Thursday, January 28, 2010

Oops! It's Gone!

Just when it's there ... oops, it's gone! A web page you want desperately is no longer on Internet? Maybe you used it a year ago or even a month ago, but now you get that pesky message that your web address is no longer valid, or some strange numbers which supposedly indicate the same thing.

Where did it go? Is it out there in cyberspace, floating around? What is cyberspace? Why isn't the web page on Internet?

I hope you can remember the title of the web page, or maybe the nature of it, such as Tennessee military records. You can always start searching for it, using your favorite search engine. Maybe the name has changed. Maybe somebody just removed it forever.

If you are using a bookmark or favorite area of your browser, consider getting to the root of the URL, such as this from my personal web page, 2. html. If it doesn't come up, go to and browse around or add the rcoleman/ on the end and see what pops up. Maybe I have omitted that page from my web site.

Google will usually show the word "cache" in the results. If the regular link doesn't open the web page, click on "cache" to see what was last shown for that particular web page. You will not be able to click on any of the links within a cached web page. Be sure you try other search engines also, such as

There is still hope. Try the Internet Archive's WayBackMachine. It's in a little box on the top part of their web page. Enter the URL that you currently have and with a little luck, your web page may turn up with the new URL.

Have fun and good luck!

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