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Website Data Update delay

We are having to revise our processes that we use to update the website data. We were forced to leave Legacy Family Tree desktop software, because we have outgrown it by 200% capacity. We were not aware there was only a theoretical limit of a billion records, and not a practical limit of less than 100,000. We are frankly impressed at our tenancity to reach twice the actual limits and still kinda kept things going. We just wish the technitians would have told us of the limits so we would not have wastes so much time trying to make their software work when we were so far past its limits.

With the change in desktop software comes a huge amount of change in data. We chose RootsMagic for several reasons, but it has become apparent they also have cemented their way into a corner also. Legacy idolizes the corrupt and evil Microsoft System and their expesive ways of doing things. They have forced themselves into a really tight corner trying to make things work in this very difficult to diagnose system, and should be commended for what they did do, but they cannot correct their huge deficiancies until they chuck out the door the program core and rebuild their system using one of several superior ways of handling data.

Rootsmagic has locked themselves out of doing the things they need to do and what Legacy did, because they have adopted some bad forms for data entry and storage. Now with their customer base they are stuck with some really bad forms, and cannot dig their way out with their current way of doing things. The areas they need to fix require revamping their data tables and changing their forms, but they cannot do this and not bring about a huge problem to their current users. Anything they do now has to be done in little steps and conversions of existing forms of data have to be made.

Legacy has a problem with rolling out great features but never finishing them into a polished end that flows well with their system. They like to add this and before working out bugs and making it truly useful, they jump to another good idea and totally abandon the last project half baked. Now it takes a ton of clicking to do the littlest things, and nothing ever really works well, so the program crashes constantly.

Rootsmagic can most certainly handle the huge loads of data and had done well in making the data accessible by sqlite. But they monkey wrenched things but creating some strange character compilation that they do not release, so users cannot do that much to the data on their own.

At any rate, we got bogged down setting things up in RootsMagic and then learning their way of doing things. It also took quite a bit of time getting the data changed to fit their way of doing things. There is another article on that process which is ongoing.

The problems currently have involved the update of the data on the Website. During the time of changing desktop software, there was a big upgrade of the website TNG software, and it required the mods to be redone and took a bit of work and several days. We have that completed but now have to get our RootsMagic gedcom to merge well with the current data.

In order to do that we needed to get a good desktop web server going. We have one, but it was not working well with TNG. We turned all the things off on it and installed a standard WAMP server and things went pretty well once we had the conflicting server services all cancelled.

But the first merging of the new type of Gedcom demonstrated a bunch of issues that need to be resolved and we are working through them in hopes we can do a website update in a week or two, and get back to our data updating.

At this point things look promising. The gedcom did work well with the Legacy data already online, and the bugs are being worked out so I believe it will work with less problems online once some more changes are made.

Please bear with us in the interim!

We had one person call us that they could not get emails to be accepted by our webserver host. My emails have fallen dramatically and I am thinking she may be right. My test emails get through, but I may post an alternate email for a while to see if things work better on it. Just another thing to pursue!

Have fun, Clinton.

Jan 20 website update

The new month of Sh’vat (שבט) begins on Jan 21, so we wrapped up the last few weeks of research for a big update of the website data.

This run has been marked and slowed by the loss of my left index finger. I almost cut the top of the finger off in December, so it has been bandaged. It should have been stitched, but I did not know how to get to the doctor without calling an ambulance. I am so big I cannot get into cars anymore. We had to let out van go to the junk yard, so it is gone and I don’t have any way to get there. During office hours getting to a doctor is the same dilemma. So, we did the best we could and tried different ideas. It took a couple of weeks, but we finally figured out the best way to bind up the finger to immobilize it and keep the separated sections together so it could start healing. The long and short of this means that I have been trying to type without this most important positioning finger on a completely split keyboard. In other words, don’t try this at home!

The finger also set me back a whole bunch on my daily routines and sleep routines. So we are rebuilding more than just a finger! But who cares? All people want is ready and free access to our work. Who cares about the laborer?

