Using this site

 

Why can’t I view a tree?

This site has been constructed without the use of genealogical software. Why? Well, the options were limited, flawed, and did not allow the use of footnotes.

Without a tree, how can I piece together my family history?

Each profile will contain enough information to construct a family group with links to each member of that family. Within this website you can use:

  • Search If you type in the name of your ancestor it will list all the entries relating to that ancestor (be mindful of similar names).
  • Ancestral Surnames Click on the surname of your ancestor to see all posts. Married women will be tagged under their maiden and married names.
  • RSS Subscribe to the RSS feed to receive new posts and updates.

Profiles are now being updated (April 2020) to include links to external sites such as FamilySearch. You can use these sites to display family trees. These sites are also useful to locate source material if you do not have access to Ancestry.

My ancestor’s profile lacks a lot of information

It will! If you have a special interest in your ancestor you will probably have a lot more information about them as you may have access to documents handed down through generations.
 
In creating this website expediency has prevailed. It is better to be able to access information in a relatively raw format than to not be able to access it at all and, in some cases, more information is available but it is yet to be reviewed and substantiated. All profiles will be revised and published in a narrative style.
 
When a post has been updated it will appear in the ‘Updated Posts’ feed.

When I click on a profile link it doesn’t open. Why?

This website is being created from a database that contains approximately 15000 people whose records will need to be meticulously checked and referenced before uploading to this site.
 
If a profile will not open or has scant information, bookmark that profile and return to it at a later date. If you have an RSS reader, subscribe to the RSS feed for updates.

You’ve left out a lot of sources. Why?

Original source material is prioritised. If an image has not been viewed a transcription will be used. If you do not have access to original images, transcriptions can often be viewed for free via FamilySearch. Be mindful of errors. Always treat anything transcribed with suspicion. It is very easy to make a mistake and the registers can be extremely difficult to read.

Why are some descendants privacy-protected even if they are dead?

As a rough guide, profiles of people born in the twentieth century are not being uploaded (there may be the occasional exception but this will be on a case-by-case basis). People born in the twentieth century will have living close family members. This website respects the rights of these family members as the custodians of their parent’s (or grandparent’s, aunt’s or uncle’s) memory. For more information, please read Privacy and Genealogy.

Why are footnotes so important?

Without evidence research is worthless. Each event on this site is meticulously cited with enough information to locate the original document or source even if the website holding that information disappears.

Why are there no images?

Copyright of original records is a confusing and contentious minefield. The solution is to err on the side of caution and provide the citation but not the image.

Love your work. Can I use it?

Online family history is littered with plagiarism. Plagiarism is when you take someone elses’ research and pass it off as your own. It can often be completely unintentional but it is never okay. You may also be breaching copyright laws if you post material online.
 
In genealogy, there can be some confusion around what is a person’s own work versus what is freely available online. Raw data can be freely available online. This includes dates, places and family relationships. A person’s own work may include writing a biography and creating citations.
 
For material on this website, you may use dates, places and general data. For example, you may want to harvest dates of birth, marriage, death and burial and the places these occurred. Once you have harvested this raw data you can cite this information using the following format:
“Title of page”, tams’tree, date published, revised (date revised), link to page (URL), accessed (date you looked at the page).
For example:
“Edward Woodsford (1698-1776)”, tams’tree, 8 September 2018, revised 30 March 2020, http://tamstree.com/2018/09/08/edward-woodsford-1776/, accessed 30 March 2020.
This indicates you did not invent the data. The data came from a source (the webpage you are viewing) and this is where you obtained your information. This is also a good habit to get into as, if you want to clarify something, you can easily locate the information.
 
What you cannot do is copy the content of the webpage you are viewing and post this information elsewhere online. This is a breach of copyright.
 
Each webpage is the result of hours of research and includes a biography and citations which have been created by the owner of this website. The biography and citations (with the exclusion of website-generated citations such as those from FamilySearch) are the sole property of the owner of this website.

I have something I’d like to share or correct. How can I contact you?

Family history is subjective and, without access to a TARDIS, impossible to verify with absolute certainty. The further back you go, the harder it is to know if an event is correct or linked to the right person. Errors happen both then and now. If you believe an entry to be incorrect or if you have any questions you can contact admin@tamstree.com . All communication will be treated as confidential and you will be asked, if you provide information, if you would like to be cited as the source of that information.