Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Weekend Post Online

The Weekend Post Online: "IF YOU’VE been a fan of the BBC Series Who Do you Think You Are?, then the local version is sure to be just as interesting. Starting tomorrow night on SABC2, viewers will be able to get a front-row seat and track the ancestry of some of South Africa’s most influential celebrities on the local version of Who Do You Think You Are? This family-orientated documentary series allows some of the country’s top celebrities to go face-to-face with the hidden history of their ancestors and provides a journey of emotional discovery for them and the audience."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tracing your London Roots

Society of Genealogists, Family History, Genealogy, Family Names: "21 April 2009 - SoG has received funding for free ‘Tracing your London Roots’ talks as part of the Mayor’s Story of London Festival.

Start Tracing your London Roots These talks will look at how to start your family history; where records can be found in and about London and how the Society of Genealogists can help you. Talks will last approx. 1-1.5 hours and will be free of charge, but need to be pre-booked.

Lecturers: Paul Blake (2 June, 2pm),
Geoff Swinfield (10 June, 11am)
Else Churchill (18 June, 11am),
Michael Gandy (25 June, 2pm).

Although free, these need to be pre-booked by calling: 020 7553 3290, online or email events."
Publish Post

Professional Genealogists Utah

Professional Genealogists Utah | ProGenealogists: "A team of professional genealogists with experience, knowledge and access to billions of records is ready to assist you in United States, Canadian and European research! We conduct family history and genealogy research in archives across the world, including the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our specialists are well-versed in the record collections of archives across the world. We know which records are readily available and which will best meet your research goals. ProGenealogists specializes in researching and documenting family histories, including: immigration, European origins, Canadian origins, lineage societies, United States colonial research, and Medieval British research. We can also help with detailed and thorough genealogy record searches, too."

Search | ProGenealogists: "Research By Gary T. Horlacher"

Naming Customs | ProGenealogists: "In Schleswig, however, patronymics continued throughout the 18th century just as they did in the rest of Denmark. This meant that if a person's father was named Jep or Peter, then the sons and daughters used the surname Jepsen or Petersen. Areas closest to Denmark the daughters sometimes used the surnames as Jepsdatter and Petersdatter, but most areas of Schleswig they took the same patronymic form as the boys.

Because of problems in identifying heirs and relatives with common patronymic names for probate proceedings, a law was passed in the duchy of Schleswig in Nov 1771 requiring the taking of set-surnames throughout the region. The result was that in some places people took fixed patronymic names or used old nicknames or farm names, or in a few areas took entirely new names. Sometimes a person may have taken a patronymic name other than their own or their father's patronymic name. This law was passed by Struensees in the name of the mentally ill King Christian VII. If Struensees' had not fallen from power a similar law would have probably been passed about this time for the rest of the country (Denmark).

Although this law changed the naming customs in this part of Denmark, the change took time to completely take effect. It took a full generation before the fixed-surnames were well established. The generation born about 1770-1800 may be listed several ways in various records. For example, we find a woman named Ingeburg, wife of Hans Casper Jepsen, listed in several records as follows: . . . . ."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Genetics-based products

Genetics-based products stir concerns - The Boston Globe: "The companies, on the other hand, contend that even if much of the complexity of genetics continues to be worked out in labs, enough is already known that they are providing valuable information to customers.

'It's an early science; it's in flux, it's changing . . . and I think that's the context by which people have to understand consumer genetics - this is something that's in the process of evolution, but that doesn't mean there isn't utility,' said Lew Bender, chief executive of Interleukin Genetics, a Waltham company developing genetic tests for consumers.

The disconnect stems partly from ordinary people's expectations of genetics, which have been set by the powerful - but often oversimplified - idea they learned in high school that inherited genes determine traits such as blood type or eye color and that a single errant gene could be the culprit for a disease, such as cystic fibrosis or Huntington's disease. Such clear-cut examples of the power of genetics do not exist in most diseases, or complex phenomena like aging, where a confusing stew of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors seems to play a role.

Most of the genes or snippets of DNA that have so far been linked to diseases confer a small, or hard-to-interpret amount of risk for a disease."

Gmail - Footnote Find - Spanish Flu Pandemic -

Gmail - Footnote Find - Spanish Flu Pandemic - "Spanish Flu Kills Millions in 1918

War and famine are generally associated with the loss of millions of lives. However, the influenza epidemic of 1918 killed more human beings than World War I altogether. One fifth of the world's population was infected by the virus. It killed more people than any other disease on record. The flu not only infected children and the elderly, but also young adults who would typically survive diseases of this kind. The deaths of so many youth contributed to the 'Lost Generation' after World War I, resulting in new movements within the 1920s culture. The influenza epidemic has great historical significance, for it was not only a great tragedy, but also resulted in social changes throughout the world."

Sharing Family History - LDS Technology Forums

Sharing Family History - LDS Technology Forums: "Because I've seen it come up in various threads, I thought it might be useful to start a new thread dedicated to sharing Family History data and perhaps it might be a little easier for folks to find the info.

My problems:
- Many members of my family are nonmembers, but interested in our history.
- nFS isn't available to nonmembers and is still sub-par (in my opinion) where sources, notes and multimedia are concerned.
- Currently, I'm the the keeper of the 'official version' of our FH files. If somebody has something to add, they usually email it to me and I input it, source it, and send it back out to whomever might be interested. . . . . ."


Coalmining Accidents and Deaths - Raleys - Maps, Poems and Searchable Databases for Mining in the UK: "This is a database of over 164,000 records containing the details of coalmining accidents and deaths in the UK. Some names are shown as 'Witheld' - this is for reasons of Data Protection and relates to all records of people injured since 1950."
The Coal Mining History Resource Centre

Genealogy on Facebook

Become a Fan of Genealogy on Facebook | WorldVitalRecords Blog

How do I become a fan of genealogy and family history on Facebook?

