I'm retired and I've been doing genealogy since 2003. I have taken on a large but well-defined genealogy project known as a Surname Study or sometimes called a One-Name Study. Developing and preserving this project is my mission for as long as I have the mental and physical capacity to do so.
The purpose of a Surname study is to research, publish, and preserve everything there is to know about a given surname. This includes origins, migrations, prevalence, and distribution on a worldwide basis. It also includes researching lineages from the earliest known ancestor to living families. It is organized in terms of YDNA genetic types that distinguish those who are related and those who are not.
This request is NOT about doing family trees. There is other software and there are other websites for that purpose. It is about attracting people with common genealogy interests to work together and communicate with one another within a research process and organizational system I have developed. It is to be a focal point for linking people working who also work on other genealogy sites such as Ancestry, Family Search, WikiTree, and DNA research sites. The overall concept of the Name Study is defined by the Guild of One-Name Studies.
Over the years, I have attracted plenty of registered users and could get hundreds more if I had a system that could manage collaboration and communication. I have reasonably good computer skills. Since 2003, until my retirement, I worked in the IT dept of a college. I am familiar with Joomla and don't want to learn another CMS. I have discovered that Community Builder works for me but there are powerful features that are beyond my ability to design in a sensible way. I want to stick with Community Builder. I also have a lifetime membership at Joomlashack where I have access to some great Joomla templates and extensions
I need a system that I will serve my stated purposes that I can maintain and teach others to help. Please see [login to view URL] for more information. On the front page, there is a general description of the project. At the bottom are a few other links. My primary research space is at Ancestry.com. I have an archive of Project trees at http://beasley.one-name.net. Poke around if you wish. Some of it is dated and incomplete. I've made registration somewhat inconspicuous on purpose. If you find it and want to try it out, please make your purposes clear.
I've also been working on a presence at WikiTree. See [login to view URL] for my personal profile. Other project descriptions can be found at [login to view URL]:Beasley_Name_Study and [login to view URL]:Design_and_Implementation_of_the_Beasley_Project
I can get more specific about my objectives. Basically, this is a job with a beginning and an end that I will manage. After this, I might be interested in a support/follow-up agreement. I really don't know how to define the "size" of the project. Something in the range of the "Very small project" would be preferred, but if that is not realistic, I'd have to do some fundraising. This is not a money-making project but a labor of love.