Thursday, September 28, 2006

Chelmsley Wood library

two failed blog posts

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

genealogical expeditions

On monday I went to Temple Balsall to search for my great aunt's grave in vain, and my thanks to Parish Clerk Jenny for allowing me to search the burial register.

On tuesday at Solihull Central Library I searched the film of the Electoral Rolls and found that my father's aunty Kate Ethel Jones was resident in Lady Katherine Leveson's Hospital until before October 1956.

I also found my neighbours to 230 Widney Lane when I was 12 years old, and another researcher told me that Mrs Knox at the kennels at 236 bred corgies. Finally I found myself in 1958 as a serviceman with an S before my name

On Saturday I am going to the Bristol_and_Somerset Rootsweb list's annual bunfiaght (lunch) at the Warwick Arms Clutton. Buses replace trains between Birmingaham and Gloucester so I may go via Oxford and Didcote and enjoy the remains of the GWR broad gauge railway days

My photo blog by videophone is broken so this will be the place until I get my TalkTalk broadband connection working.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

from my email and google too

Sun developers talk about software as a service (SaaS)
and Google is close to having an Online Office with AJAX documents and spread sheets in beta not to mention blogger which can also be used for an intranet

by Richard MacManus who blogs a key point - that office tools on the Web are about enabling users to more easily share information and collaborate. It's something existing desktop office tools are woefully inadequate in. Ever tried to email a Word document to 10 of your colleagues and then keep track of changes or suggested changes?

The San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society will present it's 47th Annual Fall Seminar, November 4, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel Marketplace, in downtown San Antonio. The event will feature talented & popular writer, lecturer and entertainer, Hank Z. Jones.Hank's topics at the all day seminar will be:-
1) When the Sources are Wrong,
2) Tracing the Origens of Early 17th Century Palatine & Other Immigrants, [sic]
3) Family Traditions, How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research,
4) Genealogy in the New Millennium, Where We've Been & Where we are going. have added even more records to their growing database, and now includes the 1841 and 1871 censuses. Not only will these new census records prove a valuable asset in your search for your ancestors, they are also included in their BMD and Census subscription packages. At the moment the images for these censuses are only available as TIFF files, which require you to download a new plug-in, but we will be making these images compatible with our standard plug-in DjVu at a later date.

Living Relatives database is now available to all pay-per-view customers at a cost of just 10 units per search. The database allows you to get in touch with long-lost family members and friends through the current electoral roll, directors’ details and telephone directory enquiries.

Top Ten Internet Abbreviations for Genealogists with thanks to Chris Dunham from The Genealogue

10. AFAICTWDAR — As far as I can tell without doing actual research
9. IYKWIM — If you know what "inbreeding" means
8. AMOUFL — As a matter of unfounded family legend
7. SCNRPYI — Sorry, could not resist proving your illegitimacy
6. IMPGHO — In my paternal grandmother's humble opinion

5. NIFOMR — Naked in front of microfilm reader
4. TIABIDITTYA — Thanks in advance because I don't intend to thank you afterwards
3. KMA — Kiss my ahnentafel
2. ROFTBPR — Rolling on the floor transcribing British parish registers
1. BTWYA — By the way, you're adopted