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HISTORIC SONOMA COUNTY NEWSPAPERS NOW ONLINE

Source:: I see by the Papers…

For everyone interested in Sonoma County history and genealogy, it's a fabulous day: The historic Santa Rosa and Petaluma newspapers are now online and searchable. This includes the Press Democrat (up to 1916), the Sonoma Democrat, The Argus-Courier and many Argus' (Argussess?) before that paper emerged. Together with the Healdsburg archive that's been available for awhile we finally have a pretty good picture of local doings all over the county.

To make it easy for you (and myself!) to search the Santa Rosa and Healdsburg archives I've created an Internet resources web page where queries can be entered for each paper. There are also links to the Petaluma papers - available through a newspapers.com subscription - as well as other county journals. The web page additionally includes sections with every online Sonoma county history, local maps, searchable books on state history, Luther Burbank, the 1906 earthquake and more.

That resource page is part of SantaRosaHistory.com which I've been developing over the last several months. It's a spin-off from the Comstock House web site with several important differences.

The house web site was designed 'way back in 2007 and integrates four blogs on house restoration, architecture, gardening and local history plus a few pages with precise layouts. It all looks fine on a desktop computer but today most people are using smartphones or tablets, and not being 100 percent "mobile friendly" is the kiss of death when it comes to the search engines. Non m.f. pages may rank lower in the display of search results or not be shown at all, which means the material effectively has disappeared from the Internet. That Google et. al. are putting thumbs on the scale to favor pages deemed to have a high quality "user experience" over high quality of content should concern you.

There are also technical issues with the "I See by the Papers…" blog, which started with modest ambitions to discuss newspaper items about the Oates and Comstock families. Now it has almost 600 articles containing a million words. The Blogger service (owned by Google) was state-of-the-art a decade ago but has been plagued with problems; as just one example, I can't correct a typo in an older item without being prepared for the Blogger editor to mess up parts of my page layout by "fixing" it without warning or asking permission. I have spent untold hours in the archives undoing these and other monkey-wrench changes made by Blogger.

Rather than redesign all the sections of the house web site and continuing to workaround Blogger's bugs and quirks, the easiest solution was to port "I See by the Papers…" to a more stable platform that was mobile-friendly from the start - hence SantaRosaHistory.com. I will continue to mirror the blog at both sites, with the difference that I'm no longer going to make major repairs to the original site the next time Blogger blows up.

Thanks to the WordPress platform, SantaRosaHistory.com is not only more stable but easier to customize; I was able to ...read more

Source:: I see by the Papers…

Petaluma Adobe officially open another year

Petaluma AdobeBy Janelle Wetzstein ARGUS-COURIER STAFF Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 10:31 a.m. Now that the Save the Petaluma Adobe Committee has managed to raise the $70,000 needed to keep the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park open for one more year, something unusual is taking place at the park: Lines are being rehearsed, actors recruited, costumes made and sets procured as the committee prepares to host a Shakespeare-inspired fundraising play in August. Full Story at PressDemocrat.com

Aircraft museum skipper Pinsky is not retiring voluntarily

Friday, June 29th, 2012 BY CHRIS SMITH/The Press Democrat Retired colonel Dave Pinsky has achieved much as chief of the volunteer-run museum that sponsors the annual air show at the Sonoma County airport, but the board of the Pacific Coast Air Museum this week pressured him to step down.... Read more

1930 Jetty Exposed

The low summer flows of the Russian River have exposed the massive rock-and-concrete jetty built at the river's mouth at Jenner in the 1930s in an attempt to keep the river open for barge traffic..... Press Democrat Story