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We've run into a problem with an article that I know was created, but which not displays as a blank page, with no history.

I know this was previously created because I worked with the author on that particular article. Plus:

When you search for the article, its name pops up as:

William COWAN (1750-1809)‎ (37,023 bytes)

2: ...loat:right;padding:5px;border:0px solid;">Cowan crest.jpg|left]]
6: The content of this page contributed by: Margie Cowan
11: ...&GSdyrel=all&GSst=45&GSob=n&GRid=7073051& William Cowan's DAR Marker], Maryville, Blount Co., TN
16: ...rior to 1756. Many think that his father was John Cowan, though the basis for this is not clear. It is wo...
25: .... It is reasonable that one or the other could be William's father. (See "Research" below).

Thus it shows in the search function as a substantial 37K article, and has entries with line numbers where the search function picked up specific lines in the article.

When you click the link to the article, you end up on a blank page, with no history. Checking the Deleted Pages file, a page with the right name appears there, at 37KB, but again, there's no deletion history (hence nothing there that can be recovered, despite the fact that it says its 37KB.

Any suggestions, or is this something we need to kick up to the Wikia level. Bill 20:11, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

If there is a mirror of Wikia, the article might still be on the mirror. I checked Google, which maintains local copies of some pages in "cache" but I didn't see the AWOL'ed article. Best wishes, Zephyrinus 23:04, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
Thank you, I appreciate your taking the time to check. Unless there's something obvious being overlooked, it looks like a problem that will need Wikia help. Bill 23:22, 1 April 2007 (UTC)
I see the page as there... perhaps a temporary glitch> -- Sannse 20:10, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
Sannse, Reike quickly located the problem. There was an odd charcter at the end of the title which interferred with the operation of the new MediaWiki. Reike fixed it, and the problem went away. Thanks for checking. And thanks for fixing the Genealogy Forum. I think that facility is going to prove very helpful. Bill 20:19, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
That's great, glad it was found -- Sannse 21:47, 3 April 2007 (UTC)