As a new visitor to my family
history website, the first thing you will probably notice is that it
unlike any other! Well yes - it is my own design and I do not use
any commercial programs to store or create this website.
My reasons for this are - firstly, I follow only a few family lines and
I find Microsoft Excel perfect to manage these trees and secondly, I
don't like the boring "story" printed out by most commercial
family history programs. I want to create family stories with
with the text, not links that take the reader away from what is being
read. I can achieve what I want by using a simple, but very
verstaile HTML editor - Kompozer.
Of course, you are asking - how do I get around your website and find
All my family history information is contained in only two formats:-
HTML pages - the "stories", and
Microsoft Excel spreadsheets - generally the family trees
These documents are readily
accessible from the menu system at the top of each page. The
spreadsheet pages do not generally have the menu bar at the top and you
must use the BACK command on your browser to return to the main area.
A simple menu system is used for navigation. Holding the
mouse over any of the top menu items causes that menu to expand.
If an item
contains a ""
(right arrow), holding the mouse over that item will expand the menu to
another level to the right as illustrated below.
Menu --> Start
The Start menu contains items that a new user should visit to become
aquainted with the website.
Start This page shows the family lines I follow and how I descend from
This is what you are reading!
This page contains a list of website changes that I make whenever I
have inspiration, time and new information. Check her regularly
update or addition has an underlined link to the relevant page so you
can get there quickly and by-pass the menu system.
Nothing much, just my reasons for becoming interested in family history.
A list of abbreviations that I use throughout the website
A list of links that I regularly use for my research.
Everyone has to protect themselves as far as the law will allow!
Menu --> Genealogy
This section contains all the information covering the families I am
Search This Site
The first item is a handy-dandy search tool powered by Google.
You can use it to search for a person, place, date or any words that
are contained in this website. The search tool only searches this
website not the whoe internet and provides a list of links
to pages that contain the words you searched for -- very quick way to
start your investigation of this website.
Example search results for "roosen"
The 7 items are the family names that I follow. Generally, for
each family name, you will find:-
A foreword or introduction
A historical view of the origin of the name
Perhaps a wall chart
Perhaps some family group sheets
One or more family trees formatted in Microsoft Excel, with links
Family stories arranged in a cascading tree format. It
helps to understand the whole tree before wading in (see below)
Related families. I don't spend a lot of time but where I
have information about related families, this is provided here.
The family trees are arranged in an indented format with the oldest
known relative at the top and his descendants arranged in birth order
below and their descendants also arranged directly underneath
them. This format is in contrast with the output of most
commercial genealogy programs.
Where I have writen a story about an individual, there is a link to
that story at the left of the name on the family tree. When you
click on that link the story page will be loaded. Sometimes a
person may not have a page dedicated solely to him/her but maybe
included with his/her parents' page. For example:-
I follow only the main family name, when a female marries into another
family (a Related Family), the spouse's name becomes a link.
this link moves you to another sheet in the workbook and there you find
her/his descendants under the spouse's name. For example:-
To return to the main family tree, click on the tab at the bottom of
the page, eg
Note: At the time of writing, not all family trees have this
"Related Family" feature.
If you have a good familiarity with the family you are interested in,
you may go directly to a person's story page from the menu but
following the "" (right arrows).
Menu --> Background Info
This menu section contains a number of pages with information which
supports or enhances the personal story pages. For example:-
I plan to get some geographic order into these sometime in the future.
Menu --> Places
This menu section provides information, photos, maps and other data
relating to the places various people lived with an accent on the time
frame in which they lived there. Put together from many sources.
Menu --> The Author
This menu section contains some information about your humble
author. You can send me an email (Send Email) or contact me
using Skype (Skype Me!).