This *may* be just a temporary move. I flirted with Drupal for a bit, but:
- Their genealogy modules are a bit dated, or have a large bug list, or are no longer maintained.
- I don’t have time to build a genealogy module that fits my needs at this time.
- I feel that it’s important to make sure that the genealogy research I have is available to my family.
I found a module that I like in WordPress (Rootspersona) and will be using this for a bit. I am working on getting the kinks out regarding privacy, etc.
I think that I can have the site open for registration within the next two weeks. For registration, you either have to be related (and I know you’re related) or we have to strongly believe we’re related.
For 2015, I am taking part in my own version of the Genealogy Do-Over. I am not following the steps outlined, but I did set aside my current database and am starting from scratch. I am making sure, to the best of my knowledge, that all the facts are correct and documented. I am not just tacking on data from other trees: there must be documentation that I can verify.
I will also be getting all of the documents and writings that are currently in plastic bins and padded envelopes around my house out, scanning them in, and putting them online. This will take time and, honestly, money, because of the disk space I anticipate these scannings to take. I’m investigating using Amazon S3 to store these so as not to burden my web host with serving these.
My promises to you:
- Barring my sudden demise (physically or financially), I will have all the information I can available to you via the internet.
- I will guard the privacy of living individuals to the best of my ability. Please let me know if you see anything online that provides information on a living person. I’m going to err on the side of “hide all the things,” but, if I miss something, I appreciate the notice.
- I will always have more information than I have online. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
While our families tend to not be very interesting (none of the family lore that has been passed to me has been discovered to be true… yet) they are our families and they must have done something right for their descendants to still be here. Here’s to keeping their memories alive!