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Oct 24 2017

General Meeting – Monday, Nov. 6th

Ten Tips for Starting your Genealogy Research

A presentation by Tara Shymanski


The next AFHS General Meeting will be at the church on Monday, November 6th at 7 pm.  See the AFHS calendar for location.

The program:

Are you just beginning to study your family history?  Use these ten tips to act like a seasoned genealogist as you research.  This presentation will focus on those just starting to learn about their ancestors and skilled researchers will be reminded of some research techniques.  Invite all the novice genealogists you know.

Oct 23 2017

Testing of Windsock on Tuesday

Some more testing for Tuesday

This post is going out to the Website Steering Committee members: Sheila, Michele, Marion, Jacquie and Heather, and also to Jason.  Let me know if you receive this in a Windsock format and if it looks okay.

The prime goal this week is to ensure we can get any new postings on the prototype AFHS website to be inserted into Windsock.  The test Windsock e-newsletter is scheduled (right now) to go out at 7 am each day, if there is new content available in the website.  If this works, then we will start including the board members in this test run.  I also hope that we can categorize the postings (SIG, General Meeting, events, other society events, and so on) so they are nicely grouped into sections on the Windsock.

We still have a looming deadline of the end of this month to switch over to the new website.  Lots more work yet to be done.

Jim Benedict

Oct 22 2017

Testing of Windsock on Monday

Test Text for Monday

There should be two posts for today.  This one is pure test text.

Oct 22 2017

Testing of Windsock

Test, Test and more Testing of Windsock

This Windsock edition is a test.  It is being fed posts coming directly and automatically from the prototype AFHS website at: AnnaBenedict.  Only the AFHS Website Steering Committee is on this test run.

What we have at this point:

  • We have two tools: the AFHS website in WordPress, and MailChimp with AFHS login.  MailChimp is a bulk emailing application (free for us).
  • On the AFHS WP site: installed a plugin that synchronizes MailChimp with WordPress and allows a posting feed to go across.
  • MailChimp syncing also keeps the MailChimp email list in sync with the AFHS membership list.  No more double-entry.
  • Dawn had set up a MailChimp account for the Society.  I am using that for testing, and soon, for production.
  • The MailChimp test email list currently has all the Website Steering Committee emails.  You will be receiving test Windsocks over the next few days.
  • Set up an RSS feed from WordPress to MailChimp.  That is tech talk for automating the WordPress postings going into MailChimp e-newsletter.
  • The RSS feed was tested today.  This is the second test.

Note: posts have to be new posts, not sent to MailChimp previously.  That means we cannot just edit posts and expect them to be published.

I now need some fresh postings to add to WordPress.  Then I need volunteers willing to log into WordPress and add their own postings.  Keep in mind this is restricted distribution.

This will be the last post for tonight.  Then we can do it again, tomorrow, and the next day, and …

Oct 22 2017

General Meeting on Nov. 6

The next General Meeting will be at the church on Monday evening November 6th at 7 pm.  Program TBD.