Project Work

Quick changes

  • Elkanah Gage (i64303) memorial number fixed
  • Capt. Robert Bradford (i67261) memorial number fixed
  • Sarah Gardiner Tripp (i126553) memorial fixed
  • Nathan Tripp (i126554) memorial fixed
  • Phoebe Tripp (i127024) memorial fixed

General Data fixes

There were thousands of locations that did not have gps codes or the notes. We deleted the whole table and did a direct import of the Legacy Data using Microsoft Access to provide the list and Excell to format it into the table format with the proper fields. Then we did an import, and finally, after many tries got it loaded. Now the locations should all be updated and complete with the full data.

Email Situation

  1. Emails needing attention: 47

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 49
  2. Gravestones added: 5
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 1
  5. Locations added: 63
  6. Individuals added: 195
  7. Sources: 17
  8. New members: 0
  9. Find A Grave memorials added: 99
  10. Billion Graves records added: 2

Doryland family

  1. John Henry Doryland memorial
  2. Highland Cemetery, Geary County, Kansas (cemetery 2008)
  3. Sarah Doryland memorial
  4. Sunset Cemetery, Riley County, Kansas (cemetery 2009)
  5. Arthur Bolyn Doryland memorial
  6. Abilene Cemetery, Dickinson county, Kansas (cemetery 2010)
  7. Mary Jane Mustard Garvie & memorial
  8. James Garvie & memorial
  9. Ethel Garvie Doryland memorial
  10. Name fix for Maud Doryland from Kelly Guy
  11. John Doryland family in 1900
  12. John Doryland in Farm Census for 1870
  13. Did a page by page search and found his family in 1870 census. Fixed transcription errors in Ancestry.
  14. Doryland family connection added to Ancestry
  15. John Doryland family in 1880 found by page hunting. Fixed Ancestry index transcription errors
  16. John Doryland family in 1885
  17. John Doryland family in 1895 by hunt hunting. Fixed Ancestry index errors
  18. John Doryland family in 1905
  19. No Doryland family found in 1875 census pages in Davis County, Kansas
  20. St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Neosho County, Kansas (cemetery 2011)
  21. Russell Kern memorial
  22. Russell Kern grave
  23. Adah Kern memorial
  24. Adah Kern grave
  25. John Doryland family in 1915
  26. John Doryland family in 1910
  27. J. Doryland death, Aug 1859
  28. Ada Doryland death, 1870 and fixed Ancestry error of place of birth
  29. Arthur Doryland family in 1920
  30. Much more to enter, but out of time.

December Emails

  1. Gardner Soule predecessor updated and some corrections made. In preparation for possible data to come.
  2. Poked around Leonard Tarne, updating relatives here and there.
  3. John Steese information added as well as wife and parents
  4. Stees Burial Ground, Union County, Pennsylvania (cemetery 1997). Cemetery 535 removed and merged into this new one.
  5. John Jacob Stees memorial
  6. Hassingers Old Cemetery, Snyder County, Pennsylvania (cemetery 1998)
  7. Margaret Sties memorial
  8. John Stees memorial
  9. Barbara Steese memorial
  10. David Stees memorial
  11. Susannah Kline Stees memorial
  12. Elizabeth Stee memorial
  13. Rachel Steese Shively memorial
  14. George Shively memorial
  15. Eva Sypher Steese memorial
  16. John Stees memorial
  17. Margeret Stees memorial
  18. David Stees family added
  19. Abraham Steese family added
  20. Mudbrook Cemetery, Stark County, Ohio (cemetery 1999)
  21. St. John’s Cemetery, Stark County, Ohio (cemetery 2000)
  22. Lakewood Cemetery, Summit County, Ohio (cemetery 2001)
  23. Abraham Steese memorial
  24. Lydia Steese memorial
  25. Elvina Arntz memorial
  26. Israel E. Steese memorial
  27. Edinburg Cemetery, Portage County, Ohio (cemetery 2002)
  28. Amanda Steese Phile memorial
  29. Albert C. Phile memorial
  30. Levi Steese memorial
  31. Frances Steese Phile memorial
  32. Charles O. Phile memorial
  33. Further expansion of Abraham Steese family
  34. Monument Cemetery, Burlington County, New Jersey (cemetery 2003)
  35. Herman A Stees memorial
  36. Minnie Stees memorial

December 20 update

This week started with a handicap, because I sliced two fingers on the band saw. They were diagonally slashed near the tips of the fingers, keeping me from being able to type. As a result I had to go back to dictation software and training the dictation software for my voice. Two programs later and after hours of setups and training, I am back typing without two fingers!

