This website's Home Page and most of its links provide access to static webpages containing the community's history, settlement timelines, old photos, and transcripts of various other supporting documents relating to day to day personal and community events. These pages have been on-line since about 2002, but they were all updated in 2015.
The Family Trees link on the Home Page accesses a secondary page which provides links to a number of individuals who are known, or believed, to be the founding family settlers of Calvert (Caplin Bay). By selecting a surname link on this page, you will be connected to an on-line database which displays life details of the primary ancestor and his descendants. This database, which was added in 2015, is powered by The Next Generation software. It currently contains details of approximately 6291 individuals and it is used to generate dynamic family trees for any of these individuals.
At this point in time "The Next Generation" database program does not come with a "how-to guide" per se, so I will attempt to give you an overview of the various views and features that you will encounter while visiting this database. My database pages are presented using a customised Template 4 layout. The basic navigation, for the most part, is based on accessing information via links and returning to the previous page by using either the back arrow of your browser or closing pages to return to other pages of interest.
Once you have entered the database, you are presented with a customized page containing several menu bars and the life profile of the selected individual. Without going into great detail, I will try to provide a general understanding of what is being displayed. I will also provide links at various points in the presentation so that you can quickly pop into various database pages to view what is being explained.
Click on the link of my immigrant ancestor, Richard Reddigan, to preview and explore a typical Individual page generated by the database.
REMEMBER - To return to where you left off in this Guide, close the active window or click on the browser's back arrow (depending on your browser type and its settings).
The Horizontal Menu Bar
Under the title, subtitle, and photograph of the page, you will see a horizontal menu bar. On this menu bar there are several links to other sections of the website. The links offered may vary, depending on which features are enabled (or disabled). At this time they are:
The Vertical Menu BarOn the left hand side of each page, there is also a vertical menu which provides access to features and tables resident in the database. You can view the functionally of each item by using the links below which mimic those of the actual database pages.
|Regardless of whether you enter the database from a pre-programmed link on the Family Trees page or via an Internet search engine link, once you have accessed it, you are free to search the entire database. There are several ways to initiate a search:
i/ At the top of the vertical menu bar, you can perform a "Search" or an "Advanced Search" that can be as broad, or specific, as you wish. A single individual can be searched for by typing their name information into the Last Name: and First Name: input boxes, and then clicking the button immediately below them. The database will display a list of all the individuals with the spellings that match your input. It is then up to you to select the individual record that you know/feel matches your person of interest. If you want to get a list of all people with the same surname, just input all, or a portion, of the Last Name: depending on how exact you want to be. For example, to distinguish between the surnames Reddigan and Reddy, you must type at least the first five letters to allow the database to determine which surname you intended. Keep in mind that there may be variant spellings of a surname that will not match what you have typed, so those will require a separate search. If you click on the Advanced Search link in the vertical menu bar, you have access to a search capability which has dozens of different search filters that can be set to narrow down the number of individuals that may be matched in the database.
ii/ The second way to find an individual is by clicking the Search link on the horizontal menu bar, which in its basic form works the same as the previous method, except you can also search using an individual's unique PersonID that was assigned by the database. Here again the Advanced Search link may be selected to allow you to narrow down the number of individuals that may result from your input.
iii/ The third way to search is by clicking on Find People or Find Families links found under the | Find| mouse-over menu of the horizontal menu bar. Your selection will present you with the appropriate advanced search form which has dozens of different search filters that can be set to narrow down the number of individuals retrieved.
