Saturday, April 30, 2005

Initiatives, Internet Archive, Web Archive

Initiatives, Internet Archive, Web Archive: "Bibliotheca Alexandrina "

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, About us, The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria,: "
A Message from the Director

It is a unique privilege to write these words as the first Director of the new Library of Alexandria. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a vast cultural complex rising from the shores of the Mediterranean and only a stone's throw from the location of the ancient library of Alexandria, is a new Egyptian enterprise of international scope and ambition.
It is our hope that the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina will be a worthy successor to the great ancient library of Alexandria . That great library was a unique ecumenical effort, a testament to the human intellect and imagination, and it remains etched in the memories of all scientists and intellectuals to this day.

The era of the ancient library is undeniably the greatest chapter in the history of Alexandria , but our great city, founded by Alexander and home to Cleopatra, is a city of living history and renewed imagination. For 2,300 years, it has inspired the creative talents of scholars and artists from Callimachus to Lawrence Durrell. Even today, the past is come to life as underwater archaeology brings to light the sunken treasures of Alexandria , and captures the imagination of the world with glimpses of bygone glory. "

Danish Census welcome in the Wayback Machine

Danish Census welcome some year old pages archived in Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

Browse through 40 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible. Keyword searching is not currently supported.

Kondrup Family - Homepage

Kondrup Family - Homepage
from my email:-

Hello Mr. Hugh Watkins!

So good to have come across your name again!

We "spoke" many, many moon's ago - 15 September 2002 I
posted a query through soc.genealogy.britain
concerning descendants of one Alba Kondrup and husband
John Linney, you posted a reply 26 Sept. with a goodly
amount of info, ideas, and links. I don't believe I
ever took the time to thank you for your good advice
and effort. I do so now with my warmest regard.

I did not know then how important your reply would
become, turns out - substantial.

You suggested inks to investigate, I did.

You suggested writing to Denmark. I did.
I contacted a descendant of Alba and John also!

You also sent this:
Chresten Andersen Kondrup, 69, Gift, husfader,
Billedskærer, Randers
Georgine Petrea Kondrup, 68, Gift, husmoder, , Aalborg

Mariane Elvine Kondrup, 30, Ugift, datter, , Aalborg

This gentleman and wife are my 2nd great grandparents.

You may catch a glimpse of the current results your
unwitting response played a part in at -, a series of individuals
sharing information spanning three countries..

With your permission, I wish to include you under the
T H A N K Y O U ! heading.

Again, many thanks and may the seeds you sow find
fertile ground.

John Spiby,
Wilmington, NC. USA

Friday, April 29, 2005

Manchester Libraries - Archives and Local Studies - Register List

Manchester Libraries - Archives and Local Studies - Register List: "Registers in Manchester Archives and Local Studies"

Newbies' Guide to England and Wales Civil Registration Birth Index

Newbies' Guide to England and Wales Civil Registration Birth Index

been scribbling again

Thursday, April 28, 2005

1861 England & Wales Census Announcement

At we are pleased to announce the completion of the 1861 England and Wales Census project.

Unlike past projects where the census project has taken over a year to complete, we have improved our effectiveness and quality control to enable a single release of the entire census less than three months from the completion of the 1901 and 1871 Census projects.

For the first time in its complete, searchable form, the 1861 England and Wales Census contains just under 20 million total names, including:

Queen Victoria
RG 9/653, Folio 48

John Cadbury (Cocoa Manufacturer)
RG9/2124, Folio 4-5

Benjamin Disraeli (Privy Councillor)
RG9/43, Folio 65

Heathfield H Stephenson (professional cricketer)
RG9/1457, Folio 70

Charles Dickens
RG9/83, Folio 111

This new addition to the United Kingdom & Ireland collection now gives family history researchers in Britain access to complete images and every-name indexes for 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901 Census records for England, Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

For those attending the Family History Fair in London this weekend, our stand will be featuring free look-ups for all these census years as well as the millions of civil registration and parish records we also provide to subscribers.

Without fail, as soon as an announcement of this nature is made, we get questions regarding the next project. While we are not ready to predict a completion date for the next census project, we are tracking well to launch another complete census late this year.

L. Brown
Project Manager - Airbus A340 Website

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Bristol Slave Trade

Bristol Walk On the south side of the square is the site of the first American Consulate in Britain, established in 1792.

Between 1698 and 1807 about 2,100 slaving ventures sailed from Bristol. Trade with Africa, the West Indies and America accounted for more than three-fifths of Bristol's commerce in the 18th century.

