Friday, April 24, 2009
The FamilySearch indexing application is available in three new languages: Italian, Portuguese, and Russian. These languages are in addition to English, French, German, and Spanish."
Volunteers Transcribe 250 Million Historical Records
Incredible Effort Speeds Up Access to Online Genealogical Information
SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch volunteers reached a monumental milestone this week, transcribing their 250 millionth historical record. The incredible online initiative started in January 2006 with a few thousand volunteers and has now grown to be the largest Web-based initiative of its kind with over 100,000 volunteers worldwide. The 250 millionth record was part of the current Nicaragua Civil Registration indexing project online at index.familyearch.org—one of 45 projects being indexed by online volunteers. It was extracted by three different online indexers from Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.
FamilySearch manages the largest collection of genealogical collections in the world—2.5 million rolls of microfilm and millions of additional digital images from over 100 countries worldwide.
For decades, FamilySearch has allowed the public to use its collection for free through 4,500 family history centers throughout the world. In 2005, it began to improve access to its collection by converting microfilm to digital images that could be searched online. The next step was to create an online tool that volunteers around the world could use to look at the digital images and extract relevant data that could then be published online in searchable indexes linked to the digital images. FamilySearch Indexing is that tool.
“What makes the 250 million record milestone even more impressive is the fact that each record was actually indexed at least twice to ensure accuracy,” reported Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “The result is an amazing searchable online index for people around the world,” Nauta added.
The unique quality control process means each document is transcribed by two different indexers. In the case of the 250 millionth record, the two indexers were from Nicaragua and Guatemala. Any discrepancies in their two transcriptions were then forwarded to a third volunteer—an arbitrator—who would have made any needed corrections between the two transcriptions. In this case, that arbitrator was from Honduras. “Three volunteers, three countries, one common goal—to provide access to the world’s genealogical records quicker and more economically,” said Nauta.
Thankfully, the expansion of databases and information on the Internet has opened up the world to genealogists, and those with Austro-Hungarian roots are no exception. While researchers should understand that many of the traditional methods for obtaining information may still need to be pursued, there are a number of very good websites out there to help make the research process a little less daunting.
This article covers 25 essential websites specific to Austro-Hungarian research. For the novices out there, some of these sites may serve as a place to get started. For the more experienced researchers, perhaps a few of the sites listed may be ones you haven’t heard about or visited that can help to get you through those pesky brickwalls."
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Three different issues are being addressed to the Family History Consultants in Utah and Idaho in preparation for the implementation of New FamilySearch in those areas.; missing data, missing ordinance dates and mispelled names of incorrect dates."
'Monday se’nnight, an inquest was taken in the parish of St. James, in this city, on view of the body of Sarah Davies, an unfortunate female only 21 years of age, who poisoned herself by swallowing a quantity of laudanum, on the preceding Thursday. After a minute investigation of the circumstances, and an examination of the body upon dissection by three eminent surgeons, the jury returned a verdict - Felo de se!'
[Commentary: Felo de se, Latin for 'felon of himself,' is an archaic legal term meaning suicide.
Laudanum was an alcoholic tincture (dilute solution) of opium that was used by doctors as an analgesic and sedative. It was freely available at any pharmacy and could be bought over the counter, as an every day item in corner shops.
It would be prescribed for all all types of diseases and illnesses - from a cold, to menstrual cramps to much more severe illnesses like yellow fever. It was best used as a pain reliever, or a fever reducer, and also worked successfully to end diarrhoea because it caused constipation. It could help a person to sleep and many depended upon it for this reason. The drug became stronger if the bottle was old - due to evaporation - so who knows how many people only wanted to cure a toothache but took too much?]"
MAPCO : Map And Plan Collection Online: "MAPCO's aim is to provide genealogists, students and historians with free access to high quality scans of rare and beautiful antique maps and views.
The site displays a variety of highly collectable 18th and 19th century maps and plans of London and the British Isles, and also 19th century maps and engravings relating to Australia.
The MAPCO website is updated regularly, with new maps being displayed every month. Check back regularly to see what has been added."
jones Families Living in England and Wales in 1891 - Ancestry.com
International Family History Conference
Venue for Open the Door & Here are the People Family History Conference: "East Midlands Conference Centre,
Nottingham University Park Campus"
Now, add in a mix of digital photography and different lights. Shake well with some computer enhancements. The result? Readable images!"
Jag har testat Betaversionen av Genline Family Finder - GFF 2.6.1. Det var verkligen en kul men också omtumlande upplevelse. Frågan är om det inte börjar bli lite väl enkelt att släktforska när både GIDx och det nya transkriberingsprojektet på Genline blir utbyggt. Lite av det roliga med släktforskningen är ju detektivarbetet, att tyda omöjliga handstilar, att leta rätt på gårdar där inga register finns, att genomskåda prästernas felskrivningar och försöka lista ut vilken födelsesocken som krafset efter det oläsliga födelseåret står för. Vi har kommit långt från den tid när entusiastiska släktforskare färdades mellan kyrkorna och läste i originaldokumenten för att bara upptäcka att deras farfars far redan efter ett år flyttade vidare till en socken som var allt för lång bort för att besöka samma dag.