To search for a woman, when you only know her married name:
(a) click on the "Search Families" link under the | Find| mouse-over menu, enter her spousal surname under the [Father's] Last Name input box which will give you a list of all women married to men with that family surname; and
(b) if you also know the woman's first name, add it to the [Mother's] First Name input box to further narrow down the number of possible matches.
|Surnames||A ranking of the top 30 surname occurrences (default), plus an access to the alphabetical listing of all surnames. The surname occurrence rankings can be expanded up to 9999 by entering the desired limit.|
|Login||This feature is available only to the administrator and other authorized users.|
|What's New||Notes by the administrator to inform visitors of recently added items of interest. This area also shows a database generated listing of Individual or Families updates made to the database over the past 30 days.|
|Most Wanted||A list of elusive people or mystery photos, posted by the administrator, for which information is being sought.|
|Photos||A list and a view of photographs in the database and their linkage to Individuals or Families.|
|Histories||A list and a view of family histories, etc. included in the database.|
|Documents||A list and view of documents such as actual birth, marriage, or death certificates, etc. included in the database.|
|Videos||A list and a view of videos included in the database.|
|Recordings||A list of audio recordings included in the database.|
|All Media||A list and a view of all media sources (e.g., Photos, Documents, Headstones, Histories, Recordings, Videos, etc.) included in the database.|
|Cemeteries||A list of cemeteries (with a grouping of burials and headstones for each one) included in the database.|
|Headstones||A list and a view of headstones (sorted in a first name/first entry sequence) included in the database.|
|Obituaries||A customized list and a view of obituaries (sorted in a first name/first entry sequence) linked to individuals in the database.|
|Places||A ranking of the top 30 places (default) referenced in the database, plus an access to the alphabetical listing of all place names. The place name rankings can be expanded up to 9999 by entering the desired limit.|
|Notes||Searchable pages of all Notes included in the database, with links to the Individual or Families to which they are relevent.|
|Dates and Anniversaries||A list of database events that match today's date (default) regardless of the year. Other dates can be searched, and events filtered, by entering or omitting the appropriate information.|
|Reports||A feature that may be used to select, or filter, specific information pertaining to Individuals or Families, eg. list of people noted in a certain census or a list of Individuals who served in the military, etc. (Feature not used in the database at this time).|
|Sources||A view of all citations used to identify source information associated with Individual and Families life events.|
|Repositories||A list of physical places (eg. The Rooms Provincial Archives) or websites (eg. www.ancestry.com) that were visited or accessed to gather source information.|
|Statistics||A table of current database statistics relating to various aspects of information residing on this database.|
|Change Language||This feature is not enabled in this database. It is used where more than one language is associated with a website.|
|Bookmarks||This feature allows you to view bookmarks that you have saved from this or prior sessions. Remember that stored bookmarks are only visible from the same computer and the same browser that was used to save them initially.|
|Contact Us||When clicked, this link connects to an e-mail form that can be used to contact the database administrator. If an Individual's page is open at the time, the "Subject:" line will show that the e-mail is in relation to that person. However, if your e-mail is of a general nature, the "Subject:" line can be changed to just read "Contact Us" by clicking the link again. In this instance, and in some instances where the form opens without a subject, the sender wiil have to include a subject at the head of their e-mail.|
|User Guide||This customized link connects to this User Guide. The layout of the site is per Template 4 of the TNG software (with some custom modifications). The User Guide information is based on the options and settings selected by the site administrator, therefore it will differ in a number of respects from the functionality of other TNG based websites.|
Now that you have been familiarized with the two main menu bars, you are ready to examine the information that is displayed for a person selected from the database. Underneath the horizontal menu bar, towards the left-hand side of the page, the name of the Individual is displayed with his birth year, death year and calculated age at the time of death. Of course, the accuracy of this age is subject to the validity of the information recorded for the former two life events.
Immediately below are the two navigation bars which allow visitors to explore an Individual and his associated family connections. I have set the links from the Family Trees page to open by default to an "Individual - All" view. This setting is signified by the labels for these two words being displayed in gold in their respective tabs.
|Individual Family Ancestors Descendants Relationship Timeline Suggest|
|Personal Information | Sources | Event Map | All | PDF Expand all | Collapse all|
|For the purpose of this demonstration, I have made the seven main tabs fully operational, while the secondary option bar, though not operational, is set to the view displayed when the page first opens in the "Individual - All" mode. Most of the primary navigation tabs are supplemented by options on the secondary navigation bar. The displays and navigation of each of the seven primary tabs and their secondary options are discussed in more detail in the information below. Clicking on any of the primary navigation tabs above will allow you to explore an array of information contained within a person's database record.|
When you click on the Individual tab above you can view my great-great grandfather's database record. The "Individual - All" view is opened by default. Note the text change from white to orange on the tab and option bars. Take a few minutes to orient yourself with the layout. This is the "main" display of the genealogy pages.