Project Work

General Data fixes

  • Legacy Family Tree had a table with over a thousand locations in it. It was the tblRO. We removed these and did a successful Check/Repair of the data. This was not to last. Our checks today were failures, and the table had two Canadian cities added!
  • Updated Burial Linking mod to 9.0.0.4
  • Added Malware scanning to blog software
  • Added New Tagging api

Email Situation

  1. Emails needing attention: 30
  2. Emails cleared: 6
  3. Dec 2013 emails now cleared. All left is from last two months.

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 1
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 1
  4. Photos added: 0
  5. Locations added: 4
  6. Individuals added: 5
  7. Sources: 5
  8. New members: 1
  9. Find A Grave memorials added: 121
  10. Billion Graves records added: 4

December emails

  1. Alex Baumgartner added to tree
  2. Greenwood Cemetery, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama (cemetery 1991)
  3. Mary Elizabeth McGehee Douthit grave changed from New Hampshire to Alabama from Charles Pelham
  4. Mary Douthit memorial
  5. William McGehee memorial
  6. Mary Douthit grave record
  7. William Douthit grave record
  8. Willie Douthit Dunn grave record
  9. Maude Douthit grave record
  10. Sarah Emily Douthit Bartee memorial
  11. William H. Douthit memorial
  12. Mary D Striplan changed to Mary D. Stewart
  13. Mary D. Douthit memorial
  14. Willie Douthit Dunn memorial
  15. Maude Douthit memorial

Dec 12 update

Busy work on the family tree. We did get out to the shop once to break up the monotony, but hope to get about more next week. Tiring of emails we broke into a scrapbook project that got abandoned from Nelda Douthit, and had a great time getting funeral notices processed from about 10 pages in it.

Project Work

  1. Joseph Flynn Dunaway family
  2. December emails
  3. Nathan Mason family
  4. Erhardt Notebook                                                                     

Email Situation

  1. Emails needing attention: 19
  2. Emails cleared: 9

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 20
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 1
  4. Photos added: 3
  5. Locations added: 26
  6. Individuals added: 80
  7. Sources: 14
  8. New members: 2

Nathan Mason expanded

Leroy Henry Mason sent us the family members of Nathan Mason in the family group sheet. We are most grateful!

  1. Leroy Mason Pedigree to England using FamilySearch
  2. Cleanup of Family Search data mess
  3. Togus National Cemetery, Kennebec County, Maine (cemetery 1988)
  4. Ira Mason memorial
  5. Douglas Cemetery, Kennebec County, Maine (cemetery 1989)
  6. Nathan Mason grave
  7. Ira Mason family in 1870
  8. Nathan Mason family in 1900
  9. Nathan Mason family in 1910
  10. Aubrey James family in 1920
  11. Nathan Mason in 1930
  12. Nathan Mason marriage record to Isabel
  13. Aubrey James marriage to Isabel
  14. Monadnock View Cemetery, Cheshire County, New Hampshire (cemetery 1990)
  15. John Edward Mason memorial
  16. Delma Hall memorial
  17. John Edward Mason’s third family added from Leroy Mason.

Joseph Flynn Dunaway

James Lee Geiger sent us information about the death of Joseph Flynn Dunaway and his wife and her remarriage. This is an amazing story. We expanded things to beef up the involved families:

