Saturday, August 12, 2006

changes to rootsweb mailing lists

at is the complete index to RootsWeb's 29,889 genealogy mailing lists!

and see
Mailing List Update Schedule

from my email (many copies):-

Dear RootsWeb mailing list subscriber,

We are excited to announce that in the coming weeks, the
mailing lists will be moving to a new list management system.

The new list management system offers updated technology, better spam
control, and more efficient hosting of the lists.

All the lists won't be updated all at once. In fact, once we start it
will take us about two weeks to complete the process. We've posted the
additional details about the update and a current update schedule at the
link below.

This page can also be found by following the link found on If there are any changes to the schedule,
we'll update this page to let you know.

How will it Affect You?
Your current subscription(s) will automatically transfer to the new
system so there will be no need to re-subscribe to your list(s),
however, because the sending and receiving of list email will be handled
by a new system, you may notice a few changes to your list(s).

Digest subscribers will notice a small difference in the layout, volume
and issue numbers of the list digests.

The "-L" is being dropped from the "official" list name. This means the
"from" address your mailing list emails come from will be slightly
different- vs. the current You may have to adjust your spam filters or
put the new address on your "accept" list to prevent it from being
caught in your "junk" folder.

This sounds like a big change, but it doesn't have to change the way you
use the list.

Here's why:
- You will still be able to send messages to the list using the
"" email address you use today. Additionally, you
can choose to drop the "-L" and send your messages to Both addresses will work after the list has been

- You will still be able to subscribe and unsubscribe to the mail or
digest mode by sending your request to
or as you do today. You will also be
able to unsubscribe from the mail or digest mode by sending your
"unsubscribe" message to

The tools that list administrators use to manage their list will also be
changing. If you are a list admin, you will be contacted in an
additional email on Monday with more details and a link to a tutorial.

We're excited about the improvements to the lists because we feel
confident that they will ensure that the mailing lists continue to run
smoothly for years to come.
We appreciate your patience while we make
this transition and hope that the RootsWeb mailing lists will continue
to be a valuable tool in your genealogy research.


The Rootsweb Staff

Copenhagen archives

On a rainy morning in Copenhagen I visited this GOLD MINE - the City Hall Archives

københavns stadsarkiv

Københavns Rådhus 1599 København V

the computerised catalogue is working well and the staff are using it fill out request forms for us readers - they hope it will be live on the internet by Christmas 2006

NYHED! Bestilling via arkivets hjemmeside!

Læsesalens nyhedsservice!

Du kan tilmelde dig ved at klikke her

Medlemmer vil modtage e-mails om ændringer i Læsesalens åbningstider, indkaldelse til brugermøder og andre relevante nyheder

Københavnske børns lege for 100 år siden

and I have updated the Karl Dane: time line with his and his brother's dates at Nansensgade School, Copenhagen

Afterwards I took the bus, because my legs are like a cyclists after the mountain climbs in Le Tour, to
Rigsdagsgården 9
1218 Kbh. K.

No luck with military records

I got the wrong stamboger out of the distant storage
but I saw one interesting reference to a ballonmester qualifying in 1912 and being posted from Kystartlleri battalion to Ballonparken in Artilerivej Amager Denmark.

I am going to use DAISY over the weekend to call some more packages out of storage

Daisy - Dansk Arkivalieinformationssystem
Find oplysninger om arkiver i Statens Arkivers samlinger
Søg i

Bestilling via Daisy
Engang efter 2008 vil du også kunne bestille arkivalierne direkte i Daisy. Udvikling af et særligt modul til bestilling af arkivalier hører til de opgaver, som Statens Arkiver vil tage på programmet.

OOPS I thought it was now - still playing catch up with REX at

REX: online katalog
ELEKTRA: e-ressourcer
Google Scholar
Faglige websider

Friday, August 11, 2006

blasted out of bed

at 4:00 am with a cramp in my thigh and dystonia in my foot (which wears off when I sit at the computer instead of trying to sleep

So I watch ARD tv and Die schönsten Bahnstrecken Deutschlands - Google Search
the single line branch railway Plauen Gera - (Google Search)
in Lower Saxony was filmed on a misty morning

Saxonia - Vogtland - Göltzschtalbridge: "The Göltzschtal Bridge and the Elstertal Bridge"

It felt spooky finding this picture minutes afte seeing the same signals on TV from the train drivers cab. The big diesel was very quiet just the clicking of electrical contacts as it accelerated to 35 km an hour (according to the speed restriction board seen) I google to find out where we are because I have no detailed knowledge of German geography other than the garrison towns I visited as an RE band musician 1959 to 1964

from Die Elstertalbahn von Gera nach Weischlitz.

Home > Germany > Places > Greiz-dolau
an interesting application of google maps

my plans for today are to continue working in the archives in Copenhagen - I am taking lots of snaps but lack the time to post them.

see yesterday's blogs
early in Copenhagen Ø
and Copenhagen school records in the archives

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Church of England

Anglican Sources for Tracing your Family History

Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials pre-1837 and Wills pre-1858

Prior to 1837 there was no central registration of births, marriages and deaths. Therefore the records of baptisms, marriages and burials held in parish registers are the main source of information for establishing births, marriages and deaths during this period. Parish registers are usually held in local or county record offices but collections are not always complete and in some cases registers are still held by parishes. Bishops transcripts contain copies of information held in parish registers and are also often held in local or county record offices, or occasionally in specialist repositories.


