There are 2 major sections to my site - a general information section and a genealogy data section which contains family group charts of over 10,000 individuals. The genealogy data is reached through the Surnames link or the search engine. There is a [Home] link at the bottom of every page so you should never get lost even if you've entered in a non-frames mode. There's also an e-mail link which is always visible, so you can dash off a question or correction "on the spot". A few pages have no other navigation buttons so just use your "Back" button or the menu at the top.
If you have entered in the frames mode there should be a blue band at the top of the page with the Delaware Diamonds logo at the left, a brief menu including Surnames and a search box at the right.
If there is no blue border you have entered in a non-frames mode, click here to use the frames mode.
The menu items are:
Home - Leads to the initial page with summaries of my latest articles, revision history and some other general information.
Surnames - Leads to a surname list and subsequently to a family chart and pedigree chart for each individual, with notes, sources and sometimes an additional page of associated photos etc. These additional pages can be reached by clicking any thumbnail images that appear on the page. Note that the link next to the thumbnail leads to that persons family group page while the thumbnail link leads to a photo or other page of interest about that person.
Reaching an individual through the surname list can sometimes be tedious. You are first presented with a list of all surnames on the site. After selecting a surname you are presented with a series of screens, in alphabetical order of first name, of all the people with that surname. There can be many! people with a given surname. If you are looking for Zack Pennington, for instance, he will be at the end of several screens of Penningtons. I have set the size of these lists as a compromise between having to page through several vs having to wait for one giant page to load.
You may bookmark the page of an individual of particular interest to you so that you can reach it again quickly but be aware that when I do an update of the genealogy section (not very often) that bookmark may not work.
You can also use the search engine to locate a person quickly.
Documents - Leads to a list of interesting maps, charts, tables, etc. Most are linked from articles or other places but the complete list is here for your convenience.
Cemeteries - Leads to a list of cemeteries and churches, most with pictures. Each cemetery has a list of surnames which lead to pictures of headstones with transcriptions of the inscriptions.
Archives - Leads to a repository for all the articles I've written. These first appear on the Home page and are pushed down as new ones are added until they end up in the archives.
E-mail Me - Use this link to dash off an e-mail when you find something interesting or wrong. I'm always interested in corrections.
Search - Leads to a search engine that will search only my site. This is useful for finding things in the notes, sources, headstone transcriptions and other obscure places. There is no other quick way to find such information. Check the update date for the search engine on the Home page to see if it's current and read why it might not be current on the Search page.
Here's a tip. There are no navigation buttons on most of my pages because you are usually only one level away from a page that can be reached by clicking the menu that is always visible at the top of the screen. So, instead of constantly clicking the back button, try remembering which main page you are on (the one you clicked last, on the main menu) and click on that again to get back to where you were.
The column on the right of the home page contains the latest update information. It is impossible to list every detail of the changes I make between updates but I'll try to indicate major changes or new family additions in this column. Click on the date of the revision to see a page with more detail on the changes, often containing a list of the people that were added.
It's quite a project to update the genealogy data so it happens infrequently. If you're anxious to get an update on something you know I'm working on, e-mail me.
There are links to a few pages of limited interest at the bottom of the update column. If you're a geek check the Resources page for the programs I (actually Harvey) use.
I'm a Voshell and that's my primary interest. My husband was a Stonesifer and I would not normally have pursued that line except that a huge amount of data was available to me on his Stonesifer line so I felt I should type it in to make it available. There will probably be no further effort in this area. Also, a large amount of information on two Voshell lines (not my own) was graciously contributed by others. I have not personally researched all of this information. Check the Contributors page for more information.
My line leads to Peningtons (spelled with one n). There are many other Penningtons (two n's). I have tried to spell these names as their owners did. When I'm not sure I use Pennington.
Good luck with your search.