Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – The Wayback Machine

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week the mission was:

1)  Do you have a website or a blog?  Or know someone with one?  Pick yours, or theirs or another.

2)  Now go to the Wayback Machine ( and put the web site address in the search field.  Explore – see what the website looked like over time – start with the first available archived date and select others over the lifetime of the web site.  Make some screen shots to show your readers.

3)  Share your Wayback adventure with us in your own blog post, in a Facebook or google+ post.  Be sure to leave a link in a Comment on this blog.

Here’s mine:


The earliest screenshot is from 4 May 2006 (I first set up the site in March 2006).  At that stage I didn’t have the blog on my website, just my family tree, which I set up using The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG).  It appears I was also using PHPGedView at that time.

May 2006

July 2009

July 2009

14 May 2010

May 2010

7 February 2011

February 2011

2 June 2013

June 2013

4 January 2014

January 2014

22 April 2014.  This is around the time I first added the blog to my website (from memory, I actually set it up in March).  I wasn’t happy with my blog posts for the first couple of months, so I ended up deleting them. My earliest posts now are from May 2014.

April 2014

November 2014

November 2014

December 2014

December 2014

July 2015

July 2015

I know I have made a lot more changes to the format of my website over the years.  I pretty much tried out all of the templates for TNG at one time or another, although I always seem to come back to the same template, which is the one I’m using for the family tree part of my site now.  Since I set up the blog, I have changed templates for my blog a number of times, experimenting with different styles and color schemes, and checking for templates that work well with TNG.  I’ve also changed the title of the blog a few times!