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The End May be Near

While “The End May be Near” can be seen as a somewhat inflammatory title it might also be closer to the truth than I care to think, for the purposes of this website I mean. I feel as if someone nefarious is looking over my shoulder.

I continue to work on troubleshooting and problem solving this website, sklapsky.ca. I frequently receive dire warnings from my domain host about the problems my site is causing to others on the host, much like a bully in a schoolyard. Except I am not the bully, and the problems are not of my making (I don’t think).

The problems, whatever they are, have been putting excessive load on my domain host. They, the host, are the folks allowing you to see sklapsky.ca on the internet. The short answer is that if I cannot fix “the problem” I may have to delete this site, so it will no longer be on the ‘net. From that point I can quit and fold my hand, or I can find a way to rebuild and continue on. Please, wish me/us luck.

Other Stuff

On another note, I believe I mentioned I was helping another family member research her history. I talked a bit about it in Better Late than Never!. Tanya, the cousin somewhat removed, is looking for a connection to the Sluchinski family for her Father. He was adopted at a young age but his Mom was a ‘Sluckinski’, or ‘Sluchinski’, and Tanya would like to make sure he has the opportunity to know his kin. I want to help her in that regard as well.

She has found some potential cousins using the DNA feature of Ancestry (a genealogical program and website). I have attempted to assist by taking her information and using it to search for other possible connections, a tie-in to her Sluckinski/Sluchinski heritage.

So far we have a link to Roman Sluchinski but that’s where the trail runs cold from my perspective. I can’t find a connection to the other Sluchinski clan from there, and I’m sure there is one. In fact a booklet I received on a Sluchinski Family reunion mentions Roman and implies he is another son of Nicholas (Nickolas) Sluchinski but for the life of me I can’t find a genealogical connection. It will come, trust me.

Cole’s Notes

I will continue to attempt to resolve this website issue. The alternatives aren’t really palatable to me. Working with Tanya will continue as well and I’m optimistic we’ll find the “ties that bind us”. In the meantime take heart, when I say “The End May be Near” I may only mean the end of this post. Take care and we’ll chat soon.

Internet Abuse, I’m Being ‘Hit’ Over and Over

As with all things our lives are a series of ups and downs. In this case, in the life of this website, we have seen extreme ‘ups’, that of a very high number of ‘hits‘, or people/things visiting sklapsky.ca. It’s tantamount to Internet abuse.

I mentioned this in the last post, the hits are not necessarily visits by people. They are in fact ‘hits’ by other computers or software that searches the internet called ‘bots‘ or web crawlers. It has come to my attention that this is an issue I need to resolve. I’m told this by my internet host, the company that allows me to show sklapsky.ca to you. The ‘hits’ have reached the point where they are impacting the operation of the host, causing a disproportionate use of resources by sklapsky.ca over that of other users.

This is something I’ve been working on for a while, the internet host (HostPapa) called me about 2-3 weeks ago with offers to sell me additional products to allegedly help me with this problem. This/that is not something that’s in the cards for me. I’d prefer to spend some of my (limited) time in resolving it rather than the cash I don’t have.

I tell you this for two reasons. One, if this website goes down (disappears) that may be the reason why. Two, I don’t post enough here and to maintain any presence at all the frequency of writing needs to significantly improve. This may happen as a matter of course, the summer is apparently over and there will likely be more genealogical ‘stuff’ taking place and with it an increase in an internet presence. Let’s see what time holds for us, shall we.

Bottom line I’m still here, I hope you are too. Take care, and as Spock said “Live long and prosper”.

Man the Turrets, We’re Under Attack

Well, it may not be a conscious attack but we appear to be under attack nonetheless.

I received a phone call from my hosting provider a few days ago. That in itself was a surprise but when he told me that my site (sklapsky.ca) was experiencing high levels of traffic, and that there may be a problem, he got my attention. In the worst case it may mean deleting the site and beginning again. Best case I may be able to do something relatively simple and mitigate the problem. It could be a virus, another problem within the site (software), or ????

