Saturday, May 02, 2009


Culture and Travel: "Perhaps the most important pitfall in genealogy everywhere is the very common failure to question whether your findings are reasonable. It’s a trap especially easy to fall into in Danish research, because there are so very many people with the same name. . . .

EXAMPLE 1: Place-Name Errors: Can’t find your ancestor in a Danish census or the churchbook for what you think is the right parish?
You may be looking in the wrong place, even if the place has the right name. If, for instance, your ancestor was supposedly from “Balle, Denmark”, but you can’t find her in the parish so named in Viborg Amt, the first thing to realize is that there are at least 9 villages in Jylland alone named Balle and dozens of places in Denmark where “Balle” is part of the name.

You can locate most of them using Krabsen’s site "http://www.krabsen.dkstednavnedatabase/"
or, for the most complete results, use J. P. Trap’s Danmark, a gazetteer of Denmark
(you can order this on microfiche through the Family History Center nearest you). Then you can start looking in those parishes.
J. P. Trap Denmark - Google Search

Another useful source is the Genealogical Guidebook & Atlas of Denmark by Frank Smith and Finn A. Thomsen. I wore out my first copy and am now working on my second."
Genealogical Guidebook & Atlas of Denmark by Frank Smith and Finn A. Thomsen - Google Search

Church Books and census in Denmark as images

Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline

The Danish State Archives Filming Centre digitises parish registers and population censuses in order to make them accessible via the internet. The digitisation project is primarily accomplished through scanning of microfiches and microfilms. There is no fixed timetable for the launch of each parish register and population census on the internet, as this is a successive process.

The parish registers and population censuses will be displayed as pictures of the original records. The pictures show that many records are marked by poor storage conditions, poor ink quality and general wear and tear - a state of affairs that is irremediable. No registers have been compiled in which to search for personal names, occupations, addresses etc.

Parish registers
All Danish parish registers older than 1892 are included in the digitisation project. Parish registers finished before 1925-1930 have also been launched and within the next years parish registers finished before 1950 will be available on the internet.

Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline - news:
Kirkebøgerne for sognene i Købenbenhavns stift herunder Bornholm er nu tilgængelige. Kirkebøgerne er tilgængelige til ca. 1950 i det omfang, bøgerne er udskrevet inden dette år.

Folketælling 1787 er blevet scannet i gråtoner, og i forbindelse med udlægningen af den vil den ikke være tilgængelig i 2 dage.

Kirkebøgerne for sognene i Hjørring og Thisted amter er nu tilgængelige. Kirkebøgerne er tilgængelige til ca. 1950 i det omfang, bøgerne er udskrevet inden dette år.

Folketælling 1870 er nu tilgængelig. . . . . "

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration

FamilySearch Publishes Its First Online Portuguese Collection

Millions of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration Records Now Digitally Searchable on the Web

SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch added the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration to its online collection—about 4.5 million new digital images. The free collection contains searchable digital images of the original birth, marriage, and death records from all of the municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro from 1889 to 2006. The new digital images can be searched for free at (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

The published records cover births up to 1930, marriages to 1950, and deaths up to 2006. There are an estimated 18 million names in the free online digital collection. FamilySearch continues to film civil registration records in Rio de Janeiro and will update the collection as applicable.

Prior to now, the Rio de Janeiro Civil Registration records were only available in archive offices in Brazil or on microfilm through one of FamilySearch’s family history centers worldwide. FamilySearch digitized the collection—over 2,500 microfilms, spanning 117 years of vital records—and published them online for free public access.

“Now instead of ordering some of the films and traveling to a local family history center to use it, researchers worldwide can search any of the 2,500 films digitally and freely online from the comfort of their home,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “Family history enthusiasts with Rio de Janeiro ancestors have just been handed a big-time free gift,” added Nauta.

FamilySearch’s online digital image viewer makes it easy to search the historical documents. Patrons can quickly navigate from a Rio de Janeiro municipality down to individual towns. Simply click on a town, and the images are typically divided up by birth, marriage, death, and a year range—making it very convenient to comb through the original records for that town during a specific period in search of a Brazilian ancestor from Rio de Janeiro. Digital images can also be printed or saved electronically.

