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Paul Report 6 Jul 2008 11:21

i've found a relation who has a much bigger family tree than myself, this is due to me only starting mine 3 day's ago.
they have over a thousand relation's on there, so i need to copy therm all somehow, without doing in one by one.
is there a way of copying all the relation's from her tree to mine in one go, without losing the one's i have.
sorry, and thanks

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 6 Jul 2008 11:24

Hi Paul :-)

Do you need to copy them all? Could you just not copy those that are directly related to you?


LancsLass Report 6 Jul 2008 11:24

Best way is not to copy at all. The information could be incorrect.

By all means use the info, but check it out yourself and build yout tree slowly. It s more fun that way.

Only been doing this 2 years myself and could have copied a tree with 10,000 names but wanted to work through myself


Paul Report 6 Jul 2008 11:28

thak's everyone for your help.


AnnCardiff Report 6 Jul 2008 11:30

no way would I want anywhere near that number on my tree - I have under 200 on mine and am not expecting to get many more on it. I am not going down every branch line ad infinitum, what would be the point - it would be far too large to print out or display

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 6 Jul 2008 11:31

Also, if you copy relations that you're not directly linked'll only get bothered by people with hotmatches wanting to know more. :-)

As Budgie said, perhaps the tree owner can help you. (perhaps by sending a Gedcom file)


LancsLass Report 6 Jul 2008 11:34

I agree to a point Ann.

I have my blood descendants but I do love a bit of twigging too!
I like to see how others have entered my tree and where they originated from. It gives it all a sense of history.

I have even gone to the point of seeing an interesting name on a census and doing a bit of research on them.


Paul Report 6 Jul 2008 11:42

i'm going to do it the fun way then lol, seem's the decent thing to do.
as you said they are not just names and dates.
i'm enjoying this very much, but keep hitting a brick wall on my grandads side, was born 1921


Hilary Report 6 Jul 2008 11:55

Hi Paul, good advice given here, also best to ask the said person 1st as alot of people get irate with people copying without asking 1st. If you put your grandad's information up I am sure there will be someone to help you get over your brickwall.

Sue in Somerset

Sue in Somerset Report 6 Jul 2008 12:01

If the huge tree is made up of your actual ancestors (just about possible if it's due to a medieval link) you may fancy keeping a copy of the tree on your computer to keep referring to. However enormous trees on GR are often because people are going sideways and up every twig and branch.

Some people collect area genealogies with very tangled family groups but others prefer to stick to their main names.

If you really want a copy I suggest contacting the owner of the tree by PM and asking him/her if you can have a copy by gedcom. I expect they could also just send you the branch you are really interested in. As others have said........don't just blindly add it to GR. It will need checking and really the GR tree is about making new contacts. Do you really want Hot Matches to distant relations by marriage as Squirrel said?

Can we help with the missing grandfather? Any clues so we can look?



Harpstrings Report 6 Jul 2008 12:03

Hi Paul
I and a relative found out that we had different names for a father on one of our branches and I told him this was incorrect. What he had down was in fact one of the brothers because I had proof of who the father was. We found out quite a bit after that.

So I agree with what the others say, use the other tree as a reference aid only but find out for yourself. It is much more fun doing it that way. You also learn how to do research by doing yourself.

I have access to two trees that are massive 5,000 names ! But would not want all of them.

Good luck in your research.

Tina x


Paul Report 6 Jul 2008 12:07

thanks hilary and sue, it's good that people can help eachother.
my grandad was called edward cunningham 1921, he had a brother frederick 1951, sister alice 1913 and a sister elizabeth, .
thanks again


Paul Report 6 Jul 2008 12:08

thanks tina


Hilary Report 6 Jul 2008 12:10

do you know where they were born, what area.


Paul Report 6 Jul 2008 12:16

yes , born in sunderland, tyne and wear.
thanks hilary

Sue in Somerset

Sue in Somerset Report 6 Jul 2008 12:20

Here is the index for sister Alice

Births Dec 1913

Assuming your grandfather was a full sibling this means his mother was maiden name Fowler


Sue in Somerset

Sue in Somerset Report 6 Jul 2008 12:21

here is Edward

Births Jun 1921 Cunningham Edward Fowler Sunderland 10a 1700

Sue in Somerset

Sue in Somerset Report 6 Jul 2008 12:23

Buy his birth certificate

If you don't know where from this site is the place.



Paul Report 6 Jul 2008 12:25

thanks everyone once again


Debbie Report 6 Jul 2008 12:26

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page

Marriages Jun 1907 (>99%)
Possible marriage
>>>CUNNINGHAM Frederick Sunderland 10a 1177
>>>FOWLER Mary Ann Sunderland 10a 1177
MILLS Mary Elizabeth Sunderland 10a 1177
PRETTY Edwin Henry Sunderland 10a 1177