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About the family tree

If you want to find out about my father's research in general then you will find the notes he prepared for his course on genealogy published here. These are well worth a visit. In relation to the family trees themselves you will find the section on the ancestor numbering system useful as well as the example of this in relation to our family.

I have tried to keep this site simple. You will find very few graphics and no javascript or similar programming. I've also chosen not to use frames. My intention is to avoid unnecessary download times and to make this site viewable on any web browser. The easiest way to create a family tree is to use images, a program such as Powerpoint is particularly good for this as it exports directly to gif file. However, the size of the files that result are too big for my taste and so I reluctantly gave up flashy good looks for boring functionality. Let me know what you think.. I have used tables to draw the family trees. Each family tree includes three levels in the following format:

 2          Next page
Grandfather
m.
Next page
Grandmother
   
      |-------------------+-------------------|
 1      Son/Daughter
m.
Husband/Wife
    Son/Daughter
m.
Husband/Wife
 
               
 0          Grandson/Granddaughter
m.
Husband/Wife
  Grandson/Granddaughter
m.
Husband/Wife
              Next page

The grey bar to the left indicates the family level. Zero is my father's generation. I am on level -1. If you see an up arrow above the grandfather or grandmother, this will link you to the previous generation, in this case there is a link for both grandfather and grandmother (if there is no up arrow then I haven't yet created a family tree for that generation). Similarly, a down arrow will take you to the next generation. There may also be an up arrow above a mother or father, this will take you to the same generation but with their family tree.

One of the most problematic aspects is trying to show the children's relation to their parent. Originally I showed it graphically using the format

|---+---|

However, this made creating the family trees very slow and complicated. I have compromised and I use colour to indicate the relationship between parent and child. In the table above both parents and children have a blue background. Where there is more than one family, other colours are used. This is far less aesthetically pleasing and means that most of the family trees will not make sense on a black and white monitor. Maybe I'll think of a better idea.

Each page should have a return to home link at the top and bottom of the page, this will return you to the top page. There should also be a map link to take you to the site map.

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