I checked at 6:00 p.m. to see if AOL removed my website and my journals from the Internet. They did! Thus ends a season in my life.
The Henthorn Genealogy News blog is used to post news and information about my genealogy interests and activities. It's the first place you should look if you want to find out whether I'm accomplishing anything or not. Surnames of interest: Henthorn(e), Hinthorn(e), Watson, Conger, Baker, Yoho, Jennings, Rine, Goddard, Gorby, Richmond. Contributions of information and material are welcome.
AOL recently announced that they will discontinue support of private websites, AOL Hometown, and journals as of 31 Oct 2008. This is probably another sign of the ultimate demise of AOL as an Internet powerhouse.
This announcement will impact me personally. For many years I have maintained the Henthorn Genealogy Website in free space provided by AOL. I've also been posting to my Arrow Prayers journal and several others. I estimate that there have been over 27,000 visits to the genealogy homepage since I added a visit counter.
I'll probably create an Arrow Prayers blog on Google. I don't plan to move any of the prayers from the AOL journal archive to the new blog.
I don't know what I will do about the genealogy information. I suggest that if there is anything you want you either print out the information or make a copy of the file on your own computer prior to October 31st.
I currently have a personal blog on Google. If you are interested in keeping track of what I am doing please read the blog postings from time to time. After October 31st this will be the best place to find out what I decided to do.
Mr. Dickie's Blog: http://mrdickiesblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks to everyone who shared information and encouragement during the years that AOL provided this service. I hope you found something of interest from time to time.
The other day AOL sent an Email to all users announcing that as of 31 October 2008 the company will drop support of free websites and free journals. For a long time there had been rumors that AOL would take drastic steps in order to survive. In this writer's opinion this announcement indicates that the company is now in "survival mode."
For many years I have maintained a genealogy website in the free AOL website space. At the end of the month the website will no longer be available.
Needless to say I am very disappointed about this turn of events.
If there's anything on the website that you have put off printing or copying you should take steps to copy or print the information to your computer before the end of the month.
Creating this website took months, if not years. To illustrate the scoop of the problem, there are 129 postings to the Henthorn Website News alone.
At this time I am not certain whether I want to do the work required to move the information to the server of some other website provider. There's a strong possiblity that I will just accept what has happened as a sign that it is time for me to cease sharing genealogy information on the Internet via a personal website. There are other approaches that I'm going to think about.
To everyone who shared information or gave encouragement over the years I extend my thanks.