Getting around the site ...
Many of us use one genealogical program or another and nearly all of them have a very graphical look to them. You can see your family group sheets, display charts, etc. This website is much the same except that, instead of it being on your computer, it is on the internet.
This is a short overview of how to get around and get the most out of our site. It outlines some of the basic navigation tools needed to make your visit both enjoyable and informative. Please keep in mind that this section is in no way a complete how-to guide and you may have to be a registered user, and logged in, to see and use some of these features. If you find any errors or want to make suggestions, you can learn how to here.
There are a number of ways, but the 'Search' function provides the most straight forward method. The search box in the page header section at the top right of every page provides a simple 'First Name' and 'Surname' search. In addition, if the person you are after is a married woman but you don't know her maiden name, select the "Married" button. This will look up potential matches for the married person and return a list of all possible candidates. On the Home page there is also a link on the left, just above "Site Menu". This link directly opens the Advanced Search screen. Advanced searching allows you to search using other known facts about the person you're looking for. On the same Advanced Search page, the Search Families button offers another way to search for a woman if you do not know her maiden (unmarried) name. All methods present you with a list of possible matches from the database. Click on your chosen person to display their personal data page.
There are some other Name types in 'Other Search Criteria' on the Advanced Search page: for example the person you are looking for may have changed their name or have been known by an alternative name.
If you don't have a clear picture of who you're looking for, you might also want to try looking at Browse Surnames or Browse Forenames found on the Research section of the Home Page Site Menu. On pages other than the Home Page, you'll find links to these reports in the Find drop-down menu.
Please Note: If the person you are looking for is living, potentailly living or has requested that their details remain private, you will not be able to find them unless you are a logged-in member with the approriate permissions set by the website administrator! If you cannot find the person you are looking for but you are certain that he/she is, or should be there, then please contact us for help.
Once you locate an individual and have displayed the person's details on their personal data page, the easiest method is to click on the Ancestors tab.
This will show you a graphical display of both the paternal and maternal ancestors. Once you have the ancestor chart displayed, you can click on the arrows located at the far right ancestor if you need to see additional ancestors. There are a number of formats for you to choose from (Standard, Compact, Box, Text, Ahnentafel, and Media) to display ancestors. Try clicking on the various options and see which one works best for you. You can also create a pdf file that you can save to your own computer.Back to top
The tab marked Descendants can be used to display the descendants of an individual. There are four different formats in which descendants can be displayed. The default is normally "Standard" but you can switch between these to display the information the way that works best for you, or even create a pdf file that you can save to your own computer.Back to top
Yes, Once the Descendants chart is displayed in Text mode, you can show a specific branch of descendants from the selected ancestor by pressing the descendant icon () next to the descendant you wish to display.Back to top
Yes, the Relationship tab will show a graphic display of all the people between two relatives. To use this function, locate the first individual and then press the Relationship tab. Then use the find button to locate the second person to be displayed. Once you have the two people selected click the calculate button to display their relationship.
See the Help page to find out how you can see the relationship between a 'default person' and the person who's individual page you are viewing.Back to top
A timeline is displayed for an individual when the Timeline tab is clicked. The time line shows important events in history that occurred during the life of an individual or a group of individuals. It gives you a unique perspective into what was going on in the world during the lives of our ancestors.Back to top
The Suggest tab allows you to send corrections, updates, comments or any other information to the database administrator. Information on which individual you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggest tab. The database administrator will evaluate your suggestion and add it to the database in the next web update cycle if appropriate.Back to top
Yes, just click on the Print link locate above the control tabs.
A format that is simplified for printing is presented and you can use the print function of your browser to print the page.
NOTE: On the Individual, Ancestors and Descendants pages you have the option to create a report in 'pdf' format for the information you are viewing. To make use of this option you will need to have installed Adobe Reader in order to view the report. If you don't already have it, you can download the (free) Adobe Reader software by clicking this link.
These are site menus designed to provide direct access to many of the functions of the site. You can hover your mouse pointer over each to see the options available. Click on the one you want. Note that some options are only available to registered users.Back to top
We take great pains to protect the privacy of all family members. All names, dates and other information of living individuals are 'hidden'. Registered users can have access to this information. If you are a direct descendant or relative of people listed on this website, please take a moment to register by clicking on the Login or Register link in the header of every page or go straight to the New Account Form to sign up. You will be asked to provide evidence of your relationship. When accepted, you will be able to view all records of your ancestor's descendants contained in the database.Back to top
To see the details of living descendants of your ancestor(s) and their records, documents, photographs and biographies, you must register for a user account and log in when registration is approved. Registration also ensures that we can e-mail you with details of any major changes to the site.Back to top
If you can't remember your username then, via the 'Log In' page, enter the email address you supplied when you registered and we will send you your username.
However, for security purposes we don't have access to your password. So, if you forget it, you can ask the system, again via the 'Log In' page, to issue you with a temporary one. Just enter the email address you supplied when you registered and your username.
Q: Cousins - what's it all about?
The dictionary is quite clear on it's definition of a cousin.
One related by descent in a diverging line from a known common ancestor, as from one's grandparent or from one's father's or mother's sister or brother.I think that most of us are clear on who our first cousins are. In simple terms, they are the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt. In other words, if a cousin (aka first cousin) shares a grandparent with another person, then the two persons are cousins.
A child of one's parent's first cousin.It sounds like this is getting complicated so lets try and simplify it. Second cousins are related through common great-grandparents. So, two people who aren't siblings but who both share the same great-grandparents, are second cousins. The more you think about and apply the concept, the clearer it will become.
A child of one's parent's second cousin.We can also simplify this term. Third cousins are related through common great-great-grandparents. In this case, two people who aren't siblings but both share the same great-great-grandparents, are third cousins. And so it goes on; fourth cousins share the same great (x3) grandparents, etc.
Once removed, twice removed, etc., are used to indicate that the cousins are not the same number of generations from the common ancestor. If the common ancestor is a grandparent of one cousin, but the great-grandparent of the other, then there is a one-generation difference and the two people are 1st cousins once removed.Blood relationships are determined by computing the shared ancestry of two individuals. Typically, people express such relationships using terms that reflect the most direct relationship. That is determined by counting the generations from each individual to the closest common ancestor; siblings share a parent, first cousins share a grandparent, etc.
The chart below shows an interesting characteristic of relationship terms. Most of the terms for near relations are not reciprocal: mothers and fathers have daughters and sons, aunts and uncles have nieces and nephews. The most common reciprocal term is cousin: cousins have cousins. Note that "1st Cousin Once Removed" appears twice in the chart. The child of your 1st cousin and the child of your great aunt or uncle are both your first cousin once removed. Note that the number of generations difference is the same:
The relationship from a child of your great aunt or great uncle to you is the same as the relationship from you to a child of your 1st cousin.
You can use the chart below to calculate the relationship between two people.
Count the generations between the common ancestor and person 1. Use that number to find the proper column. Then count the generations between the common ancestor and person 2. Use that number to find the proper row.
The relationship is shown at the intersection of the column and row.