Friday, January 19, 2007

Member Trees export GEDCOM - Member Trees Tutorial: "Recent Updates and Improvements

Family Tree Homepage

To help you see at a glance all the work that is happening in your family tree, we’ve created a homepage for your tree (see image at right) that shows a summary of all the photos, records, stories, etc. in your family tree.

Improved Edit

As we’ve watched people work with their tree, it became apparent that we had some room to improve our tools for editing a person. The new edit groups items to make it easier to edit common fields, while still providing access to the sources and alternates for each event.


You've asked for this feature and we're happy to say it is finally here. On the 'My Ancestry' page look for the 'Export GEDCOM' link. This process will allow you to export all the names, sources, relationships, etc. in GEDCOM format. For information that GEDCOM does not handle well (e.g., photos, stories, Ancestry records) we provide a link back to the original item on Ancestry.

Start a tree from OneWorldTree

For those who began a family tree using OneWorldTree, this is a welcome option allowing you to transfer the information you entered into OneWorldTree into a Member tree.

African American military history WW1




Creative Gene blog

Is it time for FamHiWriMo?

What if there were a write-your-family-history-in-a-month event? Do you think there would be any takers? I'm here to tell you, doing it at the same time as other people and sharing the experience is a powerful motivator.

That deadline-at-the-end-of-the-month is pretty powerful too. It really forces you to turn your internal editor off and push on to the end. Of course you don't end up with a completed history but you do end up with a finished first draft. And that's probably the biggest hurdle for most people to face in writing projects.
writes Jasia

and Lulu might be persuaded to print one copy !!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

from my email

quoting my own new blog (which uses the latest blogger technology)
new genealogy :-

every day I read or skim about 400 emails either to me, or on groups I subscribe to and answering publicly some of these, and writing about genealogy itself, is the theme of this blog.

That is in comparison with this, my MAIN BLOG (so far) GENEALOGE which is my web log of what web sites interest me and I have visited, and of news about changes and developments in the industrial, archival, volunteer and hobby sites of interest to fellow genealogists, and librarians world wide.

Mostly each blog post here is a quotation from another web site, or what librarians call an abstract, with a link to enable my readers to find out more for themselves. I try and comply with accepted "fair use" as regards copyright but my citations are not in academic style but links in fact worth gold in web ratings by search engines and the rest.

Because this is my main blog I include personal news and if unwell or off line or breaking my daily posting pattern on Usenet or in a forum or group, I aim to make one post in the main blog from a friend's, a library, an archive or a hospital computer.

My main image blog is photographs and walks which is set up to accept images from my Sony Ericsson 800i mobile phone directly through the world wide 3G network

the other longer version of this text is on new genealogy

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors graves


UK Look-up Exchange: "Lookup exchanges list reference works which volunteers are willing to search for specific entries.

Please remember that people who provide this service are not professional researchers, and cannot usually help with general enquiries. Make your requests as specific as possible."

genealogy look up exchange - Google Search

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - Genealogy Research Tool: "Successful genealogical research is based upon people helping people. The volunteers of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) have agreed at least once per month to do a research task in their local area as an act of kindness.

The cost to you would be reimbursing the volunteer for his/her expenses in fulfilling your request (video tape, copy fees, etc.).

This is not a FREE service."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

solihull hospital if offline

It was neither a blood clot nor thrombosis - I am going to be munching penicillin until friday morning when I will have my arthritic knee scanned to see if it is leaking and causing the inflamation of my lower calf.

back from Solihull Hospital and the pictures blogged

Spread the word not the germs
Make it your mission.
Make it your mantra.
Clean your hands.

solihull hospital MAU - Google Search:
"Solihull Hospital Lode Lane Solihull West Midlands B91 2JL, Tel: 0121 424 2000"

I have got an inflammation in my left leg
so Dr Clowes is sending me to this Medical Assessment Unit
bus 97 then 72

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Solihull Hospital Site Summary Information

I will add a comment to this blog as soon as I know what is going on down there - phlebitis possibly thrombosis


new genealogy is the title of my latest blog in honour of the rebranding of myfamilyinc to thegenerationsnetwork on December 19 2006, Inc. Changes Corporate Name to The Generations Network

myfamilyinc - Google Search, online since 1998 as a place for families to connect and share photos and news, is being overhauled and relaunched in early 2007

thegenerationsnetwork - Google Search

the other recent rebranding is
from April 2003 to

a bit close to

BUT WHY GO TO ALL THAT EXPENCE? includes DEPARTURES - Passenger lists leaving UK at

useful danish links

new genealogy: DANMARK Landsdækkende arkivalier
via my New Genealogy blog - this one is too big to move to the new blogger dot com

Monday, January 15, 2007

Techniques for Preserving Original Family Documents

24-7 Family History Circle » Indiana Historical Society Teaches Techniques for Preserving Original Family Documents

Members of the community interested in learning how to take care of their original family documents at an upcoming preservation workshop presented by the Indiana Historical Society.

How to Preserve Original Family Documents

will be offered twice on Friday, Feb. 2, with sessions available at times of 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. The workshops will take place at the Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Many people get their start in genealogy with the discovery of one intriguing family letter or document. Workshop attendees can learn how to preserve their family treasures and bring their treasured certificate, letter, or other document for specialized advice by IHS conservation staff. This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to evaluate the condition of the paper, surface clean and create an archival enclosure. Only single sheet-paper items (no photographs or pamphlets) will be encapsulated, but the document may be double-sided.

Guests will also see a demonstration of how to humidify and flatten items that have been rolled for many years and store them with care. IHS conservation staff will offer advice as to whether specialized treatment is recommended for an attendee’s particular item and where private conservation labs in the region are located for conservation treatment.

