Terry Barton and WordFamilies.net

On Saturday, March 14, 2009, Terry Barton delivered a presentation about WorldFamilies.net to members of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) who were present for the Family Tree DNA 5th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Project Administrators.

Terry Barton

Terry Barton

SOURCE: Terry Barton (Houston, Harris County, Texas). Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 14 March 2009.

WorldFamilies.net is a website that hosts DNA Surname projects and provides free websites for DNA Surname projects.

Project Administrators for DNA Surname projects can request a website for their project. WorldFamilies.net can assist in one of two different ways, depending on the expertise and needs of the Project Administrator.

OPTION 1: If the Project Administrator has a Group Administration Page (GAP) code at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), WorldFamilies.net will support the Project Administrator as much or as little as desired to get the Surname Project website up and running. By supplying the GAP code, WorldFamilies.net will have access to the Surname Projects GAP pages.

OPTION 2: If the Project Administrator does not have a GAP code at FTDNA, the Project Administrator can still set up and manage a website at WorldFamilies.net. Under Option 2, the Project Administrator will be completely independent, but the Project Administrator must include links on their WorldFamilies.net Surname Project website to order DNA tests at FTDNA.

Under Option 1, WorldFamilies.net will provide basic services for administering the project, including posting results, posting pedigrees, sending Welcome emails to new members, sending emails to project members when new results or pedigrees are posted, and answering questions from project members.

As the Project Administrator becomes familiar with WorldFamilies.net and wishes to assume more of the responsibilities for managing the website, WorldFamilies.net will provide an Excel spreadsheet to use for the Results table, provide instructions for using the “Upload” feature or the editing tools on the webpage, and will also provide sample email templates for Welcome messages and updates.

Interested visitors to the Surname Project website can order a DNA test from FTDNA directly from a link on the project webpage and will automatically be enrolled in the Surname Project.

In addition to the Home Page, the Project Administrator has editing control over six additional website pages:

  • Patriarchs
  • Y-Results
  • Join Project
  • mtDNA
  • Discussion
  • Help

On each of these pages, the Project Administrator can use the WorldFamilies default text, create custom content using the editing tools provided, or upload a custom HTML file.

WorldFamilies.net receives commissions from Family Tree DNA for DNA test kits ordered through the Project websites. These commissions are used to underwrite the costs associated with setting up and maintaining the websites with no cost to the Project Administrator.

Copyright © 2009 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to Terry Barton and WordFamilies.net

  1. Terry Barton says:

    Stephen, thanks for the writeup. We enjoyed the Conference! Terry

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