Saturday, June 20, 2009


Bokhylla: "Nasjonalbiblioteket har rundt 1 million objekter i det digitale sikringsmagasinet. Etterhvert som verk faller i det fri eller frigjøres gjennom avtaler, vil materialet bli tilgjengelig for brukerne på nett. Med får brukerne nå tilgang til vesentlige deler av norsk litteratur."
my thanks to
Vidars slektsblogg

Friday, June 19, 2009

Freedom of Information Act 2000

House of Commons Hansard Ministerial Statements for 13 Dec 2006 (pt 0001):

"Constitutional Affairs 1911 Census Records

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Vera Baird): My right hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State has made the following written ministerial statement:

“On 13 December, the Information Commissioner published his decision on the first of the complaints he has received in relation to the release of 1911 census records under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Information Commissioner upheld the complaint on the grounds that disclosure of the record requested would not constitute an actionable breach of confidence.

In response to this decision, the National Archives is developing plans for the release online of 1911 census information, with the exception of that considered to be
13 Dec 2006 : Column 88WS
sensitive personal information within the meaning attributed to it in section 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The 1911 census as a whole will remain closed until 2012, which means that the full census will not be available to order and research until this date. The National Archives views this as an appropriate response to the Commissioner's decision. The Government are concerned to maintain their longstanding commitment to keeping census records closed for 100 years following their creation. This closure period strikes an appropriate balance between the right of census respondents to have information they provide kept confidential, and the access interests of family historians. Therefore, information collected during 1921 and later censuses will be treated in line with this commitment.

The first digitised records from the 1911 census, excluding the sensitive personal information described above, could be made available online during early 2009. Individual requests for census records received while the digitisation process is taking place, but which are not available digitally at the time of the request, will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and the Information Commissioner's decision referred to above.”"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Genealogy in the Cloud

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. See our map page for directions.

The next meeting will be held on 20 Jun 2009 from 9:00 am to noon.

*Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego Web Site

Genealogy in the Cloud
Gary B. Hoffman
These days, storing your genealogy data in your hard drive and viewing it through a program installed on your computer is about as cool as driving your father's Oldsmobile or using a black landline telephone. Today's researchers upload their genealogy to a specialized website, either one you control yourself or a shared pedigree system. These programs are not on your computer but in the Internet "cloud," giving rise to the term "cloud computing." Some benefits include having your entire pedigree available wherever you connect to the internet and being able to make links to cousins you didn't know. After all, genealogy is the ultimate social networking activity. (Are your ancestors on Facebook?) In this presentation, Gary will review the latest developments in cloud genealogy applications, including MyAncestry,, and new FamilySearch and several programs you can install on your own web site. After looking at the advantages of cloud genealogy, Gary will demonstrate some weaknesses and offer pointers to protect your research from poaching by others.
Gary Hoffman is former President and webmaster for CGSSD and works at U.C. San Diego in IT support. He has been making technology presentations for nearly 20 years at national and local genealogy venues. He also runs the Tarvin Family Association website and is actively researching his Hoffman, Harpold, Webster and Tarvin lines through Kentucky and Indiana.

cloud genealogy applications - Google Search

my thanks to:-
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Computing in the Clouds: "The newest technology these days in computers is called “cloud computing.” Indeed, we already see several examples of this in today's genealogy software and I am certain we will see even more within the next two or three years."

1911 Census completed - press release

Welcome to the official 1911 Census website

* Records for Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and military serving overseas now online

Following the initial release of the Southern English records in January 2009, now hosts the complete 1911 census records for people living in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. What's more, for the first time in a British census, full details are available of British Army personnel and their families stationed overseas. There were 135,866 people serving in the British Army and 36,804 people serving in the Royal Navy across the British Empire in 1911, including 69,785 serving in India.

The website service has been developed by UK-based family history website, owned by brightsolid, in association with The National Archives. Completed by 36 million householders on Sunday, 2 April 1911, the census records show the name, age, place of birth, marital status and occupation of every resident in every home as well as their relationship to the head of the household and the online records include images of our ancestors' own handwriting.

For the first time the enumerators' summary books for the whole of England and Wales have also gone online today, recording details of all properties in the country in 1911 - a great resource for anyone interested in local history or house histories. The 1911 census records have been released three years earlier than the scheduled 2012 date as a result of public demand for the 1911 census, which will be a key resource for family historians.*

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager at, says: '"We're delighted that the final records from the 1911 census have been published online including the military records and the records for Wales, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. We hope people of all ages will gain a huge amount of valuable information about their ancestors by consulting the records and that they'll discover new chapters of their family history that they previously knew very little or nothing about."