  1. Added information about the location of death of Flynn Dunaway
  2. Added his wife
  3. Added her second husband
  4. Lois Dunaway family in 1930
  5. Lois Dunaway family in 1935
  6. Lois Dunaway family in 1940
  7. Joseph Dunaway family in 1900
  8. Joseph Dunaway family in 1910
  9. Albert Pritchard family in 1910
  10. Albert Pritchard family in 1920
  11. Albert Pritchard memorial
  12. Betty Pritchard memorial
  13. Iola Mae Pritchard Dunaway memorial
  14. William Lois Dunaway memorial
  15. William Lois Dunaway Jr. Memorial
  16. Flynn Dunaway memorial from James Geiger
  17. Minnie Stone family in 1920
  18. Joseph Dunaway family in 1930
  19. Fred Dunaway birth index record
  20. Fred Dunaway marriage index record
  21. Fred Dunaway in S.S. index
  22. Beebe Cemetery, White County, Arkansas (cemetery 1984)
  23. Fred Dunaway memorial
  24. Otis Dunaway memorial
  25. Zion Cemetery, St. Louis County, Missouri (cemetery 1985)
  26. Joseph Dunaway memorial
  27. Kathleen Dunaway memorial
  28. Flynn and Jacqueline photo from James Geiger
  29. Flynn Dunaway in uniform photo from James Geiger
  30. Jacqueline Dunaway in jet photo from James Geiger
  31. Flynn Dunaway obituary from James Geiger
  32. Jacqueline Geiger SS index
  33. Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Benton County, Washington (cemetery 1986)
  34. Jacqueline Geiger memorial
  35. James Geiger memorial
  36. Flynn Dunaway in City Directory of 1951
  37. Jacqueline Satterlee in city directory of 1949
  38. Charles Satterlee family in 1930
  39. Charles Satterlee family in 1940
  40. Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Garland County, Arkansas (cemetery 1987)
  41. Ruth Satterlee memorial
  42. Charles Satterlee memorial
  43. Golden Satterlee in S.S. index
  44. Dall Satterlee in S.S. index
  45. Dal Satterlee in 1947
  46. Charles Satterlee family in 1929
  47. Charles Satterlee family in 1944
  48. Charles Satterlee family in 1956
  49. Charles Satterlee family in 1954
  50. Charles Satterlee family in 1958
  51. Charles Satterlee family in 1951

November 2014 emails

  • George Weslie Lackie added from George Lackie
    • Changed George Warren Lackie place of death and date
    • Changed Alma Polley’s birth date and death date
    • Expanded Harold C. Lackie’s name and place of birth and added spouse, corrected date of death, removed social security number
    • Expanded Warren Lackie’s name, removed social security number
    • Expanded Weslie Lackie’s name, date of death
    • George Warren Lackie memorial
    • Weslie Lackie memorial
    • George G. Lackey memorial
  • John Patrick Macomber birth and photos from his proud father
  • Glenn W. Bearden wife and children added from Nancy Kraemer
  • John J. Macomber to John Zenas Macomber from Mattie
  • Webster Macomber and John Macomber’s wives from Mattie
  • Gordon Leonard gravestone from Lynn Nielsen
    • Gordon Leonard memorial
    • Price City Cemetery, Carbon County, Utah (cemetery 1981)
    • Ethel Powell Leonard memorial
    • Ada Swink Leonard memorial
    • Elnora Katherine Walker Leonard date of death added
    • Her marriage date and place fixed
    • Darrel Leonard expanded
    • Vernal Leonard expanded
    • Darrel Leonard memorial
    • Vernal Leonard memorial
    • Nilla Leonard memorial
  • Edward Smith McCumber grave photo from Rick
    • I thought he was referring to E.S. Macomber (i131480) but this was not ture but initiated the following reaction! At least the data got upgraded a bit!
    • Expanded E. S. Macomber info
    • Expanded Ruth to Ruth Ferguson and added three of her children
    • Emily Day info expanded
    • Imported locations fixed
    • William P. Macomber parents added (to link to greater tree)
    • Israel Macomber added
    • Israel Macomber children added
    • Israel Macomber parents added
    • Parents merged with existing tree
    • Found actual person is Edward Smith McCumber (i191651) and Rick had sent his photo to be attached to the correct person.
    • Linked photo to his wife as well
  • Kindal Adam joined the Small family part of the website. We added his line and beefed up our data:
    • Sarah Parker name, dates and parents expanded and added
    • William Parker was not successfully joined to Parker family data
    • Family line laid out
    • Ward Cemetery, Grundy County, Illinois (cemetery 1982)
    • Cushman Small memorial
    • Hiram Small family in 1885
    • Cushman Small family in 1850
    • Cushman Small family in 1855
    • Cushman Small family in 1840
    • Cushman Small family in 1860
    • Alfred Small and Nellie Chapel marriage date and place
    • Lamberton Cemetery, Redwood County, Minnesota (cemetery 1983)
    • Hiram Small memorial
    • Sarah Small memorial
    • Bertram Small memorial
    • Progress halted due to time limits