Saturday, December 23, 2006 2.0 beta 2.0 blog: "So, why a new site? Simply put, it’s time. A lot about the internet has changed since 1998, when the current site was built. New techniques and technology being used in today’s modern websites make for an easier, faster, more convenience and much more fun and meaningful experience than when was first built. I’ll discuss this and more in coming posts." - What is " 2.0 is your NEW way to connect with family and friends to share photos, news, stories and more. It is the next generation of the original site launched in 1998. has always been the best place on the web to connect and share with the most important people in your life, in a private, secure environment. We are committed to continuing this focus while introducing improvements and new features that our members have been asking for."

Christmas greetings

Mullers homes and orphanages

"The New Orphan Houses" Ashley Down near Bristol

Welcome to read past reports from the 'Archive' section."

George Müller was born in 1805

The similarities between George Müller's early life and the parable of the Prodigal Son are quite remarkable, a fact not unnoticed by many writers and commentators.

In 1810 George Müller moved with his family from that Prussian village of Kroppenstaedt to nearby Heimersleben, some four miles away. He and his brother received no real parental control and their father, being very generous, gave them plenty of money. They were encouraged to keep records of their spending, but that is where parental discipline and control ended.

George Müller regularly stole money from his father, invariably when collecting debts on his father's behalf by handing over much less than he had collected. His father often had to make up missing money and on one occasion a successfully laid trap caused George Müller to be punished, but he was unrepentant.

George Müller was sent to a classical school at Halberstaedt hoping to become a Lutheran clergyman. Despite being a brilliant pupil he continued his sinful ways. His stealing became more compulsive and on one occasion he managed to retain all but one twelfth of his confirmation fees which his father had given him for confirmation classes.

conversion 1825

George Müller continued his theological studies at Halle University and within two months of his conversion to the Christian faith decided to become a missionary. This decision angered his father so much that he withdrew his son's financial support which left George Müller dependent on God alone.

The greatest obstacle George Müller had to overcome was the acquisition of a passport to attend a missionary training school in London, because he was expected to serve his national service. After much prayer he went through with the signing up process for the Army and following a series of medicals he was discharged from active service for life as being medically unfit. . . . .

George Müller in 1829 made his way to London to train as a missionary to the Jews. After only a short time at the missionary training school he became seriously ill and nearly died. It was whilst recuperating in the Devon town of Teignmouth that George Müller's life was to take another change of direction.

and click here to read more about the life of Georg Müller and in 1861 he was a dissenting minister 21 St Paul's Street Bristol England

Name: George Muller
Age: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1806
Relation: Head
Spouse's name: Mary
Gender: Male
Where born: Preußen [sic] is Prussia

Civil parish: Westbury On Trym
County/Island: Gloucestershire
Country: England

View original image
ED, institution, or vessel: 2
others on page
Household schedule number: 91
Household Members:
Name Age

George Muller 55 Dissenting Minister
proprietor of Orphan Asylum Ashley Down nearBristol

Mary Muller 64 wife born Lymington Hampshire
Lydia Muller 28 daughter
Lydia Groves 60 Unmarried sister in law and Superinendant at orphan Asylum
Mary Edwards 36 House servant

Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 1739; Folio: 31; Page: 13; GSU roll: 542860.

"the New Orphan Houses" Ashley Down - Google Search - 1881 England Census
Amy Harriet Adams age 11
Estimated birth year: abt 1870 - Family History and Genealogy Records

search with exact spelling
Amy Harriet ADAMS - 1881 British Census / Gloucester
Scholar Gender: Female Birth: <1870> West Derby, Lancashire, England

then view house hold

Source Information:

Institution "The New Orphan Houses" Ashley Down

Census Place Bristol St James & St Paul Out, Gloucester, England

Family History Library Film 1341599

Public Records Office Reference RG11

Piece / Folio 2488 / 87

Page Number 11

and you can browse page by page

until you get to page 1
then coomes :-

Institution "Horfield Barracks" Horfield

Census Place Horfield, Gloucester, England

Family History Library Film 1341599

Public Records Office Reference RG11

Piece / Folio 2488 / 79

Page Number 16

Happy Christmas with flash movies

Sugar Plum Fairy - animated Flash ecard by Jacquie Lawson

Christmas Cards, eCards, Animated Birthday Cards and Online Greeting Cards by Jacquie Lawson: " All Jacquie's cards use Macromedia Flash. Be sure of trouble-free viewing by downloading the latest version now! "

Friday, December 22, 2006

Ask a Librarian in Wales

Ask Cymru: "We have a team of over 50 trained librarians and information professionals who have direct access to the resources of university, public and college libraries throughout Wales. Whatever the subject of your enquiry, our team will come up with an answer or guide you to other sources of information that will help you.

