Member Pedigrees - Have You Entered, or Updated, Yours?
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The IMFA website contains a culmination of information that has been collected for
over three decades. In researching your own Mx line, the individual member-entered
pedigrees on IMFA website is a good place to search for other IMFA members with
common ancestors, or ancestors from common locations.
If you have entered your Member Pedigree, thank you! Please take a moment to review
your pedigree and make sure it is current and keep reading, you might discover something
IMFA members enter their own personal Mx pedigree listing known information about
their Mx line ancestors. The pedigree is also a place IMFA members can share other
information about themselves: DNA testing companies, GEDmatch kit numbers, online
tree locations, brick wall ancestors, research focus, relationship to other IMFA
IMFA member pedigrees are entered, updated, and searched utilizing the website Lines
& DNA tab.
Pedigree Email Link
IMFA members who have elected to share their email with our membership will have
a “Send Email” button at the top of their pedigree to launch a direct email
to the member. When emailing another IMFA member, remember to identify yourself
by name and IMFA member ID number. If your pedigree does not include an email link,
please let us know so we can add one.
Pedigree Genealogy Report Link
Many of our IMFA members have used their research to create family trees using either
online sites or desktop programs. The owner of such a tree can download the tree
in the form of a GEDCOM file. A GEDCOM file is the common standard format
for trees used in genealogical sites and programs. Instructions on how to download
a GEDCOM file can usually be found by searching the online website or desktop
program which contains the tree.
When IMFA members share a GEDCOM file with our IMFA webmaster, a Genealogy
Report is created and attached to the member’s pedigree. A “View Genealogy Report”
button will be shown at the top of their pedigree. These reports can contain much
more detailed information than listed on the pedigree.
Ancestral Web Cards Link
Several years ago member-submitted GEDCOM files were used to create Family Cards
as part of the Mx Ancestral Webcards collection. You will see a “View Family Cards”
button at the top of a pedigree for those who participated. The Ancestral Web Cards
can be located under the website Lines & DNA tab. Please, give them a look.
How to Search Pedigrees and Other Useful Searches
The Pedigree Search feature under Lines & DNA is used to search the
member-entered pedigrees on the website to look for a name or location.
Examples of searches by name: first name such as “Peter”, or surname such
as “Molineux”, or a Mx spouse’s surname such as “Donnally”, etc. This will search
the IMFA member pedigrees for the name entered.
Examples of searches by location: “London”, “Pendleton”, “Victoria”, “Canada”,
etc. This will search for any birth, death, or marriage listed in IMFA member pedigrees
with the location entered.
The Ancestor Search feature under Lines & DNA has numerous blocks
which can be searched independently. The individual data items listed here are currently
input by the IMFA Administrators. Earliest Known Ancestor (EKA) is used to
establish MxLine when possible.
Ancestor Search is useful in searching for a member by IMFA Member ID
Pedigree and Ancestor Searches
The results of Pedigree Search and Ancestor Search will provide a
list with IMFA Member ID numbers. Click the red “View” under the Pedigree
column. If the red “View” is missing under the Pedigree column using Ancestor
Search, that indicates the IMFA member has not entered a pedigree.
An IMFA Website Search looks for items matching the search on the various
website pages and also searches the back issues of the MxWorld newsletter.
The back issues of MxWorld date back to August 1986 and contain a treasure trove
of information. A search for a location or ancestor of interest might reveal information
shared on the website, or in MxWorld by another IMFA member. The IMFA Member ID
number is generally cited along with the information which can then be used with
Ancestor Search to find their pedigree.