Saturday, October 16, 2004

A Welsh Course

AND Books: A History of Wales: "John Davies "

This account traces the history of Wales, from the earliest times to the late-20th century. From the first Welshmen at Ffynnon Beuno to the miners' strike, from the Red Lady of Paviland to the establishment of the Welsh television channel, from the end of the Ice Age to the politics of today, this book is a comprehensive and detailed study of the whole span and history of Wales. John Davies won the Welsh Arts Council Book Prize for Non-Fiction in 1991 for the Welsh version of this book "Hanes Cymru", and he is also the author of "Cardiff and the Marquesses of Bute".
Genealogical Society of Ireland a new version and GOOD !
Encyclopedia: Ethnologue: "

The Ethnologue, Languages of the World:

Languages of the World is a web and print publication of SIL International (formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics), a Christian linguistic service organization which studies lesser-known languages to provide missionaries for their speakers. It contains statistics for 6,809 languages (2000 edition) and gives the number of speakers, location, dialects, linguistic affiliations, availability of the Bible, etc. It is currently the most comprehensive existing language inventory, along with the Linguasphere Register.

What counts as a language depends on socio-linguistic evaluation: see Dialect.

The Ethnologue provides a three-letter code, called SIL code, for each language it describes, the number of which significantly exceeds those of ISO 639 and RFC 3066.

The neutrality of Ethnologue as a scientific institution is sometimes disputed, particularly in areas of language classification associated with the Bible and Abrahamic religion. A notable case is the classification of Arabic and Hebrew, which some suggest is influenced by the scriptural idea of Ishmael and Isaac being brothers. It lists them as both South Central Semitic as opposed to Aramaic, although the scholarly consensus is nearly unanimous that Hebrew and Aramaic group together against Arabic.

In addition to choosing a primary name for the language, it also gives some of the names by which a language is called by its speakers, by the government, by foreigners, by neighbors, etc., and how it has been named and referenced historically, regardless of which designation is considered official, politically correct, or offensive, or by whom. This selection of 'alternative names' is extensive, but often incomplete. "

Thursday, October 14, 2004

The Smugglers' City

This page contains an extract from Bristol's official town chronicle - a document generally known as 'Ricart's Kalendar'.
Bristol's town clerk, Robert Ricart, began this chronicle in 1479, having first recorded the town's history since 1217.

He then went on to chronicle the important events of the town over the next three decades.
The last entries in Ricart's handwriting were made in 1506, although he appears to have remained Town Clerk until at least 1508 (Toulmin Smith, 1872, p.iii).

Later town officials then maintained the chronicle until 1898.

Gloucestershire Old Maps very useful old maps of Bristol and Gloucestershire

Genemaps is a site devoted to online images of English, Welsh and Scottish maps from their beginnings to the early 20th Century.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

England and Wales: birth, marriage and death records for 1837-1983
from my email:-

New surname and first name search facility on

As you may already be aware, we have been listening to your feedback and have re-indexed the entire birth, marriage and death records for 1837-1983, enabling you to now research your family tree by typing in the full surname of your relatives, as well as the full first name too.

Previously, if you had searched for a James Smith born between July and December in 1867, the search result would have returned a list of 12 images to view (costing a maximum of £1.20), as you had to search on the first three letters 'SMI'. Now that we have re-indexed the records and you are able to search on 'James Smith', the search results should return just 2 images (costing only 20p).

Search tip #1

When you first use the new search facility, you should note that the search results will be listed as follows:

Jul-Aug-Sep 1867 SMITH, George William - SMITH, John VIEW

Oct-Nov-Dec 1867 SMITH, Hannah - SMITH, John Fallows VIEW

These are the first and last names on these particular pages. You can see other names on these pages, such as James, that fall alphabetically between George William and John, or Hannah and John, once you have clicked on 'VIEW'.

Please note that the search results show the page or pages which may contain the index entry relating to the person you are looking for. There is no guarantee that a person of that name will be on each page in the search results.

Search tip #2

As your search is now undertaken by surname, you should no longer use just the first three letters of the surname, as the search engine will now treat that as the full surname. One exception to this is, of course, if your name only has three letters in it!

By enabling you to perform a more precise search, we hope you can now search for your ancestors more efficiently, more quickly and at a lower cost.


