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.
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.
Every 2-4 months I update my family tree on Rootsweb. Today the new GEDCOM uploaded to RootsWeb had 14,525 people and 4,762 families. This is a small increase on the upload a couple of months ago, but also includes the research I have done since the last upload. Recent research has involved checking NZ electoral rolls, finding cemetery details, checking NZ BDM details, plus addition of some details provided by other family researchers.
Often I find details of people who I think others will be interested in, but the information does not fit into the design of my website – Chris Korte’s New Zealand Genealogy Project. I now add these details to Rootsweb page for the person concerned. Two added in the update today were:
Details for William Alexander WALLACE (1899-1994). William was Superintendent at Awarua Radio from 1947 to 1954, New Zealand’s main receiving and transmitting coast radio station. William Alexander was the youngest brother of Catherine Alve (nee Wallace), and information from Terry Alve allowed me to find the details added to the tree.
The Site visitors page was updated with addition of 2011 visitor data from Google Analytics.The pattern of use was very similar in 2011 to the previous year with almost 6,000 visits during the year. There were over 170 visits per month by visitors who looked at the site, each looking at 3-4 pages on average per visit (these are the “non-bounce” visits).All pages on the site were updated to remove the ticker below the menu. The ticker had listed recent updates to the site, but these are now posted to this Blog site and can be seen on the Home page. Special software was required to update the ticker and it was easier to post updates from this site.