How To —

This is a list of various instructions that try to answer the question “How do I – ?

Please note that these helps relate only to the utilization of this website and of the PFWW organisation.

change my password?

While you are logged in, look for a black “Profile” tab at the top of your browser window. If you don’t see one, click on your name right above your picture in the left column under the green menu. Hover your mouse over the “Profile” tab and select “Edit Details” then enter your new password twice in the boxes provided.

find and invite a member to be my “friend” on the PFWW website?

While you are logged in, go to your personal profile (click on your name right above your picture on the left of any page), once there, click on the “Home” tab just left and above your picture in your profile. You will see the members who have joined most recently and a link right below them “View all members (nnn)”. Click that and see all the members. Find one you want to invite to be your friend and click “Add as Friend” and add a personal note if you wish.

find things on this website?

There is a search box in the extreme upper right corner of every page right below the text size controls. Enter some keywords there and click the Search button.

make the most of my membership?

Here, read How to Make the Most of Membership. It opens in a new window and this is the only way to get there.

invite a non-member to join and be my friend?

While you are logged in, go to your personal profile (click on your name right above your picture on the left of any page), once there, hover over the “Friends” tab above your profile picture and select “Invite Friends”. You will see a couple text boxes where you can enter email addresses and a message to go in your email(s). You should tell your friends in this email, that they will need to register on the PFWW website before they can see your profile. They do not need to pay dues to see your profile and become your website “Friend”.

break down, break through or work around a “brick wall” in my Pemberton research?

  1. The “big picture” is important and will give you guidance and inspiration. Zoom yourself out into space and look down on the earth and realize that you are not alone. There are literally hundreds of Pembertons just like you who are working on the world wide Pemberton picture puzzle. Then put your mind to work finding ways to connect with the ones that are working on the parts of that puzzle closest to the part you are working on. This was the vision of the founders of the PFWW association and it should become a part of your vision also. If we all work together the brick walls will simply disappear – well, most of them at least.
  2. Invite every Pemberton and especailly every Pemberton researcher to become an active member of the PFWW association. The collection and publication of Pemberton data is the single most effective means of finding our way through brick walls.
  3. Be sure your genealogical profile is filled out completely on this PFWW website so others interested in your branch can find you.
  4. Search for others in your tree. You can find instructions in this “How To” section on that.
  5. Genealogical DNA is the single most effective way to get through a brick wall. The down side is that its effectiveness depends on the chances of linking with another branch that has significant documentary data. DNA samples are a bit costly, but when the potential value of a DNA sample is considered against the price of annual memberships in various genealogical web sites, it seems much more reasonable. If you haven’t tried this route, you will want to seriously consider it. There is a General Fund in the Pemberton DNA Project dedicated to help reduce the cost. If your brick wall involves an immigrant, you will be especially interested in trying the DNA method of finding your ancestors on the other side of the pond.
  6. Use the “cluster concept” in your research. If you haven’t already done this, go back to your wills, deeds and census data and look for recurring names (both given and surnames) of fellow travellers. People always work and live with their best friends (which sometimes includes family). See who was living next door or down the street in the census records and watch for those names on will and deeds and other family records, then see if you can find their genealogy/family history that someone has researched.
  7. Work on collateral lines. This is also a cluster concept. Find cousins and the wives of your family members and find their records. The chances are rather good that they will lead you back to your line again.
  8. Do a search on the PFWW website (upper right corner of every screen) on brick walls and see what other ideas come to you.
  9. What many of us have done, when all else fails, it to realize that we are working on a picture puzzle and that when we can’t find the piece we are focused on we can at least help with the big puzzle, knowing that eventally the focus will return to the place we are and the right pieces will fall into place. So become involved in Pemberton extraction and publication efforts, especailly in those geographical and time periods of particular interest to you. If you can’t find an extraction project for your time and place, start one. This “How To” section will tell you how.

find collaborators/other members with my same Pemberton ancestry?

