Hurff FamilyTree - Frequently Asked Questions
(With thanks and appreciation to Steve Winslow.)

Q. How do I find who I’m looking for?

A. There are a number of ways, but the search function provides the most straight forward method. The advanced search form allows you to enter information about the individual you’re looking for and presents you with a list of possible matches from the database.

Another great database resource can be found by clicking on the 'Surname' link if you are not sure exactly who you are looking for or want a quick snapshot of all surnames in our family tree database.

Q. How do I find an individual’s ancestors?

A. Once you locate an individual, the easiest method is to press the Ancestors tab. This will show you a graphical display of both the paternal and maternal ancestors.

Once you have the ancestor chart displayed, you can click on the arrows located at the far right ancestor if you need to see additional ancestors. There are a number of formats for you to choose from (Standard, Compact, Box, Text, Ahnentafel, and Photos & History) to display ancestors. Try clicking on the various options and see which one works best for you.

Q. What if I want to see an individual’s descendants?

A. The tab marked Descendants can be used to display the descendants of an individual. There are a couple of different formats that descendants can be displayed. You can switch between the Standard and Register format to display the information the way that works best for you.

Q. Can descendants be shown in a graphical format?

A. Yes, Once in the Descendants are displayed, you can show a specific branch of descendants from the selected ancestor by pressing the descendant icon next to the descendant you wish to display.

Q. Is there a way to tell if two individuals are related?

A. Yes, the Relationship tab will show a graphic display of all the people between two relatives. To use this function, locate the first individual and then press the Relationship tab. Then use the find button to locate the second person to be displayed. Once you have the two people selected click the calculate button to display their relationship.

Q. The Timeline function looks interesting, what is it?

A. A timeline is displayed for an individual when the Timeline tab is clicked. The time line shows important events in history that occurred during the life of an individual or a group of individuals. It gives you a unique perspective to see what was going on in the world during the lives of our ancestors.

Q. If I see a mistake in the information presented can I correct it?

A. The “Suggest” tab allows you to send corrections, updates, comments, or any other information about the person that you would like add, to the database administrator. Information on which individual you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggest tab. The Database Administrator will review your suggestion, and if approved, will add it to the database. If your suggestion is minor, the information will be updated after it is approved, if there is quite a bit of information then the changes will appear in the next website update cycle, after it has been entered into the main offsite database.

Q. Is there a way to print the display without all the headers and icons?

Yes, just click on the Print link locate above the control tabs. A format that is simplified for printing is presented and you can use the print function of you browser to print the page.

Q. What are all the icons for that are located in the drop down menus in the upper right of the page?

A. These let you access additional information that is contained in the database. You can hover your mouse pointer over each to see the types of detailed information that is available on the site. Note, the site is still expanding and some of the items may take you to areas where we are still working.

Q. What are all the icons for that are located on the upper right of the page?

A. These icons let you access additional information that is contained in the database. You can hover your mouse pointer over each or press the Question Mark icon, far right, to obtain an explanation of what each icon does.

Try out what you've learned >> Surnames