Genealogy for Dummies
This is an English version of my Blog "Släktforskning för noviser" and as my ancestors are from the areas of Sweden where many Swedish-American families have their roots I decided to translate a selected number of my articles into English.
The areas I mainly do research on are:
Grangärde, Norrbärke and Floda in Dalarna.
Ljusnarsberg in Örebro.
Eda and Holmedal in Värmland.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
. . . . the creation of genealogy mailing lists and message boards, Ol’ Myrt here agrees with fellow genea-blogger Hugh Watkins of Genealoge who recently offered two suggestions for my review.
He wrote: “My own experience of Yahoo and (private) Google genealogy groups is that they live or die according the amount of look-ups done.
Both are very successful with a back office full of transcriptions and spin off websites and are worthy of your attention. Both groups have very knowledgeable local genealogists at their centre."
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Transcribed Parish Records
Baptism, Marriage and Burial records of the Parish Churches and Non-conformist Chapels within the Forest of Dean. Also, we have many bordering Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Monmouthshire Parish Church records in the database.
Search Parish Records
Up-to-date list consists of all the parish records have been transcribed and what records are currently in progress of being transcribed.
Up-to-date list of transcribed records
Awre Marriages 1909-1947 *
Blakeney Marriages 1933-1944 *
Bream Baptisms 1922-1945 *
Bream Burials 1920-1951
Bream Marriages 1920-1941
Chepstow Marriages 1837-1900
Chepstow Municipal Cemetry Burials 1925-1933
Christchurch Burials 1938-1951
Christchurch Marriages 1915-1940
Clearwell Baptisms 1917-1958 *
Drybrook Burials 1908-1933
Dymock Burials 1901-1964
Dymock Marriages 1930-1951 *
Falfield Baptisms 1813-1877
Hasfield Marriages 1837-1977 *
Hewelsfield Marriages 1931-1938
Maisemore Burials 1879-2008 *
Much Marcle Baptisms 1860-1886
Norton Baptisms 1745-1795
Norton Burials 1686-1744
Redmarley Burials 1859-1905
Ross on Wye Baptisms 1671-1723
Ross Roman Catholic Baptisms 1926-1967 *
The Leigh Baptisms 1685-1812
The Leigh Burials 1683-1812
The Leigh Marriages 1683-1812
Upton Bishop Baptisms 1795-1812
Upton Bishop Burials 1795-1812 *
Wotton under Edge Baptisms 1830-1852
* Recent events are not available on-line for privacy reasons
** Updated Records
View Up-to-date list of transcribed records
If you have any difficulties logging into the Parish Records section,
please make sure you have read the Help-FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
pages before asking for assistance as it will often answer any questions
you might have. This will save yourself and others a lot of time.
Unofficial Ancestry subscription list
This group was started on rootsweb but that list has just been shut down . so it has migrated to google groups.
from my email:-
Dear Ancestrycom List Members,
We wanted to let you know that in the next coming days the recently created
Ancestrycom mailing list will be removed from the site. We definitely don't
want to discourage discussion about the Ancestry.com website, but currently
there are two very active message boards dedicated to the discussion of
Ancestry.com. One is called Ancestry Site Comments (mainly used for general
comments about the site) and the other is called Ancestry Improvements
(mainly used to submit suggested improvements and site feedback).
Ancestry Site Comments
On Ancestry.com - http://boards.ancestry.com/
On RootsWeb.com - http://boards.rootsweb.com/
On Ancestry.com -
On RootsWeb.com -
Our Product Managers and other Ancestry.com staff are active on these
message boards and try to visit them regularly to read the recent posts. We
are worried that with an additional outlet for discussion about Ancestry.com
we may not have enough staff to stay on top of things and may miss some of
the comments that would have been made to the message boards. We want to
make sure that we can understand everyone's feedback about the site and can
offer our comments when it is helpful and keeping it focused on these two
message boards will help with that.
Thanks in advance for your understanding as we try to use these messages
boards instead of this new mailing list. We understand that some of you
prefer to use mailing lists rather than the message boards and hope that
this doesn't inconvenience you too much.
Community Operations Manager
The Generations Network
A 360 W 4800 N Provo, UT 84604
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Monday, April 20, 2009
"There are currently over 140 discs of PRF files. But Document ID: 102740 of NFS states that the PRF was only loaded into NFS up to disc 85.
This Document goes on to state:
Although all of the Pedigree Resource File discs have not been added to the new FamilySearch, you may still submit to the Pedigree Resource File through www.familysearch.org. It is a great research tool that can be purchased by anyone from Distribution Services.
