Caperton Society Blog
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UK and the Confederacy!
I thought that would get your attention! What do those two topics have in common? well not much really other than they are two of the areas with the most activity on the Caperton Society Website! First some exciting news on the continuing Hunt for our origins. Marcia Behnke has been actively persuing the Caperton name on "across the pond" so to speak, in England, Scotland and Ireland. She has provided so much information recently that I have re-arranged the links on the Collections menu so that there is now a dedicated United Kingdom (UK) link where you will very soon be able to see the work being done in this area. In the meantime I have moved the UK census as well as an article on the Caperton name in Wells England into this section. As quickly as I am able to I will be updating this section with her information.
As for the Confederacy Angle, I have just recently received another 52 confederate solider records. This meant that the way I had been displaying the records (all on one page) was just not going to work any longer. Therefore I have split the existing records into individual pages and created a listing for them. This will make it far easier to add to in the future.
New Project - Transcribers Wanted!
A New Project is now underway! The Society recently came in possesson of over 400 pages of legal documents relating to Capertons. In the past one or two others would transcribe them for me (That would be Jane or Elizabeth) while I would continue to work on enhancements to the site such as census database setup and the like. With the arrival of all of this information however, we needed a larger team to help get these and many other documents the society is holding into readable form. Hence the Transcription Project was born! The Transcription team however is doing more than just transcribing old documents, one of the members of the team is currently busy updating the 1840 US Census database so that we can attach images. All of this help enables me to focus on improving the site and adding features to it that make it useful to those researching the Caperton name. So if you would like to help, I will shortly begin putting many of these legal documents on the site. Some will have already been transcribed and some will be abailable for transcription. If you see a page you would like to adopt, let me know by emailling me. And if you would like to know more about the the newest project, you can find information on it by following the "Projects" link on the top menu
Website Security Enhancements
Over the past several months I have observed a growing number of the source records directly linked to by other sites. Additionally the search engines had begun linking to many "registered user only" pages which was causing problems for both the search engines and those searching the Caperton name. To deal with this I have added some security enhancements to the custom database I use to display the nearly 2000 records and images available on the site, preventing the backdoor access that the engines were exploiting. Most of these enhancements will be invisible to the typical user, however there are a few more collections that are now only available to Registered Users. I do not see this as much of an issue since it is free to register. An added bonus for the Society will be reduced bandwidth costs which will enable me to make available even more source records! Next on the list to be released is the 1840 US census, including over 50 images of source records!