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Latest General Updates

TNG software updated

There were a lot of little fixes that were released and we have installed this next update to incorporate them.

Our attentions have been at another neglected website rebuild, so we have had to take a break from the heavy load of family tree work for now. We hope to return soon and continue a regular schedule. We appreciate your patience.

Samuel Burns Parker relatives needed

An attorney in Florida is in need of the names and contact information of any living relatives of Samuel Burns Parker and his wife, Cola Dickerson. If you have any information, please contact us so we can pass the attorney’s information on to you. This is very time sensitive.

Samuel Burns Parker died in 1952 in 1952 in Brewton, Alabama, according to information we have. He had a son from another wife, Annie Stevens Wilson, named Julian Parker. We have no further information on him.

Please contact us or leave a comment if you have any information.

Multiple Trees

We checked and now have a bunch of orphan data that has cropped up in the data changeover. We decided it was time to fix the problem, so here is what we did.

  • Fitzgerald changed from fitzgerald: many
  • Fulk de Breute removed (i23546)
  • Hardy de Helion removed (i16681)
  • John de Cantilupe removed (i16676)
  • Randulph de Soulis (i30637) reconnected and family information updated
  • Eudo de Rhie (i30802) removed
  • Samuel Aborne (i32891) removed
  • Friskin de Kerdale (i30711) removed
  • Thomas Case (i11325) removed
  • Henry Case (i11324) removed
  • Mary Jane Womble (i165375) reconnected
  • Tom Baird (i59974) removed
  • Robert Knevet (i16672) removed
  • Robert de Mowbray (i16102) removed
  • William Case (i11326) removed
  • William Grizzle (i162361) merged into Henry Grizzle (i162339)
  • John Watson (i32134) and Alice Prentice (i32135) removed
  • Reddick Garner (i162994) and Hannah Cook (i162995) removed

Legacy to Rootsmagic Woe

I was stumbling around digging up lost files and came across this list. It was made during the time I was converting the data from Legacy Family Tree to RootsMagic.

It probably goes without saying, but the process took weeks to do. It is not at all smooth, because the two programs operate on totally different foundations and output. Legacy is stuck in the clunky world of Microsoft Access and has built their whole isolated world in their little bubble.

RootsMagic is based on a common and quick and easy database system, but they also have grown up in a Mormon bubble. Their approach is very different and in places very ambiguous, in order to be Mormon approved and run. The truth is that real family tree work is and should be Mormon agnostic, or built on a base that handles family tree data, events and relationships well, and then secondarily has a plug in for Mormons to use. Family tree information predates the Mormon incursions into it, and will far outlast the Mormons (just don’t try to tell them that!).

At any rate, here is a sampling of issues that had to be worked out.

  • Rebuilt website image location program in mysqli
  • Rebuilt headshot image location program in mysqli
  • Fixed ls.jpg reference with replaced graphic in Barney McCoy Douthit fact
  • Fixed lw.jpg reference by deleting from William Bates and Jenssen Witt-Claes
  • Fixed Sanctuary Stings flyer links to Cheryl, Gideon, Deborah, Mark & Naomi Macomber
  • Fixed link to David Kostman appeal document
  • Fixed links to three recital documents in Nelda Griffith
  • Fixed link to Ephraim Leach will
  • Added marriage source for Stephen & Lizzie Macomber
  • Replaced lost document for Stephen & George Macomber in 1880 census
  • Replaced lost document for Rhoda Dore Macomber and family in 1880
  • Fixed link to Elizabeth Whitmore property document in 1897
  • Replaced lost document for Stephen Macomber family in 1850
  • Replaced lost document for Stephen Macomber family in 1860
  • Replaced lost document for Stephen Macomber family in 1870
  • Replaced lost document for Thomas Golden family in 1850
  • Replaced lost document for Thomas Golden family in 1860
  • Replaced lost document for Thomas Golden family in 1870
  • Replaced lost document for Thomas Golden family in 1880
  • Replaced lost documents for Thomas Dore family in 1850

Bitely updates

Hamilton Bitely sent a gravestone photo of Cyrus Bitely, and this inspired the following additions:

  1. Expanded the Bitely family back to 1720
  2. John Bitely residence in 1779
  3. Jacob Bitely family in 1850
  4. Jacob Bitely family in 1850
  5. Stephen Bitely family in 1850
  6. Jacob Bitely grave 1820
  7. Jacob Bitely memorial

June 12 updates

We are still rebuilding from the wreckage that came to our whole computer system the first half of this year. There is going to be a huge amount of things we will not be able to replace, but we had one victory today! We were able to salvage the emails sent in May! We still are trying to get emails sent from December of last year through April, but have not gotten that done yet, and may not be able to do so.

I’m also faced with another dilemma! My website is so popular, I need to somehow come up with $150 to keep it going! We have maxed out the limits of our current business plan host account and have to upgrade to the next level. I sure wish I could count on help, but we may just need to shut this all down. I may have a couple months to think about it, but things do not look good right now. I certainly don’t have this money, and there is no chance I will find it. We are on public welfare, and cannot afford even the basics of life, even the medicines required to stay alive.

  1. Thomas Martellone sent a photo of McGuire Cemetery as well as how to find it.
  2. Byron Bitely gravestone sent by Hamilton Bitely.
  3. Daniel Sylvester Allen data updated and memorial added, along with several folks from Alice Monschke.

HUGE Update

We have been struggling for months now with new desktop software, getting data converted, multiple computer crashes and rebuilds, and lots of lost data. It is still not over, but we have just gotten a huge upload done from the new software.

