Progress on the Site

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted so I thought I’d update everyone with a progress report.  I actually expected to have gone live by now with the site and not still be in the “blog only” stage.  I work on it daily and I’ve made some great progress.

The good news is that it should be up in a week or less and it will have far more functionality than I had dreamed possible at this stage.  The best part is the family trees are already uploaded to the server and you can click on an individual to see their family tree and information (family group sheet).  You can click through the sheets or the genealogical trees and follow all the different pedigrees and lines of descent.  These pages are created on the fly by software on the server.  There is information now stored in the database for 4,845 people on our family tree.

This is currently on a separate server from the website but I plan to use them in conjunction with plenty of linking.  If you read an article or biographical sketch of someone on DownsGenealogy.com, you will find links to them on the charts on the other server.  These will open in a separate window but should work well together.  I didn’t expect to have this working for everyone on the family tree so soon.

The website will be laid out on a main page explaining what you will find there and how to get to it.  I will go live with one article in the Article Section and one biographical sketch in the Biographical Sketch Section.  I also plan to have several of the other sections set up and ready to go like my Privacy Policy, Links, FAQs, Myths & Misconceptions, Reading Lists, etc.  I also plan to create a presence for this site on social media.

Look for the launch of DownsGenealogy.com sometime next week if I had to guess.

Two screen shots to show how the charts and family group sheets will look.

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And We Begin…

John Helen2

OK, I’m starting a family history website and I’d like some opinions and input from all of you, the potential users of the site.  Before I ask, let me tell you who I am, and why I’m doing this.

My name is Bill Downs and I am one of nine grandchildren to John Downs(#18) and Helen (Hopkins) Downs(#19).  (I’ll explain the numbers in a bit.)  That is them at the top of this post.

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