Navigating the World Families Website FAQ

  • How do I find a surname project on this website?
  • How do I navigate to the main pages on the website?
  • How do I order a test?
  • How do I navigate among the pages on my project's website?
  • What is "Track this project"?
  • What is "Spread the word...Tell a friend"?
  • How do I register to post on the WFN Forums?
  • What is a pedigree?
  • How do I post a pedigree?
  • How can I change my email address on the forum?

    How do I find a surname project on this website?
    There are several ways to search for a surname on the website:
    1.  Type your surname in the "Search" box in the upper left corner of any page.   Click on the link to the project.
    2.  Click on the link to "Surname Projects" in the navigation bar at the top of every page of the website.  This will take you to a page where you can search for the project by clicking on "Search for a project" or you can click on the letter that begins your surname and jump to the listing of projects that begin with that letter. Scroll down to find you project, then click on the link to the website. 
    3.  If there is no project for your surname, you can request a surname project by clicking on the "Request a Project" link on the Surname Page.  

    How do I navigate to the main pages on the website?

    • There is a main Website Navigation Bar at the top of each of the website pages. (dark gray near the top of the page, next to the search box.)
      • "Search" Box on every page of the website finds the project pages and any posting of the name on the website
      • "Surname Projects" link takes you to a page to either search for the project or to find a project by alphabetic listings and go directly to the web page, on Worldfamilies.net or elsewhere 
      • "Order Test" takes you to a page to type in the surname and go directly to FTDNA's order page for your project.
      • "Forum" link takes you the the main forum page from any page of the website. (Navigation Bar at the top of every page of the Forum gives you easy navigation back to website from the Forum.)
      • "About DNA Testing" takes newcomers to the information pages with lots of information and our step-by-step guide "DNA Testing the Smart Way"
      • "FAQ"  takes you to the Frequently Asked Questions--the most extensive and informative on any website, anywhere.
      • "Using FTDNA" helps you navigate the FTDNA website and has links to informative pages.
      • "Help" gives you ideas of where to look for the information you seek, and allows you to email us directly.
    • The left sidebar on each page includes a navigation menu that helps find pages under specific categories, providing links to every page on the website.
      • Hold the cursor on any category and a menu will show to the right of it, giving you access to any of the pages in the category.
      • Every page that is directed at the project administrator also includes a menu in the left sidebar that provides direct navigation to any of the project administration pages under the title "Admin Menu"
      • Every page that is included in the DNA the Smart Way informational pages includes a menu in the left sidebar that provides direct navigation to any of the guide pages under the title " DNA Testing the Smart Way"

    How do I order a test from FTDNA?
    You can go to the www.worldfamilies.net home page or to your surname project's home page and click on the link that says "Order Tests". This will take you to the order page with a link to the Family Tree DNA website.
    However, we recommend you order through a surname project, where you will get a lower price and be able to join with others who are researching the surname.  To find a surname project, go to the Surname Projects page.
    The FTDNA order form is in two parts that you can think of as pages.

    How do I navigate among the pages on my project's website?

    • There is a Project Navigation Bar on each of the project website pages (light gray under the Main Website Navigation Bar). (Note: Not all pages will be displayed on every project website, at the discretion of the Project Administrator)
      • "Patriarchs" takes you to the page where pedigrees are
        • posted in chronological order
        • linked when possible
        • include the contact information for the pedigree poster on the first line of the pedigree (in black)
        • include the code identity number of the pedigree poster if he/she has been tested, shown on the last line of the pedigree (in red)
        • posted there by the project administrator or Worldfamilies.net after the participant posts them on the pedigree forum (may take a few days)
      • "y-Results" takes you to the page where the yDNA test results for project participants are displayed (scroll to the bottom of the page for an explanation of the results table).
      • "Order" takes you directly to the project order page at FTDNA.  Ordering there will give you the project price for yDNA tests, which is usually $50 to $80 less than ordering as an individual.
      • "mtDNA" takes you to a page with more information about mtDNA testing, and, for some project, a display of the mtDNA test results.
      • "Disc" is the discussion page for your project.
      • "Help" gives you ideas of where to look for the information you seek, and allows you to email us directly.
      • "FTDNA Site" takes you directly to the project page at FTDNA.  Ordering there will give you the project price for yDNA tests, which is usually $50 to $80 less than ordering as an individual.
      • "Forum" takes you directly to forum boards for the project. 
        • "Welcome" tells you about the forum and gives instructions for use.
        • "Surname Family Pedigrees" takes you to the Pedigree Forum to post your pedigree.
        • You can start a new topic (a "thread") by clicking on "New Topic" in the tabs on the main page for your family forums
      • "Post Pedigree" takes you directly to the Pedigree Forum to post your pedigree. 