Simply click on these links: Genealogy and Family History. * You must be a member of Facebook to become a fan of genealogy and family history.

Why should I become a genealogy and family history fan?

Combined, the genealogy and family history groups have nearly 10,000 members, and the groups are growing at a rapid rate. Here you will find 10,000 people who love

genealogy and family history just like you do. You can connect with other genealogists, and get the latest genealogy buzz for free!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2008 Bunfight Bristol and Somerset

2008 Bunfight pictures from people photos on webshots: "A get-together of family historians held on 20th September 2008 at The Carpenter's Arms, Stanton Wick, Somerset, UK."

Renee's Genealogy Blog

Renee's Genealogy Blog: "One thing I also learned that the current NFS website is now being called new FamilySearch 'classic'" . . .

Last Thursday evening at the Alpine Tabernacle, Randy Bryson from FamilySearch, spoke to the Family History Consultants in attendance. We were excited to learn they are working the roll-out of new FamilySearch differently to the the Utah/Idaho Temple districts. Here are some of the things we learned.

* All registered Family History Consultants and Priesthood Leaders will receive notice, within days, that they have access to new FamilySearch. If you haven't registered, you are encouraged to do so NOW at

* June 9th, the Mount Timpanogoes temple will no longer accept Temple Ready Disks. Patrons will need to submit a FOR (Family Ordinance Request) instead. How will they do that you ask? By going to their local Family History Center where registered Family History Consultants will turn Temple Ready disks into FORs. They will sign patrons into NFS through the Helper function.

Welsh Icons

Welsh Icons - Home: "Croeso - Welcome to the Welsh Icons Website

Over the past 3 years this site has grown from a simple “What’s Your Favorite Welsh Thing” type of site to an Encyclopedia and Gazetteer of Wales and all Things Welsh - A Cymrupedia if you like."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Custodian 3 with form for 1911 census of England and Wales

Custodian 3 Home: "Welcome to Custodian 3, the database software which helps you to store, index and organise the information you have gathered from all kinds of family history records.

Use Custodian for general family history research, one-name studies, indexing projects, local history and one-place studies. Keep a computer-based version of all your paper records, documents and lists in one place and minimise endless searching for paperwork."

Custodian 3 History:
"by Sonja Smith

The concept for Custodian was first developed in 1997 when my one-name study was still relatively young. Whilst using Excel and Word was just about adequate for organising similar information, it was not satisfactory for the wide variety of sources and the volume of information I was beginning to gather. There appeared to be nothing in the marketplace which was designed specifically for dealing with amounts of unrelated, or minimally related, family history data. My husband, Phil, was an analyst programmer at the time and offered to write something if I gave him a design specification and so the concept of the first version came about. It occurred to us that others might also find such a program useful and by spring 1998, Custodian was on the market.

As soon as people began to use it, feedback came rolling in. Lots of ideas and wish lists were received and it soon became clear that many people had been waiting for something like Custodian for a long time. Custodian II was released just one year later in 1999 and incorporated many of the new ideas and requests, along with greater functionality and smoother data entry. For the next five years Custodian II didn’t stop being developed; more new users coming on board brought more and more requests and ideas.

Custodian II was hugely popular but it was becoming increasingly difficult to improve the ageing code. Hence the complete re-write and release of Custodian 3 in 2003. With its new look and more features and forms, version 3 is proving to be just as popular as its predecessor, though there are still many, many users of Custodian II for whom the software does all they require!

More than ten years on and we are still developing new ideas, though sometimes now enlist the help of our very computer-literate son!"

"one-name study" - Google Search: "A one-name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person)"

and mine:-

"one-name study" LAPHAM - Google Search - "one-name study" LAPHAM - Google Search

Sunday, May 24, 2009

London & Middlesex County Branch, OGS CANADA

London & Middlesex County Branch, OGS: "Ontario Genealogical Society"


People researching in the Census of Ontario (Canada West) taken in 1852 have always been frustrated since parts are missing , including the sections for the town of London, and the Township of London in Middlesex County, Ontario.

The London & Middlesex County branch, Ontario Genealogical Society has addressed this difficulty by compiling lists of people resident in the town and/or township between 1850 and 1854.

Now researchers have another resource to consult when establishing a person?s residence in British North America.40 contemporary sources, some unpublished, ranging from assessment rolls, church records, newspaper notices, to membership certificates, have been mined for the names of children, women (sometimes maiden names and married names), and men.
Similar names appearing in different sources are included.

As a result, the town of London volume contains 11,626 names, and the volume for London Township contains 5626 names.


New Branch Publications


- cost $20.00 plus postage if applicable


- cost $10.00 plus postage if applicable

New Item #249. CD combination of above publications
- $20.00 plus postage

Divide and conquer method of repairing a broken FTM file

by Courtney Tomkins from [FTM-TECH] Rootsweb mailing list :-

Divide and conquer method (-:

Custom report, all individuals

removed A surnames from report, tried to export individuals in report, crash
removed B surnames, ditto
etc, etc

removed F surnames - no crash

Repeated with only 970 F surnames in report, removed 50 at a time,
etc, until I found the "Winner"

I don't know what was "wrong with him" because program would crash when I tried to look at anything but his family page.

So I deleted the little b*****r.

Luckily he was the "end" of that line, as there were no children
listed for him, only a wife who is now all alone.

Not too bad, I had one once that didn't stop crashing until I removed the S
surnames. There were a lot of S surnames to go thru !


the problem was an FTM file which crashed when you tried to export a gedcom