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    Family Tree Forum was founded in September 2006. Our primary aim is to provide a site where our members can research and socialise in a safe, friendly and helpful environment. Registration is free, and our members are dedicated to assisting all genealogists, whether they are beginners or experienced researchers.

    Our forums are the most active areas of the site. On our genealogy forums members can ask for advice or offer helpful tips to other researchers. To post on these forums you have to be a registered member, although they can be read by non members.

    Registering as a member at Family Tree Forum will give you access to our names database. Searches are possible using any combination of First Name, Surname, Place of Birth and Year of Birth.

    Members can also increase the effectiveness of the database by uploading their own GEDCOM files.

    We also have very active community forums where members can take a break from research to socialise, arrange meets, show off family photographs or discuss issues of the day. Community forums are only open to registered members.


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    There will always come a point in your family history research when you hit the dreaded "brick wall". In other words, you are completely and utterly stuck. This is when the Family Tree Forum membership can come to your aid.

    You can browse the questions and answers in Family History Research which may give you some ideas or resources to try, you may discover a website which you didn't know existed by looking in the Reference Library , or you can just ask for help.
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    The Family Tree Forum has its own Reference Library. It currently holds over 4500 pages of information and links which were entirely created and are maintained by the members.

    When the Family Tree Forum started out, the boards quickly became crowded with recommendations for websites on a wide variety of topics as well as a rapidly growing accumulation of advice and wisdom from the old hands at genealogical research.

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    Although primarily a genealogy site, we also have very active community forums where members can take a break from research to socialise, arrange meets, show off family photographs or discuss issues of the day.

    Community forums are only open to registered members but registration is free.

    At any time of the day or night, these boards are moving quickly. There might be a discusssion about the use (or mis-use) of the apostrophe, a request for advice on stain removal or a discussion about the previous evening's television.
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    The Family Tree Online Magazine was written and put together by the members of The Family Tree Forum. Since the first issue of the magazine in August 2007, over 500 articles were contributed by 135 members to the 30 editions. Initially, the magazine was publshed monthly and from August 2009 until November 2010, when we started Volume Three, editions appeared quarterly.

    A wide variety of topics is covered in the magazine. Most articles are drawn from the authors' own research into interesting relatives who they have come across, others are inspired by questions posed in the forums.
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    As a registered member you have access to the GEDCOM Database of surnames added by members. Although it is not possible to view your names in a tree diagram, it is a very useful tool for finding contacts on the site.

    Searches are possible using any combination of First Name, Surname, Place of Birth and Year of Birth. Members can also increase the effectiveness of the database by uploading their own GEDCOM files.
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    Even though Family Tree Forum is a genealogical forum, the help and advice on offer is not just for research and possible useful resources.

    Just because people have found their way to the site and are confident in navigating the World Wide Web does not mean that they are confident in using the computer or their installed programs. Often they find it difficult to find their way round the genealogical software which they bought when they started out.
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