Saturday, April 16, 2005

Why genealogy?

from my email :
I wondered if you would be interested in this which came to me
through another site, translated, from someone in Norway.
"We are the chosen. My feeling is that in each family there is someonewho seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again.
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow those who went before know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe.
All tribes have one.We have been called as if it were in our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us "Tell our story." So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before and cried?I have lost count.
How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? It goes beyond documenting the facts. It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardshipsand losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a nation. It goes to deep understanding that they were doing it for us, that we might be born who we are, that we might remember them.
So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation, to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls both young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones."

I have always had this desire to follow my family history,
even when I was quite small. snipped

Society of Genealogists: Family History Fair

Society of Genealogists: Family History Fair: "Friday 29 April 2005 11:30am-5pm
A Taste of Family History
A special pre-show afternoon conference suitable for beginners.
Tickets are £15 and include four Friday Lectures and FREE ACCESS to the Family History Show on Saturday 30 April

details on a stupid pdf doc

Saturday 30 April 2005 10am - 5pm
Family History Show
The UK's largest family history show."

they seemed to have dropped the sunday
and no details on line of who is giving which lecture

BTW this site gets a higher google rating
Society of Genealogists Annual Family History Fair - All-Info About - Genealogy

Google Search: Family History Fair London April

All Info About Genealogy Lineages Surnames Family History Beginner: "All Info About Genealogy is a site written and compiled by me, Margaret Smith. Begin your exploration of your family heritage with our research primers. "

All Info About - for all info about everything: "Welcome to All Info About, a network of writers on everything from alternative medicine to working from home"

Biography of Margaret Smith - All-Info About Genealogy: "Margaret has been doing amateur genealogy for thirty years. She belongs to two organizations that are dedicated to tracing one's family history. Both have objectives to aid non-members in their searches. On ocassion, she pops in on the meetings of local societies.

However, she gets her skill for lineage research from her anthropological training. The first thing a student is taught is about kinship structures within societies and the different types in various culture groups and sub-culture groups. A sub-culture group would be a group within a group, such as Irish Americans or British citizens of Indian descent. They are called sub-culture groups because their social structure is slightly different than mainstream society. A requirement of study is the tracing of the lineage of a family within a culture group. This could be the Queen of England or your own family.

Education: Margaret Smith is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she majored in Anthropology with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. Her minor was Political Science/Public Administration. "

creating a web site with Hedvig

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Blegdamsvej 92B, Copenhagen Denmark in 1853

Hedvig's Family Pages have kept me busy today, I have been tidying up and helping out and making all the links work

in Danish Hovedside

And here is a story worth reading about this Russian lady
who fled to USA in 1918 - Countess Maria Koutousova

front page   foreword    preface

pages 1 to 23

please email me or Hedvig if you find any errors

Bath Marriages to about 1901

Bath 31,806 Births and 108,946 Marriages

The Register Office in the district of Bath and North East Somerset, England, holds records of local births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

Independent volunteers, are collaborating with the local Registration Service to make the indexes to these records freely searchable via the Internet.

Although the indexes are not yet complete for all years and districts, the database will eventually cover Bath and North East Somerset births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 2004 and beyond.

FREE Family Tree Maker Starter Edition

Barbara and David Kolle's Family History

no title howitz broken link

under Genealogy Surname List
Barbara & David Kolle's Family Tree
Please have a look at our Ancestry. If you see any connection to yours, let us know!

B and D - pafg01 - Generated by Personal Ancestral File B and D - Name Index - Generated by Personal Ancestral File

von Howitz, Charles Franz George b.1874 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Daniel Christian b.1871 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Daniel Christian Bonaventure b.1843 - Copenhagen, Zealand, Denmark
von Howitz, Franz Harold b.1876 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Franz Hjalman b.1878 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Johanna Mathilda Dagmar b.1880 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Lorenz Waldemar b.1875 - Richmond, Vic.Australia

those links work and they look like refugees from the 1864 war between Prussia and Denmark

the marriage of the Rev. Reginald Arthur Bontoft and Fröken Marie Théreèse Elisabeth Gordon Ingeborg Howitz November 10 th daughter of Dr D C B Howitz and Välborna Fru Howitz of Copenhagen is not on the site yet as a collateral line maybe?

but this blog might enable the researchers to find each other I hope !

