People views

Each person in the family tree has their own page showing their immediate family, biographical notes, pictures and sources. You can reach a person's page by clicking on their name in the list on the home page or on any of the tree views.

Family trees

There are two types of trees:

These can be viewed by clicking on the or buttons on a person's page, or by selecting any of the family trees listed on the home page.

The trees show all the descendants or ancestors of the selected person in traditional family tree format, with the oldest generation at the top.

Only direct descendants or ancestors of the selected person and (for descendants) their spouses or partners are shown.

For each person in this view the following information is shown: their full name, their dates and places of birth and death.

Each person's name is a clickable link; clicking on a name with your left mouse button takes you to that person's page where more information about them and their immediate family can be found.

In addition, if you place your mouse over a person's name any notes recorded about them on their page will appear briefly.

Partnerships are denoted by a double hoizontal line, and any children are linked by a single line descending to the next generation.

Where a descendant has more than one spouse or partner these are shown to the right of the descendant, each preceded by a double partnership line.

On descendants trees consecutive partners and siblings may be separated by some distance in order to accomodate their descendants, but to help keep track of relationships:

On descendants trees...

How do I select a person?

Every person in this tree is listed in the index on the home page, in alphabetical order, grouped by family. Simply find the person you want and click on their name with your left mouse button.

Alternatively, click on a person's name in any ancestors tree, descendants tree or another person's page.

I can't find the person I'm looking for.

There are several possible explanations:

I'm part of this family, why don't I appear? For that matter, where are you?

Anyone who I know or suspect to be alive is hidden from public sight for their own privacy. That includes me.

As the tree has grown, so has the number of living (or possibly living) people on it. It is no longer possible for me to seek consent from every one of them for their information to be shown. Sorry.

Which calendar do you use?

For consistency, all dates use the Gregorian calendar except where records using other calendars are quoted verbatim.

When a date is quoted in the Julian calendar and as a result the year differs from the Gregorian calendar I have noted that the year is Julian.

The Julian year started on 25th March, so where a date lying in the range 1st January to 24th March is noted as Julian, the year should be increased by 1 to give the contemporary (Gregorian) year.

My thanks go to Wikipedia for this information.

Can I see place names in my own language?

Much of the German-speaking family lived in Silesia (a region now divided between Poland and the Czech Republic).

I have endeavoured to provide translations of place names into the current Polish and German variants and, where appropriate also into Czech, as well as offering the place names as they were recorded in the source documents, or as they would have been known to the people concerned (I term this the original variant).

You can chose which language is used for place names by clicking the button; this facility uses a cookie to store your preferences on your computer.

What about date formats?

Click on the button to select day/month/year or month/day/year format.

My device/browser can't show some accented or Polish characters

Click on the button to render place names using only English alphabet characters. This function only operates for place names; elsewhere I try to avoid the use of non-English alphabet characters so, for example, Müller will always appear as Mueller.

What does "geb." mean?

It is a common abbreviation for the German adjective geborene meaning "born"; it is used in German to introduce a maiden name in the same way that "née" is used in French (and often in English). I use "geb." where it is most appropriate, given the context or the quoted source.

I spotted something wrong on your website, can I fix it?

No, but you can contact me and I'll make any necessary alterations.

Can I use information from your website in my publication / website?

You may use and reproduce original material from this website provided that you cite this website's domain name ( either by means of a footnote, end note or similar reference or in your publication's / website's bibliography / list of references.

Use and reproduction of infomation which I have identified as being derived from another party's work is subject to the terms and conditions stated by that party.