Thank you for reading this blog, but the most important part of the MuncyFamily.info site is the Muncy Family Database. Look to the left column and notice the “Muncy Family Database” link, or you can always directly access the database by jumping to and bookmarking ” http://www.muncyfamily.info/muncydata ”
The Muncy Family Database is designed to maintain genealogical information on the Muncy Family, but also related information including photos, documents, cemetery locations, reports, sources, statistics, etc. Not all features have been fully implemented, but many are ready for use.
This database includes two separate and distinct databases – one related to the descendants of Francis Muncy and one related to the descendants of William Muncy. Whenever you see a “Tree:” pop-up button, you can select the tree for Francis or William descendants. If you don’t select a specific tree, the entire database is selected. For example, if you don’t know if a specific person is a descendant of Francis or William, you can search both to find the area in which information on that person is located.
Go ahead and open the main page of the Muncy Family Database in a separate window. You will note options in the left column, starting with “What’s New.” Click the “What’s New” button and you will see a new page showing new items added to the database in the past 45 days. You will note that you can select a specific tree to show new items in the “Tree:” popup. Unfortunately we are restricted to the most recent changes in individual records and family records. Because the master database is updated at least every two months, there will generally be hundreds of changes that won’t be listed in the limited space we have in the What’s New page. However, you will notice the right-most column contains the date of the most recent update, and that can be helpful in your search. Click the Home button to return to the main page.
Note the search box in the right column. This is great for quick and dirty searches using a first and last name. If you are searching for someone with the Muncy (or variant) surname, I STRONGLY urge you to put only the letters “Mun” in the last name field. This will pull up variant spellings starting with “Mun” — Muncy, Muncey, Munsie, Muncie, Munsey, etc. If you type “Muncie”, then you will get only “Muncie” surnames, and miss the other spellings. If you are seeking listings for a more unusual spelling like Monsey, Monsy, Monsee, etc., then searching for “Mon” in the last name field will get you what you are seeking.
Clicking the “surnames” button below the Last Name field yields a list of the 30 surnames with the number of times that surname is used. Clicking on a surname will show a list of everyone in that database with that surname. (Note: the “Heat Map” button is designed to show the location of each name on a map, but locations must be assigned for this feature to work. Depending on the information for the family, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. For example, if you select the “Muncy” spelling (over 2000 names listed) and then click the Heat Map button, you will see locations for about 700 on a map. The remaining 1300 have not had locations assigned.
The Advanced Search button does what is says — it offers you a detailed search function using popup buttons to select criterion allowing you to drill down in your search. If you know your ancestor was a descendant of Francis, his first name started with “Abi”, his last name started with “Mun”, he was male, born around 1840 (plus/minus 10 years), and died in Mississippi — you can get that result. Try this sample and see what you get!
This advanced search yields complete information on the person, and if location data is included will show an event map. The results page also provides views for family info, Ancestors, Descendants, Relationships, Timeline, etc. You can also include a GEDCOM file on the subject’s data.
That’s a start on the introduction to the Muncy Family Database. We’ll cover other useful sections in the future.