Always Spam, but so far so good

When I set up the forum on the old website, I had to employ a multitude of defenses to prevent the site being flooded with spam messages, and unwanted contributions advertising all manner of unsavoury items and sites.

I am pleased to see that the blog on this new site framework (WordPress) has been actively capturing the spam and undesirable blog comments straight out of the box.

Some fifty comments have been intercepted, and quarantined, and so far the blog pages are remaining clean and tidy.  Thereare further options to make the site more secure, widgets or add ons that can be incorporated, but at the moment these are proving unnecessary. (There is always a penalty in using these as they can slow the overall delivery of content from the site)

However, so far so good, and fingers crossed the maintenance free nature of the wordpress site continues.

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

There can be few more useful records for sorting out the traces of a family, than a will.

Family trees get a little difficult to untangle when there are multiple uses of the same name. For example, in Kirdford in 1642,  there were 12 Henry Strudwicke’s.

The parish records provide clues of family structure, invaluable when dealing with families who lived back in the 16th and 17th centuries, but often in these early registers there may only be a father mentioned on a birth record, and matching husbands and wives with fathers and children can be almost impossible.

A will can quickly fill in those details, and often provide other relations, property details, or occupations that bring life to otherwise repetitive records.

There are many wills that I have  transcribed on this site, and each one tells a story of a family and a life.

Its well worth taking a look!

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The New World

As I’ve been adding the information from my previous website, I have noticed the prominence of the UK data in those databases. Although I have been collecting records from the US and Jamaica over recent years, little has made it onto the website.
I can see that I will have to spend some time formatting my American spreadsheets, and restore the balance.
I have plotted the spread of the Strudwick name through England,(here) and so it will be interesting to see the expansion from the early Cape Fear / North Carolina Strudwick’s out across the US.

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Getting the trees online.

Having committed to trying Gramps as the preferred option for displaying my tree data I have begun modifying the output so that the website matches the color and format of the wordpress site.

This has proved much easier than I anticipated, with Gramps able to add in css header and footer as it generates the website files.

While Gramps is a static component, it appears so far to be working effectively at serving the genealogy tree data.

Time will tell..

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Goodbye Old, Hello New

The new site has now gone live, although there is still plenty of material to transfer from the old layout.  The wills are taking some time to transition across as they will be served from the database, which will be much faster than the old html text.

The new site is a wordpress php layout using a gravit child theme customised by me.

The tree data is being tested using various programs. The Ged2Html program I used on the old site is no longer supported.  I experimented with embedding TNG php coding  within the wordpress theme, however I use Ancestry Family Tree Maker 2014 as my main Genealogy program, and TNG does not really  like the GEDCOM exports from FTM. GRAMPS is currently being tested and data in the trees will appear using that for the time being.

All records are now served direct from the backbone SQL database using tablepress plugin.

I will be testing the site and adjusting settings over the next few days and completing the transfer of the data from the old website pages.

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Records, Transcriptions and trees

As I upgrade from my previous website, I have been reconsidering the content I had and how relevant it still may be. When the earlier site was designed, my One Name Study involved collecting indexes and creating databases of Strudwick info. Now many if these records are easily available through sites such as Ancestry, and so the value of these on my site is diminished. The more important records now are those where I have value added, so for instance the transcriptions of wills and archival material. These are otherwise readily available but difficult to read or search. The incorporation of the database material into my tree structure has also added value to these records.
Ultimately, I have decided to keep the earlier databases online, for historical interest, but concentrate more on the analysis and synthesis of the records collected or to be collected.

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A starting point

John Legg Strudwicke

My father started researching our family history many years ago. With limited access to records, and communication restricted to letters back and forth, progress was slow.

It took many years to identify our earliest ancestor in Australia.

He was John Legg Strudwicke, who had arrived in Swan River, Western Australia 1836, aged 19.

At the time I took over the research, there were no details of his parents, except a mention that he was from Surrey, England.

In investigating the ancestry of John Legg Strudwicke, the STRUDWICK One Name Study was born.

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