Saturday, August 19, 2006

webmoster hedvig

and her machine

her analog monitor has a pinkish colour cast
nvidia card
does anyone know how to fix it?
I tried and it all went blue . . . oops again

NYT ! Træk af Letlands historie - Historical background of Latvia
and see her site map

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Slægtssider for Hedvig Pitzner-Jørgensen has been a great success leading to new contacts worldwide

a freebie at and do upload a gedcom

for example two days ago my brother in law, whom I have not seen for 40 years, found me via his late sister's maiden name on my own site which is searchable on too

wills before 1858

British Origins - English genealogy search, England ancestor records and England maps

Origins Network News: Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index on British Origins

The Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York now available on British Origins (

Prior to 1858, wills were proved in an ecclesiastical court. Which court dealt with a particular will depended on where property was held.

Parishes of the Church of England were grouped into archdeaconries, and a group of archdeaconries formed a diocese (i.e the area of a bishop's jurisdiction). Each diocese belonged either to the ecclesiastical province of York or of Canterbury. The province of York had jurisdiction in the counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Westmorland and Yorkshire; Canterbury had jurisdiction over the rest of England and Wales.

If a person's property lay wholly within one archdeaconry, the will was generally proved in that archdeacon's court. But if property worth 5 or more were owned elsewhere the will would be proved in a higher court, that of a bishop or archbishop.

The Prerogative & Exchequer Court of York Probate Index gives:
o testator's name
o places associated with person; usually the place of death, but sometimes other places where the testator lived are mentioned
o date of probate year & month
o type(s) of documents (there is often more than one document)
o court concerned
o Borthwick Institute reference to the original document(s)
o Reference to original index

The Origins Network in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives are completing the computerisation of the indexes to the Prerogative & Exchequer Court of York probate material; only the Medieval part (1267-1500) of these indexes had previously been computerised. This work is being done in reverse chronological order, starting from 1858, and the first batch of index records, covering over 16,000 grants of probate for the period September 1853 to January 1858 is now available online exclusively on British Origins. About two thirds of the wills were proved in the Prerogative Court. This index complements the indexes to the York Medieval and York Peculiars probate material.

The original documents provide a great deal of valuable information to the family historian and copies of these can be ordered online

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Usually I search the Library of Congress or the British Library or the Royal Library in Copenhagen to find a rare book - now through OPAC there is a world wide UNION CATALOGUE called WORLDCAT

Frederick G. Kilgour (1914–2006)

Frederick G. Kilgour, a librarian and educator who created an international computer library network and database that changed the way people use libraries, died on July 31, 2006. He was 92 years old and had lived since 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Kilgour is widely recognized as one of the leading figures in 20th century librarianship for his work in using computer networks to increase access to information in libraries around the world. He was among the earliest proponents of adapting computer technology to library processes. At the dawn of library automation in the early 1970’s, he founded OCLC Online Computer Library Center and led the creation of a library network that today links 55,000 institutions in 110 countries.

WorldCat is provided by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. on behalf of its member libraries.

WorldCat lets a wider audience discover items in your OPAC and find your online services when they follow links from results on popular Web search engines (like Google and Yahoo!), other partner sites or More than just a database of things libraries own, WorldCat is the foundation for an array of online services that help libraries manage those things and the processes behind them. By putting common workflows such as cataloging and resource sharing onto a collaborative network driven by WorldCat data, libraries make the most of their resources, staff and budget.

Find in a Library" links people broadly searching the Web from popular search, bookselling and bibliography sites to the resources of local libraries. The collections of libraries that contribute cataloging or holdings information to WorldCat—the world's most comprehensive database of library-held items and the core of the OCLC cooperative—are exposed to users on the open Web at the sites where many begin their online searches for information.

Learn more about the "Open WorldCat" program

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WebJunction is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses and have fun. Join us! Registration is free.

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Access your FirstSearch, WorldCat Resource Sharing and other OCLC library services administrative accounts.

NetLibrary provides libraries with easily implemented electronic content solutions that support Web-based research, reference and learning in more than 12,000 libraries worldwide.

ow ow

added an old 17" screen to the Mac

but my ISP is a bit unsteady

using FTM 2006 I exported a couple of gedcom and uploaded them to WorldConnect adding a css and updates this danish tree for the film star Karl Dane

I started blogging on Ow Ow because of technical problems with my ISP and sheer frustration

The morning at the Danish Natioanl Archives

I got frustrated with the instalation ot the Aarhus cathredral and parish church data base from CD rom out of three machines (LAK and RA x 2) only one worked .
- less rahter than more the datbase gave me five valuable facgs but the links to the images were broken


the old saying is the true genealogist is the last one out and tursn out the lights .