Saturday, December 15, 2007

Encounter with a child

Weeke Hants UK

Weeke local History: "Weeke is not typical of the agricultural based parishes in Hampshire. It was originally a farming community with a ready market for produce in Winchester. Slowly the parish has changed in recent centuries from a small rural community to become an extension of Winchester as it has become a suburb of the City. It is now, early in the twenty first century, largely built on with little of the farming activity left and the major green space is on the Downs where The Royal Winchester Golf Club is based."

Weeke Local History - Transcripts: "There are a number of transcripts that have been completed that relate to Weeke. They afrte all included on this web site as pdf files."

St Matthews Baptisms 1573-1877
St Matthews Marriages 1573-1870
St Matthews Burials 1573-1871
List of Rectors 1304-1915

NEWS Scotland

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Boost for family history research: "Scotland's first family history centre has opened in Dundee.

The facility brings together the Registrar's office, city archivist, the local history library and the burials administration section.

Staff in the centre at Central Library should be able to trace most families back to the late 17th century.

They have access to large catalogues of books, directories, maps, plans, photographs and even images of gravestones.

Staff can also issue authenticated certificates of any Scottish birth, death, civil partnership or marriage record, after digital images held by the General Register Office for Scotland were made available.

If answers cannot be found on site, there are also electronic links to other agencies."

Friday, December 14, 2007


WorldVitalRecords Blog » Pruning the Family Tree: "Different sources of starting information often provide such leads. On one line recently worked by the author, it seemed obvious that the previous researcher wanted the family to be related to a locally famous person.

The direct-line ancestor, whose parentage was in question, would have been the daughter of a military hero, and related to others who seemed to be of great importance to the previous researcher. The hopeful but inaccurate assumptions of the previous researcher led this searcher into more brick walls than were necessary.

After years of trying to verify the information on the family group sheet without any degree of success, the author decided simply to look up what was available for the previously-proven ancestor.

An entirely different family came out of the accurate research. This searching pruned a major branch from the family tree. However, the pruning was necessary for accuracy and allowed room for filling in the new family information. Having now checked on the accurate family, information comes to the author on a regular basis that is active and vital for the further progress of the true line."

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Washington State Digital Archives - Basic Search

Washington State Digital Archives - Basic Search:

"Washington State Archives Photograph Collections are now available online at the Washington State Digital Archives. Contained in these records are nearly 3,000 photographs from various collections, dating from 1860-2001. Images currently online include photos of Washington State governors, officials, and legislators, historic photos of state buildings and grounds, and promotional photos from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s of Washington’s scenic wonders (many by Asahel Curtis)"

» Governor Lowry's Website
» Governor Locke's Website
» Top 10 Treasures
» Marriage Records
» Naturalization Records
» Census Records
» Death Records
» Birth Records
» Military Records
» Institution Records
» Miscellaneous Historical Records

Collections Coming Soon:
Spokane County Recorded Documents
Klickitat County Recorded Documents
Jefferson County Recorded Documents
Franklin County Recorded Documents

Cyndi's List - How You Can Support Cyndi's List

Cyndi's List - How You Can Support Cyndi's List: "Cyndi's List, created in 1996, has always been a free research tool for family history. Maintenance and expenses for the web site come from affiliate advertisement programs.

The site is updated daily by its owner and creator, Cyndi Howells. Visitors to the site often ask how they can help to support Cyndi's List. Following is a list of affiliate program links. Please consider using these links each time you visit these vendors in order to give Cyndi's List credit for your visits. Thank you for your support!"

TGN surely messed up by not being there anymore

Affiliate Program - "The Generations Network Affiliate Program Help us help others by becoming a TGN affiliate. We are always looking for high quality websites to add to our program to introduce people to - the world’s largest family history website, Family Tree Maker – the number one selling family history software, and many other top products and properties."

Mark and Cyndi's Family Tree: "Complete with the roots, branches, twigs & bark that make this hobby so interesting. And let's not forget that there are always a few nuts......"

Message Board -

William Rees to Van Diemens Land 1838 - Convicts (1788-1868) - Family History & Genealogy Message Board - "William Rees to Van Diemens Land 1838 for the theft of 2 sheep from a local clergyman, Rev. Thomas Williams. and never returned. born March 23, 1804 Bettws Newydd Monmouthshire Wales quite a few living relatives known he is my second cousin 4 times removed"

and an answer 3 years later is a good example of how message boards work - just like a message in a bottle

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

picture postcards "The first plain postcards appeared in Austria in 1868.
One year later Britain followed,and shortly afterwards in the mid-1870's,the first picture postcards began to apear.

The Paris Exhibition of 1889 gave a tremendous boost to this still novel form of sending a message and from then on picture postcards were produced in ever increasing numbers by almost every country in the world .

Britain joined in the game in 1894 when the first picture cards were permitted and in 1902 was the first country to divide the back, thus allowing the message and address on one side and a complete picture on the other,a move which saw an explosion in picture postcard production as other countries quickly"


How To Join:
"The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is open to anyone involved in genealogy columns and articles or writing about family history.
This includes present and potential columnists, writers, and editors, as well as publishers, broadcasters, and webmasters for genealogical and historical societies.

