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How to Preserve Your Family Stories

17 Apr 2010


If you’ve spent time with the “more mature” relatives in your family, then it’s likely that you’ve heard your grandparents, or even great-grandparents,  share stories from their youth and the old days. Perhaps they’ve even told you stories about your parents when they were kids. These are always great fun to hear.

While we’ve all listened to these kinds of stories countless times and perhaps even consider them to be family treasures, the simple fact is that unless we take the time to write them down, they can easily be lost forever.

Some of my most treasured childhood memories are listening to my great-grandmother share stories of her visit to the 1904 World’s Fair. She was the first generation of my family to be born in the United States. My children never met my great-grandmother as she passed away years before they were born. If I don’t take the time to retell her stories and share their value with the younger members of my family they will be forgotten. This would be a sad loss for my family.

If you have family stories that you want your children to remember, then write them down!

Your stories don’t have to be treasured family memories either. Does your family have a running joke?  Is there something guaranteed to make your parents laugh? Do you have a fun (or perhaps semi-embarrassing) story to share about yourself from adolescent years? Even seemingly trivial stories can be meaningful to your descendants in years to come.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. So here are a few prompts to help get your creative juices flowing:

  • Who is your oldest family member?  Write down something  that makes him or her interesting to you. Perhaps your favorite memory of them. What did they do for a living? Do they have an interesting hobby?
  • How did your parents, or grandparents meet?  How did you and your spouse meet?
  • What is one of your earliest childhood memories?

It’s easy to add these kind of memories to your Mundia family tree. To add a story to your tree, simply open the profile of the person who the story is about. Give the story a title and add details in the “Tell us more” box. If you want to get fancy, you can even attach a photo, video or audio file to your story.

Once your story is saved, invite your relatives to read it and have them add their own stories. They can also enrich your stories by adding details and leaving comments with their own memories.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Tips

Spread the word to grow your family tree

26 Mar 2010


One of my favorite things about building my family tree on Mundia is how excited my relatives get when I tell them I am researching our family history. Just by casually mentioning my family tree project at family gatherings or on my Facebook profile I’ve had countless offers to help – and I’ve accepted every one of them!

I’ve discovered that most of the information I need to really get started is available simply from talking to aunts, uncles and cousins. So when I invite them to join me on Mundia and they share the information they have or remember, our tree grows much quicker.

If you haven’t yet started making your family tree, what are you waiting for? Invite your family to join in the fun by sending an email invitation directly from your tree, or from Mundia’s Facebook app. That way they can access your tree, add additional information they have and they can also verify important dates you’ve entered like the birthdays and anniversaries of other relatives.

Not only will you grow your family tree in double time, but with your family calendar up to date, you’ll never forget your grandma’s birthday again!

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Adding & Sharing Photos

5 Mar 2010


add photo imageSharing photos with your family is simple on Mundia. Go to your Homepage tab, and click on the Add Photo link.

You can then browse for the photo file and hit the upload button. You can then edit the title, location, date and description. You can also delete, share and print your photos. Your family members can leave comments on your photos as well. All your photos are viewable on your Gallery tab.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Privacy, Tips, Website

Mundia and Your Privacy

Recently we have received several messages, both through comments made here to the blog, and through messages sent through the Contact Us link regarding privacy concerns.  We realize that privacy and protecting your privacy are concerns that go hand in hand with family history research, and your privacy is very important to us.

The Mundia Privacy Policy outlines things pretty clearly but I thought it was a good idea to break it down a bit here as well.

