|Happy 16th Birthday Olive Tree Genealogy!|
That's right! Olive Tree Genealogy actually began in the winter of 1995 on space on my first ISP (bconnex.net).
The very first primary record I put online was a ships passenger list from 1634. And that was the start of my
In February 1996 Olive Tree Genealogy was given free space on the then brand new Rootsweb site.
In 2001 I purchased my domain OliveTreeGenealogy.com and moved into the space where the site still remains at http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com
Genealogists often ask me how and why I started Olive Tree Genealogy. Making a long story short, my husband passed away in 1993 after a 2 year struggle with cancer. That same year I was badly injured at school by a disturbed student.
An unsuccesful operation ensued followed by two years of enforced inactivity when I was not able to work. During this time a dear friend suggested I create a website for the internet which was emerging as we know it now.
When I began my online adventures it was DOS, no windows environments. Rootsweb didn't exist. Ancestry didn't exist. We all started about the same time, as did Cyndi's List. Yep, we are all dinosaurs in Internet years!
So I learned how to create a website, how to code in html (no web editors back then) and how to upload files to a remote host. And Olive Tree Genealogy was born.
You can read a bit about me or see some of the early versions of Olive Tree Genealogy at History of Olive Tree Genealogy