Ramona Duncan-Huse, Senior Director of Conservation for the Indiana Historical Society, has managed the preservation and treatment of the Society’s rare collections of manuscripts, printed and photographic collections for more than 25 years.

She holds a Certificate of Conservation from a conservation graduate program sponsored by the University of London.

How I started on the net

with a 14k modem from Humanoria, Copenhagen University, and a dial up FirstClass BBS run by Politiken Newspaper

Politiken Online
Forgængeren til Politiken Online var baseret på systemet: FirstClass - som anvendes af store dele af folkeskolen (sektornettet) og LO m.fl.

Danish "Politiken" Weekly in USA ... is a taster but the FirstClass BBS is much faster
with the First Class Browser 3.5 guest log on user: politiken id: online or ...

First-class 3.5 server for sale It will be cheap ;-) Please mail me, if you are interested: Sanne Plichta This is the one used by the Danish newspaper Politiken as intranet and ...
alt.bbs.first-class - Sep 26 1999, 3:25 pm by Hugh Watkins
and all danish and a selection of english usent conferences.

ENTERPOL was created by users upset a the loss of the old BBS
then came google mail in about August 2004 - 26 September 2004 Google Groups

my first post on usenet
Believe in Happy Endings!!!!!!!!!!
Is this a flame?? - sent via an evaluation copy of BulkRate (unregistered).
alt.dreams - Feb 25 1996, 5:23 am by Hugh Watkin

so then we migrated and started Enterpol

soc.culture.nordic - Sep 17 1997, 3:55 am by Hugh Watkins

firstclass politiken - Google Search

FirstClass Division, Open Text Corporation

FirstClass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFirstClass originally gained a following in the bulletin-board market, ... FirstClass is originally a product of SoftArc,

Sunday, January 14, 2007

babies names 2006 England

ONS baby names - Google Search

National Statistics Online

BBC News UK Blair baby sets name trend

Boys - - - - - - Girls

1. Jack - - - - - 1. Olivia +3
2. Thomas +1 - - - 2. Grace +5
3. Joshua -1 - - 3. Jessica -2
4. Oliver +1 - - 4. Ruby +11
5. Harry +4 - 5. Emily -3
6. James -2 6. Sophie -3
7. William +1 7. Chloe -2
8. Samuel -1 8. Lucy
9. Daniel -3 9. Lily +7
10. Charlie +2 10. Ellie -4
11. Benjamin 11. Ella
12. Joseph -2 12. Charlotte -3
13. Callum +2 13. Katie -3
14. George +4 14. Mia +4
15. Jake +2 15. Hannah -2
16. Alfie +5 16. Amelia -2
17. Luke -4 17. Megan -5
18. Matthew -4 18. Amy -1
19. Ethan -3 19. Isabella +6
20. Lewis -1 20. Millie
21. Jacob +1 21. Evie +8

BBC NEWS UK Mohammed enters top boys' names
22. Mohammed +1 22. Abigail -3
23. Dylan +2 23. Freya +8
24. Alexander -4 24. Molly -3
25. Ryan -1 25. Daisy +3
26. Adam 26. Holly -3
27. Tyler +4 27. Emma -5
28. Harvey -1 28. Erin +5
29. Max 29. Isabelle +1
30. Cameron +5 30. Poppy +9
31. Liam -3 31. Jasmine +10
32. Jamie +1 32. Leah -8
33. Leo +4 33. Keira +5
34. Owen +2 34. Phoebe +1
35. Connor -5 35. Caitlin -8
36. Harrison +6 36. Rebecca -4
37. Nathan -3 37. Georgia -3
38. Ben -6 38. Lauren -12
39. Henry +5 39. Madison -3
40. Archie -2 40. Amber -3
41. Edward +4 41. Elizabeth +1
42. Michael -1 42. Eleanor +1
43. Aaron +3 43. Bethany -3
44. Muhammad New Entry +12 44. Isabel +2
45. Kyle -5 45. Paige
46. Noah New Entry +5 46. Scarlett +1
47. Oscar New Entry +7 47. Alice -3
48. Lucas New Entry +10 48. Imogen New Entry +17
49. Rhys New Entry +10 49. Sophia New Entry +13
50. Bradley -11 50. Anna New Entry +2

+/- indicates movement on last year

with Wales on a pdf

Tracing Family History in UK

Tracing Family History - UK ancestry research techniques: "Start with what you know. Draw a simple family tree showing your grandparents, parents, yourself and your children. Add birth, marriage and death dates. Ask older relatives for information until you have got as f
ar into the past as possible.
Target your oldest relatives. Write to or telephone those living at a distance. Get to those you don't usually hear from as there is more chance of finding something new (rather than Nan 's same old stories). Great aunts and uncles are a potential gold mine. Siblings of grandparents and great-grandparents usually provide more new information.
Recollections of childhood and family intelligence can vary a lot, but it pays to get it all recorded anyway. Contemporary friends, neighbours and work colleagues of your oldest relatives can also usually contribute. They may have seen much more of them than the family.

Precious Stories

Whatever your eventual aims in tracking down your ancestors it usually helps if you start off in this way. Get as much readily available information as possible on both sides of your family even though your main objective is to research your father's side surname.
Jot it all down in a bound notebook or diary so that nothing gets lost.
You don't know what you may finish up doing in your FH exploits, and easily obtainable information may take on special value in the future - to others as well as yourself. Domestic investigation is good practice for the research skills you will need at an increasing level. If it involves a bit of detective work, even better.
We will cover your specific aims shortly, but the idea is to make a hands-on start and gather all the information you can, which might well influence what you do thereafter.

This is a standard, boring rule but it does pay dividends and you will probably have fun doing it. Make a start, anyway. All too soon older relatives die off and precious stories are lost forever.