I thought to add a bit more detail to this long GoAncestry journey. The webiste has some more features that were added this last year.
I enjoy the flag counter as I get a glimpse into the location our visitors are coming from. I am not sure it really tells me anything more than that, but that is enough for such an easy to use application.
Spent some time getting the site into a more secure state. It wasn't insecure to begin with, but the method used to host images and just some linking was keeping the site from recieving the coveted "padlock" of security. I also took time to try and nominate it for review with Norton, but that process is not as easy as one would hope. The unique server certificates are all in place and I hope it allows people to feel a bit more comfortable with their personal data and browsing.
GENEALOGY TREES INTEGRATION
This is a more recent integration and it looks promising! I have been able to get some rudimentary tailoring of the application, but I really want to do so much more than just upload my family trees. First thing will be to undersatnd what the integration MIGHT do, then determine the level of effort required to get some features built into either application. I think it would be great to have my family's locations presented in our regional pages. Maybe someone will be reading about Westerwald Germany, or even Rockville Nebraska, and then our surnames might show up as a match. There is also an option to link into DNA results, so that would be really fun if I can get it to work reliably.
Our Galleries have gotten more attention lately. We began to get some images from our friends as well! Whenever you are out having an adventure, maybe get a few pictures and send them to us. We are just looking to have visually appealing images mixed into the look and feel of the website. Mostly we are looking for historically aligned images, buildings, monuments, historical structures, or even just some beautiful scenes from aroung the world. Our other hope is to mix in holiday images throughout the year. Initially we considered that a fine source for those images will be our postcards project, but more on that later.
During the middle of the year I was inspired by our Germany trip and followed up with some more effort on our European pages and forums construct. We have a better presentation now and I have been able to get some of the regional pages put together to receive more dynamic database feeds. As with all of these things, first there is a concept, then a surge in development, then a pause to let it settle in. With the Genealogy Trees integration I hope I can begin to upload those trees I have been compiling over the years for places like Arhus Denmark, Westerwald Germany, Overlulea Sweden, and so forth. I just need to grasp what would be helpful and then see if I can figure out how to do it.
............ and so goes another year of effort at GoAncestry.com, enjoy your research!