R&R users do so for many reasons; exploring their family histories, looking up information on specific addresses, looking a beautiful houses, and finding answers to history questions. No matter what the reason, we are always wanting users to engage in opening additional pages. Recently usage has increased and the average user opens numerous pages per visit. We have been working to build links that tell the whole story, extra opportunities to engage in exploring beyond county borders, and now ways for students to enjoy the website. It just so happens that it was my own granddaughter, Darby who opened this can of worms. She loves using R&R, and wanted to know why were there not more pages associated with children? Within a few minutes she had outlined the need for development of a new phase of the website something we now call Kidslore.
When you next visit Roots and Recall, be sure to scroll down the homepage and enjoy the features but also take notice that in the middle, there are eight new sections for users to engage. These relate to subjects most often searched on the website and provide an overview of available topics. These two-hundred sites are a general overview of the website’s 34,000 pages. One of these is of course the new Kidslore section. As new materials arrive related to young people, we will be loading them but intend to create a whole new section, those just relevant to students and young adults. Begin submitting your family stories related to youth, images and other related information. We are delighted that two prolific writers have already begun work on their own submissions. Those of you who are privileged to have grandchildren, should take the time, to write your own memories for sharing and preservation on R&R. What stories should you share?
We are indeed excited that Kidslore will provide a new avenue for young people, like my own granddaughter to engage the website and learn about our region’s history. At this point, take a look at the images section under Kidslore and see how children played, worked and engaged in life. The other twenty-five or so posts, in the group, all relate to activities children historically engaged in from education, abolition of slavery, travel, and farm choirs.
Besides developing the new Random Exploration sections on the homepage, you will also see further opportunities on each county section to also explore topics of interest. Users are already engaged in using these new features and we are excited that you too will enjoy them. Remember to share your stories of youth, travel, and images that you care to preserve.
R&R.com NOTES: Last year was a prolific year of change for Roots and Recall, to many improvement to outline. Many of them we entered into with trepidation, including the donors request that opens when you have been on the website for a lengthy period. Thank you for all of those who have generously provided financial support. Your donation is always needed and certainly appreciated. If you have not donated recently we hope you will now: Donate