ICOM Group plc ("DICOM Group"), a global leader of Information Capture and Business Communications solutions, today announced that its subsidiary Kofax has successfully installed its Ascent Capture(R) and INDICIUS(R) technology at AncestryDPS, a leading digital preservation service. The contract provided an overall solution for AncestryDPS to optimise the processing of over 9 million images per month.

AncestryDPS is part of the, Inc. network of products and services that provides the tools to enable people to discover who they are and where they come from. is the No. 1 online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records with over 6 billion names. AncestryDPS processes 100 thousand document pages per day including census records, birth/death records, military records, community directories, immigration records and even some as much as 300 years old.

part of, Inc., Ancestry Digital Presevation Services has over 10 years experience digitizing records with over 6 billion records scanned and indexed and millions added monthly. These records have been published on the, Inc. website,

The Jiapu Collection (or CLAN histories)
The Shanghai Library

Shanghai Library has, through great effort and over time collected the largest collection of Jiapu (14,500 Chinese family histories) in the world, and has created abstracts of those Jiapu, as well as a catalogue of and a dictionary of Chinese family history.

Together, AncestryDPS and the Library are on-site scanning these Chinese family histories and creating a high-quality digital version of the Library’s family history collection and the related abstracts and catalogues.

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DPS has a unique capability for converting documents from books in our robotic book scanning. With that capability along with planetary and loose sheet scanning, we can handle hundreds of thousands of pages per month.

Our robotic book scanner is a radically innovative machine that enables the rapid digitization of content locked away in bound documents. These book scanners automate the process of turning pages while assuring preservation of fragile materials and capturing two pages at a time with two high-image-quality digital cameras. This makes the process of bound book scanning capable of up to 1,500 pages an hour.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

updating has begun

I have been working on my most treasured site the Danish parish registers and census online help

For the last few days I have been compiling a new Danish Census FAQ

I needed some exact dates for census taking as part of my researches of Karl Dane but couldn't find exactly what I needed so got to work.

I obtained help from the archivist on telephone duty at the Danish National Archives in Copenhagen (and he assured me too that I may replicate any image on their sites.)
telephone (0045)33923310 and ask for Arkivalier Vagten between 9:00 am and 12:00 CET.

He manged to answer all my questions except one - the date of Oeders efterretninger
He told me that the King of Denmark ordered it on 20 February 1771 but the work seems to have been done May - June 1771 acording to some of the transcriptions here

In UK we search for John Smith to test a site and in Denmark Jens Hansen or any mixture of Hans Jensen patronymics which could be father and son.

volunteers needed in Chicago, USA

from usenet:-

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois is preparing to
index the Declarations of Intent (to become a citizen) in their office,
and needs volunteer typists to enter data into computer files. When
completed, you will be able to search the new index for the period of
1906 thru 1929 on the internet, so that you can order records by file ID
number. So, if you can type, and have a little extra time, call Mr. Phil
Costello at 312.603.6601 and leave your name and phone number. Someone
will contact you with all the info and then send you an application.
All the work will be at the Daley Center, Clark and Washington, in
downtown Chicago.


PS: A personal NOTE: Anyone who has spent some time with the NARA film
M-1285 knows that there are at least five repositories of Chicago
naturalization records:
US District court
Superior court
Cook County Circuit court
County court
Criminal court
This project will narrow the possibilities as to where the records you
are looking for are located.

NARA has to economise

Due to budget cuts, the NARA has proposed cutting some of their "extra"
hours, without changing the basic hours. Changes would go into effect on
02 Oct. Read the whole story, and find out how you can comment on the
proposal at:

Click on "News and Events".

To see the proposed changes, office by office:


from usenet:-

Hi all!

It's been three months since I've posted about Linkpendium, and during that time we've been locating and adding an average of more than 100,000 sources of genealogical information every month.

Linkpendium now has links to 5,032,855 sources of genealogical

snippped and shortened

The links are categorized either by:
o Surnames WORLD-WIDE (4,492,238 links).
o American localities, generally county-level (540,617 links).
We do not yet provide world-wide locality coverage, though we plan
to phase in world-wide locality coverage as resources allow.

Dr. Brian Leverich

The creation of Linkpendium was listed in the current issue of Ancestry magazine as one of the important events in the evolution of family history information on the Internet!
So you must be doing something right! Congratulations!

Joan Young

Monday, August 07, 2006

Welsh Language Board

Some of the websites I am responsible for deal with Wales and I feel that they should be blingual.

The National Library of Wales suggests that I contacted
but all I need is an English to Welsh volunteer translator and co-editor.

under information technology I found:-

the top twenty names for boys and girls in Wales

which also beacome patronyms and got anglicised by the ruling powers

Boys' Names:


Rhys ap Gruffudd was lord of south west Wales in the twelfth century. The English translation is Rees or Rice.


