Interactive Family Tree Page


If you are going to be viewing these pages for the first time, please be patient and briefly read through the following instructions.  Otherwise, please feel free to click on the link to the interactive family tree site below to go to the interactive page (pages will open in new window).


·        You need Internet Explorer to take advantage of all the features on the interactive page.  I have gotten it to work with Firefox, but to the best of my knowledge, Explorer works best.  I still cannot get some of the interactive features to work with Netscape.







Special Note

If your personal profile in this tree is not depicted as you would like, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT ME!  It takes almost no effort to “personalize” somebody’s profile.





Once you click on the interactive family tree link above or below, your browser will take you to the main interactive page.  A sample screen shot shows the main page that you will see. This is the page that will show an index of everyone who appears in the family tree on the left hand frame.   Navigation is best done using the 8 buttons located in the very top frame.  Clicking on the House (1st button) or the second button (individual person) will take you to the screen you see below.


1st & 2nd Buttons (House & Individual)


Now, you can view detail on any given individual by clicking on anybody’s name in the left frame.  I clicked on Ralph Aquilina for example (red arrow), and his information appears in the right hand frame (including picture).  If the individual has a family, information about their spouse and children will appear below that individual.

You can also view Ralph’s place in the family tree.  Just click the little tree to the right of Ralph’s name, and the actual family tree will appear in the bottom window.  You will note that Ralph’s position in the tree is indicated by the pink circle.

Please note that you can navigate to other people in the family tree by clicking on any name within an individual’s profile.  For example, in Ralph’s profile, you can click on his son, Etore, for example, and it will take you to Etore’s information.


Third Button (The Family Button)

Clicking on this button (red arrow in sample screen shot below) brings up a list of the families that are in the report.  A list of these unions appears in the left hand frame under family index (that is unions, whether officially married or not).  Any union that was a marriage appears in this list.  Any union (whether married or not) that resulted in children will also appear in this list.

To illustrate what you can do on this screen, I clicked on my maternal grandfather & grandmother’s union (Red Arrow—Richard Nero & Elizabeth Trudgen Nero).  In the right hand frame, you will see pictures of Richard & Elizabeth.  Underneath their pictures, you will see information about all of their children (Including pictures and birth dates if available).  If I had information about Richard & Elizabeth’s wedding, including marriage date, this would appear in this screen.  Finally, you can jump to any member of Richard & Elizabeth’s family by simply clicking on a name.  Also, clicking on the little tree to the right of Richard & Elizabeth’s union will bring up a window illustrating their union’s place in the family tree.


4th Button (Family Sub-Tree Diagrams)

Clicking on the 4th button from the left (the tree—denoted by the green arrow) will produce a list of family subtree diagrams in the report in the left hand frame. 

Clicking on any of the family subtree diagrams in the left hand frame will bring the actual graphical family tree diagram in the lower right hand frame.  In the sample below, I clicked on the Favata, Garrison, Sidorowicz, Blandina Subtree (red arrow).  You will see the graphical family tree in the lower right-hand frame.  Clicking on any one of the little green arrows will move the graphic in that direction.  Clicking on any of the names in the graphic will take you7 to that individual’s personal page in the tree.






5th Button (The Picture Button)


Clicking on the 5th button from the left on the top (Camera—Indicated by blue arrow) will bring up a list of people in the left hand frame for which there are pictures included in the tree.  I am adding pictures all the time, so be sure to always check back on this screen.



Now, if you click on anybody’s name in the left hand pane (everyone that I have a picture for), that individual and their picture will come up in the right hand frame.  In the example below, I clicked on Henry G. (orange arrow).  Henry’s picture and associated information shows up in the right hand frame.  Incidentally, you can just scroll up and down in the right-hand frame to view all of the pictures currently included in the tree.






The 6th Button, i.e., the Globe Button


Clicking on the 6th button at the top of the screen (the globe) will bring up a list of places in the tree.  This is indicated by the orange arrow.





I have built a Google Earth ™ feature into the site.  Clicking on most place names in the left hand pane will bring up a Google Earth ™ map in the lower right-hand frame.  In this case I clicked on Sykesville, PA (Red Arrow), and it brought up a map.  I chose satellite map, and as you can see, the browser located Sykesville on a map that has full abilities to zoom, pan or whatever you need it to do.  You can also toggle back and forth between a regular street map, satellite map or hybrid.






7th Button:  Subtree Timeline Buttom


Clicking on the next to the last button on the top row of buttons (Note purple arrow on the sample screen shot below) will bring up a list of family subtree timelines.  This way you can graphically see all of the births, deaths, anniversaries, etc…that affected each individual family tree line.



Note in the sample screen shot below (light blue arrow), I clicked on the Favata, Nero, Trudgen Subtree Timeline.  In the bottom right-hand frame, we see a time line based on all of the dates I have recorded in that sub-tree.  We can see from the graphic that Wally Heck is the oldest living individual in that part of the family (I’m sure that Wally will be thrilled to know this).







Button 8:  The Calendar Button




Clicking on the last button in the button bar at the top will bring up a monthly calendar (blue arrow in the sample screen print below).  This is a really cool feature (and useful if you’re not good at dates).  This will allow you to view or print out a monthly calendar showing all of the birthdays and anniversaries occurring in that particular month for anybody in the family tree in which I have collected this information.  This will only apply to currently living members of the family tree.  As you can see from the sample screen below, My Daughter, Ameilia, celebrated her 5th birthday on October 8, 2007.  Wally Heck (mentioned above) celebrates his 80th birthday on October 27, 2007.  This feature will let you print out a monthly calendar going back 10 months and forward 12 months.  So there’s no excuse now for anybody to forget MY birthday (or anyone else’s for that matter).







Additional Information: Troubleshooting the interactive web pages

If you see the following error message (similar to the screen print below), you’re probably not using Internet Explorer.  If you are, and the web site prompts you to download the SVG software, go ahead and click OK.  The software is harmless, and it’s made by reputable Adobe Corporation—the same good people who bring you Acrobat Reader.


Click OK.  The browser will take you to Adobe’s web page where you can download and install a viewer that will allow you to see these types of graphics (SVG—or Scalable Vector Graphics).






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This page last updated Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 5:43:39 PM