Friday, June 16, 2006

Searching the Social Security Death Index USA

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Teachers' Registration Council

The latest dataset to be added to British Origins is the Teachers Registrations, a list of over 100,000 people who taught in England and Wales between 1870 and 1947 - more than half of these are women. Registration was voluntary and is thus incomplete

From 1914, many teachers in England and Wales (and elsewhere) registered with the Teachers Registration Council.
The original registration records for the period up to 1947 (after which registration was abandoned) were deposited with the Society of Genealogists
The Origins Network has now scanned and indexed these records to make them publicly available for the first time online.

Registration only started in 1914, and since people who were already teaching registered, the records cover teachers who started their careers from the 1870s on.

The records provide the following information:
o teachers name (and for married women teachers often their maiden name as well)
o Date of Registration
o Register Number
o (Professional) Address
o Attainments
o Training in Teaching
o Experience
For full details about this dataset, visit:
The Department for Education (now Department for Education and Skills) and the Public Record Office (now The National Archives) approved permanent deposit of the registers with the Society of Genealogists in 1997.
of 162 original volumes, two are missing.
The original registration records are loose sheets, one per teacher, held as two alphabetic series in loose-leaf binders. The first series of 149 volumes covers teachers who were still registered in 1947, while the second series, of 11 volumes, contains the records of teachers who were deceased
The Education Act 1899 made provision for the establishment of a register of teachers, following one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Secondary Education (Bryce) (HC 1895 xlii; ED 12/11 ED 12/12 bound copies of minutes).
The Teachers' Registration Council was set up in 1902. The form in which the register was kept led to protests by the National Union of Teachers, resulting in its withdrawal in 1907; the Council was not reconstituted until 1912.
The Council was independent of the Board of Education; it issued lists of teachers in alphabetical order; registration was voluntary. Neither the Board nor the LEAs used it in selecting candidates for promotion and, consequently, its success remained limited.
In 1929 the Royal Society of Teachers was formed, with the Council as its executive committee.
Registration was abandoned in 1948 and the Council was dissolved the following year. Its minute books, together with copies of its reports for the years 1902 to 1906, are in ED 44 ; further papers relating to its work are among the General Education, General Files (ED 10 ). It was superseded by the National Advisory Council on the Training and Supply of Teachers (ED 86/270-285 and ED 86/448-459).
You ran a search on "teachers AND registration".
There are 3 research guides containing content that match your search.

There are 83 results within the Catalogue, grouped below by department. Click on a number under the results column to confine your search.
inconclusive results but there is reputed to be another series at Kew

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Fees for certificates of BMD events in England and Wales

The General Register Office (GRO) holds a central index of all births, marriages and deaths – known as events – registered in England and Wales from 1 July 1837 up to 18 months ago.

free ways to search England and Wales BMD Indexes: 1837-2004
or on fiche at a library

If you already have full details of the event you are interested in, or know the GRO index reference from fiche or the index above, you can apply for a certificate online now.

Standard Service
Full certificate of birth, marriage, death or adoption by post / phone / fax
Full certificate of birth, marriage, death or adoption online
Full certificate of birth, marriage, death or adoption (with GRO reference supplied)
by post / phone / fax
Full certificate of birth, marriage, death or adoption (with GRO reference supplied)
ordered online

certificates are usually be produced within five working days

If you want to employ an agent recommended
Antony Lambert

Certificates in 5 Days. Obviously I can't get them to your letter box in that time, but I can get them to the "in box" of your e mail address, so if speed of information appeals to you, then read on !
The certificates will be obtained from either the local register office, or the ONS depending on which is thought to provide the quicker service. Many local offices can issue certificates by return of post, and I will use my discretion to go via the quicker route. The costs are the same regardless of the source. After the e mail is sent, the certificates are despatched by air mail.

Costs in local currencies are detailed below.
The preferred method of payment is via credit card and if you adopt this method the cost is GBP 10.45 .
Otherwise, payment by personal check is fine and the costs in acceptable currencies are listed. To pay by credit card, please complete the Order Form and e mail or post it to me at the address on the form. Order Form
As a guideline, this price is: Australia: $24.25 Canada $21 Euro E15.50 NZ$ 26.00. US$18

more help
Civil Registration in England and Wales

The indexes to these records are available at:
The Family Records Centre, 1 Myddelton Street, Islington, LONDON EC1R 1UW
These indexes are also available in many large libraries in the UK and in many family history research centres.
The information was held at St.Catherine's House until 1997, so whenever you see a reference to St.Catherine's, it's now the Family Records Centre where the information is held.

Barbara Dixon has provided some useful England and Wales Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificate Information

Standard Service - Up to 15 working days before despatch - £25.00
Swift Service - Up to 5 working days before despatch - £40.00
Express Service - Despatched after 1 working day - £60.00

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rita Nellie Waligorska

Digital Library of Wielkopolska - Main page
gives you access to the oldest Polish writing relicts. On our page you can also read scientific scripts and monographies and see exhibitions with uniqe resources from various Wielkopolska libraries.

from my email
sorry for my English, you understand me -I hope.
I have been reading question on soc.genealogy.slavic from January 2006 about Rita Nallie Waligorska - born in Germany 1915.

Do you know Wielkopolska Digital Library (Poznan) ? English version is present.

There are a lot of "Adressbuch" from XIX-XX c.

In "Adressbuch der Residenzstadt Posen; 1916"
(item 7249) at page 309 (original) or 355 (DjVu) is many Waligorsky surnames.