Public, university and college libraries throughout Wales along with the National Library of Wales work together to provide the Ask Cymru service. When you e-mail your question it is automatically routed to one of the participating libraries. Using their skill and experience the librarians will search the resources available to them - electronic and print - to find the answer. They will then send you an e-mail responding to your question within 48 hours.

We welcome questions from schoolchildren and university lecturers; from crossword solvers and research students. Because Ask Cymru is a Welsh service, we are especially equipped to answer questions about Wales and things Welsh. However, our resources cover the whole range of knowledge and we will be pleased to answer questions on any subject."

but try
A vision of Britain through time | Your national on-line library for local history
The National Gazetteer of Wales - Home Page
Welsh origins of place names in Britain

rhaglan - Google Search
got me going because I want to know the origin of that place name

Raglan Village

Raglan Village - Raglan South Wales
from Rhaglan in the original welsh, also Ragland in older english sourcs.

and where my JONES ancestors lived in the nineteenth century
"john jones" raglan - Google Search
5 Castle Street

"edward jones" raglan - Google Search
the grocer's now the post office

1 John Jones b: 1816 d: BET 1881 AND 1891
+ Mary Holmes b: 1816
2 William Jones b: BEF JUN 1838
+ Annie Phillips b: 1845
2 Mary Jones b: BEF JAN 1841 d: ABT 1919
+ James Jones b: ABT APR 1837 d: BET 1873 AND 1881
3 William Henry Jones b: ABT 1866 d: ABT 1926
3 Emily Maud Jones b: 19 DEC 1867 d: FEB
3 Edith Mary Jones b: 22 OCT 1869
3 Frederick I. Jones b: 22 OCT 1869
3 Minnie G Jones b: 1872

lots more on my site RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: WATKINS LAPHAM 2005

2 Edward Jones b: 3 JAN 1842 d: 18 JUL 1900

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Statute Law Database

Department for Constitutional Affairs - Statute Law Database: "he UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online.

Unsere Deutsche Wurzeln - Our German Roots

Unsere Deutsche Wurzeln - Our German Roots - Schlesien und Siebenbürgen: "

This Family comes from two east European regions: Silesia (once a Prussian province and part of the German empire, now part of Poland) and Transylvania (once a province of the Austro-Hungarian empire, now part of Romania).

In Silesia, the counties of Strehlen, Ohlau, Brieg, Nimptsch (Reichenbach) and Breslau.

In Transylvania, the villages between Schäßburg and Mediasch, on both sides of the Kokel valley.


Northern Ireland

Emerald Ancestors - Irish Genealogy, Irish Ancestry, Irish History: "Emerald Ancestors provides instant access to one of the largest collections of scarce Irish genealogy records available, as well as a range of rare Irish history book reprints.

We specialise in Irish Ancestry within Northern Ireland and our extensive database contains birth, marriage, death, and census records for over 1 million Ancestors in Counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.

Use our free search facility to trace that elusive Irish Ancestor, or browse our bookstore of scarce historical documents for contemporary accounts of the people, places and ways of life over the last 200 years."

Disaster site

Genealogy Events that touched our Ancestors' Lives, How our Ancestors Lived and Died: "ou're one of the first to take a look at our new website. Why GenDisasters? In my family, there are a lot of deaths by what I thought were unusual means: train accident, mining accident, lightning, etc. And, in researching these, I found that what I thought was unusual really wasn't so unusual at all - just hard to find out about. So, take a look around... use the links above to take you to the types of disasters... or use by location to view catastrophes by state... or try the search box. We've gotten a good start on the site but still have so much to add... articles and/or photographs on hundreds of floods, tornadoes, fires, explosions, and other events that may have touched your ancestors' lives."

Vintage Christmas Postcards

RootsWeb "Disaster" is getting sorted out

RootsWeb Newsroom » Blog Archive » Update on the Message Board Updates: "The message board team is working hard to make the necessary bug fixes and planning and development of adjustments takes time.

We appreciate your kindness and patience during this process.

After fixing bugs, our second priority is to evaluate your feedback to help us plan and develop adjustments to the boards. Below is a list of some of the adjustments we have been working on.

