How to Get Started
You can look up people in the family tree via the Search bar above; use maiden names for females. Or click on the other menus and links at the top or bottom of this page.
When you navigate to someone's page in the family tree, you'll see several display options at the top of the page: The "Individual" tab (furthest left) gives a detailed view. Try some other tabs ("Ancestors," "Descendants," "Timeline," and "Family") for different views.
And click on the "Connections" tab to see how that person is related to other people in the tree (including you if you're in the tree!).
Don't miss the "Ancestral Homes" tab for family ancestry villages and towns or the "Family Photos" tab for our ancestors Photo Galleries.
Explore and have fun!
How do I find who I am looking for?
There are a number of ways. but the 'Search' function provides the most straight forward method. The search box on the bottom right of the Home page provides a simple 'Last Name' and 'First Name' search. There is also a link for 'Advanced Search' and one to 'Search Families'. Advanced search (also as 'Search' at the top left of all other pages) allows you to enter various information about the individual you're looking for. The Family search offers the best 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. 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. You might also want to try looking at 'Surnames' or 'First Names' if you don't have a clear picture of who you're looking for. You'll find these in the Home page menu and the 'Find' drop-down menu at the top right of all pages. If you think the person is likely to be there but you can't find them, then please contact me for help.
How do I find an individual's ancestors?
Once you locate an individual and have displayed the person's details, the easiest method is to press 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.
What if I want to see an individual's descendants?
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. You can switch between these to display the information the way that works best for you.
Can descendants be shown in a graphical format?
Yes, Once in the Descendants are displayed, 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.
Is there a way to tell if two individuals are related?
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.
What is the Timeline function?
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 to see what was going on in the world during the lives of our ancestors.
If I see a mistake in the information presented can I correct it?
The suggestion 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 Suggestion tab. The database administrator will evaluate your suggestion and add it to the database in the next web update cycle if appropriate.