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How to Update the Family Tree

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Before you start, we would like to somewhat restrict the entries to direct descendents of Speed and Hazel including spouses. However due to a size restriction, we don’t want to get too far flung. So for example, we will put Virginia McCurdy as Don’s wife, but don’t want to get into her sisters Mary Kay, Margaret, their spouses and kids. Get it? If you want to do your own family tree, is a pretty nice tool and can handle up to 250 relatives without any payment.We are already at that limit but I paid for the next couple of years so we can continue to have babies!

1) Go to: and click on “Family Tree” in the upper left menu.

2) In the top right corner, select “Log In”.

3) In the top tabs, select “Family tree”

4) At the bottom it says “Tree View.” I prefer “Classic” but you can make that call.

OK, you’re in. Now comes the fun part.

5) Near the top of the page, you will either have a tiny tab called “Options” or a menu with a Back Arrow, Home, Slideshow window. If you see “Options” click on it to reveal the window.
6) Choose “Home” to get Don And Ginger in the center position (that’s where I started so they are the home default) then click on Speed and Hazel to the upper left of Donald’s icon to move Speed and Hazel to the center of the frame. That will be most of your starting positions.

7) If you don’t see your folks listed, there’s a little arrow under the bottom of the list that acts like a scroll bar to get the rest of the family in view.

8) First, I’d like you to review your family; I don’t have a lot of birth and death information so it would be great if you could start by updating all of that. Then dig into your own limbs and leafs of the tree.
a. For example, if you select “Florence Josephine Yearout” it will show her spouse George Raymond Howard. Under them will appear their four kids and selecting them will reveal their spouses and kids.
b. To make a change, mouse over a name and select the “pencil” icon. That allows you to edit the name, birth date, gender, etc. Hit “OK” when finished and go on to the next edit you want to make.
c. There are ways to add divorces, and second spouses and resulting kids from the new union like Leona and Vera. That’s a little more complicated so if you can’t figure it out, give me the details and I’ll get the info updated.
d. To add a photo, select the person and in the margin on the left, you’ll see an “Add Photo” button. It’s got a pretty typical “Browse” function to upload the pic. If you aren’t familiar with that, email the pic and description to me and I’ll do it for you.
i. For an example, see that I added a photo in Speed’s window and also added Olivia and Magnolia under the Ryan and Dora icons.

This is a worthwhile project that I hope you will help us update and complete and maintain as new pups come along. We all have a little “uncle Jack” in us wondering who’s connected to who… this will help keep the record straight for future generations. You may need to explain the uncle Jack reference to your kids.

Please let me know if these instructions have holes in them, or you have discovered an error that I can fix in this description.

Thanks. Marc