Saturday, November 29, 2008

Schuring Schoop: You know which ones were the ugly ones....

Schuring Schoop: You know which ones were the ugly ones....: "Ok, my husband is amazing and he is so excited about doing family history now. So, here is a photo of Troy working on the website and he says to me perfectly innocently....'man, you know which women were the ugly ones, they didn't marry until after the age of 30' ......... Then, a minute goes by and he looks at me to see if I heard him since I gave him no reply....and I am sitting there with my jaw on the floor realizing he has no clue what he just implied about me! Then, he starts laughing till he cries when he realizes what he has just said. It was a hilarious moment. But he assured me, I was pretty and the times are different now in 2008. Whew.." music warning :-(

Friday, November 28, 2008

Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools and Ideas

Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools and Ideas: "Welcome

In 1968 Stewart Brand launched an innovative publication called The Whole Earth Catalog.It was groundbreaking, enlightening, and spawned a group of later publications.

The collection of that work provided on this site is not complete — and probably never will be — but it is a gift to readers who loved the CATALOG and those who are discovering it for the first time."

Cyndi's List has a new category

Cyndi's List - Wikis for Genealogy

I like this one best

FamilySearch Wiki:
"FamilySearch Wiki is a large, on-line library where you can find thousands of articles and how-to instructions about doing family history. To learn more about the Wiki, read Getting Started."

Thursday, November 27, 2008

BYU Family History Library

Brigham Young University Family History Library
a long time since I looked at this site - famous for pioneering Google books

Family History Archive:
"The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books.
The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), and gazetteers.
It also includes some specialized collections such as the Filipino card collection and the “Liahona Elders Journal.”

The books come from the collections of the FamilySearch Family History Library, the Allen County Public Library, the Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, the Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center, the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, the BYU Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library." - Family History Library: "Gifts of family genealogies, organized collections and other records that contain genealogical information are welcome.

You can even write a history of your family and place a copy in the library. Please use the authorized gift form when making a donation. Contact the Genealogical Society of Utah on the fifth floor of the Church Office Building (801-538-2978) for more information on the types of materials the library can accept and how to prepare your materials.

For more details, see Donations to the Family History Library."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

FamilySearch Indexing

FamilySearch Indexing: Home: " announced a joint initiative with FamilySearch International to improve online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses. As part of the agreement, FamilySearch will digitize and index Canadian census records that has acquired. These digitized and indexed records will then be made available to members on the company's Web site, and the indexes will be available for free to the public at The images will be free to qualified FamilySearch members and all FamilySearch family history centers."

from my email:-

24 November 2008 Indexing UPDATE - 1875 Norway Census

In the first week of December, we will start indexing the 1875 Norway Census. This will be a large segment of the census for rural areas of Norway, but not the entire census. FamilySearch’s Historical Family Reconstitution unit has joined forces with the University of Tromsø in Norway to complete this project. The university is indexing the census records for the urban areas of Norway.

Pass the word along that anyone interested in Norwegian genealogical research is encouraged to help by volunteering as a FamilySearch indexer.

Completed Projects

The following projects have been completed in the past two weeks. Patrons should be able to search them shortly online at FamilySearch Record Search:

Missouri – 1870 US Census
Tennessee – 1870 US Census
Morelos – 1930 Mexico Census
Alabama – 1920 US Federal Census
Arkansas Marriages II
Alabama – 1850 US Federal Census – General

Current Projects,
Record Language, and Percent Completion Status

1916 Canadian Census English 25%
Argentina Censo 1869 - Buenos Aires 2 Spanish 19%
Argentina Censo 1869 - Cordoba y San Luis Spanish 15%
Arkansas Marriages [Part 1] English 54%
Arkansas Marriages IV English 8%
Belgique – Registres Des Décès (Français) French 14%
België - Overlijdens Registers - In het Nederlands Dutch, Flemish 7%
Brandenburg Kirchenbücher German 29%*
(*This percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

Bremer Schifflisten German 0.6%
España Lugo Registros Parroquiales [Part 1] Spanish 8%
Flanders Death Registration
FR, Dutch, Flemish 33%

Florida 1945 Census English 96%
France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche French 7%
Guanajuato Censo de Mexico de 1930 Spanish 86%
Guerrero - Censo de Mexico de 1930 Spanish 51%

Illinois - 1920 US Federal Census English 31%
Indiana Marriages, 1790 – Apr 1905 English 60%
Indiana Marriages, 1882 – Apr 1905 English 84%
Indiana Marriage Returns, 1882 – Apr 1905 English 48%
Indiana Marriages, Apr 1905 – Dec 1957 English 40%

Massachusetts - 1920 US Federal Census English 44%
Massachusetts Death Records 1906-1915 English 53%
Massachusetts Marriage Records 1906-1915 English 9%
New Hampshire - Early to 1900 Births English 18%

Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records Spanish 8%
Nova Scotia Antig. Church Records, 1823 to 1905 English 39%

Ohio Tax Records – 2 of 4 English 61%
Queretaro - Censo de Mexico de 1930 Spanish 7%

UK - Cheshire - Church Records English 21%
UK - Cheshire - Land Tax English 4%
Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales Spanish 1%

Paul Nauta
Public Affairs Manager

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ancestry Magazine

Ancestry Magazine


and thanks for this unexpected treat which appeared in my post.


MOTOR VEHICLE INDEX MARKS AND SURVIVING REGISTERS: "The listing can be used to identify whether the original local authority registration registers and/or card indexes still exist.

Registers vary considerably in the information recorded with some giving the machine, engine and frame numbers, the date of registration and the name of the supplier and first owner down to the registration date and the vehicle excise category such as Bicycle, Private or Goods. The identity letters are the last two letters on a three letter plate."

useful for identifying photographs

Sunday, November 23, 2008


The Probate Service: "Probate Scams

Please be aware that there are currently several Probate scams in operation via the Internet . A number of these operate from countries outside the United Kingdom. Many of these will inform the recipient that they are the beneficiary of a substantial legacy but will ask for fees and/or taxes in advance of sending more information or the release of funds.

These will always be fraudulent and on no account should you make any payment or transfer any funds. You can obtain further information and advice concerning such scams on You will also find information about reporting such activity to the police, as the police may be able to close down the e-mail accounts concerned."

restoring daguerreotypes

Holding back the years: "Like any art, daguerreotypes are subject to the ravages of time. Life Sciences Division researchers John Miller and Valerie Golovlev are developing a way to clean and restore occluded daguerreotypes by using a laser process that cleans impurities and blemishes from the image’s surface.

“There is something magical about the way daguerreotypes look, and much of it may have to do with the surface structure involved in the process,” says Miller, who specializes in photonics, or optical, research. “The pictures are made up of little bumps of silver crystals. They reflect light in a way that suggests depth, and at certain viewing angles you can get either negative and positive images. It’s really a nanostructured image.”

The heyday of Louis Daguerre’s process was from 1840 to 1860. After a century and a half, many photos have deteriorated. Miller says the deterioration is from impurities that tarnish and obscure the image. . . . .

restoring daguerreotype photography museum - Google Search

“A typical daguerreotype gets a bluish oxidation circle around the edges. It gives it an antique quality, but eventually it can obscure the image,” he says, explaining that the surface deposits can be composed of silver oxide, silver sulfide or even contaminants from a brass mat or cover glass."

laser Daguerreotype - Google Search - Study of surface tarnish on daguerreotypes - Google Search