Finding your way around
The red bar to the left of every page gives you quick links to the most important pages on the site, most of these pages are repeated on the 3 pull down menus that appear to the top right of most pages.
The Family Trees
All our genealogical data is held in one of two family trees. The 'Wright and Savill' tree is my ancestry, although it concentrates more on my maternal line (the Wright & Savill) there are some details of my paternal ancestry (the Willingale & Stein). The Pattinson tree is my Step-fathers ancestry. There is an 'All Trees' option to look at both trees at the same time.
Finding Individuals & Families
You can find people in the tree in a number of different ways:
Each screen has the basic search feature on the top left of the page, on which you can search by either or both of First & Last names. This also has an option to search for married surnames as well (by default females are recorded under their maiden names so you can use this to find a female if you only know their married surname)
A link to the Search People and the Search Families pages is situated just below this, where you can narrow your search by dates and places etc. The search people page has a number of additonal search options, such as a place search and an event search (for things such as occupations, census details etc)
You can also view the people in the tree either by Surname or Forename by following the respective links.
What's changed since my last visit?
The What's New page shows additions and amendments to the family tree, along with any additions or changes to the media stored on the web site.
Photos & Documents
All the media we have is stored on this site and split into various collections, as follows:
||Individuals or places
||Passenger Lists, registration cards, passports and other documents relating to people in the tree.
||Histories of places or people.
Some of the above media is organised into Albums,
Media by Sources & Dates
Search all the media by where it originated or when it was created
Cemeteries & Headstones
Where we have photos of a Cemetery or Headstone they are listed here.
A list of all the places in the tree, from here you can drill down and list all the people associated with each place. If we have added co-ordinates these places will also appear on a Google Map. Lots of the places detail a specific location (address or church) whilst some are very general (town, county or registration district). The places levels have been split as follows, although we are still in the process of double checking these place level types.
||An actual address with or without house number, that we have positively identified on a map.
||An actual address with or without house number, that we cannot accurately locate. The pin shows an approximate location, confirmation provided by an old map or by looking at nearby places from the census returns. Could be that street no longer exists due to redevelopment, or we are unable to confirm that the street has changed its name.
||Church Parish or Cemetery
||All are listed here, even if we cant locate the exact position of a demolished church.
||UK registration districts were created in 1837 with the start of the formal recording of births, marriages & deaths.
||ie At Sea, or one of HM ships where precise location unknown.
||If we cant locate an exact address, even to an approximate location (as per place level 2) but have details of a town or village, then we will geo-code the town or village, otherwise our best guess of where the location may be.
Where counties have changed their name we generally the modern day county name.
You can search places by going to the places page.
Or you can find people on the world map.
Photos or people we are having trouble identifying.
A complete listing of the various 'notes' added to people in the tree.
Allows you to find out what happened (e.g. Births, Deaths etc) on a particular day
A monthly calendar, is another way to show events from the tree.
A list of over 100 reports, covering such things as occupations, cause of death, military service, star sign, twins & triplets etc
This summaries your bookmarks in the tree. Most pages showing people or media have a bookmark icon, that allows you to bookmark that item so you can quickly find it again, from the bookmarks page.
Looking at data in the tree.
Once you have found an individual in the tree, all the information about that person is displayed on screen. The main page displays:
Birth & Death details
An event map, showing locations of birth, marriage, death & census where known
Thumbnails of any media items, with links to the original
Plus any notes
Other information is available on the selected individual via the option bar, which appears towards the top of the person page:
(the links below take you to an example of each page, based on Frank Douglas Willingale)
The ancestors tab shows an ancestor tree in 5 separate formats (standard, vertical, compact, box or text), you can view an ahnentafel, all the media we have related to an ancestor, a map of the ancestors birth, marriage or death locations, or export the select data as a PDF.
The descendants tab shows a standard, compact or text version of that persons descendant tree, or a register of descendants. Again you can export this information in PDF format.
The relationship tab allows you to identify the relationship between this individual and anyone else in the tree.
The timeline tab show world events that happened during the course of the life of the select person.
Suggest allows you to contact the me if you spot any mistakes(!) in that persons details or if you want to provide us with more info. Using this link is helpful as it will automatically include a reference to the person involved so I will know who you are talking about!