Jun 112014
 

VicEHall20Yesterday I signed up for a free 7-day trial at Newspapers.com and I have already found several small items, as well as a full obituary for my grandfather!

This one is from the Abilene Reporter-News. I was surprised to find his obit in this newspaper, as Abilene and Stephenville, Texas, where he lived, aren’t that near to each other. But, hey, I’ll take it!

I already have a very short obit from the Stephenville newspaper, but it has very few details.

I didn’t learn anything new from this new obit, but I’m still happy to have it!

Jun 102014
 

As I slowly go through my database and upload images to create my Ancestor pages, I am finding that many of my folks are extensively documented. But I really haven’t looked at that documentation recently, some in 4-5 years.

So with each Ancestor page I create, I do a “cursory” Google search, and I run that person’s name through some of the appropriate FamilySeach databases, as well as Find A Grave, and several other free sites. Not digging very deep, just a quick check.

This morning I was preparing to create a page for my grandfather, Victor Earl Hall. I typed his name into Google and look what I found:

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A freebie from newspaperarchive.com, the 2 Mar 1936 edition of the Denton Record Chronicle.

I already have a copy of his marriage license, but the newspaper announcement in pretty neat, too!

Jun 082014
 

Yahoo  GeoCities   terryallanhall s Home PageWell, his website, anyway.

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.

Jun 072014
 

I’ve added another ancestor page: Miles Francis Stanley II. The love of Nanny’s life, they are finally together again after 44 years. :)

Been doing a bit of tweaking of the theme, little stuff. I’m trying to a better job of managing images and the Media Library. Every image is named appropriately, so I can search for one if necessary.

You know, trying to do right all the things I did wrong in my first blog (now Ruth’s Genealogy Archives).

As I build new ancestor pages, I am also reviewing and updating that person’s RootsMagic page.

Jun 042014
 

When I decided on a “new” blog, I also decided to change a few things about the way I write about my ancestors. And this new Bloggy theme has a really neat method for show-casing images.

In honor of my grandmother, who died 3 weeks ago at age 97, my first ancestor page:

Charley Bell Rogers (1916-2014)

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