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House Rules

The TNG program allows all of us to contribute to the tree. It gives me the power to MAKE everyone else send me information or changes and then I let me DECIDE if it is good enough to add or not.

BUT I WON'T DO THAT.  The information collected in our family tree does not belong to me, it belongs to all of us. To be more exact it belongs to our descendants! As a result the program is set so that any family member who asks has the ability to add/change information in the database. 

But there are consequences and responsibilities of this power ...

1. Don't change things unless the correction is true!

  • Family history is by its nature unpleasantly honest. It  is full of issues or facts that each of us might wish were different or were secret, this makes the tree a work of fiction.  To me it is an important principle that our tree only contains facts, I propose this is the basis of all of our endeavours here.  Some family histories on Ancestry.com ignore this princple to protect people's feelings and as a result are so different from the facts that they effectively become fiction. One slight change and everything previous to the fiction incorrect too.
  • What this means is that facts in this database are as discovered, warts and all! There will be a temptation to change things that you think embarassing or not particuarly nice but please do not do this. Only CHANGE to correct information Never to hide it.  There will be ocassions when you decide that you know something that others shouldn't know, that is your choice but even then I would urge you to consider the loss of the information forever if you don't record it. There may be ways later that I can put time delays or something on some facts but at the moment things are IN or OUT.  
  • What will never be acceptable (or possible) is changing things that are in the database that are correct but you would rather we don't know. If anything is changed from a fact that we have documented then I reserve the right to put it back to what it was (a bit like Wikipaedia!).
  • If you make a big mistake and delete things you would rather not have, let me know as soon as possible and I can retrieve it.

2. Document where you aren't  sure!

  • Where you aren't sure about a fact please make sure you add a note to say who added the fact and what your reservations are. For example see the note I have placed on the connection between James Kilkie and George Kilkie. If there are questions you have about a fact or facts then also add a note. Remember that ONLY family members see the database - but also remember that ALL family members. It is better to document too much than too little.  
  • When you add a note, add your name at the end and remember this is a database where most of us share one of a few surnames, so put your birthyear at the end e.g. Martin Kilkie(1955).

3. Be polite!

  • I am sure it doesnt need overstating but many generations (hopefully) will use this database. Be direct in your notes here and on the Social wall but remember it may be read by any other member of the family. This doesnt mean secrets, but it suggests we are careful with the language used.

Finally!

  • I am very keen to not only develop this common resource but to build a small army of family members who can take the job onto the next (and the next) generation. This requires we agree some common rules.  If you don't like the rules then please suggest improvements, they will be gratefully received. We need consensual rules. If you are interested in helping develop the resource, or even taking responsiblity for some part of it then please ask.

 

 

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Edit a family member's details in TNG

 

When logged in, click the Edit tab on Individual page or the Edit link on the Last Modified line of the Person's individual data

Select Edit

Edit Person Dialog

which will return the Edit - Existing Person dialog Edit existing person details.jpg

where you can enter new information details. You can enter place names directly, or

Find Place

You can click the Find icon (as shown in the image above) to obtain the Find Person modal dialog where you can enter part of the place name and then click the Search button to search for the place.

Edit existing person find place.jpg

Source Citation

To enter source and citation details, click the Source button as shown in the following image

Edit Person Add Source

which will return Add Citations dialog. You will need to click the Add New button to add the first citation.

Add Citation

which returns the dialog where you enter the Source by selecting the Source name from the pull down and then add the Citation detail

Add Source and Citation

and then click the Finish button to complete the Source and Citation addition.

Finish citation.jpg

Add More, Notes

Edit Person dialog

You can click the More icon to add additional information on an event.

You can also click the Notes icon to add Notes for an event.

Don't forget to click the Save button when finish with your edits to save the updates.

Add Media

If you click the Add Media tab Edit existing person add media.jpg

 

it will launch the Admin >> Media >> Add New screen where you can add the media and then link it to the individual.

See Media - Add New and select Media Links in the Table of Contents.

If you add the media to an event, it will then show with that event on the Person's page, such as the the Christening event media shown in this image.

Individual with event linked media
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TNG menus

TNG is a run by menus and it is obvious(?) what most do. Plus TNG has very good built in help. This article just summarises the menus and shows you where they are.

1. The front screen menu

When you start TNG from within Kilkie.org you are shown this screen:

tng main menu

Search: Let's you search for family members.
Surnames: Find someone by their name.
Login: You need to login before you can use any of the TNG features.
Register: You need to register before you login. This is different from the login to the main website.
Whats new: The most recent changed individuals, new photos etc.
Most wanted: Here you can add questions or photos you are looking for help to find out about.
Places: This is a list of all the places linked to our family tree.
Notes: There are MANY notes attached to individuals to make them more interesting.
Dates: Arranges the tree in date order or lets you search for events on a particular date
Calendar: Shows a calendar with birthdays etc.
Photos: Shows all the photos in the database or lets you search for some
Documents: Listof certificates etc.
Headstones: Details of headstones of family individuals
Histories: Lists individual family histories - More on this later.
Recordings: Audio recordings we might make, e.g. getting younger family to interview older ones.
Videos: Video recordings we might make.
All media: Lets you search all media at one time.
Albums: More on this later.
Reports: Lets us create summaries of the family for your use.
Cemetaries: Details of the main cemeteries used for our family.
Statistics: Statistics on the family tree
Sources: Lists the various official records we use to document our family history
Repositories: Online resources for family history used in our researches.
Place Map: Lets you look at how our family is spread across the world.
Access Log: Shows what we have been doing to the information
Administration: Gets you to the admin menu (see later).

2. The top menu

Wherever you are in TNG there is a menu at the top of the screen that takes you back to the rest of our site but under that is a thin menu giving you quick access to most things you want to do:

top menu

Notice the three menus: Find, Media and Info - these give drop down lists that let you do everything without having to go back to the main menu. Also notice that Home and Search are  always there too.

3. The Admin menu

admin menu

Almost everybody gets this menu too. We might decide that youngsters can look but not change things etc but at present all users can add and change things by default. The admin menu lets you add new people familes and media quicker than going through the main menu. If you get lost remember the home button.

 

 

 

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How do the guides work?

TNG has many different ways to do things but I am going to begin by explaining the most useful methods.

  • All of the guides to TNG will have many options I don't explain, I just show the simple thing that works.
  • Later on you can try the other options.
  • Also my explanations are quite detailed in case you need the detail. if you know what you are doing skip ahead and ignore parts you understand already.

Guides are quite long. This is deliberate but it does mean that it is hard to follow when you are using TNG at the same time. I recommend either using the guide in one window with TNG in another, or even better - print the guide out then follow it.

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