earlier in the index.

  • Advanced searches allow you to enter additional search criteria. You can access the Global Search Form by clicking on the link next to the "List" button.

  • Use the A to Z options, to see all surnames beginning with any given letter. This is a very effective way to find alternate spellings for surnames. Don't overlook names that are indexed under the "no surname", "<", and ">" options shown with the A to Z links.

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