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  Help - How to Navigate The Barber Genealogy Site

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Welcome to our genealogy pages. This Help page will give you a short overview of how to get around and get the most out of our site. It will hopefully give you the basic navigation tools needed to make your visit both enjoyable and informative without a lot of difficulty. 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 (use link above left) to see/use some of these features. Also, if you find any errors or want to make suggestions, you can learn how (see Editing/Correcting below).

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 walk-through will introduce you to the primary functions of the site. The bold links embedded on this page will open a second window (or tab); you can follow these steps in the new window/tab while referencing the steps here. In either case, the following link opens a new window (or tab) to our Home Page. Features of that page can be seen and the window/tab can also be used to explore the features discussed below.

Getting around the site:

On the home page you will see links to the various sections of the site, and a Search box on the right side of the page.

To begin, click on any link and you will notice that every page (like this one) contains a set of four icons directly under the page header. The function of each icon link is quite straightforward:

Home - Takes you to the front page of the this website.
Search - Takes you to the Advanced Search screen (see below).
Print - Prints the page you are on to your printer without all the menu items.
Logout/Login - Logout of your session or Log back in, for those with administrator privileges only.
Some pages also have the Add Bookmark icon. Bookmarks are saved on your computer only. Access them from the Find menu.

On the right hand side of the header, you will see three drop down menus: Find - Media - Info. These can be used to quickly access any area of the site. If you hover the mouse (not click) you will see drop-down menus that give you up to 24 options to help navigate this site.

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The Individual Record:

In the search box (right side of home page), put "David" (without the quotes) in for First Name and "Kokernot" (without the quotes) in for the Last Name and and press <Enter>.

This will give you a list of the results that were found to match. On this list, click on the David Kokernot born in 1805. You are now at his Individual Page, the header of which you see below.

Take a few minutes to orient yourself with the layout. This is the "core" display of the genealogy pages. The standard view shows all of the most pertinent "Personal Information;" the other views listed in the green bar limit information to a specific category. Note that the personal information is divided into three sections -- the Individual selected, his/her Parents, and his/her Family (spouse and children, if any). Clicking on the "Group Sheet" link next to the appropriate Family ID will bring up either the Parental Family Group sheet (parents and siblings, with the individual as a child) or the Selected Person's Family Group sheet (spouse and children, with the individual as a parent). Try these out.

In the Parents and Spouse/Partner sections of the page, if their is information available for their ancestors you can navigate to the relevant Ancestor Chart by clicking on the symbol to the left of the persons name:

Children are listed in the Family section and can indicate if the person has descendants (+) or if only a spouse ( ). Clicking on either of these symbols will take you to that persons's descendant chart:


You may also see an event map showing the location of the main events in the life of the individual.

  • Click on the Event Number pin to open the map in a new window. If you are using FireFox, you can right click and open in a new tab rather than a new window. On the map in the separate window, you can get driving directions to or from this location.
  • Click on the Google Earth icon to view using the Google Earth desktop application once you have downloaded and installed the application on your desktop.
  • Use the + (plus) to zoom in on the map and the - (minus) to zoom out, or you can use the slider to control the zoom. If the Google Map server returns a message that no map is available at that zoom level, then you must zoom out in order to get the map to display.
  • You can also click the Hybrid or Satellite button to view the map as a satellite picture with names.
  • Click the pin number on the map to get the description, date, and location of the event.

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Now let's look at the 5 tabs next to the "Individual" tab: Ancestors, Descendants, Relationship, Timeline, and Suggest.

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.

1) Click on " Ancestors" and you will find a dynamic chart. The default view is the "standard" view (4 generations). (Note that each generation is shown in a slightly different shade, getting progressively lighter with each older generation, and with gray indicating missing information.) Clicking on any of the names on the chart will take you to the individual sheet for that person.

Notice that there are little orange arrows pointing down beneath many of the boxes. If you hover your mouse over the arrow (not click!) a drop-down list for that person will open. You can click on a name in that sheet to take you to their individual sheet. Clicking on any icon will show the next generation above (ancestors); clicking on the icon will show the ancestry starting from the next generation below. Wherever you see the pedigree icon , you clan click to show the ancestry from that individual. Also note that in the green bar just above the chart, you can specify the number of generations you want to display (beware that the page will get increasingly wider and longer, requiring more scrolling, as you increase the number of generations).

