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Q:  Naming Convention followed in this database. 
Naming Convention: Goan Names! They appear in all styles and forms, and it is necessary that in our database we have a consistent naming convention. A common practice among Goans is to have the given name as first name and the family name as last name.
If there are any initials, they are also in the expanded form.
There are also fields for nicknames.

Naming Convention for Women: Married women usually use husband's family name as their last name. In this database, we use the maiden (before marriage) names for women. So their names would appear as: First Name + Maiden FamilyName.

Such a naming convention will provide easy identification of individuals. It also helps us to easily index and search the database. Eg: See the index of Family Names in this database.
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Q:  How do I find who I am looking for? 
There are a number of ways, but the 'Search' function provides the most straight forward method. The Search box on the on the left menu provides you with a simple search for First and Last Names. You can even search using partial names/family names instead of giving full names (eg: searching "Georg" instead of "Georgy" will return all names with George, Georgy, etc.)

The Advanced Search page allows you to enter various information about the individual you're looking for and presents you with a list of possible matches from the database.




There are some other Name types in "Other Search Criteria" on the Advanced Search page: for example the person you are looking for may have changed their name or have been known by an alternative name.

You might also want to try looking at the FamilyNames List if you don't have a clear picture of who you're looking for. You'll find this in the left menu. If you think the person is likely to be there but you can't find them, then please contact us for help.
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Q:  How do I find an individual's ancestors? 
Once you locate an individual and have displayed the person's "Individual Page", the easiest method is to press the Ancestors tab.

This will show you a graphical display of both the paternal and maternal ancestors. Once you have the ancestor chart displayed, you can click on the arrows located at the far right ancestor if you need to see additional ancestors. There are a number of formats for you to choose from (Standard, Compact, Box, Text, Ahnentafel, Media and PDF) to display ancestors. Try clicking on the various options and see which one works best for you.


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Q:  What if I want to see an individual's descendants? 
The tab marked Descendants can be used to display the descendants of an individual. There are four different formats in which descendants can be displayed. You can switch between these to display the information the way that works best for you. Clicking the "Standard" format will display a graphical format as shown below.


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Q:  Is there a way to tell if two individuals are related? 
Yes, the Relationship tab will show a graphic display of all the people between two relatives. To use this function, go to the individual page of the first individual and then press the Relationship tab. Then use the find button to locate the second person to be displayed. Once you have the two people selected click the calculate button to display their relationship.


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Q:  Is there way to search people by Places? 
Yes, there is a Place index too! You can see that on the navigation bar or click on this Place Index. The place naming convention used in this database helps us to locate a person/family anywhere in the world very fast. Check the Place Index for live results!
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Q:  What is the Timeline function? 
A timeline is displayed for an individual when the Timeline tab is clicked. The time line shows important events in history that occurred during the life of an individual or a group of individuals. It gives you a unique perspective to see what was going on in the world during the lives of our ancestors.


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Q:  If I see a mistake in the information presented can I correct it? 
The suggestion tab allows you to send corrections, updates, comments or any other information to the database administrator. Information on which individual you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggestion tab. The database administrator will evaluate your suggestion and add it to the database in the next web update cycle if appropriate. Alternately, you can register yourself as a user and correct it yourself!
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Q:  Is there a way to print the display without all the headers and icons? 
Yes, just click on the Print link locate above the control tabs. A format that is simplified for printing is presented and you can use the print function of your browser to print the page.
NOTE: On the Individual, Ancestors and Descendants pages you have the option to create a report in 'PDF' format for the information you are viewing. To make use of this option you will need to have installed Adobe Reader in order to view the report. If you don't already have it, you can download the (free) Adobe Reader software by clicking this link.
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Q:  What are three drop-down boxes for on the upper right of the page? 
These provide menus that let you access various information contained in the database. You can hover your mouse pointer over each to see the options available. Click on the one you want. Note that some options are only available to registered users.
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Q:  What are the benefits of Registering as a User? 
If you are a direct descendant or relative of people listed on this website, please take a moment to register by clicking on "Register for a User Account" on the home page. You will be asked to provide evidence of your relationship. When accepted, you will be able to add/edit details and expand your family tree by your own.

Registering as a User also provides you with extra functionalities for displaying your own family tree and relationships.
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Q:  What information can I add as a Registered User? 
On the family tree, you can provide all kind of missing information. Names, birth dates, anniversaries, information on relatives etc. You can give information on families on your dad's side and mom's side, your first and 2nd cousins (or even 3rd+) and keep it connected. You can provide interesting histories, old diaries, photos, etc.
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Q:  What if I forget my username and/or password? 
If you can't remember your username then, via the 'Log In' page, enter the email address you supplied when you registered and we will I will send you your username.
However, for security purposes we do not have access to your password. So, if you forget it, you can ask the system, again via the 'Log In' page, to issue you with a temporary one. Just enter the email address you supplied when you registered and your username.
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Q:  How do I use the Google Map displayed on the Individual Page? 
  • Click on the Google Earth icon to view using the Google Earth desktop application once you have downloaded and installed the application on your desktop.
  • Use the + (plus) to zoom in on the map and the - (minus) to zoom out, or you can use the slider to control the zoom. If the Google Map server returns a message that no map is available at that zoom level, then you must zoom out in order to get the map to display.
  • You can also click the Hybrid button to view the map as a satellite picture with names.
  • Click the pin number on the map to get the description, date, and location of the event.


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