In a nutshell, information posted by Mundia members is shared with members according to the privacy rules of Mundia, and information posted by members is shared with members according to the privacy rules of For example, if you had a family tree that you posted on as a “private” family tree, Mundia would respect the privacy settings and not allow others to view your family tree without your permission. It is entirely within each member’s control how much information is shared. You can modify your Mundia profile settings any time by visiting your “My Account” page. By making your profile information “not searchable”, you reduce the number of member connections the system will be able to make for you and it means you’ll have to input more of your own information. Also, keep in mind that even if your profile is set to “not searchable”, it will still be viewable by members of your “family circle”. Lastly, information in any profile in your family tree may be publicly searchable and viewable if our algorithms categorize the individual as deceased (for example, if information in your tree indicates that the individual is older than 100, the individual may be defined as deceased).

For more information about how your information is used, and who can view your information please read the privacy policy.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Tips

It’s Easy to Invite Family from Facebook

1 Mar 2010

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We’re working hard to make Mundia a wonderful place to collaborate with your family members on your family tree or share photos, stories and family news. That’s why we’ve made it even easier to invite family members to your tree via Facebook. Simply click on the “Add family from Facebook” link at the top of your family tree, and you can easily add relatives from your list of Facebook friends.

Add family to your family tree from Facebook

Add family to your family tree from Facebook

Once you’ve identified your relatives from your list of friends on Facebook, you can drag and drop them onto their nearest direct relative in the family tree to copy their information into Mundia. After you’ve placed them in the tree, you’ll be able to see their Facebook updates on Your Home Page, share photos and stories with them, as well as collaborate as you add new ancestors and relatives to your family tree together.

We hope that you take advantage of this new feature to start inviting your relatives from Facebook today.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Tips

How to Find Long Lost Family Members

18 Feb 2010


Many of you have written to us, or left comments on the Facebook application page, asking how to find a lost family member. In some cases it’s someone you lost touch with long ago, or it could be someone you’ve heard interesting stories about from other relatives through the years. Either way the answer is the same. Finding a lost family member can be as easy as building your family tree on

Start your family tree to find family members

To get started create your Mundia profile, then add your parents, grandparents, any children you might have and your spouse. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the details. Maybe you know your grandmother’s birthday was in April, but you don’t know the exact date or the year. Perhaps you can remember the year in which your grandfather passed away but you don’t remember the month. Don’t worry about it. Just enter the details you remember, even if you’re not sure if they’re completely accurate. You or your invited family members, can always edit this information later.

When I started building my own family tree there were some family members I could only remember by name, and I wasn’t sure of the maiden names for some of the women. I was very pleasantly surprised though when I received hints that helped me match my great-grandmother with information already in the system.

Leaf hint

Leaf icon indicates a match in the Mundia database

How hinting makes finding family members easy

The way hinting works is that if anyone else on Mundia has entered similar information for one of their family members, you will see a little shaking leaf icon on the matched profile in your tree. When you click the leaf, it will take you to a “hint” page that allows you to compare the information you entered with the information from the other Mundia member’s tree. To confirm the match, just check the boxes to copy their information to your tree. You will also see other information like the names of their parents, siblings, spouse, etc.

The hint page will also tell you which Mundia member entered the information so you can send them a private message and compare notes. This is a great way to connect with family members around the world you may not even know and an excellent means of helping you find long lost family members.

Improve your chances of finding lost family members by sending invites

Don’t forget to invite your relatives to join you on so they can share their own information and additional details they might remember about your family members. Maybe your cousin remembers where your grandparents got married, or where they were born. Every little detail added by family members grows your tree, helps you make new connections and gets you one step closer to finding lost family.

I hope this helps. Have fun and be sure to let us know how you get on!

Posted by Ancestry Team in Tips

How to Delete a Relative From Your Family Tree

16 Feb 2010


When you’re just getting started, it’s easy to get your family tree in a muddle by placing one of your relatives in the wrong location. Fortunately Mundia makes it simple to delete a relative’s profile so you can create a new one in the correct location. Here’s how it’s done:

In your family tree, hover your mouse over the person that you want to delete. A row of icons will appear below the person’s name. Click the “Edit” icon to open the “Edit Profile” window. Now click the “Delete person” link located at the bottom right of the “Edit Profile” window. It’s that simple!