Free Trial with

If you have friends who are interested in tracing their ancestors and who have never used before, they can now see for free what the website offers. 1837online has earmarked certain pages on the website as free trial pages, allowing current customers and new visitors alike to view them at no charge. The free trial pages are as follows:

· Births in England and Wales during July, August and September 1868 for all surnames
· Deaths in England and Wales during January 1984 for all surnames
· Births, marriages and deaths overseas during 1870 for all surnames

These pages are available to all users at all times and you can view the records as many times as you want. New visitors are not required to disclose their credit or debit card details, or even to register on the site, until they are happy with the type of records available and until they actually decide to buy some units themselves.


UK residents! New BBC TV series 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

In case you haven't seen the trailers, the BBC has launched an exciting new TV programme about our favourite pastime. The programme, which is entitled 'Who Do You Think You Are?', is a 10-part series following a group of well-known faces as they trace their family trees and discover their roots.
The ten celebrities are David Baddiel, Jeremy Clarkson, Lesley Garrett, Ian Hislop, Sue Johnston, Bill Oddie, Vic Reeves, Amanda Redman, Moira Stuart and Meera Syal. The first show in the series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' appears on BBC2 Tuesday 12th October at 9.00pm.

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Uses DjVu browser plug in and at 300% is easier to read and better than most fiche readers, I have watched the development of this site and they are ethical and efficient with full contact details available.

Barbara Dixon's "Registration Web Page" England & Wales Registration Certificate Tutorials

Hughly recomended
Society of Genealogists: Calendar of Events: "Family History Show, Royal Horticultural Hall, Greycoat Street SW1 A comprehensive range of exhibitors and lecture programme. " 30 April 2005

The Great North Fair 2005
Saturday 10th September 2005 Gateshead International Stadium


BUT try this first FreeBMD Home Page

before 1837 FreeREG - Search English Parish Register Transcripts and Indexes only just begun.

INFO TOPICS: Births, Marriages and Deaths

How to get certificates of Births, Marriages and Deaths

England and Wales Registration Services - ONLINE Certificate Ordering Service

GENUKI: Civil Registration, LIN

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was first proposed by Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s. But because the church was such a powerful entity, it took on the role of recording christenings and marriages in Parish Registers. Over the centuries, the increase in the number of non-conformist churches, and the persistence of Common Law marriages and unbaptised children, was increasingly perceived as a problem for the wealthy who needed to define inheritance and ownership.

This led to a House of Commons Committee recommending the introduction of a national system of registration and the introduction of a civil marriage. On July 1st, 1837, the new Registration Service began with 2,193 Registrars of Births and Deaths and 619 Superintendent Registrars. This compares with current levels of 1,026 Registrars of Births and Deaths and 380 Superintendent Registrars.
. . . continues

Google Search: Births, Marriages and Deaths parish registres history LOL and a typo takes us to France (Les Registres Paroissiaux)

GeneaGuide, le portail de la génalogiethenk goodness for my danish keyboard whichis goo d for accents

REGISTER - LoveToKnow Article on REGISTER: "The idea appears to have been of Spanish origin, Cardinal Ximenes having instituted, as archbishop of Toledo, registers of baptisms in 1497. They included, under the above order, baptisms, marriages and burials, which were to be recorded weekly. In 1597 it was ordered by the Convocation of Canterbury that parchment books should be provided for the registers and that transcripts should be made on parchment of existing registers on paper, and this order was repeated in the 7oth canon of 1603. The transcripts then made now usually represent the earl~st registers. It was further provided at both these dates that an annual transcript of the register should be sent to the bishop for preservation in the diocesan registry, which was the origin of the bishops transcripts. The Directory for the publique worship of God, passed by parliament in 1645, provided for the date of birth being also registered, and in August 1653, an Act of Barebones Parliament made a greater change, substituting civil parish registers (sic) for the clergy, and ordering them to record births, banns, marriages and burials. The register was also to publish the banns and a justice to perform the marriage. The register books were well kept under this civil system, but at the Restoration the old system was resumed.
A tax upon births, marriages and burials imposed in 1694 led to the clergy being ordered to register all births, apart from baptisms, but the act soon expired and births were not again registered till 1836. Lord Hardwickes Marriage Act (1q54), by its rigid provisions, increased the registration of marriages by the parochial clergy and prescribed a form of entry. In 1812 parish registers became the subject of parliamentary enactment, owing to the discovery of their deficiencies. Roses Act provided for their safer custody, for efficien"

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

BBC - History - Family History worth watching on TV
but I am not too certain about the web site
Google Search: udvandreragenter
these were the agents who sold Danes tickets to USA for example,
and the police kept a card index of each sale to combat fraud by the law of May 1, 1868

The Danish Emigration Archives (394.000 emigrants) to 1908

Source: The Provincial Archives of Sealand, Copenhagen Police Records of Emigrants 1868-1940: no. 21-58 Direct emigrants; 198-248 Indirect emigrants; 59-196 Ships sailings with passenger lists.

