Saturday, September 29, 2007

Family Tree Maker blog Blog:
"Welcome to the new Family Tree Maker blog!
* Posted by Benjamin Nettesheim *
September 28, 2007

Welcome to the new Family Tree Maker blog! As the Family Tree Maker Brand Manager, I’m excited to now have a platform to communicate updates, improvements and information about our strategic direction to the community as quickly as possible.

Of course I welcome comments and discussion. I would also like to make sure everyone knows about our Family Tree Maker feedback form.

yes but users need feedback too - you need to create

We receive a regular report from this feedback form and although we can’t respond to every inquiry, we will respond periodically to the most frequently asked questions and comments via this Family Tree Maker blog."

Benjamin it is time for you to develop a new killer app or two - even on the clunky .net framework

kick start the community by publishing the API and a plug-ins developer kit
Google and FlickR do and profit by it
Google Maps API - Google Web APIs - Flickr Services

Rebuild FTM 16 as a stand alone java app with full functionality on any platform including as a plug in to .net see
API java - Google Search

Purchase or copy all the templates of Custodian 3 database as plug ins custodian 3 - Google Search

Create alternative HISTORICAL place name plug ins from the US and UK census editions which TGN already owns . . and then the rest of the TGN properties including the gazetteers in the Ancestry Database Card Catalog -

primarily for the ancestrylibrary edition Ancestry Database Card Catalog - needs a standard OPEC interface to for the individual institutions and World Cat to add to their own catalogues

If you don't understand any of the above you better engage me as a consultant and trainer

Friday, September 28, 2007

Edward Jones - Grocer

Edward Jones - Emily Moody

I was looking for my own but found the above well set out page from another Jones Family Tree

This is the family of Linda Margaret Jones (the author) and Richard Prys Jones. A great deal of time has been spent researching our respective Jones families, but if you are related in any way and are not mentioned, please get in touch. Links to connected genealogy websites have only been made with the express permission of the website owner. This website is a work in progress and will (hopefully) be updated and expanded in the future.

My own great grandfather is here:-

Jones, Edward
b: 3 JAN 1842 in Raglan, Mon.
He studied in Cheltenham and took over the family shop, now the Post Office in Raglan, from his father
Jones, John b: 1816 in Raglan, Monmouth, England d: 19 February 1887 in Raglan, Monmouthshire )
d: 18 JUL 1900 in Raglan, Monmouthshire

his daughter, my granny - min farmor - , is to the right
Jones, Blanche Eveline
b: 5 JUN 1874 in Raglan, Monmouthshire (AHW BB)
she studied at Southampton General Hospital an qualified as a nurse
d: 5 JUL 1953 in The Haven Monmouth Road Usk Monmouthshire ?July 5 1953

and his son in law, her husband, is to the left
Watkins, Alfred Henry
b: 13 AUG 1862 in Llanvair Kilgeddin, Monmouthshire AML BB
articled clerk then solicitor, and freemason
d: 5 JAN 1935 in late afternoon, Woodbank House, Bridge Street, Usk Mon

and two of Edward Jones fouteen or so grand children are with the little girl to the left
Watkins, Hilda Mary
b: 19 MAY 1903 registered in Pontypool 11a 207
a governess in St Petersburg until caught in the revolution and consequently mortally ill
d: 21 MAR 1928 in Usk

and the little boy to the right is my father
Watkins, Alfred Henry (David)
b: 17 AUG 1907 in Usk Monmouthshire
bank clerk and accountant with the National Provincial Bank, finally in Solihull
d: 24 SEP 1942 when HMS Somali was sunk

my thanks to my second cousin in Australia where these pictures are now

some wills
the Raglan grocer Edward Jones died 18 July 1900


Raglan grocer, and brick,tile and pipe works owner John Jones died 19 February 1887

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from my on GENEALOGE: monmouthshire wills

Thursday, September 27, 2007

City of London Library catalogue

The Library catalogue catalogue is in the process of being upgraded but, for technical reasons, some items in the collections of the City Business and Guildhall libraries cannot currently be viewed in the new version. They do however display in the earlier version of the catalogue and so links to both versions are provided here.

