Saturday, July 04, 2009

UK and London theatre history

Welcome to The Stage Archive:

"The Stage Directory (A London and Provincial Theatrical Advertiser) was founded by Maurice Comerford and Lionel Carson in February 1880 as a monthly newspaper. The first issue was 12 pages and priced 3d.

Today, the weekly newspaper and website cover a much more diverse entertainment and performing arts industry. The Stage has previewed, reviewed, monitored, reported and analysed performance across the UK entertainment industry for more than 125 years and over 6,500 issues. Its 170,000+ pages provide a rich and fascinating record of changing fortunes and fashion in the world of showbusiness."

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Danish National Archives moving into new storage facilities

Nyt Rigsarkiv på Kalvebod Brygge:
"I efteråret 2009 begynder indflytningen af arkivalier til Rigsarkivets og Landsarkivet for Sjællands nye magasiner på Kalvebod Brygge i København.

Magasinerne har plads til ca. 370 hyldekilometer arkivalier, hvilket svarer til Rigsarkivets og Landsarkivet for Sjællands behov frem til 2030.

De nye magasiner udgør fase 1 ud af to faser i en regeringsbeslutning fra 2003 om byggeriet af et nyt Rigsarkiv i København.

I fase 2 af byggeprojektet skal alle funktioner fra Rigsarkivet og Landsarkivet for Sjælland samles i et nyt Rigsarkiv på Kalvebod Brygge. Det er endnu ikke besluttet, hvornår fase 2 skal gennemføres.
De nye magasiner

Byggeriet består i fase 1 af tre hovedelementer:

Det mest markante element er de to store 15,5 meter høje haller. Hallerne er opdelt med indre brandsektionsvægge i fire separate højlagermagasiner. Der er monteret udstyr til brandalarmering og sektionsvis sprinkling til automatisk udløsning. I højlagermagasinerne findes mobile reoler, der er ca. 12.5 meter høje.

I de høje reoler foretages ekspedition ved brug af hurtige smalgangs pluktrucks. Det sikrer en væsentlig bedre hastighed i fremtagning fra hylder end i konventionelle reolsystemer.

Hallerne forbindes med DSB's kontorbygning af en 7 meter høj mellembygning. I denne mellembygning er der indrettet 7 separate magasiner med to-etages mobilreoler og ristegulve mellem etagerne. Fire af disse magasiner er topsikrede til opbevaring af særligt klassificeret materiale (fx efterretningstjenestens arkiv, Nato-papirer mv.)."

part time job

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We’re looking for someone who would like to use some of his time, knowledge and network to help
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and of course, get paid while doing it!

If you’re up for this challenge, your main activities involve:
* Engage with the UK genealogy community as an ambassador of MyHeritage and build
relationships to open a conversation channel for the company.
* Identify problems to be solved and provide feedback to the company. Find potential areas with
opportunities for product adjustments or new developments.
* Stay on top of what’s happening in the genealogy community, including the latest developments,
fairs and competitors’ news. Keep MyHeritage team updated.
* Promote MyHeritage genealogy tools and developments using different means to reach
genealogists: by phone, email, meetings or attending fairs.
What you should be like:
* A genealogy enthusiast, a researcher who knows everything about family history.
* Have knowledge of the UK genealogy community, preferably with already existing links.
* Recognize technology as a key tool to help genealogists and use it for your own research and data
organization. Knowledge of the software package available for genealogy.
* Be familiar with MyHeritage/Family Tree Builder’s functionalities and be eager to promote them.
We offer:
* Work for one of the biggest genealogy companies on the Internet.
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The company was founded in 2003 near Tel Aviv (Israel) and has more than 32 million users by
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Please attach your full CV for some more details on your experience.
Send it to with the subject “Application – Genealogy Advisor”.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Archives Network Wales

Archives Network Wales - What is ANW?

What is ANW?

Archives Network Wales is a project to create a web resource to allow easy searching of the collections of documents held by record offices, universities, museums and libraries in Wales, so that users will be able to identify which repositories hold information relevant to their research or interest.

What is Archives and Records Council Wales?

