Help resurrecting a dead source? [closed]

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This is a long shot...

On a Swiss genealogy site (http://kunden.eye.ch/swissgen/familyde.htm) I found a link to a website that I thought might be of great interest to any member of the Gassmann family:

Kerry K. Keener : http://home.att.net/~kkkeener
The GASSMANN family from Höri.

Having done some research, I know that my own roots can be traced to the village of Rümlang, about 5 km (3 miles) away, and so I am one of the people who might benefit from the information on that website. Unfortunately, the link is dead.

The WikiTree family is a large community, hence the hopes that someone out there might have seen the source or even have a copy of it. Can you help?
in The Tree House by Gus Gassmann G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)
closed by Steve McCabe
Never mind! The answer was found in this old contribution:

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/490815/what-do-you-do-when-a-source-links-to-a-dead-page-wayback

Excellent!!!

1 Answer

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There is something known as the "Wayback Machine" that often can access older versions of various web pages. You can take the URL you are interested in, and put that into the search engine for the "Wayback Machine" at:

http://www.archive.org/web

Once you get your results page, you'll see a kind of calendar, showing when the Wayback Machine ran various archival copies of that web page. In the case of the page you're looking for, you might see that there is a copy of it preserved from 16 Apr 2010, for example, that you can now visit as if you've traveled back in time and view the 'snapshots' it took at that time. 

In this case, you might need to try a different year and month, until you get a page that works that was archived and shows the information you need, such as 19 Mar 2004... which might give a clue such as saying, "The Keener ancestry  

HAS MOVED TO http://www.kkeener.com/

by Cynthia Larson G2G6 Pilot (170k points)

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