"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
- 10 April 2003

Learning How to Design a Family Tree Website

Nancy Hendrickson of San Diego, CA is offering an on-line course "Build Your Family Tree Web Site" at http://www.ancestornews.com. Total enrollment fee: Only $34.95 for the complete course, including personal assistance whenever you need it.

Each lesson is presented in a 1-2-3 formula: Do step 1, then move to step 2, then do step 3. The lessons are laid out simply, with enough interactive links to keep you on track. This course is on-going, will contain approximately 20 lessons, spanning about a four-six month time period. This will give you plenty of time to plan your site, collect digital images, find appropriate graphics, and prepare your GEDCOM. Most importantly, you move at your own speed.

The first lesson will include a discussion of the many different types of Web sites. You will learn about why you should design a family website, how long does it take, what are the benefits. You will decide on the site's focus and learn about issues pertaining to copyrights.

You will learn how to design an on-line family newsletter site; what to include, how to get other family members to participate. She teaches you how to develop and structure a photo story website, what to include and how to write a brief photo story.

You can design a "Family Stories Site" to emphasize the preservation of family lore and legend and learn now to collect stories of your own and from other family members.

There is a lesson about designing a site, which details research gathered by a family research group and how to contact family, working with family members, splitting research tasks.

And more importantly, you will learn how to design a GEDCOM Site that includes the information and charts in your current family tree software.

Topics also include learning layout and navigation of the website and where to find clip-art and other design components including specifications for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for websites. There will be discussions on webpage components including Meta tags, guest book, counter, links, etc.

There will be lessons on software; what kind to use, how much does it cost and how to keep it simple! You will learn how to use a scanner to include photographs and documents on your website, scanner software and terminology.

There is so much more covered in the course that I don't have enough space in the column to go into more detail. It is enough that I am very impressed with the concept and structure of this course that I would suggest anyone who is interested in venturing out into the uncharted world of designing a website for your family history should sign-up for this economical, self-paced course.


Captain James Cook, the great Pacific explorer, happened upon the islands during his third voyage in 1778. Hawaii's long isolation ended at that moment. Soon, King Kamehameha, the Great embarked on his successful campaign to unite the islands into one kingdom. At about the same time, Hawaii assumed importance in the east-west fur trade and later as the center for the Pacific whaling industry. In 1820, the brig "Thaddeus" from Boston arrived with the first missionary families.

In 1835, the first commercial production of sugar cane began and this crop took on ever-increasing economic importance, especially after the decline of the great whaling fleets.

In 1893, with Queen Liliuokalani on the throne, America formed a Committee of Safety and declared the monarchy ended. In 1894, the Republic of Hawaii was established. On August 12, 1898, the government of the Republic transferred sovereignty to the United States. Hawaii became a territory of the United States in 1900.

The 86th Congress approved statehood and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on March 18, 1959 admitting Hawaii as the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

Hawaii has five counties: Hawaii Co., Honolulu Co., Kalawao Co., Kauai Co. and Maui Co.

Websites of Interest to Students, Genealogists & Historians

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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