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One of the really neat things about Monroe County, Ohio is that many descendants of Monroe County families of the 1800s are related.  This high degree of relationship occurred because in the early 1800s the population was sparse and transportation was limited.  Mates were frequently found just a farm or two down the road or perhaps attending the only church in the area.


As a result many of the family trees on this site are linked to one or more other family trees on the site.  It is frequently useful to be able to easily navigate from one family tree to another where such links occur.  To facilitate this movement from one family tree to another, three tools have been provided.


I.       The red arrow symbol, [ , has been placed at the top of each family tree page.  This symbol is a ‘short cut’ to the index of family trees.  Clicking on this red arrow symbol,  [, will allow the reader to move easily and quickly to the index where they can choose to visit any of the family lines on the index page.


II.     On most of the family trees you will find names that have been highlighted in red or purple (the purple meaning that the link has been previously used).  These highlighted names have been cross-linked to another family tree.  For example, if you are looking at the Jones family tree and the name of the husband of a Jane Jones Doe is highlighted in red such as, John Doe, this means that if you click the name, John Doe, you will be transported to the same name (same person) in the Doe family tree.  To return to the Jones family tree, use the “Back” button on the menu at the top of the screen.


Some names are linked using a green or purple highlight (the purple meaning that the link has been previously used) such as, Tom Brown.  The appearance of a green or brown highlighted name means that it is linked to another tree where this same person appears, but neither tree is the surname family of this person.


Note:  Only a few of the names in the several family trees are highlighted as described above.  These names represent the places where family trees intersect or connect.


III.   When using the navigation aids described above, please keep in mind that there can be several different family trees that share the same surname.  Some of the family trees with the same surname can be entirely independent and have no members in common.  The only way to determine if your Doe is a member of one of the Doe family trees is to search each tree.  The task of searching can be greatly simplified by using the search feature that is explained by clicking search.




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