The Whipple Website (www.whipple.org) is dedicated to Whipples and their descendants, whenever and wherever they have lived. It is the goal of the related Whipple Genweb (genweb.whipple.org) to collect, organize and validate genealogical information about descendants of anyone named Whipple.
The Whipple Website is owned and maintained by Weldon Whipple, the webmaster, chief genealogist, hobbyist, programmer/engineer and system administrator. (Actually, numerous better genealogists contribute most of the information to the Whipple Website. Weldon tries to keep up with numerous emails from contributors, entering the information into the database, while minimizing typos.) Weldon's personal blog--one of them, at least--is at http://weldon.whipple.org.
We welcome additions and corrections to the Whipple Genweb. It focuses on descendants of Whipples, their spouses, and the parents of those spouses. All descendants are included, even if their surname is no longer Whipple.
Most data formats are acceptable. Some common popular formats include:
We give your web site permission to link to pages in the Whipple Website and the Whipple Genweb. (This includes "deep links" from your site to pages within the Whipple Website.) You need not ask our permission.
The weekly regeneration of the 144,000+ pages of the Whipple Genweb is bound to break your web site's links to your favorite individual--unless you follow the following steps!
(Note that the above is the URL for the Whipple Website home page, with the addition of a slash and the number. When the web server notices a URL in that format--with the slash and number appended to the home page address--it redirects the browser to "this week's" address for the person with number 366.)
The webmaster tells the history of the site:
The Whipple Website began as an AOL user website in 1995 or 1996. I created 3-4 pages that traced my ancestry to Captain John Whipple of Providence. I also showed my connection (not quite a blood relationship) to Elder John Whipple of Bocking.
On the 4th of July, in 1996, a distant Whipple cousin from Canada found my web page and sent me her Whipple ancestry. (She was descended from another Weldon Whipple--a firefighter in La Crosse, Wisconsin.) So I added another page, announcing to visitors that there were actually two Weldon Whipples. (My name wasn't so unusual after all!) [Note: I have since found a third Weldon Whipple!]
I changed Internet service providers four times that first year, each change requiring an email address change. I finally found www.akamail.com, which advertised the ability to forward email from a "permanent" email address to whatever my current email address is. Since the domain whipple.org was still available, I chose an email address of email@example.com, and placed an order with akamail.com.
A few days later, I was surprised to receive an email from www.vshost.com, reporting that the virtual web site www.whipple.org was now available. I hadn't requested a web server! Some quick research showed that vshost.com and akamail.com were both subsidiaries of Edson Enterprises (www.edson.net). Whoever set up the mail forwarding account had mistakenly set up a web server in addition to the email forwarding address.
I contacted Scott Edson (of edson.net), who promptly removed the web server www.whipple.org, leaving only email forwarding. As days passed, I became intrigued by the thought of a web site about Whipples and eventually asked Scott to reinstate www.whipple.org.
The site was originally called the Whipple Organization. ("Organization" was an expansion of the "org" suffix.) By June 1997, the first genealogical tables appeared on the Whipple Organization web site. I made them by hand; they had quite a few errors.
After an email message asked 'Where is the Whipple Organization located?' and 'Who is in charge?' I decided that it was easier to rename the web site than to create an official Whipple Organization! The Whipple Web Site (later changed to Whipple Website--two words) appeared in mid-1997.
During the summer of 1997, I discovered GED2HTML (available from www.gendex.com--now a dental imaging site), a program that generates web pages from a GEDCOM file. I had been collecting genealogy since about 1965 (from parents and grandparents--without citing any sources!!), and starting in 1984 (with an early version of Personal Ancestral File) had been inputting my genealogy. By 1997, my PAF contained about 3000 names, which appeared in the first Web of Whipple Descendants (predecessor of the Whipple Genweb) in August 1997.
Response was immediate. During the following years, the Whipple Genweb grew to more than 144,000 names; it continues to grow.
When the GenWeb outgrew edson.net, it was stored first at www.gendex.com, then at www.genweb.net. The main (non-GenWeb) Whipple Website soon moved from www.edson.net to www.pair.com. Then, in September 1999, the Whipple Website and the GenWeb moved to a Linux server in my home. In October 2000, when www.whipple.org moved to Verio Hosting; the Whipple Genweb remained in my home. In 2002 it moved from a Linux server to a FreeBSD server. In about 2010, the Whipple Website moved to its current home, QWK.net
As the webmaster's hobby, the Whipple Website is funded entirely by him. He also provides all administration, programming and web hosting services for the Whipple Genealogical Web. It is the goal of the Whipple Website to remain completely free of charge.
In the past, visitors to the Whipple Website have asked about making donations to the site, but we have never had a mechanism for accepting donations. In response to those requests, benefactors who wish to donate to the Whipple Website may do it through PayPal by clicking on the following button:
The webmaster intends to continue the Whipple Website indefinitely. However, if he ever becomes incapacitated because of accident, illness or death, the site will likely go offline within days.
Some have suggested creating an organization to ensure the perpetuity of the Whipple Website. Might a Whipple Research Society or some sort, organized as a non-profit corporation, serve that purpose? If you have suggestions regarding the future of the Whipple Website, please contact the webmaster.
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