Members receive Columns (the quarterly newsletter), access to the Members-Only Web site, and have an opportunity to actively participate in one or more of ISFHWE's activities: the Annual Excellence-in-Writing Competition, Member Publication Promotion Project, the Mailing List, discounts on ISFHWE publications, listings on the Public Web site, and Special Promotions for ISFHWE Members Offered by Partner Vendors. Membership runs from January-December.

All memberships received after September 30 are applied to the following year.

just send a cheque for 15 US Dollars to

ISFHWE 506 W. Larkspur Street, Victoria, TX 77904 USA

ISFHWE's primary goal is to encourage excellence in writing and editorial standards in genealogical publishing. This embraces all media, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, professional journals, books (including compiled family histories), online columns, society and personal Web sites, Web logs (blogs), and broadcast journalism of all sorts.

Excellence In Writing: "SFHWE sponsors an annual competition for published and unpublished writers. You must be a member of ISFHWE in order to participate in the contest."

DearMYRTLE has the details here: Recognizing Excellence in family history writing


Kentucky History

Kenton County Public Library -- Genealogy

Database Descriptions
Church Records Index 1850-2000
Civil War Union Veterans Burial List
Covington and Newport City Directory 1856
Covington City Directory 1834
Covington City Directory 1869
Family File Index
Kenton County Birth Records 1852-1859 & 1876-1877
Kenton County Census Index 1810-1880
Kenton County Death Records 1852-1880 (Incomplete)
Kenton County Slave Schedules 1850 & 1860
pdf L&N Railroad Brakemen 1906-1916
pdf Linden Grove Cemetery 1868-1998
Local History Files
pdf Local History Files (Full Text)
Ludlow Kentucky City Directory 1878-1879
Ludlow Mayor's Court Records Index 1881-1891
Northern Kentucky Mexican War Veterans 1846-1848
pdf Odd Fellows
St. Elizabeth Hospital Patient Records 1861-
pdf St. James Liber Status Animarum
pdf St. Mary Cemetery 1881-1996

Genealogy & Kentucky History
Digital Library

The following are large PDF files:

City Atlas of Covington 1877

An Octogenarian's Personal Recollections of a Beloved Old Kentucky Town by Eleanor Childs Meehan 1922, 1924

An Atlas of Boone, Kenton & Cambell Counties 1883
section 1 | section 2 | section 3

William Behringer Journal

An Atlas of Bracken & Pendleton Counties 1884

An Atlas of Carroll & Gallatin County 1883

63360 inches per mile

a thread in progress:-
drawing old deed plots from deed descriptions - alt.genealogy | Google Groups

"Sometimes people complain about the British system of units, which now only the Americans use, the British having gone metric like everyone else. For example, some people don't like the fact that there are 63360 inches per mile. They say this is a silly number that's hard to remember.

These people must be nuts! The number 63360 = 27 x 32 x 5 x 11 is perfectly nice.

I can't imagine anything simpler than this. Besides, the USA reached its technological preeminence on the basis of this system, and we're not going to change now!

. . .
I quote:
Four perches measured 22 yards, a strange distance that makes sense only in the context of the traditional units used for measuring land. Like all units of land measurement, a perch, also known as a rod or a pole, originally varied according to the quality of ground: a perch of poor soil was longer than one of fertile soil, but in the course of the sixteenth century it became standardized at 16.5 feet. This inconvenient length was derived from the area of agricultural land that could be worked by one person in a day - hence the variability. The area was reckoned to be 2 perches by 2 perches (33 feet by 33 feet). Thus a daywork amounted to 4 square perches. Conveniently, there were 40 dayworks in an acre, the area that could be worked by a team of oxen in a day, and 640 acres in a square mile. It was significant that all of them were multiples of 4, a number that made it simpler to calculate the area of a four-sided field.

Gunter divided the chain into 100 links, marked off into groups of 10 by brass rings. On the face of it, the dimensions make no sense: each link is a fraction under 8 inches long; 10 links make slightly less than 6 feet, 8 inches; and the full length is 66 feet. In fact, he had made a brilliant synthesis of two otherwise incompatible systems, the traditional English land measurements, based on the number 4, and the newly introduced system of decimals based on the number 10.

The classic text Boundary Control and Legal Principles by Brown, et al., notes that in the 16th century, the rod was established as the length of the left feet of the first 16 men out of church one Sunday morning. Brown cites "The Amazing Story of Measurements." This same story is often repeated in surveying texts and publications. Indeed, it is a part of the folklore of the surveying profession.

While the story that the rod was originally meant to represent 16 human feet is probably true, the reality is that the rod had been in common use many centuries earlier than Brown suggested. As early as 1270, Edward I of England issued a Royal ordinance titled Assize of Weights and Measures, which at this date defined into law the length of a perch. This indicates that the perch was in use prior to this time.

