Frequently asked questions
The members of our family sites, MyArnolds.com, MyMoberlys.com and MyPowells.com, would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our 'cousins' in genealogy and encourage them to catch the fever as you search for your ancestors . This can become both a labor of love - and hate - because it can consume an extraordinary amount of time, but personal satisfaction, camaraderie, and other rewards are exhilarating. Kate and I offer you the opportunity to enjoy family tree research by using webtrees, a wonderful open source genealogy software developed with the skills of a talented development team, of which we are members. Launched 26 AUG 2010, webtrees is a significantly enhanced fork from John Finlay's phpGedView. This genealogy web site is hosted by webtreesonline.com, a division of genehosts LLC. Quality webtrees hosting from a webtrees team member is available at reasonable prices.
Each of us at MyArnolds.com consider privacy of paramount importance and we protect our data vigorously.
Fortunately, webtrees' software confidentiality functions are excellent in the application of certain rules of privacy - our main site hides details about people who are alive or to those who you are not linked. To view details of living people, you will have to be a trusted member of our site and you must connect to the site with your username and password account. Your free membership gives you access to your special page (INDI record ID #) in the family tree. In addition, our site uses several levels of privacy access and user verification, as well as webtrees' relationship privacy. The latter function lets you see information for people defined as a close relative. If you are a member of the site and connected and still see some individuals or families still marked as "private", this feature has been enabled for your account. If you think your access is too restricted, please email the genemaster and explain with details of identification numbers, where you were blocked and why you believe you should see this information. Of course, no system is perfect or unbreakable and inadvertent access to data remains a remote possibility. We do our best to address all privacy issues quickly. If you feel strongly about some of your personal data stored here, please contact the genemaster via the e-mail links below. Your data can be removed from the site, but your access may also be restricted. See also the FAQ on the site information. We take abuse of our information seriously, and will not tolerate theft or misuse. We will take legal action against those who engage in or attempt identity theft or harassment as result of accessing our data.
Do not copy our data on living persons to any other sites or to places that you may be unable to protect the privacy of these individuals. You can be held responsible for this exposure or abuse. As you will see, there is a lot of time, effort and talent that has been extended to assemble this database. We don't want others simply copying our collective work. Also, we do not share the information contained herein with other sources, nor do we contribute information to any commercial enterprise (Ancestry.com, Geni, Tribal Pages, etc). We expect you to respect this policy as well. Please do not copy our data to other sites, and certainly never post information on living persons elsewhere. This database will remain in our possession for the public display of public domain information, and will not be sold, given or loaned in any way or form in order to generate revenue by us or by others. Personal data will not be shared by us with a public source and you, as our users, are sworn to the same high standards.
Remember, the security of your password is essential in protecting the privacy of your own and other family members information, so keep it safe. We recommend that you change your password from time to time. Please note also that, as site administrators, we can not access your password. If you forget yours, please use the "Request for new password" on the login page and a new, temporary one will be sent to your registered e-mail address.
The information contained in these several family trees (GEDCOM) was obtained from many different sources. Contributors are constantly sending in the trees of their family, providing some facts and updates, and many of our registered users have added almost if not all of their own family trees. The data from these multiple sources is carefully fused with our past events. Much of the Arnold / Moberly / Powell / Dillon family tree is the result of our own investigation and obtained from search and review of online data and public information.
Should we say "Welcome, Cousin"? NOTE: MyArnolds.com does NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION to access data on known deceased persons on our website. However, to contribute or to see facts on your presumed living relatives, you will need to register for a free account and advise us of your relationship.
- Registrants should be relatives, albeit a distant cousin in many cases, however somehow related to someone already listed or someone who should be listed on our site. Registration on this site is available only to those with an identifiable link to an existing individual or families within this tree, or to someone we should add to have more complete data.;
- Registrants should be prepared to visit regularly and contribute to our sites, at a minimum providing us with your personal and immediate family information and later - modifications, augmentation, amplifications and additions to our existing data;
- Registrants must pledge to protect the privacy of the data on all living persons on the site, and, as noted above, contribute your own personal information. Any privacy violations will lead to immediate termination of access privileges and may be cause for legal action. We take the possibility of identity theft or information abuse seriously. Please see our Privacy Section above for more details.
