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Declining suggestions1-25-2015 by Ray Gurganus1-25-2015 by Ray Gurganus1
If you have suggested changes from others, and want to decline one for some reason, there's now an automatic prompt for the reason, which the system will email back to the person making the suggestion.

There are a couple pre-defined reasons you can choose, or you can write your own.

As the website administrator, I will be copied on all messages, so I can monitor what kind of changes are being declined, and what the responses are.
Education1-17-2015 by Ray Gurganus1-17-2015 by Ray Gurganus1
For people who have an education event recorded, with the name of a school, college, or university, you can click that link to get a list of people who attended there.

A few related updates:
  1. On this list page is now added a new list of all schools, colleges, and universities who have attached people, and showing a count of people.  Choosing one will switch to that page.  (The list is limited to those with 2 or more people, as there's no need to show a list of 1 person.)
  2. On the menu under View > "Presidents, Politicians, & Other Officers", and then to the right on the submenu is a new option "Education" which will go to to the above page, and show a school at random.
  3. Added to the pages for politicians and other various pages where you can choose columns to see, added is a choice for "Education" will show the school name.  So you can scan down a list of people, and see who has blanks to be filled in.... and fill them in!
Selecting search results columns1-11-2015 by Ray Gurganus1-11-2015 by Ray Gurganus1
Selecting search result columns is now customizable the same way it is on other pages -- click the check button at the top of the page and drag up or down the fields you want to see.  This helps to make it consistent with other pages, and makes it easier to add other choices in the future.
Changes for Wikipedia and Findagrave links1-8-2015 by Ray Gurganus1-8-2015 by Ray Gurganus1
A number of changes are made:
  1. The Wikipedia and Findagrave buttons are moved down to the top of the sources. They are sources, and so this is more logical.
  2. The "Tag" field is moved to the bottom of the page
  3. The picture thumbnails are made a little smaller
  4. These changes allow the sources to move up a little in the page, so they'll be less likely to be off the bottom of the screen.

When adding or editing:

  1. The previous Wikipedia and Findagrave fields are moved into the sources area. First select the website from the "Sites" list, and then enter the website or Findagrave ID. Note that each option one can be chosen only once per person, as it is intended more for a biography of that person, rather than just a page that mentions the person.
  2. This move enables other biographical websites to be added as new choices. Biographical websites for the US states Arkansas and North Carolina have been added.
  3. This move enables these to have related footnotes as with other sources, if desired.

Other related changes will also probably come soon, after seeing how all this shakes out and how it can be improved further.

Favorite Sources7-2-2014 by Ray Gurganus1-5-2015 by susan4
New feature:  If you have sources that you use over and over -- for example, census lists -- you can now tag those sources as favorites.  Then they will always show up in your list of choices without you having to search for them.

To select a favorite -- edit a source and check the "favorite" checkbox at the bottom.  Then the next time you return to the website after being away, your favorites should already show up in the dropdown source list.  If you no longer want to see a certain source, uncheck the box, and it will no longer show up the next time you return.

You can select as many as you want, but don't select too many, as the list will be too long.

Passenger Lists9-28-2014 by Ray Gurganus12-15-2014 by Joni Mire4
Added new historical events for a few passenger lists (in addition to the Mayflower, which we already had), and attached a bunch of people to each.

See an example here:
/historical.php/mary-and-john,-1630

See the master list of passenger lists here:
http://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm

Change for adding events11-23-2014 by Ray Gurganus11-23-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
If you want to add information for another researcher, the setup has changed a little -- instead of going to the button, to add an event, this is moved into the main editing page for the person.  Now, any NEW events, and NEW entries for the occupation, wikipedia, and findagrave fields will all be directly saved into the person's information, without needing approval.

For any updates to another person's existing information, even if you added it yourself, this still needs to go to the other researcher for approval.

This is essentially the same as before, just adding a few new fields with this ability.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Salem Witch Trials9-17-2014 by Ray Gurganus11-20-2014 by Ray Gurganus5
Added a new historical event for the Salem witch trials, and attached (so far) 35 related people to this event. This then shows up on each person's page as an event.

There are many more not yet identified. If you have some in your tree, you can add them to the list.  Let me know if you have any questions.

To see the list, go to View > Historical Events, or here:
/historical.php/salem-witch-trials

Added a new link8-18-2014 by Ray Gurganus8-18-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
In the list of links under the button is added a link to search the Family Search Trees database, named "FST - Family Search Trees".  This may require you to create a login, but it is free.
Findagrave field update8-7-2014 by Ray Gurganus8-8-2014 by Ray Gurganus5
A minor update on using the Findagrave field:  It will now accept only a number.  If anything else is put in, it will be blanked out.

Any existing information that is not a number has been moved into the notes field.