We have named this page ‘FAQ’ as most people know that it means ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.   In this case, for the time being, it is a bit of a misnomer.  Having just created this website nobody has been able to ask any questions!

We have therefore tried to anticipate what people might find useful tips on how to use the new website.  Obviously we can’t think of everything so please let us know if you have any problems.

Searching – we are not particularly satisfied with the search engine we are using because it doesn’t always show the relevant extract of text in the search results.  We have spent a long time looking at alternatives with no success.

Meanwhile,  please insert the full name of the person you are searching for in double quotes.  This will reduce the number of hits to a sensible number.  If you fail to find the person you are looking for, then just use the surname, and be aware that there might be different spellings of that name.

Hyperlinks – we have used a dark green to indicate a hyperlink to another page.

Lightbox – when you click on a thumbnail and most of the other images on the website a popup box opens overlaying the webpage.  In many cases the image displayed in the popup box is larger than that viewed on the webpage.   Arrow keys on the lightbox allow you to scroll through all the images associated with a webpage.

 Photos – We have two types of photo.  On the ones shown on pages about a house or pages covering the history of a particular family we have disabled the option to ‘right click’ on the photos to save them.  On the photos we are adding to our galleries of street photos, we have disabled the download option and watermarked the photos to prevent them being used for commercial purposes.  Please let us know if you would like a copy of a photo and we will try to help.  We can’t promise to do so if we are inundated with requests. The photos being added to family galleries have no watermark but please contact us if you wish to use the photos for anything other than personal research.