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Bosschaerts - Persyn Genealogical research - Evolution of website

Evolution of our genealogical website - from html in 1994 to php in 2006

In December 1993 the genealogical research of  4 genealogos Bosschaart/Bosschaert(s) was compiled in a genealogical research named “Zoons & Dochters”, subtitled “The history of the  Bosschaert(s), Bosschaart & Bosscharet(s) dynasty”.

More details and pictures can be found at our page about our genealogical research "Zoons & Dochters".
The book counted 9635 persons in 670 pages, but very soon additional info was found.

Already in 1994 I also decided to publish an online version of the Bosschaerts genealogy.

1994 1st website of Bosschaerts Persyn Genealogical Research - very basic in HTML with already 16.000 personsThe first version was a very basic html-page by use of GED2WWW, hosted free at Geocities (now Yahoo!) with already more than 16.000 persons. Ged2WWW was a good start, for setting up my first webpage.

Via my genealogical program called “HazaData” GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, is a de facto specification for exchanging genealogical data between different genealogy software. GEDCOM was developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an aid to genealogical research.I produced a GedCom datafile (GedCom is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication, a textfile-format to exchange genealogical data)                       

GED2WWW - GED2WWW® v0.30 © 1996,1997 Leslie Howard - not available anymore
Ged2WWW converted the gedcom file into html pages, with index of the surnames. A very basic text format that links persons.

The Bosschaerts Persyn Genealogical Research is already online since 1994.

2003 2nd version of Bosschaerts Persyn Genealogical Research website - also in HTML, frame version. Already about 24.000 persons and lot of background information.But in “Zoons & Dochters” a lot of background information was present: info about the coats of arms, detailed information about the painters family Ambrosius Bosschaert or other known persons; and it was a pity not to publish it as well.
My genealogical background information has grown too.
Also a lot of pictures were available, so the idea was growing to publish this too; together with new information, also a guestbook; earliest traces, known persons, some historical notes, explanation of the family names, etc

Via IT-help of Sven Bosmans a layout by frames in html pages was setup.
This time we used GedHTree to convert our genealogical data into html pages.

In 2003 a second version of the website was published at a site with more than 24.000 persons with the limitation of only 4 main branches with graphical layout.

And again I was pleased with the result!

Our genealogical mission : publish our genealogical research in order to find relatives worldwide. Via email or phone calls relatives and other people were contacted and the website was a good way to show our intention. Our research started to grow by its own.

At the same time several problems were risen: the graphical layout produced more than 4.000 html pages !!! Persons mentioned in the text files were linked with the genealogical data, so updating required to update all the links in the text files, which took several hours and always caused cross links failures.
Another problem, caused by the html-frames: search-engines only showed single pages, instead of the 3 framed multi-page layout.  Celesta Kers of (found via research about Dirk Bosschaert, a Belgian artist and actor) solved this problem with a script file to reload the frame page instead of the single html pages.
In 2004 our webpage already counted 28.975 persons, and I definitely decided to find another solution to publish out genealogical data.

It took several years to find a good solution to upgrade our website without the problems or adding or upgrading.
Html turned out to be unpractical for manually updating with such a lot of data and links.

PHP (a kind of template) in combination with MySQL (the database) was the best solution to publish a data-based genealogy, but programming it is not that easy (at least not me).
I was very pleased to find TNG (The Next generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding") by Darrin Lythgoe.
TNG uses scripting (PHP) and a database (mySQL) to produce dynamic webpages.
Again Sven Bosmans helped me with converting the old html pages and layout into the new php style.
In 2006 a third version was born : The Bosschaerts-Persyn genealogy in a TNG layout via php and mySQL.
And again I was even more pleased with the result because now my genealogical data is directly linked with the text files and pictures via TNG.
TNG is now my online genealogical research system; and offline remains another database.
Already in 2009 the counter reached 30.000 persons, and in 2016 it will reach 35.000 persons !

PHP is a general-purpose scripting language originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. For this purpose, PHP code is embedded into the HTML source document and interpreted by a web server with a PHP processor module, which generates the web page document. It also has evolved to include a command-line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications. PHP can be deployed on most web servers and as a standalone interpreter, on almost every operating system and platform free of charge. PHP is installed on more than 20 million websites and 1 million web servers.

MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases. It is named after developer Michael Widenius' daughter, My. The SQL phrase stands for Structured Query Language.

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding© ("TNG") is a powerful way to manage and display your genealogy data on your own web site, all without generating a single page of static HTML. Instead, your information is stored in MySQL database tables and dynamically displayed in attractive fashion with PHP (a scripting language).

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