How to Make the Most of Membership

A Suggested Process for Members Who Want to Effectively Use the PFWW Facilities

Unregistered Guests Start Here

Creating an account (registering) does not make one a member of the PFWW. Membership is a two step process. The general public can investigate the data and facilities and contact members of the PFWW at PembertonFamily.com while they consider joining the PFWW. If you are an unregistered visitor, you will have access to less than if you were a registered user. If you are Registered, you will still have access to less than if you were a Member of the Pemberton Family World Wide. Furthermore, you must first become a registered user before you can pay membership dues. By registering, you will be able to see and connect with other registered users and members. You will also automatically receive major announcements by email. If you are a Pemberton or a Pemberton researcher, or just curious about developments here, we encourage you to register. It is free. To register, just choose “Register New Account” from the “Site Access” menu.

Registered Users Start Here

Now that you are a registered user on the Pemberton Family World Wide website, you can join the social network and connect with other registered users and Members. You do this by selecting “Find a Member” in the “Pemberton Society” menu item. You can also think about becoming a Member. You will not have access to the genealogical data on this site until you are a member. To become a member, login and then select “Become a Member” in the “Site Access” menu. [You will not see this menu item unless you are logged in.]

We restrict access to member pedigrees and the “official” PFWW pedigrees so as to discourage people who are not careful about the quality or correctness of their family tree. If you are serious about wanting to work with us and the membership fee is a financial challenge just now, there are “ways”. Email membership@pembertonfamily.com and ask about trading transcription or other Pemberton genealogical work for membership.

New Members Start Here

You probably want to find other people who are interested in the branch of the Pemberton family that you are working on. The PFWW website contains an advanced search capability that helps you with these members. First of all, you want to be certain you have properly completed your profile information. If you haven’t done this yet, you will want to log in, click on your name in the left column of any page, and select “Edit Profile” in the “Profile” tab. Be sure you have entered the Christian names of your Pemberton ancestors, in sequence from you back, each name with a comma, a single space and the next name; back as far as you know. This underscores the importance of your being keen to enter your Pemberton ancestors’ Christian names properly so others can find you. Your data must be precise: name1, comma, single space, name2, comma, single space, name 3 etc. If you are not sure yours is proper, you should assure yourself that it is. You may also recognize one or more members just from their names. Look in the “How to – ” page for help finding members to make your “Friend”. 

 If you are done looking over this “How to Make the Most of Membership” page, you get help finding these potential collaborators on the “How to – ” page. If you want that “How to – ” page opened in a new browser window so you don’t leave this page, click here.

Be Keen to Get Your Profile Right

The data contained in your profile was carefully designed to make it easy for members to find a new Pemberton friend, a collaborator, a cousin (same major family branch), and a possible co-worker in a project you are starting. You should carefully read the pop-up instructions that appear when you put your mouse over a field in your profile and be sure your data is exactly as instructed. This makes the search functions of the PFWW site work correctly. If you have questions or difficulty with any of this, ask for help from the technologist@pembertonfamily.com.

Put Your Tree in View of All Members of the PFWW

Be sure your work is good but it doesn’t have to be complete. It will probably never be complete, so don’t let that keep you from sharing your findings with others by uploading your GEDCOM file to the Pemberton Genealogy Storehouse. If you don’t know how to do that, ask the Technologist to assist you. You should think about uploading your GEDCOM file anytime you make significant improvements – either corrects or additions. You can contact the technologist@pembertonfamily.com.

Find or Build a Research Group

Most of us are keen to collaborate with others. It’s not only more effective to have at least two perspectives on a problem, it is just a lot more fun. You will want to find these people. If you can’t find them here, and you do find them some other way, invite them to join the PFWW and be your friend (use the “Invite Friend” function of the PFWW). You can find details of how to do that on the “How To – ” page.

Collaborate with other Members

Once you find someone who shares your interest, probably in a particular branch of the family, either a member of the PFWW or not, you will want to compare the results of your work with theirs and work together to resolve any differences. This is always a good way to tune up your pedigree. Sometimes we find we have pushed a little too hard on a piece of our puzzle and forced it into place even thought it didn’t quite fit there properly. Here again, you are looking for one or more collaborators. You may want to join or create a research group that is focussed on your branch.