“Civil registrations (Registros Civis) are the vital records made by the Brazilian government and are an excellent source of accurate information on names, dates, and vital events,” said Lynn Turner, FamilySearch collection manager records specialist for Latin America. “The new digital image collection online is extremely important for those doing genealogical research in Rio de Janeiro because they document critical events in a person’s life and cover such a large percentage of the population—and they are freely accessible to anyone with Internet access,” concluded Turner.

Civil records were kept for all the population, including the Catholics and the non-Catholics. There was a large infusion of non-Catholics in Brazil after the 1880s. The civil registration records are an important public record of this section of the population as well.

FamilySearch has the largest collection of Brazilian vital records outside of Brazil. Currently these records are available to the public on microfilm through FamilySearch’s 4,500 family history centers worldwide or affiliate public libraries. FamilySearch plans to continue expanding online access to its Brazil collections. Pernambuco and Paranã will be the next state civil registrations added to the collection.

Friday, May 01, 2009

BBC - Britain From Above

from Canada via my list email:-


Seeing the lists are quiet, perhaps you would like to peruse
this BBC program. I return to it often:"

BBC - Britain From Above

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cyndi's List - Internet Genealogy

Cyndi's List - Internet Genealogy:
"Cyndi's Soapbox
I have come to really cringe when I read/hear the term 'Internet genealogy' simply because I know that it does not really exist.
The term is often used in a context that makes 'Internet genealogy' appear to be something apart and separate from what some people must think of as 'that other kind of genealogy' - (remember the kind using original records on microfilm or in books?).

We can use the Internet for genealogical research, but in the end our passion is a unified one, defined by a single word: genealogy. Therefore, the discussion should really be about how we 'use the Internet for genealogy.'"

Dating Old Photograhps series of CD roms

Internet-Genealogy Blog: Dating Old Photograhps series: "Featuring DearMYRTLE's take on news and information published in Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History, and History Magazine."

Dating Old Photographs
(SOLD OUT! Available on CD March 31 2009)

Family Chronicle's Dating Old Photographs provides a guide to placing your old photographs in time based on the fashions, poses and hairstyles of the subjects, and includes abundant examples of dated photographs from the invention of photography to the early 20th century. 96 pages, softbound.

More Dating Old Photographs
(SOLD OUT! Available on CD March 31 2009)
Family Chronicle's More Dating Old Photographs released in May 2004 features all new photographs from the 1840s to the 1920s in a 120-page softbound book. Highlights include an introductory essay by renowned old-photo expert Maureen Taylor, and sections on unusual pictures and hand-tinted photographs.

Monday, April 27, 2009 errors Blog - » Some of our data sets are not returning results in search:
"As some of you have noticed, some of our data sets are not returning results when they are searched.

We are currently working on it and I will post updates as I get them.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Anne Mitchell is a product manager for search at Feel free to contact her with your thoughts about search. She can’t help you find your long lost ancestors – she’s still searching for her own, but thoughts on how to improve search functionality always appreciated. Her email is amitchell at" Blog

John Ball Brreconshire Wales

John's Homepage: ". incorporating the Welsh Family History Archive

Hello!! I'm John Ball – Welcome to my Website

I was born in Birmingham (England) in 1940, but I've lived in South Wales since 1974.
Explore my interests by following one of the links . . . . "

Welsh Family History Archive (WFHA)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Glossary of Welsh Place-Names
- Keturah's Diary
- Links to On-line Resources
- Llangar Parish Records
- Maps of Wales
- Photographic Service
- Sounds of Wales
- Tallis's Topographical Dictionary
- Wales of Old
- Welsh Ancestor List
- Welsh Gravestone Inscriptions

Ireland Genealogy Archives

Ireland Genealogy Archives

Internet Genealogy Project for I: "Ireland Genealogy Project & Ireland Genealogy Project Archives"

Teach Genealogy

Teach Genealogy: GenClass: May & June 2009 offerings: "By chronicling the progress of DearMYRTLE's Salt Lake Study Group and the UGG genealogy voice chats in Second Life, this blog provides Family History Consultants and other instructors with ideas for teaching genealogy"


Flickr: Dyxie's Photostream: "“The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't get out and those outside don't want to get in"

Raglan and District Local History Group

"The Raglan and District Local History Group meets at 7:30pm on the 4th Thursday of every month and has a Winter programme of lectures, a spring Tea and a Summer programme of visits to places of historical interest.
Raglan and District Local History Group
2009 Spring programme and Summer outings

"RAGLAN / RHAGLAN (Gwe) Raghelan (1254). Meaning: probably from WELSH rhag 'fore' and glan 'bank', hence 'rampart'.

