Webtrees Charts are one of the easiest ways of moving around the website. Clicking on someone’s name on a chart takes you to the entry for that person.
There are thirteen Webtrees Charts available by default, although they may not be available to everyone. Administrators may limit access to some site visitors, and may limit access to some registered users. They may also be displayed in a different order or with different icons depending on the template used. The following images was created using the default Webtrees template.
Individual Webtrees Charts
Ancestors Webtrees Charts
The Ancestors Webtrees Charts may show ancestors of the default person (chosen by the site administrator) or if you are registered and logged in it may display your own ancestors. Alternatively, you may be able type a name or use the drop down ‘individual’ menu to find an individual ancestor.
By default the chart will show four generations of ancestors of the chosen person in the form of a simple tree, but the number of generations can be changed. The layout can also be changed. Clicking in the ‘Individuals’ circle (and then the view button) changes the layout from a tree to a table listing every individual, and clicking in the ‘Families’ circle changes the layout to another table that lists husbands alongside their wives, and date and place of marriage.
Compact Tree Chart
The Compact Tree Chart displays similar information to the above, but in a stylised tree that in my opinion is harder to understand. There are, though, arrows to help you navigate the tree, and the drop down menu allows you to insert the name of any ancestor.
The Descendants Webtrees Charts are the direct opposite of the Ancestors Chart, but instead of displaying information backward to ancestors it displays information forwards to descendants. The chart has the same tree, descendants, and families settings. It is worth remembering that if you choose someone whose descendants are still alive, then you won’t see any information about them.
Family Book Chart
The Family Book Chart begins with the default person (or yourself if you are logged in, or anyone else you choose) and displays that person’s parents and children.
It then lists each child, alongside their parents and children, followed by listing their children alongside their parents and children. What you end up with is a complete chart of every generation. The number of generations can be increased. For example, changing the generations from the default of 2 to 4 would start the chart with four generations in either directions, so would shoe the starting person alongside, their parents, their grandparents, and great-grandparents, and also alongside their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. That would be considered the starting generation, and you can then choose how many generations are displayed under the starting generation.
The Fan Chart displays descendants in a half-circle, three-quarters of a circle, or a full circle, and is easiest described using a circle. On the circle chart the starting person is displayed in the central bulls eye. Their parents each take up half of the following circle, and their grandparents each take up a quarter of the following circle, and great-grandparents take up an eighth of the following circle, and so on. The number of generations displayed can be increased, but larger number of generations will necessitate smaller print. If the print becomes too small there is a zoom control to enable you to zoom into any individual part of the chart.
The Hourglass Chart places the target person in the centre of the page, their parents and grandparents on the right, and their children and grandchildren on the left (although the administrator may have changed the options and may display things right to left, top to bottom, etc. There is also a setting to display more (or fewer) generations. Site visitors will only be able to view details of persons that have died, as this Webtrees hourglass chart demonstrates.
Interactive Tree Chart
The Interactive Tree Chart displays similar information to the hourglass chart, but only displays the central part of it (main person). The interaction part means that you can move the tree sideways to see additional ancestors or additional descendants.
The Lifespans Chart displays a bar chart showing the years in which someone was born and died. You can display a chart for any individual. Typing in the name of a town displays the same information for everyone who has been born at that location, and typing in a start and end year displays the same information for everyone who was born, or who died, between those two dates.
The Pedigree Chart displays information similar to the Ancestors Chart, but is a bit more flexible and displayed differently. For example, there are settings at the top to display the tree left to right, right to left, top to botton, or bottom to top.
Pedigree Map Chart
The pedigree map displays the location on a map of someone’s birthplace, and the birthplace of their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. The starting person will usually be a default person chosen by the site administrator, or yourself if you are registered and logged in. The starting person can be changed, and the number of generations can be increased or decreased from the default of four.
The Relationships Chart allows you to list two different individuals from the family tree, and displays a chart showing how they are related.
The Statistics Chart is really a series of statistical charts showing such things as the total number of people on the tree, total men and total women, the oldest and youngest people, the number of different surnames or first names, and several sets of other interesting statistics.
The Timeline Chart displays a timeline of someone’s life, from birth to death. The starting person will usually be a default person chosen by the site administrator, or yourself if you are registered and logged in. The starting person can be changed. If you select a new person and then click on the ‘Reset’ button, a timeline for the new person is displayed. If you click on the ‘Add’ button, the timeline is displayed alongside the originally displayed timeline so you can see more than one timeline at a time.