Saturday, February 26, 2005

The Free Library of Philadelphia USA

The Free Library of Philadelphia - Ask a Librarian

good for obituaries - say my AOL friends

9-11AM ET: Mugs and Hugs in Ancestral Digs
Join HOST RL Dae and HOST RL Jayne for a relaxed general genealogy chat.

Centennial Exhibition Digital Collection | The Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library of Philadelphia, with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, invites you to visit our Web version of the 100th birthday party for the United States, the Centennial Exhibition of 1876.
In these pages we present the Library's unique collection of silver albumen photographs with various views and points of access. Welcome to the Centennial at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Enjoy your visit!

UK Surnames - A genealogy research and exchange site for United Kingdom Family History research: "Welcome to UK Surnames. To view Surname entries by County or Region, use the Links listed in the table below. UK Surname interests posted by contributors allowing you to contact others researching the same family names. The site currently has 63848 entries from 11624 contributors. Add all your surname interests both for those names you are looking for and those for which you already have information. Share your UK family history information with others."

Friday, February 25, 2005

Genealogy Home Page
Barry Ruck is one of the FAQ maintainers - one of the usenet great denizens !

FAQ - GETTING STARTED – Soc.genealogy.britain How Do I Get Started ? FAQ

FAQ - CENSUS – Soc.genealogy.britain Census FAQ

FAQ - I.G.I.. – Soc.genealogy.britain IGI FAQ - Online Maps to Everywhere

Old Maps
Providing access to Britain's most extensive digital historical map archive. Find out where your ancestors used to live or check out what your neighbourhood looked like over a hundred years ago.

To locate a map, enter a place name, address or coordinate (OS Grid Reference) then click the Search button.

Alternatively go to the County Gazetteer to select a place name.
(good for checking old spellings too)
the same post codes and co-ordinates work on all three
Explore Google Maps: "Send us feedback

This is still in beta (translation: many more improvements are coming), but feel free to go ahead and try it and send us feedback."

an interesting tour concept - all on one page !
Google Maps Help : FAQ
a new BETA from Google for USA - may freeze your browser
Census of Canada, 1901 - ArchiviaNet - Library and Archives Canada: "The 1901 Census offers a rich source of information about Canada and Canadians at the turn of the 20th Century. Through this research tool you can access digitized images of the original census returns, which record age, nationality, religion, profession, income, education, etc for every single resident of Canada on 31 March 1901.
This tool allows researchers to search by geographic location only.

As this is not a nominally-indexed database, it is not searchable by family name. The digital images within this database are copies of the original microfilm records held by the National Archives of Canada. The information on these images can be used to prepare family histories, the history of towns and villages, research immigration trends and a great deal more. See what you can discover! "
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Apache/2.0.52 (FreeBSD) Server at Port 80

what causes this - AOL??

Thursday, February 24, 2005

ASK A LIBRARIAN ANYTHING: "Ask a Librarian is a national online enquiry service for the general public provided by public library reference staff.
All the library authorities involved have volunteered to take part.

At present 44 libraries are participating and are answering questions for one day approximately every six weeks.

The service is coordinated by Earl, the consortium for public library networking. Access is through a form on the Ask a Librarian web site from which the questions are routed automatically to a different library each day. The service has been operating for six months and its success is currently being evaluated with a view to planning future developments. "


Many of the questions received relate to genealogical or local history enquiries. Users of the service, particularly those from overseas, find it difficult to know where to start their research, especially as some knowledge of local authority areas is required to identify the appropriate collection.
Referrals from the participants have succeeded in getting many people to the starting point they need and for enquirers from overseas the ability to provide an email contact or fax number is invaluable.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Freebies on ancestry that I know of:-

1881 England Census (images, every name index) - Free Index
1881 Wales Census (images, every name index) - Free Index
1881 Isle of Man Census (images, every name index) - Free Index
1881 Channel Islands Census (images, every name index) - Free Index
1880 United States Federal Census

Social Security Death Index and free on Familysearch too
England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983
many prefer
which is the latest build of this database - but has smaller limits of search size.
The Development of the Manor in Anglo-Saxon and Danish England: "distinctions between free peasants and serfs. The villages of the Danelaw, at an individual level . . . "
a wonderfull essay

jurisdiction Burg a lost settlement.

Google Search: wapentake danelaw

GENUKI: Definitions of the terms used to describe areas of land and habitation in the county of Yorkshire.
House of Commons - Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs - Memoranda: "Memorandum by Dr Chris Brooks, National Chair, The Victorian Society (CEM 121)

UK National Lottery and lotto information.

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010 Liverpool,
L70 1NL
Tel +447040112683
(Customer Services)
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don't believe a word of it !
Diseases Front Page: "Note
Most of the definitions of diseases in the glossary that follows are from medical dictionaries or medical texts compiled at different points in the nineteenth century. While I have tried to submit the best-possible interpretation of these terms, there are certainly other interpretations which may be valid. I don't guarantee that all definitions are 100% correct. "

Collected, Compiled and Revised by Ian Beach.
Australind, Western Australia

The Ancient Manor of Sedgley website by Ian Beach

This site has been designed to give Genealogists and local Historians an insight into the Staffordshire village of Sedgley, its parish and the surrounding hamlets and to the life and times of the people who lived there.

The parish consists of nine hamlets;
Sedgley, Coseley, Upper & Lower Gornal, Gospel End, Woodsetton, Cotwall End, Ettingshall and Brierley (now called Bradley)

Monday, February 21, 2005


Cemetery - Derelict London
West Norwood Cemetery
Built in 1837. To quote a local estate agent's blurb: "This ranks alongside Highgate as a bizarre
and beautiful insight into the Victorian age. Its catacombs and monuments, including memorials
to many famous names, are one of London's hidden treasures."

The Catacombs are in poor condition from bomb damage, neglect, and vandalism. Following
intervention by the Diocese of Southwark and English Heritage, a conservation management strategy
has been adopted for the repair and restoration of catacombs.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: England : ENG-WARKS-BIRMINGHAM new to me but very busy.

Genealogy research in Birmingham UK

Birmingham and West Midlands photographs by virtualbrum.

BBC - Birmingham

Carl Chinn - Author Profile: "Professor Carl Chinn MBE Ph.D. the author of 21 books, is well-known throughout Birmingham and the Black Country as a historian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist and author.
The Director of the BirminghamLives multimedia people's history project at South Birmingham College, he is also professor in community history at The University of Birmingham "

Google Search: "carl chinn"