Terms and Definitions
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.
If you are submitting a family tree, you have the option of adding a footer to your
file. Many submitters use this area, which appears near the bottom of each page,
for closing comments.
GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical
COMmunications. 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.
When you upload your family tree, you are transferring a copy of your file
to the WorldConnect Project. It does not alter or remove the family
tree on your computer.
More Terms and Definitions
Standard Setup/Edit Form
Advanced Setup/Edit Form
||The user setup/edit form has multiple functions, which are activated by the
submission buttons at the bottom of the page.
WorldConnect SetUp/Edit Form |
- The Upload/Update Button is used to submit your
family tree, to submit a revised copy of your family tree, or to revise the
display options on the form. You do not need to delete an existing family tree
prior to updating a revised copy. When you upload the revised file with the
same user code, it will overwrite the existing one. You can change the display
options at anytime, even if you are not uploading a revision to your family
The length of time it takes to upload your family tree will vary, depending on
the size of the file, the time of day (generally it will be faster during early
morning or late evening), and the speed of your dial-up connection. If you can
upload a .zip file, it will substantially reduce the time for uploading your
file. You will receive a confirmation when the file has been completed.
The confirmation will recap what was uploaded, and provide a link to your family tree.
The information in your file will not be in our search engine until the next
update (within 24 hours), but you can view it online immediately to ensure
the options are what you intended.
You will also see coding (see below) that can be used to create a link to your family
tree from your homepage, or from other Web sites. The URL (address) for your family
tree is between the quote marks. On some browsers the coding may wrap (appear on two
lines), as it has here. If so, you will need to put the two segments back together.
- Remove Account results in your user code, your family tree,
and everything pertaining to your account being removed from our server. It can
take up to 24 hours before it is no longer on-line, as the database is only
updated once a day.
- Remove GEDCOM results in your family tree being removed, but
your user code would still exist and you could upload another file using that
code. It can take up to 24 hours before it is no longer on-line, as the database
is only updated once a day.
- Retrieve GEDCOM allows you to download your family tree as you
submitted it, regardless of the display options you chose. The WorldConnect Project
has two versions of your file: your original submission that only you can download,
and the modified version seen by other researchers (which reflects the options you
- Reset allows you to clear the form and begin again.
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