Category Archives: Site Updates

Any news relating to the website and its various components.

DoddemaGen and BBlog merging

For the last two years, I’ve kept a personal blog and then the family one.  Within the next couple weeks these two blogs will be merged together.  It basically comes down to time management.  Plus my personal blog might be more interesting that the family stuff which could possible bring more traffic, comments, and participation to the site.  It couldn’t hurt.

DoddemaGen growing pains

The site has been operating for the past couple years and quite well.  I’ve received hundreds of names and other information regarding Doddema’s and their relatives.  My database went from 600 to 3000 in little over a year.  That’s amazing!

Unfortunately, that’s only one part of what I wanted to achieve with DoddemaGen.  I want this to be a family portal…where Doddema’s and Dodde’s can congregate…exchange information, plan reunions, share photos, recipes and newsworthy items.  What’s a newsworthy item?  Almost anything.  There’s family all over the world..most that I’ve never heard of or know anything about….so anything to me is newsworthy.

I’m under the impression that the site is difficult to use and I agree that to a certain extent it is.  My genealogy software and WordPress don’t play nice with one another and I’m not a web guru that knows how to manipulate HTML/CSS.  Otherwise, I could give the impression that everything is integrated together.  Another downside is that you have to have a username for both WordPress and the genealogy software.  While most browsers allow the storing of this information so you don’t have to remember it all the time, I can understand why it would be a pain.

What do I plan to do about it?  Here’s some ideas:

  • go back to my original CMS–Joomla
  • use the Joomla-TNG bridge to allow Joomla to control user access.  One username and password
  • one theme for everything giving it an integrated look.
  • recipe plugin.  While the forum is OK for storing recipes, this plugin will give it a very professional look and easy to print out as well.
  • Photos–currently we’re using Gallery2.  As I’m the only one availing myself of it…I might go with something as simple as Flickr.
  • Forum–I’d still like to keep a forum especially  for research purposes.  Fireboard seems to meet that need as it’s a module that nicely plugs into Joomla

I will gladly take any suggestions and/or constructive criticism that you might have.  I’ve said it before and I’ve said it before…it’s not my site but ours.  We all have a say in it.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Genealogy update

Lately I’ve been receiving lots of request to update information regarding family history. I’m trying to catch up on my backlog. (I’ll make a post explaining my absence in a couple days.) The two that I focused on today are the revisions provided by Aaldrik Doddema and Emmett Kadwell. The changes have been made and I’d like to thank them for their contribution.

Any information that people have will be greatly appreciated. Emmett went the extra mile today and provided both birth and death certificate. That’s simply awesome. Kudos to you both.

Statistics on family file:

  • Individuals: 3522
  • Families: 1515
  • Additions since last revision:
    • 36 individuals
    • 19 families

Recipes moved to new location

In an effort to consolidate the recipes submitted, I’ve moved them all to the forum.  Think of it as the Doddema cookbook.  Unfortunately, any comments provided for each recipe will be lost.  Luckily we didn’t have that many.  As the holidays near, I know that there are family favorites out there that haven’t been submitted yet.  Please do!  If you don’t feel comfortable using the forum, then please email me the recipe and I will include it and give credit where it’s due!

Genealogy update #2

During the past year, Geesjen Doddema-Heidema has helped me immensely with researching the Doddema name.  In return, I’ve been adding her family line.  I have half of it input into the system and hope to have it all done by the end of the week.  I’ve uploaded what I have done so far and hope you enjoy it.


  • Previous individuals: 3224; Current: 3340 for a difference of 116
  • Previous number of families: 1416; Current: 1467 for a difference of 51

It may not seem like a lot but when you’re entering in multiple names and sources, it’s a handful!