The home page of any Webtrees family tree website is made up of Webtrees blocks. The ‘My page’ of any registered and logged in member, is also made up of various blocks of information. Like most of Webtrees, the blocks you actually see depends on what blocks the site administrator allows you to see. Some may be made visible to visitors, some only to members, and some only to managers.
There are several blocks that can be made available, and depending on your status and administrator you may see any or all of the following webtrees blocks.
On ‘My page’ this block displays a chart showing your own pedigree tree.
The Favourites box allows you to select a favourite object from the family tree so that you can easily find something you may want to look at frequently.
On ‘My page’ the favourites box contains an ‘Add a favourite’ link. Clicking on that link takes you to drop-down menus that allow you to select an individual, a family, a media object, a source, a repository, or a link.
When Webtrees software is first installed on a server the blocks on the front page are blocks of information most useful to persons who are setting up the website. Once that has been done the administrator of the site can select the blocks that will be displayed on the home page of each family tree. Different administrators may add different blocks so no two home pages will be the same.
A HTML page may have been added to the Home Page or your ‘My Page’ by the site administrator. This is a page in which the administrator may have typed any information whatsoever, but they may also have used one of three default HTML pages, the keyword examples page, the narrative description page, or the statistics page.
- Keyword Examples Page: This default page adds a large block with a large amount of information including differences in ages between spouses, the average number of children, average lifespan, most common first names and last names, number of persons being born or having died or having been married at commonly listed places, number of persons who have lived at commonly listed countries, the earliest listed person and the lates listed person, etc.
- Narrative Description Page: This default page provides a single paragraph of information that includes when the tree was last updated and the earliest and most recent events listed on the tree. The administrator, of course, may have added any amount of other textual information under the default information.
- Statistics Page: This default page is probably the one most usually found on a Home page or on a My Page. It displays a table that includes the number of people on the tree, number of males, number of females, number of surnames, number of families, number of sources, number of media objects, number of repositories, number of listed events, and number of users. It continues by listing the earliest and latest births, the earliest and latest deaths, the individual who lived the longest, the average age at death, the family with the most children, the average number of children per family, and the most common surnames.
A journal item is a word-processed page you can use to write a journal of what research you are currently undertaking, or which the administrator can use to display some news item.
The Webtrees Messages block allows you to select any other member of your family tree site, and to send them a message. It also makes you aware of any messages sent to you.
Most Viewed Pages
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The my page Webtrees blocks is a default block on your own page. It has a welcome message, a link to your default chart, a link to your own individual record on the family tree, and a link to your account details
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On This Day
This lets you know if any historical events on your family tree occurred on that day of the year. If there are no events on that day it will say so, but if there are events on that day you can click on them to see the details.
Editors are allowed to make changes to the family tree, but their changes have to be approved by a moderator. This block lists the changes that have been made which are pending approval, so it is usually not visible to anyone with less access than an editor.
This block displays a list of any changes made during the past seven days, so it helps you catch up if you’ve not visited for a while.
The research tasks block displays a list of research tasks that have not yet been completed. They are displayed as a table, and alongside a person’s name it lists what further research is needed.
There is a sign-in sign-out link at the top of the page, but the sign-in block provides an alternative way of logging in or out from the body of the home page. On our own Underwood Family Tree Site we only use the top link and don’t use the sign-in block at all.
The slide show block displays random images from your family tree, but there are several optional settings. You can choose to display images attached to individuals, images attached to facts or events, or all images.
Additional settings allow you to include or exclude different types of images, video, sound, whether or not to display slide show controls, or whether or not to automatically start the slide show on page load.
The statistics block displays a table of information including the number of people on the tree, number of males, number of females, number of surnames, number of families, number of sources, number of media objects, number of repositories, number of listed events, and number of users. It continues by listing the earliest and latest births, the earliest and latest deaths, the individual who lived the longest, the average age at death, the family with the most children, the average number of children per family, and the most common surnames. The administrator may include or exclude any of those categories.
If the administrator has activated the theme block it has a drop-down menu which lists the available themes (or the themes the administrator has allowed). Each theme will change the layout or colour of the family tree in some way.
Top Given Names
By default, the given names block lists the ten most frequently listed male and female first names. Although the default can be changed to display a different number, the default is usually left at ten.
The names may be displayed in a list or in a table. If displayed in a list, the list is in numerical order with the most frequent name at the top. If displayed in a table, the table can be in alphabetical order of name or numerical order of frequency.
By default, the surnames block lists the ten most frequently listed last names. Although the default can be changed to display a different number, the default is usually left at ten.
The names may be displayed in a list, in a table, or in a tag cloud. If displayed in a list, the list is in numerical order with the most frequent name at the top. If displayed in a table, the table can be in alphabetical order of name or numerical order of frequency.
By default the upcoming events block displays anniversaries of any births, deaths or marriages on the family tree occurring within the next seven days. Some of these defaults can be changed. You can change the 7 days up to a maximum of 30 days, and you can choose not to display births, or marriages, or deaths.
By default the events display in a table sorted by name, but the events can also be displayed as a list, and sorted by date. Additional settings will allow you to only display anniversaries of living people (in which case you will see no deaths listed!) or for anyone, living or dead.
Who Is Online
The who is online block displays a list of all family tree members who are currently online.
The yahrzeiten webtrees blocks display a list of Hebrew death anniversaries occuring in the near future. By default it displays the anniversaries occuring in the next 7 days, but this can be changed up to a maximum of 30 days.
The anniversaries can be displayed as a list or a table, and the calendar can be changed from Jewish (default) to the Gregorian calendar.