Oliver Morley, Director of Customer and Business Development at The National Archives, commented: "It's wonderful to see that so many people are discovering a new passion for family history through the 1911 census. Bringing this project to completion has been one of the most exciting events for us this year, and to know that so many people have been able to access part of their personal history online shows how valuable it can be to make these records available via the web."


*In line with data protection legislation, certain sensitive information relating to infirmity and to children of women prisoners will be held back until 2012. The 1911 census is a special case at the request of the
Information Commissioner all records of infirmity as listed on the records (e.g. 'deaf', 'dumb', 'blind', 'lunatic' etc.) have been obscured and will not be available to view until January 2012.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

101 Best Web Sites 2009

Family Tree Magazine - 101 Best Web Sites 2009: "What's the one Web resource in a class by itself? $$, of course. What can we say? With its ever-expanding collection of databases and globe-spanning country-specific sites, comes the closest to realizing the dream of doing real genealogy online—not just finding a few clues, but tracing your ancestors in primary sources. The complete US census, indexed, searchable and linked to images, is only the beginning here. An annual membership is $155.40 for US collections only, or $299.40 for the World Deluxe membership."

10 Best Web Sites to See Dead People

Use these sites to find obituaries, cemeteries and other traces of your departed ancestors.

10 Best Web Sites for Vital Records

These are the best searchable databases of vital records from health departments, historical societies and state archives.

10 Best Web Sites for Storing and Sharing

Sharing your family history just got easier with these Web sites that let you create a family tree, store pictures and more.

10 Best Big Web Sites

You're sure to find information about your family in these stellar genealogy Web sites.

10 Best Web Sites for Maps

Trace your family's paths, find your ancestors' homes and explore the old country.

10 Best Web Sites for Local Searches

You can thank your lucky stars if your ancestors resided in the areas these Web sites cover.

10 Best Web Sites for International Searches

Tracking down immigrant ancestors has never been easier.

10 Best Cutting-edge Web Sites

Stay informed about the latest technology for genealogists with these sites.

10 Best Web Sites for Military Research

Find ancestors who served their country in these databases.

10 Best Virtual Library Web Sites

Powerful search tools let you explore great library collections in the comfort of your own home.


Welsh links with Patagonia

Petition to: Preserve Welsh links with Patagonia. | "You must be a British citizen or resident to sign the petition. Please enter your name only; signatures containing other text may be removed by the petitions team."
from my email:-
"last week Evelyn Calcabrini, a 20 year old woman from Patagonia who was on her way to
Wales to learn Welsh was refused entry by UK Border Agency officials who
arrogantly refused to believe her story even though 30 seconds on Google
would have proved to them that there are strong historic ties between Wales
and Patagonia.

Anyone of Welsh descent from any country could have been refused entry by
those bureaucratic idiots"

Paul Oestreicher

C-O-I-N-S: Communication Opinions, Insights and New Strategies: Observations From the Consumer Genetics Conference: "The First and Certainly Not the Last Meeting
I was able to catch the last day of the three-day Consumer Genetics Conference in Boston last week. Part scientific exchange, pep-rally, and company show-and-tell, it attracted about 500 attendees. Jumping to the end, the meeting was concluded with, 'See you all next year,'"

Slashdot Science Geneticist

Slashdot Science Story | Renowned Geneticist Analyzes Consumer DNA Tests: "pdragon04 sends in the hardly surprising news that direct-to-consumer genetic testing isn't predicting diseases as well as they claim. '...[Francis] Collins, who played a central role in the Human Genome Project and is rumored to be the next head of the National Institutes of Health, announced at the Consumer Genetics Conference in Boston last week that he had had his genome analyzed [using a made-up name] by the big three of direct-to-consumer genetic testing: 23andMe, Navigenics, and DecodeMe. Collins said that sequence-wise, the tests 'appear to be highly accurate': there were almost no differences in the genotype information generated in the three different analyses. But there were significant differences in the numbers of genetic variations used to calculate disease risk, as well as the final risk score. ... For example, one company used 5 single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, to calculate risk for a particular disease, pronouncing Collins at low risk. Another used 10 SNPs, placing him at high risk, and the third used 15, concluding that he is at average risk.'"

Traffic Details from Alexa

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Velkommen til Utilis

Velkommen til Utilis: "Instructions in english

Lynn Christiansen has created some great documents for arkivalieronline and AO Værktøjer.
This document about arkivalieronline describes everything you need to know, from creating an account to finding, downloading and viewing the images.

Here is the document about AO Værktøjer.

There is now a short release note in english on the download page."

