Olive Tree Genealogy is 25 years old this month! It was one of the 1st in 1996 to bring genealogy to the Internet with ships passenger lists. It has grown over the last 25 years into a huge site full of free content for genealogists and historians.
After my husband died, and I was injured at school, and had not worked for a year (due to injuries), one of my good friends encouraged me to start a website on that new-fangled thing called "the internet". I had no idea how to do that, but he just kept telling me "You're smart, you'll figure it out!" Well I'm not sure how smart I am, but I'm stubborn. 🙂 Back in those days there were no editors, so I had to learn through trial and error, how to code a website using html.
I started small on a lovely battle-ship grey background (anyone else remember those days when all sites were battle-ship grey with no bells or whistles?) One ship's passenger list from the early 1600s that I found with my ancestor Cornelis Van Slyke's name on the manifest - and it got such a response from folks online that I put up another. And another. And another. And that is how it all began 🙂 Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement, for visiting over the years, for offering ideas -- I appreciate all of you.
Hoping I will still be around for a few more decades at least