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  Help / Frequently asked Questions

The Idea behind this Site
Submitting Entries
How to Edit an Entry
How to Scan for this Site
Submitting text
Deleting a Family Tree Entry
Message Board suggestions

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The Idea
The idea behind the site is simple: people interested in Palestine can view material and submit their own material to share with others. The site is free for all to use.

As previously mentioned, the viewer can easily become a contributor - instructions as to how to submit can be found below. We hope that the system we are developing is easy to understand but if you are having trouble with any part of it then just send us an email at admin@Palestine-family.net.

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You do not need to be registered to view the entries. Simply click in the sections and categories on the left. In most cases a second column will appear to the right of the category which contains the names of the various entries. Click on one of those and you can view it.

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Submitting Entries
If you aren't already registered with the site (a free and easy process) It is necessary to perform the easy registration process before you submit entries to this site. In the "Login" box at the top left of this page the word "register" is underlined and in brackets. Simply click on it and fill in the short form titled "New User". (We will never pass on your name or email address to anyone for any reason). Once you have clicked on the "submit" button you will be sent an email which has a "link" in it. Click on it (or copy it into your browser address area and click on the return key) and the registration process is complete. If you wish to log-in again in future you only need to enter your email address and password.

Once registered you can submit entries to almost any part of the site. Just go to the category and you will find the underlined link "Add to ......" in the top right hand corner. Upon clicking on this you will be presented with a form which will accept the details of your entry. If you are submitting a photo you click on "Choose file" and select the photo on your computer (for how to scan a photo for the site, see below). When the form is completed press "submit" and your entry will be presented to you one last time for checking. Then either click on "OK" if all is well or "back to edit" to modify your entry. The administrators also get a copy of your submission by email, usually to their great delight.

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How to Edit an Entry
If you have already submitted an entry and wish to edit it simply log on with your email and password, then click on "Your Personal Page" in the navigation on the left. There you will see a list of all your entries. Click on any one of them and you can edit it.

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How to scan for this site
This website is capable of taking almost any picture saved as a jpeg (a digital format which your scanner software can produce). That said, it is still better if the scan you submit is sized correctly, otherwise it might take much longer to upload than necessary. So here is the format which you should try to achieve:

72 dpi (dots per inch) resolution
landscape: 27 x 20 cm or
portrait: 20 x 27 cm

72 dpi
780 x 570 pixels

If you have any questions about scanning or optimalising your pictures, or if you have a large collection you would like us to upload for you, you can contact us via:

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Question: "How do I actually send the entry to the site without having to type the whole thing out again. My entry has a photo and text. I thought that all I had to do was to attach it directly from my computer".

Answer: You copy the text from your text-program into the text box on the submit page - takes about 3 seconds. If you aren't familiar with the process, here's how you do it. You open the text you want to submit in whichever program you wrote it in (Microsoft Word?). So that document is open. Then you open your browser (internet explorer?), log-in to the site, go to the category where you want to submit and click on the "add to..." link at the top right of the page. Then you are in the submission form. You go back to your text program and select the text you want to copy by pulling the mouse cursor over the text or by pressing control+"a" (selects all). After copying the selected text (CTRL+C), then you switch back to the internet browser program, click in the text box, and "paste" the copied text into it (control+"v"). The text should then appear in the box. If you want to place the picture with the text, simply click on the "add an image" button under the text box and you can upload it. Fill in the rest of the form and click on submit. It will show you how the entry will look on site and you can either OK it or go back to edit it.

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Question: "I've added a person in my family tree more than once. How can I delete the entries?".

You can delete unwanted entries in your own family tree by:
1. logging on
2. clicking on "your personal page" in the main navigation on the left
3. clicking on "Your Family Tree" which now also appears in the navigation on the left
4. Checking the delete boxes next to the unwanted names
5. Clicking on the submit button at the bottom of the page.

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Question: "How can I formulate my message board posting to get the best response?"

Write Queries that Get Responses
Follow these guidelines to increase your chances of connecting with someone who can answer your query. Few people will have the patience to go through messages with subject headings such as "Seeking my roots." After all we all are. That's why we're here. or "Please help me." We all want help. Make it easy for people to help you.

1. Only ask one question per message. If you have three questions, write each in a separate message. Otherwise someone who might have an answer to one of the questions and is only skimming the subject line might miss it.

2. Be as specific as possible in your subject heading as to the main surnames and the approximate dates and the places you are seeking. Again, make it easy for people to see if they have an answer to you query.

3. Names: "Abdullah Najjar," is a name that could fit thousands of people over a period of hundreds of years all over the Arab world. If you know his father's name than add it. For example if the father's name is Riyadh, then you would write "Abdulla Riyadh Najjar".
If you know the grandfather's name, so much the better. If the grandfather's name is Rashid, than you would write "Abdulla Riyadh Rashid Najjar".

4. Try at least to give a general idea of the period when he lived by giving whatever date you may have for him. For example, say you only know his death date, and the place you would put that. Abdulla Riyadh Rashid Najjar, died about 1850, Chile.

5. Make sure that it is clear what information you are seeking in the subject line and to actually ask a question or make a request in the body of the message itself. For example:
Looking for the father of Abdullah Najjar, married to Miriam Shahin about 1890, Chile
Seeking descendents of Abdulla Riyadh Rashid Najjar, died about 1900, Chile
Seeking a photgraph of Abdulla Riyadh Rashid Najjar, died about 1900, Chile

6. Other examples of clear subject lines in queries might be:
German schools or orphanages for girls in JERUSALEM, 1920's,

7. In the message itself give as much information as you can as this will make it easier for others recognize little details they may have had passed down to them.