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1. FACEBOOK APP: When you upload a GEDCOM, the living people would be stored in a "mini-tree" that would be accessible via a Facebook application. You would choose people from your Facebook friend list to give access to this tree. You would view and edit the living people in this tree using a different interface from the WR interface. The interface would be significantly scaled down from the WeRelate interface. History would not be kept for living people, wiki formatting wouldn't work, and you might not get notified of changes to living people for example. When you navigated to a deceased person from the Facebook application you would be taken to their wiki page in WR. This approach is probably a medium amount of effort programming-wise.

RECORD YOUR VOTE FOR NUMBER 1 OPTION HERE...

2. PRIVATE WERELATE WIKI: We allow people to create private family wikis. The interface would be the same as WeRelate, but you control who gets to create accounts to view and update the pages. Furthermore, you could "publish" certain pages (all or some of the deceased people in your tree) from your private wiki to the WeRelate public wiki, and you could automatically or selectively copy changes from the public wiki back into your private wiki. If I were to provide this, I would probably want to make it available to people who have donated a modest amount (say $10-20) to cover the costs of hosting a separate database. This approach has the benefit that as new features are added to the public WeRelate site, they would also be added to the private sites. This approach is also a medium amount of effort programming-wise.

RECORD YOUR VOTE FOR NUMBER 2 OPTION HERE...

3. NEW COLLABORATIVE SITE: We create a new genealogy program (possibly using http://wave.google.com extensions) with sharing and publish/subscribe capabilities. The goal would be that this program would replace your desktop genealogy program. It would run online so you could access it from your iPhone or Mac or Netbook or Windows machine, but it would be your private database. You could use this program to share your complete genealogy with your close family members, publish certain people in your tree to WR or Geni or Ancestry or where-ever, and automatically or selectively copy changes from those other websites back into your program. If I were to provide this, I would probably want to charge say $20-30 so that I could hire another programmer and a support person, so the program could be developed to have the same capabilities as the desktop programs it would be competing with. This approach entails the most effort programming-wise, but may have the capacity to result in the nicest solution ultimately.

RECORD YOUR VOTE FOR NUMBER 3 OPTION HERE...

4. PHPGEDVIEW APP: We modify the open-source PhpGedView and add publish-subscribe capabilities to it, so that you could publish people from your PhpGedView database to WeRelate. If I did this, I would also add PhpGedView hosting for people who don't want to set up their own PhpGedView server for say $20/year. This approach entails the least amount of effort programming-wise, but you have to be comfortable with using the PhpGedView interface. (See SourceForge review and Wikipedia article on PhpGedView application.)

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5. STATUS QUO: Basically do nothing to support the interest of WeRelate users wanting to incorporate living people within their databases, and continue with the policy of including no living people on WeRelate or any other supported subsidiary site.

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Complicated succession box format

Extended Family
Grandparents Parents Subjects Children Grandchildren
Edward VIII

1936
her uncle

George VI

1936-1952
her father

Queen of the United Kingdom

1952-present

Heir Apparent

Prince Charles
her son

Next in line

Prince William
her grandson

Edward VIII

1936
her uncle

George VI

as King of the British Dominions beyond the Seas
1936-1952
her father

Queen of Canada

1952-present

Queen of Australia

1952-present

Queen of New Zealand

1952-present

Queen of Pakistan

1952-1956

End of Line
George VI

as King of the British Dominions beyond the Seas
1936-1952
her father

Herself
as Queen of the United Kingdom
Queen of Ghana
1957-1960
Queen of Nigeria
1960-1963

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GEDCOM

Next step: Review your GEDCOM

You're not done yet!

WeRelate is different from most family tree websites. By contributing to WeRelate you are helping to create Pando for genealogy, a free, unified family tree that combines the best information from all contributors.

Now that you have uploaded <GEDCOMfile>.ged, your next step is to review what your pages will look like, review any potential warnings, and combine (merge) people in your GEDCOM with matching people already on WeRelate. You need to review your GEDCOM before it can finish importing.