If you qualify for an account and agree to abide by these rather simply policies and procedures, please use the registration form built into our site. Be sure to:
- Use the comments field to answer ALL the information requested on that page (and here),
- Explain your relationship to relatives contained within the existing site, your brief lineage to that person, and
- Clearly confirm by affirmation your acknowledgement of your intentions to abide by our policies and access rules.
After you submit your request, we will then review your application. Please be patient as proper review and verification may take some time and effort and we may sometimes be away for several days. Incomplete applications will be held until we receive the confirmation of relationship, enter you into our database and receive your promises (affirmations) to protect privacy and all data on living persons and to abide by this site's terms and conditions of use as outlined in these FAQs.
When you add or edit any data on the Family tree there a few general principles that should be followed:
1 - Every person and / or every event in that person's life should include a source reference. The concept is very simple. If you have a piece of information about someone, you MUST have got that information from somewhere. That "somewhere" is the SOURCE. It might be something sophisticated like a database, a Parish register, or a book. It might be something as simple as "Aunt Mary remembered....". These are both valid sources, but the more information you can give about a source, the easier it will be in ten, twenty, or more years time to look and say, "Ah, so that is where we got that bit of information!"
2 - All information must be factual, or described in a way that clearly indicates how accurate it is. If, for example, you know a person's age, from a census, but not their actual birth date, then you cannot say AS FACT that they were born in a certain year. There are issues of rounding, possible error on the census page, or even in some cases people might have misrepresented their age. In these cases, the use of date qualifiers like ABT (about), or EST (estimated), or CAL (calculated) to show how you arrived at the birth date you entered would be appropriate. Another good example is finding a birth, marriage or death on the UK's registration index pages. These only record events within a quarter (3 month period) so the closest you can record the date is, for example, BET JAN 1850 AND MAR 1850, meaning "in the Mar quarter of 1850. Entering a date like that is easy in the software we use - just type "Q1 1850" and it will be converted to the full text required for you!
3 - Information should accurately reflect what it really is, and what you really know. This means that the date of a baptism found on a Parish Register, for example, should NOT be entered as a BIRTH. It is a baptism or christening date. If it is the only record you have for the person's birth you should either not enter a birth (the baptism will be used instead in any age calculations), or enter the birth with a date of BEF (before) whatever the date of the baptism was. That clearly shows that the only thing we know for certain is that the birth happened before the baptism, but we don't know if it was 1 day, or 10 years before! The same applies for Parish register burials. They are not a death event, so the death would be better recorded as BEF the date of the burial.
4 - General site appearance - How to best view this site. This site is best viewed with the newest browsers - at least Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 4, Google Chrome or Opera, but includes almost any browser made in the last couple of years. Using older browser versions may result in all kinds of viewing glitches and navigational problems, including transparent images that may have grey backgrounds in Internet Explorer 6 and earlier. We do not support deprecated (old and discontinued) operating systems and browsers.
webtrees works on a variety of screen sizes but some pages may require you to scroll sideways to see all of the information. This is especially true with many charts like the Pedigree Tree. I recommend using a screen size of at least 1280 pixels in width.
4 - Use of data and media - May I use information obtained from this site elsewhere? This site, its contents and presentation are all subject to varying copyrights and licensing. While much of what is written and exposed to casual visitors was obtained from public sources, some data is still of a personal nature and may contain notes written by us or others. If you copy this information elsewhere, it is important to document their source and provide appropriate credit. Visual images (photos, pdfs, documents, certificates, census images and more) are copyrighted by us or others. You are expressed forbidden from using images from our site on your own online or printed versions. If you are intending to use any data ot images on this site for commercial purposes, then do not even both to ask as the answer is very emphatically - NO.
We believe it is VERY IMPORTANT that whenever possible anything recorded on a family tree should include some evidence about where the information came from - in other words a SOURCE or references for it. In this FAQ, we describe why sources are important, and give some specific help for adding source references to data on the family trees of this site.
Dick Eastman describes the issues well in his Genealogy Newsletter:
"... I well remember my early days of family tree searches. I would record new information into three-ring notebooks. (This was long before the invention of the personal computer.) I would write down names, dates, places, and perhaps a bit more information that I was lucky enough to find.