Archives and Records Council Wales (ARCW) represents organisations involved in administering the documentary heritage of Wales, including local government archive services, universities and national bodies. It was set up in 1995 to raise the profile of archives in Welsh public life, as Archives Council Wales. In November 2004, it changed its name to Archives and Records Council Wales. ARCW is responsible for the ANW project; there is a Project Management Group overseeing the ANW team. See Project partners.

How will ANW work?

ANW will use the existing finding aids (lists of the contents of each collection) to create a standardised electronic description of the nature, extent, type and scope of the records, which will then be searchable through the website. Records will be added throughout the course of the project. The 4,500 records will represent 90% of the catalogued collections of the ARCW members. ANW will also be training staff of ARCW members in the use of the system.

Which documents are included?

Each repository has been asked to select their most important collections of documents. These include corporate papers and business archives, personal papers and diaries of prominent literary, artistic, political or other figures (living and dead), estate archives, council, academic and church records. The records take many forms: manuscripts, printed materials, photographs, maps and picture. The data will exclude uncatalogued material.

Will I be able to view the documents online?

No. ANW provides information about the location and nature of the sources, and access details to the repositories. It operates as an index to sources rather than as a source itself.

Examples of websites which display primary documents include:

Archives Network Wales and searches

Current coverage

  • Complete:-
  • Aberystwyth University (53),
  • Anglesey County Record Office (211),
  • Bangor University (1,191),
  • Caernarfon Record Office (229),
  • Carmarthenshire Archives Service (310),
  • Ceredigion Archives (115),
  • Conwy Archives Service (40),
  • Denbighshire Record Office (180),
  • Flintshire Record Office (214),
  • Glamorgan Record Office (1,250),
  • Gwent Record Office (609),
  • Meirionnydd Archives (211),
  • National Library of Wales (1,390),
  • Pembrokeshire Record Office (230),
  • Powys County Archives Service (462),
  • Swansea University (615),
  • University of Wales, Lampeter (24),
  • West Glamorgan Archive Service (595),
  • Wrexham: A. N. Palmer Centre
  • Limited:- Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Blog Blog: "Here you will find informational, and sometimes fun, posts from the folks behind the scenes here at Ancestry. "

Utah Valley PAF Users

Utah Valley PAF Users Group - Press Releases: "UTAH VALLEY PAF USERS GROUP MEETING

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 11 Jul 2009, from 9 am until noon in the Edgewood/Riverside LDS Chapel, 3511 North 180 East, Provo, Utah. The chapel is in the Provo 'River Bottoms' behind the Jamestown shopping plaza on the east side of University Avenue. You get to it by turning east from University Avenue at 3700 North ('Will's Pit Stop') and then south on 180 East. There is a map showing the new and old locations on the group's website .

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Lance McIntosh on SUPPORT RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO FAMILY HISTORY CONSULTANTS. He will be discussing the various support resources available to family history consultants and how they can get answers to their questions. With the Utah LDS temples coming online with New FamilySearch soon he will also be updating us on what is happening in our area. He will have a PowerPoint presentation as part of his discussion. Lance McIntosh is the LDS Church's North America Area Manager for FamilySearch Support and that provides family history assistance to priesthood leaders, family history consultants, family history centers, and patrons in the United States and Canada. He has over 20 years of experience in the area of support and training and holds a BS degree from the BYU College of Life Sciences in 1986. He is a popular speaker at genealogy conferences throughout the U.S. and will be speaking again at the BYU Genealogy and Family History Conference in July on these same topics. He and his family live in Lindon, Utah."

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The National Archives of England at Kew

Changes to public services at The National Archives | The National Archives: "Investing in online services

More and more customers expect to access services online and The National Archives will always need to evolve to meet our customers' changing needs. In fact, over 170 documents are now downloaded for every one original document seen by a visitor to the reading rooms. Investment in the website will continue as The National Archives constantly improves access to its records and expertise online, for example, developing the catalogue and digitising popular records such as the 1911 census."

