Introduction to Helps

If you can't find your ancestor and you think he should be here, you might want to try variant spellings yourself.  The Next Generation software program also allows wild card searches, e.g. John* picks up Johnson, Johnston, Johnsen, and other variants.

Corrections, Additions, etc.

We appreciate your help in improving the database.  For corrections and additions, please send us a GEDCOM file with the correct data in the proper format (see below).

DATES: Please have dates in the following format: 20 Sep 1927.

PLACES: If you got your information from FamilySearch's Ancestral File, locations are a mess. Locations need to be in the following format: Town, County, State, Country. All are separated by commas with one space after the commas. If you just have county and state, please lead off with a comma: , Salt Lake, Utah, USA. Then we know you don't have the city. Same with state, lead off with the same number of commas as if you have the complete information: , , Utah, USA. Please leave a space after your commas in all instances. Please spell out the cities, counties, states, and countries. United States may use USA. Please clean up your database before you send a GEDCOM or we may not use it. I spent countless hours cleaning mine up. You may request downloading a new GEDCOM from the website if you want.

LDS Ordinances: Those wishing to view LDS Ordinance information on family members must request it from the webmaster. We also need help from people to gather LDS ordinance information by registering at You will need your LDS membership number and confirmation date (from your ward clerk). Then you can search the IGI and gather info for us to include on the website. Those interested let me know and we'll work out the logistics of adding the data.

If you have journals, photographs, etc. electronic versions would be helpful. Send these items to your webmaster.

Tips On Searching

The Searching capabilities in Advanced Search are very extensive. Click on the down arrow next to the item you are interested on searching. The options for most names and places are: Contains, Equals, Starts with, Ends with, Soundex of and Metaphone of. The options for dates are: equals, +/- 2 years from, +/- 10 years from, less than, greater than, less than or equal to, greater than or equal to.

The Soundex search may help in finding people with variant surname spellings.  If you can't find your ancestor and you think they should be here, you might want to try variant spellings yourself.  You might try entering a portion of the surname. Last name "Starts with" searches, e.g. John picks up Johnson, Johnston, Johnsen, and other variants.

By searching birth, death and burial places the program can be used to find families and ancestors buries in the same location and to give fairly accurate answers to such questions as:  "Who was born in Nauvoo?", "Who is buried in Payson Cemetery?".

Click on the "Click to display” box under Other Events to see additional events that can be searched.

Understanding Charts and Tables Used in This Database
Ancestors Chart
Click on me to see Ancestor Example (must be logged in)The ancestors chart shows a graphical representation of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents etc. for any individual along with photos if available.

The default chart begins with 4 generations. This can be increased but the page will become wider and you will need to scroll to see the entire page.

Wherever you see the Pedigree icon, you can click to show the ancestors of the individual. Moving the mouse over the down icon Extra Infowill display further information and immediate descendents.

When you see this icon More the generation to the right will be shown from this individual if you click on it.

Click on the image above to see an example.

Ahnentafel Chart
Click on me to see Ahentafel Chart (must be logged in) The Ahnentafel Chart lists all the generations in tabular form, complete with all children and birth, marriage & death information if applicable or known.

Ahnentafel charts can show a great deal of information in a compact form. Study the structure of these charts and you will come to understand how generations fall and the relationships between individuals. Learning the numbering system is the key to understanding this type of document.

The example image above here shows 8 generations! Click on the image to see.

Pioneer Journals, Histories and Photos
Click on me to see Media Example (must be logged in)Media is very useful for displaying both lines of parentage for any individual in a family unit and will list grandparents for as far back as is known; subsequently clicking on the individual displays all the photos and histories.

Note the icon Photo Available when a photo or history is available for an individual.

For an example click on the image above.

Descendants Table
Click on me to see Descendants Table Example (must be logged in) The Descendants Table lists all generations in either a 'standard', 'compact' 'text' or 'register' form for the individual selected. The Descendants Chart can be reached only from the 'text' or 'register' links by clicking on the Descendants Chart icon next to someone's name.

The main difference between this page and the page below is the level of information listed. This table has more information, the chart below is more visual. To see an example of the table, click on the image above.

 Descendants Chart
Click on me to see Descendants Chart Example (must be logged in) The Descendants chart (with photos) visually follows the direct line down from the ancestor to the person whose descendant icon you clicked on. While siblings are shown, lines descending from siblings are not included.

How do you find the descendants chart?

    1. First display the descendants table for an individual such as the one in the section above (Descendants Table).
    2. To select a descendant, click on the tiny descendancy icon Descendants Chart next to their name to display the chart down to this person.

Or for a quick idea of what you would see, click on the image above.
Click on me to see Relationship Example (must be logged in) The relationship chart is a great way of understanding how individuals are related to one another.

Click on the above image to see an example; try finding new individuals to change the chart by clicking "Find another relationship".

Click on me to see Timeline Example (must be logged in) The timeline compares individuals to Church and world history, and can be populated in two ways.

1. Each time you look at an individual then click timeline, this individual will be saved in memory so that next time you look at another individual and click timeline, both individual timelines will be compared, and so on. Delete an individual on the timeline by clicking the box left of their name, then Refresh.

2. Populate the timeline by finding individuals manually.