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#1 | Posted: 11 Nov 2008 15:01 | Edited by: adrian
Red1st focuses on the Isle of Axholme where there were many connection.
But families spread far and wide in time and place.
1,000 members added family members, photographs, headstones and pin pointed places
You will now find many famous people and events linking us all to Queen Elizabeth II and back to Adam.
I would appreciate your thoughts on where Red1st goes next?
- Do you think the Axholme theme is still relevant and inclusive?
- What can I do to make the site more useful or interesting for you?
- Any ideas how we might make better use of Red1st?
Please logon to Red1st to share and read others thoughts on our forum here:
#2 | Posted: 11 Nov 2008 15:36
I like the connection to the Isle, it creates a focus for the site, even though the connections go around the world.
What I would like to see:
Increased use of the forum, and a way to private message or email persons off list
Increased listing of sources by contributors.
#3 | Posted: 11 Nov 2008 17:13
When I first saw the Red1st site I was really impressed. I still am. The site allows me to contribute and to take the information I need. There is not much wrong with it from my point of view.

One thing. People ask a question in the forum, very often answered by someone, but sometimes the asking person does not return to see the answer(s) and this does not encourage respondents to offer up answers again. I am not sure that anything could be done to remind questioners to return and see the answers and perhaps say 'Thank you'.
#4 | Posted: 12 Nov 2008 07:48
This is a superb website,particularly as we can all add what we know(or think we know) to anything on the site.I agree with both the previous entries ,this has still got masses of potential for expansion even within the Isle of Axholme. I now have almost all the parish records for the Isle and am happy to answer queries.
Thanks Adrian
Pat Jones
#5 | Posted: 13 Nov 2008 07:26
I agree that it is a great site. Would like to see also a better way for others to contact the people who have contributed the research other than here if that is possible. I love the concept. Carol Whitham
#6 | Posted: 14 Nov 2008 09:19
I too have found the site very useful. I wish I had more time to investigate more thoroughly! I have contributed photos of my ancestors and have just found out via FAQs that one member appreciated them greatly. Such feedback is much appreciated. Although 'Axholmers' are found world-wide basing the site in the Isles does provide a focus. (Please let me know if you posted this message - rgs Adrian, Site Administrator)
#7 | Posted: 14 Nov 2008 14:22 | Edited by: adrian
I have been thinking about ways to communicate with Red1st members and I have added a Skype "Public Chat" to the menu. Advantages are that you can text to the group or to individuals (perhaps ask for personal emails but I don't recommend broadcasting email addresses to all the group). Indeed you can even talk to members individually or on conference calls but you will need a microphone and speakers. These are free services when used over the Internet. Skype also allows you see who is online at any time. Perhaps one drawback is that you must sign up for Skype but then you will benefit from free Internet telephone calls to anywhere on the earth. Try it out and let me know how you feel about it. Regards Adrian (Titus) Oates
#8 | Posted: 16 Nov 2008 15:04
Adrian, the public chat is a nice idea, but reality is we are dealing with time zones around the world, the 8 hour difference between me in Oregon, USA and the UK gives me enough trouble contacting folks as it is. We need an easy to use method that allows for time differentials and differing schedules.

That said, I think the Forum, tweaked somewhat can be a bigger resource.

First of all, I do not like anonymous postings, it makes it difficult to track who is replying/posting and know if you have corresponded with this person before.

Secondly it would be great if we could "subscribe" to a topic and get an email when someone posts to that topic.

Thirdly, a private messaging method would reduce the need for you to forward on contact requests.

Fourth. The ability to have a public profile with your research interests, location, and ability to send a private message and make contact.

Hey, you have lots of time to develop these, right????

Adrian, thank you for what you have done with this site, it is Greatly Appreciated.

#9 | Posted: 18 Nov 2008 11:59
I use the site as part of my ongoing family research. Its been great to find that I have Roots in the Isle of Axeholme.

Before I found the site by accident I can honestly say that I had never heard of the Isle of Axeholme or its interesting history.

What I do find is that I have to go away from the site to do my family research and then return with the information.

It would be a suggestion that it may attract more people to this site if thats what people want, if more research information was available on the site.

What I mean is suppling a list of BMD's for each church and census information for each village. People looking for church or census recods for the Isle of Axeholme area would therefore come to this site.

West Somerset has a site that has the transcribed church records for over 30 church's freely available for anyone to access.
#10 | Posted: 27 Nov 2008 15:54 | Edited by: adrian
Hi Nick et al
We have added Private Messaging to this website. So now you can message any member of Red1st privately.

Within a Forum Topic just click on the 'mail' icon under the posters name to message them.

Or from the top of the Forum main page, click Private Messages and you will find a link to a list of Red1st Members and you can email from there.

Or you can quote their name from the "Last Modified:" name found when Editing a Person or Family (at the top of that page).

Try it out and see how it works for you!
#11 | Posted: 4 Dec 2008 09:12
Hi Adrian
I would like to think that this web site and tree will remain as it is for some time still to has for me been a source of much new information. I will also be able to add more info when I get time, most of which will unfortunately probably only be of interest to myself and my sister.(and I still haven't figured out how to add to the tree myself !!)
However I suspect that this is the case for many users of this site......I wonder how many people who use this site do so with the feeling that their line is coming to an end and don't want themselves and their ancestors to be totally forgotten ??
The trend among fhs's is to apply an annual membership charge and I think that most of the site users may be happy to follow this, which would also serve to continue the charity donations
I also have an album full of old photos that I have no idea who they are.....except that they are all Lincolnshire, some probably from the Isle and which I left it too late to find out from my Mother who they were and I would bet there are many others in the same position
I can't think of many suggestions except to combine the use of this site with the Isle of Axholme fhs, whose meetings I have attended the last two months and have found their library to be of much interest, along meeting other people is a better bet sometimes than staring at a computer screen by yourself !!
All the best........John Farnsworth
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