Välborna Fru - Ærede fru

Dictionary - Swedish/English - Genealogy term

I got an enquiry from Australia by email:-

Recently I received copy of an English newspaper item from 1936 advising the forthcoming marriage between an English man and a Danish lady who is stated to be the youngest daughter of the late Dr. D.C.B.Howitz and of the Vàlborna Fru Howitz, of Copenhagen. These 2 highlighted words are what I'm unable to find a meaning for but am wondering if it could merely be "widow".

I replied -
please post a scan of the article on your web site

answer today:-
Am attaching copy of item from The Times (digital archives) of 20 August 1936, showing full text.

These clowns do not realise by going public their relatives may find them - in this case from Sweden although resident in Copenhagen

when I saw the clipping from the Times digital archive
Fröken had the correct umlaut
Google Search: Fröken took me to sweden because the swedes use umlaut, like the germans, for their extended alphabet with 8 vowells

Continuing Google Search: välborne

the sixth hit

Blå boken
... "välborne" för övriga tillsammans med titeln (titlarna). ... Välborne Herr
NN (titeln "Herr" måste alltid utsättas efter prefixet "välborne"). ...

Blä boken on

Blå boken
advice on etiquette and behaviour off duty from 1968 to officer cadets at the swedish military academy.

Uppträdande utom tjänsten

Några råd och anvisningar för Kungl Krigsskolans kadetter och arméns yngre officerare

1968 års upplaga

KKS Kungliga Krigsskolan The Royal Military College Militärhögskolan Karlberg
brass disks on mauser rifles

Military Academy Karlberg - Swedish Armed Forces, Military Academy Karlberg /:
"The Military Academy trains cadets for a period of one year. After that they go to different branch schools for another year. Finally they come back to Karlberg to get their officer's rank.
The academy also trains officers from the Navy to become Lieutenants."

King Gustav III decided that Karlberg (built in 1638 by a son of King Karl IX) should be used as a military academy. Therefore the castle was rebuilt and the large wings on either side of the castle were built. They were completed in 1796

AND the final answer to - Välborna Fru Howitz - is - the Honourable Mrs Howitz - because her late husband was a swedish academic, or medical?, doctor.

Google Search: Ærede fru - - is the danish form which is why I did not know the answer off the top of my head, and that is how I teach myself genealogy, and languages - also using google as the BIG library catalogue.

Excellent site Dictionary - Swedish/English - Genealogy terms

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Watkins Family History Society - They are my Arms

Watkins Family History Society - They are my Arms

What I am writing here applies only to Arms provided by the College of Arms which is part of the English Court. They cover England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland have their own organisations

letters patent of David G. Watkins

The three sets of Arms at the top of the document are, on the left, the then Earl Marshall of England (he has since died), the middle are those of HM Queen Elizabeth II and those on the right are those of the College of Arms. The Seals hanging on the blue ribbons at the bottom are those of of Garter and Clarenceux, the two Kings of Arms responsible for the issuing of the Letters Patent. Finally, not visible because it is on the back is a note to say that the Arms have been registered with the College of Arms - they should be pretty safe there as the two Great Fires of London (1666 and 1940) gutted the building but didn't hurt the vaults. As you can see, Arms are a very personal thing and to use somebody else's is meaningless. Come to think of it, they won't mean a great deal to my successors!

after the College of Arms, this is the best website on the subject of coats of arms yet !

College of Arms FAQ

College of Arms: " There is no such thing as a 'coat of arms for a surname'.
Many people of the same surname will often be entitled to completely different coats of arms, and many of that surname will be entitled to no coat of arms.
Coats of arms belong to individuals.

For any person to have a right to a coat of arms they must either have had it granted to them or be descended in the legitimate male line from a person to whom arms were granted or confirmed in the past."

Ancestry - Sample Images - Images Online Sample Images: "Images Online� will provide members with access to more online genealogical information than ever before. is dedicated to saving its members time and money by allowing them to view and print documents that have traditionally been stored on microfilm or are only available in limited numbers of archives and libraries throughout the nation.

