My brother Terry died quite unexpectedly on April 17th. We were all shocked. Only a few days earlier he had been in good health, and suddenly he was gone. He was only about a year and a half older than me.
Terry was a musician. And he had created his own website, terryallanhall.com, to showcase his talents. Photographs, press clippings, recordings of his music, etc. His life in sound and verse.
As I was updating his RootsMagic file this morning with his death information, it occurred to me that his website probably wouldn’t be around forever, that I needed to save it while I still could.
Several years ago, the free version of GeoCities shut down, and with it thousands of “Mom & Pop” websites. A McBurnett cousin had such a site, containing her genealogy database. Certainly didn’t want to lose that! I did some research and through Dick Eastman discovered a remarkable open-source (free!) program, HTTrack, that could download an entire website to your hard drive.
So, today I went to the website and downloaded the latest build of HTTrack. After a few adjustments (options, options, options!), I was able to save Terry’s entire site: photos, newspaper articles, .mp3’s.
I miss my brother, but at least I have been able to save something that was important to him.