Adding your family tree

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Family trees can be added to any of the existing family names, or if you have a name which is not already listed as one of the principal historic Jersey & Guernsey families, you can add it first.

You cannot upload a family tree direct from your family history program - there is no means of importing Gedcom files - but you can cut and paste any text which is in a format which your family tree program will export to and you can edit in a text processor.

For example, several family tree programs allow you to create reports (ascendancies, descendancies, ahnentafels etc) and print them to disc as .rtf files. These can be opened in Word and other text processors, saved as simple text files (.txt), edited as appropriate and pasted straight into a Jerripedia or Donkipedia new page.

Most of the existing family trees in Jerripedia and Donkipedia are descendancies, starting from the earliest known member of a particular family and working down the generations, including all known children and their spouses in each generation, but then only following male lines down to the next. This keeps the descendancies 'narrow' and easy to follow. Each generation is indented by an extra character from the previous one. This is simply achieved by adding a '*' character before generation one, two '**'s before generation two, and so on.

You can treat ascendancies in the same way, but either you will follow female lines backwards, which means that the tree will spread out rapidly and be difficult to read on screen, or you will have to confine yourself to the male lineage, and miss out all siblings.

If you want to produce a detailed tree with your notes and other information, you can print an ahnentafel (ascendancy) or modified register (descendancy) to disc and handle it in just the same way. Again, descendancies are better than ahnentafels. Your family history program will allow you to limit the number of generations included in any of these reports so that the size of Jerripedia or Donkipedia page is restricted.

A few suggestions (not rules, but worth considering)

  • If your tree is looking too big, consider breaking it into sections and linking between the trees (for example, the trees on the Lempriere page show a descendancy from the earliest known member of the family linked to separate descendancies for two brothers further down the line
  • Do not include anyone born after 1920 to avoid including living people, unless they have given you their permission
  • Do not just copy trees or substantial sections of trees which you have been sent by other researchers, unless you have verified all their data
  • However, bear in mind that there is no copyright on facts and if you are confident of your facts you are entitled to publish your family tree
  • Please limit your trees to families which originate in the Channel Islands, unless you can show an important pedigree for long-established families before they reached the islands
  • Trees which show descendants of members of Island families who have emigrated to other parts of the world are particularly welcome
  • Try to establish links between one tree and another, particularly when you can show the ancestry within a family of someone who married into your lineage. Links are created by enclosing text in sets of four square brackets "[[ ]]". You need to make sure that the text in the brackets is exactly the same as the name of the page you are linking to. Alternatively you can use the name of the page you are linking to followed by a "|" character (next to the left "Shift" key on most keyboards), followed by the text you wish to appear in the current page.

Perhaps the most important rule of all is 'keep it simple'! Until you are confident in the processes required to edit and create material in the Wiki format, don't overcomplicate that material and risk your page becoming confusing.

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