What is this?

This is Geneapaths.ORG and it is/will be a network of genealogy based sites. Eventually we there will be a sub-site for each U.S. State plus DC and also 13 sites for the 13 Colonies. To start, it will be this Main Site, Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts as that is our where we hale from.

The main goal is to be a set of resources for genealogists and a community for the same. These resources will be free for all but the accumulation and organization of them will not be a free for all. We want these resources to be of the highest standards. We also have a family tree and hope that it can be collaborated on and contributed to by many but we could care less about having a million entries if half of them are wrong. Here's the basic structure.

GENEAPATHS main SITE

General Genealogical Resources.

  • Articles
  • Wiki
  • Forum
  • Bios
  • Records (that don't have a state/colony site to be put in yet)

GENEAPATHS SUBSITES (States and Colonies)

All of the above plus various records entered by filling a form or uploading a file (csv, xls, xml)

  • births
  • marriages
  • deaths
  • graves*
  • education*
  • occupation*
  • biographies*

Individual records are not linked/related to each other as that is the job of family tree software. Records are for everyone's use in building a family tree. All records must have a high quality source listed and preferably available for viewing. If no image is available,  genealogists wanting to use these or any data in their tree should verify such sources.

* denotes that these types could also be used on members sites in articles utilizing custom post types. ((NOTE TO SELF) This would be best done as WordPress plugins as opposed to being built into the theme so that people may activate them when/if needed.)

What can I do here?

 

Research (there's not much content yet but there will be and with an emphasis on quality and free)

  • Connect with others (we have a forum and other social features built in)
  • Contribute Content (article, data records)
  • Administer a State or Colony Site (we need your help to make this the best genealogical resource)
Geneapaths.ORG

This is our "Places" site. Do you know or desire to know a certain region better than most? Want to share it and/or possibly collaborate with others about that Place? Do it here! This is also our general Genealogy knowledge site and we welcome any contributions you may have. This is and always will be a Free and Open Resource for everyone studying their Ancestry.

This would also be the place for localized data such as Vital Records so if that's the bulk of your content, we'd prefer you put that here or allow us to copy it here for the benefit of all genealogists.

We'll be plugging away at Massachusetts, mainly the Plymouth area as that's where we hail from and we hope to cover all of the USA with your help.

Geneapaths.COM

50mb of Free Genealogy web space for the 21st century. Geneapaths.com is a Network installation of WordPress, Optimized for Genealogy. We've installed and configured WordPress plugins, including our own, that suit genealogy. The RootsPersona plugin by Ed Thompson enables you to Upload Your Gedcom and display your Family Tree. You can write well formatted articles with ease and include images. For long pages, there's an automatic Table of Contents menu similar to a wiki. Menu/navigation options include conditional navigation which allows a secondary menu to change dynamically depending on what content is showing on the main part of the page.

No more manually writing html and css(the WordPress editor does accept html/css for times when you need it). If you have a large existing html site, it can be imported and we'll help with that. You'll have multiple templates and themes to choose from and we'll be steadily adding more. There's a forum for communicating with others about your common Ancestry, Surnames, Research Techniques etc.

We also have low cost upgrades for those that need more space or desire more features including; large high resolution images, fancier photo galleries, image carousels, vertical and horizontal timelines, sortable - searchable tables, social features, premium themes and more. We've broken space and features down so that you can just choose what you need.

We've slimmed down the WordPress administration area to make it fairly simple but if you have experience with WP, we can add items back into the dashboard for you in most cases.

We do have a limit of one site per person but if you want a second site, contact us and let us know what the site would be about and we may be able accommodate you. All sites need to be about genealogy or possibly an history site if it relates to genealogy.

Geneapaths.NET

This is our domain for hosting webtrees and TNG (with or without WordPress Integration). It's fully managed with the software and it's addons or plugins being maintained for you. Through Ozarks Web Design (a related entitity), we can also provide you with your own Domain and Hosting account separate from geneapaths, also managed or with it's own cpanel and phpMyAdmin access if you prefer.

Webtrees

Webtrees is full fledged, web based family tree maker type software. We provide the hosting and take care of all the technical stuff so you can concentrate on your research and building your family tree. There are multiple templates built in and we've tweaked them a bit for the best display possible. We only run the latest version, however we do wait a short time before implementing that latest to let any bugs show themselves. We also run php 7 which runs much faster than previous versions. Webtrees privacy rules are customizable so you can limit who can access your tree and to what degree. You can even have a completely private tree which would require a log in to view it. You can create users and give them whatever level of access you choose.

TNG The Next Generation of sitebuilding

Also a full fledged, web based family tree maker type program, this is retail software from a very talented programmer who also has an interest in his ancestry. The current purchase price is $32.99. The software is very full featured and also has "mods" to extend it. Some are by others and some by the developer and a few are a collaboration of both. One enhancement is the integration of TNG with WordPress. With the two paired, your genealogy can be presented like never before.

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