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More on sources7-29-2021 by Ray Gurganus7-29-2021 by Ray Gurganus2
A few more changes for sources:
  1. For historical books like city and counties histories I have been looking up the original authors of those books and entering the authors and a portion of their own trees, and then linking the book to the author. This can be done on the form when you define a source. If the author is known and is entered as a leaf on our tree, you can select them there.
  2. On that author's page, a list of their published books will show below their information. For example:
  3. All the authors are collected together on a page here. Currently up to 112, but more being added:
  4. In the list of sources under a person, the title of book and most websites are linked to a new page that (1) summarizes the number of people linked to that source, and (2) links to that list of people, and (3) links to the author and the author's picture, if defined. This does not include Findagrave and Wikipedia and other sources that normally link to only one person, as that doesn't need a summary.
  5. In the list of sources, the link to the actual source is changed to a yellow button to distinguish it from the link to the above page.
  6. For the above reasons, if you have a book online and want to link different pages to different people, please use only ONE source, and use the "page" reference the page number.... vs. entering separate sources for separate pages.
Sources7-25-2021 by Ray Gurganus7-27-2021 by Ctotaro2
An update for soruces:  When linking one person to an existing parent or child, a new option for quoting the related source will be at the top of the search results page, and is required.  Be sure the source listed here contains the information about the relationship.  Then on the child's page (not the parents), a source superscript number will show to the right of the child's parents , corresponding to the source number at the bottom.

In terms of the process, you still link a parent or child as you did before, by finding and clicking the person's name in the search results.  You just need to have a relevant source selected in the top before you click the person's name.  Not selecting a source first should result in a reminder to select one first.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Canadian places7-5-2021 by Ray Gurganus7-8-2021 by Ray Gurganus2
I have updated Canadian places to put the 13 Canadian provinces in top-level list of places, along with US states.  So instead of choosing "Canada" and then "Ontario", choose "Ontario" first, and then the county or municipality in Ontario, and then the city or town.

The list of counties and municipalities comes from the lists as used on Findagrave.  For counties, I left in "Co" on the end.  For municipalities and districts, I removed the extra wording, leaving just the name to save screen space.

  • If you don't know the county look it up on Wikipedia or other site.  Don't leave it blank just because you don't know..
  • If you know the province, but cannot find a county or municipality, leave this blank and enter the city.
  • If you can't find the province, enter "Canada", and the city.

I will work on updating existing entries to fill in the county or municipality.
Resizing columns7-3-2021 by Ray Gurganus7-4-2021 by Ray Gurganus3

A minor update:  On the main page with details of a couple, the center dividing line, between the husband and wife, can be moved left or right.  WIth a mouse or pointer device, drag it left or right to give one side more space in cases where more space may be needed.

Currently this is not saved and will revert back to the center the next time the page is refreshed.  But this may change at some point down the road.

Schools and Teachers3-21-2021 by Ray Gurganus3-21-2021 by Ray Gurganus1

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/

Source footnotes10-3-2020 by Ray Gurganus10-3-2020 by Ray Gurganus1
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.
New page - Architects and Architecture6-17-2020 by Ray Gurganus6-29-2020 by Ray Gurganus1
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".
New Page - Counterparts6-9-2020 by Ray Gurganus6-9-2020 by Ray Gurganus1
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
Railroads5-30-2020 by Ray Gurganus5-30-2020 by Royce Tornblom2
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 updates5-1-2020 by Ray Gurganus5-1-2020 by Ray Gurganus1

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