The sample images below were scanned in 256 levels of gray--a much higher quality setting than black-and-white images offered by other providers. In other words, census images are higher in quality and are easier to read. These online images will provide the extensive detail only available through original records. " - Images Online

Jan Tuxens links og antilinks

Jan Tuxens links og antilinks: "Gode og dårlige links"
danish or english Links and antilinks

the world's most compact ancestor tree

Jan Tuxen - Genealogy, artists, silhouettes: "Genealogies
Family histories, articles, descendant tables and other descriptions of a number of Danish and Norwegian families. Let your mouse take a trip in the world's most compact ancestor tree in the upper left corner of this page or proceed to a written version."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Family History Fairs in UK

Family History Fairs in UK

Llantrisant Leisure Centre
Southgate Park
CF72 8DJ

Date: Sunday April 17th Time: 10am-5pm

Salmonsens konversationsleksikon - Dansk biografisk Lexikon

Project Runeberg
VIII: Fiévée—Friehling 1919 on line 9. apr 2005

Salmonsens konversationsleksikon / Anden Udgave / Bind VIII: Fiévée—Friehling

XXVI: Supplement: A—Øyslebø 1930 8 apr. 2005

Salmonsens konversationsleksikon / Anden Udgave / Bind XXVI: Supplement: A—Øyslebø

Project Runeberg catalogue

Dansk biografisk Lexikon
første udgave, 19 bind, 1887-1905, redigeret af C. F. Bricka. Funen FYN

clikc on daily life Daglilive to find the family trees

some welsh australian danish connections

Barbara & David Kolle

B and D - Name Index - Generated by Personal Ancestral File: "von Howitz

von Howitz, Charles Franz George b.1874 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Daniel Christian b.1871 - Richmond, Vic.Australia

von Howitz, Daniel Christian Bonaventure b.1843 - Copenhagen, Zealand, Denmark
He married Isabel Nicholls Staff on 7 Sep 1870 in Melbourne, Vic.Australia.

von Howitz, Franz Harold b.1876 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Franz Hjalman b.1878 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Johanna Mathilda Dagmar b.1880 - Richmond, Vic.Australia
von Howitz, Lorenz Waldemar b.1875 - Richmond, Vic.Australia"

Monday, April 11, 2005

Allingham Genealogy

Allingham Genealogy the Danish branch is missing

1 Jan 2005 44 people with the surname ALLINGHAM a gain of 5 infants or brides over 2004

Danmarks Statistik about names Danmarks Statistik FAQ names

Ancestry Message Boards [ Allingham ]

Henry Edward Allingham, born Liverpool 19 November 1803

Society of Genealogists SOG-NEWS-L

thanks to Geoffrey of Society of Genealogists: Mailing Lists
The Society of Genealogists regularly gets posters and flyers a volunteer has kindly
summarised these for members' interests. A varied bunch this time -
rather stretching the scope of Genealogy !

Events around the country

Quaker Family History Society One Day Conference
Date: Saturday 16th April 2005 10.30 a.m until 16.30 pm

Talks on "Hitchin Quaker Meeting"; "Benjamin Abbott & Family 18th to 20th
Centuries"; "The Morris Family & Ampthill's Quaker Community"; "A Sense of
Refreshment on arrival; bring your opwn lunch and family trees.
Venue: Friends Meeting House 1 Paynes Park, Hitchin, Herts. SG5 1EH
Cost: £5.00 Cheques payable to Q.F.H.S. with A5 size sae
Contact: Michael Hargreave, 422a Coxford Road, Southampton SO16 6LL


Library + information Show NEC, Birmingham
Date: 20-21 April 2005
Library workers from all sectors are facing more challenges than ever
before including increasing user expectations, government legislation and
the application of new technologies. LiS helps you to address these
Over 120 exhibitors; learn from independent experts and practitioners in
free seminars; talks from leading authors.

information Show 2005
I fancy visitng this


Gloucestershire FHS Family History Fair
Date: Saturday 23rd April 2005 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: The Crypt School, Podsmead Road, Tuffley, Gloucester
Cost: Free
Car parking on site
Light refreshments available


University of Birmingham. The Shakespeare Institute Open Day
Date: 23 April 2005

Interested in studying Shakespeare? The Institute offers an intense
learning experience in postgraduate study. The Open Day offers you the
opportunity to tour the Institute, Meet with staff and students, Sample a
lecture and seminar, View the Unique library and Resource Centre. If you
wish to attend register your interest by email:
or at The Shakespeare Institute, Mason Croft, Church St. Stratford on Avon,
CV37 6HP
Tel; 01789 293 138
More information www.shakespeare.bha,


Havering Branch of the East of London FHS
Date: Saturday 7th May 2005 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Trinity Church Hall, Upminster (entrance in Gaynes Road)
Talk by Michael Gandy "Short Cuts in Family History"