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  • What is "Track this project"?
  • The "Track Project" tool allows you to navigate directly to your project from any page on the website.
    • Every project website has a tab marked "Track this project"  When you click it, the link to the project website will appear in the left sidebar on each page of the Worldfamilies.net website whenever you are logged in.
    • You may "track" numerous projects, even if you are not a member of the project.
       
  • What is "Spread the word...Tell a friend"?
    "Tell a Friend" features allows you to send an email directly to family members or fellow researchers to invite them to view the website
     

  • How do I register to post on the WFN Forum?

    • Go to http://www.wfnforum.net Near the top left hand corner, you will see "Welcome, Guest. Please login or register."
    • Click on the word "register". It will bring up a new screen that will have a box that says: "Register - Required Information" .
    • You can choose any username and password you would like.
    • If you want to hide your email from the public on the website, click on the box next to the blank for your email address.
    • Then you will have to do "visual verification" by typing the scrambled letters you see.
    • After you do that, read the usage agreement below it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the square by "I agree".
    • Click on "Register" below that. That should take care of registration.
    • You might want to make a note somewhere of the username and password you chose in case you forget it the next time you visit the forum.
       

    What is a pedigree?
    At World Families Network, we ask for a "stripped-down" pedigree that may be different from what you are used to. By limiting the information we put on the Patriarch pages, we can get a lot of pedigrees in one place so that people can compare, and, for a surname DNA project, all the attention is on the males, so the name of the female spouse is all that is needed.
    So we ask for you to post on the pedigree forum the following information for each generation of your family tree (which the project administrator will post on the Patriarch page of your project):
    name, birth date, birth place, and spouse (if you are missing any of that information, you can post any identifying information you have for that ancestor.) You can identify most ancestors by these four pieces of information.
    If you have additional information, you can post it on the pedigree forum or one of the other forums. When we post your pedigree on the Patriarch page, we link it back to your posting on the pedigree forum.

    How do I post a pedigree?
    Go to www.wfnforum.net
    Either Log-In or Register
    Search for "your surname"
    The first result should be "your surname Family Pedigrees"
    Click on your surname Family Pedigrees
    Scroll down to the last posting on the pedigree forum.
    Find "reply" tab near the bottom right-hand corner.
    Click "Reply"
    Post your pedigree (or message) in the big white box
    Click "Post"

    How can I change my email address at the WFN Forum?
    You can change your email address at FTDNA by going in to your personal page and changing it there. You can change it on the World Families Forum by going to http://www.wfnforum.net Near the top left hand corner, you will see "Welcome, Guest. Please login or register." Log in with your user name and password. Once you are logged in, click on the blue button in the line of buttons (home, help, search, admin, profile, etc). The information you gave when you registered will come up. Look on the left side of the page, where you will see blue headings: Profile Info and Modify Profile. Under Modify Profile, you will see Account Related Settings. Click on it, and a screen will come up that allows you to change any of the information you submitted. Your will find email listed there. Change it to the correct email address. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, to the Current Password blank. Type in your password. Then click Change Profile at the bottom of the page.

     

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