As genealogists, we frequently reference the deaths of ancestors. This is different kind of death, however:
GeoCities seems to be on its last breaths:
I don’t have a site at GeoCities, so why do I care if they are shutting down their free accounts?
and for Macintosh users at
. Both products have been updated since those articles were written but the process remains the same.
You do not need to know any user names or passwords to copy publicly-available web sites. In fact, you can even copy web sites that you do not own…
I clicked on his link for Windows users, and in that post he recommends an open-source (free!) program called HTTrack Website Copier. Ok, Dick knows what he’s talking about, so I’ll give it a try.
I downloaded the first version listed, WinHTTrack : Windows 95/98/NT/2K/XP (also included: command line version).
That took maybe two minutes to download with my DSL connection. Then I installed the program, another minute maybe. I ran the program as is with its default settings, entered the address of my cousin’s site and pressed <next>, then <finish>.
I sat back and watched for a few seconds as the program began to download the website’s files. I expected this to take quite some time, so I started playing with my cellphone as I waited. After about 2 minutes, the program made a wierd noise and announced that the mirroring operation was completed!
I clicked on <Browse Mirrored Website>….
…and there on my hard drive, in a folder that I had created in my McBurnett surname folder, was her entire Geocities site, snug as a bug! All of the links worked (she used GedHTree to display her gedcom as html), all the data was there, everything.
I am thrilled, let me tell you. And this just might be the simplest “geeky” thing that I’ve ever done. My cat could have done it, I swear! Her entire site added up to only 10 MB on my hard drive.
So folks, if you have a GeoCities site of your own, or use someone else’s site in your research, don’t wait to take action. It would truly be a tragedy to lose all of these sites and all of their wonderful genealogical data!