Genealogy Sitebuilding

The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding: "a powerful way to manage and display your genealogy data on the Internet, all without generating a single page of HTML. Instead, your information is stored in MySQL database tables and dynamically displayed in attractive fashion with PHP (a scripting language). Want to learn more? While here you can:"

Bookmarks: Kloosterman Genealogy: "best viewed with 1024/768 resolution or higher and designed to support all DHTML-enabled browsers."

Hale One Name Study: Hale & Hayter Family Tree: "Hale One Name Study"
and about 18000 individuals in the databases

Monday, June 29, 2009

Danish church book indexes

Velkommen til DDD Kirkebøger

from my email:-
" you should note that a new database has been added to the Danish part of Dansk Demografisk Database - - transcribed church records (Kirkebøger).

I have not ad time to look much into how it works, and what you'll find, but try for yourself.

According to my newspaper, about 400.000 entries have been made, out of an estimate of maybe 20 million :-D

They need you (and me !) to add whatever records you have transcribed !

Find kirkebog


Andre databaser

Om kirkebøgerne i Dansk Demografisk Database

Indholdet i databasen med kirkebøger er fremskaffet gennem en indsats over mange år. Der er anvendt forskellige programmer og principper ved indtastningen af kirkebøgerne, og det afspejler sig i indholdet. Det kan ikke være anderledes, men vi har alligevel valgt at fremlægge alle indtastninger på trods af forskellene, da der er mange informationer at finde.

Kirkebøgernes indhold dækker et stort antal år (1640 - 1953) og mange forskellige begivenheder. I begyndelsen vil det således oftest forekomme, at du mangler oplysninger lige præcis fra den tid og sted, du ønsker. Vi opfordrer derfor til at deltage i arbejdet med at indtaste kirkebøger til glæde for jer selv og alle andre.

Søgning i kirkebøger begynder med at udfylde amt, hvis du kender det, ellers er det eneste obligatoriske felt 'begivenhed'. Der er forsøgt at give forklaring i højre side af de enkelte sider. Du søger i en enkelt kirkebog ad gangen. Du kan blade gennem hele kirkebogen eller søge efter en person i den valgte kirkebog. Ved at klikke på en enkelt person får du alle oplysninger og i tilfælde af dåb eller vielse, vil der hos de personer, der har faddere eller forlovere, være adgang til oplysninger om disse fra den valgte person.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gloucestershire Family History Society

GFHS Home Page:

"We have moved!

If your ancestors came from any part of Gloucestershire (shown red on the map), whether the Cotswolds, the Severn Vale, or the Forest of Dean, then we are the society for you. If you live in the county, but your ancestors came from elsewhere, the society is also for you.

Next Tuesday, 30th June 2009, marks a significant date for Gloucestershire Family History Society as we open our new Family History Centre on the Gloucestershire Archives site. With a heavy heart we left our premises at Spreadeagle Court after 10 years but the new Centre does give us significant benefits - groundfloor and disabled access, onsite parking and a onestop research location as our building is opposite the GA entrance.

Our opening hours are also increased and are now
from 10-4 Mon to Fri
and 10- 1 first and third Saturdays in the month.

We have a large team of dedicated experienced volunteers to help with both Gloucestershire and general Family History. Make us your first stop when you visit Gloucester. "

GFHS Family History Centre

FTM stuff

Family Tree Maker User: Library Visit - Family Tree Maker Version 2009: "These are notes from a Family Tree Maker user. This user has no affiliation with The Generations Network, only a user of this program. The use of this program enables me to manage my Genealogy Research for the Worthington Surname.

"three reports created by Family Tree Maker Version 16.
  1. Birth Report, for a specific Location, Sorted by Name
  2. Death Report, for a specific Location, Sorted by Name
  3. Marriage Report, for a specific Location, Sorted by Name
It may also be helpful, depending on how many people are in that Location, these same three reports sorted by Date.

These specific reports a different in Version 2009. However, the Custom Report format is different. And, instead of 3 or more reports, one can be generated.

To start, the Publish (1) Button is depressed and you will be taken to the Publish Work Space. The first screen is the Collection (of reports) screen. In this case, the Custom Report is a Person Report (2). There are 6 possible Person Reports, and Custom Report is selected and generated . . . . ."