FYI -- I'll be out of town (and out of country) January 6th - 11th. I may be checking email, but otherwise won't be involved in managing the website. The website should continue working finein my absence. If you have any questions, just post them to the message board here, and/or to the Facebook group (see the link at the bottom), and others should be able to help.
If you have any questions you've been meaning to ask, do it now, rather than waiting. :)
For both versions of the descendant chart, the options for what to include or not include are changed. At the top there is now one button. When hovering over the button, a box will appear for which options to include or not include. New to this list are the Find-a-Grave icon, Notes, Other Events, and ID's.
As soon as you check or uncheck an option, the corresponding data below will appear and disappear. When you finish checking options, these are saved for the next time you visit a descendant page.
I made some changes to the home dashboard, adding at the top a section that gives me more options to promote different features. Incorporated into this are some of the modules that used to appear on the dashboard.
The remaining items are still available for you to add, remove, rearrange, and resize by going to "Edit Layout", and moving things around (in the space below the new area at the top).
Added an event type and picture type for "Cenotaph". A Cenotaph is a memorial in cemetery or elsewhere, when the person is not actually buried there. More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenotaph
This cover cases when you have a picture of a cenotaph to post, so you can record the location and type of picture, without it being confused with the actual grave location and picture.
Added a new page to track lists of military officers, similar to the options for listing politicians. It is found under View > Help > Military Officers... and to add from a person's page, go to the + button at the top, to "a Military Officer".
I'm sure there are already many more online here, but we'll need to go back to find them, and add them to the lists. If you know of any in your data, please add them.
The form for adding currently has only higher ranking officers. Adding other ranks may make the lists to long. We can re-evaluate this in the future if needed.
Added is a feature to help you calculate dates. For example, if you're transcribing tombstones, and you have a date of death, and it says something like "aged 55 years, 7 months, 28 days", now you can have it calculate the approximate birthdate, and not have to do the math.
Enter the date of death, and then select a birth event, and then to the right of the date field, click the calculator icon . A window will come up where you can select the date of death, and enter numbers for the years and/or months and/or days. Then click "Save", and it will put the calculated date back in for the birth date.
If you leave out the number of days, it will only do month & year, and if you leave out the number of months and number of days, it will do only the year.
Added a new dashboard module you can choose if you like -- listing the top places added or updated in the past X number of days, with the most number of people for those places... where X is the number in the dashboard number of days "Show Last..."
This should give you an idea of who's actively doing what and where.
To add this module, go to your home dashboard page > "Edit Layout" > Add > Top Places. A new box will show up in the middle of the page. Then drag, place, and resize this box that shows up to the place you want it, and save.
I created a group page on Facebook for peoplle who contribute to this website, for sharing information about our research efforts, questions about using the website, suggestions for enhancements, and suggestions for other researchers. If you're on Facebook, please join the group and add to the discussions!