For the years 1873-1882 separate lists on mormon-emigration (15.000) from and through Denmark are kept at the Danish Emigration Archives, however not yet included in the emigrationdatabase.

other Danish emigrationdatabases?
Moreover 4.109 emigrants from Denmark for the years 1879-1887 are to be found in
The Emigration Records from Vejle Links and The Association of European Migration Institutions

GENUKI: Newbies Guide by Roy Stockdill

After purchasing a notebook and a paper system of recording ones researches
- especially in the ask the relatives and local archives stages which should come first

Next get organised and and get Family Tree Maker or any other newer program (which can export gedcom and make a web site) single CD in a flat pack or download for free.


is the UK 1881 census on CD

see Barry Ruck FAQ

scroll down to
Question: Which Census are available on C.D. ROM ?

you get Scotland which is a pay per view site on line

once you have learned to make a full text search using Viewer 4.02
you may examine typos and spelling variations in the pick list

search for occupations

put in a piece number to review a piece as a whole

use it as a gazeteer down to street house and cottage names
and get the piece number to locate neighbouring landmarks like pubs and schools clearly visible on and locate where your ancestors lived

put the coordinate into to get a modern addess
put that into will show an aerial photograph

UK 1881 census on CD is a must have
after that I think online subscriptions are better value

then you, or your agent, must start on other secondary sources
like the great libraries SoG London and the Family History Library Salt Lake city or its local barnches and Family History Societies

Finally primary sources The National Archives and the County Record Offices looking at the stuff which has not been filmed or put on line

GENUKI: Newbies' Guide to English Genealogy and Family History by Roy Stockdill

or my own

UK 1881 census on CD is a must have
you may refer to it again and again.

All of which suggests getting the Danish censuses on CD might be a good idea for anyone seriously researching danish ancestors too.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Researching in the Cities of Denmark
great page just fell over this

Gary T. Horlacher is the doyen of Danish genealogy in USA and in english on the internet

newer pages on his site

Google Search: Gary T. Horlacher 2003

HGS: Internet Projects : For Dreamers Only
Surname Thesaurus a way of lookin for possible variations in the spelling of names

NameX matched
120 Surnames

Soundex matched
941 Surnames
Code: R540

Metaphone matched
50 Surnames
Code: RMLY

The Surname Thesaurus has 128,495,161 entries for 2,615,686 distinct Surnames

See NameX implementations running on our customer web sites at:
OriginSearch (pay site) Origin Search - Free genealogy search, free name research online.

English Origins (pay site) British Origins - Genealogy name search and records for family research in England & Great Britain

Irish Origins (free site)

You may also like to visit the Thesaurus of British Surnames project at

What's New on British Origins
English Origins change to British Origins: Due to the amount of information we are adding during the next few months which is outside of England, English Origins is now known as British Origins. The new site contains all of the existing English Origins datasets, plus we're adding new information for Scotland & Wales. Please update your bookmarks accordingly to

Unlimited Subscription Packages: - Sign up

at last an annual subscription
Google Search: nti burn cd any one tried this software?

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Welcome to Thornell CorporationRemoves all traces of skunk spray from dogs, other pets, people, cloths, cars, homes – anybody or anything a skunk has sprayed or anything a skunk-sprayed animal has rubbed against.
Google Groups Search: and there is more to life than blogging -- USENET rules OK !

Google Search: 1998 and back to 1996 Google Groups Search: "rec.arts.prose - Sep 18, 1996 by Hugh Watkins"

Date: 1996/02/09 Google Search: dreams my debut

Google Search: "Results 901 - 1000 of about 11,100 for (6.04 seconds) " and a few more other email addresses

even thsi Google Search: as anante war person I was nervous of being publically critical

>>>> WARNING: as appeared in leading German newspaper
>"Kirchheimer Stadthorn"! <<<
>"The newsgroup soc.culture.yugoslavia is heavily infiltrated
>by yugoslavian and
>NATO secret service." (23.4.1999)
>Watch out what you post: >80% of the messages are posted by
>secret service and
>only to discover who is enemy by the two oppossing side!
>- c - c

Subject: Re: WARNING: The newsgroup [...] is heavily infiltrated by [..] secret service