There are two parts to this site – an Articles section and a family tree. They are driven by two applications – WordPress for the Articles and TNG for the tree – that have been integrated to provide the complete solution.
Navigating the Articles should needs no explanation. It’s a blog.
Navigating the tree is also very intuitive but as this is a genealogy app there will be some features you may not have seen before. Some of you may also be familiar with the way that the Ancestry.co.uk / .com sites work and may find some of what you see here unfamiliar. This page will help you with the unfamiliar.
The site is compatible with the largest desktop to the smallest smartphone but the bigger the screen the better the experience, especially when viewing charts.
Browsing the content requires no special access but you will not have access to full details of living people. If you find anything wrong you can leave comments without logging in.
Accessing details of living people or editing information requires registration and you will find a link on the top menu – under Help. Only family members will be granted access.
Finding your way around
If you find yourself on a page that has no name cloud, don’t panic! This just means the system had to open a new browser tab to display a page. Clicking the Save button (if there is one) or closing the tab will get you back to a page with the name cloud.
The left menu contains Articles navigation – the right menu contains shortcuts into the tree, and searches, login and subscription capabilities.
Then just follow your instincts. Remember, if you get lost, just click on the name cloud, top left.
To the right of those menus there are four more
Feel free to explore these at your leisure. Some of these have not been populated yet but they will all help you gain familiarity with the system.
If you are not already in a chart view you can get there in one click from a person’s page by choosing the chart type:
These start with a named individual and proceed backwards through the generations.
These start with a named individual and proceed forwards through the generations. Note: If you are not logged in you will not see full details of Living Individuals.
Read on for a brief view of each of the graphical chart types
Ancestor – Standard (Horizontal)
Ancestor – Vertical
As the name implies this view is rotated 90° – but it differs in other ways:
- it doesn’t have the ability to progress up and down through the generations, or skip to another track.
- It doesn’t show an individual’s summary on mouse over.
Technical Note for TNG Admins browsing this site:- The presence of people portraits in this view is dependent on TNG Mod – “Verticalchart_Photos”
Ancestor – Compact
This one allows you to see more generations per screen.
Ancestor – Box
Allows you to visualise the tree while seeing the summary information for each individual. It needs more screen space than the other types.
Ancestor – Fan
This is a relatively new chart form but is a great way to visualise the track of each line of ancestors.
Descendant – Standard (Horizontal)
(There is no vertical version)
Descendant – Compact
How can I help?
What we ask is that you share this information. If we we all do this, then our family tree will be much more complete and rewarding.
To add or correct information on your immediate family, use the Suggest tab (A) or Contact Us option (B) in the Info pull down menu. To submit, update or change pictures, use the Submit Photo/Doc Tab (C).