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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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

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 many with the free Personal Ancestral File 5 (PAF5) software. I continue to help others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I was an assistant director of Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. In recent months I was director of this FHC. 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/

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Website

Over the past 15 years I have had a personal website, especially for family history. I have used free web hosts, which have the obvious benefit of being free. But free web hosts have major disadvantages as well. They often go out of business, or a company may decide to discontinue that particular service. An additional problem is that free web hosts tend to not only attract innocent hobbyists like myself but also a coarser element of society. Hence, "guilt by association".

My personal website went offline without warning about a month ago. I was given no reason and no remedy.  http://billbuchanan.byethost17.com is no longer there. (You may remember that my site at http://billbuchanan.co.cc from the same web host vanished a few years ago, with no explanation or remedy.) For all that, byethost.com served me well for about 10 years. And they did it for free.

Fortunately I have copies of all of the files, but my web presence has disappeared. I have not had the time to find another suitable web host. Some of my files are too large for some of the free web hosts and I have too many files for others. I have not had the time to find another web host.

In the meantime, I have copied the files to the public folder of my Dropbox account, accessible at: http://tr.im/4dp9b

I am sorry for the inconvenience. By the end of November I hope to have my site back online where Google can index it. But for now there are vegetables to be harvested, and two new people to train for telephone support in https://familysearch.org along with my usual work in FamilySearch Support, Riverbend Family History Centre, etc.

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