Terms and Definitions
Your ancestor is someone from whom you descended: a parent, grandparent,
Your descendant is someone whose ancestry can be traced to you: your child,
grandchild, great-grandchild, etc.
WorldConnect permits you to download portions of another researcher's
family tree, if the submitter allows it. Downloading a file copies a
portion of the family tree to your computer, so you can incorporate it into
your personal files. As with any other source, be sure to verify the
accuracy of the information.
GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical
Within the WorldConnect Project, "GEDCOM" indicates an individual family tree or file.
A more detailed explanation of what a GEDCOM is, and how it is used within the WorldConnect
Project, is available here.
Surname and Given Name
"Surname" is another term for last name; "given
name" is a first or middle name.
More Terms and Definitions
Ancestor & Descendant Reports
Individual records within a file
Contacting the submitter
Adding a Post-em Note
Submitting Your Family Tree
The WorldConnect Project allows you to download family trees, providing the submitter has
chosen to offer that option. (WebTV users will not be able to download family trees due
to equipment and memory restrictions.)
If you submitted the family tree, you will be able to download the entire
file. (This is a convenience, should you need a backup copy of your file!) You can
download your file(s) by using the "retrieve GEDCOM" button on the set-up/edit
page (the same page you used to submit the file).
If you did not submit the file, you will be able to download a copy only
if the submitter has agreed to share their file. You will find a "Download
GEDCOM" link near the bottom of the page, if that option is available.
GEDCOM is the file format.
The file you download will begin with the person shown on the page you are viewing (Ira
Winch in this example). The number of generations you can download will vary depending on
the size of the file, and the number of levels chosen when the file was submitted. The
submitter also determines how living individuals are shown in the file you download.
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Fields on downloading form
- If you use Netscape, you may get a "Plug-in Finder" screen when you try to
download a family tree (because Netscape thinks you want to view the file in your browser).
Try selecting "save file" to continue.
- An error box showing "the identity certificate is invalid" typically means you
need to upgrade your browser to a newer version, or add a patch from the company which
provided the browser. Sometimes you can ignore the error code, close the window, and
Starting with |
Produce a GEDCOM file from |
Number of generations |
End of line character
The file you download will begin with this individual. In this example it is the person
identified as #216 (I00216) of this family tree. You were on the page (record) for this
person when you clicked on "Download GEDCOM". The name of the person appears
on the next line.
Name, Born, Died
The file you download will start with this person. In this example, the file will start
with Ira Winch who is I00216. The birth and death information pertain to him. If there
is no birth or death information, those lines will be blank.
Produce a GEDCOM file from
This is where you indicate if you want to download the ancestors or descendants, beginning
with the person shown above. GEDCOM is an acronym for the type of file you will be
downloading. To learn more about GEDCOMs, click
Number of generations
The number of generations you can download will vary depending on the size of the file, and
the options chosen when the file was submitted. The maximum number of generations you can
download will be ten (10). Only the person who submitted the family tree can download the
End of line character
CR is an abbreviation for carriage return; CRLF is an abbreviation for carriage return,
line feed. If you are using Windows on a personal computer, you should
usually select the default of CRLF. Mac users should usually select CR.
LF is an abbreviation for line feed; LFCR is an abbreviation for line feed, carriage return.
Unix users should generally select LF; LFCR is seldom used but is
available as an option.
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