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Family Trees on Ancestry.ca

Family Trees

Our pedigree is our personal family tree, documenting the roots and branches of our lineages. Now, with the help of Ancestry, you can participate in the creation of the OneWorldTree, a fully indexed, searchable resource of family trees; share and discover information on a variety of genealogy topics in the message board center, or build a free, online family tree through the Ancestry World Tree®. Let your research benefit from work already completed by amateur and professional genealogists, and share your own research successes with the world. Discover, record, and share your research today through the Family Trees databases, and connect your family’s history to the future of online genealogical research.

Types of Resources

The Family Trees Collection contains a variety of resources. This section explains some of the types of trees you can search:

OneWorldTreeSM
Exclusive to Ancestry, OneWorldTree is a search engine that gathers family trees and family history records for millions of people, analyzes the birth, death, and marriage data and then displays the most probable matches for your ancestors. You can also create your own tree or see who has submitted information about the people you're interested in. You can contact them without revealing your name or e-mail address until you think it's appropriate.

Personal Member Trees
This collection includes individual family trees that were created by members just like you. Members with these trees have chosen to keep their trees private. You can see names, and birth dates and places; however, if you would like to view the full information in their tree, you will need to contact members through the Ancestry Connection Service. This service allows members to maintain control of who sees their information and safely communicate with each other while maintaining their anonymity.

These trees may contain dates and places of life events, source information, attached records from Ancestry.com databases, and rich content featuring photos and stories. Keep in mind that these trees may change over time as users edit, remove, or otherwise change the information in their trees.

Note: These trees are voluntarily submitted by Ancestry users. All trees are accepted "as is." We cannot guarantee the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of the information contained in this database.


Public Member Trees
This collection includes individual family trees that were created by Ancestry members just like you. These trees can be viewed by all Ancestry members. You can also contact the owner of the tree to get more information.

These trees may contain dates and places of life events, source information, attached records from Ancestry databases, and rich content featuring photos and stories. Keep in mind that these trees may change over time as users edit, remove, or otherwise change the information in their trees.

Note: These trees are voluntarily submitted by Ancestry users. All trees are accepted "as is." We cannot guarantee the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of the information contained in this database.


Ancestry World Tree
The Ancestry World Tree contains more than 200 million names in family trees submitted by our users and is the largest collection of its kind on the Internet. Ancestry World Tree was created to bring family historians together. when you upload your family tree, you are sharing your discoveries with other researchers and helping others to find success in their family history work. You may even find lost relatives who have information on your family.


Interesting Facts

  • The word "pedigree" comes from the Latin for "foot of the crane," for the resemblance of a crane’s foot to the lines of succession on a genealogical chart.
  • Anthropologists claim that everyone on earth is a 40th cousin. In other words, any two people can find at least one common ancestor that has lived since the year 800 A.D.
  • In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, acknowledged by President George W. Bush, recognizing October as Family History Month in the United States.

Information in this section was taken from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, RootsWeb.com, and Senator Orrin Hatch’s website.


FAQ


How can I upload a file (GEDCOM) to the Website?
Ancestry has created a way for you to submit, view, or edit your GEDCOM file online, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

NOTE: If you want to upload your genealogy file to the Ancestry.ca site, it must be in GEDCOM format. This format is used by most genealogy programs and allows files to be viewed by various people regardless of the program. If you have questions about how to create a GEDCOM file in your genealogy program, please consult the documentation that accompanied the software or contact the manufacturer for specific instructions.

  1. Go to www.ancestry.ca
  2. Click the My Ancestry tab.
  3. In the “Start Your Family Tree” section, click Upload an existing family tree file.
  4. Click the Start Your Tree button.
  5. In the Choose file field, enter a file name or click Browse to locate a GEDCOM (.ged) file on your hard drive.
  6. Enter a name in the Tree Name field.
  7. If you want to submit your family tree to OneWorldTree, click the Allow others to see my tree check box. If you choose not to submit your tree, other Ancestry members will be able to see names, birthplaces, and birth years of individuals in your tree, but they will have to use the anonymous connection service to contact you if they want to see the full tree.
  8. If you want, enter more information about your tree (such as surnames) in the Description field.
  9. Click the Submission Agreement link.
  10. If you accept the Submission Agreement, click the check box.
  11. Click Upload.
The file will now be uploaded and an online family tree will be created.


What is the OneWorldTree service?
Exclusive to Ancestry, OneWorldTree gathers family trees and family history records for millions of people and then displays the most probable birth, death, and marriage information for your family members. OneWorldTree searches family trees sub mitted by other genealogists as well as original documents (such as census records) and displays the data in a tree format.

The purpose of the OneWorldTree service is to decrease the difficulties some users may encounter when trying to assemble their own family trees. This saves time required in researching by providing all pertinent records in one location. No longer must one filter through dozens of records one by one to determine if each one pertains to one's ancestor. This also allows users to quickly validate or discount research they find.


Do your online trees include information about living individuals?
In an effort to protect the privacy rights of living individuals, Ancestry currently replaces the vital information for all living persons from the GEDCOM files with the phrase "Living - Information Withheld." After the file is cleaned, the person's surname and gender will still remain, however their birth date, birthplace, and other information will be excluded. Their first name will be replaced with the word "Living." Only the submitter of the file will be able to see living individuals in the file or download them. All other users trying to download the file will receive a file with the vital information of living persons excluded. If you are submitting a file and would like to have the individual's complete name withheld, please delete their name and any other information before submitting the file.

NOTE: Family trees submitted to RootsWeb.com (WorldConnect) and Ancestry (Ancestry World Tree and Online Family Tree) have been merged into one master database, which can be viewed from either site.


Why do I find my RootsWeb WorldConnect file in the Ancestry World Tree?
The Ancestry World Tree database nearly doubled in size through the combination with WorldConnect, a similar project hosted by RootsWeb. With this merge there has been some duplication of files for users who had submitted to both the Ancestry World Tree and WorldConnect. If you have duplicate files from submitting to both databases you will simply want to remove one of the files.

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