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Review of 2016

This has nothing to do with Brexit or Trump! I did not get as much done in 2016 on the simplification of the site as I had hoped. However, I did manage to upload over 300 new pages into the Families Database for the first time since 2011. Overall, therefore, not too bad a year for the site.

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06 – Changes to the site

As forewarned in News Item 04, I have started work on simplifying the site, replacing Stirnet Histories with a section that is more supportive of what is the main purpose of the site: the support of Genealogical Research. I am sad to do so, for it means that I am giving-up my dreams of making a contribution to the study of Social History, but for a while it has been inevitable that I should do so That is because I have simply not had the time (or energy) to work on it in the way that was needed to do it justice. The good news to get from this is that it improves the already strong probability that I will be able to keep working on the Families Database for many years to come. It also means that it will be more 'commercial' and less 'personal' than if I had diluted its focus on Genealogy and so it should be easier (than it would have been) to ensure that someone else will take over the work on the Families Database when I eventually retire from it. This exercise may take a little while to complete but I see no reason why it should not be done before the end of this year (2015).

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05 – Milestone passed!

I have passed the milestone of 5,000 data pages in Section III of the Families Database - and that excludes the many pages that have Draft or Temporary status and so have not yet been released 'properly' into the database. Section III, on British (and Irish) families from medieval to modern times, forms the core of the Families Database and so is the core of this whole site. Consequently, passing a large round number like 5,000 is significant to me. Wish me luck for the next 1,000!

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