New site features: behind the scenes

I hope you find these new features helpful. I also hope they will help you more quickly spot a person you are interested in.

I have manually created an index for this site. https://mecklenburgvagenealogy.com/portfolio/surname-index/

Click on that link and you will see the letters of the alphabet, then list of surnames for that letter. If for example you wanted to find Theresa India Dortch who was married to Alginon Gray, you would first click on “D”. The “D” page will show available surnames beginning with the letter “D.” Click on “Dortch”. The same for Gray. I have tried to put all the same entries for Teresa under Dortch and Gray index pages. But I don’t always know women’s married names. So because of that and human error on my part, please check women under all surnames you might know they used. If you see that I don’t have someone under their married name, please send me an update. I’m updating this index every Sunday with each new post, picture, cemetery notes and everything I can think to label with a name, -it all goes under this surname index.


I have reformatted my map. There is now a cemetery layer, an early 1800s layer & the rest. (about 1840 to abut 1900). Under the cemetery tab I have just the cemetery layer showing in the map. https://mecklenburgvagenealogy.com/portfolio/family-cemetery-notes-pictures-coming-soon


I am in the early stages of adding cemeteries. I have several partially formatted cemetery posts. I’m trying to look up old notes I made during previous visits to finish out the posts. I also welcome submissions and hope this can be a collaborative effort. I’m planning to post what I saw or heard about the cemetery, with info from the tombstones in a PDF which can be downloaded.

Walter Jones is my first cemetery example. Much more coming soon. https://mecklenburgvagenealogy.com/walter-jones-family-cemetery/


My goal is to post once a week, Mondays at 10:00AM. I posted 3 times a week during May because I had a lot of submissions. I’ve gotten more veterans post submissions, so I’ll continue to post those. Even though it is past the May spotlights, I still want to post whatever is submitted to the site. I will also do brief posts whenever cemeteries are uploaded. Like “Cole cemetery has just posted, click here_____”. (That is the next cemetery about to post.)


Colors! I have neuro-vision problems, which can prevent me from looking at the computer several days at a time. That is why I’m working hard to write and “schedule posts” several weeks in advance, to try to be more consistent in posting. Two of my grandmothers (and other relatives) have macular degeneration. So I wanted to try a few things to be more visual friendly: I use bold and high contrast where I can, simple letter font, the separator mark, (as separates subjects in this post) and colors! Note: I noticed when checking a post on an older smart phone, some mobile friendly posts don’t show these colored blocks.

Update to post: I’m updating from the site pre-formatted colors to some custom colors that are more vision friendly. Also re-formatting names and dividers in the index to make it easier to see in between people, charts etc.

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