Friday, October 16, 2009

Rationing in Britain

Rationing in Britain during World War 2: "Rationing was introduced at the beginning of 1940.

National Registration Day

On National Registration Day on 29 September 1939, every householder had to fill in a form giving details of the people who lived in their house."

Fourteen years of food rationing in Britain ended at midnight on 4 July 1954, when restrictions on the sale and purchase of meat and bacon were lifted. This happened nine years after the end of the war.

ration book issued - Google Search

I must have been about thee years old when my father looked up from his newspaper at breakfast (The Times) and said "There is going to be food rationing"

JewishGen genealogy classes

JewishGen Blog: The Home of Jewish Genealogy: Online Jewish Genealogy Class: "Not sure what JewishGen has to offer? What are the best websites? Organize your information better? Get personalized help?

Well consider JewishGen's Basic Jewish Genealogy course, which consists of 8 text lessons, delivered online twice weekly, which you can read online or download at your own pace.

The lessons cover using genealogy formats, organizing information, Jewish naming conventions, Internet Genealogy Resources, U.S. Vital Records, U.S. Census and U.S. passenger manifests (Ellis Island); two lessons will be devoted to JewishGen's web site and its many databases.

It will also contain hints and tips on how to best use your computer and the Internet. We feature an online Forum where students can post their ancestral information, documents and photographs, and get answers and suggestions from the instructor and fellow students.

The tuition for Basic Genealogy is $60, however, if you qualify for the Value Added Services by virtue of a $100 donation to JewishGen's general fund within the past 12 months, you are welcome to enroll at no additional charge (to get the waiver don't enroll just yet,"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Genealogy Apps for the iPhone

Genealogy Apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch: "Now that I'm finally beginning to use my iPhone on a regular basis, I've started looking for useful genealogy apps. The iTunes store offers a number of family tree viewers for the iPhone (and iPod Touch), including:". . . . . .

missing in action

GENEALOGE: missing in action:
Alfred Henry Watkins
17 August 1907 to 24 September 1942 - HMS Somali
nicknamed David by his wife"

1940 U.S. Federal Census :: 1940 Free Census Resources

1940 Census :: 1940 U.S. Federal Census :: 1940 Free Census Resources: "1940 Census — Countdown to 2012

There are 898 days remaining until Sunday, April 1, 2012.

The official date for the 1940 Census was April 1st, but since that day will fall on a Sunday in 2012, it is unclear whether reseachers will have weekend access to film at the National Archives or will instead need to wait until Monday, April 2nd to satisfy their genealogical curiosity.
(No — this isn't an April Fools joke, you can check your calendar)"


I will be exhibiting ruined mansion images, as well as other ruins throughout the counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire at Aberystwyth (my home town) Museum from the 16th October 2009 until November 21st 2009.

I will also be giving a talk on the exhibition:
'A Place Deserted: Misfortune & Neglect - Ruins of Mid & West Wales' on Friday 6th November at 2:30pm in the Coliseum Gallery. Please do come along!"

About Paul White: " . . . . . . I was eventually persuaded by a friend to attend college to study photography further. I spent two years at Carmarthen College in South Wales and a further two years at Nottingham Trent University. I found a life outside my solitude, a solitude I still cherished, but I also found a space to let people in.

Whilst at college I became aware of the work of Aaron Siskind. Edward Weston had taught me to find a substance in my subject matter. Siskind did the same but by flattening the perspective. His work came as a revelation. His images, as Weston’s had some years back, sat comfortable with me and once explored on the page his images became tactile. Could it be they seemed to act as a parallel emotion to my solitude?

I soon began documenting tiny abstractions in walls and old signs. For me, as it did for Siskind, my work acted as a universal language.

