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jax Report 16 Feb 2013 18:42

Hi Jennifer

Here is another thread about it


Jennifer Report 16 Feb 2013 15:04

I'm not sure if this is the right place to write my message so please forgive me if I am wrong.

I keep getting requests to view my tree with no info on who the person is they are looking for. I know this is a GR thing with this message being drafted to suit all, but whilst its quicker for the sender to ask for tree access it is more of a hassle for me having to write to ask who they want info on.

Can GR scrap this message please.



KenSE Report 15 Feb 2013 14:04

I am sorry but the thread I referred to a couple of messages ago has now gone.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 14 Feb 2013 20:33

Thank you, Ken.


KenSE Report 14 Feb 2013 11:51

Joy, see Rollo's post of 11:22 on this thread:

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 14 Feb 2013 09:55
13 Feb 2013 23:04
More reports are being sent for review unnecessarily.

I have been told that the team does not have the time to moderate the site but, as free sites do - such as and - I do not understand why this fee-paying site will not undertake effective moderation.


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Feb 2013 03:43

Peter .........

problem with that is that not everyone uses the same geographical term for the same person ..................

for example, John Smith b. Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire

you can find this listed as

Chadderton, Lancashire
Chadderton, Oldham, Lancashire
Oldham, Lancashire

and all of these could be correct!

Then you have the places that straddle county lines ............... do you enter them as Lancashire or Westmorland? Both are correct.

As for the censuses .......... the geographical names used are those that are on the actual census. They are transcribed directly from that census and cannot be (should not!) be changed.

Mis-spellings in transcription can be submitted as Alternate Information .......... but the actual names should not be changed.

Also, don't forget that place names in England and Wales have changed over the centuries, county boundaries have been changed (even towards the end of last century!) .......

..... and the question becomes do you use the names in effect in 1850, 1950 or 2000?

You should do what the rest of us do ....................... learn the possible names for your people, access a map, or google.


Peter Report 5 Feb 2013 02:22

The place names listed in census searches do not mean much to me.
How about a link to a map?
This would also help me decide whether a name found in consecutive censuses belonged to the same individual.


Kenneth Report 2 Feb 2013 04:19

Trumps messages shoul be accessible in on the Home page as i Ido not have Email on this computer.. Also, when accessing the trumps Emails from you on our main computer the page comes up in Google Chrome, a horrible device. Would be good to have the the option of opening them in Google,. I find about 50% are in my contacts already.


GlitterBaby Report 30 Jan 2013 11:57

Agree with Sylvia

Not bothered trying to find threads that need help on Genealogy Chat with all those "useful" threads have been nudged up


SylviaInCanada Report 30 Jan 2013 07:22

major problem as a result of the nudging of all the tips threads

I've just been working my way through TWO pages full of tips on Genealogy Chat is going to work their way through all those dratted threads to find people who want help.

I certainly am not!

Something else will have to be thought of.

it's another nail in the coffin as far as I am concerned!



JannieAnnie Report 29 Jan 2013 23:28

I support a comment in the post on Genealogy Chat to have a stickied "Useful Sites" along the lines of the absolutely practical post made today by KenSE giving a summary of Jonesey's Tips - to include Joy Kentish Maid's posts such as:

Military Research Tips - please add
Useful books - please add
Useful Sites - please add

there may even be more "please add" posts on the Boards. The good thing with this would be that the original posts can continue to have more useful sites added but the summary post would give quick access to all available 'please add' posts.

I also agree with the comment on KenSE's post about GEDCOMs - why not a post with links to ALL GEDCOM explanations - one explanation might be clear to one member whereas another explanation might be clearer to another member. At least it will be 'belt and braces' . OR If we ask Jonesey nicely maybe he would prepare a GEDCOM Tip of the Day from the information already posted on the Boards

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 29 Jan 2013 10:56

A suggestion partially taken up


JannieAnnie Report 20 Jan 2013 23:57

I also wonder why GR do not provide decent research tips themselves, but then if the research tips are provided by many (paying) members of GR then Genes are getting the expertise, tips, help, research, recommendations etc, etc provided for free. Stickying the tips (and certain specific, not general, lookup offers) would be helpful.

I looked at the Home Page and the tip.."Need help or advice?" is to "Ask the Genes Community - Our members are always happy to help anyone who needs a hand with their family history."

As to Victor's threads (Gloucestershire Archives and NBI Lookups) and also other similar threads for" Derbyshire Parish Records", "Useful sites; please add" and "Starting family history research" and Jonesey's various "Tips" ,just seemed logical to me that being 'stickied' would put practical, informative and helpful threads where they would be more likely to be seen, read and hopefully applied, for example the stickied " PLEASE check the date on the thread" thread.

Genes must have some criteria already when it comes to stickying threads at the top of a board, and to safeguard against 'any' lookup thread being stickied then perhaps the length of time since first posting and the responses of members using the thread could be further criteria.

If a stickied thread seems to have been inappropriately stickied, then a suggestion could always been made on this board to have it unstickied.


GlitterBaby Report 20 Jan 2013 00:36

Yes I was only referring to Victor as he is offering lookups and will only be around for another 4 weeks approx.

A bit worried that any lookup thread might end up stickied. Sometimes an old one gets dragged up which has not been used for months and longer but because one member posts on it others follow suit.

Any threads that offer good advice should be stickied - like many by Jonesey.

But GR are missing a trick when they do not provide decent research tips themselves


SylviaInCanada Report 20 Jan 2013 00:18


some tips threads have been stickied even though the OP is no longer on GR

For example, one by Heather Positive Thinker

But the difference here is that Victor is offering continuing help ............ and the others have only offered advice.

I'm afraid Victor is only one of many long-time members who will no longer be offering their help by the end of the year.


GlitterBaby Report 20 Jan 2013 00:14

There is a problem with this suggestion and that is that Victor stated he will not be renewing so that thread should not be stickied or put on a separate board


JannieAnnie Report 19 Jan 2013 23:14

I have seen a thread created by Victor (Gloucestershire Archives) on the Find Ancestors Board and it reminded me of a suggestion I had put forward on 6 Sept 2012 at 09.25 following on from Joy Kentish Maid's suggestion as follows:

Also JoyKentishMaid suggested on the 25/8/12 at 08.37:

"There are many useful tips in the genealogy chat board, many by the ever helpful Jonesey. Please create a separate tips board for them."

I really feel that this is a suggestion that should be considered - for all of Jonesey's 'Tips of the Day' and Victor's offer of lookups to be placed at the top of the Board and Stickied for existing and new members to be able to locate quickly and then there would not be a need to keep 'nudging' them.

If Jonesey's 'Tips' would over fill the first page on the board then could they be in one stickied thread with links to the individual threads (obviously with a subject heading/indicator above each link).

I think that these would be 'quick wins' for the Team at GR and would benefit a large number of members of the GR Community.

Thank you


Angela Report 14 Jan 2013 02:15

I would really like to be able to put some sort of symbol on all of my direct line ancestors, so that I don't get 'lost' in my tree and others can quickly see where our common ancestor is.

Up until now I have been adding * after their names, but the new format will no longer accept this.

Thanks :-)


Tink44 Report 29 Dec 2012 13:24

When doing a "Search" , is it possible to fade, italicise or something similar etc the item being viewed to show it has been read? I often find I have numerous identical names, dates and birth places and I lose track and forget which one I viewed. I believe do this!!