Saturday, December 02, 2006

Vision of Britain

another brilliant site which sits poorly in google jsp - Google Search
: "about 409,000 pages from for jsp. "
we used to use html or htm for such a search just add up to 8 more words - Google Image Search
or browse from a page with an image on it
a tiny spot shows which town

Vision of Britain | Administrative Units Typology | Changing frameworks for local government: "Our system for classifying British administrative units is designed as an extension to the Alexandria Digital Library's gazetteer Feature Type Thesaurus, but that contains only four terms for intra-state political units so the first expansion is from their four to our seven Geographical Levels. The next expansion is to our Unit Type values, and the final one to our type-specific Unit Status values ('World', 'State' and 'Nation' are both Geographical Levels and Unit Types). NB a given type of unit may hold more than one status value concurrently. The list is generated for you by querying the live database. Click on any term for more details."

another example from the the text of the Victoria County History

Creech St. Michael: Local government | British History Online

British History Online: "is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.

With so much material now being published on the world wide web in either un-reviewed form, or in fee-based services, the IHR has shown its commitment to promoting the study of history by publishing these priceless resources for their historical value, cross-searchable, in one place and free of charge."

see also

GENUKI: Somerset Genealogy: Contents & Site Map

GENealogy of UK & Ireland the GENUKI homepage

FamilySearch Indexing

FamilySearch Indexing: Preserving Our Heritage

FamilySearch Indexing is a non-profit community effort sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ about Ff Latter-day Saints. We believe that every person is important and that families are meant to be both sacred and eternal. We encourage all people to find their ancestors and preserve their family histories. To help in this great pursuit, the Church has been actively gathering and preserving genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

FamilySearch Indexing: Preserving Our Heritage - PROJECTS

We have learned that interest in family history is not limited by culture, ethnicity or religious faith. People around the world are innately and intensely interested in their family heritage. Because the Church’s family history efforts are funded by charitable donations, it freely offers its resources to anyone interested in finding their family’s roots.

I added this BLOG because I want to keep hold of the URL

Friday, December 01, 2006

Personal Ancestral File is frozen

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: The End of PAF?: "Now a senior representative from the LDS Church has confirmed the rumors that have floated around for years: the LDS Church will not expend any more funds to develop a modern version of Personal Ancestral File.

LDS Church Historian, Elder Marlin K. Jensen, gave the keynote address at the October 6-7, 2006, Northern Utah Family History Conference and Symposium. He told how Personal Ancestral File was a major force in genealogy in past years. However, when the LDS Church senior executives look today at all the things that the Church could do to promote interest in genealogy and to provide resources to genealogists, it is obvious that commercial organizations are already providing excellent free and low-cost genealogy software. Any efforts by the LDS Church to 'compete' with the commercial organizations will not help meet the Church's goals to promote interest in genealogy and to provide appropriate resources to aid genealogists.

Instead, Jensen reports that the LDS Church's executives feel that the Church would be better served by concentrating its expenditures on the items that the Church can do best: digitizing microfilm and improving in-home access to original records, primarily via the web site."

Census UK help and FAQ

Census UK help and FAQ

In celebration of St Andrew’s Day, is pleased to announce the arrival of a double 1851 & 1861 census special for Scotland. This follows the release earlier this year of our first Scottish census for 1841.

The 1851 & 1861 Scottish censuses contain some fantastic detail on names and characters whose enduring legacies are known across the world.

Complete Census Collection Banner

Sir Thomas Lipton, grocer, and philanthropist who revolutionised the retail grocery trade or the noted author of Kidnapped and Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, both of whom would have been 1 year old or less at the time of the 1851 census.

Other luminaries from the world of literature as well as science and design include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the modern day telephone, John Boyd Dunlop, founder of Dunlop tyres and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, renowned Scottish architect and designer and main exponent of Art Noveau in Scotland.

Fully searchable, transcribed indexes, including address and occupational search capability for possibly the first time ever on these censuses. Details about parents, siblings and other relations who lived with them.

