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6304Re: cemetery info online (URL shorteners)

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  • Joan Miller
    Jan 21, 2011
      Hi Bill,
      It is a good question.  There are lots of applications for url shorteners.  One is for posting on Twitter where the message is a maximum of 140 characters.  A shortened url can allow you to post more text in message. 

      Another application is to shorten an url for printed material.  (as we don't have the option of copying and pasting but must type in each letter or number in the url).

      A third option is to track clicks.  Many url shorteners (such as bit.ly) allow one to see how many people click through the link.  This application is used a lot by internet marketers.

      If you use the su.pr shortener it gives wider exposure to your message as it is featured in the Stumble Upon directory which is indexed in the search engines. 

      Those are few examples of how people use url shorteners.

      Joan Miller

      On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM, William Campbell <wacampbell@...> wrote:
      Hi Jim:

      I'm open for a tutorial on URLs.

      I don't understand the problem. Why do people worry about retyping a long URL or finding shortening devices.
      I just highlight, copy and paste any URL into an addressing field and it seems to work just fine.

      What's the concern?



      On 1/20/2011 10:31 PM, Jim Benedict wrote:

      Likely the best place for an explanation on URL shorteners is at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_shortening

      Google is one of several sites that offers a shortening service.  Go to http://goo.gl/  where  you can obtain your own shortener.  The main advantage is when you want to offer people a hyperlink to another website but the URL (that string that starts with http://ww and so on) goes on for dozens of characters, which makes it really hard to type in accurately.

      A word of caution: if you do not know or trust the source of the URL shortener, do not click on it or type it in.  This has been one way malicious people get you directed to naughty places.  If you trust the source, then this is a handy tool.

      Jim Benedict




      From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...] On Behalf Of Xenia Stanford
      Sent: January-20-11 3:02 PM
      To: 'Ronna L. Byam'; 'Dist-Gen'
      Subject: RE: cemetery info online


      Nope! I feel like a dummy now! Tell me how and I’ll put it in Chinook so others won’t be as dumb as me!



      From: Ronna L. Byam [mailto:rleeb@...]
      Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 2:57 PM
      To: president@...; 'Dist-Gen'
      Subject: RE: cemetery info online


      Do you not know what “shortening the URL’s” means?


      From: Xenia Stanford [mailto:xenias@...]
      Sent: 20-Jan-11 2:24 PM
      To: 'Ronna L. Byam'; 'Dist-Gen'
      Subject: RE: cemetery info online


      The urls are strange although they take you the right pages. The Vancouver url is actually http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/NONMARKEtOPERATIONS/MOUNTAINVIEW/burials and Edmonton’s is http://webproxy.edmonton.ca/external/cemeteries



      From: owner-dist-gen@... [mailto:owner-dist-gen@...] On Behalf Of Ronna L. Byam
      Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:23 PM
      To: Dist-Gen
      Subject: cemetery info online


      I don’t know who Valerie Beaudrault is – this info was passed on to someone I know by someone they know – I googled her name and there is a Valerie Beaudrault who does New England stuff and one who does Quebec stuff.  I shortened the URLs.


      Obituary and Cemetery Databases  by Valerie Beaudrault

      Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia  http://bit.ly/eNKRJB

      The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, has made the Mountain View Cemetery database available on its website. Mountain View Cemetery, established in 1887, is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Vancouver metropolitan area. Click on the History link to read a detailed narrative of the cemetery’s founding and development over the years.

      Click on the Genealogy Resources link in the contents list to access database. The database comprises an alphabetical list of burials. The list was transcribed from the official cemetery records. The data fields in the database include name of the deceased, date of death, date of burial, and location of the grave. Click on the Cemetery Maps link on the alphabetical listing page to view maps. By clicking on each section of the overview map you will be able to view more detailed maps so that you can locate a grave. An explanation on how to interpret the maps has been provided.

      In addition to the alphabetical listing your will find the following burial databases for Mountain View Cemetery: mayors of Vancouver, Vancouver firefighters and police officers who died while on active duty, interesting citizens, WW1 and WW2 military burials, and Fraternal organizations at Mountain View. For many of the entries in these databases you will find links to biographical and photographs.

      There are also stories of local disasters: Rogers Pass Slide Disaster of 1910, a slide in the pass killed 62 men, 30 of whom are buried at Mountain View; New Westminster Railway Disaster of 1909; the Lakeview Tram disaster of 1909, the worst transit accident in Vancouver's history, and a list of burials from the SS Sophia, which sank at Vanderbilt Reef Alaska in October 1918.

      City of Edmonton Cemeteries Database, Edmonton, Alberta  http://bit.ly/gRYr2F

      The City of Edmonton has made a searchable cemeteries database available on its website. The more than 60,000 burials listed in the database took place 25 or more years ago. The following cemeteries have been indexed: Beechmount, Clover Bar, Edmonton, Little Mountain, and Mount Pleasant. The burials for two cemeteries, Northern Lights and South Haven, have not been included.

      First, click on the “How do I obtain the service?” link and then on the Cemetery Location Link to open the database search page. The database may be searched by first name and/or last name. You may search all of the cemeteries at one time or select a specific cemetery to search using the dropdown list. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, burial date, cemetery name, section, block and plot.

      Brochures for self-guided walking tours of three Edmonton cemeteries: Mt. Pleasant, Edmonton and Beechmount, have been provided. These files are in PDF file format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.


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      Joan Miller
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