Yesterday we showed some examples of how famous genealogy blogs looked several years ago. Towards the end of the post, we promised to share how you can find these examples yourself. So here's a short explanation.
The way to do this is surprisingly simple. It requires an online tool called the Wayback Machine, which can be accessed via archive.org.
Once you've reached this utility, you simply need to enter the url of the website you want to see the past of.
We all like genealogy. The thrill of tracing your ancestors back over the decades and the centuries provides a sense of satisfaction that other pastimes just can’t match. Knowing where you came from gives you a deeper understanding of why you are who you are now – and where you might be going.
With that in mind, this post will take you back through some of the history of the online genealogy community. A genealogy of genealogy websites, if you will. Using images, we're going to show you what some of your favourite blogs used to look like several years in the past. It's a bit like flicking through your old family photos, except instead of relatives we have websites, and instead of the smooth gloss of photo print paper we have the steely embrace of hyper-text markup language. Still, it might give you an insight into what some of your favourite sites were like in the past, and how they looked before they turned into what they are today.
So buckle up. It's time for Web 1.0