Note: if your gedcom contains many errors or multiple families, we’d ask that you resolve and correct the errors, delete this gedcom and re-submit it without the errors before merging it with families already on WeRelate. If the gedcom is very large, we’d suggest breaking it up into separate lines and importing them one at a time, which makes the review and correction process easier.

Click here to review your GEDCOM

Once you have finished your review and marked your GEDCOM Ready to import, one of our administrators will review your GEDCOM and finalize the import. This usually happens within 24 hours. You will receive a message here when the pages have been created.

--WeRelate agent 09:21, 1 July 2010 (EDT)

Featured Page Test Format

Have you discovered a fascinating page? Did it make you laugh or cry? Please take some time to nominate that page. Why nominate a page? Because, it's like a virtual pat on the back, a way to recognize hard work. Also, featured pages are a wonderful example to those just starting out with WeRelate. A page from the list will be featured on the Main Page each week.

So, let your voice be heard, nominate a great page today!

Next week's featured page candidates

Here are some of the criteria previously established for Genealogy Well Done Status.

In short, "genealogy-well-done" criteria includes the following factors:

  • Makes good use of primary and secondary sources -- limited reliance on questionable or tertiary sources. If page only includes unreliable sources, then it probably should not be considered.
  • Shows a reasonable exhaustive search of the relevant source records.
  • Provides analysis of the data to "make the case."
  • Considers alternative viewpoints, and addresses conflicting ideas.
  • Makes good use of narrative to "tell the story."
  • Provides background information to place the story in its historical and social context.

Additional factors may boost the "genealogy-well-done" qualification:

  • Includes photo and/or document images.
  • Gives additional relevant facts and events besides just vitals.
  • Has multiple contributors or watchers.
  • Has multiple number of "What Links Here" links.

Nominations (Long-List)

'Admins: Please add any new nominated pages to this nomination long list, then review those listed here, and rate the top three pages by points:

  • 3 for best page
  • 2 for next best page
  • 1 for third best page
The three top place point-getters will be added to the "short-list" and I will entertain your recommendations and comments (pro and con) for each next week.

Close Out Date: Sunday, 15 Aug 2010

Date AddedPage TitleCommentsSumbitted byAdmin #1 SolveigAdmin #2 JBS66 Admin #3 DFreeAdmin #4Admin #5Admin #6Admin #7Admin #8Total Points
11 Feb 2010 Person:Charles Quinnell (1) Nice variety of sources. sq #1: 3 #2: No #3: Later #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 3 pts.
26 Mar 2010 Family:Frederick Wilke and Mary Wilkins (1) Excellent coverage and narrative. Jennifer (JBS66) #1: 2 #2: 3 #3: No #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 5 pts.
10 April 2010 Person: Benjamin Dean (9) Good use of photos & sources. DFree #1: 1 #2: 1 #3: 3 #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 5 pts.
10 April 2010 Person: Orange Neff (1) Well-formatted and very easy to read. DFree #1: No #2: No #3: 1 #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 1 pt.
10 April 2010 Person: Orange Neff (1) Nice variety of sources. DFree #1: No #2: No #3: 2 #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 2 pts.
14 May 2010 Place:Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United States A nice example of a helpful cemetery page Jennifer (JBS66) #1: No #2: 1 #3: Wait #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 1 pt.
7 August 2010 Person:George Tuttle (1) Many photos, good use of sources. Jennifer (JBS66) #1: No #2: 1 #3: Wait #4: #5: #6: #7: #8: 1 pt.

Settlement of Gravesend, Long Island -- Well-presented, interesting, good use of wiki features. --BobC 08:52, 24 August 2010 (EDT) Person:William Smith (640) -- Well-researched, good use of photos, good follow-on research in the The Problem of William H. Smith page. --BobC 09:03, 24 August 2010 (EDT) Analysis:Tuckahoe Place Name Frequency -- Good exploration of a placename. --BobC 09:07, 24 August 2010 (EDT) Person:Charles Addams (3) -- Compilation of facts, sources and references for Addams Family creator. --BobC 09:12, 24 August 2010 (EDT)

Short List

'Admins: These are the three best pages rated by you for last week. Pleaser review and write your comments, both pro and con, for and against, best features and shortcomings. On Saturday I will review and select which page will be the Featured Page for next week. Thank you.

