Wanless Web is divided into two sections:

  • Family Trees, which contain people linked into families. Many of these people are linked to photos, newspaper articles, documents, and other relevant media. This section of the site is powered by TNG (The Next Generaton of Genealogy Sitebuilding).
  • Research Data, which contains information that is not linked to any particular person, which may help you with your own research. For example, the Research Data section has all the Wanless (any spelling) entries in the English and Scottish civil birth/marriage/death indexes, extracts from parish registers including baptisms, marriages, and burials, extracts from newspaper articles mentioning a Wanless, immigration records to Australia, the US, and other places, census entries for Wanlesses in the US, England, and Scotland, wills & probate records, and much more. This section of the site is powered by WordPress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I find who I am looking for?

A: There are a number of ways, but the search function provides the most straight forward method. The advanced search form allows you to enter more information about the individual you’re looking for (such as dates and places) and presents you with a list of possible matches from the database. Just type in a name !

If you don’t have a clear picture of who you’re looking for, you can access all the surnames in the Family Trees database from the Surnames topic on the Find menu.

Q. How do I find an individual’s ancestors?

A. Once you locate an individual, the easiest method is to click the Ancestors tab. This will show you a graphical display of both the paternal and maternal ancestors.

Once you have the ancestor chart displayed, you can click on the arrows located at the far right ancestor if you need to see additional ancestors. There are a number of formats for you to choose from (Standard, Compact, Box, Text, Ahnentafel, and Photos & History) to display ancestors. Try clicking on the various options and see which one works best for you.

Q. How do I see an individual’s descendants?
A. The tab marked Descendants displays the descendants of an individual. There are a couple of different formats in which descendants can be displayed. You can switch between the several formats to display the information however you like.

Q. Can descendants be shown in a graphical format?

A. Yes, once in the Descendants area, you can show a specific branch of descendants from the selected ancestor by clicking the descendant icon [ ] next to the descendant you wish to display.

Q. Is there a way to tell if or how two individuals are related?

A. Yes, the Relationship tab will show a graphic display of all the people between two relatives. To use this function, locate the first individual and then click the Relationship tab. Then use the Find button to locate the second person to be displayed. Once you have the two people selected, click the Calculate button to display their relationship. It will even show relationships-by-marriage, such as in-laws, if you leave Show relationships involving a spouse set to Yes.

Q. If I see a mistake in the information presented can I correct it?A. The Suggest tab on an individual’s page allows you to send corrections, updates, comments or any other information to the database administrator. Information on which individual you are referencing is automatically attached to the message when you make a suggestion using the Suggest tab. The database administrator will take your suggestion and add it to the database in the next web update cycle.

Q. I want to add my children / grandchildren / siblings; how do I do that?

A. Because adding people is very labor-intensive, we require that you email us a GEDCOM file for additions of more than a few people. If you don’t have genealogy software that produces a GEDCOM file, you can download Legacy, which is free (click the Legacy icon on the Home Page) and enter your information in Legacy and export the file to a GEDCOM file.

Q. Is there a way to print the display without all the headers and icons?

A: Yes, just click on Print in the upper right corner of most pages. A format that is simplified for printing is presented and you can use the print function of your browser to print the page.

Site Navigation

The blue menu bar provides site navigation. An overview of some menu items:

  • Find: Search for individuals, names, places or dates within the trees.
  • Media: Browse or search in photos, newspapers, documents, histories – any type of media that has been added.
  • Info: General information about various aspects of the site.

The sections below cover the most commonly used charts and tables, providing different ways to view the data.

Ancestors Chart (Pedigree Chart)
Ancestors (Pedigree) ChartThe ancestors chart (also called a Pedigree chart) shows a graphical representation of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. Locate a person, then click the Ancestors tab. By default, the chart displays four generations, but you can change that number in the Generations box. The other options on this chart (Standard, Vertical, Compact, Box, Text, Ahnentafel) control how much information is displayed and how it is displayed – just click on them for examples.When you see the icon, moving the mouse over it will display further information about that person and that person’s immediate descendants. Clicking on the icon will show the previous generation. Click on the chart image above to see an example of how it works.


Ascendants Chart (Ahnentafel)
The Ascendants table (also known as an Ahnentafel Chart) lists all the generations who came before you in tabular form, with all children and birth, marriage and death details if known. Find a person and click the Ancestors tab, then click the Ahnentafel option below the tabs. The numbering system is the key to understanding Ahnentafels. Once you become accustomed to them, it becomes very easy to read these tables and understand the relationships of the listed people. Ahnentafels are very good at presenting a lot of information in a compact format. Click on the image to see 4 generations in Ahnentafel format.


Family Histories
Family Histories display both lines of parentage for any individual for as far back as is known. Clicking on the individual displays all the photos and histories. To see this, click the Media option under the Ancestors tab. Note the icons for photo and for history when available for an individual. For an example click on the image above.


Individual Page
The heart of the tree – each person has a page with all the information about them on it. Find a person and click the Individual tab to see it. Click here to see a sample.
Descendants Chart
Descendant chartThe Descendants chart (with photos, if available) displays all family members (including brothers & sisters) starting as far back as the family tree goes, down to the individual selected. Obviously the younger the individual the greater the number of generations in the descendancy chart, and the greater number of siblings in a family the wider the chart.How to find the descendants chart? First, find a person and click the Descendants tab. Then click on the icon (to the right of the person’s name) to display the chart down to this person. For an example of what you would see, click the image above.


Descendants Table and Charts
Descendant tableThe descendants table is a tabular version of the chart described above, but lists all generations in either a ‘compact’ or ‘register’ form for the selected individual. The main difference between the two tables is the level of information listed. To see an example, click on the image above. The options under Descendants control how much information is displayed:

  • Generations: how many generations to display
  • Standard: the box chart shown in the example
  • Compact: same chart with smaller boxes to fit more people on one screen
  • Text: a text-only version
  • Vertical: descends from the top down instead of right to left
  • Register: more information on each generations, such as birth and death dates and places, but no graphical representation


The relationship chart is a great way of understanding how you are related to other family members. To find your own relationship to someone else, first find yourself in a tree. Click the Relationship tab, Find yourself as Person 1, then Find the person you are curious about as Person 2. Click Calculate and a chart similar to this example will be displayed, showing and (at the bottom) defining your relationship to the other person. It even shows in-law relationships! Click on the above image to see an example that shows double-first-cousins marrying each other.


The timeline compares individuals across the ages, and can be populated in one of two ways:

  1. Each time you look at an individual then click timeline, that person will be saved in memory so that next time you look at another individual and click timeline, both individual timelines will be compared.
  2. Populate the timeline by finding individuals manually.