This link to an October 26 L.A. Times article is a good summary of the GeoCities history.
My first web pages appeared at an old, hard-to-remember, address in one of GeoCities' Rainforest neighborhoods. (Don't bother looking for www.geocities.com/RainForest/Jungle/8759/ - it no longer exists online). Back in the late 1990s, the only pictures on my site were pictures printed from film and then scanned into tiny files of less than 50k. Getting a digital camera of my own was great, but those first cameras were nothing like what we have today with all our big files and memory capabilities.
A few years later, the GeoCities neighborhoods were no longer necessary and our original address had changed from the rainforest/jungle URL to an easier "3hundleys" location.
After we switched our ISP to Pacific Bell/which became SBC/which became ATT, I created another site on the "new" GeoCities (firstname.lastname@example.org). I was already thinking about buying a domain in order to change the difficult web address when I got the closing notice from Yahoo, so wasn't totally heartbroken. I am sad about all the internet history that was not archived. In the meantime, I have a lot of work to do on our new Hundleys.net site.