East of London FHS Computer Group meeting starts 11 am
with a Q & A session until 12.00 and from 12.00 until 1.15 pm
Cost: Free to members; visitors are welcome - £1.50 donation


Suffolk Local History Council Calendar of Events

Belstead House Residential Weekend "Suffolks' Medical History"
Date: 29 April - 1 May
Bookings should be made direct with: Belstead House Educational &
Conference Centre
Belstead, Ipswich IP8 3NA Tel: 01473 686 631

S.L.H.C. Day Meeting
Contact: Suffolk community Resource Centre, Suffolk House, 2 Wharfedale Rd.
Ipswich IP1 4JP

A full programme of events from April to September. Visitors are welcome
for a modest contribution.
Barningham Heritage Group: contact Mike Millett 01359 221204
20 Apr "Larger than Life". 17 May "Written in Stone" a conducted walk
around Bury St Edmunds. 2 or 9 July Knettishall Heath conducted walk.


Barrow & District Local History Society,
Village Hall Committee Room at 7.30 pm
Contact: Joan Dean 01284 811 418

10 May "Thomas Wolsey & Samuel Ward".
14 June "Long Range Meteorological renaissance in War Time".
18 June Exhibition of Local History Photographs & documenst.
12 July "Bad Neighbour to Brewer".
13 July Visit to Drinkstone Mills.
9 Aug Social & Quiz.


Bramford Local History Group,
ST Mary's Church Room, Ship Lane at 7.30 pm
Contact: Mrs Paddy Hale 01359 251517

18 May Suffolk Churches.
9 June "The Flight of the last Lancaster Bomber"


Cavendish Local History Society,
At Cavendish Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm
Contact: Peter Leigh 01787 280 676

6 May AGM + A short talk on Rivers


Suffolk FHS Lowestoft.
At United Reform Church, London Road North at 7.30 pm
Contact Mrs Audrey Wormald 01502 502 155

3 May AGM + "Anglican Clerical Characters",
7 June "History through old Suffolk Newspapers". 5 July History of Covehithe

Suffolk FHS Bury St Edmunds
at Horringer Court Middle School 7.30 pm
Contact Les Burton 01284 761086

20 Apr "Gainsborough in Suffolk". 18 May AGM + "The Soldier & the Sailor"
15 June "Antiques - A story of Silver and fine Porcelain"
20 Jul "The Rev John Heigham Steggall"

Suffolk FHS Sudbury & District
Long Melford Village Hall, Long Melford at 7.30 pm
Contact: Mrs H. Richardson 01787 376 287

26 April "Missing Links & What to do Next"
31 May AGM + "The Waldengrave & Eden Families of Sudbury"
28 June "The Victorian Way of Death"
26 July "Sold, Separated & Divorced"


Suffolk Heraldry Society
at The Library Meeting Room, Bury Public Library,
St Andrew's St North, Bury St Edmunds at 2.30 pm
Contact Donald Hunt 01284 763 462

3 May "An Heraldic Miscellany"
13 -29 May Heraldry Exhibits at the Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds


Many other events:

Coddenham Village History Club - contact Sally Garrod: 01449 711 269

Co-op East Anglia History Workshop - contact c/o 19 Dorset Close, Ipswich

Cotton Local History Society - contact Rose Graham 01449 780 201

Drinkstone Local History Group - contact Sheila Beswick 01449 737 101

Elmswell Millenium History Group - contact Norman Kenyon 01359 241 569

Felixstowe History & Museum Society - contact Colin Tod 01394 285 506

Framlingham & District Local History Society & Preservation Society
- contact Charles Sealy 01728 663 467

Glemsford Local History Society - contact Margaret King 01787 280 996


General Register Office PO Box 2 Southport Merseyside PR8 2JD

Anniversary Wedding Certificates - available for Silver Ruby Golden and
Diamond Anniversaries. An Ideal Gift - previously priced £40 now reduced to
£30 per certificate.

In addition if the event is a 60 th anniversary, the customer can request
an exclusive signed card from HRH the Queen at no extra charge.
Call 0151 471 4400 and speak to the Commemorative Certificate Section.
Place your order at least 14 days before the required delivery date.


