About Paul Zagoridis
Click read more below for some tips on updating the family tree.
Reducing Email Notifications when inviting someone If you DO want to invite people to join the tree, then I have learned (the hard way) that most people are driven away by the many daily emails this site sends. The following is an important technical tip on how to reduce this "spam" in advance.
AFTER you have filled in their email address, and pressed the Invite button, go to the URL bar of your browser, and substitute everything to the left of the long number (their profile ID) with the following text, and press Return:
This will take you to THEIR account settings, regarding email notifications. I recommend disabling all of the **daily** emails ONLY (the middle block), and leaving everything else as is. If you disable the lower block, then you pretty much prevent people from being able to use this site to communicate with each other (because they won't be notified about diddly).
Do NOT forget to press the Save Button.
Once they accepted your invitation and joined, only they will be able to change these settings (via Settings on the top-right of any page). But this might be a bit much for the technically challenged or the elderly.
Membership This is a free site. Don't be tricked into paying a membership fee unless you really want to. I won't, but instead if I do find something in another tree I might ask to collaborate, to consider whether we should merge our information or not. You might be asked to post to FaceBook, you can if you like, or you can 'skip' it.
Privacy This family tree is private and viewable to only those who are invited via email by either me or other family members. It is not a public information. To check, simply copy the URL and paste it in a different browser. You'll get a message that says what I just said, 'it's private!' You can change who can see your email and a lot more.
You like the tree? Well don't just look at it without at least filling in your own details and adding a photo. It's the least you can do (really). To put that in context, I will to the last day of my life attempt to have a photo and birth date for every person listed, as well as some story about the life of significant people. It's a lot of work so your help will be greatly appreciated.
- By adding your city we can see where everyone lives on a google map (cool).
- Adding a photo is important as well and is probably the single most important thing you can do to contribute. It should be a head only shot so people can see who it is and what they look like. Please don't post photos of political statements, humor or whatever... this is a family tree and nothing more so give us a hand and post your headshot. Thanks.
- See someone you know and you also have their email address? Invite them straight from the family tree by just pasting their address there and clicking send (Thank you in advance for your help!). It's a good idea that you also send the person a regular email saying you've sent them an invite to Geni, and it's free to use and see our family tree, and it's private to only family members.
- Adding your birth date will also help me not have to do it myself.
Separations, Divorces, Family Disputes, etc This place is not about divorces or whatever, it's about the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. It is a family tree. They deserve to know. No child should come here and ask why isn't my mum or dad on here, or don't I have grandparents? In the end a family tree is an objective look at the people who were part of our history, it isn't a look into how that history played out. Stay objective and add your part to make a useful contribution to the whole celebration of life. You can Block a person by going to their page and blocking. You can limit email notifications. You can 'close account' and leave, but remember your family is larger than those immediately around you, and we'll always be here.
Adoptions If you are joined to us via your belly button or were chosen by your parents, you're part of the family. Add yourself in. Geni is working out how to record adoptions http://wiki.geni.com/index.php/Adoption.
My mistakes I am bound to mark someone as a boy when they're a girl and vice versa, get the name, birth year or something else wrong. Forgive me and fix it if you can.
- Use the display name field for how we know a relative.
- If they are formally known in two languages put their names in English / Other Language (e.g. Gerasimos Polimeris / Γεράσιμος Πολυμέρης). This gets tricky when ancestors moved between countries (Anatolia to Romania to Greece to Australia). We'll sort that out later.
- Keep the first, middle and surnames in the right place. Add all names to the nickname field: nicknames, aka, married names, second husbands' married names, name changes, spelling errors, foreign alphabets (e.g. Greek) everything.
- When editing a profile of a married woman, put her maiden name in the maiden name field.
- For more on foreign names and naming conventions see http://wiki.geni.com/index.php/Naming_Conventions
Who "owns" this tree? While I am compiling it, I don't consider this information mine... it is yours and is equally owned by everyone in the family.
Contact Me: See the contact information on the right hand side of this page. You can always post a comment on my page here or facebook or via my website http://www.zagz.com