Paul White October 2008"

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taking Genealogy to the Common Person

Taking Genealogy to the Common Person BLOG:

"Genealogy Questions Answered in 6 Minutes

How many times when you’re stuck on a genealogy problem have you thought to yourself, “I’m sure someone out there knows the answer to this question.” If you could just ask the right person a quick question it would save you a ton of time.
Well over at FamilySearch we’ve been kicking around some ideas of how we might help people with this experience.
This past Wednesday I was thinking about how much I’d like to find the death certificate for a particular ancestor when the thought struck me, “I’m sure someone out there knows the answer to this question.” The question for me was, how do I find the death certificate for Warren Dodge, who died about 1888 in Barton County, Kansas?

Well I decided to try a little experiment. What if I could throw that question out to a large audience. Would they respond? Would they answer my question? Here’s what happened.

6 May 11:47am I posed my question on Twitter. Twitter automatically put my tweet on Facebook as well. . . . . " and read on
Taking Genealogy to the Common Person BLOG:

ProQuest news

ProQuest - Discover more with the all-new ProQuest platform.: "Customer-Driven Design
The new platform is being built from the ground up based on years of extensive student observations, surveys of more than 6,000 end users, focus groups, and individual interviews, along with ongoing interactions with users, librarians and faculty. Its core is a single platform for all content, with a single content store, single search engine, and consolidated user experience. Ultimately, users will be able to discover more and dig deeper into data, then, analyse, organise and use the findings more efficiently and with greater precision."

Military Records

Free Genealogy Tools: Free Military Record Lookups: "a few top-notch resources for looking up military records. The resources are all from either the US or UK. US lookups go back to the Revolutionary War, through the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam. English records extend back centuries, all the way to the medieval times of knights and crusades."

Scottish genealogy blog

Scottish genealogy blog: "We are genealogists who particularly focus on Scotland. We can trace either an entire family tree or just help you with a specific problem area so you can carry on your research yourself. Our major project over the last few years has been to transcribe and index the census for the Scottish Borders and Dumfriesshire. We sell the census in book form"


as a pensioner my essential worldly needs are met so I do not need Zakazukha and ethically prefer to retain my independance.

So no Zakazukha in this blog :-)

about at Zakazukha: "What is Zakazukha?

When Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc reconciled back in 1998, the image of the Berlin Wall tumbling down was not the only media opportunity that was reported around the world.

The opening up of former communist countries to western ideals also created a zeal for new opportunities, and none more so than in the world of media and advertising.

What evolved was an industry based around placing paid articles in newspapers and magazines, a practice called zakazukha, a Russian word meaning payment for favourable editorial coverage.

In 2001 a Russian public relations agency exposed the practice by offering a number of Moscow newspapers cash in exchange for editorial coverage of a store opening. Sixteen publications entered into negotiations, with 13 running the story. The agency later revealed that no store actually existed.

Now lets call a spade a spade – someone has to get paid to generate the news stories businesses rely on to gain publicity as part of their overall marketing efforts (in fact Australia had its own cash for comment scandal in 1999 concerning paid advertising on radio masquerading as editorial commentary).

But don’t get us wrong, we’d never condone the practice of direct payment to media outlets for this sort of exposure (this caper is best left to the legitimate realms of advertising).

However if as much as 80 per cent of media content is derived from public relations material, then you’d be hard pressed to find a reason not to engage in an active media relations campaign."

Zakazukha - Google Search

Little Green Genie

Little Green Genie - Most people don’t give a crap about the planet...they just say they do.:
"If you believe climate change is real and you want to do something about it, there’s really only three things you can do.

First you can stop wasting stuff and reduce your consumption in general.

Second you can recycle wherever possible.

Third you can invest money into renewable energy projects to offset the emissions you can’t avoid through steps one or two. By purchasing quality carbon credits you are creating demand for clean renewable energy. This demand will increase supply, therefore reducing our reliance on coal."

Zero Carbon Computer Challenge: "Is your computer costing the earth?