Unfortunately, in those early days I did not write down where I obtained the information. Nobody told me that I needed to do this, and I wasn't smart enough to figure it out for myself. I simply assumed that everything I found was accurate. After all, it was printed in a book, wasn't it?
As time passed, I frequently found new information that contradicted what I found earlier. When I discovered these discrepancies, I needed to determine which piece of information was more accurate. The question that arose time and again was, "Where did I find that information?" Sadly, I often did not know.
The better solution would have been to always write down where I found the information along with the data itself. This is known as citing your sources. To quote author Elizabeth Shown Mills in her excellent book, Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian: "Any statement of fact that is not common knowledge must carry its own individual statement of source. ...Source notes have two purposes: to record the specific location of each piece of data and to record details that affect the use or evaluation of that data."..."
Entering source references on family trees here is incredibly easy. They can be included with any event (e.g. birth, marriage, death, divorce, migration etc.). In many cases you can re-use an existing source reference. If the one you need hasn't been created yet, you can easily add a new one.
The basic steps, using a birth record as an example, are:
After adding the normal date, place etc for the event, before you click on Add or Save, look at the bottom of the edit screen for the line that says: "Add a new Source Citation" and click on the '+' to its left.
This opens some new entry fields. The first is "Source". Here you type the reference number for the source. We have over 300 sources already referenced for your use. The full list is under Lists - Source List. If you don't know the reference number for the source you found, click on the "+" If your source is not on the list, add it.
The next field is the "Citation". Here you describe, in a formal way, where in the source you found the information. This is often a list of information such as Volume, Page, Date, Place, or similar references. The important thing to note for citations is that each element should include a ':' (colon) after its descriptor, and a ',' (comma) after each section. You may enter a web URL into either the citation or text field to provide a pointer to another site, but it is also helpful to include the name of that web site.
In some cases there is no real "citation", so that section can be ignored if necessary. In fact for many sources, all that is required is the reference number (e.g. "S25"). This is often the case when information is supplied by another researcher, particularly in the case of photographs.
The final section is called "Text". This is again an optional field. It can be used instead of the citation (if there is no formal reference); or as well as. It allows for free text entry, but no fancy formatting. Often useful for explanatory notes related to the citation.
Once all this information is entered, simply click 'Save' or 'Add' and the job is complete.
There are a number of different ways that you can be helped to do or find anything on this site. The following are the main ones, in the order we recomend you use them:
- Help links: Many options throught the site have a small Help icon beside their title or description.It looks like this: Clicking on that will pop-up a small window with a description of the item.
- Email site admin: At the bottom of every page there is a link to the site administrator. "For technical support or genealogy questions, please contact..." Click on either of those links to send an email explaining what assistance you need. We will endevour to answer as quickly as possible, but please remember that we might be in a completely different world time-zone to you, so it might take a few hours in some cases.
- webtrees forum: Also at the bottom of every page there is a webtrees logo. Click on that to go to the software home page, webtrees.net. There you will find the webtrees Forum pages, where a large number of experts, developers and other users will be more than willing to give you lots of help and advice.
- webtrees WIKI: Using that same webtrees link to webtrees.net, you can also find the webtrees WIKI pages. These contain many helpful articles for users, administrators and developers.
The acquisition and maintenance of this volume of information would not be possible without the support and participation of so many relatives. Genealogy is great fun and a wonderful learning experience, broadening both our knowledge of family and general facts of geography and sociology. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do and we look forward to our mutual cooperation and friendships established through the functions of webtrees and our MyArnolds.com web site. Don't hesitate to drop us an email to say hello, advise us of a needed correction or addition, or to inquire about a relationship. Most of what we know is displayed online, with only the details of living kin or some sources not displayed for privacy purposes.
Also, the servers and bandwidth necessary to present this site are provided by webtreesonline.com, a specialized webtrees hosting company, owned and operated by Genehosts LLC. Further assistance is provided by Arnold Investigations and The Money Locators, Finding Money - Finding People™. Please visit these sites to see if they can be of assistance to you.
Thanks again, Stephen Arnold
Genemaster and hostmaster - http://MyArnolds.com, http://MyMoberlys.com and http//MyPowells.com
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Last modified: 24 SEP 2012