In the green bar there are a number of other Ancestor chart views available by clicking on Compact, Box, Text, Ahnentafel, or Media. Media displays both lines of parentage for any individual -- and lists that person's grand-parents, great-grandparents, and so on -- as far back as is known, based on the number of generations selected for the display. The icon that may be shown alongside a name in the Media display means that at least one photo, history, or other media item exists for that individual. The Ahnentafel chart (also known as an ascendants table - See Wikipedia article on Ahnentafel for details.) lists all the generations in tabular form, complete with all children and birth, marriage, death, and burial details if known. Try clicking on each of the Ancestor display options to see what they offer.

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2) The " Descendants" tab gives you a listing of all descendants of this individual.

The default view is the "Text" list, also known as a "descendant drop chart." Notice that in many places there is a little white box with a minus sign in it. Click this box and that branch of this tree will collapse to this position. Try it! Also, once the descendants are displayed in this text format, you can show a graphic view (with photos) of a specific branch of descendants from that ancestor by clicking the descendant icon next to the descendant whose chart you wish to display. This chart includes the siblings of each ancestor. Thus, the younger the individual, the greater the number of generations in the chart; and the greater the number of siblings in a family, the wider the chart becomes.

Try clicking on the other types of Descendant charts, listed on the green bar: Standard - a traditional "tree" with photos (where available), Compact - without photos, and Register - a list of generations in tabular form, similar to Ahnentafel.

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3) The " Relationships" tab allows you to generate a box chart to show the relationship between this individual and any other person in your tree.

Just click on the "Find" button under "Person 2" and search for "Alexander Kokernot" (remember, last name first). Select "Alexander B. Kokernot " and click "Calculate"

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4) The " Timeline" tab allows you to view important events (birth, marriage, children, death) in the life of this individual on a scale of time. Timelines for up to four other people can be added to the page (using the "Add People" button) to show the timeline relationship between this person and the others.When others are added this way, the list of events in the subject's life dissappear, but can be viewed by hovering over any individual's timeline. The bottom portion of the timeline display covers a broad length of time which can be adjusted earlier or later by dragging with the mouse. The upper portion covers the shorter period of time indicated by the vertical bar in the bottom display. Other events can be added to the display only by users with administrator privileges on the site.

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5) The "Suggest" tab allows you to suggest any changes or additions and then automatically sends the information to us so that we can evaluate your suggestion and add it to the database. The identity of the individual you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggestion tab.

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Search and Find

Where the people are ... There are three primary ways to get to the records of an individual:

  • Clicking on "Surnames" under the "Find" menu will give you the master listing of surnames in the database and allow you to drill-down by surname, which will give you a list of people to choose from. Click on "Show all surnames" to get an alphabetical listing of all surnames in the database.
  • Searching for a name in the database. If you know who you are looking for, then you are already halfway there! Just use the Search box in the top right corner of the home page, and you will be shown all the records in the database that match your request.  If you need to be more specific in who or what you are looking for, use the "Advanced Search" feature on the home page or by clicking on the search icon in the upper left hand corner of every page. There, you can specify several different criteria to search against, including birth and death information
  • Married Name: To search for a woman when you know only her married name, either
    (a) use the "Spouse's Last Name" field with Gender set as 'Female', which will give you a list of all women married to men with the family name stated, or
    (b) if you also know her first name, click on the "Search Families" link and then you will be able to enter both the husband/partner's name and her first name.

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As described above, the "Suggest" tab allows you to suggest any changes or additions (corrections, updates, comments), or any other information about a specific individual or family record; it then automatically sends the information to us. We will evaluate your suggestion and add it to the database if appropriate. The identity of the individual or family you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make send us such a suggestion.

As the master copy of our database is maintained 'offline' we do not offer the facility for users to directly edit information. If you wish to tell or ask us something general, rather than related to a specific individual or family, then use the "Contact Us" link in the "Info" drop-down menu.

Media/Photos, etc.

Photographs and other media can be linked to individual and family records. We have added some photographs but have a lot more yet to categorise and add to the database. We would very much like to hear from you if you are able to provide photos or other media showing or relevant to anyone in the database. Please let us know if you can offer anything.

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Other Features

There is much more functionality on the website, but this walk through should be a good intro to the system. Feel free to poke around; you can't break it. But if you find anything wrong, or page errors, please let us know so we can fix it!


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This entire website is made possible by the excellent TNG (The Next Generation) software from Darrin Lythgoe. Visit Darrin's website for more information.

This help page was adapted from the excellent example created by Graham Chamberlain,

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