Thursday, August 25, 2011

What in the World is Happening with the Online Historical Directories Website?

I'm sure some of you have been wondering if the Online Historical Directories Website is still being updated. The answer is "YES!" In fact, I've had to do some major site maintenance, which is why it's been taking me so long to get back to adding new links to directories. Here are some things that I've been updating and changing as part of that maintenance:
  • Changing my name on every page to "Miriam J. Robbins" after my recent divorce and subsequent return to my maiden name (over 700 pages!).
  • Updating the copyright date on every page to reflect the 2011 year (and it won't be long before I'll be changing it again to 2012!).
  • Updating a few rogue pages' names from "Online City, County, and Rural Directories" to "Online Historical Directories". This was a decision I made back in October 2009, and there were still pages I had not updated after nearly two years!
  • Adding links on every page to the relevant corresponding page at the Online Historical Newspapers Website.
  • EveNDon has been a wonderful resource of free online directories, created by Eve and Don Kreiger of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Tragically, Eve passed away recently and Don has changed the name of the website to Don's List. Old links still work, but I wanted to make sure the site name was changed.
  • I changed all references of Family Tree Connections to reflect its parent company, GenealogyToday.
  • And just when I thought I was finished, Footnote changed its name to Fold3! Old links still work, but I did change the name on my site. I'll change links later.
Whew! And believe it or not, I have been adding links to directories. I'll post those updates later.

Thank you again for your patience, and as always, I'm grateful for new links and corrections sent my way (email me here).

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  1. I think this is an example of what is called the "mushroom factor": why small jobs turn into big jobs and big jobs turn into bigger jobs!

  2. Oh, you are SO right, Greta! There is a fungus among us!

  3. Wow, that's a huge task! Thank you so much for maintaining this site. It really is a gem.

  4. You are welcome, Amy. And thank YOU for your kind words!