Why isn't my adopted name shown on the tree?
Just as we show the maiden names of women, we show the biological birth names of all children. Adoptions and name changes are reflected as an "Event" under the appropriate child.
How do I update/add my family data?
There is a form called "Update Your Family" that can be accessed in the left menu. When sending us data, please make sure to include dates, places and events.
How and when are my updates posted on OurFamilyTrees.org?
New data and revisions are done as we receive them either via the "Update Your Family" form or via email. Once each month, (usually at the beginning of the month) new data is posted to the web site.
Where are pictures and histories stored?
Pictures and histories/stories have now been placed into Albums by family name. Take a look by clicking "Albums" in the "Site Map" page.
Are you looking for a relative?
If you are looking for your relatives, please, first use the search engine. There are some 1700 "cousins" available on this site and they can all be reached through the search engine. If you can not find your ancestors, then please send us as much information as you have using the "Update Your Family" form. Maybe between us we can help you locate your family.
If you have a "family register web site" and are related to one of the six families on this web site, we will publish your register free on this site and link it with the appropriate "cousin." Please note proof of a relationship is required; DNA or church or state documentation.
Isn't there a way to show the data in a more concise manner then as viewed on a page?
There are numerous ways to view the data on OurFamilyTrees.org. Your best bet is to experiment with the various menus. Tip: On some pages, if you hold your mouse over a surname, family data will show up in a pop-up box.
Why isn't the website separated into distinct family trees?
Which tree would you be in? Which tree would your children be in? Is your mother going to show as your father's wife in his tree and vice versa? It is not possible to separate the data into four distinct family trees.
Why can't I see the description on some pictures?
If the description is not noted, in most cases, depending on your browser, you can run your mouse over the photo/picture and the details will show up in a pop-up box.
Why are Maiden surnames used rather than the married surname?
Some "trees" use only the married names. We use the maiden surnames in order to better identify marriages and to give proper recognition to each person. Hint: If you don't know the maiden name, try searching for the first name only or search for the husband or father and the maiden name should be on that page..
Is it necessary to Register and Log-in?
In order to view the database (Menus items: Search and Family History) it is necessary to Register. Once registered, your user name and password will provide access to all the pages on this web site. This keeps the information we have posted and all our records private for only our Registered Members to view.
What about my tablet or phone?
These pages will work just fine on a tablet or a smart phone. For a better view use the landscape view on your device.
Why can't I find certain pages?
We have tried to simplify the menu. If you can't find the page you are looking for, open the Site Map where all pages including other family trees are shown
After reading through this page, if you still have questions, use the "Contact Us" in the left side menu.