Where would we be without email, Facebook, websites and all the other really cool stuff that computers have made possible?
Sadly though, computers are not the most environmentally friendly devices in the world. By offsetting your computer’s carbon emissions through the challenge you will be joining a global community of carbon neutral computer users and raising money for renewable energy projects . . . . . "

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Legacy and NewFamilySearch

Legacy receives NFS read access certification., de Generation Maps Genealogy Chart Printing Service | Facebook:
"UPDATE 9/1/09 10pm:
Apparently Millennia Corp jumped the gun in their excitement and are not 'officially certified' until the product is shipping. It looks like they will be waiting until they meet the requirements for several other certifications to release the software. Here is their revised statement.


Received this from Geoff Rasmussen today.

SURPRISE, Arizona – September 1, 2009 – Millennia Corporation today announced that its family tree software, Legacy Family Tree, has received official certification from FamilySearch.

Users of Legacy will soon be able to synchronize with, backup, and publish their information to FamilySearch’s Family Tree. These capabilities will be included in Legacy’s Standard (free) and Deluxe Editions. It will also soon provide support for LDS members including ordinance reservation and requests.

“We are excited to provide these new tools for the genealogy community,” said Dave Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation. “Our goal with our FamilySearch integration software was to make it drop-dead simple for brand new users to get started with their family history but also robust enough that it would appeal to advanced researchers. We think we have succeeded in both areas.”

Legacy's new tools help you and your family set goals, plan, and organize projects for working with your family trees in FamilySearch. A simple step-by-step workflow guides your family with constant monitoring of your progress and feedback measured against your goals. As family members collaborate to clean up and grow their trees, Legacy will help each family member share so that the whole family can enjoy their family tree."

Lincolnshire and Fenland Families

Lincolnshire and Fenland Families: "Some families know a great deal about their roots; others know very little. Since starting my research I have learned a huge amount about my ancestry and those connected to it and know that there is much, more to learn about the people, where they lived and what their lives were like - and I have quite a few more ancestors to find too!
I have lived in Wiltshire since I was twelve but spent a very happy childhood in Lincolnshire first in Grantham and then North Hykeham in the days when children could wander off for the day, armed with a jam sandwich and a bottle of pop
I started to research my family after my grandmothers 100th birthday party and many questions from my grand daughter about past family members - questions which I could not answer and about which she is no longer interested!."

WorldCat Registry

WorldCat Registry: "WorldCat Registry lets you simplify the administration of your group and the sharing of configuration data"

About the WorldCat Registry

The WorldCat Registry is a Web-based directory for libraries and library consortia. It is an authoritative single source for information that defines institutional identity, services, relationships, contacts and other key data often shared with third parties. With it, you can:

  • Create and manage a profile that centralizes and automates information sharing with vendors and others—you don't maintain multiple identities, and their data is always up-to-date
  • Get greater Internet visibility for your collection and services through syndication of your data over a variety of Web services including
Search results for institution all "genealogy" or institution
Name all "genealogy"
Name Location Country Type
1. Caribbean Genealogy Library CGL St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.S. 00802 United States Other (Corporate or Special Library)

2. CARNEGIE GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARY CORYDON, Indiana 47112-1101 United States Public Library

3. GENEALOGY MUNCIE, Indiana 47602-4073 United States Public Library

4. Genealogy & Local Hist Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 United States Unknown

5. GENEALOGY AND HISTORY ROOM SHELBYVILLE, Indiana 46176-1255 United States Public Library

6. GENEALOGY BRACH HARRISONVILLE, Missouri 64701-2428 United States Public Library

7. GENEALOGY CENTER TULSA, Oklahoma 74114-4114 United States Public Library

8. Harrison County Genealogy Library BETHANY, Missouri 64424 United States Government Library (except State or National Library)

9. Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc. HAGSOC Library HUGHES, Australian Capital Territory 2605 Australia Other (Corporate or Special Library)

10. LADSON GENEALOGY LIBRARY VIDALIA, Georgia 30474-2835 United States Public Library

Lasalle County Genealogy Guild Library
Ottawa, Illinois 61350 United States Government Library (except State or National Library)
South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc.
SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society Library
UNLEY, South Australia 5001 Australia Archives
Stawell Bairri Group for Genealogy
Biarri Resource Library
Stawell, Victoria 3380 Australia Other (Corporate or Special Library)
MACON, Georgia 31201-1790 United States Public Library
AUBURN, Indiana 46706-2298 United States Public Library
FRANKLIN, Tennessee 37064-2873 United States Public Library

Surman Index Online

Centre for Dissenting Studies : The Surman Index Online:

"Charles Surman's extraordinary biographical card index of Congregational ministers was given to Dr Williams's Library in 1960. The Surman Index Online makes the contents available electronically via the internet for the first time. The index includes the names of about 32,000 ministers, and, where known, their dates, details of their education, ministries or other employment, together with the sources used.

