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System Restore12-11-2019 by Ray Gurganus12-16-2019 by Dwight Lynn4
Due to a server issue, we just had the website go down for a few hours, and have just gotten it back to working order.  Data from yesterday's backup is restored as of December 10th at 1:11 AM Eastern US time.  Anything prior to that is safe and sound, but anything added or updated after that, up until the time of this message, is unfortunately lost.  Check anything you may have added or updated in this time.

Thank you and sorry for the inconvience.
Naval Service7-3-2019 by Ray Gurganus7-5-2019 by Ray Gurganus1

A few updates for US and CS naval service...

1) Listed here are 22,400+ records of naval service, listing sailors and officers of navy ships, rank, and when they were there. https://www.ourfamtree.org/records/sailors.php

2) So far about 1,600 of those are linked up with people in Our Family Tree, adding events to their pages, listing the ships on which they served. This is summarized in the page found under View > "Presidents, Officers, & Other Officers" > Naval Sailors, or here: https://www.ourfamtree.org/ships.php

3) To make this easier, a new event type "Ship" has been added, which will prompt for a ship name, with a list of ships already defined. If entering one, note that there are many that had multiple with the same name. These are noted with the launch year in parentheses. Wikipedia does a good job of distinguishing them so you can be sure to pick the right one.

Suggestions welcome.

SOURCES4-24-2019 by Ray Gurganus4-25-2019 by Ray Gurganus1
I've mentioned this before, but it always bears repeating --- if you have two or people coming from the same source, DO NOT enter the same source twice.  Enter it ONCE, and then for all later people, SEARCH for existing source and select it to re-use.  It saves time, saves diskspace, and allows you to get a list of people coming from that one source.

Second, if quoting a source at FamilySearch or Findagrave, you do not need to create a separate source per person.  Copy & paste the website address of the FamilySearch or Findagrave source into the "Site Information Link" box in the source section, and save.  Again, this saves time and saves diskspace.

Thank you.
Place lookups3-5-2019 by Ray Gurganus3-5-2019 by Ray Gurganus1
One update: When entering places, when you click the globe icon, a popup window comes up showing two lists of places.  The first list is from the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) from here: https://geonames.usgs.gov, for all of the US.  This is the entire set of data, but limited to inhabited places, and church names (as sometimes a church name will give you information if a town name is not found).

The second list below that is the list of matching places that are already entered in trees here on this website.

Clicking either will insert the information back into the city, county, and state entry fields.
Entering information9-30-2018 by Ray Gurganus2-8-2019 by Ray Gurganus7

Just a reminder -- In general, a field should only be used for the purpose for which it was created.  I have been finding and correcting a few issues:

  • The Findagrave # entered in the cause of death, or grave location notes.  Findagrave should only be linked as a source.
  • There's no need to record the same information in multiple locations, like Findagrave as a source and in the notes at the same time.
  • The grave location entered as the death location.

Thank you.
Linking people in notes1-2-2019 by Ray Gurganus1-2-2019 by Ray Gurganus1
I made a couple updates which may help.  When editing both the general notes for a person, and the notes under "Add an Attachment", below the notes box there is now a place to add related people, if those people have their own page online here. Type the name of a person (as it appears in the notes text), and click the button to the right. Then you can find the corresponding person, and save.  (Enable popups for the site, if you have not already.)  When anyone views the notes, the names will be linked to that person's page.

You may need to edit the text to match the person's name.  For example, if the text mentions "John and Mary Smith", this will not work as it needs to have "John Smith" as one name.  You can update it to read "John Smith and Mary Smith", and then link them.

If there are multiple people with the same name, it is good to verify which one it is before you come here to select, as you might not know which person is which. Here are a couple examples I put in.

Attachment notes:  https://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.php?pid=416524 -- this shows on the person's main page, and also when clicking the "read more" link at the end of the text.
Main notes:  https://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.php?fid=425605

If you find others that can be linked (and they are not your own people), let me know and I'd be glad to put them in.

Family Search Sources12-13-2018 by Ray Gurganus12-14-2018 by Ray Gurganus3
FamilySearch changed the format of the web address of their sources.  On this site, I did a mass update to change all of the old links to the new links, for FamilySearch links used in sources. It works for the ones that I spot-checked, but it would also be good if you could spot-check yours, and let me know if you find any not working.

There are also FamilySearch links copied into the notes. I have not yet updated any of these, but I will. First I wanted to confirm that the sources are correctly updated.

Source page numbers7-17-2018 by Ray Gurganus7-19-2018 by Ray Gurganus3

A new option is added for tracking page numbers in sources.  If you have a book (online or on paper), and re-use the same source for multiple people, you can now add a different page number for each person, while still using the same source.

When selecting a source for a person, the page number field will appear immediately to the right of the dropdown list of sources when editing a person.

To add or edit a page number for source already selected, edit the person click the "Edit" option to the right of the source.  A popup window will open (note that you need to have popups enabled, if your browser blocks them).  At the bottom of that window is a field for the page number.

When viewing a person's sources, the page number appears at the end of the source.

Here is an example from one I just added:  https://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.php/Edward-Halsey-Sayre/p647473

Microsoft Edge5-31-2018 by Ray Gurganus6-5-2018 by Ann Robinson4
A couple of users have reported issues using the Microsoft Edge web browser with the website.  If you are using Edge and entering data, I would encourage you to use Firefox or Google Chrome instead.
Duplicate Checker Update5-26-2018 by Ray Gurganus5-26-2018 by Ray Gurganus1
The duplicate check option (found under Collaborate > Find Duplicates) is revamped to speed it up a little.  It may now find new duplicates that were not found before, or new false positives, or it may not find ones it did before.  In any case, it is running faster than it was before.  The criteria is roughly:
  • Same last name
  • Same first 4 characters of the first name. It also accounts for common variations like "Mary" and "Polly".
  • Birth dates within 4 years of each other, and death dates within 4 years of each other.  Birth date is required, but the death date can be blank.
  • Same middle initial (if there is a middle initial or middle name)
  • Same, similar, or blank parents
  • Same or similar birth place

The option to direct two as not being duplicates works the same as before.  Check it out, though not everyone at the same time. :-)