Friday, February 03, 2006

West of England Families Yahoo group deleted

I started that group because of the Rootsweb and AOL email protocol conflict made it difficult to use the excellent Bristol_and_Somerset.

This new list and notice board also enabled a broader view not restricted by county boundaries

Activity within 7 days: (No Activity)

For genealogy and help with family history in the West of England, sometimes known as the Southwestern Region, and including Bristol, Bath, the Isles of Scilly, the counties of Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Bristol people traded and migrated all over the world and the Royal Navy has used the river mouths as anchorages for many centuries, and we discuss South West Maritime History from the point of view of the families left at home by the mariners and pilots.

The miners of Cornwall and Somerset migrated when the local tin or coal mines were exhausted and many Bristolians have welsh or irish roots.

Black history includes the slave trade and the US soldiers of World War II who are thought to have hundreds, if not thousands, of descendants.

The area is rich in transport history from phoencian traiders sailing the sea, and roman roads connecting with London, and later the Avon, the Kennet and the Thames rivers and canals.

The Great Western Railway linked London and Bristol, and USA by steamship.
The official guide to South West England


British Merchant Seamens' Records 19th Century:

"Organised service records of a seaman's career do not commence until1835. If you are searching for a Master Mariner or Mate whose service fell after 1845, you should read also the Guide to researching Master Mariners as the records are different.
The Merchant Shipping Act of 1835 required masters of all ships to file Agreements and Crew Lists with the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. The Government saw the need for registering all seamen who could be called upon to man Naval ships in times of war - the RGSS extracted names of all men from the Crew Lists and entered them into a series of Registers.
These registers are filed at the Public Record Office"

MN Index

Mariners list

LONDON Family History Fair

Society of Genealogists: Family History Fair
Saturday 29 April 2006 10am - 5pm

Full detail of programmes on both days in the Show Leaflet pdf well sort of - it looks more like a poster to me

Royal Horticultural Society,
New Hall & Conference Centre,
Greycoat Street,
London SW1P 2PE

Euro millions estimated Jackpot £125,000,000

The National Lottery: Home

I have 4 lines costing £6 and last week I won £21

In an hour I could be 366th wealthiest person in UK
- richer than David Bowie or the Beckhams
(I have a very very very tiny chance 18 million to ONE against me)

UK broadband information

ADSLguide: The UK's largest independent ADSL review site - Your guide to UK broadband Internet.: "Find the latest and greatest broadband news in the UK, service provider information, views and comments from users like you. Looking for a new broadband ISP? Check out our ISP List and ISP Comparator. Want an answer to a question?"

my experience of is the image servers are not quick enough to justify the expense of a very fast connection in Europe

Don't pick your nose

LRB Hugh Pennington

cause of death of Mary Jones
Birth: 1848 in Llanvair Mon
Death: 12 May 1887 Raglan, Monmouthshire

Pyaemia is blood poisoning with suppurative bacterial emboli. The distant enlodgement of such emboli can give rise to metastatic abscesses.

Possibly aafter a dead boen child ?
speculation to be investigated

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Answering a common question

by Cyndi Howell of
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Hello all
A question is one I'm asked often is
how to find surnames on my site,
so I thought I should answerit here for everyone on the mailing list.
In fact, I have several parts to this answer.

1. Personal Home Pages
Personal Home Pages are linked by the Title shown on the web site in the title bar at the top of the browser window. That is the"official" title tag in HTML, so it is what is used by Favorites, Bookmarks, and search engine indexing software. Therefore, it is also what I use.
If a site is called "Betty Sue's Genealogy" you will find it linked under Personal Home Pages B on Cyndi's List. If it is clear what the major surnames are on that site I will use them as the description for that site--usually 12 to 20, and place names if easy to find.

2. Surnames
Any web sites that are dedicated to one specific surname are linked under the Surnames, Family Associations & Family Newsletters category on Cyndi's List. These would also include sites such as "The Descendants of John Snigglefritz" because the site focuses on descent from one surname.

3. Search Engines
On each page of my web site you will find a search box at the top right. Enter a keyword (surname, place name, etc.) and hit Enter.

You will get a page of search results from the FreeFind searchengine. The set of "Search sponsors" at the top are paid-for ads, not halfway down the page under "Cyndi\'s List Search Results."

I also have 3 other search engines on my site. All four search boxes are here:
They include FreeFind (automatically updated weekly), G
oogle (updated whenever Google visits my site),
Atomz (updated frequently),
andPico Search (updated when we remember to tell it to do so).

Each of those search engines delivers different results based on how they work. Give them all a try to see what works well for you. Ofcourse, the search engines only work based on the text they find on my site.

**If** Betty Sue doesn't supply any of her surnames in her request to me or if her surnames are not easily found on her website,
I don't then have any surnames to use in the description with the link.
In that case, the search engine won't help you.

In fact, all search engines have that limitation -- if the sites don't include the text, the search engine can't serve up that information for you in your search results.

ll -- I hope that helps answer your questions.

Successful surfing,

Cyndi Howells
Cyndi's List
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Cyndi\'s List
Cyndi's List - FAQ - How Personal Home Pages are Indexed
many more FAQ

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

new look to WGC

:: CWGC ::

Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. It is a non-profit-making organisation that was founded by Sir Fabian Ware.

DNA Testing neat article

updated to December2005

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

tool to break down brickwalls

pinguin.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)

my best 317.3 meters

I feel better now :-)

Sunday, January 29, 2006


The poor man's divorce - an article from 1909:

"From The North-China Herald, 4 September 1909
(refers to domestic law, rather than to British residents in China or elsewhere,
except for a brief comment at the end
and the item concerning a Court action in Hong Kong)"

in 1857 the Ministry of the day, by great exertions, carried the Bill which is now the Act of twenty and twenty-one Victoria c. eighty-five. Notwithstanding the hostility it excited, the Bill proposed little more than a consolidation of jurisdictions; and proceedings in the Divorce Court have now, with few exceptions, the same object and result as the former proceedings in Parliament and in the civil and ecclesiastical Courts. Full divorce is granted on the principles usually recognized by the House of Lords; and the other remedies are such as might formerly have been granted by the ecclesiastical Court.This Act, however, has not made it possible for the poorer classes to obtain divorce. In an undefended case the costs amount from £40 to £60, while in other cases they may amount to hundreds of pounds. The argument is sometimes advanced that the process of in forma pauperis should be followed where the petitioner is unable to pay, but in such a case only the Court fees, from £6 to £8, would be saved.

read more in the article

and "poor man's divorce" - Google Search

"poor man's divorce" - Google Groups

discuss it in Google Groups : soc_genealogy_britain_moderated
(another one of my own creations)