The catalogue lists most of the items held in the City of London's libraries. It shows where items can be found and whether they are available for loan. Former catalogue.

Before making a special journey, please contact the library concerned to confirm that what you want is available.

Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section - General Guide, Non Anglican Religious Bodies: "This section includes records of non-conformist and foreign protestant congregations and non-conformist secular organisations. No original records are held of Roman Catholic congregations or churches"

Full catalogue entries will be found in our online catalogue (use the “Former catalogue”). To find the entries, do a Classification search for the Manuscript number given on this web page Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section - General Guide, Non Anglican Religious Bodies

Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section - Sources for Biographical and Genealogical Research: "The Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library is the local record office for the City of London (the 'Square Mile'), although it does not hold the archives of the City of London Corporation itself which are separately administered. Its holdings date from the 11th century and include the archives of the Diocese of London, St Paul's Cathedral, the City wards and parishes, and around 80 of the City livery companies. It also holds family and estate records, and, in keeping with its location, considerable business and commercial archives, including those of the London Stock Exchange, the London Chamber of Commerce, Lloyd's of London and numerous merchant banks, insurance companies, stockbrokers, merchants and trading companies."

The main genealogical sources are:

* registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in over 100 parishes within the City of London and in St Leonard Shoreditch; records of burials at Bunhill Fields burial ground and at the City of London cemetery, Little Ilford;

* registers of some Anglican churches overseas (mainly 19th-20th centuries; a few earlier registers); also the "International Memoranda" of baptisms, marriages and burials overseas (19th and early 20th century);

* rate books for City wards and parishes (mainly 1692-1907; some earlier records); see also Land Tax Assessments;

* marriage licence records for the Diocese of London (1597-20th century), the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral (1670-1841) and the Royal Peculiar of St Katharine by the Tower (1686-1802 with gaps);

* probate records for the Archdeaconry Court of London (1393-1807), the Commissary Court of London (1374-1857) and the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral (1535-1837);

* apprenticeship and membership records of most of the City livery companies (mainly 17th- 19th centuries; some earlier and later records);

* ordination and other records of clergy in the Diocese of London (14th-20th centuries);

* registers of children attending Christ's Hospital (1563-1911) and some other schools in or connected with the City;

* Lloyd's "Captains Registers" (1869-1948) relating to the careers of master mariners;

* registers of pilots licensed by Trinity House (1808-1929) and other Trinity House records.

Biz Blogs of the genealogy industry. Blog: "* Suzanne Bonner * September 25, 2007 Welcome to the Ancestry Blog! We’ve created this Ancestry blog as the place to keep you connected with what’s going on at It’s a place to learn about new additions – our products, content, features and other services – as we develop them. Here you will read blog posts from the people who create and develop these products and features for"

Paul Allen: Internet Entrepreneur » What to do with good news and bad news: "Last week I sent an email to the investors in World Vital Records with a bunch of good news. We had a record sales week. We are signing more partnerships. Our marketing programs are gaining momentum. Our content collection is growing fast. One of them emailed back with a question: how are our Facebook apps doing?
. . .

Startups always face obstacles and challenges. I hope that everyone knows that. When you are celebrating a record week of sales, your merchant account transaction limit is hit and you can’t process credit cards for 24 hours. But you talk about the record sales and quietly fix the merchant account problem. When you add 1,000 databases, you broadcast it, and then you quietly fix the image usability issues that were discovered soon after they launched.

