Saturday, February 19, 2005

England Census Records

quite useful - just avoid the links which take you to various landings for anxestry
favorite SCOTTISH song?: "How about the ones were LEARNED at school:

Aunty Mary hid a canary
Up the leg o` her drawers.
She p...d her breeks
For sixty weeks,
An` it ne`er came doon anymore.


Aunty Mary hid a canaray
Up the leg o' her drawers
It cursed the Boors
Fer oors an' oors
An' it won the Victoria Cross.

Any other versions of this intriguing love story?
a toktaboot
thi trooth
lik wanna yoo
scruff yi
widny thingk
it wuz troo.'"

Google Search: aunty mary canary

heard on BBC 3 Jazz this afternoon
Prince Charles knows this song
and his grandmother loved it too - but which words?

Concluding notes: "David Dalton

'Aunty Mary, had a canary, up the leg of her drawers [trad line]
The canary said to the worm, won't you come for tea
The worm replied, sure my dear, if you kiss me 1-2-3'
(to the tune Aunty Mary, also known as Cock of the North)" for Cock o' The North - Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Google Search: "aunty mary had a canary"

Friday, February 18, 2005

from usenet:-

Dear all,

the BMD web sites for the following counties have
had a recent software update in the marriage search page:

The update allows easy identification of marriage entries where
alternative names are listed in the indexes.

This is more easily illustrated by example. On the Cheshire BMD
site, search the marriages for the surname of SEDDON in 1841.
You will see that some of the surnames in the results are underlined
and are links. Click on one of the underlined surnames and a new page
of results will be displayed complete with a full explanation
for the extra entries.

All of these sites above, (plus over 200 other BMD and Census
related sites) are accessible from the UKBMD web site, address

The North Wales BMD site will be updated with this new software
very soon.

Hope you find this new feature useful.
Ian Hartas

Subscribe to the GEN-UKBMD list.
The Few :
Hidden Lives Revealed: A Virtual Archive - Children in Care 1881 - 1918: "About 22,500 children were looked after by the Waifs and Strays' Society between its foundation in 1881 - and the end of the First World War in 1918. A selection of these children's files are available here, in full - but fully anonymised."

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - Mid-nineteenth-Century Immigrants: "some general ways to determine where your mid-nineteenth-century immigrant was originally from and when he immigrated. These suggestions are meant to get the researcher started on their journey.

Not every immigrant can be located, and some are easier to locate than others. As someone whose children have over twenty separate nineteenth-century immigrants from seven European countries, I can say that it can be done, but it is not always a simple task. "

a useful article from Ancestry Daily News Archive
1861 census now online

The census information for London, Middlesex, Surrey and Kent is the first to be made available and you can start searching these records now. Over the coming few months, we will launch further data, county by county, and we will notify you each time a new set is ready

from Bristol_and_Somerset list:-

We currently have 1861 census information for:

Available on our website and we are aiming to have the entire 1861 census complete by the end of 2005.
Over the coming few months we will launch further data, county by county, and we will notify you (via our customer newsletter) each time a new set is ready.
If you do not currently receive our monthly newsletters, please sign-in to the website and click on 'view my account'.
If you have previously placed a tick in the box next to 'I do not wish to receive information from', please remove the tick and click submit. This will automatically update your account and add you to our mailing list.

Kind Regards,

Customer Services
24 Britton Street,
London, EC1M 5UA,
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)870 777 1837 Fax: +44(0)20 7608 3260

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: User Home Pages: WATKINS and LAPHAM of Monmouthshire and Bristol UK
updated today with my brandnew FTM 2005 which cost £26.45 including post from S&N Genealogy Supplies - Software, UK Census and Data CDs

excellent service by phone as usual
I rang them friday evening and FTN 2005 wasdelivered on tuesday first post

Family Tree Maker Software: #1 Selling Genealogy Software - Find Your Ancestors: "For beginners and experts alike, Family Tree Maker is the easiest and most complete resource for building and sharing your family tree. The #1-selling program for over a decade, more people trust their family history research to Family Tree Maker than any other genealogy program" Learning Center: "Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. We will guide you along the way by offering how-to articles, genealogy classes and other resources that will help you dig deeper into your family's past. " - Family Tree Maker Family History Software and Historical Records

Tim Berners-Lee
beautiful web page
great communicator

Style Guide for Online Hypertext

space for thought

Ramada Hotel & Resort Birmingham driving directions:
Ramada Hotel & Resort Birmingham
Penns Lane
Birmingham, B76 1LH
United Kingdom
Phone: 44 121-3 513111
Fax: 44 121-3 131297

next door to :-

the 'puter at

Family History Center
185 Penns Lane
Sutton Coldfield
B76 1JU

0121 384 4902 --- new telephone number to some

Tuesdays 1000 to 1300
WdsThurs Fri 1000 to 1600

Tues and Fri 7:00 pm to 9:00pm
Saturdays for church members

they hold no parish register film
all must be ordered by personal visit £2 70p each
2 to 3 weeks if in store in UK

NB GOOGLE Results 1 - 14 of 14 for 185 Penns Lane "B76 8JU". post code is wrong on these sites

Results 1 - 30 of 30 for 185 Penns Lane " 0121 384 2028" telephone number to another part of the organisation,
the British Isles service center not the reading room

tell taxi drivers it is close by the Ramada Hotel & Resort Birmingham
Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B76 1LH

Getting around in the West Midlands with CENTRO

CityPlanner - West Midlands planning your journey, by bus, coach or train

115 bus stop
Steve Hayes

Someone asked me the other day how many e-mail addresses I have, and I couldn't honestly say. There was a time that every time you sent a message from a BBS that had a link to the internet, that address got put in someone's directory. So you could end up with all sorts of e-mail addresses you didn't even know you had. More recently, just about every third web page you read wants you to sign up for a "free e-mail address" before they let you read the thing. So you end up having to think of an original password on the spur of the moment, when you weren't expecting to have to remember a password - and as a result of that, you forget it two days later.

