How to Navigate and Read the Information

Information about the people on this site may be accessed via the page navigation buttons, Surnames and Index, at the top of each page, and also using the Search Form when looking for a specific name or person. Although the indexes display differently, either of these buttons will bring up an alphabetical index of names. Use the links on an index to display the individual's personal information on the correct person page. There are multiple person pages in this collection, each containing information about a number of people who are listed alphabetically. Each person has a brief commentary about his/her life showing the dates and descriptions of major events if the research completed appears reasonably accurate.

Most of the people on the person pages have a Family link that, when clicked, shows family members included on the site. Their parents, grandparents and great grandparents are displayed on a small chart, and siblings, partners and children are listed also. If the person viewed on the person page is related to one of our featured Brick Walls, the commentary begins with a description of the relationship. Then, if the person is included in one of the charts provided in this collection, a clickable link to the larger chart is provided. When on a chart page, it will likely be necessary to maneuver around using the horizontal and vertical scroll-bars of your browser. From any chart page it is easy to move to a different person's information page by clicking on the person's name. To move backward, retracing your path, use the browser's Back button.

On the person pages, the details of the known major events are usually shown in date order. Within these, the blue "links" lead to more information. Below the events, there is a Family section listing spouses and children with clickable links to their personal information pages. To go back to what was viewed before, use the browser's Back button. Or, to move to something else, use Surnames, Index or one of the other main menu buttons.

The Citations list included at the bottom of each person's commentary identifies the sources used to find the information presented. Clicking on any source number leads to a list of all the sources used in this collection of Brick Wall projects.

Four additional buttons and also some links are provided in the main menu. The Places button links to an indexed list of all the places included on the site. When a blue "linked" place is selected it will take you to a page listing the people who are connected to that place for any reason, and clicking on an individual will take you to that person's information. The Photos button links to four pages of photographs: photos of individuals -- the same photos that appear on their person pages; special photos and groups; tombstones and cemeteries; and photos of some of the places our family lived, worked and worshiped. Clicking on one of the small "thumbnail" images will link to the person page or to a larger copy of the image. The Charts button brings up a brief description and list of the charts included in this collection and the Home button leads back to the very beginning and initial welcoming Brick Wall page.

The "Project" links, The BOLTON Project, The GERRARD Project, The HEATON Project and The HINDS Project, each leads to a description of the people, our research project itself and additional links to things like specific individuals, indexed lists of special groups and additional background information about the people and/or the research project at various stages. The Project Links section is a list of the "chapters" or "links" available by project and the Project Maps section, with very few maps at this time, is intended to become a helpful list of maps. The purpose of these two sections is to assist with navigation to specific people and subjects of interest. Again, whenever an indexed list of people is linked, selecting anyone on the list will access that person's information on the person pages. There will be a little tree icon, in a special color on all index pages to identify that individual's descendants. The Getting Around the Site link leads to this page currently being viewed. As with all of the other buttons and links, it may be accessed at any time, from any page, for additional review.

On some pages there will be Previous Page and Next Page links, created when an indexed section is continued on more than one computer page. The links also appear on all pages in the person page section and in the list of sources section. These links are handy to use for browsing ahead or back in the same section, and should not be confused with using the Back button to jump back to another section where you were before.

Icons are used on the site to identify special content or to indicate links to other pages:


Descendants of Nicholas Boulton, the Immigrant, including the descendants of John Bolton and Zilpah Peirce are identified on all index pages with a purple icon
Descendants of the Gerrards of Gibbstown and Liscartan of County Meath, Ireland are identified on all index pages with a blue icon
Descendants -- and also extended family and associates of William Gerrard of Ardbraccan, County Meath, Ireland are identified on all index pages with a red icon in hopes of hearing from someone who may be able to connect the Ardbraccan Gerrards with the Gerrards of Gibbstown and Liscartan, County Meath
Descendants of John Heaton of Fotherby, Lincolnshire, England, our family's earliest known Heaton ancestor, including the descendants of our immigrant Nathaniel Heaton, are identified on all index pages with a red icon
Descendants of John Hinds, the earliest known ancestor of the Hinds Family of County Cavan, Ireland are identified on all index pages with a green icon
On the Surnames index page, this icon means there is a picture of that person
On a person's page, this icon means there is a special photo or group picture available by clicking the icon
On a person's page, this icon means there is a pdf document available by clicking the icon
On a person's page, this icon means there is a text document available by clicking the icon
On the Places index page, this icon means there is some additional information about the location or history of the place available by clicking the icon