You always have good news and bad news. I think it is proper in the normal course of business to report on the good things and quietly fix the bad ones. Success breeds success, and good "

"genealogy industry." - Google Search

"consumer genetics" - Google Search

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Richard Heaton's Local Newspaper Master Index

Newspaper Homepaper: "Richard Heaton first dabbled with newspapers as a source for Family History at the British Newspaper Library in Colindale, during his school holiday, in the early 1980's. Unfortunately there was no unified catalogue, and he struggled in the short time available to locate anything which would help him.

Even as a teenager he could see huge potential, there was so much of interest it was easy to get side tracked, if only an index existed ! By the mid 1990's he decided to try once again, and December 2003, I decided, just as an experiment, to put on the web a sample of 200+ transcripts I had made from a South of England regional newspaper called the Windsor and Eton Express (to which I added various manual indexes).

Since then the content has grown significantly. There are now (by August 27th 2007), over 721 transcripts. They are principally from Georgian and early Victorian newspapers, with a few earlier, the earliest dating from 1647."


WorldVitalRecords Blog » Wonderbase of the Week: One-Half Million Virginia Records (15 Databases)

Each of the 15 databases containing records from Virginia will be free to access at until October 4, 2007

RootsWeb Newsroom

RootsWeb Newsroom » About the Authors
RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees indexes:
"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.' --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)"

The RootsWeb Guide is a great resource for newbies as well as more experienced family historians. The 31 online lessons provide a comprehensive overview into understanding the use of various record types, and how to effectively research and locate records in various countries and ethnic groups. There are even lessons on how to effectively search for names that are spelled differently and the ins and outs of using the Internet in your research. These lessons provide both a discussion on each topic and links to valuable web sites with additional resources and instructions.

We want the RootsWeb Guide to remain a great resource for the family history community and the dynamic nature of web sites has made it necessary to replace or remove the broken links in these lessons. To date we have finished updating the first 12 lessons.

Good luck in your research.

from RootsWeb Newsroom

About the RootsWeb Newsroom Authors


Anna is our Community Operations Manager. In this role she is responsible for the team that helps run the day-to-day operations of RootsWeb - she is also currently acting as ListMaster. Anna has been on the team since December 2006 but is a long time user of RootsWeb and is enjoying learning about all the ins and outs of what makes our RootsWeb site and community keep on ticking.


Donna is a familiar face around RootsWeb - her enthusiasm for RootsWeb began over 11 years ago when she started as a volunteer. She now spends most of her time behind the scenes working on bettering RootsWeb and leading the HelpDesk team.


Randy is the Lord of all RootsWeb Development! He started working on RootsWeb way back in 1998 and has contributed innumerable features and tools to the RootsWeb community.

year of birth from age

Chart Used To Calculate The Year Of Birth From The Census: "A stands for age. For instance, if you are looking up someone in the 1850 census and it states that their age is 37, Use the chart, under 1850, scan down to age 37, and you will see the person was born in 1813. Print the page and take it to the library with you."

Mandtalesliste with Gary Horlacher

1700 Census: "By order of 19 Oct 1700 a list was to be made of all men in Denmark (most lists seem to be dated December 1700 or January 1701). It included statistical columns listing a mark for age brackets over 18, 14-18, 10-14, 5-10, and 1-5 as a way of finding out how many men the government could count on in the case of a war. The 1700 census of men includes a listing of all men by household, giving the property appraisal (hartkorn), the name of the head, his age, all those men in his household, their relationships and occupations, and their ages. The 1700 census appears to have also been taken in Norway, Iceland, and other areas under Danish rule and many of these have been transcribed and published.

From some searching in different parts of Denmark, it seems that the 1700 census of men has survived for perhaps half of the counties of Denmark.
ere is what has been done so far. It isn't a lot, but its a start:

Frederiksborg County

Skanderborg County

Akær (Aachier) County Mandtal - Hads District - Royal Cammercollegij order of 19 Oct, list dated 30 Jan 1701 Skanderborg. (later part of Aarhus County)

HGS: 1700 Census Abbreviations/Translations

For a paper copy of these extracts to the 1700 census you can send $30 for the Frederiksborg County, $20 for the �k�r County volume to Gary Horlacher, 4065 W. 3670 S., West Valley City, UT 84120.

