Thursday, December 23, 2004

£70,000 rare map thief is jailed
Peter Bellwood, from Colchester, Essex, used a razor to remove 50 pages from rare atlases in Aberystwyth from March 2000 to August 2000, and sold them to collectors for £70,000.

He was jailed at Swansea Crown Court after admitting six charges of theft at a hearing earlier this year.

The former landscape gardener, aged 52, was arrested in July 2004.

His thefts included pages from atlases dating back to the 17th Century and produced by Mercator and John Speed

-- wanted in Denmark too

one of the largest book thefts ever- Royal Library, Copenhagen - encyclopedia article about Royal Library, Copenhagen.

Norton zapped a virus with her name on the email

Sender: "Deborah Brinkman"
Subject: Christmas Kort!

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A Convention on Women's Names

In the case of women's names, I use throughout the Italian practice:

Given name, surname, IN husband's surname.

E.G.: Caterina Ricca in Lautenberger.

In the case of a second marriage, the first "IN" is changed to "FU," then the new "IN" is added.

E.G.: Caterina Ricca fu Jones in Lautenberger.

This may seem awkward, but in fact, since virtually every name in the family gets repeated multiple times, not only in each generation, but by each offspring (e.g., a grandparent might have five granddaughters named Rosa), the practice helps keep track of who is who.

For the sake of consistency, I am using the convention throughout, even with English names.

There is one more thing, a rather delicate one: Divorce and remarriage are difficult issues for the archivist.
Wherever possible, in the case of divorces, out of deference to the children, I include the divorced parent's name.
Since marriage and biological relationships do not always correspond, I strive to be both sensitive and accurate.


and a GOOD YULE to all who read this BLOG

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Do you need help tracing your family tree? If so, read Nick Barratt’s ‘Top Ten Tips for Genealogy’
If you are just beginning to trace your family tree and you need some help and advice, read Nick Barratt's 'Top Ten Tips for Genealogy'.

As well as being the resident expert for, Nick is also the genealogist star of BBC2's hit series 'Who do you think you are?'.

Monday, December 20, 2004