Google News Timeline

NFS problems

Why not?: The wiki-ness of Family Search: "This is not news to the church – one of the key features of the nFS programming is that individuals can combine records of duplicate individuals. Yet in this wiki world, anyone can combine any nFS records without paying attention to important details.
  For example, I found a parent combined into a single identity with a junior, a child with the same name as his father. I find genealogical trees that are twisted into vines so confusing it will take a thousand years just to unwind them – if it can even be done.
  Someone on nFS has combined one of my family lines with a similar family that we’ve proven not to be related – yet for the eternities, it seems, we are now linked into the other family. This wiki-esque chain may result in our true ancestral line never being researched further.
  nFS does contain means of disputing results, but given the sloppiness of other work submitted there, it’s unlikely many people will go through the effort of correcting this kind of error – besides, beyond the last 200 years, it’s unlikely that clarifying data will be found.
  Part of the wiki-ness inaccuracy in nFS is the wide variety of naming methods used. Some users submit names with abbreviations, middle names, middle initials, and, of course, the many variant spellings of names. Each of these variants appears to be a different individual.
  To complicate the matter, notes appear in name fields including information like “twin” or “Captain”. Because they are in the name fields, these appear as additional variants of the name. . . . . "

BBC TV summer program

BBC1 asks again Who Do You Think You Are? | News | Broadcast:
"McCall’s show, which opens the run, sees the presenter trace her past back through both French and English ancestors.
Moyles examines his Irish roots, which takes him from the slums of Dublin to the First World War battle at Ypres.

Cattrall attempts to trace her grandfather to solve a 70-year-old family mystery. Her grandfather left Cattrall’s grandmother when the Hollywood actress was just eight, never to be heard of again."

Google Labs

Google News Timeline

lapham view:timeline - Google Search: "try the Alternate views for search results experiment."
add any name which interests you

Google Experimental Search: "See results on a timeline, map, or in context of other information types. With these views, Google's technology extracts key dates, locations, measurements, and more from select search results so you can view the information in a different dimension.

Timeline and map views work best for searches related to people, companies, events and places. Info view shows all the data found for each result, to help you select the best choice."

Burial Ground Limerick Ireland

Mount St Lawrence Burial Ground Registers 1855-2008, Limerick City Council: "The records of Mount St Lawrence Cemetery provide a unique insight on the history of Limerick and its citizens for the period 1855-2008. The records contain the names, addresses at time of death, ages, position of the grave and dates of death of all those buried in the cemetery. This information makes them an invaluable resource for those conducting genealogical research on the Limerick area.

The records also offer a unique tool for those conducting research into the social history of Limerick and mortality rates for all ages in Limerick city and its environs for over 150 years. The address of the deceased gives an indication of the footfall of various institutions including Barrington’s Hospital and St Johns Hospital and is invaluable in the case of Limerick Union Workhouse whose admissions records are no longer available. This feature of the records also reflects the political and consequently geographical changes which took place in the city of Limerick, for example the renaming of the streets over time."

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bing vs. Google

Elkington Family

Elkington Family: "This Website has been created to help those called Elkington or who may have relatives called Elkington

Some of the trees are taken from the works of Arthur Edward Hardwicke Elkington and his cousin, Christine Elkington, who worked tirelessly to record all the Elkington families known to them at the time of their work. Their notes have been used to form the records contained in these trees and backed up with Family Documents, Wills, Family Bibles, Church Records and Bishops Transcripts"

George Elkington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The science of electrometallurgy was then in its infancy, but the Elkingtons were quick to recognize its possibilities. They had already taken out certain patents for the application of electricity to metals when, in 1840, John Wright, a Birmingham surgeon, discovered the valuable properties of a solution of cyanide of silver in potassium cyanide for electroplating purposes. The Elkingtons purchased and patented Wright's process, subsequently acquiring the rights of other processes and improvements.

The Elkingtons opened a new electroplating works in Newhall Street, in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham in 1841, and the following year Josiah Mason, a pen manufacturer, joined the firm and encouraged the Elkingtons to diversify their output, adding more affordable electroplated jewellery and cutlery to the large pieces the company had been producing. Electroplated wares became very successful in the Victorian market and by 1880 the company employed 1,000 people at the Newhall Street site and had a further six factories.

There is a Blue Plaque commemorating him on the old Elkington Silver Electroplating Works (The old Science Museum), Newhall Street, Birmingham."

