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I am in the process of implementing several updates to the website. First lets discuss https://. This is probably one of the most important things to look for on the web nowadays. A site which begins https:// has SSL set up on it and is httpsencrypted end to end. For those of you without a Degree in Geekology, what that means is that it is a lot harder for someone to hack into your visit to the Society Website and steal your information. The Society set up SSL recently and has been testing it. Many of the apps that are used on the website are no longer free. Just one example is the ability to leave a comment after each Blog Article. When we started offering this capability using Komento app it was a free download. I now need to pay $35/year. This is not an unreasonable price, but is just one of 15 apps that I use to run the site, and one that over the years has been used maybe 3 or 4 times. It just does not make sense to keep it on the site any longer. So soon you will see that ability disappear. The Forums will stay and if you would like to comment on a blog article I will set up a category in the forum to do so. 

Another endangered app is the software I use to display the family trees. The author has discontinued the app all together. So far I have not found a replacement but if anyone is comfortable with PHP coding let me know! Other changes that you will begin to see is a standardization of some of the collections pages. right now, not all of the collections are database driven. For example the Wills collection is a listing of articles. In its current design searching is more difficult to implement. 

Finally, I have cleaned out a large number of "Russian" members of the society. There were over 500 attempts by individuals from Russian IP addresses that were trying to gain membership. This will clear the way for me to be able to send out a quarterly newsletter that goes to the right folks. Look for this to happen soon.

Website Update

I have just completed a major website update including both the software that runs the website and a rescan of all of the images currently on the site as well as the addition of several new collections!

I have received quite a few inquiries in the Ackley DNA project recently. I would encourage anyone who is interested in participating to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will send out an invite so that you can join the project and receive your kit at the same time.

To recap, the Ackley DNA project is managed at FamiliyTreeDNA.com once you receive the invite you go directly to their website and payment is made thru them NOT here at the society. Results are sent usually within a few weeks. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me!