The books includes a wonderful place and name index (first and last name). The books are actually an excellent tool, especially with the index, making it in many ways even more useful than this Internet site. The money only covers the cost of publishing and postage. Cash is fine, especially from those overseas."

Gary Horlacher - Google Search

UK Genealogy Online

Return: "WALES & ENG Total Databases & Data Available for Wales = 200"

Return: "What is available on UK Genealogy Online England"

UK Genealogy - GENUK - UKGenealogy: "UK Genealogy Online"

ustainability of digital data

Task force on economic sustainability of digital data-Lavoie [OCLC]:

"'Persistent access to digital information over long periods of time is vital for the future progress of research, education, and private enterprise,' said Dr. Lavoie. 'In addition to developing sound technical processes for preserving digital information, we must also ensure that our preservation strategies are economically sustainable. The work of the Task Force will be an important step toward achieving that goal.'] Search for books, music, videos, articles and more in libraries near you: "the world's largest network of library content and services"

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

FamilySearch Labs

FamilySearch Labs Blog has a new url

FamilySearch Labs: " showcases new family history technologies that aren't ready for prime time. Your feedback will help us refine new ideas and bring them to market sooner. Have fun playing with these innovations and send your feedback directly to our development teams."

Monday, September 24, 2007


Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru - National Library of Wales : National Library of Wales:

"The National Library of Wales is one of the world's great libraries. Situated at Aberystwyth in west Wales, it is a legal deposit library, and holds the world's largest collection of works about Wales and other Celtic nations. It offers free access to its collections both on site and electronically.

The National Library of Wales contributes to the growth of interest in family history by:
  • expanding and updating its range of sources regularly
  • producing indexes to important sources like wills and marriage bonds
  • publishing guides for the location of parish registers and Nonconformist registers
  • disseminating information leaflets about its own holdings
  • making its holdings more accessible through the computerisation of lists and indexes
  • providing first-class facilities for family historians to do their research
  • maintaining a list of independent researchers
  • cooperating with similar institutions and family history societies
The National Library of Wales : Family History: " NLW is acknowledged as the principal centre for researching Welsh genealogy, and you are welcome to use its sources and facilities for researching the history of your own family."

Using the IGI for Wales and Monmouthshire: "Because of the late development of the use of surnames in Wales, where the uses of patronymics continued in many places until into the 19th century, the Welsh IGI has both a surname index (SN) and a given name index (GN).

Before 1813 parish registers did not make the surname explicit: The IGI assumes, in all cases before 31st December 1812, and of course wrongly, that the child took its father's christian name as its surname"

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Clutton Bunfight 2007

pictures from the Clutton Bunfight 2007

at the end Josephine Jeremiah and Hugh Watkins.

the official pictures are by, and with thanks from around the world to,

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WWII Veterans

24-7 Family History Circle » Celebrates Stories of America’s Everyday War Heroes as “The War” Remembers WWII Veterans:

"According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, America loses approximately 1,000 WWII veterans every day. Their vanishing legacies have sparked a growing consciousness to capture their stories, even as Ken Burns and PBS showcase the “everyday WWII American heroes” in the upcoming 14-hour long documentary “The War.” is the perfect venue for honoring these everyday heroes and preserving their extraordinary stories.

On, individuals can create family trees with biographical profiles dedicated to remembering the personal experiences of their ancestors, including those who served in the military. As part of these profiles, users can upload photos, create a timeline of life events, write stories and add scanned images such as letters written from the battlefront, service awards and other precious documents.

Now, users can initiate audio recording directly from their family tree, recording conversations over the telephone or through a computer microphone. The new audio tool provides a free, easy method to create and preserve family oral histories

. With a webcam, an individual can also record and archive video."