Added are some options for how you see tags. Under Account > My Account > What I See are 3 options for tags -- Color, All Gray, and Plain Text. This now defaults to "Color", but you can change yours as you like.
"Color" will show tags in a variety of different colors. I have updated many with different colors, and others will get random colors assigned. (If a random color comes up with something that is not legible, let me know and I can update it)
"All Gray" will go back to how they were before, showing only in gray.
"Plain Text" takes out all the color, and just shows black text.
This mainly helps the pedigree page -- if you choose to show tags, using the green check button at the top, then you can see the color coding for the whole tree, for those who have tags defined. If you want to see only the color of the tags, click the "Black/White" button at the top, and the birthplace colors will all change to white.
On the page for entering military service, there's now a place for "other battles or deployments", for all the smaller rebellions and skirmishes that happened between the major conflicts -- like Shay's Rebellion, the Whiskey Rebellion, the Barbary Wars, etc.. After one is entered the first time, it will come up in a dropdown list for future entries... so name it appropriately.
The other military fields can still be filled in where appropriate.
I entered a few for Shay's Rebellion. /military.php/event/shays-rebellion-1786
Also added to the list of service branches are options for the National Guard and Reserves.
For new records going forward, I have removed the event options "Military" and "Religion", as these are both better handled through other means. They are still for existing records so that you don't loose information.
For adding military service, go to the blue or pink menus at the top, to Add > Military Role. For adding religious affiliation -- if it's only a denomination, add this under "Tags". If you want to add membership in a specific church, add it under "Organizations, Memberships".
If either don't handle what you want to do, give me more details and I'll see if I can accomodate.
I put up a new page summarizing people tagged with religious affiliations and professions, here: /topic/religion
I also added a generic "clergy" tag for anyone who had a title of "Rev" or "Reverend", but did not have anything more specific tagged. This now has listed 681 people listed as "clergy". If any of these are yours (or even if they are not yours), it would be most helpful if more research could be done to figure out what religious denomation they were. It may be listed in the notes, or perhaps can be found on findagrave.com or somewhere else. Then if found, you can remove "clergy", and add the more specific category added under "Organizations".
If it can be found what church(es) they served, this can also be listed under the organization entry with the dates and locations.
Another update to the organizations & memberships section... I was finding that the fields for each organization sometimes needed to be different. In some cases a date range or role doesn't apply, and in other cases it needed to have additional information like a choice of who appointed them to the role, or a choice of states.
So now the choice of fields available is now customizable per organization. There's a green checkmark button next to each, and this gives the option of enabling one or more additional fields for that specific organization, and this applies to anyone else attached to that organizaiton. The access to changing this is open to anyone if it has not yet been customized by anyone... but after options are added, it is locked down to only that person (and me, as site administrator). Anyone can still update the data, just not the choices. Options cannot be unchecked after details have been entered for that option and organization.
Because the fields are variable, they are now collapsed in a section accessible by clicking the gray arrow to the right of the organziation name.
Currently available are:
State -- When the relationship to the organization is specific to a state. For example, the Virgnia Secession Commission. This is NOT just someone's place of residence at the time they are related.
Role -- Someone's role at that organization.
Appointed By -- A list of all Presidents and Governors, to choose who appointed the person. This adds a link to that President or Governor, and also adds a link from there back to this person, as it does with existing political appointees.
Notes -- other notes specfiic to the person's role.
A poll on census information: When going through censuses to find occupations, I'm seeing other info that would be good to document, since I already have the census image up on my screen. Information like property values, recent schooling, etc. But other information like can't read/write, deaf/blind might not be that useful? Information like ages & birthplaces is redundant, with what's stored elsewhere, and so shouldn't be repeated.
Then with whatever information is recorded here, we can dream up ways to use it.
So I'm taking a poll on what is useful to include or not include. Below are some of the options. If you think you might want to use this, reply with the options you would most want to use. For anything not listed, comment. Thanks.
I have put up a few new pages, intended to bring together related information from different areas of the site into one place, perhaps making it easier to find information that might not be found otherwise.
/topic/us-navy -- US Navy /topic/writers -- Writers /topic/food -- Food
On each of the pages they link to, there is a link from there back in the upper right corner of the pages.
Any new additions to items already shown will be automatically reflected in the numbers, though perhaps after a delay, as the information is stored in memory for a few hours at a time.
If you have new items that should be added to one of these pages, or new topics that could be created, let me know.
A new option: Added is a place to record names of membership, civic, society, or fraternal organizations, committees, or conferences that a person belongs to. It works like "tags", where you can start typing, and it will show a list of matching organizations. Choose an existing one or continue to type a new one.
After saving, this shows up in the "Associates" section of the page, and clicking one will go to a page showing everyone related to that organization.
Added to the ist of search options is "Position", with the choices below. So for example, if you would want to find any legislator who was from North Carolina, regardless of the office or the state represented, now you can.
Executive -- President, VP, Governor, Lt Governor, First Ladies, Monarchs Cabinet -- Secretaries and other cabinet members, both national and state Legislature -- US Senate & House, state senates & houses, and members of Parliament Judicial -- Supreme and Superior Court justices, judges, US attorneys Ambassadors -- from and to any country Local Officials -- mayors, sheriffs, city council members Organizational -- organization founders, presidents, chancellors, professors, trustees Religious -- Archbishops, bishops, pastors, etc. Peerage -- dukes, earls, lord, barons, counts, etc. ... and and option for All of the Above
Added a few new options for the search results list -- when any list comes up, the first record will now automatically be the current one, and from there you can use the Down, Page Down, or End keys on the keyboard to move down the list... and Up, Page Up, and Home to move back up. Then to select and go to the currently selected person, hit Enter. If you prefer to keep fingers on the keyboard, this may help.