Robin Richmond's Genealogy Site
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Welcome to Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database

This is a dynamic database-driven site that pulls information directly from a database, and which generates pages "on the fly" as you request them. It uses a very powerful and adaptable commercial (but low-cost) family tree/genealogy web application called TNG, (see the page footer) that I began using in August, 2013, some 15 years after I posted my first family trees on the Web.

This site lets you search for and browse among the over 10,000 people in my family tree, and to generate family charts showing the ancestors and/or descendants of anyone in the database. You don't have to be logged in to see most of my data. (At least for now) the only benefit of an account is that you can see living people, and that benefit is irrelevant if I don't have your immediate corner of the family in my database.

(FWIW, because of importance of maps to this application, the limits on free map views that Google has recently imposed, and the presence of invasive web spiders that can generate maps that no-one ever sees, I may need to restrict maps to logged in users. If you find that you can't see maps (or have to jump through a hoop to see them), then you'll know why.)

The "Overview" and "FAQ" tabs above describe the content and functionality of this site in some detail. For now, I'll just note that
  • The core of the application is the "Person Profile", which, on one web page, tells you pretty much everything I know about a person, including photos, notes, documents, stories, data sources, and a map showing the location of events in the person's lifetime. The Person Profile is also the launching point for numerous genealogy charts, most particularly, "Ancestor" and "Descendant" charts (most of which are configurable).
  • There are numerous ways to find people. The most fundamental ways are:
    1. If you are closely related to me, or just want to start with some interesting profiles, you use the "People to Start With" page, which focuses on my ancestors.
    2. More likely, you'll want to use the search box that you should be able to see on the right side of this page. (If you can't see it there, it is down at the bottom of the page). Note that the search box has a link to the "Advanced Search."
    3. Each Person Profile has links to that person's parents, spouses, and children.
    4. Most of the Ancestor and Descendant charts that are available from Person Profile link to to all of the people in the chart.
    You can read about more navigational and searching options in the Overview tab.
  • All pages that you can see on this site (other than this page; the home page) use a standard layout whose navigation features are described in the Overview tab.

So give it a try; you cannot accidentally update the site, and you probably can't crash it, so search and browse as you please. If you get lost, just click on the "masthead" on any page (i.e. "Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database") or the home link in the top navigational menu.

use a standard template with navigation features that are described and illustrated below.

I'll cover the content of the site by describing the standard navigational menus. (Links to a few pages are shown in the first, darker, navigation bar at the top of this page. The Welcome menu just below that contains links to a few introductory pages.)

By the way, as with almost links on Web pages, you can shift-click on any these links to open the destination pages in a separate window, that that you should be able to view alongside these instructions (well, if you are on a PC rather than a cell phone).

Content and Navigational Menus

The core of the application is the "Person Profile", which, on one web page, tells you pretty much everything I know about a person, including photos, notes, documents, stories, data sources, and a map showing the location of events in the person's lifetime.

Page Layout

All pages that you can see on this site use a standard template with navigation features that are described and illustrated below. To find a person, you may use
  • The Simple Person Search form on the right of this page,
  • A nearly identical search form in the Search pull-down link on the far right of the  Welcome  menu on this page and and the other pages like it, and on a similar  Home  menu on other pages,
  • The >Advanced Person Search form,
  • Links in the content of the many pages that tell you who had live events in specific locations, who is depicted in photos, who is buried in specific cemeteries, and so on.
My People to start with page lists a number of people in my database who are significant or interesting

So give it a try. You can start with

  1. The Search form that's probably over on the right side of this page (On small devices, it may have been bumped to the bottom of the page),
  2. The Welcome menu, (the second horizontal menu at the top of the page), which contains introductory pages, and a more cryptic People Search form.
  3. Or perhaps one of the links in top menu bar of this page, which search for things other than people.
On the template-driven pages such as those listed just above, look for these menus and links near the top of the page:
  1. The top horizontal menu
    1. A link to the home page,
    2. A pop-up People Search form,
    3. A login (or logout) link,
    4. search form people and fa,
    5. Three drop-down menus (Find, Media, Info), with 8-10 links each, including
      • As shown, lists of names,
      • Searches for just about everything in the application, such as People, Families, Places, Cemeteries, Photos, Histories, Documents, and Photo Albums (etc.)
      • Anniversaries and Events occurring on a given date,
      • Dates and Aniversaries,
      • Lists of photos, documents, censuses, and other media items,
      • List of Trees & Branches, Notes, Sources,
      • and so on.
    6. A drop-down menu that allows users to select the language for the text (non the data) on many pages. (Not that I have many international visitors, but it's a handy feature on many sites.)
  2. A "Print" button near the upper right, which doesn't actually print, but rather, very helpfully displays the data in a more printer-friendly way - without the graphical header, the navigation menus, and the footer.
On most pages, you'll find additional navigation components just below the menus show above. For example, on the Person Profile and related pages, you can see these menus that focus the person being profiled:
  1. The mostly white-on-brown tab menu just below the person's name, where you can (among other things):
  2. The white-on-slate-blue links just below the tab menu, where you'll find options for the current page.
    For instance, on the Person Profile, you can use those links to limit the Person Profile to
    • Just the personal information including parents and spouses and children
    • Media - that is,
      • Photos,
      • Scanned and photographed documents (death certificates, county birth & death indexes, marriage certificates, etc.),
      • "Histories" (short biographies, family histories, and anecdotes),
      • Gravestone Photos, and
      • Scanned census worksheets.
    • Sources & Citation, where you can see where my data came from, or
    • The Event Map, which shows you a map that identifies where that person's life events occurred
    The Person Profile loads with all of this data.
Finally, there are a few links at the bottom of most pages:
These links also appear in the menus described above.
  • Essentially the core of the site are Detailed "Person Profile" pages for every person in my database. You can you can find Person Profiles through various search forms, and via hyperlinks
  • Search forms and results for
    • Cemeteries,
    • Places where events have occurred,
    • Sources that have supplied information to my database,
    • Media Items attached to people, families, and events,
    • and many other objects.
  • Surnames - A list of family names in the database, and then a list of all of the people with that family name
  • Dates Report - People who were born, died, married, etc. on any given day.

Finally - if you find typos, missing data that you can fill in, or data that you dispute, please feel free to use the Suggest tab or a "Contact Us" or "Contact Me" link to let me know about it.

Robin Richmond
Cleveland, Ohio
April, 2019

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