1. Page Title (5 pts.)

AdminPro commentsCon CommentsBest of 3? (Yes or No)
sq Good use of sources, nice layout. No pictures or document images. No
sq I like the style and outstanding use of sources. Long sentences. Yes
Delijim Alot of well-researched information. Not visually appealing. No

2. Page Title (4 pts.)

AdminPro commentsCon CommentsBest of 3? (Yes or No)
sq Good use of sources, nice layout. No pictures or document images. No
sq I like the style and outstanding use of sources. Long sentences. NO
Delijim Alot of well-researched information. I'd like to see more detail and narrative on his life, family, occupation, migration, etc. Some of the others above tell a more thorough story.... Yes

3. Page Title (3 pts.)

AdminPro commentsCon CommentsBest of 3? (Yes or No)
sq Good use of sources, nice layout. No pictures or document images. Yes
sq I like the style and outstanding use of sources. The narrative needs to be formatted better instead of just one long paragraph. No
Delijim Alot of well-researched information. Would be better with more narrative. No


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NEWLY UPDATED CHALLENGE!

As many around the world celebrate Christmas and enjoy the festive holiday spirit this month (December), we highlight two actors, who in many people's eyes, portrayed Santa Claus best in their cinematic roles, Mr. Edmund Gwenn and Sir Richard Attenborough. Both actors played the part in versions of the same movie, Miracle on 34th Street, Gwenn in the original 1947 screenplay and Attenborough in the 1994 remake almost 50 years later.

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January

JANUARY'S CHALLENGE!

Inauguration Day has taken place on January 20th following each United States presidential election since 1937. The term of a President commences at noon on that day, when the Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court administers the oath of office to the President.

As we witness the presidential inauguration this month, January's Genealogy Crowdsourcing Challenge puts the spotlight on two Supreme Court Chief Justices who have played that important role in the inauguration of past presidents: The Honorable Edward White (served 1910-1921) and The Honorable Warren Burger (served 1969-1986).

You can join this month's challenge and help bring their WeRelate pages to life. Best of luck. And have fun.

You can read more about the new WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge if you are unfamiliar with the game.

Congratulations to User:Cos1776 and User:jrm03063, players and winners of last month's Christmas Challenge.

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February

FEBRUARY'S SUMMARY!

Summary:

Exactly 100 years ago this month the U.S. freighter pictured here, filled with grain, was sunk by a German submarine, an action which led to the United States entering World War I.

February's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge highlights the two individuals who played key roles in that attack, Thomas Ensor and Hans Rose.

FEBRUARY'S CHALLENGE!

Full Text: 100 years ago (on 3 February 1917), the SS Housatonic (formerly SS Georgia), a United States merchant transport ship, was sunk by German submarine U-53. This action was one that pulled the United States into entering World War I three months later. Here's the rest of the interesting story.

Carrying a full cargo of wheat from the United States, the Housatonic set sail from Galveston, Texas via Newport News, Virginia for Liverpool, England on 16 January 1917. Captain Thomas Ensor, captain of the Housatonic, reported that about twenty miles off the Isles of Scully (off the southwestern tip of Britain) his cargo ship was stopped by the German submarine U-53, under the command of Kapitänleutnant Hans Rose.

An officer and two seamen from U-53 boarded the ship, and sent Captain Ensor over to the submarine, where he was questioned by Captain Rose, who spoke fluent English. After examining the Housatonic's papers Rose told Ensor to return and order his crew to abandon ship. Rose explained that he was sorry, but the ship was "carrying food supplies to the enemy of my country." After the crew launched two lifeboats the German submarine then delivered a single torpedo and the Housatonic sank.

Interestingly, Rose was one of the most respected and courageous U-boat commanders of World War I, famous for his humanity and fairness in battle. Sometimes after torpedoing a ship he would wait until all the lifeboats were filled, then throw tow lines, give the victims food, and keep all the survivors together until a rescuing ship appeared on the horizon when he would release the lines towing the lifeboats and submerge. There exist many other accounts of him caring for survivors even when putting his own life at risk.

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April

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Six years ago this month, the United Nations passed a resolution celebrating the beginning of the space era for mankind. The UN General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared April 12th as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.”

