My Tree

MyTree is a database being developed to allow a search by name other membersí family trees to identify possible matches and to link members who are researching the same people or surname, which may help to breakdown brick walls. The more family trees submitted for inclusion in the MyTree database the more likely it is that a match will be found. Any privacy requirements you have will be respected. All reference to living people is, as far as possible, removed before entry into the database. The data is encrypted to protect access and corruption from malicious interference. Information will only made available to other SFHG members and future generations if appropriate permission is given. MyTree also provides an off-site backup of all of your valuable research and can include scans of photos, certificates, video and sound clips, etc

How about you contributing?

There are over 160,000 people plus thousands of different surnames in the database (December 2018). All family trees are accepted no matter the size, currently they range from 19 to 20,900 people. Contributions to the database have come from all over the UK as well as Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa and USA. Some members have promised that their research will be sent to us when they die.

The database is available to members who visit our Library at The Keep. You can search by surname or first name and surname, and include a spouses name as well to limit the results. You can then display more information about any person in the displayed results, including their family tree.

If a match looks promising and if both parties are willing, I can put them in touch with each other. Unfortunately, it is not possible to include this database in the SFHG Data Archive (Frontis) on our website due to Frontis limitations. In the future it will be made available to members as part of our new website.

Does it work? Yes, matches have been found and members put in touch as part of the testing. Although I prefer to be sent data in the GEDCOM format, an international standard for exchange of genealogical information, I accept information in most formats including paper. For those using family history software I can in some cases use a copy of your database or otherwise provide help on how to export your data in GEDCOM format. Please contact me for further information if necessary. The database is designed so that any individual contribution can be updated without duplicating entries even when there are multiple trees from one person. No family tree is ever complete! It can also have links to other documents and/or web sites when relevant. Care is also taken to remove all references, as far as practicable, to living people by checking birth/baptism and death/burial dates and also to try to exclude possibly living people with no date information by referring to the ages of parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren etc.

Brian Eaton. Email: mytree@sfhg.org.uk

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