In the list roles and offices is added the ability to list people who are ambassadors to another country. This is found under View > Presidents & Other Officers. When adding someone to an office, and choosing "Ambassador" from the list, a second list of countries will come up, where you can choose the country appointed to. If a needed country is not in the list, email me.
Already linked in are over 75 ambassadors, most of whom were already on the site. If you have some in your branches, please link them in as well.
Added a new date check "Date range more than 50 years" for birth, marriage, and death dates, when a date is entered in the form "1800/1900". For these, having a range 50 years or more is not much better than having no date at all... like those "WFT" estimates seen elsewhere, not very helpful. There are even some ranges here that are over 100 years. Ideally, a good range estimate would be more like 10-20 years at most, but I won't be that demanding. Thanks for helping to promote good data!
I'm setting up a way for managers of other state or county websites who want to post cemetery data to their site can get a list from this website, and copy & paste the code to post. See this example here (which I also manage):
I'm looking into ways to indicate historical names of places, and have this display instead of the present-day locations. Nothing on your end would need to change -- any places would still be entered according to the present-day location, but it could potentially change the output based on the related date. So for example, Alexandria VA was part of DC until July 1846. If this shift were defined into the system, then this could change the output to read Alexandria DC for events before July 1846. This change can be indicated with a star or something to highlight this difference.
This is better than actually entering "Alexandria DC" for many logistical reasons I won't elaborate on here. But changing the output should be enough to satisfy claims of historical accuracy.
My question for you -- assuming this is appealing, can you reply here with specific examples in your data where a county changes from state A to state B, or town X changes from county Y to county Z? If possible, quote a webpage that documents this change. Then I'll have more info to know how to proceed. Thanks.
FYI -- I'm working on a way to enhance the sources, to allow relating a source reference to specific fields, rather than only to the person as a whole. This will be optional, so that you will not need to change how you do anything unless you want to. Let me know if you have any input as to how you would like it to work. It should be up in a few days.
Anyone visiting these pages may find your people. So if you have people in these areas, look and see if you have more that can be added. If you have other information related to these counties, feel free to submit it to the county coordinator for posting there.
Made a change in how feasibility errors are displayed -- up until now the errors that show in yellow at the top of a page have shown only for your own people. This is changed to always show when the people are "up for adoption". Since there's no one actively maintaining the information for these people, this will warn others that there's potentially bad information... and perhaps inspire you to adopt them and clean up the mess.
I've thought about having this show up for everyone, all of the time, even when the people are not "up for adoption". This would put a fire under everyone's seat to clean up there messes, but I'm not sure it would actually help...
It looks like Familysearch.org has finally taken offline their old search, replacing it with the new. Up until a few days ago, this still included the 1880 census, IGI, and pedigree files. I suppose this is all available in their new interface, or will be soon. I have updated the "FS" links accordingly.
On the links menu at the top of each person's page are links for the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 US censuses as found at familysearch.org. This automatically puts in the person's first and last names, and a birthdate range of +/- 5 years. You can then refine the name, dates, and location to narrow the results as needed.
Note that the years listed are not filtered based on the person's birthdate -- so if they were born in 1910, it will still show all years starting with 1850. Just use your common sense.
Note that some years may not be complete. I'm just proving the links. Familysearch.org provides the data. :)
Added is the option for you to be able to add people to the lists found under View > "Presidents & Other Officers"... so if there are existing people who belong to one of these lists and are not yet there, or if you add new people, you can add the link yourself. Go to the page, click on "Add" at the top, and fill in the information. This is currently limited to the positions listed there -- Presidents, Vice-Presidents, First Ladies, Secretaries of State, US Supreme Court Justices, US Sentators & Representatives, State Governors, and Monarchs of other countries. Others may be added in the future.
When this is added, it emails the site administrator (me), and I'll verify what you put in. If it's not accurate, it will be removed. As far as I have seen, ALL are well-documented on Wikipedia.
There is not currently an option to edit or remove this link, except by contacting me.