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Announcing FamilyTreeCircles Locations

Article by Scott_J
Published to Family Tree Circles Blog

Unless you are brand new to FamilyTreeCircles, you should recall that a few weeks ago we launched the phase 1 of the new FamilyTreeCircles Assist! program.

Phase 1 was geared toward getting members to volunteer to assist other researchers in their physical location, helping with local activities like cemetery visits or local document requests. Without volunteers, the program would be useless, of course!

The response far exceeded my expectations and as of today, we've got hundreds of locations volunteered for. And that number is growing every day.

Of course, we need several thousand to get good coverage, but I'm encouraged by the response. I'm counting on members like you to adopt a location.

And today, I'm pleased to announce we've launched major new functionality that brings along with it the other half of the Assist! program, requesting assistance.

FamilyTreeCircles Locations

The new feature is called FamilyTreeCircles Locations, which is a massive database of just about every location in the world. In this section of the website, you can drill through continents, countries, and states down to counties, cities, and towns -- even cemeteries!

At any location, you can either volunteer to assist with that location or you can request assistance. In each location, with help from volunteers, we will also build a rich resource and repository of genealogy information.

See it here: FamilyTreeCircles Locations

As a volunteer, you may choose to assist someone with a local lookup or photography, or help in editing the information on the page for that location. Further, as we build on this functionality, it will allow you to better filter the content on FamilyTreeCircles related to your interests.

As a requester, you can post a query that's assigned to a specific location. This query is like any other FamilyTreeCircles query, except it is also listed in the location where volunteers for that location will be sure to see it, increasing the chances that you'll find someone to help.

This is a big day for FamilyTreeCircles as it greatly expands on our goal of connecting genealogy researchers who can help each other in their family tree search.

I hope you'll be able to particpate as both a volunteer and a requestor.

See it here: FamilyTreeCircles Locations

As always, if you have any suggestions or questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments below.

Update

I'm getting some great feedback from people who are digging into their own countries that there are some strange regions and cities, or some less than great naming conventions. I knew this going in and will be developing methods to fix these going forward on a case by case basis. Please understand that there are more than 7.9 million locations in the database and this one guy can't possibly go through even a small fraction of them. As you do find problems with the data, please do let me know. That's the first step in identifying the right process to get these things fixed.

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by Scott_J Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-11-16 20:31:17

Scott Jangro is the owner of FamilyTreeCircles.com and has documented roots back to Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. If you're wondering what he's doing when he's mysteriously absent, here's some links to other stuff he's responsible for: about.me/jangro.

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Comments

by jersey1102 on 2011-11-17 09:47:16

Scott,

I can't stress enough what a wonderful idea this is. I would love to assist but, you should know up front I am fairly new to the gen research process and have very limited computer skills ...so, I have much to learn!
I do however, have a sense of humor and a great smile to work with. What do you say, should I submit for assist or what until I have more efficient skills (my question mark key is not working).

Regards,
Tina

by Scott_J on 2011-11-17 10:16:45

What????????? (sorry, just rubbing it in that my question mark works. :)

Well first, get your question mark key fixed. I can't imagine going through life without being able to ask questions! :-)

Kidding aside...

I would say yes, register yourself at some locations and in the notes be honest about your skills. If you can help in a location, maybe someone with more skills could walk you through what it takes on your end in exchange for some local assistance.

Thanks for the reply!

by Havanaberry on 2011-11-18 18:40:14

I'm signed in, and want to volunteer to help anyone in my general location which is Tallahassee, Florida, I was looking for a list to sign up. Please advise, and keep me posted. Thanks Havanaberry@aol.com

by Scott_J on 2011-11-18 19:02:20

Hi Havanaberry.

You can volunteer in the Leon County and/or the City of Tallahassee:

Leon County

Tallahassee

by eastville on 2011-11-19 03:57:09

Congratulations Scott, you've come up with another feature which will help all member further their reaserch in to their family history. I am overwhelmed at the generosity of the members to give up time to help others.

I will volunteer as when required in the Forest of Dean, UK.

There is no other site like this, I have had more help through Family tree circles than any other site. I also look at other members request and alway prepared to help where I can, and have done so.

Regards

Stephen Smith

by Scott_J on 2011-11-19 08:49:29

Stephen, thanks so much for your kind words. That means a lot.

I am constantly amazed at people's willingness to help each other out. I'm honored to be able to facilitate that.

by Bawden4 on 2011-11-19 17:07:11

Scott,
This is a horrendous undertaking. Do you have webmasters who watch over this site?
I'm glad you have locations because a lot of the queries are from England and Australia. Made me wonder if I should go somewhere else.
Also, I read your first entry...you mean William Brewster??? Not Bewster???
Keep up the great work. I love this site. Not so many hoops to jump through. Also, might be interesting to have an ahnentafel page with a templated form to guide people to the next step and enter multiple marriages. Of course it will be printable. I've found it's a great 'calling card' when you find a match.

by knockoffschrist on 2012-08-31 15:24:25
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by Hedley on 2013-01-09 10:18:25

Very confusing!!!
You say you have a message for me but how do I find it???

by janilye on 2013-01-09 10:21:16

click on 'Messages' top right, between profile and log out

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