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Add maiden name to the All About Me Page

This is just about the "All About Me" page that I received a link for in my email. It was fun for the most part, but I admit to being disappointed by the name meaning and place section. My name, Melodie, is the German spelling of Melody, which means a musical thought or phrase. Not sure how no one knew this. It just said you couldn't find out about that. For my middle name, Frances, it just said that it was the feminine of Francis. Okay, well, what does Francis mean? they didn't include that. Finally, the where did your name come from section only gave the place of my married name and not my maiden name. that was disappointing. It would be nice to add a woman's maiden name so she can know where HER name came from and not her husband's name came from. Thanks for listening.
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  • Welcome to the community support forum for FamilySearch. FamilySearch personnel read every discussion thread and may or may not respond as their time permits. We all share an active interest in using the resources of this site and as users, we have various levels of knowledge and experience and do our best to help each other with concerns, issues, and/or questions.

    I do not consider All about me to be a research tool but part of a PR effort to engage more people in working with their ancestry and relatives.

    I have found such efforts to be useless, such as the ability to actually use the tool for research purposes. We keep being told that FamilySearch has limited resources. With features like this, I really wonder just how limited the resources really are.

    You will likely find https://surnames.behindthename.com/ many times more useful. In addition, once you connect, a very useful tool to find if you are related to famous people is RelativeFinder, which is in the solutions gallery (https://partners.familysearch.org/sol...).
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    • Melodie

      Please don't blame Tom, who was just being his usual forthright self, whilst trying to be as honest and realistic about the situation as possible. Your criticism should be directed towards FamilySearch management who refuse to make it clearer that this is a website (not directly run by the organisation) where users of the FamilySearch website combine as a "community" to offer/receive advice to/from each other.

      Many of us agree with Tom (a regular and helpful contributor here) that items like "All About Me" are just PR campaigns to draw in people who are (usually) not experienced genealogists, in an effort to get them involved, primarily, in the Family Tree project.

      As you will see, through reading other threads appearing here over the last few days, there were many flaws in this particular "campaign". Due to it not being properly thought through it has caused confusion and upset many people, so Tom was not intending to offend you, but was being frank about his ideas on this matter, as well as on wider, related issues.
    • Also, please go to https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea... where you will see Tom's exact-same comments received a slightly warmer response.
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  • I don't mean to hijack this thread, but can someone tell me if there is a familysearch/family tree forum where problems can be discussed. I can't find any forum except this one that seems to deal with only "ideas" and "praise".

    A link would be helpful.

    Paul
    • Paul, you are at the right place. If you go through the posts on this feedback/discussion board, you will see that the vast majority of the posts here can be categorized as "My idea is that the FamilySearch website has a problem."

      This board, as you probably already have noticed, is a shell that runs on the Get Satisfaction company's website of customer communities. That probably means that there are limitations on how FamilySearch can set this up. They appear to be working on transitioning over to their own site at https://community.familysearch.org/s/ which does not have those misleading unnecessary "idea" and "praise" flags at all.
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  • Many thanks. I thought I was going crazy trying to find the correct board.
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  • Melodie,
    One of the complaints that has surfaced from time to time on this feedback/discussion board is that it is not all that clear to people who first send in feedback that the feedback goes two places. It does go to FamilySearch personnel for review. Only rarely will there be replies from them. But it also goes to this public discussion board for the entire FamilySearch user base to see and discuss.

    Please don't be offended by Tom's comments, particularly as he was just strongly agreeing with you that the About Your Name e-mail campaign was not particularly successful. If you look through this discussion board, you will find a lot of people have posted complaints about it over the past week.

    But back to your comment. I don't know if my wife got this e-mail. She and I usually just ignore them so I don't know how the routine used names when coming to the site from it. However, if you go to the site directly, you can easily see information on your maiden name or whatever name you want to check on.

    Go to: https://www.familysearch.org/discover...

    Notice that you have the choice to sign in to Family Search or continue as a guest:



    If you click "Continue as guest" you can put in any name you would like:



    If you do sign in, the routine takes your name as entered in Family Tree, which should be your maiden name if it is entered correctly in Family Tree, and in addition pulls in the names of close relatives so you can look at the names of any of them.
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  • I'm sorry the experience was not what it should have been for your, Melodie. Currently, we don't handle name variants very well but we hope to address that in the future.

    As far as your maiden name is concerned, Gordon is correct that we pull it from your family tree. You could sign in as a guest, as he suggests, or for many of the cards, you could like on a family member. In the card about where your name comes from, we are talking about a feature which would allow you to select other names from your tree, but we do not know when that feature would be launched.
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