After seeing the many old (and some, abandoned) school buildings in Washington DC, I kept wanting to find out who studied and taught there. So put together a page to summarize what is found. Then I started expanded the to locations to include others. I'll keep going until I can't find sources, or until I'm distracted onto a different tangent. Here are those done so far: Washington DC: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/DC/Washington Baltimore MD: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/MD/Baltimore%20City New York City, Manhattan: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/NY/New%20York%20Co New York City, Bronx: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/NY/Bronx%20Co New York City, Brooklyn: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/NY/Kings%20Co New York City, Queens: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/NY/Queens%20Co New York City, Staten Island: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/NY/Richmond%20Co Buffalo NY: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/NY/Erie%20Co New Haven CT: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/CT/New%20Haven%20Co Cleveland OH: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/OH/Cuyahoga%20Co Toledo OH: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/OH/Lucas%20Co Minneapolis MN: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/MN/Hennepin%20Co Indianapolis IN: https://www.ourfamtree.org/schools/IN/Marion%20Co
Each has a link on the corresonding county page. All teachers, principals, and other related people are also searchable here: https://www.ourfamtree.org/records/
Just added -- now when adding or editing a name, date, or place, and when a source is selected under "auto-link" or "recent", the corresponding footnote checkboxes should check themselves. If you prefer not to see the footnotes on the display, as they can make the screen more cluttered, click the gray button in the top center of the page -- this will turn the display on or off.
For a while there has been a link available to connect someone who was an architect with locations they designed. This feature is has been amplified now to include 78 architects, linking over 1,000 of their creations, including churches, county courthouses, state capitols, and residential dwellings. A page is setup under Places > Artchitects & Architecture listing all of the connections: https://www.ourfamtree.org/architecture.php
Each of a person's designs entered here is also listed on their individual page under "Attributed Architecture".
The previous page that listed residential dwellings is now a "child" option below "Architects".
A new page is up -- for any presidents, VP's, governors, legislators, monarchs, and nobility, when you hover over that event on the person's page, a new option will give the option of "Show Counterparts". This will show the list of others who were in office at the same time. For the U.S., it is all other national officials, or state officials, and for Europe, all monarchs and nobility. England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland are separated from continental Europe as they have much more nobility entered.
This came to mind after watching the historical drama Netflix series "Medici" (which I can highly recommend), and how the Medici rulers are always meeting with rulers of other places. It made sense to have the website be able to show who these people would be for any given year.
Should you be inspired to watch it, this is the Giovanni portrayed by Dustin Hoffman. Then all his descendants continue down the tree from there. https://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.php?fid=477582
I have been working on transcribing and compiling records of railroad service, so far 23,275 over 6 different main sources, and still adding to the list daily. The list is searchable here: https://www.ourfamtree.org/records/railroads.php
A new page is also added on the menu under Places > Railroad Employees, coming from the same information but organized by the name of the railroad, and including the number of Our Family Tree people who have been identified with employment at railroads.
If you have any in your tree and want to link them, go to add an event, choose "Organization", and begin typing the name of the railroad. Any of the 1,500+ defined so far will come up.
Two updates: 1) I am still continually adding to to the list compiled at the link below, up to a total of over 805,000 records. Most recently I have started added records of employees at railroads and railways in 1902. Up to about 2,300, but only about 1/3 through the current source, so more to come. Recently I also added more physicians, up to over 34,000. https://www.ourfamtree.org/records/
2) If you have ever walked around downtown Washington DC, you may have seen plaques in the sidewalks, honoring people who have given of themselves for society. I have taken pictures of all of them, and so far added 17 to their individual pages with their exitended families. Here's the list of those added so far. https://www.ourfamtree.org/albumview.php/The-Extra-Mile/76
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.
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.
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.