Friday, November 18, 2005

Danish Weather - boss page


My husband's Aunt had a beautiful framed wedding photograph (taken 1912) of her parents. We wanted to make a copy of it and when we took it out of the frame discovered not only their marriage certificate but her mother's confirmation certificate beneath the photo as well. The confirmation certificate was an especially valuable discovery because we previously had no idea where she had been born in "Germany." We were able to learn that she, in fact, was born in a "German" town, but one that was variously under German, Russian and Polish rule during her lifetime. It is currently in Poland.

For years I kept my son's school photos "archived" in the same frame. I still do the same with my granddaughter's photos. I'll bet a lot of others do the same thing.

So, check behind those framed photos. You never know what treasures you'll find.

Bev Stedman
Thanks to Bev for today's Quick Tip! If you have a tip you would like to share with researchers, you can send it to:

Direct ancestors aren't the only people I want to research. I believe that studying an entire family group is important. When I'm working on my direct ancestors, I want to know when and where they were born, where in the sequence of family births they were, and the relationships they had with their siblings and other people. I can't tell you how many times I've reached the dreaded brick wall with one direct ancestor, only to sidestep to one or more siblings' records and achieve a successful breakthrough! Even if I don't have a brick wall to penetrate, I like to learn as much as I can about the family group, including all the siblings.

Just this past week, I decided to investigate a story my mother had told me about one of her mother's brothers. His name was Charles Warner Holder but all the nieces and nephews referred to him as "Uncle Dutch," although I've been unable as yet to determine why that moniker was used.

read the rest in Ancestry Daily News

and thanks to George G. Morgan of Lee County Genealogical Society

BBC - Wales History - Start tracing your family tree's Welsh branches

BBC - Wales History - Start tracing your family tree's Welsh branches: "am trying "

BBC - MESSAGE BOARDS - History - Homepage

BBC Message Boards are checked or 'moderated' in three different ways:

Pre-moderation - every single message is checked before it appears on the board. All of the BBC's children's message boards are supervised in this way.

Post-moderation - all messages appear on the board first and are checked afterwards. Most BBC message boards are supervised in this way. Like Rootsweb

Reactive moderation - messages are only checked if a complaint is made about them. This approach is only used on boards for adults.
House Rules BBC reserve the right to fail messages . . . .

thanks to CyndiCyndi's List - Wales / Cymru

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Family History Archive

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Internet Archive Wayback Machine

from my email:-

Do you know what has happened to Sarah

so I tried google - Google Search recorded but nothing was cached

"" - Google Search

so next
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine */*
and it works - several pages survived

I had searched internet archived - Google Search

Internet Archive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Alexa Internet, in cooperation with the Internet Archive, designed a 'three dimensional index' that allows browsing of web documents over multiple time periods, and turned this unique feature into 'the Wayback Machine'. "

Nelda's websites - Please visit

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Data Analysis Evaluation form



Tracking Event Event Event Participants' Direct or Quality of Indep. Created Original or Levels of Purpose Firsthand Veracity Custodial

Number Name Date Place Names Indirect Evidence Source Derivative Processing of record Account Timeliness and Skill Penmanship History Score


NE Orphan Train: NEGenWeb
Orphan Trains of Nebraska

"According to announcement, Mr. B.W. Tice, agent Children's Aid Society of New York, arrived today with twenty boys and two girls. They were taken to J.E. Thomas' restaurant, and given dinner, after which they went to the Christian Church. The church was full of people, eager to see the children. After singing several selections, and remarks by B. Tice and E.M. Correll, the selection of children was made by those who had filed applications with the committee. There was not a dull apathetic boy in the lot. All were bright and self reliant, and the most of them had good faces . The greatest contest was for the possession of a sweet-faced, modest girl of fourteen. There were as many as a dozen that wanted her. Chance favored Mrs. Bradford, of Carleton.

read on The New York Children

GCH Jayne CW: If you have an ancestor born in the 1854 to 1929 time frame that just "appeared" in the US midwest, you might want to check into the possibility that he or she was an Orphan Train rider.

