I am in the process of implementing several updates to the website. First lets discuss https://. This is probably one of the most important things to look for on the web nowadays. A site which begins https:// has SSL set up on it and is httpsencrypted end to end. For those of you without a Degree in Geekology, what that means is that it is a lot harder for someone to hack into your visit to the Society Website and steal your information. The Society set up SSL recently and has been testing it. It is not a free thing for the Society but it is important enough to spend our scarce resources on. There is a lot of information here on the site and those that visit us should feel confident that they are visiting a secure website. Having said that it is important to note that your confidential information is liminted to your name and email address, and possibly the state you live in. Anytime you make a purchase from the Society Webstore, the information is collected and protected by Payapl NOT the society website. To be clear none of the information you give to paypal for a purchase is held on the society website. Please also check out our Privacy Policy, for which a link can be found at the bottom of every page.
Some other design changes are both due to use and cost. Many of the apps that are used on the website are no longer free. Just one example is the ability to leave a comment after each Blog Article. When we started offering this capability using Komento app it was a free download. I now need to pay $35/year. This is not an unreasonable price, but is just one of 15 apps that I use to run the site, and one that over the years has been used maybe 3 or 4 times. It just does not make sense to keep it on the site any longer. So soon you will see that ability disappear. The Forums will stay and if you would like to comment on a blog article I will set up a category in the forum to do so. 

Another endangered app is the software I use to display the family trees. The author has discontinued the app all together. So far I have not found a replacement but if anyone is comfortable with PHP coding let me know! Other changes that you will begin to see is a standardization of some of the collections pages. right now, not all of the collections are database driven. For example the Wills collection is a listing of articles. In its current design searching is more difficult to implement. Also, with the release of 'The Capertons' book, I will begin going thru the different collections and adding a column for the Henry numbers as idedntified in that book. I will retain the henry numbers for Bernards book as well, so you will be able to search using either book.

Wait, did he just say "Search" ? Yup! I have been testing a search app for the Society Site for several months now and it looks like it is just about ready for prime time. Once I have completed the other improvements I will roll out the new search engine. As for 2018 plans I believe I have around 5000 documents still to push up to the Collections pages so my goal is to cut that backlog in half during 2018.