Note: Some adjustments have already been applied to the boards and some are still in the planning and development stages:

  • Adding a link to view all of an author’s messages.
  • Updating the My Favorites page with category information (to help clear up confusion over which “General” board is which), and a drop-down to view more favorites per page,
  • Displaying the full subject line.
  • Changing the link color of the threads you have clicked on.
  • Adding “next thread” navigation.
  • Adding the ability to sort threads by “classification” type.
  • And more…"

Genealogy Blog

Genealogy Blog » Genealogy on the Internet -- Today & Everyday: "BETHESDA, Md.-(Business Wire)-December 15, 2006 - Cambridge Information Group (CIG) announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProQuest Information and Learning, a segment of ProQuest Company (NYSE:PQE), for approximately $222 million.

Under the agreement, CIG will combine its Bethesda, Maryland-based CSA subsidiary with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based ProQuest Information and Learning to create a new, privately held independent company. The new company plans to continue operations in both locations.

Both CSA and ProQuest offer libraries and their users access to high-quality electronic resources. CSA and ProQuest will serve a combined customer base of more than 25,000 library customers.

CSA’s products include CSA Illumina, the platform from which more than 100 scholarly databases in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities and technology fields are made accessible; Ulrich’s Serials Analysis System, a powerful tool for library professionals who need to identify, analyze, evaluate and create reports about the library’s print and electronic serials holdings; and the recently launched CSA Illustrata, which permits searching and retrieval of charts, graphs, illustrations and their captions within articles and documents.

ProQuest provides global access to one of the largest online content repositories in the world."

Genealogy Database

Genealogy Database: "Last year Heritage Quest Company notified you about the delay of the online census effort. We are pleased to now announce that we are moving forward with this project as a result of Heritage Quest's acquisition by ProQuest Information and Learning.

Initially launched in December 2000, the ProQuest Genealogy & Local History Online™, is changing its name to HeritageQuest Online™, with integrated content from both companies. As with all of our databases and indexes we will continue to display the original page from the handwritten document or published source, not just a citation. These include more than 25,000 published genealogies and local histories digitized, every word searchable, Sanborn® fire insurance maps, complete Freedman's Bank Records, the entire US Census, 1790-1930, the entire Canadian Census, American Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Applications and obituaries from more than 150 newspapers across America. With enhanced digital images of every page and new indexing providing every library with the most requested resources for genealogists and local historians.

The collection of 25,000 published genealogies and local histories includes: family genealogies, county & town histories, church histories, maps, atlases, vital records and over 200 genealogical journals.

As HeritageQuest Online grows, it will include not only our census images and indexes, but a wide range of or"

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

a model site

Steve and Moyra's Genealogy Pages: "What's New:

New Parish Profile of Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire - online 8 Oct 2006
New Parish Profile of Easton-in-Gordano - online 9 August 2006
Weare Baptisms, Marriages and Burials - Transcribed by Patrisia Carrington online 29 July 2006
Winford Baptisms 1812-1842 - Transcribed by Beth Timmins - online 18 June 2006
Winford Marriages 1656-1837 - Transcribed by Beth Timmins - online 13 May 2006
New Parish Profile of Winford - online 13 May 2006
New Parish Profile of Chew Magna - online 13 May 2006
New Parish Profile of Kewstoke - online 1 May 2006 ", Inc. Changes Corporate Name to TheGenerationsNetwork Inc

see Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "PROVO, Utah, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ --, Inc., the leading online network for connecting families across distance and time, today announced that it is changing its name to The Generations Network, Inc., effective immediately. The company will continue to serve families online through its portfolio of leading brands and websites.,,, and together form the No. 1 network of family history websites in both the United States and United Kingdom; Ancestry's OneWorldTree(SM) is the world's largest online family tree

*,, and were recently launched
to extend the company's presence into Canada, Australia and Germany

* Family Tree Maker® remains the world's No. 1 selling family tree

*, online since 1998 as a place for families to connect and
share photos and news, is being overhauled and relaunched in early 2007

* The company also publishes Ancestry Magazine and over 50 book and
CD-ROM titles

Generations Network - Google Search shows a lot of very similar brands


THE DOVER WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT - Remembering the casualties of World War from Dover, Kent, England - the Front-Line town of Hellfire Corner: "The Dover War Memorial Project began on Remembrance Sunday, 2005, to honour all those we lost from our town. Some information on the casualties of war is freely and publicly available on the internet - this site is different. It introduces the people we so sadly lost, as remembered by those who knew them. This site is a memorial, made with love, to those who gave their lives and to the relatives they left behind. "

as well as a listing the site contains oral histories

Monumental Photography

East Lothian Monumental Photography: "an opffer to take photographs of headstones, churches, old family homes etc in and around East Lothian (Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian and Borders too). There is no fixed charge for these photographs, all is asked is that you make an appropriate donation to Capability Scotland.