If you really want to know them, or the ones I remember, you can always ask me.

What I will say, though, is that the Yahoo ones are most useful, because they have a special place to put spam. So if you ever want to register a web page for a search engine, or fill in your e-mail address on one of those web pages that wants to send you something, get a Yahoo one. Their filters seem to work pretty well.

county borough: Information From
county borough
County borough was a term introduced in 1889 in UK
Google Search: winch: "Sue Winch, my main Rees contact in England, has written a great story of the family history"
The Rees Family History: "The brothers John (seated) and William Rees, both born in Wales, they came to America as adults.
John stayed in America, William returned to Wales. "

my third cousins 3 times removed stone masons and miners
Writing Buddies is an MSN group and I have trouble with Hotmail with many slow or failed log ons in the last three weeks, but clicking through into My MSN Groups as a backdoor to Hotmail is best.

And clicking through from MSN messenger -- don't even think about it.
BUT but but ! that email address seems to enable "new" cousins to find me.

From the Lapham side we are three with two "honorary cousins" children of a life long friend of my mother.

But as a descendant of Thomas Watkins Abt. 1763 died August 20, 1837 and he was buried St Mary's Llanfair Kilgeddin in the Watkins Family Grave

In the year 2000 I started off alone and now we are ten not counting children and spouses
from these three lines:-

Thomas Watkins and Frances (Fanny) Maria Holmes (Watkins & Co Solicitors, Pontypool)

William Henry Watkins and Mary Ann Davies (farmer at Cwmyoy or Trebinshun Farm Bwlch Llangasty-tal-y-llyn Breconshire or Llangasty Talyllyn, Brecon, Wales - with the various spellings )

Alfred Henry Watkins and Blanche Eveline Jones (Llanvair Kilgeddin, Raglan, Watkins & Co Solicitors, and Usk )

no descendants known to me:-
Richard William Watkins and Sarah Elizabeth Mallet (farmer, Little Trostrey in Kelly's 1901 )

John Jones and Mary Holmes (chemist and grocer and brick and tile manufacturere of Raglan)
only me
and possibly grandchilden of Reginald Bliss Jones born Raglan about November 1889 - seen as Reginald Bertie Jones and Sybil Marjorie Swanborough

my second cousin four times removed William (later Reeves ) Rees March 23, 1804 Bettws Newydd was convicted of sheep stealing and sent to Van Diemens land and has descendants in USA
see Internet Family Tree

BTW Sue Winch née Forward, the Somerset genealogist, is my sixth cousin once removed
and our common ancestors are Thomas Holmes and Anne Morgan married in about 1742

I have been busy doing internet genealogy - but I find copying other peoples work is boring see Internet Family Tree and Rick Rees (John Richard Rees)
Internet Family Tree
Lincoln's Birthday:
"Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. " and David Letterman said "tomorrow is Lincoln's birthday so on UK ITV2 we get the show from 11 30 pm Friday night the 11th at 5 10 am on Tuesday 15 February 2005 - this time 4 days late
I'm a fan CBS | Late Show with David Letterman
Biography for David Letterman: "Television would never be the same after David Letterman made his second attempt at a television show in 1982. But his career up to becoming host of the show was quite an interesting and long one. Letterman was born in Broad Ripple, a neighborhood in Indianapolis. His childhood was relatively unremarkable, but he exhibited tendencies of the class clown and showed a very strong independent streak as a child" - Letterman's secret writer: Johnny Carson - Jan 19, 2005: "Letterman, who long hosted NBC's 'Late Night' show immediately following Carson's program, jumped to CBS in 1993 in the flagship 11:30 p.m. time slot opposite Leno, setting up one of the most storied rivalries on U.S. television.
While Letterman's New York-based CBS show initially drew bigger audiences than Leno, NBC's 'Tonight Show' shot in Burbank, California, eventually settled in as No. 1 in viewership, although Letterman has enjoyed improved ratings this season."

Sunday, February 13, 2005

from my email:-
What does your underground-on-the-seventh-floor weather system say about DK?
Snow? You bet! And it doesn't stop. You cant even get out there and clear
the footpath. (thank god!)

Weather Underground: Copenhagen, Denmark Forecast

Updated: 11:51 AM CET on February 13, 2005
Observed at Copenhagen, Denmark (History)
Elevation: 16 ft / 5 m
32 °F / 0 °C
Light Snow Showers
Windchill: 21 °F / -6 °C
Humidity: 100%
Dew Point: 32 °F / 0 °C
Wind: 16 mph / 26 km/h from the NNW
Pressure: 28.80 in / 975 hPa
Visibility: 2.8 miles / 4.5 kilometers
UV: 1 out of 12
Clouds (AGL): Scattered Clouds 797 ft / 243 m
Mostly Cloudy 1200 ft / 365 m

and here

Weather Underground: Coleshill, United Kingdom Forecast

Updated: 8:50 AM GMT on February 13, 2005
Observed at Coleshill, United Kingdom (History)

36 °F / 2 °C
Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 81%
Dew Point: 32 °F / 0 °C

Wind: 15 mph / 24 km/h from the WNW
Wind Gust: -
Pressure: 29.67 in / 1005 hPa (Falling)

Visibility: 22.0 miles / 35.0 kilometers

UV: 0 out of 12
Clouds (AGL): Few 1772 ft / 540 m