Now, I appreciate you may not have, or want to have, any knowledge of website workings. Perhaps the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff is best left there, behind the scenes. But suffice it to say the site (sklapsky.ca) was seeing an inordinate number of “hits”, which is internet speak for the number of individual visits to the site. Those visits can be by human or computer, or a combination of both. Each hit uses computer power of the host, the company that provides the website ‘home’. Too many hits means that too many of the host’s resources are being used just to service the needs of one client. The host may have many thousands of clients, each demanding enough horsepower to service their needs.

In my/our case there were about 274,000 hits/visits in Aug.. That is very high, and much higher than normal for a site the size of this one. As a result the percentage of the host’s resources devoted to us were disproportionately high. It appeared we were under attack, from within or without. Unlikely they were visits by long-lost cousins, much as I’d wish. Time to put on my Sherlock hat.

Some research has led me to believe the assault is external, not a virus or anything internal to the site. That, at least, is good news. I suspect it is ‘spiders’ or ‘bots’, electronic visitors that map out your site for content. There can be thousands of spiders visit daily.

I’ve since put some things in place to hopefully reduce the effects of the attack. It’s my hope and plan that any additional, more significant, changes will not be required. Again the worst case is that the whole site will have to be taken down (erased) and built again. That’s a task I don’t relish, as you might imagine.

If I’ve manned the turrets appropriately the problem may go away. Let’s just hope we have enough ammo.

Better Late than Never!

As time passes I am once again reminded that this site is waiting patiently for an update, something from me to ensure its life continues as a viable organism, a blog with some potential and purpose.

The title “Better Late than Never” just seemed to fit, but what’s that quote’s origin? This from a quick Google search…..

Geoffery Chaucer appears to have been the first person to have put the proverb into print, in The Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale, Canterbury Tales, circa 1386:

For bet than never is late. [Better than never is late.]

Now that said and out-of-the-way we can move on……

I have been persisting in the genealogy realm, almost every day and/or night I’ve been doing something in this regard. Often it’s collecting old photos of family near and far. It’s my passion (the photos) and while I can’t explain it I’ve fallen to its lure and succumbed to its pull.

Of course the other research is being done as well, but I will admit here in front of God and country I’m one of the laziest genealogists in that I’ve yet to leave my chair in search of a real story, the real deal of family history. It is my failing, or one of them, and I’ll own it.

In addition to the ongoing Sklapsky research I’ve been drawn into a quest for information on a line possibly connected to the Sluchinski family. Two of my Great/Grand Uncles married Sluchinski girls, thus my interest, and I love a great mystery.

To that end I was contacted by a lady who knows of that connection, and she is in search of information on her Father’s family. Her Dad was adopted and given the name ‘Sluckinski’ (close to Sluchinski). She is on a mission to find his real family before too much time passes. I’ve caught her inquisitive bug and now also want to find whatever connection there might be. Being that I have Sluchinski in my line I feel drawn to help.

On my own home front we have survived our move to Kelowna and have settled quite nicely. We both love it here and feel quite content in our new digs. We see the g-kids almost daily and have found ourselves going back to work, out of retirement, at the daycare the g-kids go to. Maureen teaches pre-k (pre-kindergarten) and I do the after school pickup of kids who come to the daycare after school. Not quite the life of leisure but a good life nonetheless.

So, here’s snapshot of Madden on his 5th birthday, I apologize for the ‘no edit’ status. Had to be done.

The next one’s of Ivy, hamming it up. Refusing to eat her hotdog and instead using it for a moustache.

To wrap this up I’ll say I truly enjoy the hunt, the look for info and any connections that might be made. Sometimes I just wish it was a bit more fruitful.

Take care, and I’ll (hopefully) talk to you within the year.

Progress

Hello all, sorry for my tardiness in maintaining active posts. You know, life gets in the way.

My focus over the last couple weeks has been Murphy/Gibeault and related families. These are all on my wife’s side. Primarily I’m just trying to fill in blanks using a book called “Gibeault/Beaudry Family History”.

My sister-in-law Fran(ces) was kind enough to share a number of photos she acquired after my Mother-in-laws passing and I scanned them all to maintain a record. If you know me you know I love photos, particularly old ones.

