Genealogy, et Cetera
and Celebrities, et Cetera

By Rod Dav4is
Annex (GenCircles) is now truly dead
 GenCircles had been bought by MyHeritage some years ago, but GC was supposed to be maintained as a separate entity. And it was, after some initial problems -- until MH suddenly decided to kill it without warning. So now all my Annex buttons and links take you to MyHeritage, where they try to extort money from you.

I am working on an alternative support platform. This may take several weeks.

GenCircles kaput!

GenCircles, which I used to host my Annex files, has been unstable for over a year and now seems to be finally comatose, not having processed any new files in over a month. I have resolved, finally, to find a new host. This will probably be WorldConnect, as it meets all my requirements. Now, if I can only figure out how to automate my updates to it as I had with GenCircles...

New usability items
  1. Nav Buttons

    The three buttons shown at right are placed on many pages. They appear in a fixed position in the middle of the right margin, as if attached to the scroll bar. The top button takes you to the top of the page, and the bottom button takes you to the bottom of the page. The middle button takes you to a table of contents for the page (or something similar). You will notice that these buttons are placed on a lower stratum than the rest of the page, so that, for example, the "WEEK230" shown here will scroll over the buttons.



  2. New/changed marker

    Hovering the mouse cursor over the red bullet will display a tooltip showing the date the item was changed.



  3. ODT Easter eggs

    The generation numbers of each individual (to the left) are now on-page links to that individual's parent.

    Referring to the image at right, clicking on any of the "7"s will bring "6 BALDWIN, Samuel" to the top of the page. Clicking on any of the "6"s will bring "5 BALDWIN, John" to the top of the page, and so on.

    This feature can be used to put together a pedigree for any individual on the page,

ODT additions

Added to the ODT page (Seaman family, above) an inventory of the surnames on the page, with frequency of each and highlighting of frequent fliers.

Milestone + another (minor) facelift
  1. Just turned over 1,000,000 hits this evening! (That is since 1998.)
  2. On the ODT pages, e.g. here, links to other families are exdented to lie outside the right margin. This makes them more visible. Their former position is marked by a red right-pointing arrow. When printed, they will resume their former positions.

Note: MSIE cannot render the red arrow.

Note: Facelift will be applied on a subfamily basis and will propagate by attrition.

Facelift for Outline Descent Trees

As shown in the example, above, I have collected various links into a formal Table of Contents in a sort of cartouche. The new format will be propagated by attrition.

Breakthrough: Elzora Morehouse

It is said that Elzora "ran off" with a married man and her husband, Charles, subsequently obtained a divorce.

Dressed all in black, Elzora quietly went from room to room in the middle of that night, kissing each of her children goodbye. She came at last to Elsie's room and embraced her tearfully. She then climbed out the bedroom window and ran across the lawn to the carriage that had been waiting for her, the driver hidden in shadow.

Elsie never saw her mother again, except that she thinks she saw her once years later at the Danbury Fair.

It is said that Elzora died in 1900 in NY and was buried in Granby, CT, which is in the north-central part of the state, north of Hartford.

Elzora had been a double enigma for years. No one in the family knew anything about her origins -- except for her name -- nor did anyone really know what became of her. Until this month, when I located her in Orcutt's "History of New Milford", hiding under the name Algora. This was confirmed in Marie Bonafonte's WorldConnect database ("Morehouse, Rowley, Bonafonte and Allied Families"), uploaded only a few months ago.

Now she is only a univalent enigma: What did become of her?

Elzora was my great great grandmother.

Inventory of cognate names (new)

This is an index and inventory of all recognized cognate forms of our surnames. The entries are in the form of synonym:base, or for base names, base. The base names are the names of our ODT collections. The links on the base name take you back to the ODT index group of surnames with that initial letter.

The file is pretty big and does take a bit for loading and rendering.

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