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.

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