  • You must be logged in, then –
  • Go to your own profile by clicking on your name right above your picture (avatar) in the left navigation column.
  • Use the pull down menu labelled “Friends” and choose “Advanced Search”
  • See “Criteria”, then a pull down to an item labelled “Name”, change it to “Your Pemberton Line”
  • Leave “Contains” as is, then enter one of your Pemberton ancestors’ Christian name and “Search”
  • If you you have entered your ancestors’ given names in the “Your Pemberton Line” box of your own profile, you will find at least yourself.
  • Now add another given name of an ancestor immediately up or down your pedigree and search again. You must enter a name, a comma, a space, and then a name. Be precise about this. (You should always find at least yourself. If not, correct your own profile’s “Your Pemberton Line” so others can find you. You must use precisely this sequence: “name1, name2, name3”. You should not enter initials with your names unless that is all you know. In that case enter names this way: “name1, name2, X, name3” where x represents an initial. Do not use a period with an initial.)
  • If, for example, you want to search for a member whose ancestral line contains a Joseph with a father Henry, then you would enter “Joseph, Henry”.  If a member has this exact sequence in his line you will find him. If they failed to put the space after the comma, you will not so try again with no space. If that also fails, enter just “Joseph” as one criterion and click the plus sign and add “Henry” as a second criterion. Then tick the “Match All” box so that you only get results when both names are present.
  • You must remember that someone may be working on your line but theirs ends with Joseph, so you will want to cover that possibility. By ticking “Match Any” you will get any member that has either name in their ancestry.
  • (To remove a criteria, click the little red “x” to the left of the criteria you want removed.)
  • This is a rather tricky function to work with, so be patient with yourself and the system but it is one of the most important features of the family association. Experiment with finding names in your own profile so you know how the search works.

create a family reunion group?

  • While you are logged in, go to your personal profile page (click above your picture on the left), and in the menu at the top click on “Applications” and select “Groups”. You will see a page titled “My Groups” and right below that title a row of links. Click on the link “Create”. Give it a name (like “Pemberton Reunion, Norfolk, 2012”?). You will also want to click “Create Bulletin” on the right and post some details about the reunion.
  • Invite everyone on your email list to join your group by clicking on “Invite Friends” in the list of group options on the right of the groups page. Enter each email address with a comma between them. Tell your friends you have created a group for your reunion and invite them to register on PFWW.org and join your group.
  • Please note that the web facilities of the Pemberton Family World Wide are available to any Pemberton reunion who wishes to use them. Beyond the Group facility just mentioned above, the PFWW Treasurer can set up a “shopping cart” so reunion fees, costs of meals, tee shirts, etc can be paid online and the money advanced to the appropriate person sponsoring that reunion. For information, please contact the treasurer@pembertonfamily.com. 

find an existing research or collaboration group?

  • Login
  • Go to your own profile (click on your name right above your picture in the “Hello Me” area under the main menu)
  • In the black “Applications” tab near the top of the page, select “Groups”. Any group(s) you already belong to will be displayed. Otherwise –
  • Immediately below the black “Home” tab click on “All Groups”. You will see a list of all the public groups on this website. 

Note: If you are looking to join an existing group and it is a private group, it will not be visible to you. You will need to ask the Group’s administrator (owner) to invite you to join it.

create a research or focus group and forum that I can administer myself?

While you are logged in, go to your personal profile page (click above your picture on the left), and in the menu at the top click on “Applications” and select “Groups”. You will see a page titled “My Groups” and right below that title a row of links. Click on the link “Create”. You will want to click “Create Bulletin” on the right and post something about your new group. You will also be able to set up a photo album, invite other members who are your social “Friends” to join the group, and broadcast messages to all members of the group. Your group can be private (by invitation only) or public (any PFWW member can join on their own volition).

update my personal profile?

While you are logged in, go to your personal profile page (click on your name above your picture on the left), then in the tabs along the top click on “Profile” and select “Edit profile”. When you place your mouse pointer over any field, you will see a little window open to tell you what or how to enter the information for that field. People will find you easier if you follow these instructions carefully.

add my picture to my profile?

