In my last blog I wrote about Sheriff Pat Baker’s tree and how I came to find other trees for him but what I did not share, which I will do now is the way I found the links, the connection I’ve made and the letter I received from 1_mjbowens a tree owner.
Here it the letter:
Thank you very much for the info. The funny thing is I live in Calhoun and in the same area as Pat and have known most all of this info about him except for the fact that he’s a relative! Amazing! I have been following a Baker line off and on but not the local line. This is all rather funny to me because I was manager at a local business for a few years and he and his wife were regular customers of mine… I really do appreciate the info and will be looking into your tree to see who you have been tracking down.
Letters like this are what keeps me working on trying to find family trees for items in the old newspapers.
Dianne comes from the Jennie V. Conaway branch, Jennie is Sheriff Pat’s grandmother. The web site that Dianne has is full of information for a whole lot of family names. The web site is very well done and entertaining with lots of good information for members of the family lines. Throughout the web site she asks questions regarding certain family members; their whereabouts or the maiden names of their wives. I think anyone would enjoy looking through the web site even if they are not part of the family. It is fun to read.
The last thing I will share is how I got to the various links I put on the blog.
When looking at a find-a-grave memorial page for David J. Baker, I noticed it had a link to the actual obituary which is not something you see on those pages. I clicked on it and was taken to the newspaper clipping gathered by the Digital Library of Georgia.
David J. Baker Obit 1930
I shortened the link by using the Backspace key and removing the last two parts of the link.
When I put this on the URL–Address box at the top of a page and hit enter I was directed to this page:
I then shortened it even more
And got to main Page of Digital Library of Georgia web site.
Here is where you can type in a name and find their Georgia obit clippings if there are any.
The other long link that I shortened
While doing a Google search for a person I got the Godon County Public Schools page because the person’s name was somewhere in the PDF file and by shorting the URL I got to the other web pages.
I started with a long URL and backed up from there reveling the other web sites.
So you see there is lots of information you can get to by just following the URL links.
Most people get the “one” URL and don’t bother to investigate further, and they miss out on a whole bunch of other good information.
Always make a copy of the URL and place it in a Notepad so you don’t lose it. On that Notepad copy the long URL before playing around with it and if you make a mistake you start over since you still have the original long URL. If when you put it in the URL box you don’t get anything or get an error you can just go back to the Notepad and play around with the original once again. When you are playing around with the long URL remember to back up to the various hash (/) marks, which is where the other web pages can be found.
I hope this little blog will be on your mind the next time you come up with a long URL.