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Marriage Dates4-26-2012 by Ray Gurganus4-26-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
When a person has multiple spouses -- the menu that shows you the list of spouses now includes the marriage date, if defined.  After the date is the number of children with that spouse.  Here's an example:  /browse.cfm/William-Amlic-Gurganus/p34546
What's New?4-26-2012 by Ray Gurganus4-26-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
Added is a section to help you to highlight your own additions for new things that you add.
Updates on state and county pages4-19-2012 by Ray Gurganus4-19-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
Various updates on the county / state / region / county / location pages, (found under Places > State and County Resources) including:
  • adding most country and 50 US state flags (other provincial flags to come eventually)
  • formatting changes to make things more consistent from page to page.

Suggestions welcome!

non-family relationships3-3-2012 by Ray Gurganus4-19-2012 by Ray Gurganus3
The option to add non-family relationships is added -- The "Associates" section at the bottom of each person's page is for linking people who not related but are associated in some other way.  Some examples:

  • friends
  • neighbors
  • colleagues
  • military unit members
  • musical organizations
  • other members of a wagon train
  • people in a wedding party
  • opponents in duels
  • pallbearers at a funeral

For more information...
Change in forum setup4-12-2012 by Ray Gurganus4-12-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
A change in the setup of this forum, to try to encourage each person to read each message -- Starting with messages posted since April 1, they will appear on the dashboard, and will stay there forever, until you have clicked into it.  Then it will disappear off your dashboard, but will still be accessible from Collaborate > Message Forums.  There's important stuff there, and it is good to for each person to read it.

If the stats that not enough people are reading, I'll find other ways to make it more visible.

Thanks!
Seeing county boundaries4-3-2012 by Ray Gurganus4-3-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
On three pages with Google maps (examples below), I added buttons "Show Counties", either beside or below the map.  Clicking the button will show the county boundaries for the whole state in question.  I found myself wanting to cross reference county boundaries with highways and with family data, and this helps to do that.

County:
/county.cfm/state/KY/county/Mercer%20Co/

Location:
/location.cfm/state/KY/county/Mercer%20Co/city/Burgin/id/16421/

Places within a radius of one location:
/radius.cfm/state/KY/county/Mercer%20Co/distance/100/id/16421
Kibbles and Bits3-31-2012 by Ray Gurganus3-31-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
Someone signed up here with the name "Kibbles", but with an incorrect email address.  If this was you, email me, and I'll reconnect you.
New Partner Site - Virgina3-19-2012 by Ray Gurganus3-19-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
I have taken on managing (yet) another website, the Virginia state page for Trails to the Past, here:
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vatttp

For those not familiar with this, it's sort of like the GenWeb network, but not.  There are a couple of connections with Our Family Tree -- on the homepage, the Pictures and Surnames sections on the right, and the "People & Families" all pull anyone (excluding living people) who are somehow connected to Virginia.  Hopefully this will generate more exposure.

Also, the VA GenWeb site is looking dated and stale, so at least I know mine looks better.  :)
New resource link3-7-2012 by Ray Gurganus3-7-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
On the dropdown list of links Link Button is added a link to the new Family Search Books search -- "more than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees." 

Clicking this opens their search results with the current person's name.  I have it automatically adding quotes to elminate false matches, but you can then modify the search criteria if needed.
new domain name part 23-1-2012 by Ray Gurganus3-1-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
In case you have not noticed, the website is now setup to forward you over to the new domain name, "ourfamtree.org".  All previous links and Google search results will still work, and should get to the same place.  This also eliminates the "ourfamily" directory part of the URL's.  This makes them a little shorter.  Let me know if you see any issues.