Unresolved is the issue if future submissions to the PRF will be incorporated, in the future, into NFS. Also unresolved is the issue of the future of the PRF. . . . ."
made in Family Tree Maker 16 and exported as a Temple Ready gedcom and uploaded to the wonderful WorldConnect Project -- Connecting the World One GEDCOM at Time
|4.||Alfred Henry Watkins was born 13 AUG 1862 in Llanvair Kilgeddin, Monmouthshire AML BB, was christened 2 NOV 1862 in St Mary's Llanfair Cilgedin, and died in late afternoon, Woodbank House, Bridge Street, Usk Mon. He was buried 5 JAN 1935 in St Mary's Churchyard, Usk. He was the son of 8. Thomas Watkins and 9. Margaret Bill.|
|5.||Blanche Eveline Jones was born 5 JUN 1874 in Raglan, Monmouthshire (AHW BB 1874), and died 5 JUL 1953 in The Haven Monmouth Road Usk Monmouthshire ?July 5 1953. She was buried 5 JUL 1953 in St Mary's churchyard Usk. She was the daughter of 10. Edward Jones and 11. Mary Jones.|
Children of Blanche Eveline Jones and Alfred Henry Watkins are:
|6.||Alfred Thomas Lapham was born 15 OCT 1872 in 15 Campbell Street Bristol BS2 8XE Clifton Dec 1872 6a 78 AML BB "Daddy", and died 30 JUL 1961 in Sun 1830 Thornbury Hospital (Alison and Norah there) HBW. He was buried AFT 30 JUL 1961 in Grave 64 Dark Blue AB , Canford Cemetery, Westbury-On-Trym, Bristol. He was the son of 12. Alfred Lapham and 13. Fanny Bartley Ball.|
|7.||Florence Caroline Evans was born 13 JUN 1877 in St Philips AML BB RGO Bristol 6d 21 5 Merchant Street, and died 1 FEB 1956. She was buried in Grave 64 Dark Blue AB , Canford Cemetery, Westbury-On-Trym, Bristol. She was the daughter of 14. Philip Evans and 15. Elizabeth Walker.|
Children of Florence Caroline Evans and Alfred Thomas Lapham are:
AML BB is my mother's Birthday Book a source of dates started when she was 7 years old - Alison Mary Lapham - and used until she died aged 91
Knowles Collection Updated!
The Knowles Collection contains information for thousands of Jews from the British Isles. Building on the work of the late Isobel Mordy, the collection links individuals into family groups. More names are added continuously.
The collection is available as a PAF or a Gedcom file that can be viewed and edited with the free PAF genealogy software (PAF v5.2 (Personal Ancestral File)).
PAF Format: Knowles Collection Last updated: March 2009
Gedcom Format: Knowles Collection Last updated: March 2009
from my email:-
20 April 2009
Popular British Jewish Database Grows to 40,000 Records
SALT LAKE CITY—FamilySearch expanded its Knowles Collection—a free popular database of Jewish records hailing from the British Isles. The collection builds upon work commenced by the late Isobel Mordy—a well-known historian of the Jews of the British Isles.
Mordy was a retired mathematician and used a complex code to link Jewish United Kingdom families in her research. Her work yielded 8,000 names and has been very popular for Jewish family history researchers with British ancestry.
“The complexity of the code Mordy used to index her research is daunting even to the most experienced researcher,” said Todd Knowles, author and manager of the Knowles Collection and a British Reference consultant for the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It took Knowles a few years, but he ultimately managed to transcribe the records from Mordy’s work into a more easily searchable genealogy database.
The great advantage of the Knowles Collection is that it links together electronically tens of thousands of individual Jews into family groups. Knowles has since expanded Mordy’s collection of 8,000 names to a collection of over 40,000.
“The records come from over 100 individual sources,” noted Knowles. “That saves the researcher a lot of time and travel.”
Some of the record sources were actively maintained until the mid 1980s, so many people living today will be able to find their relatives from recent memory in the collection. The newly added names come from many types of records—censuses; probate records; synagogue birth, marriage, and death records; biographies; and more.
Perhaps the most interesting records added recently include over 200 Jewish Welsh marriages from a community in the city of Cardiff, original synagogue records, and patron-submitted records. Some of the families tie into the work of Malcolm Stern’s The First American Jewish Families, which includes families who had English ancestry.
The collection can be accessed at FamilySearch.org on the Jewish Family History Resources page. It is available to download for free as either a GEDCOM or PAF file. Individuals can add their own records to the collection by contacting the collection’s author, Todd Knowles, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FamilySearch manages the largest collection of genealogical records worldwide. A significant portion of its collections come from the United Kingdom.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Research Wiki - Employment at the Family History Library
From FamilySearch Wiki
To work at the Family History Library one must be a member, in good standing, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and must be able to meet the requirements of the job.
The best way to find out what positions are open is to look on the Internet:
- Go to www.lds.org
- Click on "Home and Family"
- Click on "Employment"
- Click on "Church Employment Opportunities"
- You may apply directly on line
Check the web site often, as jobs are filled very quickly and new jobs are posted.
Employment information is available from the Human Relations department via the internet at:FamilySearch Record Search pilot site
abehebertle - FamilySearch Update:
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