The nine Webtrees Tabs can be found on every person’s page, but some may have been hidden by the administrator and will not always be visible to you. There will be different tabs visible depending on whether you are logged in or not, and whether you are a manager or administrator.
Order of Webtrees Tabs
The Webtrees tabs include Notes, Families, Facts and events, Interactive tree, Album, Sources, Stories, Media, and Places. As well as being able to make some visible or invisible, the Webtrees Administrator can change their order. For instance, our own Underwood Family Tree is different to most, with individual record opening on the ‘Notes’ tab, Most other sites we’ve seen tend to have ‘Facts and Events’ or ‘Families’ as the first tabs.
Facts and events
Where they have been entered, on this tab you will find all the main events of someone’s life. The person’s date of birth and place of birth or the date and place of death, etc. If they have been completed properly (they may not have been) there should also be a source listed for every event listed.
Those with editing rights have access to a drop-down menu from which they can select an event and add any missing details. Forty different events are listed alphabetically in the drop-down list, but they will not all be used. For example, it would be unusual for someone to have both a bar mitzvar and a first communion. If forty events are not enough, there are options at the bottom of the list to add custom facts or custom events.
The comprehensive list includes all the following in alphabetical order:
- Adult Christening
- Ancestral File Number
- Bar Mitzvar
- Bat Mitzvar
- First Communion
- Military Service
- Number of Children
- Number of Marriages
- Research Task
- Shared Note
- Social Security Number
- Custom Fact
- Custom Event
An individual may be a member of several families. For example, a child will be a member of their parent’s family, but once they leave home and get married they form part of a new family. If their partner dies and they get remarried, they form another family, and so on.
The Families Tab reflects those changes where the information is known.
The first entry will show the individual with their parents, and with any brothers or sisters.
If either of their parents got remarried, the next entries will show details of those marriages and will list details of the step-mother or step-father, together with any step-brothers or step-families.
If the individual has been married it will show details of their husband or wife, together with any children of the marriage.
If they have been married more than once, similar information will continue in the date order of each marriage.
Anything can be written under the notes tab. There may be a single large note, or several small ones,
On the Underwood Family Tree website we use one large note to add the person’s full biography (which is why we have the ‘notes’ tab as our default) but different family trees may use notes for any purpose whatsoever.
The interactive tree tab displays the interactive tree for the individual being viewed. It opens with the individual in the centre, but it can be scrolled one way to view the person’s ancestors and the other way to view their descendants.
Clicking on the album tab displays thumbnail images of any images attached to the person being viewed. That may be images of the person themselves or images of any documents or places associated with that person.
Clicking on the thumbnail displays a larger image.
The sources tab displays all the sources listed for the person being viewed. There should be a source listed for every fact listed in the ‘Facts and events‘ tab, because whoever listed those facts must have got their information from somewhere.
These sources may be state birth records, church baptism records, etc. so this tab will immediately tell you if there are sources missing that should already be listed!
We don’t use stories on our own family tree website, but others may do, and in those cases the stories tab will display any stories that have been added for the individual being viewed.
Stories can be added for any individual, but are particularly useful for adding longer pieces of information that cannot easily be accommodated anywhere else. For example, a story could be used to add half a dozen pages describing several events, or even a full five hundred page biography.
The media Webtrees tabs display similar information to the Album tab, but it also displays thumbnails or links to other media items attached to the individual being viewed. These may include, where available, things like audio or video files.
The places tab, if it has been activated, displays a map showing the locations in the life of the person being viewed.
In the above example, my father has nine entries in the UK (where he was born, worked, and died) four in India (where he was in the British Army, and 3 in Singapore (where he got married and was captured by the japanese in the Second World War.
Clicking on any of the clusters reveals more information. Clicking on the cluster of nine in the UK reveals a larger map of the UK showing his birth place, place of death, and all the locations he worked and lived in the UK.