Saturday, August 23, 2008
Genealogists reacted with anger yesterday after it emerged that a government website, which promised direct access to 171 years of family records, had been delayed indefinitely following the failure of a Whitehall computer project.
An attempt to scan, index and digitise 250m records of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales from 1837 to the present day was supposed to result in a new public website that would let people trace their ancestors at the touch of a button next February. Now, three years after the government awarded the £16m contract to German computer giant Siemens, the deal has been terminated with only half the work done.
It was hoped that the online record would slash costs and speed up the process of tracing ancestry. The collapse means family tree enthusiasts must continue asking for copies of documents by post, which can take seven days and costs £7 or £10 a time.
The failure drew strong criticism from genealogists who were already dismayed that last October the government removed access to paper ledgers that contained indexes of births marriages and deaths at the family records centre in London when it decided to launch the website.
The General Register Office (GRO), which is responsible for the records, said only 130m had been scanned, and plans to make the index public had been shelved. Missing are details of birth records from 1837 to 1934 and death records from 1837 to 1957. The Identity and Passport Service (IPS), which runs the GRO, said it had only paid half the fee as a result.
Yesterday, the IPS were unable to say when the project would be completed and how it would pay for the rest of it.
Alle kirkebøger for hele landet er nu tilgængeligegjort i det omfang, bøgerne er udskrevet omkring 1925."
Google machine translated from danish to english - version of http://www.arkivalieronline.dk/Nyheder/default.aspx
Alle kirkebøger for hele landet er nu tilgængeligegjort i det omfang, bøgerne er udskrevet omkring 1925. All
Danish parish registers / as church book images for the whole of Denmark are now freely available online to around 1925.
This is also the organ of civil registration
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
SearchThere is a wealth of local genealogy information which people have shared with us. Use the options below to search for people, places and events:
Other information sources
- Somerset Records Office holds many millions of original documents ranging in date from the eighth century AD to the present day. An online catalogue is in development which will contain lists to all the catalogued archives held by Somerset Record Office, Bath & North East Somerset Record Office and Weston super Mare Library, and all the books and pamphlets held at the Somerset Record Office.
- Bath Record Office records relating to the city of Bath include documents from the 12th century to the present day
- Church Records: Most of the church records have been deposited in the Somerset Record Office.
- Clutton church graveyard: This is a spreadsheet with details of all the burial plots, sorted alphabetical and searchable. Updated January 2008.
- A UK & Ireland genealogy website with specific links for Clutton
- A great site with more Clutton genealogy
1. Don't share family scoundrels stories.
2. Don't enhance emailed photos.
3. Don't share photos of self, women are women universally.
4. Don't chat personably with men; again, women are women.
5. Don't write "thank God to discover I am English, all this time thinking I was Welsh."
Well, that's it then. Thanks again, I'll visit via your sites. Best regards