Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, 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. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
In 2010-2018 Iserved 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

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What do you do on the day before Christmas?

Well, in this case, I helped a friend to register a domain name for his small business. Octave DeSmet has a business hauling round bales in central Alberta. A little over two years ago I registered for him, but the registration recently expired. We tried tried for 2 months to renew his web site registration with, but no matter what we tried, nothing worked. I was ready to give up, but Octave finds his web site very useful for potential customers. They can calculate the cost of hauling before they even pick up the phone.

I found that the similar domain name name of was available, and I looked at other registration services. advertised a good price, but then added enough required services that the final cost was no bargain. At my son Andrew's suggestion, I checked-out, whose price was only about $60 for a 5-year registration. I had trouble getting Octave's phone number into a format that the registration form would recognize as valid, but a FREE PHONE CALL to netfirm's help line solved the problem in about a minute. Try viewing it works! If it doesn't work, please let me know.

This evening, I will gather with family and friends to celebrate God's gift to us. But for now, I am happy to have been able to do a good deed for a friend.

Merry Christmas everyone!


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