Frequently asked questions
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Family members who register on the Underwood Family Tree Website
- Have their own 'My Page' and can format that page in many different ways.
- Are linked to themselves on the family tree, so that every chart shows them, and their immediate family, as the starting page on forms and charts.
- Can view the many images on the site including certificates and census records.
- Can view details of very close living relatives. These are the relatives they would be expected to know details of anyway, such as parents, peers, children and grand-children.
- Established family members can become 'Editors' and given the right change information, add additional information, or correct errors. (Changes, additions and corrections, made by editors are not publicly published until accepted by a 'Moderator').
- Established 'Editors' can become 'Moderators'.
Remember: Only family members are allowed to register on the family tree. If you do not register then you cannot view the images on the website, nor can you view details of any family members who are still alive.
To register for a free account you need to be able to explain how you are related to the Underwood Family.
- Registrants must be relatives, however distant, related to someone already listed on our website or related to someone who should already be listed on our site.
- Registrants should be prepared to regularly visit and check the accuracy of our site, providing us with your personal and immediate family information, and later providing details of changes or additions as they occur.
- 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.
- We take the possibility of identity theft or information abuse seriously. Please see our Privacy Section below for more details.
- If you qualify for registration and agree to abide by these rather simple policies and procedures, please feel free to use the registration form built into our site.
- In the application 'comments' field:
- You must explain your relationship to some person who is already listed on the Underwood Family Tree websete.
- You must explain your brief lineage to that person
Applications where the 'comments' section does not contain the above three required pieces of information will be delayed until we receive the information required.
We will then review your application for approval. Please be patient as proper review and verification may take some time.
Once we confirm your relationship we will enter you into our database as a registered member of the Underwood Family Tree website.
You can register on the site by clicking on the 'Request New User Account' on our home page.
All members of the underwoodfamilytree.com website should consider privacy of paramount importance. We protect our data vigorously.
Our website software hides details about people who are alive unless you are a close family member who is logged into the site using your family tree username and password.
Signing into the site with your username and password allows you to see information for living people who are defined as a close relative.
YOU MUST NOT copy our data on living persons to any other website or to places that you may be unable to protect the privacy of these individuals. This includes social network sites. You can be held legally responsible if you do so.
WE WILL NOT share the information from this website with anyone else, nor do we contribute information to any commercial enterprise.
The database used to create this website will remain in our possession.
Information on the database
- will not be sold,
- will not be given away
- will not be loaned to others.
Personal data will not be shared by us with any public source and our users are sworn to the same high standards.
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.
When family members first register on the Underwood Family Tree website they can view additional information but they cannot add or alter information. However, once you have been registered on the website for a month (to give you the opportunity to have a good look around the site) you can ask to become an editor. If you are interested in taking up family history research as a hoby we will provide extensive help and support and we encourage you to take up this opportunity.
Being an editor can be a really enjoyable hobby. It allows you to add additional information and additional people. For example, there may be lots of information on the website about your father's side of the family, but little or no information about your mother's side of the family (or vice cersa). Being an editor can ensure your own children and grandchildren are properly represented, or that your own grand-parent, great-grand-parents, or even great-great-grand-parents are properly listed.
- Can edit anything they can see.
- Can add additional information.
- Change existing information.
- Clarify current information.
All changes made by an editor have to be approved by a moderator or site manager.
Where Should I Start
If you are a new editor you should always start with your own immediate close family. Check that the information is correct. See if there is any information you can add. See if there are any images you can add, either of the people concerned, or of any birth, marriage or death certificates.
Once you have checked your own immediate close family there are two different routes you can take.
- If you married into the family, it is likely that there may be plenty of information about your husbands ancestors but little or no information about your own ancestors. The most interesting thing you could do is to research your own ancestors by adding your own two parents and your own four grandparents, and all their children, and so on.
- If you did not marry into the family, the best thing for you to do would be to research someone who was born in the 1880's about whome there is only a little information listed. These are probably the easiest people to get information about. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths commenced in 1837, and a detailed census has been held every ten years since 1841. Starting with someone born in the 1880's means there should be census records and civil registration records for them.
How to Start
If you agree to become an editor we will send you comprehensive detailed instructions that you can refer to on screen or print out.
In the meantime, here are a few instructions to help you get started.
- There is an extensive list of free family history resources on the 'RESOURCES' pages.
- Nothing should be added unless you know where the information came from.
- All information comes from somewhere.
- You may have been told by your mother or a distant relative.
- You may have a picture, a birth or death certificate, or some other sort of certificate
- You may have downloaded information from another website or from a library.
- You may have visited one of the websites on the 'Resources' FAQ page.
- Always tell us where the information came from. That way, we can judge how reliable the information is. So always tell us the source.
- If you can. Always double check the information. Errors were frequently made in census records, church registers, and even official government registers, so it is unwise to blindly accept facts unless they can be verified against already known information.
- Dates (for example dates of birth, dates of marriage, dates of death)
- All dates are added in the format DD MMM YYYY.
- That is, two numbers for the date, three letters for the month, and four numbers for the year.
- 05 Nov 1996 would be correct.
- 5th Nov 96 would be wrong.
- Places (for example place of birth, place of marriage, place of death)
- All places are in a country. (for example, England, Wales, Scotland, USA)
- Some places are in a region or county (or state if in USA).
- All places are in a town.
- Some places are in a road or street.
- Some places are in a building.
- 22 New Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, England would be correct.
- Matlock, Derbyshire, England would be correct.
- Manchester would be wrong (country missing)
- 25 York Street would be wrong (town and country missing)
- Prefixes. Prefixes are things like Dr., Rev., Judge, etc.. Not are not essential but you can add them if you want to. You do not need to add Mr or Mrs or similar.
- Given Names. These are first and middle names.
- Surname. This is the family or last name. For a married woman it is her maiden name.
- Known as. Sometimes people are better known by a nickname, or by a middle name, or by a name that is completely different to their given names.
- We really appreciate documentary support
- Pictures of the person.
- Pictures of a birth, marriage, or death certificates.
- Any other supporting images.
- These can be uploaded from your own computer using the 'Media' tab, 'Add Media' link, and then the 'Upload/Browse' feature.
- We really appreciate documentary support
Step-children can be (and are) included as valued members of the family, but they are always linked to their biological parents.
Joe Bloggs and Ann Smith marry and have a daughter named Mary Bloggs
Joe Bloggs dies. Ann Bloggs (nee Smith) then marries Fred Green.
Fred Green and Ann Green (nee Smith) have a son named Sid Green.
In practice, this means:
- Fred Green's 'Family' tab and 'Family Navigator' will show Sid Green as his Son and Mary Bloggs as his step-daughter.
- Ann Smith's 'Family' tab and 'Family Navigator' will show Sid Green as her son and Mary Bloggs as her daughter.
- Mary Blogg's 'Family' tab and 'Family Navigator' will show Ann Smith as her Mother, Joe Bloggs as her Father, Fred Green as her Step-Father and Sid Green as her Step-brother.
- Sid Green's 'Family' tab and 'Family Navigator' will show Fred Green as his Father, Ann Smith as her Mother, and Mary Bloggs as his Step-sister.