A quick word of warning here. Deleting a profile will also delete any photos, life events and stories attached to the person’s profile. You’ll want to ensure that you have a copy of this information before you permanently delete a profile from your tree.

To recreate the deleted profile in the correct location, hover over that person’s father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter or partner and click the “Add family” icon.

If you have any questions about using Mundia to build your family tree, leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to help out.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Tips

Mundia Supports GEDCOM Uploads

11 Feb 2010


A number of you have asked if Mundia supports GEDCOM imports, and I’m pleased to confirm that we do. For those who don’t know, GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication and is a standard format for exchanging family tree data between different family tree software.

This means that if you’ve started building your family tree on another website or using a desktop family tree program, chances are you’ll be able to export your family tree in GEDCOM format and then you can import it directly into Mundia.

This is a huge time saver because it means that you won’t have to start your family tree from scratch. All your relatives together with their related events such as births, deaths, census records, marriages etc. can be imported automatically.

When you log into Mundia for the first time and view your “Family Tree” tab, you will see a question in the upper right hand corner of the screen that asks if you have an existing GEDCOM file to upload.  If you do, just click on the “upload here” link and upload your file.

 Upload and Name File

If you have created a Mundia account and chose not to upload a GEDCOM file upon signing up, it isn’t too late to do so.  Simply log in to your account with your username and password. Click on the ‘Family Tree’ tab. In the upper right corner you will see the question, “Do you have an existing GEDCOM file of your family tree? You can upload it here.” Click on ‘upload it here’ in green and follow the instructions.

We hope you find this time saving feature helpful and look forward to adding many more useful features to Mundia to make your family tree building as simple and enjoyable as possible.

Posted by Ancestry Team in Tips

How to Change Language and Country Settings on Mundia

29 Jan 2010

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Click My Account and edit Site Preferences to customize your Language and Country

Click My Account and edit Site Preferences to customize your Language and Country

A number of you have asked how to change the language settings inside your Mundia account. While Mundia will make an educated guess at your country and language settings, it’s super easy to change these if you need to.

Just log into your Mundia account and click on the “My Account” link located on the top right of the page. This will take you to the “Account Settings” page where you can edit your “Site Preferences”. Changing your language is as easy as clicking the “Edit” link and selecting your language and country preferences from a drop down list.

This means that it’s no problem to invite family members to help you grow your tree even if they speak a different language to you. When you add a relative to your tree, you are given the opportunity to invite your relative to join your tree. Before sending an invitation, you can choose the invitation language from a drop down box.

When your relative opens the invitation email and clicks the link provided, Mundia will automatically detect their country and open Mundia in the same language as the invitation you sent. Also when your relative accepts the invitation by registering their free account, they will have the option to manually customize their preferred country and language settings.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to connect with your family from around the world, no matter your family’s location or language. Thanks for your feedback and keep it coming!

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The Best Way to Start Using Mundia

25 Jan 2010


Based on your feedback we would like to give you some regular tips about how to best use Mundia.

The best starting point is to create a family tree on Mundia. Get started by adding your relatives to your family tree. Don’t worry if you don’t have all this information handy.  It’s no problem to leave fields out and fill them in later. An even better idea though is to invite your relatives to help you build your family tree.

Mundia makes it simple to send invitations to your family to collaborate on your family tree. All you need to do is provide their email address or select them from your Facebook friend list. The more people you invite to your family tree the quicker your tree will grow and the more complete it will be. And it is much more fun to collaborate and share your family history, family stories and family photos.

The more information you enter about your ancestors (e.g. great grandparents), the better Mundia can help you to find matches in other family trees. With these matches you are able to find unknown relatives and Mundia can help you to grow your family tree automatically. Keep an eye out for leaves in your tree, they indicate a match.

Leaf icons indicate an ancestor match

Leaf icons indicate an ancestor match in our database.