Here are some features related to the main page display:
In the next panel, below the "Personal Information", an "Event Map" should be displayed. This map shows the location of the main life events of the Individual each with an Event Number pin. To focus on a specific location in more detail, click on the map near a pin until the desired magnification of the selected area is attained.
The last panel at the bottom of the page contains a list of "Sources" that are referenced on the Individual's page. Sources are numbered (starting at 1) and assigned by the database, relative to associated events on the page. Each Source has a unique ID number and a link to its datafill page, which in turn may have an actual link to a website, transcribed document, or a digital image.
The Family tab provides access to a new page added in Version 11. When the Family Chart page is opened, it shows the selected Individual, his/her spouse, their children and respective grandparents all together in a single chart. This chart may require scrolling down in order to view the various generations. It also incorporates up and down arrows which allow for switching the chart view to a parent or another family member. Clicking on an Individuals name link will bring you to the Individual- All view of the selected person.
The third tab on a person's page is the Ancestor tab. The Ancestor tab and its associated options allow you to view pedigrees in both chart and narrative formats. Remember that the database gathers data going backward in time, so Individuals from recent generations will likely display the largest amount of information. This chart usually requires scrolling down in order to view the various generations. It also incorporates down arrows which, on a mouse-over, will show an Individual's information and right and left arrows which allow for selection of Individuals in other generations.
Clicking on the Descendants tab gives you a view of the descendants of an Individual. The default view in this database is set as "Register - 4 Generations", which is a narrative format of all details for the Individual and three succeeding generations of his/her descendants. The number of generations can be manipulated by changing the Generations number, if desired (max. 5 in my database). The amount of information displayed may be expanded to include associated Notes by clicking on the More Detail link at the right hand side of the page.
RelationshipThe Relationship tab allows you to generate a Box chart to show the relationship (if any) between the posted Individual (default) and any other person in the database.
If you go with this default arrangement, enter the unique ID of "Person 2" (if known), or click on the "Find" button under "Person 2" to open a Search input box. As you type the name (surname first, then given name), the database will display possible matches. Click on the Name of the person of interest and their unique ID should automatically be datafilled to the ID box for "Person 2". You then click "Calculate" and:
(a) if related, (within 15 generations, by default), you will see a Descendent chart, below which you will be given a statement of how the two people are related; or
(b) if not related, (within 15 generations, by default), you will get a statement that these two people are not related.
Information on the "Relationship" page can also be manipulated as follows:
(a) the "Person 1" default can be changed by entering another unique ID which overrides the default person;
(b) the "Maximum relationships to show:" field may be set to display if two people are related several times over. This situation arises from the intermarriage of cousins down through the generations;
(c) the "Show relationships involving a spouse:" when set to "Yes" should detect relationships across family lines, i.e. a relationship through the spouse(s) of relatives of "Person 1" or "Person 2";
(d) the "Maximum generations to check:" is set to 15 by default, but that number can be changed to limit how far back you wish to search for kinship.
The Timeline tab allows you to view a list of events that occurred during the lifetime of an Individual. On the top timeline chart there are a mixture of events, some created by the administrator of the site, along with life events of the Individual selected from the database. Below the timeline chart are displayed a number of years, which when clicked refocuses the chart to show a shorter time span of events relative to the date clicked.
The Suggest tab allows visitors to identify errors, changes, or additions and then automatically send the information to me, so that I can evaluate the request/suggestion. If you originate the suggestion from the page of the Individual you are referencing, the page address is automatically included in the message when you first click "Suggest". However, if you wish to ask a general question or make a comment, not in relation to a specific individual or family, then it may be necessay to click twice on the "Contact Us" link in the vertical menu or in the "Link" dropdown menu to clear the unwanted Subject heading.