Saturday, July 26, 2008

on holiday

I am off line for a while
so using a library computer

in good health on a mini holiday

Thursday, July 24, 2008

FamilySearch Record Search

FamilySearch Record Search
Approximately 46.3 million new records and 1.2 million new images are now available on the Record Search pilot at This brings the total number of names available on the test site to 467,180,871. Two new Records Access projects (1841 & 1861 England Census collections) were published with links to images on This is important because it tests the pilot search engine’s capacity to ingest third party indexes and link to images hosted on affiliates’ sites. Such functionality enables FamilySearch to better fulfill its goal to increase access to more genealogical records faster for its users and members. Recent Records Access news announcements can be found at

Project Name
Indexed Names
Digital Image Count

1841 England and Wales Census
New - linked to Find My Past images on payment

1850 United States Census

Updated - NY,PA,NC

1850 United States Census (Mortality Schedule)

Updated - NY,NC

1850 United States Census (Slave Schedule)

Updated - NC,UT

1861 England and Wales Census
New - linked to FindMyPast images on paymeent

1870 United States Census

New - indexed data (15 states)

1930 Mexico Census

Updated - Chihuahua

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Society of Genealogists London UK

The two SoG mailing lists are ten years old.

The Members List (this one) has had nearly 1200 members joining the
list during that time, though currently the are 442 members
registered to the list. The peak was 471 in April 2001. During that
time about 21,490 messages have been sent. There are thirty members
who still subscribe to the list who were among those who joined it in
July 1998.

The News list simply contains announcements and news from the
Society. At its peak in 2001 there were 1856 members, greatly
boosted by a rush of around 1000 when Dick Eastman advertised the
list in his Newsletter. There are now 928 members, after a 'flaming'
incident about two years ago when the (then) new Rootsweb servers
suddenly allowed anybody to post messages to the list. After that
several hundred unsubscribed. About 490 messages have been sent.

The list is not as active as it used to be, but I hope that you will
all continue to support the list.



Geoffrey T. Stone,
SoG Mailing List Administrator.

Society of Genealogists - Family History Library and Education Centre: "NEWS [8 July 2008] - The Ministry of Defence has launched a public consultation process regarding the transfer of historic Armed Forces Service Personnel records to The National Archives. ....more

NEWS [4 July 2008] - The Society of Genealogists is extremely disappointed to hear that the General Register Office has delayed the proposed Digitization of Vital Events Project (Dove) and improved online indexes of Civil Registration known as the MAGPIE project (Multi Access to GRO Public Index of Events). Having liaised with GRO about this project over the last three years the Society had heard regular assurances that the contractors Siemens were catching up with backlogs of digitising the certificates and that GRO was preparing to improve the indexes. This clearly is no longer the case.
The Society hopes fervently that the GRO and the Identity and Passport Service will not lose the opportunity to make improved services for all who make use of civil registration records."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

FamilySearch Indexing one year

Renee's Genealogy Blog: Adventures in FamilySearch Indexing - Week 52:
We still need your help! The number of batches being arbitrated is out of balance compared with the number of batches being indexed. Please spend as much time as possible doing arbitration, especially for the Washington State Deaths and Louisiana 1850-1954 Death Certificates projects.

If the gap between the number of batches indexed and the number of batches arbitrated grows too large, indexing batches will not be assigned (even though they are available) until the arbitration numbers come back into balance. If you notice that a project is on the Download From… list, but the system states that there are no batches available to index, please download and submit arbitration batches as soon as possible for the same project.

Arbitration is a vital step in ensuring a constant flow of data through the indexing pipeline. We sincerely appreciate your efforts."

Genlighten Blog

Genlighten Blog — Genealogy Documented » Blog Archive » FamilySearch Family Tree: "Of course, the most distinctive and powerful advantage offered by NFS’ Family Tree lies in the modest -looking “Search” tab. Here you can access the LDS Church’s massive database of genealogical data and potentially tie in new individuals or ancestral lines. Of course, this information will only be truly valuable if it’s well-sourced and documented. As I mentioned in my previous post, it remains to be seen how diligent NFS users will be in entering research notes and source citations. Here’s hoping that many are able to catch that vision."

1891 Census of Canada

1891 Census of Canada - "The third census of Canada covers seven provinces - British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontairo, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec - and the Northwest Territories, which at the time was comprised of the districts of Alberta, Assiniboia East, Assiniboia West, Saskatchewan, and Mackenzie River.

new on line today

Enumerator Instructions:

The 1891 Census was begun on 6 April 1891. The head of household was to be enumerated first, followed by other members of the household. The head of household was responsible for providing all of the information about the household to the enumerator. The following questions were asked by enumerators:

  • Number of family, household, or institution in order of visitation
  • Name of each person in family or household on 6 April 1891
  • Relation to head of family or head of household
  • Sex (M = Male; F = Female)
  • Age
  • Marital Status (Single, Married, Widowed, or Divorced)
  • Country or province of birth
  • Whether French Canadian
  • Birthplace of father
  • Birthplace of mother
  • Religion
  • Profession, occupation, or trade
  • Employer
  • Wage Earner
  • Whether unemployed during the week preceding the census
  • If an employer, state the average number of hands employed during the year
  • Whether able to read and write
  • Whether deaf and dumb, blind, or of an unsound mind
To browse images (theoretically), members can click on a link below.
British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Genealogy Blogs

Genealogy Blogs // Page 7 // BlogCatalog: "BlogCatalog features 198 Genealogy blogs for you to browse"

Monday, July 21, 2008

Danish English glossary - Research Guidance: "This list contains Danish words with their English translations. The words included here are those that you are likely to find in genealogical sources. If the word you are looking for is not on this list, please consult a Danish-English dictionary. (See the 'Additional Resources' section below.)

