Saturday, December 15, 2007
Weeke Local History - Transcripts: "There are a number of transcripts that have been completed that relate to Weeke. They afrte all included on this web site as pdf files."
St Matthews Baptisms 1573-1877
St Matthews Marriages 1573-1870
St Matthews Burials 1573-1871
List of Rectors 1304-1915
The facility brings together the Registrar's office, city archivist, the local history library and the burials administration section.
Staff in the centre at Central Library should be able to trace most families back to the late 17th century.
They have access to large catalogues of books, directories, maps, plans, photographs and even images of gravestones.
Staff can also issue authenticated certificates of any Scottish birth, death, civil partnership or marriage record, after digital images held by the General Register Office for Scotland were made available.
If answers cannot be found on site, there are also electronic links to other agencies."
Friday, December 14, 2007
The direct-line ancestor, whose parentage was in question, would have been the daughter of a military hero, and related to others who seemed to be of great importance to the previous researcher. The hopeful but inaccurate assumptions of the previous researcher led this searcher into more brick walls than were necessary.
After years of trying to verify the information on the family group sheet without any degree of success, the author decided simply to look up what was available for the previously-proven ancestor.
An entirely different family came out of the accurate research. This searching pruned a major branch from the family tree. However, the pruning was necessary for accuracy and allowed room for filling in the new family information. Having now checked on the accurate family, information comes to the author on a regular basis that is active and vital for the further progress of the true line."
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
"Washington State Archives Photograph Collections are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in these records are nearly 3,000 photographs from various collections, dating from 1860-2001. Images currently online include photos of Washington State governors, officials, and legislators, historic photos of state buildings and grounds, and promotional photos from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s of Washington’s scenic wonders (many by Asahel Curtis)"
» Governor Lowry's Website
» Governor Locke's Website
» Top 10 Treasures
» Marriage Records
» Naturalization Records
» Census Records
» Death Records
» Birth Records
» Military Records
» Institution Records
» Miscellaneous Historical Records
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TGN surely messed up by not being there anymore
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Mark and Cyndi's Family Tree: "Complete with the roots, branches, twigs & bark that make this hobby so interesting. And let's not forget that there are always a few nuts......"
and an answer 3 years later is a good example of how message boards work - just like a message in a bottle
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
One year later Britain followed,and shortly afterwards in the mid-1870's,the first picture postcards began to apear.
The Paris Exhibition of 1889 gave a tremendous boost to this still novel form of sending a message and from then on picture postcards were produced in ever increasing numbers by almost every country in the world .
Britain joined in the game in 1894 when the first picture cards were permitted and in 1902 was the first country to divide the back, thus allowing the message and address on one side and a complete picture on the other,a move which saw an explosion in picture postcard production as other countries quickly"
"The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is open to anyone involved in genealogy columns and articles or writing about family history.
This includes present and potential columnists, writers, and editors, as well as publishers, broadcasters, and webmasters for genealogical and historical societies.
Members receive Columns (the quarterly newsletter), access to the Members-Only Web site, and have an opportunity to actively participate in one or more of ISFHWE's activities: the Annual Excellence-in-Writing Competition, Member Publication Promotion Project, the Mailing List, discounts on ISFHWE publications, listings on the Public Web site, and Special Promotions for ISFHWE Members Offered by Partner Vendors. Membership runs from January-December.
All memberships received after September 30 are applied to the following year.
just send a cheque for 15 US Dollars to
ISFHWE 506 W. Larkspur Street, Victoria, TX 77904 USA
ISFHWE's primary goal is to encourage excellence in writing and editorial standards in genealogical publishing. This embraces all media, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, professional journals, books (including compiled family histories), online columns, society and personal Web sites, Web logs (blogs), and broadcast journalism of all sorts.
Excellence In Writing: "SFHWE sponsors an annual competition for published and unpublished writers. You must be a member of ISFHWE in order to participate in the contest."DearMYRTLE has the details here: Recognizing Excellence in family history writing
drawing old deed plots from deed descriptions - alt.genealogy | Google Groups
"Sometimes people complain about the British system of units, which now only the Americans use, the British having gone metric like everyone else. For example, some people don't like the fact that there are 63360 inches per mile. They say this is a silly number that's hard to remember.
These people must be nuts! The number 63360 = 27 x 32 x 5 x 11 is perfectly nice.
I can't imagine anything simpler than this. Besides, the USA reached its technological preeminence on the basis of this system, and we're not going to change now!
. . .
- Andro Linklater, Measuring America, Walker Press, 2003.