While you are logged in, go to your personal profile page (click on your name above your picture on the left), then in the tabs along the top click on “Profile” and select “Change profie picture”. You will see “Upload a new avatar. Large image will be automatically resized.” and just below that a “CHOOSE FILE” button. Click that button and navigate to the directory on your computer’s hard drive where you have the picture you want to use. Then click the “Upload” button. (You can us a tiny bit of money by choosing a picture that is already below 300KB in size.) Once uploaded, you will be able to manipulate the portion of it you want to be visible.

create a photo album and add pictures to it?

Log in and select “Photos” in the black “Applications” tab at the top of your screen. (If you don’t see that tab, click on your name in the left column of any screen.) You will see “Create Album” and “Upload Photos” links in the upper right portion of your screen. Create one or more albums giving each a name and some description as you wish.

To add a picture to an album, you will need to be logged in, then click on the “Upload Photos” link. You will find that link in the “My Status” area if you are looking at your profile page, or you can select “Photos” in the black “Applications” tab at the top of your screen and find it in the upper right area of your screen. After you click “Upload Photos” you need to select which photo album you want to add your picture to, and you will be given a “Choose File” button. When you click on “Choose FIle” you will be able to navigate to the photograph image file on your computer and select the one you want to add to your album. You can also check that you want that particular photo to become the cover for your album.

To change the cover of your album you can either upload a new picture and mark it as the cover just before you click “Upload” or, just get an existing album picture on your screen (If you see it as a thumb nail, click on that to get the big picture.) then click on “Set as cover” just above the picture.

If you want others to be able to see your albums, you will need to be sure you select an appropriate privacy level for them. You do that by selecting “Privacy” in the black “Profie” tab. You see four levels of “exposure” of your photos: anyone in the world, people who have registered at PFWW, “friends” you have created on the PFWW website, and only yourself.

send a private message to a member?

While you are logged in, click on the “My Friends” link just below your picture on the left of any page), once there, click on the link “Write Message” for your friend.

broadcast a message to everyone in the group I created?

While you are logged in, click on the “My Groups” link just below your picture on the left of any page), once there, click on the group of interest, and then on the right you will see two ways to communicating with your group members. You can click “Send email to Members” or “Create Bulletin”. The email will go out to their email addresses as a broadcast. The bulletin will be posted on the group’s “wall”, just like a comment on an individual member’s “wall”.

add my business to the Pemberton Business listings pages?

Send and email to the technologist@pembertonfamily.com with the text you want to describe your business and the internet link (URL) to it.

become an editor so I can add my family history to the PFWW site?

Send an email to the historian@pembertonfamily.com explaining what you would like to do. It can be a brief message. He will change your authority level so you can enter your data directly onto the website.

find members who have loaded a GEDCOM pedigree file on the PFWW website?

  • You must be a registered user and be logged in, then –
  • Navigate to the social section by choosing “Find a Member” in the menus
  • Go to your own profile by finding yourself (if you haven’t yet added your profile details (like your interests, ancestral line, address, etc.) you will want to do that)
  • Use the pull down menu labelled “Friends” and choose “Advanced Search”
  • See “Criteria”, then a pull down labelled “Name”, change it to “Uploaded Your GEDCOM file”
  • Tick the “Yes” box
  • Click “Search”

upload my GEDCOM file to the Pemberton Genealogy Storehouse?

One of our goals is to protect our Pemberton genealogy records from unscrupled publishers so access is not partiicularly convenient, especially in regard to uploading your GEDCOM file. Well, it’s not all that bad either. You must be a member of the PFWW association. If not, join first then here’s what you do:

  1. Email the technologist@pembertonfamily.com that you want to upload your GEDCOM file
  2. Attach the file to the email.
  3. Indicate the name you would like to have for your tree. The name should indicate the name, place and time period of the oldest Pemberton in the tree.
  4. Indicate how you would like to be contacted when others have questions about your file.
  5. The technologist will publish your GEDCOM file and send you an email.
  6. Your profile will be set to allow you complete access to your tree.

get answers to questions that aren’t here?

Please contact the technologist@pembertonfamily.com.