New page added to site with photograph of nurse Alice Jones (1894-1981).
An 1894 letter from Elizabeth McLaren (nee Duxfield) to her children, in case she died, added to her biographical notes. A photograph of Elizabeth’s notebook that contains the letter is shown below.
New photo of St Mary’s Matawai Anglican Church added to Matawai page, replacing a previous photo from Google.
New page added to site with historical photographs of the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
Menus and Site map page updated to include links to new pages.
People photographs were obtained during a recent visit to New Zealand. In a visit to Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Dudley Meadows was very patient in looking for photos about Matawai I could use – a couple have been used for the page of photos from the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
Today updates were posted to my family tree on RootsWeb WorldConnect and to my New Zealand Genealogy Project website. Previous updates were in June 2013. Recovery from recent surgery delayed these changes being completed and posted.
Family Tree Changes
Changes to the family tree file that is on RootsWeb WorldConnect on Tuesday 29 October 2013 include:
New GEDCOM uploaded to RootsWeb (15,702 people, 5,157 families).
Over 200 missing New Zealand birth dates added for the period 1875 to 1913 – source NZ BDM site. NZ BDM site was searched to add day and month of birth to year or approximate year of birth.
Enabling – and encouraging – your visitors to contribute to your website through comments is a great way to develop an interactive and engaging website, and build a regular audience. And a powerful way to gain invaluable feedback so you can adjust your website to meet the needs and expectations of your audience.
Although I had a Guestbook on my website, Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project, it was not really adding to the website, with comments being viewed on Rootsweb. It was obtaining some comments, but relatively few. Also, because I did not have an email link, I did not review visitor comments frequently enough.
The comments are stored and the scripts processed on htmlCommentBox, not Rootsweb. Rootsweb limits the processing of some code needed for adding visitor comments to a web page.
The same code script can be inserted on the pages where you want to get and display visitor comments. Only comments for that page are displayed.
You are emailed when visitors leave a comment, providing an alert.
Moderation of comments is easy; that is approval of comments so visitors can view.
The code can be modified to meet different requirements. I have a new Guestbook, and can now accept visitor comments on Family notes pages (e.g. see comments on biographical notes for Korte family). In addition, I am able to show recent comments from the whole site on the home page.
Visitors can be emailed automatically when a person replies to their comment.
If visitors provide comments to the pages I have set up, it will be easy to add additional code so comments can be added to other pages. I am waiting to see how useful it is for visitors.
The Site visitors page was updated using visitor data from Google Analytics. Information for three calendar years is included in the report. The number of visitors increased in 2012 compared with 2010 and 2011. In 2012 there were over 190 visits per month by visitors who looked at the site, each looking at 3-4 pages on average per visit (these were the “non-bounce” visits).
A new page added with information about Awatuna in Taranaki was added to the site. Awatuna is the district where the Korte family settled in Taranaki, cleared the forest, and dairy farmed. The purpose of the page is to provide some photos and history on the settlement, now almost gone.
Details of Thomas McLAREN (1862-1958) have been updated, following research showing that his brothers emigrated from Ireland several years before him (instead of all traveling to New Zealand together).
A new page was added to the site giving details of Clipbush Barn, Abergavenny Farm, Scoulton – a farm building converted into a residence. When I visited Abergavenny Farm in 2005 the barn was derelict, but it has since been fenced off and converted into a modern residence.
Another change to the site has been to better enable it for mobile devices like the iphone and ipad. To achieve this three templates are used for layout. For iphones, tap on the text to expand to screen width – the layout is affected by a rootsweb header that cannot be reduced in size to match the screen size.
George was described as a brilliant student, winning scholarships so he could attend high school and medical school. The day after New Zealand declared war on 4 August 1914, George, together with 20 other final year medical students, volunteered to join the Expeditionary Force as medical officers. He served in the army medical corps throughout the war and returned to New Zealand in 1918 suffering from shell shock, malaria and stress.
George worked as a medical practitioner, but kept getting into trouble because of alcoholism. Newspaper articles on the new page chronicle the various trials he was involved in when he got into trouble. He eventually settled in Wellington but did not practice.