AOL Genealogy Community News

AOL Genealogy Community News

Monday 9-10PM ET: GENTREK in aol://2719:3-241-Genealogy room with GCH Dae & GCH Jayne CW
the link needs AOL membership and software

more about Fake family trees online

worth reading

Jewish brain power | Researcher focuses on the Jewish brain: " 'Ashkenazi Jews have the highest IQ for any ethnic group for which there are reliable data,' the study says.
'During the 20th century, they made up about 3 percent of the U.S. population but won 27 percent of the U.S. Nobel science prizes and 25 percent of the ACM Turing awards. They account for more than half of world chess champions.'
Harpending said the study should have made more distinctions concerning Sephardi Jews, but said that wouldn't have made a major difference in the figures.
Greater brain power came with a biological price. The idea Harpending and colleagues want to explore is that certain genetic diseases, called sphingolipid mutations, boost intelligence. They seem to increase axonal growth and branching in the brain, which could improve brain power.
The downside is that the mutations also cause a number of debilitating, and sometimes fatal, diseases such as Tay-Sachs, Gaucher and Niemann-Pick diseases."

BLOG Oracle of OMcHodoy

The Oracle of OMcHodoy: "When I took back the old family photographs from my niece a year and a half ago so I could organize, label, and attempt to preserve them, it was an added bonus that I was able to scan them so that my oldest brother and I could have copies of them as well. That 'added bonus' turned out to be a very special gift, as I have abundant pleasure at having all of them. Alas, there is always a favorite picture, it seems, and the above is mine. This is Maryann McHugh, born sometime between 1930 and 1934 in Nanticoke, Luzerne County, PA. Maryann was the oldest surviving child of my father's mother and was born with Down Syndrome. The story is told that the baby doll she is holding was given to her on the day she was born and was laid to rest with her when she died in ~1978 in Niagara Falls, NY. "

and look at the side bar for good links

The Oracle of OMcHodoy

Monday, November 14, 2005

who is Cyndi Howells?

Cyndi Howells is a genealogist for more than 20 years, is an active member of and webmaster for the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society in Washington.

She writes the Lineage Links column for Heritage Quest Magazine and is the author of six books for genealogical research on the Internet including Netting Your Ancestors : Genealogical Research on the Internet
and Cyndi's List.

Genealogy Guest Lecturer Bio - Cyndi Howells

"Cyndi Howells" - Google Search

Complete with the roots, branches, twigs & bark that make this hobby so interesting. And let's not forget that there are always a few nuts...... Mark and Cyndi's Family Tree

Mark & Cyndi's Genealogy Library

Google Tombstone Phrases

Barry McGhan

Recently I made rubbings of two quite worn 19th Century headstones that each contained a passage of text.

I was able to make a good guess at a three to four word phrase on each stone. I then Googled the suspected phrase (in quotes to look for an exact match). In both cases, the phrase led to a passage in the King James version of the Bible.

For example, one phrase was "affliction of the afflicted" which led to "For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted neither hath he hid his face from him, but when he cried unto him he heard" (Psalms 22, v. 24).
Once I knew the rest of the words it was easy to make a comparison back to the rubbing to convince myself this was indeed the correct passage. A great mix of old and new technology, no?

thanks to - Ancestry Daily News, 14 November 2005

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Searchable Military Records, Databases & Military Rosters


U.S. World War II Army Enlsitment Records, 1938-1946 Free to Search November 12-25, 2005! (requires free registration)
This database contains records of 8.3 million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. Although incomplete, the records contain data for a majority of the enlistments in the US Army during World War II.

WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualties Buried Overseas Free to Search November 12-25, 2005! (requires free registration) includes 72,000 listings for WWII; also has some MIA listings
WWII Prisoners of War, 1941-1946 Free to Search November 12-25, 2005! (requires free registration) approximately 140,000 listings