Saturday, January 14, 2006

Josephine Jeremiah historian

Josephine Jeremiah and her books

Her latest book, The Bristol Avon: A Pictorial History, was published in September, 2005

Author of:
The River Wye: A Pictorial History
The River Nene: A Pictorial History
The River Avon: A Pictorial History
The River Severn: A Pictorial History
The Vale of Evesham: A Pictorial History
Along the Avon from Stratford to Tewkesbury

Co-author of Evesham: A Pictorial History and Merthyr Boat Boy

Josephine has also written for magazines such as Waterways World, Canal & Riverboat, Thames Guardian, Archive and Picture Postcard Monthly.

Ian and Josephine Jeremiah's Web Site

Thursday, January 12, 2006

BBC genealogy

the BBC web site is becoming more "Mickey Mouse"
their consultant genealogist "Dr Nick Barratt" works for 1837online too

My own Help with census of the United Kingdom shows there are a vast range of sites
and not mention all of them looks like intellectual nepotism - or ignorance - in my opinion

New Statesman

nd the programmes 9:00 and 10:00 pm?
Merely an industrial product as closely related to serious british geneaology as the Spice Girls or James Blunt are to mainstream english music
Paxman was just another tourist, no more no less

BBC - errors

BBC - History - Basic Research Tools: "The certificates for England and Wales are housed at The General Register Office in Southport, "

- which is simply incorrect because the copies of the local registers are housed at The General Register Office in Southport, not the certificates which are produced on order and posted to the purchaser as quickly as possible

No mention made of FreeBMD Home Page or for example Bath Births Marriages & Deaths part of the new with links to 339 web sites that offer on-line transcriptions of the ORIGINAL UK births, marriages, deaths (and censuses?)

1901 Census Online

BBC - History:
"About the author
Dr Nick Barratt worked at the Public Record Office (now The National Archives), from 1996 to 2000, with the family history team. He has given many talks on family history, and has written frequently for the TNA's genealogy journal, Ancestors. He has worked for the BBC on programmes such as 'House Detectives' and 'The People Detective'. His most recent book is Tracing the History of Your House (TNA Publications, 2003)."

a disgracefully limited web page when there is so much more available see my Census UK help and FAQ

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

good useability

Liam Quinn's Home Page
not genealogy
but a very good example of ... Making the Web accessible to all.

Personalized Home of GOOGLE

I found this on my Google Personalized Home Page

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes - The Quotations Page:
"The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. "

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Lapham arms

no harm in using this as a decorative feature of a website but do read these College of Arms
pages especially Frequently Asked Questions

my source is LAPHAM, privately published by Olene Lapham in 1934

"The Coat of Arms used by John Lapham of Providence is:Arms: argent, a chevron azure, between three towers proper, and a compass.
Crest: a sinister arm in armour, holding a dagger, all proper.

Motto: Amor, Honor et Justitia."

Providence, Rhode Island, USA about 1660 to about 1882

her drawing suggests that should be
Arms: argent, a chevron azure, between three towers gules, and compasses or, with red as my choice for the towers (just what is the proper or natural colour of a tower?)

Do respect the rules in

Monday, January 09, 2006

Usk in about 1927

Usk in about 1927 My father, Alfred Henry Watkins sent this post card from Usk to my mother, Alison Mary Lapham, in Birmingham in about 1929

the arrows point to
Tree in our own garden Woodbank, Bridge Street,
and Usk Castle and St Mary's church

they were to be married 23 Dec 1933 St John Baptist Church, Berkswell, Warwickshire

on the back he wrote, "Looking toward Abergavenny" and the plants in the foreground are bracken, and I remember walking up there with my mother and using broken off bracken fronds as a fly swatter.

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Bristol’s pubs

Bristol’s Lost Pubs a record of Bristol’s pubs and publicans from the mid-eighteenth century up until the mid-twentieth century The information on these pages has been gleaned from local trade directories and census returns.

I love any excuse to visit this model site.

Just add the name of a pub or a person to this GOOGLE

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Granite Archive to Global Access

"edge detection" brigham genealogy - Google Search

Large-scale, multi-terabyte digital libraries are becoming feasible due to decreasing costs of storage, CPU, and bandwidth.
However, costs associated with preparing content for input into the library remain high due to the amount of human labor required.

This paper describes the Digital Microfilm Pipeline — a sequence of image processing operations used to populate a large-scale digital library from a "mountain" of microfilm and reduce the human labor involved.

Essential parts of the pipeline include algorithms for document zoning and labeling, consensus-based template creation, reversal of geometric transformations and Just-In-Time Browsing, an interactive technique for progressive access of image content over a low-bandwidth medium. We also suggest more automated approaches to cropping, enhancement and data extraction. [PDF] Digital Mountain: From Granite Archive to Global Access

First International Workshop on Document Image Analysis for Libraries (DIAL'04)

Genealogical Conferences - FGS 2005

FGS 2005 Keynote (pdf file - 819kb)
Jay L. Verkler FamilySearch

Societies Going Virtual (pdf file - 1.9mb)
David E. Rencher Genealogical Society of Utah

A Sneak Peak at the Near Future (pdf file - 6mb)
David E. Rencher
Genealogical Society of Utah

Do you have any data entry tips?

Family Tree Maker FAQ 047

In addition to – or sometimes in contrast with – the Family History Center guidelines, here are some of the conventions Roderic A. Davis uses:

Always choose the "05 Mar 1997" format for readability, brevity and clarity.
Never disable the double-date option. Double dates have an important purpose.
Use "stillborn, child, infant" as death date where appropriate. date field will not accept words
Use date range for birth dates of groups: "(3-sibs) Brown 1901-1922" to indicate range of birth dates.
Try to provide estimated date ranges for unknown dates.
Avoid open ended ranges (e.g. bef. 1922) where possible. Such ranges cover LOTS of territory!

Use "?" where gender is unknown or where single entry stands for several people (e.g. "(3-sibs)")

When using initials, always include the period to distinguish from single character names, e.g. "Harry S Truman".
When using the a/k/a, enter a whole name for proper indexing.
Use Title for terms of address: Dr., Sir, Lt., Duke &c
Use name suffix (following a comma) for:
Designator: "Jr.", "III"
Locality: ", of Northumberland"
Trades: ", Carpenter" Separate multiple suffixes by commas using the above precedence.
Use "(unmarried)" as name for spouse; Prints nicely in reports. I prefer - -- to generate a box in trees
Use "(n-sibs)" as given name for children where details are unavailable or unwanted. Forces into next generation display of GenRpts. I like this but will use n-siblings
Where wife's birth surname is unknown use husband's surname in parentheses: "Hillary (Clinton)". This form may be used for widows' remarriages as well. I use a -
Use "\\" to indicate unknown or absent surname I use a -
Delimit complex surnames by "\\"

FHC guidelines, provided by Gary V. Deutschmann, Sr.
Use "town, county, state" format
Keep place for unknowns: "_, Dutchess, NY" for Dutchess County.
Use standard 2-letter postal abbreviations for states. in USA
Use standard 3-letter abbreviations for countries

Chapman codes for UK counties
Genealogy, et Cetera

digitise everything from 1838 on

The History of Paper and Papermaking: "Charles Fenerty of Halifax made the first paper from wood pulp (newsprint) in 1838. Charles Fenerty was helping a local paper mill maintain an adequate supply of rags to make paper, when he succeeded in making paper from wood pulp. He neglected to patent his invention and others did patent papermaking processes based on wood fiber."

So digitise as much as possible before it falls apart like old newspapers