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Website Access:

Login

Login is required to access data on this website. (Login link on the mobile site can be found by clicking on "hamburger" icon.)

Options    

  • No Login Required - Certain functions including "Search", "Find: Surnames", "Find: Places", and "Find: Search People" are available with limited capabilities. You will be able to see a list of names from the Primary Tree but no additional data will be available. This gives you the opportunity to see if an ancestor of yours may be included on the site prior to registering.

  • Guest Login - You may login as a guest (username=guest, password=demo) to view the Demo Tree only (see Trees under Site Menu below). This login is for the purpose of getting a glimpse of the site (including types of information available) to determine if you would like to see more. You will be able to access limited functions and to view info on some of the Surnames that appear on this site. You may also use this login while you are waiting for your registered account to be verified. Note: The Guest Login acesses a different tree than the search functions not requiring a login. Unless the person/place you found exists in our direct line ancestry, they will not be viewable with a Guest Login.

  • Registered Account - With a FREE registered account you will be able to access the full site with only some restrictions on access to living individuals based on your relationship to family members. If you are not related you will have full access to non-living individuals only. If you believe you are related to members of this family, please include your relationship in the comments box when you register so I can give you the appropriate access to living individuals in your branch of the family. Please read and agree to the website Privacy Policies and Terms of Use prior to registering for an account.

  • Please note that registered accounts must be verified before they become active. Usually this takes no more than a few hours and is often done much sooner. You will receive an email when your account is activated. You may use the Guest login while you wait.

  • If you forget your username, please follow the instructions on the login screen and it will be sent to you at the email address in your profile. (If your email in your profile is not current and you can no longer receive email at your old address, you will need to contact me directly to obtain your user name.)

  • If you forget your password, please follow the instructions on the login screen to request a temporary password which will be sent to the email address in your profile (see above).

  • Username, password and other contact information changes may be made to your profile via the "Edit Profile" link on the Menu Bar. This link only shows if you have a registered username and are viewing the standard (not mobile) site. If you change your email address after obtaining a registered account, please use this link to update that information.



Conventions:

Names

The following naming conventions are followed in most cases.

Names    

  • For ease in viewing, surnames are capitalized.

  • When I don't know the maiden name of a female spouse I have used the married name, but that name appears inside square brackets. This makes it easier to match names with families.

  • Likewise, when I don't know the surname of a male spouse the wife's maiden name appears in square brackets.

  • When I don't know a given name, I have also used square brackets to designate this. Common substitute given names are: [Mr.] adult male, [Miss] unmarried female, [Mrs.] married female, [Ms.] unsure if married or not, [Son] male with no adult info, [Daughter] female with no adult info, [Child] gender unknown with no adult info and [Infant] gender unknown who died in infancy. [Unknown] may also appear, but will be phased out in time.

  • Royal names often are noted as a given name (sometimes followed by a number) and a title, such as 'Elizabeth II, Queen of England'. These titles are displayed as surnames and are surrounded by square brackets: e.g. [Queen of England]. (The Queen of England is not included on this site as I have not yet discovered any relationship to her.)

  • Surnames are listed alphabetically, in most cases ignoring prefixes as those prefixes appear in some records but not in others.


Site Navigation:

There are four primary ways to navigate this site. They are 1) Site Menu, 2) Drop-Down Menus, 3) Search and 4) Menu Bar⁄Quick Links. These methods are explained below.

Site Menu

This navigation is only avaiable on the home page. Other than choosing a Tree at the top of the menu, everything else is also available via the drop-down menus and their functions will be described there.


Drop Down Menus   ( on mobile site )

There are 5 drop down menus located in the upper right of each page: Find, Media, Info, Help, and "Language".

  Find  

  • Surnames - Displays the most common surnames in this database and allows for searching of surnames by beginning letter or character.

  • Bookmarks - Displays bookmarks you have set. Bookmarks are only available to the user on the computer they were set up on.

  • Places - List of places where events have occured for persons in our tree. Go here to find out what places are most common in our tree and what happened there.

  • Dates - Go here to see what Births, Marriages and Deaths occured on Today's date. You may also choose other dates. Same as "Dates and Anniversaries" on Site Menu.

  • Calendar - Displays a monthly calendar view of births, christenings, marriages, deaths, and burials.

  • Cemeteries - Displays Cemeteries with a link to Headstone records. On the cemeteries page click on a location to view all cemeteries in that location. Note: Clicking on USA will bring up all cemeteries listed on this website that are in the United States. If more than one cemetery is in a selected location clicking on the cemetery name will bring up more information about that cemetery. If only one cemetery exists in a locality that information will automatically be displayed.

  • Search People - Displays the Advanced Search form for finding individuals. See Search for more information.

  • Search Families - Displays the Advanced Search form for finding families.

  • Submit Families - Allows you to submit a family (Father/Mother/Children) that you believe should be represented on the website. If you only want to update information about an individual already on this site, please use the suggest tab found on that individual's page.


  Media  

Media can be displayed in either Descriptive View or as Thumbnails Only. Rolling over a thumbnail in Descriptive View gives you a preview image of most photos, documents, and headstones (not available for multipage documents nor other media types). Rolling over a thumbnail in Thumbnail View will display the media's title. Click on a thumbnail or title to display the photo or document full size. Clicking on a linked individual or family will bring you to that person's or families' personal information page.

  • Photos - Displays list of photos (thumbnails and brief descriptions) of family members. Note: Not all photos may be displayed depending on your access rights. When viewing the large image of a photo containing a group of people, rolling the cursor over family members will display that family members name.

