Terms and Definitions
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
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
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.
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
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
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).
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
Creating a GEDCOM file
Submitting Your Family Tree
Advanced Submission Form
We highly recommend that you choose the standard setup option the first time you submit
a family tree to the WorldConnect Project. You will be able to use the advanced setup form to edit your
file later on if you wish.
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.com page.
- You may submit as many family trees as you wish; however, each one must have a unique user code.
Completing the user setup/edit form
[View standard 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.
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.
If you want the WorldConnect Project to change your surnames to all uppercase (capital) letters, select
"yes" on that option. "No" indicates that you want the surnames to remain in
the format you entered them in your program: all uppercase, mixed case, or even all lowercase letters.
Section three: GEDCOM download options
You determine if others can download your file. If you leave the setting at "no," other
researchers will not be able to download any part of your file; "yes" will allow them to download
a maximum of six generations from any individual in your family tree.
Only you, the submitter,
can download the entire file.
Section four: upload options
The last section of this 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 determine
how you want the WorldConnect Project to display individuals, especially those still living. You can choose
to clean or remove the records of living individuals from display. (The records will still be in your
file. Only what is displayed on the Internet is altered.) Living in this case is defined as anyone in
your family tree born (or christened) in 1930 or later that does not have a death or burial year included
in the proper field of your GEDCOM, unless you change the default settings (default year currently is
1930).The year 1930 was used as the default setting because the 1930 U.S. census has been released as
public information. You can change the default to any year prior to 1930 if you wish. For example, if
you have a person in your file who was born in 1921 and is still living, you can change the default to
1920 so that their full name will not be displayed. When there are no birth or christening dates, the
WorldConnect program attempts to approximate the year of birth from other information in the GEDCOM file.
Clean means the entries for living individuals will be displayed in WorldConnect but the given names
will be replaced with the word "living." The advanced user setup/edit form gives you a multitude
of ways to protect the privacy of the living in your file. Included are the choices to treat tags as notes
or to remove specific tags. You will find a listing of common tags here.
Remove means your family tree will not display entries for any living individuals. You will still need
to determine how you want notes, source information, and tags to be shown for those who are not living.
You have additional options to protect the privacy of the living, including removing notes or source
information from display. If you wish, you can add a message that will be attached to each of the living
individuals in your file.
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