Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

DO IT!!! Obviously I’m talking about backing up your genealogical data. That’s a no-brainer. But what about your blog? Sh-t happens, as evidenced by the recent data-loss-then-found-almost situation experienced by T-Mobile Sidekick users. What was supposed to be a very safe and secure place for your favorite and irreplaceable images and other such minor stuff, …

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As genealogists, we frequently reference the deaths of ancestors. This is different kind of death, however: GeoCities seems to be on its last breaths: Current GeoCities customers: After careful consideration, we have decided to close GeoCities later this year. We’ll share more details this summer. For now, please sign in or visit the help center …

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…so it’s back to research! I’ve returned to my Appling’s of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. This morning I found the Civil War Service Records (Confederate) for 4 of William Appling‘s sons at footnote.com. I normally wouldn’t be researching this far laterally from my direct line, but I simply can’t resist anything Civil War! Most of these …

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Once upon a time, I had a zillion digital images saved on my computer. Well, one day my daughter was using my computer and called me at work to ask “Mom, what does fatal exception mean…?” Needless to say, it was the dreaded “blue-screen-of-death” and my hard drive had crashed! Fortunately, my daughter also had …

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