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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I find the person I want to see?
On the home page, you'll find
  1. A basic people search. The search results consists of a list of people; you then select one to see that person's profile (see more about the Person Profile below)
  2. In the search box, hyperlinks to:
    1. The Advanced People Search, which lets you specify many search constraints,
    2. The Family Search, which asks you to specify (parts of) a husband's and/or wife's name, and
    3. A Site Search which is a search for text anywhere on the site. If you enter a name here, the search could return dozens of matches, including all kinds of ancestry charts in which that name occurs.
  3. A link to my People to Start With tab, which has numerous links to significant people in my database.
On essentially all other pages (like this one)
  1. The Search link in the horizontal menu near the top of the page pulls down a search box that does essentially the same thing as the search box on the home page,
  2. The Find drop-down menu contains links that find people by browsing lists of first names, last names, and the like.
On the Person Profile, and in ancestral charts, each family member's name is a link to that person's Person Profile.
2. What is the "Person Profile"?
The Person Profile is, in essense, the core of this web site. For each person in the database, the Person Profile shows essentially all data I have for that person, including:
  1. Personal facts (e.g. name, birthdata, birthplace, deathdate, deathplace)
  2. Parents and their marriage.
  3. Marriages, spouses, and children.
  4. Other Personal Events such as Residence, Military Service, Occupation, Property Transactions, "Arrival" (genearally meaning "Immigration")
  5. Media Items, which may be photos, document images, census images, histories (stories), etc.
  6. An "Event Map", showing where significant events in the person's life occurred.
  7. Source Citations
3. How do I find a person's ancestors?
When you are on a Person Profile (such as my grandfather's), just click on the Ancestorstab to see a configurable ancestry chart.

The application can generate several types of Ancestor charts. (See descriptions of all of them.) The chart types are listed in a horizontal menu below Ancestors tab:
Ancestor Charts

Some of these charts, like the Standard chart, (shown here) and its "Box" and "Compact" variants, are graphical, with lines connecting a little boxes of data for each person. These charts are quite attractive, but frequently hard to print because the spacing between those boxes causes them to be awfully wide.

Text-based charts, such as the "TextPlus" Descendant Chart (see an excerpt) are much more compact, allowing you to see more information on the screen without scrolling, and requiring less paper to print.

The TextPlus chart is the default Ancestor chart; it is displayed automatically when you click on the Ancestors tab. It is, by far, the most flexible and dynamic of the Ancestor charts, and can display more data elements than any of the others. You can learn more about formatting the TextPlus chart through help buttons on the TextPlus chart's web page.

4. What if I want to see an individual's descendants?
On Person Profile pages, the Descendantstab is used to show a Descendant chart:
Descendant charts
As with the Ancestor Charts, there are graphical and text-based charts (see their descriptions), and "TextPlus" charts are the most flexible and data-rich of the charttypes. (See a TextPlus descendant chart.)
5. Is there a way to tell how two people in the database are related?
Yes, there is. The Relationship tab on a Person Profile page will identify the relationship between two people, and will illustrate that relationship by showing everyone on the path between the two people.

You may need to use the Findbutton to locate the second person in the comparison. (If you have an account, it should default to you.)

By the way: There are a couple of TNG add-ins that add a relationship display to the Person Profile heading, by the person's name. I am planning to try them out, so, by the time you read this, there may be a relationship button in the heading, or the relationship may be displayed automatically.

6. If I see a mistake in the data on the website can I correct it?
Only indirectly. The Suggest tab allows you to send corrections, updates, comments or any other information to me. I'll have to enter that information in Ancestry.com, where I do all of my data entry. (That's a whole other story.) Then I'll
  1. Sync my Ancestry.com tree with a program called Family Tree Maker on my PC.
  2. Export my data from Family Tree Maker,
  3. Import the entire tree into Robin's Roots
I used to go through that process almost weekly, but, these days, I'm lucky to do it once a month. So don't expect quick turnaround, unless you write a specific note about timing on the suggestion form.
7. Is there a way to print a page without all the headers and icons?
You bet. Whether you are looking at a person's detail page or a family tree chart, just click on the Print button located near the upper right the page. (Not your browser's print button - yet.) This Print button doesn't actually Print...it pops up a new "printer-friendly" window without the extraneous graphics and links. You can then hit control-p or your browser's Print button, or do whatever you ordinarily do to print.
8. What kind of data do you keep track of, separately from its use within a Person Profile
Gobs and gobs! You can search for, and produce reports about
  1. Places - One common table of Place names is used for birth places, death places, burial places, and all other event places.

    It is probably important to mention here that, unlike some genealogy software, TNG does not use a "Place Authority". That is, it does not have or consult a list of virtually all known placenames (whether in the USA, or even in the world). Given the price of a subscription to TNG, a built-in subscription to one of the existing Place Authorities would just be too expensive.

    Actually, since TNG supports customizations (called "mods"), someone could write a mod that implements a Place Authority. Such a mod would probably require each website that uses that mod to pay a subscription fee. It just hasn't been done yet.

  2. Cemeteries
  3. Media Items, which may be photos, document images, census images, histories (stories), etc.
  4. Albums
  5. Source Citations
  6. DNA Tests
9. What's a second or third cousin (etc.)?
Cousin designations get funny, because there are two conflicting definitions. Well, we all know what first cousins are - the children of siblings. They have a common grandparent. But beyond that, there are different 'social' and 'genealogical' definitions 2nd and 3rd cousins (etc.). In both schemes,you calculate the relationship by finding a first cousins, and then going down the family tree. You can't really start at the bottom.
  • Socially (the scheme I learned growing up, and that most people I talk with follow),
    • My second cousins are the children of my first cousins.
    • The children of my second cousins are third cousins, as are my grandparent's first cousins, and so on.
    Basically, you
    1. Start with first cousins (that is, two grandchildren of the common ancestor), then
    2. Increment the cousin count for each generation down the family tree, and
    3. Go down each generation separately,
      That is, increment by 2 for each generation until you reach one of the two people, and keep incrementing by 1 until you reach the second person.
  • To a genealogist, cousins (without the term "removed") are always in the same generation:
    • My second cousins are the children of my parents' first cousins (not the children of my first cousins).
    • My third cousins are the grandchildren of my grandparents' first cousins (not the children of my first cousins.
    • My fourth cousins are the great-granchildren of my great-grandparents' first cousins, and so on.
    In this scheme, the term "removed" indicates a change in generation. Thus, you have to determine the relationship in two parts:
    • The cousin count:
      1. Start with first cousins (that is, two grandchildren of the common ancestor), as with the social scheme, then
      2. Increment the cousin count for each generation down the family tree, as with the social scheme
      3. but, in this scheme, count both sides of the relationship together,
        Increment by 1 (not 2) for each generation until you reach one of the two people.
      4. Stop here; you have determined the cousin count.
    • The removal count:
      1. Start with zero, at the cousin generation, and
      2. Increment by 1 for each generation until you reach the second person.
So, when you start talking about 2nd and 3rd cousins (and so on), it is critical to be aware of which scheme you are using.
(Note: much of this FAQ was copied from the Winslow Tree FAQ.)

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
-Robin Richmond