Site Changes Underway
- Category: General
- Written by Tom Kuehn
After months of working on merging databases, searching on Ancestry, and then summer happened. Now is the time for me to pay attention to making this site more active both in the Blog posts, Ancestor Stories, and linking to my genealogy database. In the past I've run into a major problem trying to understand how to configure an updated version of Joomla and Wordpress themes from the company I have used for years. Well I have given up on the newer themes and a will stick with an older theme that I had been using on my 'Oldsite'. The focus should be on my stories, and not updating to the latest templates and tools.
Rather than trying to replace Joomla with Wordpress, I have decided that both applications have unique advantages. So this site will use both. The front page will be Joomla, and various Articles and Ancestor Stories will remain in Joomla area where there is more granularity in how access is provided to visitors. Wordpress will be used going forward to provide frequent updates on information being added/changed, draft stories, family history writing challenge updates, communicating genealogy database updates.
On the Genealogy Database area, I have decided to consolidate all of my work using Mac applications. For years I have used Legacy 8 (and earlier versions) to manage my genealogy research. I really liked it's database management functions, and professional reporting capability. But the management tools have made it too easy to merge results, and create a shambles of my source citations. So with some regret, I am saying goodbye to Legacy, and focusing on making all of my changes using Reunion for my research details. Some data will be aggregated within various notes fields within Reunion. Unique individual sources, named appropriately will be used to replace the hierarchical master / subordinate sources. In the past loading Reunion from Legacy resulted in super large note fields that merged individual citation details within one (or more than one) Source. And I have switched to using a Mac version of Family Tree Software from MacKiev that will sync with Ancestry when I periodically rejoin to further my research.
To be successful, I need to provide multiple updates each week that will provide focus and incentive to improve this site to be something that I am once more proud of.