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 Maybe you used it a year ago or even a month ago, but now you get that pesky message that your web address is no longer valid, or some strange numbers which supposedly indicate the same thing.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!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Lovin' My IPod Touch

After much deliberation, I decided in December to purchase an iPod Touch. Because I use a Mac and also Reunion 9, it seemed a good way to have my genealogy files on-the-go and with less hassle and weight that I have with my laptop computer.

It is not for everybody and does take some practice to type on it. Overall, it was a good purchase. When I flew to Virginia in December my iPod Touch and I went through security without any issues. Just like the laptop (but easier), I took it out of my purse and put it in the bin. I will continue to take my laptop on trips and also flights, but for this time, it was a good thing to have the iPod Touch.

Placing my genealogy files on it was a very simple procedure. If you have Reunion 9, be sure to check out the LeisterPro web page for details and videos on how to use it on the iPhone and iPod Touch. I also recommend purchasing a book or manual about the iPod Touch. There are many features that you will not learn just by turning it on.

I linked all of my photos from Reunion 9 family files to the iPod Touch, but you can choose which ones to transfer or use only the feature photo from each file. All of my notes transferred and are easy to review on it. The only thing I miss with Reunion on the iPod Touch is the Quick Bar that allows you to select certain ancestors or relatives at a click. Syncing between the iPod Touch to keep it updated with changes I make is very easy using the USB port.

There are other applications I have on my iPod Touch. It comes with a few applications, such as Safari and Mail. You can access all of your e-mail accounts, such as gmail. Web pages can be enlarged quickly and easily for viewing. I also added the Weather Channel which is handy for traveling. Since I use the iPod Touch when flying, I also have an application showing gates of the airports that I normally use. All you do is enter the gate number and concourse and the map shows the exact location in conjunction with other portions of the concourse.

It comes with Contacts and Maps which are handy when traveling. You can sync your contacts from the main computer. I have found the Notes and Voice Memos to be very handy, not only when traveling, but here at home. As I was doing research on my trip, I would leave myself either a voice memo or notes regarding more research that I needed to do. It's also great for a grocery list.

The WIFI TRAK application that I downloaded from iTunes tracks Internet connection wherever I might be with my iPod Touch. Drive down the street a few blocks and it will show the activity in that area, both secured and unsecured. I also have Free WIFI which has a search feature by town/city showing all of the free WIFI available, be it restaurants, libraries, hotels or stores.

I also have WorldCat on my iPod Touch. This allows me to enter a title, author or category of a book and determine if it is in the library I am using or a library near me. This handy application also has a search feature for locating libraries. It's great for the genealogist on the go.

The iPod Touch is handy for trips to the library, courthouse or even the cemetery. However, it is not secure. When using it in a library, you cannot leave it on the table with your other belongings. Now I'm designing and making pouches for my iPod Touch. I can easily take it in and out of the pouch which hangs around my neck.

Yes ... I love my iPod Touch!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Genealogy Education for 2010

A great way to begin 2010 is through home schooling. Teach yourself about genealogical techniques and successful research. Just relax at the computer, have another cup of coffee or tea and learn. You can even school yourself late at night in your pajamas.

FamilySearch is offering Research Series Classes online and they are free. They are provided by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Those currently available are:

England Beginning Research
Germany Research
Ireland Research
Italy Research
Mexico Research
Research Principles and Tools
Russia Research
U.S. Research

There are lessons under each topic for watching the video, downloading the video and obtaining a PDF file of the class outline. Some do not have the exact same format. The largest lesson is the England Beginning Research Series which contains five lessons: Research Overview, Census Records, Civil Registration, Church Records, and Find Your Ancestors.

More online seminars and classes can be found at the link, Genealogical Presentations Online. These include the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Certification Seminar and the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference at Little Rock, Arkansas, 2 September 2009.

I encourage you to take advantage of these online resources to advance your research skills.