It covers the period from the mid-seventeenth century to 1972, and though it focuses on England and Wales, it includes Congregational ministers serving abroad provided they trained or served as ministers in Britain. Although intended as an index of Congregational ministers, it also gives details of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Presbyterians. The card index has been much used by academics and by local and family historians.

Using the Surman index
The contents of the index
The history of the Surman index
Corrections and additions
Email us with comments or suggestion

This open access online edition has been funded by a 'Small Research Grant' from the British Academy with further grants from the Congregational Memorial Hall Trust and Dr Williams's Trust. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support received from these bodies, without which the work could not have been undertaken.

This edition of the database is the property of the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies. Citations should take the form 'The Surman Index Online, Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies,'.

The database and interfaces were designed and the work undertaken by Mr Richard Gartner under the direction of Dr David Wykes, Director of Dr Williams's Library. The Introduction and account of the Index are by Dr Wykes."

Monday, October 12, 2009

1911 census of England and Wales - my first workhouse

Sched Name Relation Condition/
Yrs married Sex Age Birth
Year Occupation

9999 SIMMONS, Arthur Herbert Head Married M 38 1873 Master Of Workhouse

a lot of 9999 cut

RG number:
RG14 Piece:
6723 Reference:
RG14PN6723 RD125 SD2 ED18 SN9999

Registration District: Windsor
Sub District: Windsor
Enumeration District: 18
Parish: Old Windsor

Old Windsor Berkshire County:

1911 Census
Old Windsor Berkshire
Windsor, Berkshire
Reference RG14PN6723 RD125 SD2 ED18 SN9999

I was looking for the royal family possibly at Windsor Castle
Old Windsor Berkshire

The Workhouse -

"After 1834

Windsor Poor Law Union was formed on 7th September 1835. Its operation was overseen by an elected Board of Guardians, 18 in number, representing its 6 constituent parishes as listed below (figures in brackets indicate numbers of Guardians if more than one):"

workhouse old windsor - Google Search: "situated in the parish of Old Windsor, on the verge of the Great Park, at a spot known as Bear's Rail"

the 1911 images have no address on them because it is an institution in a booklet,
and the address would be on the front page - which image is apparently missing

Free Genealogy Tools: Your Ancestors' Daily Life: Putting It In Context

Free Genealogy Tools: Your Ancestors' Daily Life: Putting It In Context: "All right, you've been researching your family history and uncovering information on your ancestors from one, two or three generations back...maybe even more.

You have their names, dates, and hometowns, but now what? What was their life like? How did they live? Where did they do they shopping? What did a loaf of bread cost, or a pair of shoes?

Of course, the real details will come from personal records...journals, family bibles, house accounts, wills and estate records, and so on. But you can also get a feel for day-to-day living from several sources, . . . . ."

Kent, Worcestershire and Staffordshire censuses (barnettfamilyhistory)

Kent, Worcestershire and Staffordshire censuses (barnettfamilyhistory)
For 2% sample of every county in 1851 of England, Scotland and Wales see bottom of page (top of attachments)
Each year is 100% transcribed for the counties below not in bold.
See below downloads for piece numbers and towns.

Second Life Genealogy

Steps for Joining - Second Life - Live Roots Genealogy Zone Guide: "here are several new concepts to understand about living in Second Life. Fortunately, many of genealogists in Second Life are available to help you get acclimated.

