Friday, November 5, 2010

Follow Friday - Australian FamilySites - Watson / Canet Family History site

Watson/Canet Home Page
 Although this site does not tick all of the boxes in my familysite rubric. I really like it. The design is neat and clean with subdued colours, a clear font and an uncluttered feel. Michelle has made the decision to break up her tree into family groups and to display each of these groups in chart form on separate pages.  The welcome page on the site carries a succinct message.

From each of the entries on the chart there is a link to a narrative about the individual. These range from rather long entries with photos and documents to shorter entries.
Whitley Family Group Chart

This attractive site demonstrates a unique approach to publishing family history on the web. It is well worth a look.


Site Name Watson and Canet Family History Site
Author Michelle
Contact Details
Email Link provided
Last Updated Not evident
Age of Site Not evident
Software Used Cannot ascertain. Appears to use
genealogy program on family line pages
Persons in
Cannot ascertain
Time Span 4 generations for each family line
Index of
Not evident

Displayed on home page

Free access

Details of
Living Persons Supressed
Does not appear to include living people

Data Sourced Sources mentioned in individual

Photos/Documents Photos and relevant documents
included in individual narratives
Geodata No

Site Navigation sidebar on all
pages makes navigating easy. Plus smaller menu at bottom of pages
Design Very good elements

1. Pages for Brickwall ancestors
with opportunities for fellow researchers to register details.

2. Links to Places of Interest, Genealogy and Online sites

1 comment:

Laren said...

Dear Geniaus,

Thanks for the feature. I thought I'd answer some of your questions:

Software - the website is entirely coded in HTML, with extensive use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). I use Dreamweaver to develop and manage my websites. CSS allows me to completely change the look of the site by changing one .css file. I used CSS for two reasons, it allows me to update navigation and other standard elements contained on all pages by changing a single .css file and it allows me to better optimise page viewing for text based users including those viewing the site on mobile devices.

The site is nearly completely text based. All this means it loads very quickly and it looks exactly the same on a computer monitor as it does on an iPhone or iPad.

For example the trees are not generated by family tree software but are manually coded tables made using HTML.

This site wasn't so much a replacement for a full family tree but to make my research more accessible and to make it more likely to be harvested and listed in search engines.

What I need to do is to add links to both my blog and to my Ancestry family tree, which is much more extensive.



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