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I set up this website to help anyone researching the Gotts surname. I hope you enjoy finding out what is here. Let’s give you some idea of what is on it.
Where I can fit a Gotts into a tree I have given them a reference number to make it easier to separate, eg the 100 Johns and 150 Georges. Each tree has a number and I often use the ‘#’ symbol to indicate this. The trees are in the ‘Known families section’ and there are indexes to the people on the ‘Site Index’ page.
The website is divided up into Tabs across the top with the main headings, and there are dropdown menus to the pages under that tab. In many sections there is an extra dropdown menu of ‘Pages to see’ at the top, so you can then browse to the page you want. This way it is easier to find your way through the 350 or so pages.
The ‘Home’ tab can be reached from anywhere, including by clicking on the coat of arms. It provides basic introductions to what is on the site and where to find the search facilities, which are also accessible on the Dropdown menu.
The Site Indexes page (Under the Home Menu) is the ideal starting point to find out about your Gotts. There is also a Search box which looks across all the site pages.
The 'News' page has a blog where recent items are added. Occasionally it contains a list of what is new on the site. This is also sent out as an email to c 100 researchers who wish to receive it. In the News Archive there are transcripts of earlier posts which can be accessed by clicking on the links to open up the pdf documents.
The site shows trees on the known ‘Families’ to allow researchers to see which family is theirs. The content comes from both me and the many researchers who have provide information for inclusion on the site. It has guidance where they might have lived.
The detail stops around 1900 to preserve data privacy of living people, whilst providing the links to anyone who can get back to 1911 census.
If you have been on the website previously but can’t find your tree listed look at the Merged trees index to see where we have able to link it together.
If you are searching for a particular person you can look for them in a tree, in the newsblog and I the Family Tree database. All of these are described on the Site Indexes Page
'About the Name' discusses the origins of the name, the coat of arms as well as where Gottses have made their mark in print or on the Internet.
The 'Stories' section captures anecdotes about Gottses. It has a list of articles on the front page.