Saturday, February 25, 2006

from Australia

Rental Properties, Lease and Holiday Rentals -


I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg


Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Amzanig huh?This proves taht yu dont have to be gud at spellin !! to be abel to reed!! :-)

Friday, February 24, 2006

Citation Guide

Citation Guide: "Our citation guide pages represent some foundational thoughts on how to cite sources for genealogical research. We have a brief outline of the standard elements of a citation, an expanded citation guide that includes examples and a page of simple cut and past citation templates for commonly used genealogical resources online.

The Citation Guide - This page provides key structural examples of typical citations for several genealogical resources, including list-serve messages, e-mail, online databases, forums, abstracted records, USGenWeb sites, and more."

Citation Elements

Military History

From another list to the Bristol_and_Somerset lst
-- over 40,000 names of people who served in the Boer War. Missing someone on the 1901 census? Can't promise they will be listed on this website, but it's well worth a look!

Asplin Military History Resources

Birmingham Libraries online

Libraries main menu

Just renewed two books on line for the first time
Maskerade / Pratchett, Terry

Soul music / Pratchett, Terry

Thursday, February 23, 2006


from my email:-
I see that you have contact points for Myrtle Corbin, the 4-legged woman from Texas.
I am related to her and would love to know more about her and our family tree.
I appreciate any information you would be willing to share.

I've attached a copy of an original photograph of Myrtle Corbin that my mother gave me. Thanks J D

partly repaired in photoshop elements

MYRTLE CORBIN: with the help of google and rootsweb

"Josephene Myrtle Corbin was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. She was born a dipygus, meaning that she had two separate pelvises side by side from the waist down. Each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. The inner legs were too weak for walking.
Corbin entered the sideshow circuit with the moniker 'Four-Legged Girl from Texas'. At the age of 19 she married a doctor Clinton Bicknell and eventually gave birth to four daughters and a son.
Myrtle Corbin is said to have died 1927. "

Myrtle Corbin - The Four-Legged Woman: "Josephene Myrtle Corbin, the Four-Legged Woman, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1868. Rather than having a parasitic twin, Myrtle's extra legs resulted from an even rarer form of conjoined twinning known as dipygus, which gave her two complete bodies from the waist down.

She had two small pelves side-by-side, and each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She could move the smaller legs but was unable to use them for walking. At the age of 19, she married a doctor named Clinton Bicknell and had four daughters and a son. It has been said that three of her children were born from one set of organs, two from the other. Myrtle died on May 6, 1928.

From Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine
by George M. Gould and Walter L. Pyle:

Wells a describes Mrs. B., aged twenty, still alive and healthy. The duplication in this case begins just above the waist, the spinal column dividing at the third lumbar vertebra, below this point everything being double.

Micturition and defecation occur at different times, but menstruation occurs simultaneously. She was married at nineteen, and became pregnant a year later on the left side, but abortion was induced at the fourth month on account of persistent nausea and the expectation of impossible delivery.

Whaley, in speaking of this case, said Mrs. B. utilized her outside legs for walking; he also remarks that when he informed her that she was pregnant on the left side she replied,
'I think you are mistaken; if it had been on my right side I would come nearer believing it;'--and after further questioning he found, from the patient's observation, that her right genitals were almost invariably used for coitus.
(the name Mrs. B. refers to Myrtle's married name, Bicknell.) "

pictures include
husband Clinton Bicknell and daughter (Mannix Bicknell)
Atlanta Medical Journal, ca. 1888
Woodcut of Myrtle from a photograph taken in Nashville, Tenn., June 16, 1868. From the Journal of the American Medical Association Contributions to Teratology, Investigation of the Four-Legged Child, J. Myrtle Corban, October 20, 1888.

see website of Elizabeth J Anderson
Myrtle is classified here as a parasitic twin
contact EJA see much more on

Coney - Freaks

Myrtle Corbin, 4-legged woman Texas. - Google Search

"James Clinton Bicknell, b. 23 Dec. 1867,
m(1) Josephine Myrtle Corbin, 12 June 1886,
[m(2) Alice ------, d. 1945.]"

