A few updates
First, welcome to all the new and returning users who haven't been around a while. We've had a big boost in the past few days because I've been doing some outreach. Thanks to everyone for posting their help requests, journals, and questions.
Here's what's changed in the past week or so:
1. "Lookup Requests" have been renamed to "Help Requests". But it's the same. I felt that "Lookup requests" was a bit too specific when people are really just stuck and need help and didn't really know whether it was a question or lookup request. As you can see by the sea of purple in the list of posts, it seems to be working.
2. "Thanks" are now "Likes" on posts. Years ago when I added this, I didn't want to call them likes because I didn't want to be Facebook. On the other hand, "Thanking" is proabably a little too specific. I've also included the total number of likes a post has. We'll see if that gets used more. I'll be making it a bit more prominent when I have time to switch from developer to designer for a while.
3. We've had a bit of a changover on the sponsorship of the site. For a few years, MyHeritage has had an exclusive sponsorship which has ended and not being renewed. The bad news is that funding for FamilyTreeCircles has gone away. The good news is that I'm no longer locked down in an exclusive partnership to help pay for FamilyTreeCircles. This site costs a lot to operate, and I've always promised that it will be a free resource. I'll be testing ads and looking for new partners, which is why you see those appearing. I simply can't keep this running for long without some income to offset the costs. I'll get there. Thanks for accepting the ads.
Special thanks to everybody helping people out. I'm always amazed at how few requests for help go unanswered.
More to come...
on 2019-12-12 23:06:31
Scott Jangro is the owner of FamilyTreeCircles.com and has documented roots back to Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. If you're wondering what he's doing when he's mysteriously absent, here's some links to other stuff he's responsible for: about.me/jangro.
Thanks for the continuing updates Scott, keeping this the best genealogical help site online.
Thank you my friend :)
I don't think people are aware of the time and money it takes to keep this site up and running as you have done for so many years.
Because of your unselfishness and dedication to provide a FREE site for people in search of their family lines in many parts of the world you certainly deserve more than a thank you, so I'm giving you a big Liked.
Just wondering how things have changed.
Who Uses FamilyTreeCircles - 2015 Edition
Nail-biting anticipation tonkin as we wait - 1% in it last time!
Wait - What? .. OZ 24.6 million / NZ 4.8 million 😁
LOL @tonkin. That "Liked" means the world to me. That and a dollar can get me a bowl of soup. Wait. not even. That expression worked 30 years ago.
As for the breakdown of countries, I tried to create that this past summer but the spammers skewed the numbers horribly, putting China and India above Australia and New Zealand combined. Now that I've got better control of that and did some cleanup, I'll take another look.
It appears the bloodlines of the ANZACs have been overrun by SPAMMERS.
Don't let the SPAMMERS win Scott.