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    Site(s) Are Back Up

    Just to let y’all know, the sites are back up — I think. There are still problems, but they’re mostly functional.

    The Facebook page has been deactivated. If you want updates, you’ll have to check here — there’s an RSS feed — but I also don’t know how much longer I’ll be using this blog, either. They’ve “improved” WordPress and changed the entire user interface. Good for them, not so good for me as, as things are now, I’m just not interested in relearning this thing again.

    We shall see.

    How to Use Monica’s Death Notice Indexes

    Monica Schirmer Eshelman spends most of her day indexing St. Joseph, Missouri, newspapers using the free Google News Archive. As she completes each year, she sends them to me, I turn them into PDFs, and they’re uploaded to the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society website and the Cousin Collector Media Library. She’s also started maintaining the Great and Powerful Index Index of all surnames in her yearly indexes, the latest being for the years 1845-1912. She’s working on 1913 now.

    As with most things, what’s clear to some is not so clear to others, and that seems to be the case with these indexes. Monica gets a lot of email from lost souls. 😀

    The death notices themselves are freely available from the Google News Archive. At the top of each index page is a list of the newspapers . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    Better Search Capability is Here!

    I’ve been getting an unusually high number of emails lately from people who can’t find stuff. I readily admit that all the “What if we did THIS!” ideas have resulted in a labyrinth that’s hard to navigate, even for me and I’m the one who put this stuff here.

    Turns out, when they can’t find something, they’re in the wrong section of the site. Don’t you hate it when website goddesses think you should figure this out on your own? Me, too! I’ve always considered this blog section to be the front door, but hardly anyone hits this page first, if at all.

    The content management systems (CMS) that I use to try to reign in the chaos are notoriously lacking in search capabilities. Additionally, I remembered the other day that Monica doesn’t favor PDFs because the content might not show in search results. (The PDFs themselves should . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    Need a Hero?

    It’s true — there are still heroes looking out for the rest of us!

    I’d like to give a big shout-out to David Lingren of Fair Trade Judaica, author of the Media Library Assistant plugin for WordPress. If you take a peek at the support threads for the plugin, you can see how diligent David is about solving the problems his users have.

    Recently I’ve been looking for a few plugins to solve some other issues. I always look at the support threads first. For one thing, you can see if a plugin has been abandoned. But, and more importantly, you can also see how the developer handles issues — and how users are treated. It’s pretty discouraging to see some of the responses. The conversations back and forth get more and more heated and the thread is closed, usually without resolution. And . . . [Yes! There’s more!]


    Well, I was trying to get fancy — actually just consistent, but lately that’s fancy 🙂 — and made a mess of the thumbnails on the Media Library page. No worries! The links still work, it’s just ugly right now and, as luck would have it, I have a very important date. Should be all good by tomorrow. 🙂

    I’m not quite dead yet . . .

    I keep getting notifications from Facebook that people want to hear from me! So, “Hear! Hear!”

    I’ve been scrambling to clean up after hackers breached my hosting server and messed with *every*single*site* I had there. OMG! Can’t these kids find something else to do? I don’t have a lot of people who pay me for their websites, but of course, those few had to come first before my hobbies obsessions.

    In the meantime, Monica is absolutely bombarding me with great new stuff to post. This is good for you/us — as soon as I can get it online.

    What I Did on My Summer Vacation

    So — back in June I figured I’d take a few weeks off and play Farm Town for awhile. One of my game friends asked me if I had quit playing, and that’s when I went back and found it had been quite a long time since I had tended to my farms. Since a big part of progressing in the game is having your friends send you “stuff,” I thought, well I can at least check in every day and send gifts. Well, it didn’t really work out that way.

    I got the bug to redesign my farms. Then, as usual, I kept changing my mind. The result was since June I’ve managed to redesign two farms. Good grief. So, at this point, I’m just maintaining what I have done — and making sure I send gifts several times a week.

    Ladies Series

    Monica has . . . [Yes! There’s more!]