Usually, a larger measurement is defined in terms of being an equal number of a smaller measurement, much in the sense that one pound is considered to be 16 ounces. And yet as early as 1270, the perch is not considered as 16 feet but rather specifically defined as 16 1/2 feet.


Monday, December 10, 2007

AOL UK genealogy group

Happy Christmas to Pat Geary

Christmas Templates from Genealogy Web Creations:
"Each of these Christmas templates is written with an XHTML doctype and uses an external style sheet. There is a plain template included with filler content and images as well as dwt within the zipped package for each of the three. They were written specifically for FrontPage and Expression Web but could be used by any web editor. They do make use of FP includes. If you are not using fp2003 or Expression Web use the plain template, delete the content and add your own. Merry Christmas!"

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Encyclopaedia Britannica 1911

LoveToKnow 1911: "This LoveToKnow Classic Encyclopedia project works to bring to you the renowned 1911 Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica."


Online 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica and the English Cambridge Encyclopedia
FREE access to two top notch encyclopedias:

The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia
and the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica which anybody can edit and add comments to.

The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia is written by dozens of experts in various fields of study and is composed of over 48,000 quality entries and more than 90,000 'see also' references. Included are over 25,500 biographical entries. This publication originally formed the basic entries for the Cambridge Encyclopedia for Cambridge University Press and also for Penguin Books. The content of the encyclopedia in print has often been said to be one of the world's best single volume encyclopedias. The entries are authoritative, reliable, stylish, and concise and the encyclopedia has an unrivalled reputation for clarity of its information and its inclusiveness. The up-to-date coverage is broad, from scientific concepts to people and places, philosophical ideas, the media, and international issues.

encyclopedia 1911 - Google Search

New Advent

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Home: "The Catholic Encyclopedia, as its name implies, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine. What the Church teaches and has taught; what she has done and is still doing for the highest welfare of mankind; her methods, past and present; her struggles, her triumphs, and the achievements of her members, not only for her own immediate benefit, but for the broadening and deepening of all true science, literature and art -- all come within the scope of the Catholic Encyclopedia. It differs from the general encyclopedia in omitting facts and information which have no relation to the Church." from 1917

Jewish Encyclopedia

This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain, contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.

This online version contains the unedited contents of the original encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History (e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.). However, it does contain an incredible amount of information that is remarkably relevant today.

We are considering inviting the Internet community to help us update the encyclopedia -- if you are interested in volunteering (as a writer, editor, etc.) please join our Mailing List.

By putting this important work on the Internet, we hope to improve the quality of Jewish information available online -- and stimulate new discussion. Therefore, we have sections "Discussion Forums" and "Internet Links" which allow our visitors to converse and identify related websites.


The editors have felt a special sense of responsibility with regard to this work, in which for the first time the claims to recognition of a whole race and its ancient religion are put forth in a form approaching completeness. They have had to consider susceptibilities among Jews and others, and have been especially solicitous that nothing should be set down which could hurt the feelings of the most sensitive.

They consider it especially appropriate that a work of this kind should appear in America, where each man's creed is judged by his deeds, without reference to any preconceived opinion.

It seemed to them peculiarly appropriate under these circumstances that The Jewish Encyclopedia should appear under the auspices of a publishing house none of whose members is connected with the history or tenets of the people it is designed to portray.

Placing before the reading public of the world the history of the Jew in its fullest scope, with an exhaustiveness which has never been attempted before—without concealing facts or resorting to apology—The Jewish Encyclopedia hopes to contribute no unimportant share to a just estimate of the Jew. Cyrus Adler, Gotthard Deutsch, Louis Ginzberg, Richard Gottheil, Joseph Jacobs, Marcus Jastrow, Morris Jastrow, Jr., Kaufmann Kohler, Frederick de Sola Mendes, Crawford H. Toy, Isidore Singer.

New York, May 1, 1901.

Cathy Day, - Australian National University

Stourton, Kilmington and Mere Genealogies - Main Page:

As part of research for my PhD in biological anthropology, I am compiling genealogies of all people who were married in the Wiltshire parishes of Stourton, Kilmington and Mere in the period 1775-1924. I am using an extensive array of source material, including parish registers of all local denominations, census records, civil registration such as birth certificates, Poor Law records, published works and input from descendants.

As of 30 Oct 2007 I have completed all marriages in Stourton (Anglican and Catholic), as well as Anglican marriages in Kilmington from 1800 to 1882.

I am likely to commence full-time work on Mere in January 2008. The project should be complete by September 2008. On these webpages you will find extracts from the database of about 13,000 individuals.

They show information about all people in the database who were born prior to 1907. In some cases it is very extensive, in others it is no more than a name and an estimate of a birth date. These pages were last updated on 30 Oct 2007.

Family Tree Maker comparing 16 and 200

My own MacBook Pro: Family Tree Maker comparing 16 and 2008
in anothe of my own blogs My own MacBook Pro

when I double clicked to start FTM 16 it was about five times quicker to open and went straight into where I left off yesterday

Adding data to and moving between the fields is like using a spread sheet with complete control from the keyboard without the mouse