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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.
new domain name2-28-2012 by Ray Gurganus2-28-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
In case you care...  I have setup a new domain name for the site, www.ourfamtree.org    I had to sacrifice the "ily" in "family" to find a name that wasn't already taken.  The previous address will always continue to work, but perhaps this new one would be more inspirational for you, or easier to remember.
Viewing discussion posts2-26-2012 by Ray Gurganus2-26-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
In pedigree and descendant charts, it will now show the discussion text if you hover the mouse over the discussion icon , without having to leave the page.  To close the discussion window, click the "x" at the upper right of the window.

If you don't see the icon, but believe there discussion posts to be seen, check the discussion button at the top.  It should show a number next to it.  Click it, if it is not showing in black.
new county website connections2-17-2012 by Ray Gurganus2-17-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
I've mentioned before that there are a few county websites that extract and display information from Our Family Tree.  Example:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~injacktp/people.htm

I have now implemented a connection going the other way.  For any county that has a page like this, and any person on this site that is in that county, it will automatically have a link back to the county site.  Example:  http://www.gurganus.org/ourfamily/browse.cfm/George-Smallwood/f19319

Click any of the locations that read "IN, Jackson Co", and you'll get a little popup menu that includes the link back to the county site.  For any future county pages that might be added with this feature, this new connection will automatically be added.

I'm hoping this will inspire more county site administrators to put this in.

Let me know if you have any questions!
Updates for "Suggestions"2-12-2012 by Ray Gurganus2-12-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
When making a suggestion to unlink a parent or spouse, it will now prompt for a source and / or a message to pass along to the person that the suggestion goes to.  So then you can put in the details of why the relationship is not correct, and hopefully this will nudge the other person to accept it.  Thanks!
Making Suggestions2-7-2012 by Ray Gurganus2-7-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
A minor update...  If you go in to make a suggestion for someone who is marked as being up for adoption, it will now give give you a message saying this, and that instead you need to go out and claim the person as your own.  Otherwise, there's not anyone there to receive the information you want to put in.  Thanks!
Marking children as questionable1-10-2012 by Ray Gurganus1-23-2012 by Ray Gurganus3
Like the options to mark parent and spouse relationships as questionable, added is the option to mark child relationships as questionable.  Edit a parent, go to "Walls", and check the checkbox next to a child's name.

It's the exact same result as going to the child, and checking his or her parents as questionable, except that you can check this for children of other people's branches.
New Links1-14-2012 by Ray Gurganus1-14-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
Added at the bottom of each person's list of links Link Button are new links to places.  These link to search results of this person's surname and each states or states and counties where he or she lives.  This was inspired by FindAGrave.com, which has something similar.

After entering a new person I often want to see who else is living in the same place with the same name, to see who else they may be related to.  This provides a quick way to get there.
Photos1-1-2012 by Ray Gurganus1-7-2012 by Ray Gurganus1
An improvement in formatting -- the first picture of a person posted will now show at the top of the page next to their name.  Nothing different needs to be done in adding photos -- in the attachments section, the first of type "person" will automatically be displayed at the top, followed by all others at the bottom.

Remember to use the type "person" only for pictures of individuals or couples.  For anything else, use the other picture types.  This keeps the top picture limited to only pictures of that person.

If you have multiple photos posted and want to change which one is at the top, edit the person in question, go to the "Attachments" tab, and drag & drop the desired photo to the top of the list.