After American independence, Bristol continued to trade with both the northern states and southern slave states, which accounts for the establishment of a consulate in Bristol.
Exports of largely slave-produced tobacco from the southern states featured prominently in the city's economy.

Seven Stars Public House.

In the late 1780s the Quaker anti-slavery campaigner, Thomas Clarkson, visited this pub when investigating Bristol's involvement in the slave trade.
It is reported that the publican refused to associate with the slavers recruiting seamen and showed Clarkson other pubs that helped recruit for the trade.
He uncovered the awful conditions British sailors endured as well as the horrendous suffering of the slaves themselves.

Initially, public indignation seemed more aroused by the sailors' plight than by that of the slaves. Clarkson managed to gain access to the Merchant Venturers records.

From their own Muster Rolls, he found that the mortality rates of Bristol slave ship crews were very heavy in comparison to those of other cities involved in the triangular trade.

the Commercial Rooms were built in 1810, three years after the abolition of the slave trade, as a new centre for Bristol's businessmen. The site was formerly occupied by another of Bristol's famous coffee houses, Foster's Coffee House. The exterior of the building is worth a look for its symbolism. The statues representing Bristol, Commerce and Navigation are sometimes referred to as the three commercial graces (as opposed to Faith, Hope and Charity). A carved relief shows Britannia checking the monies due to her from the rest of the world.

The first open meeting in Bristol on the abolition of the slave trade occurred in 1788, in the medieval Guild Hall (now demolished), Broad Street. A petition was drawn up there and signed by, among others, Alderman John Harris, George Daubeny, Josiah Tucker, by then the Dean of Gloucester, the Dean of Bristol, the Baptist minister Caleb Evans and the radical minister of Lewins Mead congregation, John Estlin.

snipped from St. Kitts-Nevis History Page © Copyright 1998
Sunday, 27 April 2003 00:31:29 - Find out how many people in the U.K share the same name as you. - Find out how many people in the U.K share the same name as you.: "There are probably more people killed in yoghurt, cream, marshmallow and fluffy thing accidents each year then there are of you. "

17 name twins to me

IGI Batch Numbers by Rhonda R. McClure


Having trouble finding your ancestors in a database? Databases are
rather picky creatures; one key letter read wrong by the database
creator can throw a huge monkey wrench into your search. Often-
confused letters in transcriptions and indexes include:

L and S
T and F
J, G, and Y
I and J
K and R
O and Q
P and R
U and W

In addition, vowels are also frequently misinterpreted. Switching
similar-looking letters or vowels in the surnames you are researching
can bring surprisingly good results.

Another way to overcome misspelled surnames would be to try some
advanced searches using only given names, and to include other
criteria to narrow it down. The success of this method would
naturally depend on the size and nature of the database, but it often

Given names can present their own difficulties. How often have you
seen records listing William as Wm; Thomas as Thos; Robert as Robt;
James as Jas; Charles as Chas, etc. And how about initials?
Probably quite often. These are possibilities that should not be
overlooked when including a given name in your search.
"Ancestry Daily News"
Watkins turned up as Walkin
Tovey as Sovey
Lapham as Lupham

Monday, April 25, 2005

GeneaNet - GeneaSeek, is your search engine !

GeneaNet - GeneaSeek, is your search engine !: "With GeneaSeek, make a search on the whole of the genealogical Web ! Ask our database managed by our search engine which indexes, 24h a day, all the websites devoted to genealogy anywhere in the world."

GeneaNet - Register your website on GeneaSeek !

Benjafield and Bartley Genealogy

Benjafield Genealogy
Walter Bartley & Mary Smithare the couple seated to the left of the group

Anna & Uri Benjafield 1868

This picture which shows, brother & sister Uri & Anna Benjafield.

Uri is 4th from left in back row (highlighted).

Anna is 3rd from right in in the 3rd row (highlighted), the very tiny lady whose head can hardly be seen behind the seated gentleman.

It is the wedding photo of their sister in law Martha Bartley taken in Motcombe, Dorset in the summer of 1868.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Koechlin, Les Bander-Log

Koechlin, Les Bander-Log Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) was the grand old man of the French
avant-garde and the unsung hero of twentieth century French music

and I used to love to play his witty chamber music for wind instruments

so I was interested to see in Cyndi's list
Bienvenue sur le site de la famille Koechlin

a very pretty friont page
and here he is
Charles Koechlin, compositeur de renom

via Google Search: charles 1867

and he has as big a beard as old Brahms - mine is about an inch shorter