Progress is going to be a little slow for the next month, so I'm leaving this public message for site visitors about what to look for.
One thing I'm holding out for is that the membership software is due for a major upgrade sometime this summer which should make communication more user friendly with a more modern appearance and function.
One of my cousins, John Beatty, has completed his application as a professional genealogist and is now starting to work on some more in-depth study of early Beasley relationships (17th-18th centuries) and we hope to start sorting out some connections. As I get time, I will try to get out some articles with some of his findings.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around some of the changes in Haplogroup nomenclature. Linking some of that information will be an important goal.
As some of you may know, Ancestry is closing all support for the MyFamily.com genealogy sites including the Austin Beasley project which has a lot of important information stored about Beasley genealogy. We are exporting everything we can get our hands on with the intention that we can keep it safe and available for ongoing research.
Doug Beezley, Gering, NE
As of the moment I'm posting this article, we have 46 registered Members of the new Beasley Genealogy Project. Once you log in, you will be able to see which other members are logged into the website. You will also see a link for member profiles, where you will be able to see and edit your profile information (eventually... under construction still). We will eventually have a member information roster so you can find and connect with one another. At this point, I am the only one who can see your personal information. As the website is developed, there will be levels of access and responsibility. It is my intention that the development will thoughtful and transparent. Watch this space.
I have just sent notices to all Beasley groups at the FTDNA Beasley Project. I know that some of the email address at FTDNA are old, so I'll try to pick up on any we missed. The intention is that anyone interested in the development of the Beasley Project through DNA and traditional research can use this as a central point of communication. As time goes on, I hope to add features and material to the website. Please Register if you want to be part of the project.
If you are a participant in the Beasley YDNA project at FTDNA, you will still have access to your own material and connections there. The public access to this project is here: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/beasley
In addition, as some of you know, we have been developing detailed family trees for the "Blue Group" members at Ancestry.com. All members of this group have been invited to share in that experience. I will be please to assist others in the FTDNA project for similar development.
In addition, I have lately been working with Terry Barton from http://WorldFamilies.net in other methods of expanding the project and encouraging collaboration. Terry contracts with FTDNA to provide support and serves as a volunteer advisor to this project.
We have also established a record at the Guild of One-Name Studies (GOONS) in UK (http://one-name.org/profiles/beasley.html) to provide a platform for further collaboration.
I have re-enabled registration. At the top of the registration form is a security question asking you to copy some letters or digits to make sure you are a real human and not an automated system.
At this time I am asking a few people to test the registration so I see how it goes. Feedback is welcome, especially if there is anything unclear or troublesome.
There are some required questions. At some point, there may be a public component to this website, but at this time, I am interested to identify people who have some legitimate interest in the project and are willing to interact with others. NONE OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC... only others registered with the project.
Remember, Beasley is the project name ONLY because it is the most common spelling, not because it is the "correct" spelling. As we all know, BEEZLEY is the "correct" spelling (JUST JOKING).
As time goes on, I will share more information about the plans for the Beasley Project and will seek input from others.
Doug Beezley, Gering, NE