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Directory Search3-28-2014 by Ray Gurganus3-28-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
Under Collaborate > "Rearcher Directory" is added an option to search the directory for words found in the resarcher's name or email address.

.... and remember to go to Collaborate > "Possible New Features" to vote on what you'd like to see. This one was the top on my to-do-list... and send me ideas for other improvements!
Adding and Editing Documents3-24-2014 by Ray Gurganus3-24-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
Brought back is an older option that was there and then was delayed in returning -- the option to add the text of documents (deeds, wills, etc.).  Go to the "Add" buttons at the top of a page, to "Historical Document".

.... and remember to go to Collaborate > "Possible New Features" to vote on what you'd like to see.  This one was the top on my to-do-list.
Peerage people3-9-2014 by Ray Gurganus3-18-2014 by Ray Gurganus3
A new page is up under View > "Politicians & Other Officers" > "Peerage Titles", categorizing the many people who have been identified with peerage titles (Dukes, Barons, Earls, Lords, etc.), mostly in western Europe.  Almost all of the people there were already on the website -- this just changes the way they are identified, so that they can be found and cross-referenced.  It's currently up to 982 people, and there are perhaps a few hundred more that I can track down and identify.

Most of these are documented in Wikipedia, at the bottom of their personal pages.

They are also identified here in the search results, surname pages, pedigrees, and other places by a shield icon, with the color corresponding to the country.

Let me know if you have any questions about how to enter this for new people, or suggestions for further improvement.
Another new page3-10-2014 by Ray Gurganus3-10-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
On each of the Politicans, Mayors, Organizations, Religious Leaders, Occupations, and Peerage pages (Military is coming soon), there's a new link "Show Statistics Summary".

This lists out the different roles, the number of people in each, and the percent completeness for different fields for those people.  Each percent is color coded green, yellow, orange, and red.

Just another way to point out where there are gaps waiting to be filled, if information can be found to fill them.
Possible new features3-9-2014 by Ray Gurganus3-9-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
Added a new page under Collaborate > "Possible new features" -- this lists items on my list to be programmed.  If there are any items that would be high on your priority list, you can submit your vote for it.  Knowing who's interested and how many people will help my priority list.
Peerage titles3-3-2014 by Ray Gurganus3-3-2014 by Ray Gurganus1

Up until now, peerage titles like "1st Duke of Cambridge" have been defined using many different ways -- titles, part of the first name, part of the surname, suffix, occupation, and notes. I'm starting to fix this, moving all into the office & role setup, under the add button.  I'll work on moving all of these, and editing the information out of the current locations.

This makes it consistent with the rest of the website, and makes easier to list people by title.

Here's an example:  /browse.php/Henry-Percy-Earl-of-Northumberland/p52676

New option for adding events2-27-2014 by Ray Gurganus2-28-2014 by Dottie6
I'm working on a new option for adding events.  Let me know if anyone has any questions or concerns....

Anyone who is logged in will be able to ADD new events (birth, residence, marriage, death, grave, etc.)  to any record, without needing to be a moderator, without needing to do a suggested change.  A source will be required.  This will be recorded in the log of changes, and will be included in the daily email of updates to your stuff.

No one wll be able to EDIT another person's existing information, even if it's an event that they added themselves.  Of course you as moderator are free to update or remove the event as you like.

I think this will help everyone
Events update2-17-2014 by Ray Gurganus2-17-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
Another round of updates: I have taken the lists of political, military, and religious offices that appear below a person's information, and merged this into their main list of events, but keeping all of the information. They are shown as "Occupation" or "Military" types of events, and are sorted into the proper order based on date.

It was getting confusing having them separate when there's a good amount of overlap in what they mean, and in some cases, information being added to both places.

For adding and editing, you still do it THE SAME WAY -- go to the ADD button, to "Office or Role" or "Military Role", not by editing the person. This is so that anyone is still free to add these roles to a person, without needing permission to edit the person.

A few other changes...

  • For military officers, there is now a date field, if it is known when they had that office.
  • If a date is not defined, but a war is, it sorts into the events based on the date of that war. For example, a Civil War General record will show at about 1861, relative other events listed.
  • When going to a family map (click the globe on any family page), this will now include political offices, pointing to Washington DC for Presidents, Cabinet Officials, and people in the US Congress. For governors and state legislators, it will point to the state capitol, once I have been identified the coordinates.

As always, questions and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Adding and Editing Children2-15-2014 by Ray Gurganus2-16-2014 by Virginia Sholin Smallwood2
Under Actions > Add / Edit Children are a few addtions:
  • You can now use this to add children.  Below the existing children is a line for a new child's name, birthdate, and birthplace.  As soon as you start entering one person, an empty line will be added below it for another child.

    Any other information for the child has to be entered on his or her individual page.  After saving, click into the child and edit the information there.

  • Below the children is an option to add a residence record, for each of the existing or new children selected with the checkboxes on the left.  So if  you're adding children as listed in a census, you can add the year and location for the census here, and it will show for each child.

Keep an eye on what you put in, to double-check that all is saving as it should.  Let me know if you have any questions or problems.
Scheduled Maintenance2-9-2014 by Ray Gurganus2-9-2014 by Ray Gurganus1
I just put up a lot of changes, but all behind-the-scenes to make things a little more efficient.  If you see anything not working, or different than it used to be and there are not any good reasons, let me know.  Thanks!