The Webtrees Lists menu provides a drop-down list of nine family tree items, but the administrator may not have made them all available and they may be in a different order to those described below.
Webtrees Lists Menu
Branches: The first item on the Webtrees Lists menu is Branches. Adding a name in the ‘Surname‘ box, and then clicking on the ‘View‘ button reveals a list of every branch of the family with that surname.
Families: Clicking on the Families Lists item displays letters of the alphabet, and clicking on a letter displays the surname of anyone on the website whose last name commences with that letter. Clicking on the surname displays a list of every family with that surname and their marriage details. These include the name of their spouse, how old they each were when they married, and where and when they married. The list is interactive, so you can click on the name on any person to see their individual record, or on a date to display a list of other items (if any) occurring on the same date, or on a place to find others who lived in the same town or city. Clicking on the arrows at the top of the list allows you to change the order (date order, town order, etc.)
Individuals: Clicking on the Individuals link displays letters of the alphabet, and clicking on the letter displays the surname of any individual on the Webtrees website whose last name commences with that letter. Clicking on the surname displays a list of every individual with that surname, and clicking on the name of an individual takes you to their individual record.
Media Objects List
Media Objects: When you click on the Media list there are several choices to make depending on how media items are stored on the server. On the Underwood Family Tree website for example, we have placed our images in folders (images of birth certificates in a ‘birth‘ folder, death certificates in a ‘death‘ folder, images of people in a ‘people‘ folder, etc.). So your first option is to use the drop down menu to select the correct folder. If you click on the ‘Search‘ button at this stage you will be presented with a list of every media item in your selected folder (all media items in the ‘births’ folder for example. The next drop down menu allows you to select what type of media you want listing. For example you may want a listing of all the ‘Certificates’, or all the ‘Maps’, or all the ‘Video’. If your particular Webtrees site is very large you may want to use both filters (for example, selecting ‘wedding’ as the folder and ‘video for the media would give you a list of all weddings that have had their video uploaded to the site (if any).
Place Hierarchy List
Place Hierarchy: The place hierarchy should provide you with a list of everywhere listed on the website (in theory). For example, when you first access the place Hierarchy you should be faced with a list of countries, clicking on a country should give you a list or regions or counties within that country, and clicking on a region should give you a list of towns or cities in that region, and clicking on a town or city should give you a list of all the people who have been born, died or got married at that location. That’s the theory. In practice, many Webtrees site owners seem to neglect the hierarchy, and when you click on the first list you may be faced with a mixture of countries, counties and towns in a single list (which somewhat defeats the object!)
Shared Notes List
Shared Notes: There are times when the same information refers to several people (for example a single census note may list a large family). A shared note allows you to type information once, and then attach that single note to all the individuals mentioned in it. Clicking on the Shared Note section of the Webtrees Lists menu displays a list of all shared notes.
Sources: The ‘Sources List‘ provides a list of all the sources which support the information on the Webtrees site. There are lots of family trees listed online that do not display sources, but for anyone serious about genealogy, that should never happen and you should only list things you can prove. That means for every fact listed there should be a source. If a marriage has been listed, for example, there should be a source. In the UK that may be because you attended the wedding (so you should be listed as the source), or because you have a copy of the marriage certificate (in which case the certificate is the source), or because the marriage is listed in the UK Marriage Index (in which case the Index is the source), or because they are listed as married in a UK Census (in which the Census is the source), or because your Great Uncle Bulgaria attended the wedding (in which case Great Uncle Bulgaria is the source). You can of course say, you ‘think‘ someone may be married but are not sure, but even in that case you should list the source that makes you ‘think‘ that may be the case. See also ‘Repositories’ below.
Repositories: a list of places where ‘Sources’ can be found. For example, in the UK the source of a death may be the ‘Burial Register at St John’s Church, Somewhere’, but the register itself may be in the National Archives. So the ‘Source’ would be the ‘Burial Register’, but the ‘Repository’ would be the ‘National Archives‘.
Submitters: Everyone who adds information to someone’s record is known as a ‘Submitter’. These will usually be Managers or Administrators.