Saturday, March 25, 2006

Danish Census and parish registers is getting a faster server

Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline: "Flytning af Arkivalieronline
Arkivalieronline bliver flyttet til en hurtigere Internetforbindelse og kraftigere webservere på Rigsarkivet.
Samtidig med flytningen indfører vi et nyt bladningssystem.
Lås mere.

Flytningen sker i uge 13.

between 27 March and 2nd April 2006.

I forbindelse med flytningen kan der forekomme driftsforstyrrelser.
Nye brugere kan først tilmelde sig, når flytningen er gennemført."

and what about independant indexers and deep linking?

Danish Census and Church Books
has been broken all too long - since about October 2004

street index / gade register

Randers Census Folketælling master index FT-1787

Randers Census Folketælling master index FT-1801

Randers Census Folketælling master index FT-1840

Randers Census Folketælling master index FT-1855 under construction

Randers Census Folketælling master index FT-1860 and names

FT 1787, Odense, Bjerge, Kølstrup

FT-1840 for Bedsted

one place study of Brumleby AKA Københavns Lægeforeningens Boliger

thanks to Hedvig for an email heads up

Picture Australia

PictureAustralia: "Search for people, places and events in the collections of libraries, museums, galleries, archives, universities and other cultural agencies, in Australia and abroad - all at the same time. View the originals on the member agency web sites and order quality prints at your leisure."

Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing

English Poor Law

A Short Explanation of the English Poor Law:
"If the family you are researching was part of the 90% of the rural population that survived as village labourers or descended into the day labourer class during the 18th century you will not have course to refer to the wills and probate records that flesh out the histories of more affluent families.

The information may however be there just waiting to be discovered. The poor law records described below were some of the most important a parish would keep and in many cases have survived, especially in rural communities, when registers may have been lost.

Many county archives have indexed these records and you may be lucky to find your family there, if however they are missing don't despair. Most indices refer only to the main party but often other people, friends and neighbors are mentioned, or you may find an ancestor with a parish office. Be sure to read the account books of the overseers and constables and even if you fail to find your family I feel sure that the exercise of reading all the documents will fascinate you as it has me and give you a valuable insight into the community your family served and lived in."

The tradition of the village supporting it's poor has been firmly established from Saxon times, in fact the term Lady is from the old english hlafdige, loaf maker and dole from the old english dal to distribute.

This tradition was as much necessity as compassion, the open field system of farming was very much a communal way of life depending on mutual co-operation and the preservation of a labour force. This was a fact of life as much for the Lord of the Manor as for the ordinary village population as the villagers would work the manorial lands as part of their tenancy agreement.
Throughout the 14th to 16th centuries the wealth of Britain was underwritten by the wool trade and in the quest for this wealth large tracts of land were turned over to sheep farming. This eventually led to an underclass of dispossessed poor wandering the countryside seeking work, settlement and charity. Worse still, an Elizabethan population increase of 25% and a series of disastrous famines in the 1590's led to an increase in poverty which could not be alleviated under the old system of individual philanthropy.

This posed a threat to the stability of the realm and with this view a series Elizabethan poor law acts were passed in 1563, 1572, 1576, 1597 and 1601.

In 1563 the poor were categorized for the first time . . .

Friday, March 24, 2006

What is Jno short for?

The Soc.genealogy.britain FAQ: "Abbreviations for Jno and others are:
Alex/Alexr - Alexander
Bernd - Bernard
Chas - Charles
Dy/Do - Dorothy
Edw - Edward
Eliz - Elizabeth (not to be confused with Eliza)
Em - Emma/Emily
Fredk - Frederick
Geo - George
Hon - Honour
Hum/Humy - Humphrey
Jas - James
Jno - John
Jonth - Jonathon
Jos - Joseph
Josh - Joshua/Joseph
Marg - Margaret (not Mary)
Mart - Martha (not Margaret)
Mattw - Matthew
My - Mary
Ric/Richd - Richard
Robt - Robert
Saml - Samuel
Ste - Stephen
Tam - Tamsin/Thomasin
Tho/Thos - Thomas
Wm - William
Xian - Christian
Xpr - Christopher

There is an excellent tutorial by Sabrina J Murray on deciphering old handwriting online, which also provides other examples of Christian name abbreviations, plus information on the 'leading s', occupations, numbers and letters. It's no longer available at the given URL

Old handwriting :: deciphering old handwriting in genealogy

Old Handwriting: "In a search through the census schedules, it is helpful to become familiar with a few variants of spelling and letter formation. Until the turn of the century (1900), spelling was phonetic, words were spelled as they sounded. To obtain complete use of any index, it is important to anticipate the different possibilities then to use the index accordingly. Each scribe had his own peculiar style. Nevertheless, it is possible to form some generalities, the study of which will greatly improve the thoroughness of research."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

son of mensa

IQ test Version 3.0, May 2003

Design and development: Anders Ditlev Jensen of Mensa Danmark

The test is developed using Macromedia Flash MX.

Inspired by Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices

Mensa Danmark - Test din IQ
Mensa Danmark - Ofte stillede spørgsmål (FAQ)

Monday, March 20, 2006

Michael W. Foster

Comedy of Errors

After six years of preparatory work, special and unprecedented permission from the Registrar General for three periods of unique research at the General Register Office (the GRO) in Southport has allowed me to explore the structures and workings of this national record system.
The organisation and processes of the system have been revealed for the first time. This has produced a fascinating story of the many many ways in which the records have suffered from errors and omissions. Working directly within the GRO records has produced results far exceeding any of my prior expectations. - - I love this site

What is the British Institute?

Institute pages on ISBGFH pages

The British Institute, is a week-long opportunity to learn about researching for your ancestors from the British Isles. Classes are conducted in the mornings covering genealogical resources, methodology and skill improvement. Research time is available each afternoon at the Family History Library. In addition, students will have an opportunity to meet with instructors for individual consultations.

When is the British Institute?

The British Institute is October 2-6, 2006.

Where is The British Institute?

Courses are held in Salt Lake City for one week, Monday through Friday. The British Institute is held at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, 122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT.

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 2. Classes are held in the mornings and research in the Family History Library in the afternoon with individual help from the course instructors.

Participants should make their hotel room reservations directly with the Salt Lake Plaza by calling 1-800-366-3684. Tell the reservation clerk that you are with the British Institute, International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH). The rate is $80.00 single/double occupancy. "

Welcome To ISBGFH: "the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History! "

Oxford Literary Festival

The Sunday Times Online, Books

Explore the online editions of the OED and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - FREE
Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Lokalarkivet Ørebæk

A model homepage for a danish local history archive

Lokalarkivet �rb�k

Denne hjemmeside er udarbejdet af Ørbæk Lokalhistoriske Arkiv for at orientere interesserede om lokalhistoriske emner i de sogne, som indtil 2007 udgør Ørbæk kommune, jf. Ørbæk kommunes byvåben: 10 klokker - 10 kirker:

Ellested - Frørup - Herrested - Kullerup - Langå - Refsvindinge -Svindinge - Tårup - Øksendrup - Ørbæk.

Poul Hanmann

welcome to blogspace :-
visual-art hanmann was made by my house guest Charlotte yesterday about her father,
see also his and my guest's genealogy and more links in CHARLOTTE HANMANN - danish artist

a detail from a picture by Poul Hanmann