Because there was a desktop software program change, there will be a lot of changes in the website data presentations and tagging. Hopefully we have minimized this as much as possible ahead of time, but still, it will be there.

Second, this data is the presentation of months of work and changes: meaning there are hundreds of new people and thousands of new facts that have been added.

Due to the multiple computer crashes, we do not have a listing of all the new stuff that was added. These lists got destroyed in the computer problems.

There is another sad note. We have lost many emails that were sent from December to the present. We are slowly trying to mine out these emails and hopefully will eventually uncover them, but they may be lost forever. We truly regret this!

Software Updates

It is already time for a subversion update of The Next Generation Software. The update seems to have gone pretty smoothly with most of the work being done behind the scenes. After completing the main software update we had to redo our many modification scripts. The process was a bit awkward not having my website developer software fully installed and going, having lost the websites on my data hard drive in the recent computer troubles.

  • Cleaned up and reinstalled 22 mods that had no new changes
  • Mouse wheel zoom was updated
  • Submit Photo/Document was updated and attachments were increased to 10 items and rtf style added to file types
  • Footer Copyright notice updated and edited
  • Display social buttons mod updated

Where’s the Updates?

“Man is born to trouble as sparks fly upwards!” so say the prophets. Men are born to face trouble and get incinerated facing it. A worthless man avoids the trouble and quietly rots away in the darkness, never to be heard, never to do anything and never to be remembered. Such is the chattel of society. Quietly live, quietly rot, quietly disappear, leave no mark, leave no name.

I certainly have my trials for trying to do something, and it is always a challenge to keep trying. My computer recently lost its coolant and then when my helper was refilling it, it got water damage and fried. The process of trying to salvage the old warhorse was long and grim, and at last it was given up. Then the process of getting the most bang for the buck ensued and Gideon tried to get the best he could on a limited spending allocation. Some say loudly: “you get what you pay for!” and it was said quite a bit the last few weeks. We also said, we will somehow make do. We kept trying to push past all the gluts of challenges and am getting closer to having a working machine.

It may be a couple weeks before we can be back to business as usual, because we still have to get a large data drive recovered. It is dead, and we are looking into seeing if we can replace a part or two to get the data off of it. My backups appear to have not been working for some time, so we have really lost a lot during the last few weeks. Of the greatest losses is the email and email archives. We have yet to find a way to salvage them. I have over four months of emails that were waiting to be handled.

Pray with us! Somehow we will overcome or get burned up trying!

Software Update

The TNG website software underwent a lot of changes, so it was time to upgrade it to the next subversion level. We did that and the following mods were reinstalled.

  1. Life Dates on Separate Lines updated
  2. Add person Row reinstalled
  3. Ancestor Map updated
  4. Burial Website Media Import updated
  5. Cemetery Disclaimer (my mod) upgraded & updated and webpage updated
  6. Create Sitemap updated
  7. Social Buttons reinstalled
  8. Children event map updated
  9. Email sender’s IP to help stop spam comments added
  10. Family Indicators updated
  11. Family Preview updated
  12. Family Group Worksheet extension updated
  13. FGW tabs updated
  14. ID Prefix format updated
  15. Tooltip media updated
  16. Mouse Wheel Zoom updated
  17. New Account Request Form mod updated and heavily customized
  18. Removed password generator
  19. Personal Table Maintenance updated
  20. Person not found updated
  21. Places subject to deletion updated
  22. Redundant Persons tab updated
  23. Search from help reinstalled
  24. Submit headstone photo updated
  25. Submit photo mod reinstalled
  26. Submit photo/document updated
  27. Surname Cloud tooltip updated
  28. User footer copyright mod updated
  29. American Dates reinstalled
  30. Hebrew Dates on hold

WAMP server setup on my desktop computer. IIS server had to be shut down and the various services using it had to be stopped. Once I found all the SQL types and shut them off, things began to work! Surprise!

TNG installed on WAMP server. This worked out pretty well. Next was the data move and it was a real problem. Several data dumps from the website later, we managed to find a way for BigDump to do the job, and it did it!

Next we created a Gedcom from RootsMagic and it took a long time. We ran the import on TNG desktop and it worked well! Surprise. The combing of the results has yielded some problems to overcome:

  1. _Color tag is worthless in TNG, turned off of desktop verson
  2. Family Search tag of event needed to be labeled, done on desktop
  3. Place details is actually just an address holder, so cemeteries and addresses that were setup in RootsMagic must be corrected so TNG’s cemetery feature can work.
  4. County had to be deleted from RootsMagic places and so before merge should be deleted from TNG data, or there will be several hundred more unused Places.
  5. Cemeteries in TNG had to have “of America” dropped from United States even for old data to work
  6. Cemetery Disclaimer had removed the name from the page, code repaired, zipped uploaded, wiki fixed
  7. Memorial Footnotes fixed for FindAGrave of recent entries
  8. Place names address fields reworked to show address and not place name, while preserving old address details. Done with temp tables, perl, regex, and sqlite ide

Hundreds of small address fixes and additions where missing.

Change of Douthit Family Cemetery of Piedmont SC from address to place again

Many streets added to address field and those that were present had the following fixes made:

  1. Rd. to Road
  2. Rd to Road
  3. St. to Street
  4. St to Street
  5. Ave. to Avenue
  6. Ave to Avenue
  7. S. to South
  8. N. to North
  9. W. to West
  10. E. to East
  11. Blvd. to Boulevard
  12. Blvd to Boulevard
  13. Dr. to Drive
  14. Dr to Drive

Finally succeeded in getting the address field information corrected and merged! Wow, that alone took all week!

Known duplicate addresses were removed.

Test export of data to desktop TNG successful.