Married: 12 JUN 1886 in Blount County, AlabamaChildren
Nancy Estelle BICKNELL
Francis Clinton BICKNELL

Corbin, Josephine Myrtle
MAY 1868 Alabama
BEF 1930 Texas
marcmc database owner

Father: William H. Corbin Mother: Nancy Sullins Spouse: James Clinton Bicknell

ID: I0729
Name: William H. Corbin
Sex: M
Birth: JAN 1842 in Georgia
Marriage 1 Nancy Sullins b: JAN 1843 in Alabama
Married: 16 MAR 1865 in Blount County, AlabamaChildren
L. A. Corbin b: ABT 1863 in Alabama
Mary F. Corbin b: ABT 1866 in Alabama
Josephine Myrtle Corbin b: MAY 1868 in Alabama
Willie Ann Corbin b: MAR 1870 in Tennessee
James H. Corbin b: ABT 1872 in Alabama
Stokely Monroe Corbin b: MAR 1874 in Alabama
Merida Corbin b: NOV 1876 in Alabama
Austin Corbin b: FEB 1878 in Alabama

check this regularly RootsWeb's HelpDesk Index

RootsWeb's HelpDesk
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Genealogist Marjorie Moore klled on safari

Woman Killed On Safari (from Swindon Advertiser):

"A HUSBAND has spoken about his wonderful wife after she was killed in an accident while they were on holiday in South Africa.
Richard and Marjorie Moore were nearing the end of their two week break where they had been tracing relatives when the accident happened.
Mr Moore had gone to church while his wife had gone on safari with a tour.
The vehicle the party was travelling in failed to negotiate a steep slope and overturned. She was one of three tourists, including another Briton, killed in Sunday's crash.
Mr Moore, 76, of Cambridge Close, Lawn, said Marjorie, 67, was a 'wonderful woman.'"

Roy Stockdill wrote in news:soc.genealogy.britain:-

I am not sure how many people here would have known her - since this
is a list more for Internet and newbie genealogists than what I would
call the old-guard Establishment of the genealogical world - but
anyone who did know her will be very saddened to learn that MARJORIE
MOORE was killed in South Africa at the weekend when a safari vehicle
she was travelling in overturned.
Marjorie Moore was one of the stalwarts and leading lights for many
years of the UK mainstream genealogical scene, being a former
Chairman of the Society of Genealogists, an officer of the Guild of
One-Name Studies and a prominent member of the Wiltshire Family
History Society. She and her husband Richard were also well-known
around the country for their advice centre, which they took to many
family history fairs. Marjorie was also a well-known lecturer on
genealogy. Both she and her husband worked tirelessly for genealogy
for many years.
She and Richard were on holiday in South Africa, tracing relatives.
Richard was not on the safari trip but was faced with the task of
identifying his wife and arranging a funeral there. The tragedy came
almost at the end of their two-week holiday. Everybody in the UK
genealogy world is very shocked by the news.

West Country Family Links

Our West Country Family

Jim's maternal ancestors appear in Owermoigne in mid 18th Century. They gradually move out over Dorset to Osmington, Winfrith, Poole, Bere Regis and Bryantspuddle.
In the 20th Century the family start moving around the country, Somerset, Wiltshire, Lancashire and Buckinghamshire.

His mother moved to Somerset, where she met and married his father.

His paternal ancestors are first noted in Horsington, Somerset (Parsons Family) and Wanstrow, Somerset (Prince Family)
Gina's family originate? In Devon, Somerset and Gloucester, with branches in Wiltshire and South Wales.. "

Bath newspapers

BBC NEWS England Somerset City history database goes online: "Georgian newspapers detailing life in 18th Century Bath have been made electronically available to the public.
Microfilm copies have been created of the Bath Chronicle dating from between 1770 and 1800. "

Bath City archives

Bath Chronicle Georgian Newspaper Project - Bath & North East Somerset Council: "Bath Record Office Address:- The Guildhall High Street Bath BA1 5AW "

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

in Danish FAQ

National Digital Archive

The National Archives NDAD Welcome:
"The National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) is part of The National Archives. NDAD preserves and provides online access to archived digital datasets and documents from UK central government departments.

Our collection spans 40 years of recent history, with the earliest available dataset dating back to about 1963.
With the vast majority of UK public records being produced digitally, NDAD provides access to a unique resource of irreplaceable data and statistical information."


The Ancient Woodland Inventory dataset is an inventory of woodland sites over 2 hectares in England which are thought to have been in existence since at least 1600 AD!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

beautiful IMAGES


professional quality

and mine well quite different :-)

BBC Genealogy a hit

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Who Do You Think You Are? moves to BBC1:

"BBC2's highest rating show in 2004. The second series, which ended yesterday, has been achieving an average of 5.6 million viewers and a 23% share.

Peter Fincham, BBC1 controller, said: 'This is a brilliant opportunity for BBC1 to continue to grow a great brand.'

In a separate deal, BBC/Flextech joint venture UKTV has also acquired the series. The agreement marks the first time that the channel has bought a programme directly from an indie rather than from BBC Worldwide since the revised terms of trade."

BBC - History - Family History

BBC - series 2 - Celebrity Gallery

BBC Shop - Who Do You Think You Are: Book & DVD Set
Our Price £18.99, RRP £29.98, You Save £10.99 Delve into your ancestry with this Book & DVD Set.
BBC Shop - Who Do You Think You Are Standard Edition CD-ROM
Our Price £9.99, RRP £9.99
I have not checked these out