Four perches measured 22 yards, a strange distance that makes sense only in the context of the traditional units used for measuring land. Like all units of land measurement, a perch, also known as a rod or a pole, originally varied according to the quality of ground: a perch of poor soil was longer than one of fertile soil, but in the course of the sixteenth century it became standardized at 16.5 feet. This inconvenient length was derived from the area of agricultural land that could be worked by one person in a day - hence the variability. The area was reckoned to be 2 perches by 2 perches (33 feet by 33 feet). Thus a daywork amounted to 4 square perches. Conveniently, there were 40 dayworks in an acre, the area that could be worked by a team of oxen in a day, and 640 acres in a square mile. It was significant that all of them were multiples of 4, a number that made it simpler to calculate the area of a four-sided field."
Gunter divided the chain into 100 links, marked off into groups of 10 by brass rings. On the face of it, the dimensions make no sense: each link is a fraction under 8 inches long; 10 links make slightly less than 6 feet, 8 inches; and the full length is 66 feet. In fact, he had made a brilliant synthesis of two otherwise incompatible systems, the traditional English land measurements, based on the number 4, and the newly introduced system of decimals based on the number 10.The classic text Boundary Control and Legal Principles by Brown, et al., notes that in the 16th century, the rod was established as the length of the left feet of the first 16 men out of church one Sunday morning. Brown cites "The Amazing Story of Measurements." This same story is often repeated in surveying texts and publications. Indeed, it is a part of the folklore of the surveying profession.
While the story that the rod was originally meant to represent 16 human feet is probably true, the reality is that the rod had been in common use many centuries earlier than Brown suggested. As early as 1270, Edward I of England issued a Royal ordinance titled Assize of Weights and Measures, which at this date defined into law the length of a perch. This indicates that the perch was in use prior to this time.Usually, a larger measurement is defined in terms of being an equal number of a smaller measurement, much in the sense that one pound is considered to be 16 ounces. And yet as early as 1270, the perch is not considered as 16 feet but rather specifically defined as 16 1/2 feet.
Monday, December 10, 2007
AOL UK genealogy group
see Genealogy Chat UK (Keyword to: aol://2719:3-5135-Genealogy%20Chat%20UK)
moderated and at 9:00 pm GMT / UK time on Fridays
"Each of these Christmas templates is written with an XHTML doctype and uses an external style sheet. There is a plain template included with filler content and images as well as dwt within the zipped package for each of the three. They were written specifically for FrontPage and Expression Web but could be used by any web editor. They do make use of FP includes. If you are not using fp2003 or Expression Web use the plain template, delete the content and add your own. Merry Christmas!"
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Online 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica and the English Cambridge Encyclopedia
FREE access to two top notch encyclopedias:
The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia and the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica which anybody can edit and add comments to.
The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia is written by dozens of experts in various fields of study and is composed of over 48,000 quality entries and more than 90,000 'see also' references. Included are over 25,500 biographical entries. This publication originally formed the basic entries for the Cambridge Encyclopedia for Cambridge University Press and also for Penguin Books. The content of the encyclopedia in print has often been said to be one of the world's best single volume encyclopedias. The entries are authoritative, reliable, stylish, and concise and the encyclopedia has an unrivalled reputation for clarity of its information and its inclusiveness. The up-to-date coverage is broad, from scientific concepts to people and places, philosophical ideas, the media, and international issues.
This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.
This online version contains the unedited contents of the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.). However, it does contain an incredible amount of information that is remarkably relevant today.
We are considering inviting the Internet community to help us update the encyclopedia -- if you are interested in volunteering (as a writer, editor, etc.) please join our Mailing List.
By putting this important work on the Internet, we hope to improve the quality of Jewish information available online -- and stimulate new discussion. Therefore, we have sections "Discussion Forums" and "Internet Links" which allow our visitors to converse and identify related websites.-o-
Cathy Day, - Australian National University
As part of research for my PhD in biological anthropology, I am compiling genealogies of all people who were married in the Wiltshire parishes of Stourton, Kilmington and Mere in the period 1775-1924. I am using an extensive array of source material, including parish registers of all local denominations, census records, civil registration such as birth certificates, Poor Law records, published works and input from descendants.
As of 30 Oct 2007 I have completed all marriages in Stourton (Anglican and Catholic), as well as Anglican marriages in Kilmington from 1800 to 1882.
I am likely to commence full-time work on Mere in January 2008. The project should be complete by September 2008. On these webpages you will find extracts from the database of about 13,000 individuals.
They show information about all people in the database who were born prior to 1907. In some cases it is very extensive, in others it is no more than a name and an estimate of a birth date. These pages were last updated on 30 Oct 2007.
Family Tree Maker comparing 16 and 200
in anothe of my own blogs My own MacBook Pro
when I double clicked to start FTM 16 it was about five times quicker to open and went straight into where I left off yesterday
Adding data to and moving between the fields is like using a spread sheet with complete control from the keyboard without the mouse