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June 22, 2008

Easy Pedigree Charts

Now you can view your donkey's pedigree chart, link to it from your own website and print copies for your customers! All on Longears Mall.

If you haven't visited Longears Mall in a while, you may notice a new addition to our website - The Donkey Tree. The Donkey Tree is a database of donkey pedigree information. It was maintained by Pat Scanlan for many years. In 2007, we worked with Pat to upgrade the Donkey Tree to run on new web-based software on Longears Mall. With that upgrade, you can now view and search the Donkey Tree, and print reports online!

Here is one of the features that I am really excited about. It is now very easy to generate pedigree charts for any of the donkeys in the Donkey Tree. Start by searching for the donkey:

1. Go to http://donkeytree.com


2. Then enter the donkey's name (or part of it's name) in the appropriate search field, and click the Search button.


3. The search will return a list of donkeys that match your search. Click a donkey's name to view that donkey's information.


Now you will see a box on the right side with "Options for Individual".

There are several types of pedigree charts available on the website. To view the first, put your mouse curser over "Charts" under "Options for Individual", and then click on the "Pedigree" option that displays below it. This will take you to a pedigree chart for that donkey. It looks like this:


This chart shows basic information (name, birth date & place, color, height, registration numbers) as well as photos for 4 generations of donkeys in this donkey's pedigree.


Now all you have to do to show your donkey's pedigree from your farm website is to link to the Donkey Tree pedigree chart for your donkey. Then your website visitors can simply click on the link, and see this chart for your donkey!


You may also want to be able to print a nicely formatted pedigree chart to put in your donkey's records or give to a new buyer. Here's how to do that. From your donkey's information screen, put your mouse curser over the "Reports" option under "Options for Individual". When the "Reports" menu drops down, choose one of the two Pedigree options.


Then on the next screen, click the "Download Report" button.


This will generate a PDF file of this donkey's pedigree chart. These pedigree chart reports are formatted for printing.


You will need Adobe Reader to view the PDF files. Adobe Reader comes on most computers, but if you don't have it yet, it can be downloaded for free from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

So now with these simple steps, you can not only view your donkey's pedigree chart, but can also easily link to it from your own website and print copies for your customers!

If your donkey is not in the Donkey Tree database yet, please submit it's information through the form on our website, so that we can add it.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at June 22, 2008 04:23 PM