Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database
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Welcome to Robin Richmond's Genealogy Database

This is a dynamic database-driven site that pulls information directly from a database, and which generates pages "on the fly" as you request them. It uses a very powerful and adaptable commercial (but low-cost) family tree/genealogy web application called TNG, (see the page footer) that I began using in August, 2013, some 15 years after I posted my first family trees on the Web.

This site lets you search for and browse among the over 10,000 people in my family tree database, and to generate family charts showing the ancestors and/or descendants of anyone in the database. You don't have to be logged in to see most of my data, but you do have to have an account, and to log in, to see information about living people.

All but a few of the pages on my have the same general layout, with navigation menus that I'll illustrate and describe below. (The page you are reading is one of the fiew that is laid out differently, though it has the same design theme as the others.)

I'll cover the content of the site by describing the standard navigational menus. (Links to a few pages are shown in the first, darker, navigation bar on the top of this page. The Welcome menu below that contains links to a few introductory pages.)

(By the way, as with almost links on Web pages, you can shift-click on any these links to open the destination pages in a separate window, that that you should be able to view alongside these instructions (well, if you are on a PC rather than a cell phone).

Content and Navigational Menus

The core of the application is the "Person Profile", which, on one web page, tells you pretty much everything I know about a person, including photos, notes, documents, stories, data sources, and a map showing the location of events in the person's lifetime. To find a person, you may use

  • The Simple Person Search form on the right of this page,
  • A nearly identical search form in the Search pull-down link on the far right of the  Welcome  menu on this page and and the other pages like it, and on a similar  Home  menu on other pages,
  • The Advanced Person Search form,
  • Links in the content of the many pages that tell you who had live events in specific locations, who is depicted in photos, who is buried in specific cemeteries, and so on.
Some potentially interesting Person Profiles you might want to look at are:
  • Clarence Richmond, Sr, my grandfather, whose World War I memoir is a feature of my web site,
  • Nathaniel FitzRandolph, my 6x great grandfather, who played a significant role in the founding of Princeton University,/li>
  • Rev. Joseph Hull, an immigrant from England in the early 1600s, and my 9x great grandfather, who led a rather interesting life, or
  • Nathaniel Dickinson, who
    • was, Like Joseph Hull, my 9x great grandfather and an immigrant from England,
    • has a Wikipedia page☍,
    • came to New England in 1630 in the "Winthop Fleet"☍, which, coincidentally, carried Nathaniel FitzRandolph's immigrant grandather, Edward FitzRandolph, and
    • was the father of Jonathan Dickinson, a well-known theologian, and, like Nathaniel FitzRandolph, was founder and the first president of what became Princeton University. (See his Wikipedia article.)
    • an immigrant from England in the early 1600s, and my 9x great grandfather, who led a rather interesting life, orhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Dickinson_(pioneer)
    Also see my People to start with page.
  • The illustrations below come

    So give it a try. You can start with

    1. The Search form that's probably over on the right side of this page (On small devices, it may have been bumped to the bottom of the page),
    2. The Welcome menu, (the second horizontal menu at the top of the page), which contains introductory pages, and a more cryptic People Search form.
    3. Or perhaps one of the links in top menu bar of this page, which search for things other than people.
    that you can visit on this website have one of two standard layouts:
    1. The "home page" layout is used only by the five or so greeting and help pages (like this one) that are listed on the Welcome menu look like the one you are reading now.
    2. Essentially all other pages on my site have a template-driven layout with navigation features that are illustrated and described below.
    • Essentially the core of the site are Detailed "Person Profile" pages for every person in my database. You can you can find Person Profiles through various search forms, and via hyperlinks
    • Search forms and results for
      • Cemeteries,
      • Places where events have occurred,
      • Sources that have supplied information to my database,
      • Media Items attached to people, families, and events,
      • and many other objects.
    • Surnames - A list of family names in the database, and then a list of all of the people with that family name
    • Dates Report - People who were born, died, married, etc. on any given day.
    On the template-driven pages such as those listed just above, look for these menus and links near the top of the page:
    1. The top horizontal menu
      1. A link to the home page,
      2. A pop-up People Search form,
      3. A login (or logout) link,
      4. search form people and fa,
      5. Three drop-down menus (Find, Media, Info), with 8-10 links each, including
        • As shown, lists of names,
        • Searches for just about everything in the application, such as People, Families, Places, Cemeteries, Photos, Histories, Documents, and Photo Albums (etc.)
        • Anniversaries and Events occurring on a given date,
        • Dates and Aniversaries,
        • Lists of photos, documents, censuses, and other media items,
        • List of Trees & Branches, Notes, Sources,
        • and so on.
      6. A drop-down menu that allows users to select the language for the text (non the data) on many pages. (Not that I have many international visitors, but it's a handy feature on many sites.)
    2. A "Print" button near the upper right, which doesn't actually print, but rather, very helpfully displays the data in a more printer-friendly way - without the graphical header, the navigation menus, and the footer.
On most pages, you'll find additional navigation components just below the menus show above. For example, on the Person Profile and related pages, you can see these menus that focus the person being profiled:
  1. The mostly white-on-brown tab menu just below the person's name, where you can (among other things):
  2. The white-on-slate-blue links just below the tab menu, where you'll find options for the current page.
    For instance, on the Person Profile, you can use those links to limit the Person Profile to
    • Just the personal information including parents and spouses and children
    • Media - that is,
      • Photos,
      • Scanned and photographed documents (death certificates, county birth & death indexes, marriage certificates, etc.),
      • "Histories" (short biographies, family histories, and anecdotes),
      • Gravestone Photos, and
      • Scanned census worksheets.
    • Sources & Citation, where you can see where my data came from, or
    • The Event Map, which shows you a map that identifies where that person's life events occurred
    The Person Profile loads with all of this data.
Finally, there are a few links at the bottom of most pages:
These links also appear in the menus described above.

Finally - if you find typos, missing data that you can fill in, or data that you dispute, please feel free to use the Suggest tab or a "Contact Us" or "Contact Me" link to let me know about it.

Robin Richmond
Cleveland, Ohio
May, 2018

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
-Robin Richmond