Category Archives: Site Issues/Technical

New Family Tree

Family TreeAs I promised in my previous post, I will be sharing more about digital storytelling in a future post, but I wanted to share that I have found a family tree sitebuilder I’m excited about. My cousin Rick Zeutenhorst uses it on his site. I really liked the look of my cousin’s site, and based on his recommendation, I decided to get it for two reasons:

  • Having a site in the cloud will make it easier for me when I migrate. I know I can save gedcoms from software programs, and I have done so in the past, but I have also lost things in the transition, and I think this solution will work for me as well. I can back it up so that I always have a copy of my data, should losing data ever become a worry.
  • At this point, the only place I have my data is, and there may come a day I don’t want to use the site anymore (right now, I’m happy with it, and I obtain tons of information quite easily that I would have to spend a great deal more money to obtain). It’s probably not a good idea to put all my genealogical eggs in one basket, though.

In addition to these two reasons, I also like the idea of having control. I have set living individuals to “private,” but collaborating family members can register for an account.

I opted to start building from scratch rather than using a gedcom because over time, I know errors have crept into my Ancestry tree, and untangling the errors seems to me to be a more daunting task, if you can believe it, than starting over.  I also will be able  to standardize conventions for dates and place names if I start over. Starting over allows me to be careful and cite sources for information as I work. I am a much more careful and thorough genealogist than I was when I started. I will admit it—I fell prey to the lure of looking for famous ancestors in my tree and often attached unproven connections that appeared uncited in other trees.

I know starting over is a lot of work, but it will prevent me from introducing errors and will allow me to go slowly. As such, the tree is a little spare at the moment. Rest assured I will be adding people, and if you have information to contribute, feel free to contact me.

Some things I really like about the sitebuilding software, which is called TNG: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, are the ways in which photographs are handled and the “Most Wanted” feature. I have really only just begun to explore the possibilities. The site is easy to manage after a small learning curve. The most difficulty I had with it was my original upload didn’t work, so I had to re-upload it to my site. I happen to feel comfortable with managing the back-end of my site, but others’ mileage may vary on that score.

You can view the family tree by clicking this link or by clicking the permanent link in the menu at the top of the page.

The Genealogy Blog is Back!

I have not written in this blog for nearly three years, a time period that coincides precisely with my move from Georgia to Massachusetts to accept a new teaching position. It’s been busy, and I have had little time to devote to family research, but I am glad to be back, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with family, fellow genealogists, and other readers. In the time that I myself have been fairly absent, the comments sections on individual blog posts have been quite active.

You might also notice things look a little different around here. I changed the look of the site. As such, some items might be in different places, and if you can’t find something you used to be able to find, please just let me know. I think everything is in place, but it’s entirely possible I missed something.

Thanks to all of you for your patience.

Cleaning out the Cobwebs

Attic CobwebsI have been a really poor genealogy blogger. I could blame grad school and general business, such as having three children. Add to that the fact that I also have other blogs where I regularly write ( and Much Madness is Divinest Sense). Genealogy fascinates me, and I have found myself going down a rabbit hole several times this summer. Frustrating dead ends!

I have added some new content. If you check out my family tree page, you’ll notice I’ve uploaded family tree web cards.

I went to the Burkhalter/Graham/Cunningham family reunion last month, where it was so nice to see my distant cousins.

I am going to try to start a more regular posting schedule: Saturdays. If I don’t have any other news to share each Saturday, you can expect research or stories about family members, surnames I’m researching, or musings about genealogy related issues.

You can follow me on Twitter. I plan to install a plugin here called Twitter Tools that will allow me to share when I have updated on Twitter.

If I haven’t already lost you after being so quiet for so many years, I hope you’ll join me.

Creative Commons License photo credit: Curtis Poe

Site News

I don’t know who still keeps up with this blog after the dearth of updates, but I felt I should explain myself.

First of all, I have been tired of the blog’s look for some time, and I finally found a theme I liked to replace the old one with.  Second, I have returned to graduate school (Master’s in Instructional Technology) and become English Department Chair, both of which have left me with very little time to keep up with geneaology.  It tends to be a summer pursuit.  No wonder so many folks wait until they’re retired to take it up — the amount of time and research involved could occupy anyone full time, and I just can’t do that right now.  However, I am still interested in it as a hobby and will continue to sporadically update this blog as I am able.

Content Theft Part 2

I have no idea why, but the person stealing content written by me and other genealogy bloggers has mysteriously stopped.  The most recent post, in fact, is the one they stole from me in which I wrote about how they were stealing my content.  I love irony.  I think that means I can safely post here again, so please occasionally stop by and check it out.  Sorry for the quiet, but I’m sure you can understand why posting here bothered me so much.

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Content Theft

Is “Cricket” stealing your genealogy blog content?  I would recommend that you find out.  I filed a DMCA complaint against this blogger today through Google/Blogger.  This person has been taking entire posts wholesale and representing them as his/her own work.  While there is a link to the “source” for the material, it is not considered acceptable practice in blogging to post an entire blog post written by someone else.  Quotations and even block quotations are considered appropriate, but what this person is doing is wrong, and he/she could be doing it to you.  Go see at  Don’t support this person’s efforts by clicking on ad content or by linking to him/her unless you use the rel=”nofollow” tag.  If your content is being stolen, I urge you to protect your work by filing a complaint.  Here’s how: Digital Millennium Copyright Act on Blogger.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if this post is stolen, too?

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Family Tree File

I am having a bit of trouble with my genealogy file.  I use Family Tree Legends, which automatically backs up my file to the Internet whenever I use it at the same time as I am connected to the Internet (which is all of the time, as I have a cable modem).  I noticed this feature wasn’t working properly, and instead of being smart and letting tech support help me today, I tried a different solution, which did not appear to work.  At the moment my family tree files are inaccessible.  However, should you desperately need to search through them, you can contact me, and I’ll look up information for you or send you a GEDCOM.  I apologize for any inconvenience to searchers.

Site Restoration

This site is almost completely restored.  I need to check for broken links and images and upload some files, but for the most part, it looks even better than it did before.   Please let me know if you see any broken links or images.  Two pairs of eyes are better than one.


If you are visiting via a redirect and are wondering what happened, it might be easier just to take a look at this post from my personal blog.

I am rebuilding this site as best I can, but I am afraid a great deal of what I wrote here was lost. Thankfully, it was transcribed, which means I can always transcribe it again; however, the work is long and tedious.

I will upload the diary of Stella Bowling Cunningham as soon as possible. I have it on my computer. I will try to repost information that originally appeared on this site. Bear with me as I reconstruct what was lost.

Update: Thanks to Yahoo Cache, I was able to upload some posts. I will try for some more tomorrow.

New Domain

In order to make room for my husband to completely take over, I will be moving this blog to a new domain. My blog will still be available here for one week, after which time I will set up a redirect script. You will now find Our Family History at Please update your bookmarks and bear with me, as some links may be broken for a while until I get things sorted out.

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