The aim of this Guide is to help new members familiarise themselves with the Ancestorian website. It highlights some of the important things that members may need to know when using Ancestorian.
Your Display Name
We encourage you to set your display name to your real name. This helps your friends to identify you from other social networks. Use the following links to change your display name and/or add your real name.
Change your display name - Add your real name
Manage your Notifications
An important consideration when you join Ancestorian is to decide what types of notifications you want to receive, what aspects of the site you want notifications for and how often you want to receive them.
Everyone has different preferences. Ancestorian lets you choose.
You can manage your Notification settings at: https://www.ancestorian.com/profile/?*/about/notifications/
You can read more about Managing Notifications in this Guide: https://www.ancestorian.com/blog/janechapman/guide-managing-notifications/
Join Some Groups
Another important thing to do is to check out the groups and join any groups that are of interest to you.
If you want to share information or seek information from others, you will often get a better response if you post from within a relevant group(s).
Ancestorian has a large number of groups which you can join.
Most of the groups are ‘Open’ so you will see the posts even if you aren’t a member but you won’t be able to post or comment in the group unless you join it. A few groups are ‘private’ so only members can see the posts and comment on then.
Check for groups here: www.ancestorian.com/groups/
You can read more about how to find, join and use groups here: https://www.ancestorian.com/blog/judyb/using-groups/
- Some groups were automatically set up when the website first started and are in need of some care and attention. If you join a group that doesn't have an owner and you would like to take over ownership of it, please let us know via a ‘New Ticket’ here: ancestorian.com/support/
- If you have a particular research interest but there isn't already a group for it, please feel free to create a new group.
Discussion Posts and Blog Posts
‘Discussion posts’ and ‘Blog posts’ on Ancestorian are intended for different purposes.
This Guide explains the difference between Discussion posts and Blog posts so that you know what to post where: https://www.ancestorian.com/blog/janechapman/guide-what-to-post-where-the-difference-between-discussion-posts-and-blog-posts/
This Guide talks about Discussion posts – how to post and how to find your post later: https://www.ancestorian.com/blog/janechapman/discussion-feed-how-to-post-and-how-to-find-your-posts-later/
This Guide explains how to write a Blog post: https://www.ancestorian.com/blog/ancestorianadmin/how-to-create-a-blog-post/
Please help us to maintain privacy by respecting other people’s privacy when you post! Don’t post information about living people in public spaces on Ancestorian!
Other Policy Documents
Other policy documents e.g., Terms and Conditions of Service, can be found via the ‘Support’ Tab at the top of the Website
Getting Help or Reporting a Problem
There are a number of Guides listed above. These may be added to from time to time.
You can check for Guides here: www.ancestorian.com/blog/category/guides/
If what you need to know isn't covered by a Guide or if you want to report a problem with the website, please request a support ticket here: www.ancestorian.com/support/