Guide: How to Find People Researching the Same Name as You

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This is a really short guide because, well... frankly, this is what Ancestorian makes so easy! Read on.

1.) Visit the Search Surnames page

In the main (black background) menu bar, select:
Surnames → Search Surnames



2.) Search for a Surname

In this example, we have searched for ‘sco’

You will see a result list of surnames featuring the searched term or related terms.

You can order the list by clicking on a header. Here, we have clicked on ‘Researchers’ so we can see which surnames have the most activity.

To view the surname you want, click on either the name link or the corresponding view button. If you want to add the surname as one of your research interests (recommended if you want to find people researching it), then click the corresponding green '+ Your Surnames' button.



3.) Visit a Surname Page - Add Surname as Research Interest

Here, we are seeing the page for Scotney

At the top of the page, if it isn't already one of your researched surnames, is a button to enable you to add it to 'Your Surnames'.
In this guide, 'evitester' had already added Scotney as one of his research interests but the name is not shown publicly in his account profile.

 



4.) Surname is 'Your Surname' and Public

Clicking the Public/Private toggle makes the surname research interest public.

Now, other users on Ancestorian can discover their shared interest in the Scotney name and reach out to 'evitester' via the message system or in a group.



5.) Find Researchers and Help for the Surname

A little further down the page (maybe an advert come first, these are the only way that Ancestorian makes a few cents that we need to pay the huge hosting bills) you will find the Researchers/Experts/Historians section.

The members listed here are people like you who have added Scotney as a research interest and made it public. The guide was made using member 'evitester'.

You can click on a member's name to get to their profile and reach out to them. Maybe they can help with your Scotney research. 

 

Guide: How to Add a Missing Surname to Ancestorian

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1.) Visit the Search Surnames page

In the main (black background) menu bar, select:
Surnames → Search Surnames



2.) Search for a Surname

In this example, we have searched for ‘Fakery’

Fakery is not found in Ancestorian so we need to add it.



3.) Use the 'Add Surname to Ancestorian' Button

At the bottom part of the screen, use the huge green button to add your missing surname to Ancestorian.

A dialog box appears and and asks if this is the full surname. It is, so we can click 'Yes, Add it to Ancestorian' and the magic happens.



   

4.) Your Missing Surname was Added

Voila, your missing surname has been added to Ancestorian. You have been registered to it as a researcher of that surname and can now also be found by other users who research the same surname.

What's more, other users of Ancestorian can now also register themselves as researchers of the newly created surname.

You can see that the surname has been added and a surname page has been created in the small table beneath the green button you used to add it. Also, you can see and change the public/private status.

If you want to view the newly created surname page, you can click the surname link.



6.) Go and View the new Surname page

There are very powerful features available from surname pages on Ancestorian.

Read about them in our 'What You Can Do on a Surname Page' guide.



Guide: Manage Surnames You Research

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1.) Visit the Manage Surnames You Research page

In the main (black background) menu bar, select:
Your Ancestorian → Manage Surnames you Research

Like on nearly all listing pages on Ancestorian, you can use the 'Filter results' box or click on column headers to sort the table to suit your needs.

The table shows the Surname (linked to surname page), how many times it is mentioned in your research (if it came from a GEDCOM import), details of GEDCOMs  it appeared in, a toggle to make public/private and a button to remove it from your researched surnames list.



2.) Make a Researched Surname public

If you click on the currently grey toggle next to a surname, you can make the surname public or private.

When a surname is private (grey) only you know that you are researching the surname or have expertise and knowledge of that name.

If you want to allow others to find and contact you based on this surname, click the toggle and it will go blue and therefore, public.



3.) Make all visible surnames public or private

If you want to make all of the surnames that are showing in the current list view public, you can use the toggle above the table to do this. You may have to click twice, first to make all private then again to make all public.

This is especially helpful if you have used the list filtering and sorting options.

Here, we have made all private.



4.) Remove a surname from your research interests

If you no longer want to be connected to a surname, just click the red 'remove' button next to the surname.

This removes the surname from  your research interests but, naturally, leaves the surname in Ancestorian so that others using it or researching the name can continue to do so.

Notice that in comparison to the previous image, the McKenzie surname has been removed.

