New Genosis Website + lots of updates

By: brian
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New Genosis Website + lots of updates

If you have visited the Genosis profile in the last week or so, then this is old news to you, but there's been a lot of updates and changes over the last couple weeks that I wanted to outline - besides the new look for the Genosis site, there's been big changes and updates in the latest version of Genosis.

First up however, is the new Genosis website!  I've been working hard over the last couple of weeks on a brand new Jamroom module - "Custom Profile Domains" (some finishing touches are being done on it, and it will soon be in the marketplace so you can run the same type of setup if you would like) that allows you to map a domain (i.e. "") to a Jamroom profile running on your site (i.e. "Genosis").  The module handles all the cross-domain session support, AJAX and form handling, etc. - the idea being to have a "seamless" experience as you move between profiles.  So as a test bed, Genosis is the first to go live with a custom domain, as well as a custom template set, and I think it looks great - clean and easy to see what Genosis does.

Next up, is the HUGE Genosis 1.2.0 update that rolled out a fews day back.  This new release has many, many updates and fixes in it based on the feedback I've received from a handful of key beta testers and early users (thank you for your feedback!)  Improvements include:

  • All new GEDCOM importer and exporter that can now handle trees of almost any size.
  • Profile and Event forms have been updated to use a "Live Search" field for location.  There were issues with the older select field that made it really bog down when you got beyond about 2500 or so different event locations.
  • Updated and improved site-wide search now searches many more fields, and should let you find things easier.
  • All new profile "Research" options including Canada, England, Scotland and Mexico Census search.  New research plugins include:
    • Canadian Archives
    • Ellis Island Passanger Search
    • Find My Past (subscription required)
    • Irish Genealogy
    • Genealogy Bank (subscription required)
  • Family Search research plugin will now automatically attach any record image found when you create a new Family Search source (the plugin will detect the FamilySearch URL and automatically download the attached image for you).
  • All new "Blog" setup for site owners that want to blog about their research.  This includes new settings to allow visitors to view your blog entries - even if the blog is attached to an ancestor profile that would normally be hidden due to privacy settings.
  • Lots of other small updates and tweaks to make things run smoother and work better.

If you have not updated to the latest Genosis, make sure and check it out and let us know how it works for you.

I've also just pushed out a brand new module - Genosis World Events!  This new module will add significant 'World Events' in to your profile time lines.  This really helps to put dates and time into perspective, as you can see what other big events were happening around the world at the time of the event in the time line.  It's a FREE module, and is powered by Wikipedia, so make sure and check it out:

We hope you enjoy the new Genosis site and the new updates - we look forward to seeing you online!

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