Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recent Changes to the Whipple Website

During the past month I've made at least three modifications to the Whipple Website that might warrant mentioning.

Gravestone database

During January and February I experienced a deluge of gravestone photos in my inbox--so many that I was unable to readily identify incoming email about new Whipples, connections, dates, places, connections, etc. I decided that it might be time for a change.

Noticing that iWhipple.org has sections for Cemeteries and Headstones, I began to explore the feasibility of moving the Gravestone Database previously at whipple.org/graves to iWhipple.org. Not only was it feasible, but is is now a "done deal." The former whipple.org/graves now redirects to the Cemeteries page at iWhipple.org.

Within the next month I might authorize select individuals to post gravestone photos at iWhipple.org. (On the other hand, maybe we shouldn't compete with Find a Grave?)

Search tweaks

I've received feedback that many prefer iWhipple.org to genweb.whipple.org, including the search capabilities. About two weeks ago I modified the http://genweb.whipple.org/search.html search results list to include links to iWhipple.org as well as genweb.whipple.org.

We'll see where this all leads.

Reunions site

During the past 16 years--ever since the 1999 Ipswich Whipple reunion--photos of reunions have appeared in a variety of places on the Whipple Website: first in the directories beneath http://whipple.org/reunions, later in the photo gallery, still later in the Whipple Blog. It has gotten to the point where I'm unsure what to do when someone asks me to advertise their reunion.

In an effort to unify the miscellaneous treatment, the Whipple Reunions site is now online at http://reunions.whipple.org. Maybe the new site can tame the reunions monster!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blaine Whipple, 1930-2015, Genealogist Extraordinaire: R.I.P.

I just received word that Blaine Whipple, perhaps the most prolific author of genealogical books on the Whipple Family, passed away on January 3, 2015. I will miss him! (Blaine's wife Ines Mae [Peterson] Whipple passed away last year, on June 5, 2014.)

You can read Blaine's obituary (published by The Oregonian) online. Ines' obituary is also available online.

Blaine contributed numerous pages to the Whipple Website:

He also sent photos of two reunions:
Some of Blaine's books on the Ipswich (Massachusetts) Whipples are featured at books.whipple.org. That site says to purchase his titles from BlaineWhipple.com, which seems to have gone dark?  Some are available at Amazon.com. As I confirm places to purchase his books, I will update this site.

There are undoubtedly more pages by Blaine on the Whipple Website.

(Blaine is in the Whipple Genweb at whipple.org/17687, also at iWhipple.org/17687. Updated information from his and Ines' obituaries should appear online in the next 3-4 days.)

Rest in Peace, Blaine Whipple!

(Special thanks to Ray Whipple for informing me of Blaine's death. Ray is the author of the book The Whipples of Ipswich and its Hamlet, featured on the Whipple Blog in 2009. Ray is in the Whipple Genweb at whipple.org/49296 and iWhipple.org/49296.)