Saturday, May 20, 2006

Pat's Web Page Tutorials

HTML--the Basics: Family Group Sheet

A Family Group Sheet is one of the "fun" things you can add to your web site. Err, well, let me rephrase that. It's fun to receive one -- they often come unexpectedly and may contain a new treasure of information about your family. What is not so much fun is creating the form and setting it up so you actually receive the information. Pat Asher

from HTML--the Basics to help if you request a Web Space Account on

more help Board: Topics > RootsWeb > Freepages

Friday, May 19, 2006

Mens vi venter på Peter Høeg

for my danish readers

Peter was one of my neighbours in Brumleby, our children knew each other, and I often visited a neighbour of William Heinesen in Tórshavn, Faeoe Islands, but I never push myself forwards to meet such people unless we have a task in common to achive - like putting on a performance or music.

I am slowly reading TALES OF THE NIGHT (Fortællinger om Natten - Peter Høeg translated by Barbara Haveland) story by story and it is evident that he is polymath of stature lending great richness to his stories. This is a must read rather than a page turner, and a bit like SLOW FOOD RESTAURANTS where every morsel is to be savoured.

with my thanks to ILK for the url

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

for newbies about England and Wales

fron my email

on what offers that GENUKI does not. has a very different focus to GENUKI . It is
essentially aimed at the newcomers to family history rather than experienced
genealogists. GENUKI uniquely provides a wealth of information and is invaluable to experienced genealogists. However its very size can be
daunting to newcomers to genealogy. has been designed from the outset to provide the newcomer to family history with the basic information he or she needs to progress their new interest.

Ancestor-search is much more tightly structured than GENUKI [see]
The user is clearly guided from the first steps in tracing their family history through to key sources of information available to them and then on to where to find that information.
If you have a good look at the site, you will see just how
key this navigational aspect of the site is. Everything links to everything
in a highly logical and disciplined manner.

So in short, serves a very different need from
GENUKI . It contains a fraction of the information that GENUKI holds. It
covers only England and Wales. What it does focus on however is the basic
information that newcomers need to get them started on tracing their
ancestors and it does this in a highly structured way.

In some areas such as Record Offices it often provides more information than GENUKI (i.e. details of opening hours, location and website content rather than just a link) but only because it is felt that this will help the newcomer. Its essential raison d'etre is to provide the base information that newcomers to genealogy need in a consistent and readily digestable form.

Currently the scope of is limited to England and

Monday, May 15, 2006

Céad Míle Fáilte

"A Hundred Thousand Welcomes" to the website of the Genealogical Society of Ireland

from my email:-
The Society is pleased to advise readers that the text of the Genealogy
& Heraldry Bill, 2006 and its Explanatory Memorandum are now uploaded
to the website of the Irish Houses of Parliament - the Oireachtas on

The Society's Press Release and the Background to the Genealogy &
Heraldry Bill are available on the Society's website

The Bill was published by Senator Brendan Ryan and entered on the
Order Paper for Seanad Eireann (Irish Senate) for Thursday 11th May

The link for the Bill is

Kindest regards,

Michael Merrigan
Hon. Secretary
Genealogical Society of Ireland

gene testing

Gene testing--medical analysis to detect alterations in a person's DNA or chromosomes--has been around for a while. It allows people to detect everything from infertility causes to cancer risks.

Now the Internet is allowing consumers direct access to genetic testing--if they want it.
Knowledge is power, but can you handle it? CNET and the same arguments apply to the historical or genealogical gene testing.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

World Connect

I find this an excellent method of finding new relatives - who often find me
and I have just updated this site :-
RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: WATKINS LAPHAM 2005:
"WATKINS LAPHAM 2005 Entries: 2276 now 2313

Clark, James Henry b: 23 JAN 1818 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
d: 24 JUN 1903
in Woodbank House, Bridge Street, Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales

danish historical calender

an extremely useful list of holy days for use when reading older danish church books

Programmet er frit opbygget efter orlogsdirektør R. W. Bauers bog fra 1868 med titlen:
Bauers Calender for Aarene 601 - 2200 efter Christi Fødsel