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  Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I find a person I’m looking for?

A. There are a number of ways, but the search function provides the most straight forward method. The advanced search form allows you to enter information about the individual you’re looking for and presents you with a list of possible matches from the database.

You might also want to try looking at the surnames in the database if you don’t have a clear picture of who you’re looking for.

Q. How do I find a person’s ancestors?

A. Once you locate a person, 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 Photos & History) to display ancestors. Try clicking on the various options and see which one works best for you.  

Q. What if I want to see a person’s descendants?

A. The tab marked Descendants can be used to display the descendants of a person. There are a couple of different formats in which descendants can be displayed. You can switch between the Standard and Register format to display the information in the way that works best for you.  

Q. Can descendants be shown in a graphical format?  

A. Yes, when 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.  

Q. Is there a way to tell if two people are related?

A. Yes, the Relationship tab will show a graphic display of all the people between two relatives. To use this function, locate the first person 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.

Q. If I see a mistake or an omission in the information presented can I correct it?

A. The suggestion tab allows you to send corrections, updates, comments or any other information to the database administrator. Information on the person you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggestion tab. The database administrator will take your suggestion and add it to the database in the next web update cycle.

Q. Is there a way to print the display without all the headers and icons?

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.

Q. What are the three dropdown menus that are located on the upper right of the page?

A. These menus let you access additional information that is contained in the database. You can hover your mouse pointer over each to see the types of detailed information that is available on the site.

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