  • Documents - Displays a list of documents. Documents include Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, Bible Pages, Letters, Ship Passenger Lists, WWI and WWII Draft Cards, etc.

  • Locations - Displays a list of particular locations having reference to either families or individuals which may appear on the site.

  • Albums - Albums collect multiple media items related to a particular family name together in one place. Some items will appear in multiple family albums.

  • All Media - Displays list of all media items listed above except family albums.


  Info  

  • What's New - This gives you quick access to the last 20 items in a category added or modified during the previous month. This is most useful for the frequent visitor.

  • Most Wanted - This link leads to people that I am researching but have hit a dead end on and need help with, or to photos that I am missing information on. Maybe you can contribute something here.

  • Reports - Contains various reports generated from the database. Additional reports will be added as I get requests.

  • Statistics - Want to know how many records of a particular type are in our database? What ancestors lived the longest? This is where you may find some of the answers.

  • Trees - Displays a list of trees available on this site along with the number of individuals, families, and sources included. Note: You will not have access to all trees listed. See Trees for more information.

  • Branches - Displays a list of branches available on this site along with the number of individuals and families associated with each branch. Clicking on the number of individuals or families will display the list of those individuals or families. Note: Depending on your access rights you may or may not have access to information on living individuals in a particular branch.

  • Notes - Displays a list of notes related to individuals included in your access rights.

  • Sources - This is a link to a list of all sources currently cited. Note: Much of the data on this site is not sourced or sources are incomplete. Updates will be coming as I get them entered.

  • Repositories - Displays list of source repositories.

  • Contact - Links to Contact form allowing you to send me your suggestions, comments or questions.


  Help  

  • About Site - Brings you to this page for help in navigating this site and other information. Please let us know if other topics of information would be helpful.

  • Privacy & Site Use - Links to the Privacy and Terms of Use document (also available at the bottom of every page on the standard site).



  "Language" (current language is displayed)  

This drop down list shows the lanuages available to view this site in.

  • Deutsch (German) is currently only partially supported. Work is underway to increase the percentage of this site that has been translated. If you can help, please contact me.

  • English is fully supported by this website.

  • Français (French) is currently only partially supported. Work is underway to increase the percentage of this site that has been translated. If you can help, please contact me.

  • Italiano (Italian) is currently only partially supported. Work is underway to increase the percentage of this site that has been translated. If you can help, please contact me.

  • Nederlandse (Dutch) is currently only partially supported. Work is underway to increase the percentage of this site that has been translated. If you can help, please contact me.



Search

Located in the top right corner of every page, the search form will allow you to find people by first and/or last name. Click on the arrow to initiate the search or select one of the options below. Results will include all persons whose name contains what is entered into the search boxes. (i.e. Entering just "Par" in the last name field will return all persons with surnames of "Paradise", "Paradis", "Parker", etc. as well as "Shepard" and "Sparks".)

More on searches...    

  • Maiden/Married - When searching for married women, you may or may not know her maiden name. This allows you to specify which one you are providing in your search. If you don't know whether the name is a maiden name or a married name (often in the case of multiple marriages) try the search both ways. Default of maiden name is reset after each search.

  • Advanced Search - This will bring up a form for entering additional information on an individual to narrow your search. Note: Searches are currently limited to 5 criteria for security reasons. From "Advanced Search" you are also given the option to search for families.

  • Surnames - Displays the most common surnames in this database and allows for searching of surnames beginning with a paricular letter or character.

  • Upon performing a search, select the person (or family) you wish to view. This will bring up their individual "person" page which shows personal data, family data, notes, sources, attached photos, documents, albums, etc. From here you can select other people related to them, view an ancestrial tree or decendent tree, discover relationships, download gedcom files (if your account contains those rights), etc.

  • To view other people, photos, etc. click on the links or thumbnail images.

  • To view trees, relationships, timeline and download gedcoms click the appropriate tab at the top of the page.

  • The medium blue bar under the tabs contains additional options depending on which tab is selected.


Menu Bars ⁄ Quick Links ⁄

The Menu Bar at the top of each page contains a short icon menu on the left just under the page title. To the right just under the drop-down menus are additional quick links. (On the mobile site menu bar links, when available, are located by clicking on the "hamburger" icon.) Media pages also have either an active icon link or link buttons for navigation.


Media Pages    

  • Icon - The icon to the left of the document or collection title (just below the top Menu Bar) is active and clicking on it will return you to the media list.

  • Show All - This button is available on some media pages and will return you to the media list.

  • Numbered Buttons - Use these to scroll thru media in full page mode without returning to the media list. On Genealogies, Folios and other multipage document pages numbered buttons will scroll thru the document pages.

  • Slide Show - This button will scroll thru media from the current image through all or until paused. Images will be shown in a smaller window. The slide show can also be activated from most media lists and will start with the first image on the page. (May or may not be available. Currently does not work on some devices running the mobile site.)

  • Thumbnails Only / Descriptive View - This button toggles between displaying either just thumbnails for quicker location of a particular image, or a list of images with descritions and links. Clicking on either the thumbnail or the description will display a larger image. Clicking a "Linked to" individual or family will bring you to the corresponding data page.



Other Notes and Interesting Facts:

Display

A screen width of 1280 pixels or more is recommended to view this site in standard mode. However, most pages will display fine on a smaller screen or on a mobile device with a screen width of only 960 px such as the original iPad. For small screens, using the mobile site may be a better option. This option will display automatically on a phone and is an easily switchable option on a tablet. Landscape orientation is desireable for most pages, however, on a phone portrait orientation will display some pages better and may be necessary to view all options on drop-down lists.



This page is a work in progress. If you have any questions or suggestions on what you would like to see here please contact me.

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