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Sometimes it seems I’ve been on the Internet forever. I didn’t invent it, but I’ve brushed elbows with those who did. I’ve met and had breakfast with Al Gore (who had a lot to do with its implementation, even if he didn’t really invent it), and also with Dave Panzl (one of the creators of PlayNet, that became the foundation for America Online). My first experience with internet research was an email Listserv for genealogy, followed by a PlayNet chat room around 1983-84, then Q-Link forums (1985), then AOL forums (1991).
Since then I’ve used or at least tested all the-in-between services and toys that has led up to today’s amazing online and portable technologies. I had the opportunity to author one chapter of the book “The Internet Unleashed 1997” which also shows you I’ve been around the block more than once.
I remember when floppy disks were really floppy; when cell phones were almost the size of a loaf of bread; when people looked at you oddly if you asked them whether they had a web site; when even basic genealogical research involved a great deal of travel, and hundreds of dollars worth of stamps; and when researchers needed strong arm muscles to cope with constant use of microfilm and copy machines.
Besides this blog, I also maintain:
. “Cow Hampshire” — a New Hampshire history blog which focuses on stories about, and genealogy of the families connected with, interesting events and accomplishments.
. “New Hampshire Genealogy & History at SEARCHROOTS” — a FREE research web site for anyone curious about New Hampshire and New England’s past. For two years in a row it has won awards from Family Tree magazine.
All of these experiences have led me to where I am today–still exploring, always in amazement, and among some of the oldest online genealogy pioneers still poking a stick into the genealogical and history stew pot.
Janice Webster Brown
P.S. Thanks to PhotoFunia for the playful photographs on this and other pages.