12 April 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. On 20 February 1962, Astronaut John Glenn flew the Friendship 7 mission as the first American to orbit the Earth. He was the fifth person in space.

In the UN resolution, the General Assembly expressed its deep conviction of the common interest of mankind in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space, as the province of all mankind, for peaceful purposes and in continuing efforts to extend to all States the benefits derived there from.

The photo to the right shows the John Glenn panel and Yuri Gagarin statue at the former NASA office on Wayside Drive in Houston.

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Congratulations to User:GayelKnott and User:Btomp, players and winners of last month's Hollywood Challenge.

Summary:

The United Nations General Assembly adapted a resolution in 2011 declaring April 12th as the International Day of Human Space Flight celebrating the beginning of the space era for mankind. Two key individuals who played an important part of the beginning of space flight were Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, who was the first human in space on 12 April 1961, and Astronaut John Glenn who was the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space.

The emblem shown here depicts the Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) conducted in July 1975, the first joint US–Soviet space flight, as a symbol of the policy of détente that the two superpowers were pursuing at the time.

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May

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead.

It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle.

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. In 1948 the U.S. Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

In 1968, President Johnson signed the Uniform Holiday Bill, permanently assigning the celebration of Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. The National Holiday Act of 1971 legally observed a three-day holiday commemoration for Memorial Day weekend. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in 2000 which pronounced 3 p.m. (local time) on each Memorial Day as a time for all Americans, “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps'.”

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June

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People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption.

On June 14, 1777, the U.S. Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes, one for each state. Although no longer certain based on recent analysis of evidence, the creation of this flag has historically been credited to the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. In 1952, the U.S. Post Office issued a commemorative postage stamp to honor the 200th Anniversary/Bicentennial of her birth.

In June 1886, Bernard Cigrand, a Wisconsin native attending dental school in Chicago, made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article titled “The Fourteenth of June” in the old Chicago Argus newspaper. Cigrand’s effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week. Cigrand is credited with being the "Father of Flag Day," with the Chicago Tribune noting that he "almost singlehandedly" established the holiday.

The American flag, also nicknamed as “Old Glory” or “star-spangled banner,” has changed designs over the past two centuries. It consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars. Each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.

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  1. https://freefromthefire.com/tag/the-fourteenth-of-june/
  2. https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/flag-day

Summary:

240 years ago this month, on June 14, 1777, “Old Glory” was adopted by the Continental Congress to replace the British-inspired Grand Union flag as the flag of the newly independent United States. Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross, has been credited with making the first flag. In June 1886, Chicago dentist, Bernard Cigrand, proposed an annual observance of the birth of the flag. Many consider him the "Father of Flag Day" because of his tireless 30-year advocacy.

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July

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Olivia de Havilland is a retired American actress who celebrated her 101st birthday this month. She was born on July 1, 1916. Her acting career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films, and was one of the leading movie stars during the golden age of Classical Hollywood. She is best known for her early screen performances in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and her later award-winning performances in To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949).

While she might be the key link to this month's genealogy challenge, four of her leading men in the movies are the subject of it.

  1. The first is James Cagney with whom Olivia de Havilland played the sweet and charming love interest‍ in the comedy, The Irish in Us (1935).
  2. The second is Errol Flynn, the Australian-born actor who played the swashbuckling pirate in Captain Blood (1935) and the leading role in The Adventures of Robin Hood.
  3. The third is Fredric March with whom Olivia appeared in Mervyn LeRoy's historical drama, Anthony Adverse (1936).
  4. The fourth is Leslie Howard, English stage and film actor, with whom she was married in their famous roles in the acclaimed Gone With The Wind.

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Image:1olivia-de-havilland-101.jpg American actress and centenarian Olivia de Havilland celebrated her 101st birthday on July 1st this year. But she is not the subject of this month's genealogy challenge - four of her movie co-stars and leading men in the movies of the 1930s are: James Cagney, from the The Irish in Us in 1935; Errol Flynn, from Captain Blood in 1935 and The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938; Fredric March, from Anthony Adverse in 1936; and Leslie Howard, from Gone With The Wind in 1939.

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