Danish is a Germanic language like Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic. A major spelling and grammar reform was introduced in Denmark in 1953. Most differences between modern and old Danish are simply a matter of spelling. Carefully study the spelling section in 'Language Characteristics' below. This will help you find the words in this list."

new Indexing - Indexing: "Help create free public access to the
U.S. census indexes and other records!
Volunteer Register to volunteer Start Indexing For those already registered

The key life events of billions of people are being preserved and shared through the efforts of people like you. Using our online indexing system, volunteers from around the world are able to quickly and easily transcribe the records—all from the convenience of their homes. The indexes are then posted for FREE at

Millions of rolls of microfilm provide census, vital, probate, and church records from over 100 countries for indexing projects. Governments, churches, societies, and commercial companies are also working to make more records available."

FamilySearch and Team to
Publish New Images and Enhanced Indexes to the U.S. Censuses
New 1900 Census Images Now Available on; Volunteer Indexers Sought to Improve the 1920 U.S. Census Index

SALT LAKE CITY— and FamilySearch, the two largest online family history resources, announced today they will exchange records and resources to make more historical records available online. The first project is a joint initiative to significantly enhance the online U.S. Federal Census Collection (1790 to 1930). The original census records are among the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

FamilySearch is digitally converting master microfilm copies of the original U.S. Federal Censuses from 1790 through 1930 and, under this agreement, will give these improved images to All census images and indexes will be available on for subscribers.

As projects are completed, images will be available for free in NARA reading rooms and FamilySearch’s 4,500 Family History Centers
., which currently offers indexes and images to the entire publicly available U.S. Federal Census Collection, will give FamilySearch copies of its existing census indexes. Through its online indexing system and community of volunteer indexers, FamilySearch is already indexing select censuses. FamilySearch will merge the indexes with the new FamilySearch indexes to create enhanced census indexes, which will be added to both sites. Indexes to the enhanced censuses will be free on for a limited time as they are completed. Indexes will also be available for free on

Allen Weinstein, the Archivist of the United States, welcomed this agreement as a significant benefit for researchers. He remarked that, “Census records are among the most important documents the American people have to trace their genealogy and know their family history. Having two of our partners working together to enhance the indexes and images of these essential documents will enable an unprecedented level of access and understanding.”

The first census exchanged is the 1900 U.S. Census. FamilySearch completed a 1900 index in addition to’s original. In the new index, FamilySearch added several new fields of searchable data, such as birth month and birth year, so individuals can search for ancestors more easily. The two indexes will be merged into an enhanced index, available on both sites. The new 1900 census images are now available on The enhanced 1900 index will be available for free for a limited time at and ongoing at will also provide FamilySearch its original 1920 U.S. Census index. Using the index as a first transcription, FamilySearch will create a new second index with added fields and arbitrate any discrepancies between the two indexes. The 1920 project is currently in progress. Individuals interested in helping create the improved index can volunteer at Once completed, the enhanced 1920 index will be available on both sites and will link back to images on

The 1850 through 1870 (partial) and 1880 and 1900 U.S. Censuses can be searched currently at; all publicly available U.S. Censuses are already available on

Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of The Generations Network, Inc., parent company of, said, “This collaboration represents a significant step forward in making family history research more accessible. The enhanced U.S. Federal Census Collection that will become available through this agreement is a gold mine for family history researchers, and we look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch in identifying other opportunities to help people discover their roots.”

“The U.S. Censuses are arguably the most important collection of U.S. genealogical records. FamilySearch is excited to see the complete, improved indexes of these collections freely available online over the next two years. And we look forward to working with to enhance access to additional, significant collections in the future,” said Jay Verkler, Managing Director for FamilySearch.

Media Contacts:

Paul Nauta
FamilySearch Manager of Public Affairs

Suzanne Bonner
Sr. PR Manager,

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Mrs Beeton

About Ancestry -
Mrs Beeton tells you everything you need to know about how to run your home.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Food fans can step back in time today as the original pages of one of the most famous cookery books ever written, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, are published online at leading family and social history website

A bestseller from its first publication in 1861, the book defined a genre and spawned thousands of imitators, turning cooking and housekeeping into a form of entertainment and paving the way for the likes of Delia Smith, Nigella Lawson, Kim & Aggie and countless others."

About Ancestry in Europe

About Ancestry -, Ltd (26-28 Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 7BA,
phone: 020 8834 1466,

About Ancestry - "Management Team

Listed below is the senior management team at

Josh Hanna
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe and Australia

Simon Harper
Managing Director,

Jonathan Wales
European Finance Director

Ruth Daniels
Legal Director

Simon Ziviani
International Public Relations Director

Carolyn Hardy
Marketing Director,

Laryn Brown
European Records Preservation and Partnership Development Manager"