Posen was never belonged to Silesia. It is Wielkopolska - BigPoland.
My mother was born in Poznan in 1909.

Best regards


Gdansk, Poland

refers to
Rita Nellie Waligorska - born in Germany 1915 circa

Gwent Family History Open Day

I have written my report on my latest Genealogical Expedition to Wales over in
in my photo blog SNAPS ONE so that this page will still load quickly

Monday, June 12, 2006

Louisiana Cemeteries USA

This Cemeteries site is dedicated to the public sharing of cemetery information for individual research. Cemetery transcriptions are very important, yet extremely time consuming and difficult to prepare. There needs to be a balance between sharing the results of an individual's effort and the protection of that individual's work from commercial distribution by others. Without some method of sharing information, the research effort is without purpose.

We cannot adequately express our appreciation to the dozens if not hundreds of people who have spent days, weeks and months in hundreds of cemeteries transcribing data from headstones, markers and monuments. These wonderful people have unselfishly allowed their hard earned work to be published on the internet. Links to the web sites that have the transcriptions made by the hard work of others are provided. That work would be pointless without its being viewed by the public.

This site provides a unique one stop resource for the cemeteries of Louisiana's parishes. Each parish table provides many links to publicly available data and to methods of obtaining private or published data from individuals or businesses. but this site seems to lack a global search facility

Ancestry Database Card Catalog

Let us help you find the database you need. For quick results, simply enter keywords or other information you're seeking below and click "Search." You can also browse a list of databases if you'd prefer.

In cases where you can see that information is available but there
isn't a specific field for it, you can sometimes use the keyword
search, provided the field was rendered searchable when it was
created. This typically works in databases like city directories from
the late 1880s and early 1890s that were posted as part of the 1890
Census Substitute
and UK census civil parishes and places of birth or 1881 addresses and ocupations

Biography of an Ancestor Competition

To celebrate the Institute's 50th anniversary, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies is launching a competition.
Family historians are invited to write an original biography of an ancestor born pre 1890. The judges will be looking for an interesting and well-written account that puts the ancestor's life in a social and local historical context. Information obtained from genealogical research is encouraged and the entries should not rely on personal memories or family stories alone.

The competition is free to enter and entries should be submitted by 1st February 2007. An announcement will be made of the winner on 1st April 2007. The winner will receive a cheque for £350 and a donation of £150 will be made to their family history society of choice. The runner-up will receive a cheque for £200 and a donation of £100 will be made to their family history society of choice. Both entries will also be published in the Institute's journal, Family History.

The rules for the competition are very simple. The entry must be one of original research and writing based on an ancestor who was, as mentioned above, born pre-1890. The entry should be of no more than 10,000 words including appropriate footnotes and references to historical evidence and documents.

If at all possible, illustrations and photographs should be included to enhance the work, which should be presented in an attractive manner. The closing date for the competition entries to be received in Canterbury is 1st February 2007. The decision of the judges in selecting the two prize winners is final.

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
79-82 Northgate,
CT1 1BA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1227 768664 -
Fax: +44 (0)1227 765617 - Contact IHGS

Windows Vista beta

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Device and Software Report: Can your PC devices run with Windows Vista?

Please remember, Upgrade Advisor is currently a BETA release and contains functionality and features that have not been thoroughly tested and may contain errors. Please consider the information that Upgrade Advisor currently provides as preliminary and check the Upgrade Advisor website in October for the final version, which will also include additional functionality such as checking how your software applications will run with Windows Vista.

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

ancient counties of Wales

Guidance Document for Metadata and Imaging *** Controlled Vocabularies **
County Names list

The following county names should be used:

Sir Frycheiniog Breconshire
Sir Gaerfyrddin Carmarthenshire
Sir Gaernarfon Caernarfonshire
Sir Aberteifi Cardiganshire
Sir Ddinbych Denbighshire
Sir y Fflint Flintshire
Sir Faesyfed Radnorshire
Sir Feirionnydd Merionethshire
Sir Fôn Anglesey
Sir Forgannwg Glamorgan
Sir Fynwy Monmouthshire
Sir Benfro Pembrokeshire
Sir Drefaldwyn Montgomeryshire

Culturenet Cymru, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU UKTel: 01970 632 500 Fax: 01970 632 509

Aberteifi Cardiganshire
Brycheiniog Breconshire {welsh is a case language !!! sir (county / shire) modifies the following noun }
Caerfyrddin Carmarthenshire
Caernarfon Caernarfonshire
Dinbych Denbighshire
Fflint Flintshire
Maesyfed Radnorshire
Meirionnydd Merionethshire
Môn Anglesey
Morgannwg Glamorgan
Mynwy Monmouthshire
Penfro Pembrokeshire
Trefaldwyn Montgomeryshire

The pre/post 1974 and 1996 positions can be viewed as map/diagrams on Gareth's Help Page

Cardiff (County Borough) - see Glamorgan
Clwyd - see Denbighshire, Flintshire
Dyfed - see Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire
Gwent - see Breconshire, Monmouthshire
Gwynedd - see Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Merionethshire
Merthyr Tydfil (County Borough) - see Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan - see Breconshire, Glamorgan, Monmouthshire
Newport (County Borough) - see Monmouthshire
Powys - see Breconshire, Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire
South Glamorgan - see Glamorgan, Monmouthshire
Swansea (County Borough) - see Glamorgan
West Glamorgan - see Glamorgan

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historically IGI is confused about Wales
(eg "Monmouth England" which is a legal jurisdiction not geographical or civil)
and should be ignored in favour of the National Library of Wales own choice of spelling