Some more examples of the photographs can be seen on the church pages of the East Lothian GENUKI site. jpg - Google Image Search

If you wish to support this charity, and learn a little bit more about your family history, please contact Dave Howie, and he can discuss your requirements.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Mormon Handcart Website

Mormon Handcart Companies: "Welcome to the Mormon Handcart Companies website.

We invite you to read the stories compiled by the Riverton Wyoming Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsand learn more about the pioneers, their rescuers and most importantly their faith in a loving Father in Heaven. These are their stories and the stories of their rescuers, both past and present."

Mormon Handcart Website

Mary Goble Pay - Hunt Wagon Company

We arrived in Salt Lake City nine o'clock at night the 11th of December 1856.

Three out of four that were living were frozen. My mother was dead in the wagon. Bishop Hardy had us taken to a home in his ward and the brethren and the sisters brought us plenty of food. We had to be careful and not eat to much as it might kill us we were so hungry. Early next morning Brother Brigham Young and a doctor came. The doctor's name was Williams. When Brother Young came in he shook hands with us all. When he saw our condition -- our feet frozen and our mother dead - tears rolled down his cheeks. The doctor amputated my toes using a saw and a butcher knife.

Brigham Young promised me I would not have to have any more of my feet cut off. The sisters were dressing mother for the last time. Oh how did we stand it? That afternoon she was buried. When we had been in Salt Lake a week, one afternoon a knock came at the door. It was Uncle John Wood.
When he met Father he said, "I know it all Bill." Both of them cried. I was glad to see my father cry. Uncle said for him to pack up and we could start right away. That night we got to Centerville. There Aunt Fanny was waiting for us at Brother Garns. We stayed there that night.

The next morning we went to Farmington and stayed there until the following April. My father married again. Instead of my feet getting better they got worse until the following July I went to Dr. Wiseman's to live with them to pay for him to doctor my feet. But it was no use he said he could do no more for me unless I could consent to have them cut off at the ankle. I told him that Brigham Young had promised me. He said all right sit here and rot and I will do nothing more until you come to your senses. One day I sat there crying. My feet were hurting me so - when a little old woman knocked at the door.

She said she had felt some one needed her there for a number of days. When she saw me crying she came and asked what was the matter. I showed her my feet and told her the promise Brother Young had given me. She said, "Yes, and with the help of the Lord we will save them yet." She made a poultice and put on my feet and everyday after the doctor had gone would come and change the poultice. At the end of three months my feet were well.

One day Doctor Wiseman said, "Well, Mary, I must say you have grit. I suppose your feet have rotted to the knee by this time." I said, "Oh, no, my feet are well." He said, "I know better, it could never be." So I took off my stockings and showed him my feet. He said that it was a miracle and wanted me to tell him what I had been doing. I told him to never mind that they were now healed. I have never had to have any more taken from them. The promise of Brigham Young has been fulfilled and the pieces of toe bone have worked out. -

form the Autobiography of Mary Goble Pay.

"handcart company" - Google Search

I was intrigued and got googling after reading the following :-

Google Groups : alt.genealogy
From: Joseph Irvine


I am looking for information on Jessamine Elizabeth Routledge who married Francis Martin Pomeroy.

We are direct decendants through this marriage and are trying to verify which handcart company Jessamine came across on.

We have one record listing the Hunt handcart company, one record listing the Martin Handcart company, and another record listing that she came over on the Hunt company but fell behind and joined the Martin handcart company. We want to verify so that if she was ever a member of the Martin company she can be added to the Martin company memorial. Do you have any further information or documentation?

My email is: Jkeagl...

Monday, December 18, 2006

important message from SOG London


The National Archived released the following press release

The Society of Genealogists met with TNA on 13 December and was delighted to
learn that the effect of the decision means that The National Archives must
supply SOME information from the 1911 in response to Freedom of Information
(FOI) requests. Family Historians and other searchers will be able, from 17
January 2007, to pay for searches in the census from the TNA paid research
service at a cost of £45 per address search. Sensitive information will be
redacted (i.e. blacked out) from the census information given to the

Note that until the census is fully digitised searches can only be made
using addresses and not surnames.