University of London Institute of English Studies
Summer School in Manuscript Studies 20 June - 24 June

Monday 20 June "Starting Medieval Palaeography. Getting to grips with
letter forms & Latin"
"Electronic Sources for Manuscript Studies" cost £40 each or £60 for the 2

Tuesday 21 June "Anglo Saxon Manuscripts" £60. "German Palaeography from
the 17th to 20th centuries" £60

Wed 22 June "Western Scientific Manuscripts" £60. "New Paths for
Palaeography in 21st Century" £40

Thurs. 23 June "Papal Diplomatic" £60. "Illumination & Manuscript Painting"
Friday 24 June "Later Medieval English Handwriting" £60

Weekly rate: £250; Reduced weekly rate for UK registered Mphil/PhD students
Registration Closing Date : 10 June 2005


Kennel Club Art Gallery Exhibition "Dogs in War"
Venue: 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB

Date: Until 15th April
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Admission: £2.50 Nearest tube: Green Park
More information: 020 7518 1009


University of Stirling
May 2005 Week/Weekends

14 &15 May Weekend - Scots Fiddle, Creative Writing, Drawing, Calligraphy,
Gaelic Language, Discovering Stirling's History
Saturday 15 May - Bodhran Playing

Saturday 21 May - Highland Bagpipe - Set tunes for Silver medal 2005
21 & 22 May weekend - Scottish singing, Painting- colours of the Seasons,
Travel, Nature & Landscape Photography
Sunday 22 May - Whistle Playing


Scottish Summer Schools
Week/weekend courses in July/August/September

Culture, Society and Natural Heritage;
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Art & Arcfiitecture, Hearing Film: Music &
Cinema, Gaelic Language, Famous Scots, Roman Scotland, Scotland's Past &
Current Affairs, Scottish Family History Studies (Introductory & Advanced
course), Scotland through the Ages, Scottish Literature * Discovering
Scottish Castles * Scotland's Roads, Canals & Railways, Scotland's Mountain
Landscape, Scotland's Past The People, The Beasties & The Landscape

Creative Arts:
Calligraphy, Creative Writing, Painting Flowers, Scottish Landscape
Painting, Photography

Music & Dance:
Accordion, Bagpipe, Clarsach, Classical String Ensemble, Piano,
Accompaniment - Scottish Traditional Music, Highland Dancing, Scots Fiddle
with various tutors,
Scottish Singing

Further details available from Margery Stirling, Summer School Coordinator,
(MP), DAICE, Institute of Education, Airthrey castle, University of
Stirling, Stirling Scotland FK9 4LA. Tel: 01786 467 951 Fax: 01786 466 131
Email: Website:

RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: Genealogical Societies

RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: SOG-NEWS

A read-only mailing list for anyone interested in the activities of the Society of Genealogists (of Great Britain), in particular non-members of the Society. This list will be used by the Society to publicise Society events, courses, special library acquisitions, etc. or for comments on genealogical issues. Messages will be posted by the Society on an occasional basis ... no postings from subscribers will be allowed.

Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future

Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs'and Heroes' Remembrance Authoritythe Jewish people’s memorial to the murdered Six Million and symbolizes the ongoing confrontation with the rupture engendered by the Holocaust. Containing the world’s largest repository of information on the Holocaust,


functions as a repository for the Pages of Testimony of millions of Holocaust victims, a memorial to those who perished, and—in a separate room—a place where visitors can conduct searches of the Shoah Victims’ Names Database.

The main Hall is composed of two cones: one extending ten meters skywards, echoed by a reciprocal well-like cone excavated into the natural underground rock, its base filled with water. Visitors enter the Hall in the circular space—nine meters high and eleven meters in diameter—between the two cones onto an elevated ring-shaped platform.

From here they are able to view the upper cone, where a display, designed by Dorit Harel, features some 600 photographs of Holocaust victims and fragments of Pages of Testimony; this is reflected in the water at the bottom of the lower cone, commemorating those victims whose names remain unknown.

Surrounding the platform is the circular repository, housing the Pages of Testimony collected so far, with empty spaces for those yet to be submitted—room for six million Pages in total.

Sunday, April 10, 2005


Made in the Months of JUNE, and JULY, 1774.
And in the Months of JUNE children, JULY, and AUGUST, 1777


This book was purchased by my grandfather, Alfred Henry Watkins,
some time before 1935
and someone has written in pencil "16 beautiful plates by Grimm 12/6".
I inherited it in 1953

I started typing it into a text document in March 2000
this is just the start - to be contimued

the route of the journey to Monmouthshire and Wales:
Preface to Monmouthshire and Wales
chapter one Monmouthshire and Wales pages 1 to 31