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Tara Report 14 Jan 2013 14:11

Hello there,
I'm just getting started (so please be gentle)
I have found a whole section of relatives on someone else's tree (they kindly said I was welcome to copy whatever I wanted) so my question is this...Is there a way simply to copy that 'spur' of the family over onto my tree or do I have to type out all the info and add them one by one?

Oh! by the way, I did check dates, births and census to be sure the info tallied,
Thanks, Tara


InspectorGreenPen Report 14 Jan 2013 16:10

Not tried it personally, but apparently you can copy individual details, up to 20 names at a time. This is from GR's Help page

"The clipboard allows you to copy names from a tree you have access to and add them to your own.

When you're viewing a tree you have access, find the relation you want to copy. Click on the 'Copy' button and it will be added to your clipboard.

You need to create a relation in your tree first before you can add the details from the clipboard. Once you've created the relation, click on the clipboard icon in the top right hand corner of your tree page and click on the name of the person whose details you'd like to copy. You can then use some or all of the details from the clipboard for the new relation. You need to save any changes you make.

Please remember you must have permission when adding the names of living relations to your tree. Also, if copying names from someone else's tree we do suggest that out of politeness you ask that member's permission to do so first. At the moment it is only possible to copy a maximum of 20 names at a time.

When you view the transcription of a birth or a relative in the census you’ll see the option to add it to your clipboard. You can add the names to the clipboard and then you can go to your tree and paste the details to it. We don’t take all of the details, but you could simply copy and paste them and then add them to your tree in the Notes section for your relative. For example, you might like to add where they were living in each census and their occupation at the time.

If you want to empty the clipboard at any time, click on the 'Empty Clipboard' tab below the names on the clipboard."


Reggie Report 14 Jan 2013 16:11

Reading through all that, it strikes me that it would be easier to simply do it person at atime


Tara Report 14 Jan 2013 17:02

Ahhhh! I see!

I did try pressing the 'copy' button (nothing happened) and when I searched in help I ended up reading about gedcoms :-S
Fortunately the most recent birthdate I'm planning to copy is 1869 and I do have permission. I'll bear those points in mind for next time though.

Thanks for your help,
and may yet come to that :-D
Thanks folks, Tara


Potty Report 15 Jan 2013 14:07


Don't want to be a wet blanket but please think before you copy over whole chunks of somebody else's tree. Have they got sources for their info (eg birth and marriage certs)? If not, check it out yourself - there are a lot of trees out there with duff info and it is very easy to follow the wrong line just by getting one small fact wrong.

Much better and more rewarding to do the research yourself.


DazedConfused Report 15 Jan 2013 14:58

It only takes 1 wrong name and whole chunks of your tree is up the spout.

Rather than copying another persons tree to your own. I would recommend you make a list of all the names of the main people in the tree you are interested in and see if you can match on your own and then add these people once you are sure they are yours.

When I first stated out on here I was given access to a tree which was certainly my ancestors, but I did not copy it. I researched every person myself and found a few errors and added new people, much to the delight of my distant cousin.

Another example. I have a family in London and Father. Mother and 5 of the 8 children are identical to a family in Yorkshire. It is so easy to get things wrong.


Inky1 Report 15 Jan 2013 15:02

I agree with Potty.

However, there are some "exceptions to that rule". In particular, when the other researcher is from a part of your greater family that went overseas many moons ago.
There are folk on GR who are happy to help with Australian records (and whose help I have had). But I also have distant rellies in Canada, and there it is not just the census data that is held for around 100yrs.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 15 Jan 2013 16:07

Are we sure the copy button works?
As this query has been raised by someone else recently, I tried to do it myself as an experiment..............without success :-0


linda25g Report 15 Jan 2013 20:28

I've tried the copy button and nothing happens