Frequently asked questions
2016-02-24 TO ALL VISITORS: for security reasons, we do not keep inactive accounts. If you requested an account and you never logged in or you did not log in since some months, your account will be deleted. Thank you.
2016-10-10 WE DO NOT offer automatic account registration anymore. Many people requested a member account in the past and did not use it or were inactive after one visit. From now on, if you want to request a new account, you need to contact the administrator.
2016-02-24 À TOUS LES VISITEURS : pour des raisons de sécurité, nous ne conservons pas les comptes inactifs. Si vous avez demandé un nouveau compte et que vous ne vous êtes jamais connecté ou que vous ne vous êtes pas connecté depuis quelques mois, votre compte sera supprimé. Merci.
2016-10-10 NOUS N'OFFRONS PLUS l'enregistrement automatique de nouveaux comptes. Plusieurs personnes ont demandé un compte-membre par le passé et ne l'ont jamais utilisé ou sont devenus inactifs après une seule visite. Désormais, si vous désirez un nouveau compte, vous devez communiquer avec l'administrateur.
We welcome all bearers of the name and allied families. We encourage you to join Gazaille Genealogy website, and to contribute to the improvement and development of the family tree. The data collected is useful to everyone and will benefit to future generations in the search for their ancestors.
We hope you will find here answers to your questions and useful tips and details.
How to log in?
Click on the link Login located at the right hand top corner of the page. The login page will show up. Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields, then click the button Login.
How to retrieve your password?
If you have forgotten your password, click on the link Request new password, a new page will open where you will have to enter your email address. You will receive an email containing a link which you will have to click on. You will automatically be taken to a page where you will choose a new password. If you have any problems or questions, please contact Jackie.
The Law on Protection of Privacy of Quebec requires that all information of birth of a living individual is hidden under penalty of law (less than 100 years).
Consequently, this prevents fraudsters from stealing the identity of these people.
On the site Gazaille Genealogy, a birth information of a person may already be recorded but is hidden. We apply the extended privacy of "born in the last 100 years".
For the simple reason that we apply the extended rule of privacy of deceased in the last 5 years. If you would like details on a deceased person, please contact Jackie by clicking on the contact link at the bottom of the page.
It is also possible that the person be deceased but that we did not record that information yet, therefore the software treats this individual as still being alive.
The Search feature of webtrees is very powerful, you can do a General, Advanced or Phonetic Search. We recommend you to search by the name of the spouse rather than the name Gazaille because the database contains many individuals of that name, all spellings mingled, so list them all may be very long. We recommend the Phonetic Search to see names with accents.
General search allows you to search not only individuals but also families, sources, shared notes and associated (related) to this individual. Simply tick the appropriate checkboxes.
By default, the checkbox "Individuals" is ticked. Therefore, webtrees will list all people with the first name and the name entered in the search field. webtrees will not list names with accents. For example, if you entered "Angelique Gazaille" webtrees will not list individuals named "Angélique Gazaille" unless the individual is listed under several spellings, including the one entered in the search field.
Use the Phonetic search to see names with accents or if you do not know under which spelling the individual was recorded in the tree.
Please note that it is possible to only search by the first name, for example, you want to see all the "Julie", simply type in the search field, the name Julie. webtrees will list all instances containing the name "Julie" such like JULIEnne, JULIEt, etc.. If you tick the "Families" checkbox and enter the name "Julie" in the search field, webtrees will list the names of not only individuals, but also cities such as the city of Sainte-JULIE.
Below an example of the results of a search of an individual named Angelique Gazaille. This image contains other useful details to help you sort and reduce results.
The Advanced Search allows you to expand the research by offering a choice of multiple criteria and the ability to add additional fields. The Advanced search is useful when you are unsure of the spelling of a name, of the exact date, etc.. For example, you want to find an individual named "Joseph Gazaille," born about 1850, the first name of the mother is Marguerite. It is possible to tell webtrees that it must search for the "Exact", "Starts with", "Contains" or "Sounds like" name, and/or the "exact" date, ± 2 years, ± 5 years or ± 10 years. The images below show the power of the search function of webtrees.