Find your ancestors today with a FREE 14 day trial to - Click here

Open University course

Start Writing Family History - Open University course: "This 12-week online course, price £135, will help you to interpret and write about family history.
Through interactive exercises, short readings and longer assignments marked by your tutor you will have an opportunity to practise, improve and reflect on a range of core skills in historical research, concentrating throughout on family history.
These skills include distinguishing between primary and secondary sources and interpreting oral and visual sources."

and some links
T180_5: Genealogical resources - OpenLearn LearningSpace - The Open University

LearningSpace - OpenLearn LearningSpace - The Open University: "Welcome to The Open University's OpenLearn website - free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world.

You are in the LearningSpace where Open University learning materials are freely available for you to study in your own time, away from any formal teaching environment.

Visit the LabSpace to share and reuse educational resources. Download some learning materials, adapt to your needs: translate, shorten, extend, add examples... and then of course, place it back for others to benefit!"

connecting through this blog

and today in my mail:-
By accident I've found your blog. I am sorry that you couldn't get in touch with me as my email addresses changed.

However, now I am here. And I would be very interested to learn more about your background and why you are interested in the Dauthendey's family. As I can see Anna is your greatgreatgrandmother, is that right ?

not me but Lyn - and a Manx connection too -

"viktoria losen" - Google Search
started with my blog from March 2005
RootsWeb: SAXONY-L HEINE / HEYNE from Dessau near LeipzigGedBas, Viktoria Losen. Unfortunately, the three email addresses I have been able to find for her have all bounced. If anyone has a suggestion and on how I can ...

Bitton family finding each other

BBC - North West Wales Family History - Salt Lake City: "

Kim Hughes from Penrhyn Bay tells us how she used the internet to discover the great journeys her family undertook to reach the American mid-west.

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Københavns Stadsarkiv
Copenhagen Town Hall archive now has now put on line the database of its catalogue of the city's archives

STARBAS - Testversion 0.08 15.11.2006
click to search STARBAS

Arkivdatabasen er opbygget på grundlag af teksten i Stadsarkivets registraturer. Nye afleveringer bliver løbende inddateret, så databasen til en hver tid indeholder den aktuelle registrering af Stadsarkivets arkivalier.

Stadsarkivets meget omfattende Kort- og tegningsregistratur er under indtastning og er derfor ikke med i Arkivdatabasen.

Man skal være opmærksom på, at der findes et hierarki inden for arkivskaberne, og at man derfor af og til har brug for at kigge på relationer til andre arkivskabere (underordnede eller overordnede). F.eks. er de enkelte hospitalsafdelinger selvstændige arkivskabere og figurerer som underordnede arkivskabere til selve hospitalet. Patientjournaler skal derfor søges under den enkelte afdeling og ikke hospitalet.

Det er endnu ikke muligt at bestille arkivalier online.

Fremgår det af databasen, at arkivalierne er i fjernmagasin, kan man sende et print af bestillingssedlen til

Københavns Stadsarkiv
1599 København V
Tlf. 33 66 23 70
For arkivalier i fjernmagasin er der en ekspeditionstid på to hverdage gældende fra den dag,
Stadsarkivet har modtaget bestillingen.

not to be confused with S T A R B A S E 9

Inger-Lise Kristoffersen artist

Inger-Lise Kristoffersen has some beautiful illustrations and paintings - Passagierlisten New York - Passagierlisten New York

Die besten Ergebnisse erhalten Sie, wenn Sie auf Englisch suchen

Informationen zur Quelle: Passagierlisten New York [Datenbank online]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2006. Ursprüngliche Daten:
Info Passagierlisten New York
Bei dieser Datenbank handelt es sich um einen Index der Passagierlisten von Schiffen, die zwischen 1851 und 1891 und zwischen 1935 und 1938 aus ausländischen Häfen im Hafen von New York einliefen. Darüber hinaus sind die Namen im Index mit den tatsächlichen Bildern der Passagierlisten verknüpft. Zu den im Index enthaltenen Informationen zählen Vorname, Nachname, Alter, Geschlecht, Ankunftsdatum, Ankunftshafen, Abfahrtshafen und Name des Schiffs.

Weitere Informationen zu dieser Datenbank in Englisch erhalten Sie, indem Sie hier klicken. - Deutschland Genealogie

Mein Ancestry - Entdecken Sie Ihre Familiengeschichte und erstellen Sie Ihren Familienstammbaum: "Erstellen Sie Ihren Familienstammbaum

Am besten starten Sie gleich mit Ihnen selbst und Ihrem
Familienstammbaum. Kostenlos und ganz einfach - unsere fortschrittliche Suchmaschine hilft Ihnen dabei, Ihren Stammbaum zu erweitern."


bloggers help

Salt Lake Tribune extends free access offer to end of year: " has extended its offer of free access to a 41 million-name addition made to its genealogy archives earlier this month.
On Nov. 9, the genealogy site added U.S. ship passenger lists from 1820 through 1960 covering immigrants from all over the world arriving at more than 100 American ports. The site offered free access to the lists through the end of November.
On Tuesday, the site said in a statement it will extend the offer through the end of the year. has experienced its highest-ever site page views since the launch of the passenger list collection, the statement said.
'The passenger list collection has struck a chord in communities, sparking interest like we've never seen before,' said Tim Sullivan, CEO,, Inc. in the statement."

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


ADSLguide: Beginners Guide: Summary: "The majority of services are available through a broad range of ISPs who are reselling products from network operators such as British Telecommunications ('BT Wholesale') and Kingston Communications.
It is the responsibility of the network operator to deliver your data (whether it be transmitted using a standard modem, ADSL or some other means) to and from your ISP of choice.

It is a common misconception that 'BT Openworld' is the only source of DSL service - in fact, 'BT Openworld' is just one of many ISPs competing for your business."

ADSLguide: Compare Service Providers

ADSLguide: Broadband Speed Test

I use Free Broadband with TalkTalk

biographical collections about danish artists

Statens Museum for Kunst, Bibliotek: "Om biblioteket
Allerede i 1837, altså før Statens Museum for Kunst blev etableret, opstod museets bibliotek i tilknytning til Den Kgl. Malerisamling på Christiansborg.

Biblioteket på Statens Museum for Kunst er et kunstfagligt forskningsbibliotek primært for institutionens ansatte forskere, omvisere, studentermedhjælpere og øvrige medarbejdere. Det er samtidig hovedfagbibliotek for tegnekunst og grafik og fagbibliotek for billedkunst.

Biblioteket har en bogsamling på ca. 100.000 bøger og 330 tidsskrifter. Samlingen dækker fagområderne maleri og skulptur samt tegnekunst og grafik og har især relation til de kunstnere og værker, som er repræsenteret på Statens Museum for Kunst."

Danmarks Kunstbibliotek
which was the library of the Royal Danish Academy of Art

Genealogy Supplies

I saw a google ad:-

The UK's largest supplier of family history software, data and books
so I had to click on it out of curiosity and ended here -

S&N Genealogy Supplies - Software, UK Census and Data CDs
as an existing customer I just received by post their handsome PRODUCT CATALOGUE 2007 and had been planning to blog the firm.

"We care about the quality of our online and CD census indexes as much as you do, which is why we are the only company to use a team of UK employees and volunteers to create, check and amend the data. We also licence data from UK individuals and societies.

"Why not join us? - and get rewards

We have set up a new site: with a set of bespoke tools that we have developed for our volunteers to use. is already proving popular and people are enjoying using the new tools.

"If you are interested in being involved, why not join us? We offer online subscriptions and other rewards to those who help us. For details of the indexing project, go to and sign up.

Read reviews of the UK Indexer at

Genealogy Reviews - Family Tree Magazine: "Although they started out with a volunteer surname indexing project, the census pieces are now fully transcribed in India with good results. The transcription stage is followed by an initial check to sample the data, which is then rejected if the error rate is unacceptable.

"The data is then examined by a series of sophisticated, custom written software programs which look for anomalies. Initially these look at names and their frequency, flagging unusual looking entries. The flagged entries are checked and corrected by the S&N Genealogy Supplies trained in-house indexing team and the end result is used to create the name indexes. These are released in advance of the full transcripts, which still have a considerable amount of work to be done.

Further customised software examines the fully transcribed data, which contains all the major fields including the occupation. This software looks at details such as place names, relationships and occupations, again flagging any entries that look dubious. These are then checked by their in-house team assisted by over 4,000 volunteer indexers who have signed up to help at"

Well a slight contradiction there, and all online reviews are suspect, often being written by the owner of the hotel or pub concerned

If the new transcriptions are fully text searchable they will rival the older 1881 and 1901 census with findable addresses and occupations.

English parish register indexing

FreeREG - Northamptonshire the master page showing work being done in this county

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

genealogical magazines published in the UK

from my usenet email:-

There are five major commercial
genealogical magazines published in the UK.....

Family Tree Magazine
Practical Family History
Your Family Tree
Family History Monthly
Ancestors (TNA journal)

I agree the various titles can be somewhat confusing (and I say this as
one who's written for all of them!). From Googling the various websites,
I've gathered that the article "The Golden Age of the Stagecoach" is
actually in Family History Monthly.

Roy Stockdill
Guild of One-Name Studies:
Newbies' Guide to Genealogy & Family History:

"There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about,
and that is not being talked about."

"Family Tree Magazine" - Google Search:

"Practical Family History" - Google Search

"Your Family Tree" magazine uk - Google Search

"Family History Monthly" - Google Search

Ancestors magazine - Google Search

Monday, November 27, 2006

book and fiche sale

Bristol & Avon Family History Society

bargains page
limited stocks of the items which are available for sale until 31st January 2007 at half the original price

shop intro plus menu
Our new publications are no longer being issued on microfiche, but a few documents are still available only in that format. We are disposing of our stocks of older microfiche material, usually as sets. Some individual fiche are still available, and you should send an e-mail to for details of prices.

Organizing a database

Cyndi's List - Organizing Your Research: "

An electronic filing cabinet and database for systematically storing all of the clues to your ancestry that you have been collecting. Requires Microsoft Windows 95. Clooz contains templates for all U.S. federal censuses, 1841-1891 U.K. censuses, 1852-1901 Canadian censuses, and 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses, as well as generic templates for censuses not included, such as state censuses.

Custodian 3 Home Page
for Family Historians
Custodian is not a family tree program, but a series of databases with pre-defined forms, specially designed to store genealogical information. Includes more than 80 data entry forms for most UK sources."

Nuance - Paperport 11 is the most productive and cost effective to scan and organize ...

- the easiest way to turn piles of paper and photos into organized files that you can quickly find, use and share. PaperPort makes it simple to connect your scanner and computer together to work with PDF and JPEG images just like working with paper documents right on your desktop. It is the perfect solution for your home or small office. Save time and money with the security of knowing that important documents and photos will never be lost. More

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Freemasons catalogue in London

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry has a large collection and the catalogue will not be a complete record for many years. If you do not find a catalogue reference to the material in which you are interested please contact Library and Museum staff who will be pleased to help.

SITUATION REPORT: The main library catalogue has been computerised, however, the collection of ritual material is not yet available on this catalogue. From the museum collection we are currently cataloguing our substantial jewel collection.

Archives catalogued to date includes correspondence between 1750 and 1820, the returns submitted by the Antients and Moderns Grand Lodges prior to the Union in 1813 and material relating to the building of Freemasons' Hall from 1768-1880.

Home Page: The Library and Museum of Freemasonry: "The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is a registered museum housing one of the finest publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world."

The Library & Museum of Freemasonry,
Freemasons' Hall,
Great Queen Street, London
Monday 30th January - October 2006
(Monday to Fridays only) Open: 10am to 5pm
Admission free

I once played a bassoon solo in there, after the Loyal Toast and speeches, at a dinner in honour of Field Marshall Montgomery