New Features: Articles and Answers! on FamilyTreeCircles

by Scott Jangro on May 22, 2010

We’re on a roll on FamilyTreeCircles, adding new features.  We’re really trying to round out the types of information that are available on FTC and I’m happy to say that there are now three types of postings available for everyone from new family researchers to experienced genealogists.

Look on the homepage and you’ll see the following explanation of the options.

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The last thing I want to do is introduce any confusion or uncertainty with more options and I’ve tried to make it as simple as possible.  All three types of entries end up in the same places in the list on the homepage and in the active posts page, color coded so you can tell the difference at a glance.


There is still the same, old, tried and true Journal entries.  Nothing has changed there.  Use a journal entry for posting all your great family research.  As a general rule, anything family or surname related should go in a journal.  For the time being, only journals can be associated specifically with surnames and therefore show up on the surname page for any given surname.


If you’ve got a question about any genealogy topic, this is the place to ask.  Maybe you’re wondering about what sort of resources are available in Cork County Ireland.  Or maybe you’re stuck with a problem in Personal Ancestral File software.  Ask about any genealogy topic, technique, method, or technology.  Keep an eye on the open questions to see if you can answer a question for someone else.  You can read more about this on our announcement of Answers from a few days ago.


Everybody is an expert about something.  Maybe your experience has made you an expert on genealogy research in the state of Vermont, or researching slave ancestry in Virginia.  Maybe you’re an expert user of certain software or websites.  Write an article and you’ll not only provide the community with some great information, but you can establish yourself as an expert and direct people to your own blog for more information.

I’ve got some exciting ideas of where the Articles feature can go…more on that soon.

So there you have it.  Something for everyone.  It’ll take some time for people to get used to the new features on FamilyTreeCircles.  If you’re one of our more experienced users, please give them a try and show folks how it’s done!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

paulapete September 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Currenlty finalizing (7) generations of research on the Louisiana Lee’s dating back to 1830. Michael Lee was born in Louisiana 1n 1830. He married Charlotte and they had nine children. This was during the period of slavery, so tracing everyone was not an easy task. We currently have 431 family members in our tree and will be celebrating our first Family Reunion on Sept, 24, 25, 26th in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Anyone interested in knowing about my search or perhaps maybe looking for similar relatives in new orleans, can contact me at my e-mail address,


sharlene davis October 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

My husband side of the family comes through Joseph Karnes Lydia Norris, Joseph father is Joseph D Karnes son of John Michael Kearns and Lydia Norris is the daugher of Joseph Norris and Margaret Kearns. Margaret Kearns is the daugher of John Michale Kearns and the sister to Joseph D Kearns. Does anyone have information on the death of Thomas Kearns, his son Joseph and Joseph and Lydia Kearns? They all have the same death date.


Keitha February 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hi, I am looking for Emma Lawrence Family only thing on her is year of birth and year of death 1873-1922 age . Emma Lawrence is my grandfathers mother his name James/Jimmy Lawrence his year of passing over 1963.If anyone can supply me any info,no matter how trival, I would be most grateful to receive it, so that a more complete record can be kept of the family tree.


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