In the top Menu, select Lists, a sub-menu will open, then choose Media Objects. A new page will show up. In it, click on the button Search, webtrees will display all pictures available according to your status of visitor or member of the site.
Please note that visitors can't see all media objects of the site to respect the privacy of livings.
You can add a keyword in the field Filter before clicking the button Search, webtrees will display only images corresponding to the keyword. Keywords of the site are:
- Photo (pictures of people)
- Eglise (pictures of churches)
- Pierre tombale (pictures of tombstones)
- Baptême (images of baptismals)
- Naissance (images of birth records)
- Mariage (images of marriage records)
- Décès (images of death certificates)
- Sépulture (images of burial records)
- Recensement (images of census documents)
- Carte (images of maps and other cards)
- WWI (images of documents related to the first world war)
- WWII (images of documents related to the second world war)
When you create a new individual in the family tree, it could happen that you forget to specify the sex of the person.
Suffice to click on the icon "Edit" located in the top menu and select "Edit sex" in the list. Then use the drop-down arrow to see the choices: male, female, unknown. "Unknown" is mainly used for stillborn children.
Once logged into the site Gazaille Genealogy, click on the icon My page, in the top menu, if you are not already on this page. You can customise this page if desired. By default, you should see some blocks, and amongst them the block My Page: « Welcome and your name ».
1- The block Welcome User
This block is actually named My page in the list of blocks. It shows three clickable icons which allow you to quickly access your account, your pedigree branch and your personal genealogical file.
2- The block Messages
This block is the one where you receive and send emails to other members of the site.
3- The list of blocks
Clicking on the link Change the blocks on this page allows you to customise your My page page.
Highlight a block name in the available blocks list in the middle, and use the arrow icons to display it on the right or on the left side of the page. Highlight a block name in the left or right list and use the arrow icons to move it up or down. This will modify their position on the page. Click on the ? icons (blue circle topped by a question mark) to get help texts. Don't forget to save your modifications.
That is a very frequent question! webtrees software that we use to propel the genealogical database offers several features. At first glance it may seem more complex than any other genealogy software but suffice to get used to it a little bit at a time. The first thing to remember when you try it, is to click on question mark icons "?" (blue circle topped by a question mark). These help icons are scattered throughout the software. Clicking on them opens a popup window containing a detailed help text.
The individual record
Each individual of the family tree has an individual record. It contains all the information about that individual which are presented in different tabs: Facts and events, Families, Sources, Notes, Stories, Album, Google Maps, Interactive tree. Some of these tabs are hidden to visitors. I'll explain each of these tabs later. For now, let's focus on Facts and events tab. This is the one that appears by default when you arrive on the page of an individual.
(Note that I've truncated the height of the page below because it was too long for this document.)
(example of an individual record )
1- Facts and events tab
To edit information for an event, you must click on the Edit icon located under the name of the event. This icon is the first left (the little pencil).
The action of clicking on Edit opens a popup window where you can edit the information, it is the input interface. You can resize this window if desired. You will see different input fields. To click on question mark "?" opens a popup window containing a detailed help text on each field.
The help texts built into webtrees are very detailed and related to their position. In other words, if you click the small question mark next to Date of birth, the help text is on how to enter date of birth in order to conform to GEDCOM standards and in a format understood by webtrees software. You can always review these help texts. If you are unsure of how to enter information, do not worry, all changes must be approved by the site administrator (i.e. me!). Before approving the changes, I will correct them if necessary. In doing so, I can see where you had trouble, and then contact you to better explain this point.
That's it! For now, this would allow you to edit information on facts and events of an individual.
However, I want to digress to a point that seems to be problematic for all of those who have worked in the family tree: the events of marriage, divorce, separation. These events are not events related to only one individual but to a family.
On the individual page, “Facts and events” tab, we record the events of a single individual: birth, death, profession, etc..
On the family page, we record the events related to several individuals: marriage, divorce, children, etc.
For example, in the case of a marriage, at least two people are affected. Or add a child, this is an event that affects both parents and also brothers, sisters, etc.. Events affecting the family are done on the family page. Click on the “Families” tab and/or on the link “View Family” to see the families and/or the family page. (see 2nd image above)