Tuesday, January 31, 2006

TNG Genealogy Site Building

Ol' Myrt here is working on tonight's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR, where I'm interviewing the Darrin Lythgoe, creator of "The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building" or TNG.

I've found myself totally wrapped up in this TNG following last week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR. Apparently one of the TNG users told Darrin that we lightly touched on the topic during that podcast. So, what have I discovered? A wonderful way to share my genealogy database with cousins on the web.

TNG is the best and most workable method for improving communication among family members who are working the same genealogy lines.

TNG cures the ills that overcome us when trying to send actual copies of our databases and numerous scanned images and photos to others who aren't perhaps as computer savvy. Most of us now have too many scanned images to fit on one CD.

Without TNG I'd have to resort to sending CDs to each of my family members on an annual or semi-annual basis.

On tonight's show page, you'll find a link to the individual entry screen for my paternal ancestor Betsey OADES, who was born in Kruel, Lincolnshire, England 25 Sept 1829. If you scroll down you will see the links to all her pictures, which were also uploaded to my TNG site.

One of the best things is that the photos are all correctly linked, just as they were on my computer. Remember how Windows XP creates a different "My Documents" folder for each user? Well, that wrecked havoc when transferring my genealogy database to my daughter Carrie's computer. I am not one of her computer's users, so there is no special subdirectory for DearMYRTLE on her hard drive. Yes, we could have jumped through hoops to get around the problem, but with TNG we don't have to. Its just a matter of uploading the genealogy database, and then uploading all the attached documents. Bing, Bing and it's all in there for my newly discovered 1 cousins once removed to view at their leisure. Also, I can upload the latest information, and it is immediately available to all interested parties.

All my family members have to do is click on the link to view Betsey (Oades) Player's tombstone.

Using TNG I provided a USER NAME and PASSWORD for each person entitled to look at my compiled genealogy. I then determined whether they should have permission to:
-- see info on living individuals in my database
-- make changes to the database
-- make suggestions for changes to the database
-- etc.

The whole thing "lives" on my DearMYRTLE.com website, so I don't have to have my computer on for interested family members to see what's up. If they forget their password, TNG provides for an automatic reminder email. Ol' Myrt here doesn't have to lift a finger. PRETTY NEAT, eh?
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I'll let you know when this week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR goes live today, so you can tune in to the interview with Darrin.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

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