Raglan Village (1254) exists in the shadow of Raglan Castle. The link between the Castle and Village was broken after the castle was destroyed in 1646. Subsequently, the Duke of Beaufort, owner of the ruins of Raglan Castle and the lands surrounding Raglan continued to be an important influence in Village life until 1920 when his lands were sold. During the Napoleonic Wars, travelers began to take an interest in the beauty of Wales and were drawn to Raglan Castle. Today the Village has a lively and friendly reputation with three Church's, three pubs, two butchers, a primary school and health centre along with other assorted shops.... and, of course, the Castle"

Sunday, April 26, 2009

FILARSKI : Genealogy Query

FILARSKI : Genealogy Query: "My mother was found in a shoe box on the steps of the Florence Critteton Home in Sioux City, Iowa. Her birthday is 04/28/1919. My mother went by the name of Carol Marie Filarski. I would like to find out who her real mother was and more about the woman who adopted her."

Home genetic tests 1concern - Home genetic tests cause for concern: "It's good, Williams says, to have personal DNA testing more accessible and affordable, but consumers need to carefully define why they need the information and whether it's a wise use of an already stretched health care dollar."

SALT LAKE CITY -- Home genetic tests may be all the rage, but Utah geneticists are raising a big red flag.

Knowledge is power, they say, but if it's not understandable it may not be worth the saliva you donated for the test.

Grant Wood, with the LDS Hospital Clinical Genetics Institute, enrolled in a $399 direct-to-consumer genetics service over the Internet and submitted a saliva sample from their kit.

Results showed several things including a higher than normal risk of developing Crohn's disease.

Wood knew how to interpret the data. So did Dr. Marc Williams, who heads up the Intermountain Clinic Genetics Institute. "Even though he was at a two to three times increased risk over the general population, the base line for developing Crohn's disease is less than 1 percent. So even with the two to three times risk, his likelihood of developing Crohn's disease over the course of his lifetime is still less than 1 percent."

Interpretation is what worries Williams and Wood. In university labs, consumers seriously trying to identify a genetic risk in their family work hand in hand with doctors and researchers.

But when the data comes from home kits - what does risk really mean? Williams said, "If it's a very rare condition, even if you are at high risk for that, it may be very unlikely that you'll ever develop it. . . . . ."

Deansgrange Cemetery Dublin

Deansgrange Cemetery Dublin. Gravestone photographs part 2. Surnames A-C From Ireland URL, ©Jane Lyons

From Ireland Home Page >>County Dublin page >>Deansgrange cemetery. Gravestone photographs part 1>>

Pt 2 Surnames A-C >>Surnames D-G>> Surnames H-L>> Surnames M-O>>Surnames P-Y

No index has been created yet for these photographs. If you click on any of the thumbnail images below, then the original photographs will open.

This is a really big cemetery, one of the main ones for Dublin. A lot of the stones can't be read and as you can see from the first few photos here, some are covered in ivy. The ones under the trees (usually green coloured in these photos are very difficult to read as well even when the stone itself is in good condition.

from my usenet email:-

Dublin has people from all over the country buried in it and I did spot some stones which said that the people were from somewhere else as I was naming the photographs.

Hannon 1 – Deansgrange from Roscrea
Brown 1- Deansgrange from Galway city
Berney 1 – Deansgrange from Wexford

This is a second part to Deansgrange that I've photographed. As far as I know the people on my original deansgrange set of photos were mostly Protestant and I think this latest section is supposed to be Catholic, except some of the surnames would make me think they weren't.
Anyway, I've broken this set of photos up into different alphabetical albums.
The photos aren't indexed. Some day maybe I'll get round to doing that. A lot of the stones can't be read, then there are some which the script is legible on, but they were taken from too far away.

I'm loading all those ones to my Graveyard blog at and then, I've put one which seems to have a little tree growing on top of it on my Sites & Sights blog at

The serious bit for those of you interested in Dublin are the following
Surnames A-C
Surnames D-G
Surnames H-L
Surnames M-O and
Surnames P-Y

Culture and Travel


By Betty Jack, Denmark Rootsweb list member"