Learn How DNA Can Help You

Genealogical DNA is an exciting, powerful and fruitful new way to confirm or deny links in our pedigrees. You will want to join the Pemberton DNA project or hook up with someone of you line who already has, or create a DNA group to find the right Pemberton who carry the DNA you want tested. You can learn about DNA and the Pemberton DNA Project here.

Adhere to High Research Standards

The PFWW is keen to use the highest appropriate standards in its “official” pedigrees. By being careful, honing your skills, learning good technique, and above all attaching your information source citation to your data, you can assure that your work meets this standard. There is an old powerful concept among data processing professionals that says “Bad data is worse than no data.” It’s a truism because bad data gives the illusion of having the facts, when in actuality it is like a deceiver, thwarting the advance of research by suggesting that it is already done.

Ask for Help

No one knows it all and we can put this puzzle together much faster if we truly work together. The only way to make all that happen is for us to be keen to ask for help when we need it. The PFWW has a lot of resources if you have paid your membership dues you should feel free to ask straightaway.

When You Hit a Brick Wall Just Keep Going

This is where the Pemberton Family World Wide association really shines! There are many avenues provided here for the redirection of your energy into other avenues that sooner or later will pierce, circumvent, or dissolve your brick wall. The secret of success in the face of difficulty is to keep on keeping on. The question is how? Here are some ideas:

  • Use DNA to find a branch that goes back to a common ancestor on the other side of your wall, then work back down your line to the back side of your wall, then close the gap. This may be slow but you may also get several generations of your tree this way.
  • While you are looking for and encouraging the right DNA donors, put your research skills to work on collateral branches. This really is just like working with a family group of a big picture puzzle. When you get your fence done and your cousin finishes his barn, you work together of fill in the gap between. Build a research group and have a go at it.
  • Create or join an extraction or transcription project. Would it not be wonderful if all the Pemberton wills were transcribed, published and the genealogical data in them added to the PFWW research trees as little will families that could be found as simply as any other tree submitted by other Pemberton descendants? This is a way to keep busy, keep the whole puzzle coming together when you are stumped with your particular part of it, and to know that you are part of the solution. Wills, deeds, poor law records, parish registers, etc. all need to be examined and Pemberton events extracted and added to the research trees of the PFWW.

Invite Others

Obviously, the puzzle will come together quicker if more of use join in the project. You probably know others whose cooperation here would be invaluable. Invite them to join, be their friend, add them to your research group, and most of all have fun. Another good way to invite others is to head up a family reunion of your branch of the family. Create a reunion group and have a go at it.

Give as Much as You Take

You will find greater satisfaction and personal fulfillment in your own research if you contribute significantly to assist other researchers with their work. If you have not yet hit your brick wall, you can expect to. We are still a long way from having this puzzle in hand. But that is where the PFWW really shows its value – by organizing ourselves and helping one another. The secret is to keep going, to stay engaged in the world wide effort to put the big puzzle together. You can do that by getting involved in extraction, transcription and family assembly projects. Find one that suits your interest and skills and throw yourself into it. That way you will keep the big picture puzzle assembly always in front of you and have the satisfaction of realizing that when you help with any branch, you are helping with all branches.

Keep the Big Picture Always in Front of You

Staying in the saddle when it seems the trail is lost is the secret of success. When you turn over a problem, you find an opportunity on the other side. This is where the PFWW can really pay off for members. When you finish all you can reasonably do on the scene of the Pemberton puzzle you are assembling and you tire of trying to find that special piece that is missing, turn your energy to a task where you can make progress you can see and feel. Join a transcription or extraction project, find a nearby family branch that needs assistance, ask your friends how you can help them. If you give up and go away, you will always wonder if you had just spent one more day looking – or posted one more question on a research forum – or – or – or. Far better to turn your attention to something that will benefit everyone. When you help yourself, you help the family. And when you help the family, you help youself, it just isn’t as obvious. That is the only difference. So stay on track and have fun working with other members of the greatest old family on the globe.