Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I have served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I have recently started using Googlepages (www.pages.google.com) for the "Ukrainian Genealogical and Historical Society" website. This is free from advertizing banners, but isn't a perfect solution. It doesn't support subfolders nor FTP, so files need to uploaded one at a time. This should not be a problem with small sites, but is impractical for sites that involve hundreds of files, such as those generated by genealogical databases. One other unexpected item was that the main page cannot be an uploaded file. I solved the problem of access to a framed site by making the main page a "Click to Enter" page. See http://ukrainiangenealogist.googlepages.com/ I have also used Portable Picasa to upload hundeds of old family photos to the Web. It worked very slick, but I am not sure whether it creates thumbnail views. It seemed to load very slowly on dial-up. Still, 1 GB of photo storage will hold a LOT of photos. I am impressed by what Google is offering us for free.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A Tribute: Recently, genealogists in the area of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada lost a true friend. Delayne Caldwell has helped innumerable people at the Bonnie Doon Family History Center. He has also been of great service to fellow members of the FHC staff as a staff trainer. He is one of those warm, loving people that quickly made new acquaintences feel like old friends. At age 70 he has gone on to his eternal reward. He will long be remembered by those he left behind.