There are two versions of my genealogy website.
The first has over 1300 links to local area records plus genealogical
aids and local history information. Hundreds of the links got broken
over the years, so I started revising it. That second version never got
completed, because when I realized it would take hundreds more hours to
finish it, I decided to work on other projects instead. Before quitting
in 2016, I had found working links for the most important parts which
are the baptisms, marriages, deaths, military records and research aids.
The purpose of this email is to show you that even broken links are
valuable if you know how to use them. And that is why I leave both of
my sites online.
Here is one of Betty Fink's broken links to test what I have written
below. First, test the link to prove that it is not working.
If you paste a broken link from one of my sites into the Wayback Machine
), you will likely be able to see that webpage (However,
if the creator of the webpage has requested its removal, you won't be
able to view it.). Here is what you should know.
After pasting the link and hitting Enter or clicking on Search, you
arrive at a page that has black vertical bars which show the times that
the webpage was archived. If more than one year is shown, click on a
year. Then, look in the calendar below and pick a day which is
colored. If that doesn't work, pick an earlier year and date.
With the link I provided, Betty has her own links at the bottom of the
page. They also work.
Good luck when you find an important webpage which has been removed from
its earlier location. You now know what to do to find it.