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Delaware and Chester Counties, PA9-8-2021 by Ray Gurganus9-8-2021 by Ray Gurganus1

FYI, I'm cleaning up Delaware and Chester County,, Pennsylvania places.  Prior to September 26, 1789, Delaware County was part of Chester County.  But the good news is that you don't need to know that.  Just enter all cities, towns, and townships relative to the present-day county, and the display will automatically switch based on the date.

If you see something referenced in other sources as Chester County, and you don't know which county that should be in today's geography, look it up.

Scottish Tartans8-31-2021 by Ray Gurganus8-31-2021 by Ray Gurganus1
Adding a little color... For any ancestors who are listed as born in Scotland, 100 of the most common surnames will now show a related Scottish tartan design, as found on Wikipedia and here: https://www.tartanregister.gov.uk

This will show up as a swatch below the person's information, and if you have your personal settings setup to show background images, and the browser window wide enough, it will show as the background on that person's side of the page.  Here's one example: https://www.ourfamtree.org/browse.php/Walter-Scott/p700726

Disclaimer: Some famlies have different designs for different branches of the family.  Though the design shown is related to that name, it may or may not be the one for that particular branch.
More on sources #38-23-2021 by Ray Gurganus8-23-2021 by Ray Gurganus1
When adding or editing a source, a new field is added for listing prrimary surnames contained in the source.  "Primary surname" means that the name should occupy a large portion of the source content, rather than just being mentioned a few times.  For multiple names, enter them separated with a comma.  Please don't use any other punctuation, like slashes or ampersands.

This is not applicable and should be left blank for city directories, alumni directories, or sources that relate to only one person or one family group.

When this is defined, this will show at the top of the search results page, when searching by that name. Example: https://www.ourfamtree.org/list.php?&lname=s*/Broaddus/0/AND   To be added soon is adding an option on each individual page for people with that name, and perhaps other places.

I am currently updating existing sources.
More on sources #28-8-2021 by Ray Gurganus8-8-2021 by Ray Gurganus1
Since the project previously mentioned of linking published works with their authors has grown up to nearly 400, I moved these to a separate page here:  https://www.ourfamtree.org/authors.php?type=Author -- separating this from the page for artists.

A few related notes:
  1. A book online such as at Google Books or Archive.org should be recorded as a book, even though your are accessing it through a website.
  2. When quoting a source, be sure to create a source only once.  When searching for a book source that may be likely to have been used before by others, check the "search eveyrone's sources" so that you might find someone else already referencing the same source.
  3. Note that many online books may be at both Google Books and Archive.org, and other places as well.  It doesn't matter which you use, but please use only one.
  4. Try not to quote a source from a pay service (like Ancestry) when the same thing is available for free elsewhere.
  5. If the source is specific to a state or county or city, please specify the state or county or city in the space provided.
  6. On the "author" page above, if the "Author" selection is blanked out, all book sources will be listed, from all branches of our tree.  Here you can then filter it down by location or keywords.  Note that when searching by keyword, it only searches the title, not the content.
I'm still going through cleaning up the list, adding locations, adding authors, merging duplicates, etc.
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.