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.
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
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
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
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
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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