Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Ugh! What do all those menu selections, that are at the top of each page, do?

    The menu selections are Royalty to Rouges site navigation aids. The following list provides a brief explanation of each selections function.
    • Home
      Returns to the home page of South Central Virginia & More.


    • Main Page
      Returns to the home page of Royalty to Rogues - South Central Virginia.


    • Surname Index
      An index that provides selections by surname. This is the main page for finding a specific person.


    • Place Index
      A heirarchical list of places with links to connected persons.


    • Charts
      A list of descendant charts with a link to each.


    • Last Edited
      A list based on a persons Last Edited date. This may be an indication that information, about the person, has changed.


    • FAQ
      This page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


  2. Is information on living persons presented?

    No, not as a matter of habit. I would like to say that all living persons have been excluded, but as soon as that is said someone will find an instance of a living person being displayed.

    Note that most fears concerning the posting of genealogical information on living persons are simply unfounded. Identity thieves have much larger and easier targets to exploit than to mine genealogical information.


  3. Why do so many different names appear on the Person Pages?

    Names appearing on the Person Pages are not picked at random, but are given exactly as they are found on the various source documents. For example, Jno. (Capt.) West, John West, and John (Col.) West are all the same person, John West. This is done, when possible, to assist the user in finding the correct person when researching source documentation.


  4. Are duplicate names included in the overall site person count?

    No, duplicate names are not included in the overall site person count.


  5. How are place names shown on individual person pages?

    Place names are spelled out in full at their first occurrence on any person's page. The first occurrence is also a clickable link to an index of place connected persons. Subsequent entries for the same place on the same page are shortened.


  6. There are so many different ways that dates are presented. What are the differences in the various types of dates?

    Dates can mean different things to different people. Was it on that date, near that date, before that date, after that date, between date one and date two, based on some other event, and so on. The following list describes the use of various date defining words that are used throughout the site.
    • circacirc
      Within 10 years plus or minus.


    • sayest
      A date based on some other event date. Also used to show dates greater 10 years plus or minus.


    • beforebefb
      A date before a specific event. The date is inclusive, meaning the event could have happened on the date shown.


    • afterafta
      A date after a specific event. The date is inclusive, meaning the event could have happened on the date shown.


    • betweenbetbtwfrom/to
      A date between the dates shown. These dates are inclusive, meaning the event could have happened on the dates shown.


    • or
      A date falling on one of the dates shown.


    • Old Style Dates
      Dates between 1583 and 1752 may be considered as Old Style dates. The Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to correct an error in the Julian calendar. In that year, the day that would have been October 5 was called October 15 and other changes were made to prevent future errors. In addition, the beginning of the year was moved from March 25th to January 1st. The Gregorian calendar was adopted immediately by France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Luxembourg and within just a few years by most of the German Catholic countries. Other countries, however, waited various lengths of time to adopt the Gregorian calendar. For example, Great Britain and its colonies in America did not adopt it until 1752, by which time the difference in the two calendars was 11 days. Thus George Washington's birthday, which was 11 Feb 1731, became 22 Feb 1732 in the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian system spread later to non-European countries. Turkey was one of the last countries to convert in 1925. The Russian Orthodox church and various Middle Eastern Christian churches have retained the Julian calendar. Dates are always shown using the Gregorian calendar. An example of an Old Style Date is 24 Feb 1690/91.