There are tremendous benefits to exploring your genealogy in Second Life, and we want you to be able to join us and begin collaborating. Here are the steps to follow to become a part of the genealogy community in Second Life."

from my usenet mail:-

Popular genealogist and blogger, DearMYRTLE is starting a three-part series for BEGINNING genealogists tonight on the Second Life social networking platform. Second Life is a virtual world that offers text and voice chatting services for free.  For information on how to join Second Life and become part of the growing genealogy community, read my step-by-step instruction page:  Step #6 involves adding my Second Life avatar as a friend, and when you complete this, I'll guide you to tonite's chat location.  Group chats are occurring regularly in Second Life. It's like a virtual genealogical society, great for anyone who doesn't have a local society to participate in. I'm personally amazed at how many brickwalls have been smashed through online collaboration in Second Life these past few months.  - illya   Illya J. D'Addezio, Owner Genealogy Today LLC 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

3 years old and doing well

Vital Records, Family History, Genealogy - Find Vital Records Now at

Newsletter Sign up:

"Every Single Person and Every Single Location (coming soon) – We are starting an initiative to create a public web page for every single deceased person and every single location in the world. This is a Wiki type project that would allow anyone to contribute and share the information they have on a specific person or place. This will be the greatest family history tool ever created.

Probability Search Engine (coming soon) – We are building a search engine that will prioritize your results with your most 'probable' ancestors listed first. This tool will greatly enhance your research experience and will save you hours of searching.

Affordable Membership Cost – We are dedicated to providing the best genealogy and family history resources on the web and we will do it at a cost that ANYONE can afford"

France - FamilySearch Wiki

France - FamilySearch Wiki: " is a community website dedicated to helping people throughout the world learn how to find their ancestors. Through the France Portal page you can learn how to find, use, and analyze French records of genealogical value. The content is variously targeted to beginners, intermediate, and expert researchers. Here you will find helpful research tools and research guidance. Please visit the help page to learn more about using the site. The French Portal Page is a work in progress, your contributions and feedback are essential! For help with specific areas in France, click here for a list of locations and topics.


Today France is divided into 96 departments plus 4 overseas departments. This number has changed over the years, in 1790 there were 83 and at the height of Napoleon's reign there were as many as 130. Records are kept on the town level, but one needs to know in which department the town is located."

and civil registration from 1792

Postem from Rootsweb

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: LAPHAM one-name study

  • ID: I4405
  • Name: Charles Tebbets SHANNON 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 OCT 1803 in Saco, York, Maine, USA 1
  • Death: 2 SEP 1873 in Saco, York, Maine, USA 1

    Marriage 1 Jane Randell STANWOOD b: ABT 1803 in Saco, York, Maine, USA Children
    1. Has Children Charles Way SHANNON b: 24 APR 1837 in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA

    1. Title: Roy Breitenstein Family Branches

  • Marriage 1 Mary Emery LAPHAM b: 12 MAR 1841 in Auburn, Maine, USA
    • Married: 29 DEC 1859
    1. Has No Children Mabelle Stanwood SHANNON b: 2 APR 1862 in Saco, York, Maine, USA
    2. Has No Children Grace Linclon SHANNON b: 27 JAN 1865 in Biddeford, York, Maine, USA
    3. Has No Children Charles Emery SHANNON b: 16 SEP 1875

    Melissa Anon2009-10-10 15:06:50
    Maine A History (Biographical) by the American Historical Soc. publ. in 1919 says this about Charles Way SHANNON and has a fairly legible photo of him as well...that he was a son of Charles Tebbets SHANNON who was a native of Saco, [York Co.] Maine b. 1803 and that he was a son of Dr. Richard Cutts SHANNON b. Aug. 10, 1803 in Dover, NH.
    I am trying to determine if this SHANNON line came over from Nor. Ireland with the Ulster-Scots and if they link to the SHANNON's that married into our MOODY (Moodie/Mudie) family also from Nor. Ireland. I am just now beginning to research this line of SHANNON's, so may find more details soon.
    If anyone out there has any info on this, I would be most greatful to learn about it.
    Thank you.