Welcome to the McKay/Stevens Family Tree Narrative and Database
This page describes how to navigate the information on this site. There are many other options not described here that you can explore after you master the basics of getting around.
A basic rule to follow is if you want to get back to where you were, just click on the return (left arrow) on your browser until you're back where you want to be.
If you want to start over at the first (home) page click on the Home button at the far left of the beige bar above.
If you are accessing this on a mobile device, navigating is somewhat different and displaying some of the pages will be much more cramped.
If you are not logged in, you will not see information about living people. If you want to information about living people, please register for a user account (click at bottom of left column and make request)
To keep the ancestry straight, I’ve designated four main divisions and a home page for each: Stevens, Petersen, McKay and Freeman. They can be accessed from the navigation column on the left under Our Ancestors (e.g., McKay Family) or from the links on the Home Page. Further division of the families can be found on those home pages by scrolling down the page and connecting to the links under each family name.
You can also access a small family tree of each of the four families by choosing the family ancestor links at the top of every page or the family ancestor links under Our Ancestors in the left had column.
As an example let's start with the McKay home page (by the way, all underlined text is a hyperlink to take you to a new page). At the top of each page is the main family on that page (in this case McKay) that includes all the other families on that page related to the McKays. If you click on McKay, you are taken to a fan chart that shows all the ancestors of the McKay family starting with Clarence David McKay and going back eight generations. Each name on that chart is a McKay ancestor and each can be clicked on to see their individual data. Whenever you click on a hyperlink you can always retrace your steps by hitting the back arrow to take you back where you started.
Let’s go back to the McKay home page. Under each family name is a brief description of the family. Under that on this page is a gallery of McKay family photos. Then there is a family description specific to those in the McKay direct line (either a McKay or married to one). Then there will be a description of each family member in turn starting with the most recent. In this case there is a narration of David McKay's life followed by his father, then his grandfather, etc. The spouses' lives are recounted under their surname. Follow the link of Juanita Freeman to see her life story and those of her Freeman ancestors. The description of the family line continues until there is no more documented information about that family or we get to the first ancestor in that line that arrived in America. In some cases there is information about their European ancestors as well.
Also near the top of each page is a table of the extended family; the link will say "See all links in McKay Family Tree". In the case of the McKay home page, all of the families related to the McKays are listed there. Clicking on any of the family names will take you to a description of that family organized just like the McKay family. So clicking on the Howard family link, for instance, will take you to a different page that includes that family and others related to the Howard branch of the McKays.
You will see certain formatting that designates special information. If the text is highlighted in green that indicates information about when that person emigrated from Europe to America. If the text is highlighted in yellow that indicates that this person is a "Notable Ancestor" and if you follow that link, you will get more detailed information about them.
There are many other hyperlinks (underlined words) that will take you to information about individual people, to more detailed descriptions of topics like history, and generally will connect you to related material. When you hold the cursor over a hyperlink you will see the figure on the right.
Remember, if you get lost, you can always get back to the home page by clicking on the Home button just below the McKay/Stevens Genealogy title.
An Important Caveat: The connections in the family tree are tentative. As I get more information, false connections are cut and new ones formed. Some of the family lines are not well documented and subject to later revision. The most tentative family connections are shown on the "Most Wanted" page.
There are really two distinct parts to this web site, the narrative or family history described earlier, and the data about the individuals in the family tree. The database behind this web site is based on The Next Generation (TNG) of Genealogy software.
Details of navigating TNG
To try out exploring the data in the family tree, type the name Charlotte in the First Name Search function on the top of the left hand column of the screen and Scramlin in the Last Name box. then click on the Search button. Charlotte Elizabeth Scramlin shows on the main page. The individual tab with details about Charlotte shows up first. The top section are her personal details. If there is additional information or a supporting document for a category, there will be a down-pointing triangle that can to clicked to reveal the additional information.
Within this section are any Notes about Charlotte. This also includes a link to the McKay page that has Charlotte's narrative history.
Then her parents are shown below that and her family (or, in Charlotte's case, families since she was married twice) below that. Under Family 1 is her first husband, Henry Merlin. Next is Family 2 and her second husband, Ambrose McKay, followed by her four children. Clicking on their names takes you to their individual pages.
An Event Map shows where key events in Charlotte's life have taken place.
Below that are links to Documents and Histories and Photos related to her life. For example, the picture of the sailing ship with the word "Immigrant" below it indicates this person immigrated to America (not the case for Charlotte).
Then the Sources of information about her are at the bottom.
Back up at the top are the tabs that will take you to other information related to Charlotte.
The Individual Tab
The Ancestors Tab
The second tab is Ancestors and that opens a standard family tree page. The default is 4 generations but that can be expanded to up to 8 generations. There are many other options here for viewing ancestors. Besides the Standard family tree there are Vertical, Compact (less information), Box (more information), Text (all categories), Ahnentafel (generational text), Fan Chart (4 to 8 generation fan), and Media (those in this tree with at least one photo, history or other media item). There is also the option to generate a PDF file of the tree. Example
The Descendants Tab
The next tab is Descendants and here there is a choice of 4 to 12 generations (the default is 6 generations) and a Standard, Compact or Text presentation of the family tree. There is also a Register of descendants with a fuller description and a Table of Descendants with a generation by generation list. Example
The Relationship Tab
This section is fully described here or here and will calculate and display the relationship between two people in the tree. First search for person number one (e.g., continue using Charlotte Scramlin). For Person Number 2 click on "Find another person" and the enter their name (e.g., Clarence David McKay, TNG enters the ID of the person). The relationship between the two people will be shown.
Show the key events in the individual's life on a timeline and events that took place in world history at the same time. Example
The Family Tab
The Family Tab opens to a traditional one generation family tree showing Charlotte, her sibling, her parents, and her first husband. Click on the plus sign next to Charlotte's name and it leads to her second family including her children. Each is a link that will take you to their individual information. Example
The final "Suggest" tab allows you to send suggestions of information that should be added or corrected about this person.
Experiment with other names from the family tree. Here are some interesting ancestors that you can start with: