Thursday, April 19, 2007

open again

The Wellcome Library in London UK

On Monday 16 April, the Wellcome Library opened once more to the public at 183 Euston Road after significant efurbishment.

The library covers the history and progress of medicine and our collections of books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures now occupy two floors.
There are improved facilities, more reader spaces and expanded access to more than 2.5 million items spanning 3000 years and covering a vast range of cultures and subjects

The Wellcome Library is part of Wellcome Collection, an exciting new
cultural destination exploring health and wellbeing through medicine, life
and art, which opens in full on 21 June 2007. As well as the Library, the
building will house three exhibition galleries, a public events space, a
café, a bookshop, a conference centre and a club.


photographs and walks: new NETTO in Birmingham

after getting my CPAP machine serviced at Heartlands Hospital where they still use paper for keeping records
I had some shopping therapy
også chancen at snakker dansk med eén fra Aarhus
men han gide ikke at vere med i en foto

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

re-inventing the internet

this caught my eye:-

On re-inventing the internet by ZDNet's

Paul Murphy -- Basically what the proponents seem to be saying is what any good corporate auditor would say: for communications to be meaningful, the receiver has to know who the sender is, what authority the person operates under, and what personal or organisational value to attach to that person's communication - and, implicitly, that it's perfectly ok to trust a choke point authority to enforce the accuracy of this information.

in other words abandoning the peer to peer system of today for a corporate controlled system

also seen
the telephone system is morphing into the internet - Google Search

Electronic Library

The London Library - Electronic Library

The London Library - Reference works and subject-based sites: "This is a consolidated list of links to subject-based websites. Sites have been grouped together into subject, with more general reference sites, including online encyclopedias and dictionaries being listed first. The classification of subjects is based upon the Library's own classification scheme."

A Selection of London Library Subscription Resources

British Humanities Index

English Poetry on CDROM

Index to theses


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online

Times and Sunday Times 1990-2000

Times and Sunday Times 2001 to 2006

Times Digital Archive 1785 - 1985 (1 concurrent user licence)

Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive

Who's Who 1897-2007

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


and a big thank you to Glasgow's The Sunday Mail for the freebie below

The Sunday Mail on genealogy :
"we are also giving every reader 20 FREE credits - worth £4 - for searches on the ScotlandsPeople website -

The website is one of the most comprehensive family history information sites in the world with more than 50million database records.

More than 500,000 people have registered with the site and it is the first port of call for those who wish to retrace their tartan roots.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE: Dr Richard Callison's tips

1. The golden rule in family history research is try to work backwards from what you already know.

Finding out about your history begins at home and you may be surprised at how much you already know or have access to within your extended family. . .. .


1. Go to and click on the register button if you're a new user, or log in using your username and password if you already have an account.

2. New users will be required to complete a registration form before they can access the ScotlandsPeople site.

3. Once logged in, click on NEED MORE? on the top right hand side of the page.

4. You will be taken to a page where you should enter the voucher code sundaymail to access our great genealogy giveaway.

5. You will then be allocated your 20 FREE credits worth £4.

6. It costs five credits to view an image and one credit to view a page of search results.

7. Your 20 FREE credits voucher must be redeemed before 1pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Your 20 FREE credits will then be valid for 90 days after you redeem the voucher.



family photographs

Photographs by beverley watkins @ Fotopic.Net

an alternative to publication on CD

a Rossiter_Wedding to start with click here
Gallery hosted by Fotopic.Net - get your own photo gallery now!

Monday, April 16, 2007

old danish dictionary from 1907

genealogy in Denmark

Facts about genealogy in Denmark: "f you are descended from a family of peasants - and most Danes are - you should not reckon on being able to trace your ancestors further back than 200-275 years, since the source material will not permit this. You will often come to a dead end before, at least in some of the branches of your family tree. If yours is a family with a permanent family name, it will frequently have acquired it in the first half of the 18th Century, either by adopting the name of the craft pursued by the family members or by adopting the name of the village, where the family originated but no longer lived. If the family name goes further back, it is frequently possible to follow it. In the case of noble families or families of civil servants, one may often be able to go further back via various printed material. The dream of proving descent from King Gorm the Old (fl. about 935) you should not expect to come true, however - but does it really matter so much?"

Genealogy Blogs

bank holidays

DTI - Bank and public holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for the years 2007-2010:
"The expected dates for the years 2007-2010 inclusive are listed on that site" which is a * and which should be kosher
see bank holidays - Google Search

You may ask yourself,
"Why is he blogging this for genealogists?"
and my answer is archives and libraries are closed, but some Family History Center are open.

Always telephone an archive before af first visit, in order to book a place and make certain that it is open - some may have the builders in or be reorganising or having a staff training day.

So, if you are planning an extensive or expensive genealogical holiday as a tourist in UK or DK, you better get the timing right.

By all means email me for help and if I do not have the answer I know where to look or whom to ask.

-- and always in my side bar -- mail me --
and "Why the ungrammatical Center not Centres above?"
- it is an american english name and it is better for google without the final "s".

for mostly reliable information see also - Google Search - Google Search
just add up to nine search terms with place or family names
archive genealogy history "local history" email catalogue
(or catalog

if you mix that up and try - Google Search
you get eg Ascension Island Post Office and Philatelic Bureau

for USA use
site:gov - Google Search
site:edu - Google Search
but - Google Search
Culture - Portail du Gouvernement - site du Premier ministre

In the UK we are ACademic and in USA they are EDUcated
but every nation has a GOVernment

Germany is a federation
site:de Regierung - Google Search

finally our new federation - Google Search

postscript "hugh watkins" - Google Search
now who is watching who ???

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Watkins Family History Society

Watkins Family History Society - Home: "

Our steadfast pursuit is to assist in connecting as many Watkins people as possible world-wide.

We invite you to read, share and make new connections with other Watkins researchers with the help of the resources that we make available here.

Included are FREE downloads of our Digital Newsletter, Family Tree Project, as well as a Message Board which is a good places to introduce yourself to our world-wide group of searchers.