Hence searches must be made using the
special online census search request forms that will be made available on
TNA’s web site in January.

See the 1911 FAQ

for more information on making a search request. The Census will not be made
available in microform nor will public access be allowed to the original

TNA is developing a digitised online 1911service and is speeding up the
process. It hopes that a limited online search facility will be ready in
2009 with some key sensitive information (such as infirmity or mental
condition) withheld until the release of the full census in 2012.

Genealogists will no doubt find the online search facility quicker, cheaper
and easier to use than the paid search requests and will probably wait until
the full index is available in 2009.

Further notes on access to the census are available on TNA’s website

The Information Commissioners decision is available online at

Else Churchill
Genealogy Officer
13 December 2006
Else Churchill
Genealogy Officer
Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA
direct phone 020 7702 5488

Visit the Society's website at

To subscribe to the list, please send an email to with the word 'subscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message


Fødselsstiftelsen in Copenhagen is a maternity hospital founded in 1750 where the mother may be anonymous and her baby will be adopted.
This was founded by the King of Denmark as a measure against infanticide.

Adgangsbestemmelser /access rules

Dele af Fødselsstiftelsens arkiver er underlagt særlige adgangs-bestemmelser. Eftersom mødrene blev lovet anonymitet på ubestemt tid, er de arkivalier, der afslører hendes identitet, ikke tilgængelige. Det drejer sig om de såkaldte hovedprotokoller, udsætterprotokollerne og ammeprotokollerne. I henhold til en skrivelse af 4. feb. 1983 fra Undervisningsministeriet kan efterkommere af et barn, der blev født på stiftelsen, dog få visse oplysninger om moderen: hendes navn, alder, fødested og hendes forældres navne.

Dette gælder dog kun, hvis der er forløbet 100 år siden barnets fødsel.

Stiftelsens øvrige arkivalier er underlagt de normale adgangsbestemmelser på hhv. 20 og 75 år.


Fødselsstiftelsen in Copenhagen is a maternity hospital founded in 1750 where the mother may be anonymous and her baby will be adopted.
This was founded by the King of Denmark as a measure against infanticide.

Adgangsbestemmelser /access rules

Dele af Fødselsstiftelsens arkiver er underlagt særlige adgangs-bestemmelser. Eftersom mødrene blev lovet anonymitet på ubestemt tid, er de arkivalier, der afslører hendes identitet, ikke tilgængelige. Det drejer sig om de såkaldte hovedprotokoller, udsætterprotokollerne og ammeprotokollerne. I henhold til en skrivelse af 4. feb. 1983 fra Undervisningsministeriet kan efterkommere af et barn, der blev født på stiftelsen, dog få visse oplysninger om moderen: hendes navn, alder, fødested og hendes forældres navne.

Dette gælder dog kun, hvis der er forløbet 100 år siden barnets fødsel.

Stiftelsens øvrige arkivalier er underlagt de normale adgangsbestemmelser på hhv. 20 og 75 år.


OpenDNS | Providing A Safer And Faster DNS


What is OpenDNS? OpenDNS provides a safer, faster, more reliable and smarter DNS service free to any Internet user.

Domain name system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The domain name system (DNS) stores and associates many types of information with domain names, but most importantly, it translates domain names (computer hostnames) to difficult to remember IP addresses. like 0r

Sunday, December 17, 2006

RootsWeb WorldConnect and CSS-- Genealogy Tips & Tutorials»Blog Archive

Genealogy Tips & Tutorials:
"Tips and Tutorials for Your Genealogy Research and WebSite"

It is always nice to find yourself quoted with a link to your own site (and it is a reminder not to delete old webpages )

RootsWeb WorldConnect and CSS-- Genealogy Tips & Tutorials»Blog Archive
found via Technorati Search: hugh watkins (but I'm too old to play rugby football anymore and never was a heart specialist)

but I am most proud of the css borrowed from
and reused in the connected
"Definition of Genealogy: A study of family and identification of ancestors and their pertinent information (birth, death, etc.)" . . all a bit pointless without publication and sharing.

genealogy: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from

pedigree: Definition, Synonyms and Much More from "3 A list of the ancestors of a purebred animal."
but we are more than that, which is why I prefer doing family historysee
family history wiki - Google Search.

family history: Information from

For the medical family history, see Family history (medicine).