Dylan was the son of Arianrhod and the brother of Lleu Llaw Gyffes in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi. He disappeared into the sea as soon as he was born, and was named Dylan Eil Ton.


Tomos was one of the disciples of Jesus Christ. The English name is Thomas.


The name Ieuan comes from the Latin, Iohannes. The English translation is Evan or John.


Dafydd was a popular name in the Middle Ages. Dafydd ap Gwilym was the most famous poet of the period, and Dafydd ap Gruffudd was the brother of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last prince of Wales. The name comes from the Hebrew word for friend, and the English version is David.


Siôn Cent was a poet in the fifteenth century, and Twm Siôn Cati was a character similar to Robin Hood in Welsh folk lore. The English version of Siôn is John.


The name Steffan comes from the Greek word for 'crown'. Steffan was the fist Christian martyr, and his feast day is celebrated on 26 December. San Steffan is the Welsh name for Westminster. The English translation is Stephen.


Iwan is a version of Ifan, which comes from the Latin name, Iohannes. The English versions are Evan or John.


Well bred is the meaning of the name Owain. Owain Glyndwr was a national hero and was the founder of the last Welsh Parliament in the fourteenth century. He led a revolt against the English.


Aled is a river in Denbighshire. Tudur Aled was one of Wales' most famous poets in the fifteenth century.


The name Gareth could be a version of Geraint. Geraint was the hero of a legend in the middle ages. It is also possible that the name means 'civilized'.


Elis is a translation of the English name, Ellis.


The name Cai comes from the Latin, Caius. Cai was one of King Arthur's knights in Culhwch and Olwen, from the Mabinogion.


A translation of the name Jack.


Rhodri Fawr was king of Gwynedd, Powys and the Deheubarth in the ninth century.


Rhys Gethin was one of Owain Glyndwr's knights in the fourteenth century.


Harri is a translation of the name Harry, which is a version of Henry. It originally comes from the Latin name, Henricus.


Marc is a translation of the English name Mark.


The name Carwyn means loved and blessed.


Osian was a poet in Irish folklore.



The name Megan is a version of Marged (Margaret)


Bethan is a version of Bet (Elisabeth).


The name Beca comes from the Biblical name, Rebeca, but may be better known in Wales because of the Rebecca Riots in the nineteenth century, when a group of men dressed as women burned tollbooths in south west Wales. The men called themselves Merched Beca (the women of Beca).


The name Ffion comes from the Gaelic, fionn, which means fair or white.


Lowri is a version of the English name Laura. Lowri was the mother of Bishop William Morgan, who translated the Bible into Welsh in the sixteenth century.


The name Cerys comes from the word 'caru' (to love). It could be a version of the name Ceridewn.


The name Carys comes from the word 'caru' (to love). It could be a version of the name Ceridwen.


Rhiannon was the wife of Pwyll and the mother of Pryderi in the first branch of the Mabinogi. The name may be derived from Rigantona, who was a Celtic goddess.


The name Nia became popular following the success of T Gwynn Jones' lyrical 'awdl', Tir na n-Og, which was published in 1916. The 'awdl' is based on an old Irish legend, where the poet Osian falls in love with Nia Ben Aur.


The name Catrin is a version of the name Catherine, which originally came from the German and Latin.


The name Angharad means 'much loved'. Angharad was the name of the mother of Gerallt Gymro, one of the most famous Welsh Latin writers in the twelfth century. Angharad was also the name of the wife of Gruffudd ap Cynan, king of Gwynedd in the twelfth century.


Elin is a version of the name 'Elen' or 'Helen'. It comes from the Greek word for very bright.


The name Rhian means 'maiden'


Elenor is a version of the name Eleanor.


Erin is one of the Welsh names for Ireland.


Siân is the Welsh translation of Jane.


Sioned is a version of the name Siân. The English translation is Janet.


The name Alys comes from the English name, Alice, which originally comes from the German language.


Ceri can be the name of a boy or girl. The village of Porth Ceri is close to Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, and Ceri is also the name of a river in Ceredigion.

Office of National Statistics database

this is the basic tool to use to decide if a one-name study is practical or not,

SMITH 652563 1
which means there are far too many ever to index on your own

There are roughly 4 times as many records about dead people of the same surname

I broadly follow the practices of The Guild of One-Name Studies

and am doing :-
STRØMSHOLT Denmark created in 1911 by one man
I have 52 of his descendants charted

LAPHAM about 500 alive in UK today
a small name but much bigger in USA

BARTLEY about 3000 alive in UK today
middle size for a one name study but not yet started by me

Sunday, August 06, 2006

computer free saturday

so playing catch up today
wached Button win Formula 1

British driver Jenson Button gets first Formula One victory in ..., Canada - 2 hours ago
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Button: Wow! What a day!
Button Gets First Formula One Victory Forbes
113 proves Button's lucky number in wet and wild Budapest Prix International Herald Tribune
good to be british today