No surname or place on Ancestorian is unique to you. All places and surnames are shared with the whole site... you are merely able to link yourself to them as a researcher. Don't ever be concerned that removing a place or surname somehow deletes it from Ancestorian altogether. 

   
   

Guide: How to Add a Surname to Your Research Interests

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1.) Visit the Search Surnames page

In the main (black background) menu bar, select:
Surnames → Search Surnames



2.) Search for a Surname

In this example, we have searched for ‘sco’

You will see a result list of surnames featuring the searched term or related terms.

You can order the list by clicking on a header. Here, we have clicked on ‘Researchers’ so we can see which surnames have the most activity.



3.) Use the '+ Your Surnames' Button

Locate the surname you want to add as a research interest and click the green ‘+ Your Surnames’ button.

The page reloads and you see that this has changed to a black button with a check and ‘Your Surname’ written on it.

You can confirm the surname has been added to your research interests by clicking on the link to the surname page (place name) or clicking the ‘View’ button.



4.) Confirm Added by Viewing Surname page

Here, you can see that Scotney has been added to your surnames and it is ‘Public’ which means other users can find you.

5.) Or Confirm on Manage Surnames page

Alternatively, you can visit:
Your Ancestorian → Manage Surnames You Research 

Here, after adding a filter in the ‘Filter results’ box for ‘scot’, we see that the newly linked surname is public and that one further Scot name is  ‘Your Surname’ but not publicly visible – therefore, you will not be found for this.

TIP: Find out what else you can do on the Manage Surnames You Research page in our guide.



6.) Add a Missing Surname to Ancestorian

If you don’t find the surname you are wanting to add as a research interest among the many thousands of names on Ancestorian, you can add it.

Read the ‘How to Add a Missing Surname to Ancestorian’ guide.



Guide: What You Can Do on a Surname Page

This guide is permanently available at: https://www.ancestorian.com/guides-how-to-use-ancestorian/guide-what-you-can-do-on-a-surname-page/

Every surname in Ancestorian has it's own page. There are a few things you can do on an Ancestorian surname page - even more if there are a few active researchers there. Let this guide show you around a surname page and introduce the possibilities.

1.) Visit a Surname Page - Add Surname as Research Interest

Here, we are seeing the page for Scotney

At the top of the page, if it isn't already one of your researched surnames, is a button to enable you to add it to 'Your Surnames'.
In this guide, 'evitester' had already added Scotney as one of his research interests but the name is not shown publicly in his account profile.

 



2.) Surname is 'Your Surname' and Public

Clicking the Public/Private toggle makes the surname research interest public.

Now, other users on Ancestorian can discover their shared interest in the Scotney name and reach out to 'evitester' via the message system or in a group.



3.) Find Researchers and Help for the Surname

A little further down the page you will find the Researchers/Experts/Historians section. You may find an advert first but unfortunately that is necessary to pay the huge hosting bills.

The members listed here are people like you who have added Scotney as a research interest and made it public. The guide was made using member 'evitester'. You see he is here in the list and because he is the logged in user, we see he is highlighted blue. This could be you!

You can click on a member's name to get to their profile and reach out to them. Maybe they can help with your Scotney research. 

 



   

4.) Places Where the Surname Appears

Ancestorian takes things a step further. We can see what places each surname is found in.

You can add places to this list via place pages... rather than here in the surname page. Visit the page of the place you want to add the surname to and use our 'What You Can Do on a Place Page' guide to find out how.

Otherwise, upload a GEDCOM using the button below the places list and all of your place and surname links will be found and added to Ancestorian.



5.) Surname Group - None? Create One!

Ancestorian is about community, so just like Facebook, we have the ability to start and join groups.

A powerful feature is that you can connect a group to a surname. If the surname you are viewing doesn't yet have a group, you can create it with one click on a button. You will become the first member and administrator of the group. 



6.) Surname Group - Visit and Join

'evitester' clicked the green 'Create Group' button and the page has reloaded. Now Scotney has an official group and 'evitester' is admin.

Any user visiting the Scotney page in the future will see this 'Visit Group' button and can go and join.

How many groups are you active in so far?



7.) Comments - Open Text

Finally, every surname page has a comments area. Just like on a Blog site, you can use your Facebook account to comment here. You can also choose to share your comment on Facebook, which will link it to this surname page on Ancestorian and can be a helpful way to share the page directly to your friends.