So, the database on this site will be down for a spell while I (actively) work out some of the problems with moving data from Legacy (the database software on my hard drive) to TNG (the database software on this website). Non-techies can skip to the next paragraph now! Since these databases are made by different vendors, they use a file sharing protocol called GEDCOM (for library and web geeks, it’s kind of a markup language). I export my family data from Legacy to a GEDCOM file, then import the GEDCOM file to TNG. The confounding problem is that GEDCOM is outdated and there is no consistency in the way that software vendors markup newer database fields that need to be shared. There are also some issues with how differently my two databases handle media. I will be working out a system for managing the digital versions of my documents and photos and getting them online.
Add to all of the above that we’ve been moving across the country and, well, the blog has been quiet. In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting about some of the conundrums in managing the collection. And, for those in my family whose eyes glaze over at that practical stuff, I’ll be posting some stories about serendipity, which has factored largely in the TwoCaledonias project over the past couple of years.