June, 2005

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New guest book

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Well, after 3 nights and many hours, I’ve created a new guest book for the site. The old book was a freebie from a commercial site, and I really detested reading a website filled with Viagara ads. The company was pretty good, considering that they did clean out the spam now and then, but it was an irritating problem and I decided to fix it when I did this update.

I tried to create a few guest books with .cgi script, but for some reason I couldn’t get any of them to post. My husband and son suggested php. It worked very well, on the seventh guestbook script that I tried. Either the version was too new for the server, or it was filled with ugly emoticons, or it just didn’t work. The one I settled on isn’t my favorite, but I can always upgrade. For now, I am just happy that it’s functional (after 7 hours of working on it tonight). Obsessive? me? lol.

I received an email from a distant Palmore connection regarding Booker Randolph Shorter. He was the son of Nancy Palmore and John Shorter. I didn’t have much on the family and this cousin (Mary Beth Shorter Majesty) told me that Booker had children and grandchildren, and that she knew of poems that he had written to his son as he went off to fight in the Civil War.

That intrigued me. I love fleshing out these characters from the family’s history. Mary graciously sent me the names and dates of Booker’s descendants, as well as a moving poem that he wrote to his son. I had looked around the net last night and found another site with info on Booker. Apparently, 3 sons went to war, and 2 were killed. I will post the poem after I get some sleep.

The new site is up

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
Well, it’s not exactly new, but it’s cleaned up and better organized.

Tonight, I worked on cleaning up my family tree for publishing as a gedcom. It needs more work, but it’s much improved, so I privatized information on living relatives and uploaded the latest tree. I need to start on the Palmer tree next.I came across a couple of good research aids today. The first is the “Historic Directories” website [http://www.historicaldirectories.org] This was a quick tidbit in my Cornish Gen-list, and it was a really pleasant surprise. There are hundreds of trade directories from the 19th and early 20th century online. There’s a good search engine and I easily found some ancestors.

I was especially excited to find my great-great-great-grandmother Catherine Rickard Billing. She was 76 years old and listed in a directory for St. Breward, Cornwall, where she was a “beer retailer.” In earlier census records, she and her husband (St. John Billing) were listed as innkeepers.