Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Cumnock Connections tree

As a member of Cumnock History group, I have created an online tree, called Cumnock Connections,  where anyone with an ancestor who was in Cumnock can add their line to the tree and see how we all link up.

This is how to do it.

First you need to get a invitation by email from me, so I need your email. Email me at kmcmeekin[at]

Follow the link in the email you get back from  tribalpages. You will need to create your own account with an email and a password.  (Remember your password!)

Once you have done that, you get a choice to create a new website or go to Cumnock Connections.

Don't start a new tree as no-one else will be able to see it. Go to Cumnock Connections tree. and click on the link.

This takes you to the home page. It has a blue background.

 Click on edit (below the ct in the word Connections) and it asks you to log in again.
Then the background turns to cream when you are in admin/editing mode.

Remember to check the person you are adding isn't already on the site.  If you find you have added someone who was already there, let me know and I will sort it out. There is no "merge duplicates" feature on tribal pages.

If the person is already on the tree, you will see three icons to the left of his/her name. Click on the middle one to edit. ( a notepad and pen symbol) Add your name in the Notes - a Connects to

Click save at the bottom.

If you are adding a new line, select "add new" from the People Menu.

Select Male or Female

 Remember not to add yourself, or anyone else living. If you add someone born after 1900 and don't give a date of death, it will assume they are alive. Be sure to click the "No" button beside Alive? under the name.  Click Save at the bottom.

Please add in the Notes  "Connected to" and your name.

Census information, if you have it, should be entered in the Notes section of the head of the household

Generally it is pretty straightforward and I like the layout of the tribal pages tree.

Please check that your ancestor is not already on the tree. As the tree grows, there is more likelihood of this.

If the person you are adding already has a relation on the tree e.g. a spouse, look for them where it says click here.  If unsure of anything, please ask me for guidance!

If the person is illegitimate, please don't add a name at all for the father. Just leave the father blank.  And no need to put "illegitimate" in the notes. It is an emotive term. It will be obvious from the lack of father what the situation was!

Adding photos, newspaper clippings
To post a photo to the tree, first go to the person you want to associate the photo with. You need to be in "edit" mode. You 'll see an Add Photos symbol to the left of the name. Click on that and upload from your computer. You can add other names to it if it is a group photo or a headstone with more than one name. Please do not add scotlandspeople certificates to the tree. They are copyright.

There is a video tutorial here

On Facebook I have a group called Cumnock Family History to discuss the tree.

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