So in addition to the family history info incorporated in the book there were additional photos. All are photocopies, and not very good either if truth be known, but at least I have access to them. I would really like to share them and my dilemma is how best to do that. I am more than willing to purchase another domain, or happy to use one of mine, but how will I get the best bang for my buck when/if I do that? Facebook is always an option, and I may take advantage of that, but I feel some reservation there. Unfortunately it’s probably the media most likely to attract the most viewers.

I’ve also made contact with the Federspiel/Symons side, the Reeve (wife’s side) and the Reeves side, in addition to a connection to the Gale/Diebert. I hope I haven’t left anyone out. What this means is a rapid infusion of names and family tree member.

I will now have to update the Family tree associated with this site (Family Tree), as it is sadly much out of date. I would like to improve this situation however until I can determine the best way to secure the info of living members I will have to postpone attention. Then there is of course my ADD tendencies which complicate my life when it comes to completing projects started with good intentions, the Family tree being one.

I’m still happy to share the Ancestry tree (Ancestry – Sklapsky Family tree). Unfortunately I think the hoops created by Ancestry when viewers attempt to access the tree are onerous for most. I think joining Ancestry, even though it’s free, prevent casual viewers from taking advantage of the site. That’s the primary purpose of my creating the Family tree attached to this site. The downside is that it creates additional load on me from a maintenance point of view.

Whatever all this means to you is personal. My goal is to provide, yours to access if you choose.

Take care all…..

Progress, I think

I’ve been progressing steadily in the family tree and have frequently shot off on tangents into the unknown. I’ve been into all facets of the family but most recently into the Federspiels, It’s just that I’ve come across a few family trees on Ancestry that have a wealth of info, and some of it pertains to the Sklapsky history. Specifically they had some photos of Lillie Mae Sklapsky Federspiel, most I’ve never seen. Thanks to Michael R. Federspiel for his contribution to our cause.

Lott Family Sites

Here’s a couple links to sites with info on the Lott family. While at the time of writing this I haven’t found the connection to Albena Novak I think this info may have some benefit in the future.

Yuma County, Colorado, Photographs
http://www.cogenweb.com/yuma/photos/pioneer/Lansing/Lott.htm

Friends of the Lott House
http://www.lotthouse.org/

Research links

My OCD is getting the better of me. That, combined with my ADD is causing me some stress (both conditions self diagnosed haha). The trigger’s for this are the discovering of documentation and web links that have interesting and potentially helpful information on one side of my tree or the other. My challenge is keeping track of these sites, putting them “somewhere” and then remembering where that somewhere is. Seemed like on here might be a good place to start.

I came across this site by accident, I guess that’s how I come across most/all of them. It pertains primarily to the Hickman family.
George W. Hickman married Phenia S. Reeves, the connection here through my Paternal Grandmothers family. Lots of work done here.

http://www.hickmanresearch.com/genealogy/hickman/ghickman.htm#001


This online book references Edwin Brown and his wife Susan Rose. I’ve had some difficulty with this family, the possible cross referencing of two different ‘Edwin Browns’ and ‘Susan Rose’ or ‘Susan Prophet’. Both Rose and Prophet are potentially the names of the mother of Mary Phenia Reeves-Brown. Again on the Reeves side.

https://archive.org/details/historyofbuchana00will or https://openlibrary.org/books/OL23362044M/History_of_Buchanan_County_Iowa

Fits and Starts

Well, the settling in to life in Kelowna continues and likely will for some time. I don’t know about you but it has always taken me a while to get fully settled after a move. We have made progress though, and each day we continue to fine tune our home. The ‘stuff’ we have though continues to overwhelm me at times.

I continue to work on the Family Tree, interspersed with tasks around the home and hanging out with Madden and Ivy. Fits and Starts would be a good way to describe it. That said though I have made some good progress and come across more family information. As of yet I have still not made that connection across the pond for the original Sklapsky in North America.

I have, however, made a connection in Maureen’s side of the family, a ‘first wife’ to her Grandfather that (as best I know) was not previously identified. It’s that kind of find that inspires and motivates me.

All good stuff.