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The blue silhouette indicates that descendants of the marked individual are included in the file.

Ahnentafel is a German word meaning "ancestor table." WorldConnect's Ahnentafel report shows up to six generations of an individual's ancestors.

Database (skip database)
"Databases" here are specific family-tree files. Submitters choose a unique user code to identify each family tree submitted.

Descendancy (report)
The Descendancy option gives you an outline of the descendants of an individual in the family tree. The maximum number of generations shown on the report is determined by the person who submitted the family tree, and by the number of generations appearing in the family tree, but will not be more than ten.

Your descendant is someone whose ancestry can be traced to you: your child, grandchild, great-grandchild, etc.

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.

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.

WorldConnect offers two formats for pedigrees. One format is a traditional chart with branching lines, with a maximum of four generations. A compact text-only format is also available, with a maximum of ten generations. The number of generations shown on the report is determined in part by the person who submitted the family tree, and by the number of generations appearing in the family tree.

Register Report
The Register report shows up to six generations of an individual's descendants. This report is in plain text format, making it ideal if you want to copy a portion of a family tree into an e-mail message or use it in another context which requires plain text.

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

An individual record displays all the information in a given family tree for one person. Notes and sources will be shown, if available.

Individual Record Format
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From the individual record you can:
  • Follow links for parents, spouse, or children, to individual records of each of these people. The blue silhouette indicates you will find descendants for that person in the file.

  • Request an assortment of reports or charts. Near the bottom of the page (highlighted in blue for the example shown above) will be the report options available for this person. There will be variance in which reports are available, as it will depend on the information in the file. Click here to learn more about these reports.

  • Download part of this family tree, beginning with the individual shown. If the submitter has agreed to share their file, you will find a "Download GEDCOM" link near the bottom of the page (highlighted in purple for the example shown above). Most genealogy programs allow you to import family trees that are in GEDCOM format. Click here to learn more about downloading a file.

  • Attach or view a Post-em Note. Add your comments or corrections pertaining to the individual shown; view notes added by others. You will see a link near the bottom of the individual record (highlighted in green for the example shown above) to add a Post-em Note. To learn more about adding a Post-em Notes click here.

    Post-Em Edit Form

    If a Post-em Note has been added to the file, you will see a "View Post-em" link in the same area towards the bottom of the page, plus a graphic near the top of the page (shown above). To learn more about viewing Post-em Notes, click here.

  • Follow the link to the submitter's homepage, if applicable. You will find the link at the bottom of the page. In the example shown above, highlighted in yellow, you can see a link to the "winch homepage".

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