Saturday, November 25, 2006

FreeBMD latest

FreeBMD Home Page:
"Upgrade to FreeBMD servers
Updated 24/11/06
Four new servers were recently added to the FreeBMD cluster,

which makes the current setup....

9 database servers
2 image servers
1 development server

The FreeBMD Database was last updated on Fri 10 Nov 2006

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

stray photographs

Who could they be???

Photos from an old album from Durham, North Carolina. USA

Idenities for the most part unknown, but the locations are mainly Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake Counties in North Carolina. Hoping to identify some of the people in pictures.

"What's New" pages on Cyndi's List:

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Searching English Parish Registers

from my email:-

The Freereg database was rebuilt on November 21, 2006. An additional 67,000 records were added this past month, for a total of 1,180,888 entries. (A 5% increase)
FreeREG - Search English Parish Register Transcripts and Indexes

Fixes were applied to resolve the following problems.

1. Displaying a number instead of the parish in marriages.
2. Not displaying split years.
3. Not always displaying dates containing an *.

You should also be aware that FreeREG should now be available worldwide and that 4 additional servers were installed to support all three Free projects

U.K. FreeREG is a companion project to FreeBMD (a database of the GRO birth, marriage and death indexes from 1837) and FreeCEN (a database of census information).

Contributing to the project
we are in URGENT need of volunteers willing to undertake the transcription of registers or make available their own transcriptions

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

in the book

from my email:

Another more positive way of keeping dates of people we love is
to maintain a birthday book. I started mine fifteen years ago and
have also added death dates of close relatives and a few friends who
have died since 1991. We do not keep a Bible with family dates, but
this book is important to me. People always enjoy being remembered on
their special day! The book also includes some wedding anniversaries.

Over the past fifty-two years of marriage I have also kept address
books, and they are fun to look back through. My mother's address
books are also in a file, because one never knows when that
information may be important to a genealogist!

Ruth Lawrence
Georgetown, Texas

from "The Ancestry Weekly Journal" a free service of It
is available to all registered users and members.

I have both my mother's who died in 1999 and my paternal grandfather's who diued in 1935 and i started my trees by entering all the data in Family Tree maker

As a family historian i included all of their friends too and put them on line here
Family Tree WATKINS and LAPHAM --Monmouthshire and Bristol UK
now I have too many names for thta kind of site so I continue here
RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: WATKINS LAPHAM 2005: "Entries: 2597 Updated: 2006-10-23"