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Descendant page updates12-7-2013 by Ray Gurganus12-7-2013 by Ray Gurganus1
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.

Other options can be included if needed.
Too Empty12-6-2013 by Ray Gurganus12-6-2013 by Ray Gurganus1
Fixed a bug in the built-in search option under Search > Too Empty.  It should now work as intended.  Please use it to fill in your gaps where possible.  Thanks!
Home Dashboard11-27-2013 by Ray Gurganus11-27-2013 by Dwight Lynn5
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).
Cenotaphs11-15-2013 by Ray Gurganus11-15-2013 by Ray Gurganus1
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.
Military Officers9-27-2013 by Ray Gurganus11-12-2013 by Rick Bowles2
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.
Date Calculator11-2-2013 by Ray Gurganus11-2-2013 by J.J. Burks2
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.
Icons10-30-2013 by Ray Gurganus10-30-2013 by Ray Gurganus1
Added political office and military icons to the pedigree, descendant, and city / town / cemetery pages, for people who have been identified with these offices or miltary positions.
New dashboard module10-20-2013 by Ray Gurganus10-20-2013 by Ray Gurganus1
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.
Facebook9-4-2013 by Ray Gurganus10-8-2013 by Orville Boyd2
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!

Editing political and military officers10-5-2013 by Ray Gurganus10-5-2013 by Ray Gurganus1
There are now options to edit and delete political and military officer links.  From a person's page, click the link to go into the full list of people for that office or role.  In this list under each person's name is an "Edit" option, when your mouse moves over that record.  This is to reduce clutter on the page, since editing and deleting would rarely needed.

The option will only appear if you were the person who originally added the link, or if you are a moderator of the person in question.