Elkington Birmingham History - Google Search

A Family History Event

A Family History Event: "For the beginning genealogist to the professional

Saturday, August 1, 2009
9 am to 4 pm
500 West Chestnut Hill Road
Newark, Delaware 19713
Free (Registration Required)"

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Paul F. Smart and Paul G. Nauta presenters
from, Salt Lake City, Utah


Daniel Lynch, author of “Google Your Family Tree”,

Classroom sessions, interactive exhibits and cultural exhibits
on various research sources and geographic regions of the world

Come for an hour, or stay for the day!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Genealogy in Canada

RootsWeb Review

"Using Rootsweb

By Joan Young
Evaluating Online Genealogical Data -- To Accept or Not to Accept?

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone complain that an online family tree or database is 'garbage,' error-ridden, or sloppily compiled, I wouldn't have to worry about the state of the world's economy. Some researchers even claim that they would never stoop to looking at online user-submitted data (such as RootsWeb's WorldConnect database). Let's take a look...

Don't automatically discard user-submitted data. Information you find online, regardless of the source, may provide the very answers you need. I once found a will mentioned in a WorldConnect tree that provided the maiden name of an immigrant ancestor's wife I'd been seeking for years. The submitter sent me a copy of the woman's father's will which provided conclusive proof. Part of family history research is being a sleuth. Don't merely copy another researcher's files perpetuating errors. Verify and evaluate the evidence you find online."

RootsWeb Review Archives - 2009: "Each issue of the monthly RootsWeb Review newsletter includes information about additions and/or changes to (such as new databases, mailing lists, and websites), plus tips on using, genealogical research, humor, readers' stories and tips, and other articles of interest to family historians around the world."

Utah Valley PAF Users Group

Utah Valley PAF Users Group - Press Releases: "The main presentation for this meeting will be by Beau Sharbrough on GENEALOGY IN 2020.
In 2020, you won't use your web browser to look up your pedigree chart, linked to all the sources already. That will be ancient history. In 2020, you'll attend a family reunion and have dinner with the animated holograms of your ancestors. What questions would you ask your ancestors?

This will be a presentation of a 'report' from a person who was the historical subject of such a meeting, and asking 'How did you get so much of my life wrong?' This is a cautionary tale about assuming that records tell everything about a person, and the risks of reasoning from the general to the specific.

We currently place lots of emphasis on vital events (birth, marriage, death) to make sure we know exactly which person we are talking about. In the future we will probably be able to use relationships and put more 'meat on the genealogy bones' and know more about the individuals themselves.

Many people now refer to that as 'family history' and just the dates and places as 'genealogy'. For members of the LDS Church that's the full version of 'turning the hearts of the children to their fathers'.

Houston native Beau Sharbrough received a Philosophy BA from Texas A&M in 1977. His programming career began in 1980, and he is presently self-employed.
He is the founder of the FGS web site, the GENTECH web site, and the Lexicon Working Group. He is a former president of GENTECH and has previously worked as a Product Manager for tree products at and as Vice President of Content at Beau writes regularly on technical topics in family history, with an occasional overdose of humor, and maintains the website. He is the author of Gene's Anniversary Scrapbook. This promises to be an interesting discussion."

Mac Genealogy

Mac Genealogy Software : Mac Genealogy Software: "Note: This page is out-of-date as of November 26, 2008, and will be updated over the next few days."

Consumer Genetics Show "The First Consumer Genetics Show has invited thought leaders in the fields of Genetics, Law, and Health to weigh in on the emerging field of personal genetics and molecular diagnostics. All of the speakers are seen as experts in their respective fields - thus the panels, and individual sessions will contain invaluable information as to where the field is heading and how companies, as well as academic institutes, can play a role. There will also be valuable networking sessions with, these and other, thought leaders."

The Consumer Genetics Conference is organized and hosted by DNA Like Me, Inc, Delphi Bio, LLC and Genomic Healthcare Strategies, Inc
June 9 - 11 , 2009 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.
has anyone seen any reports?

ÉTAT CIVIL Ville de La Roche-sur-Yon france

ÉTAT CIVIL: "Pour vos recherches généalogiques, la ville de La Roche-sur-Yon a fait numériser les actes de naissances, de mariages et de décès de l’an V à 1907 pour la commune de La Roche-sur-Yon."

Ville de La Roche-sur-Yon

Etat civil: "search civil registration of births marriages and deaths at Ville de La Roche-sur-Yon

Naissance - Mariage - Dècès"
this is part of an ongoing national project by french towns to make the reeords more accessible to genealogists

What family tree software?

What family tree software do you prefer and why? | Minleys Blog:
By admin

What software do you use for organizing your family tree? We use Family Tree Maker but I was thinking about looking around for a free one to put on my laptop."

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