Saturday, February 03, 2007

treasure on rootsweb

Friday, February 02, 2007

one million new family trees to search

PROVO, Utah, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced that more than 1 million online family trees have been created since the site's new tree-building and sharing features launched in late July 2006. In building family trees, users have added an estimated 150 million names, uploaded 400,000 photos and attached 10 million family history documents directly from's 23,000 historical records collections.

Built with family collaboration in mind, the tree-building tools on allow family members to work together on their family trees, whether living in the same house or on the other side of the world. Families can add their ancestors' names, photos, life stories and much more to a shared family tree -- all for free.

In addition to the impressive number of family trees which have been created, users are also adding names, photos and documents at impressive rates, as a result of the site's easy-to-use tools and an increasing worldwide interest in family history. Users in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Australia are creating and sharing their family trees with's advanced tree-building and collaborative tools.

"The sheer number of family trees created in such a short time demonstrates the collaborative power of the Internet to allow families, regardless of location, to discover their heritage together," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of "Technologies such as email, online storage and photo uploading allow family members to instantaneously bring together their memories in one, centralized, easy-to-access location."'s tree-building tools, designed for enhanced searching,
storing and sharing, . . . .

after a bit of grumbling from users it is now possible to download your own file as agedcom

see the tutorial here

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Vista and Family Tree Maker and Rootsweb

I am really irritated we do not have hot links any more on the Rootsweb message boards

the Rootsweb management has given no explanation of why this primitive state of affairs has not been fixed

there is no update for users of FTM 11 or earlier, as support for these versions has been discontinued.

FTM 16 rules OK :-)

" . . . certain aspects (like exporting a view, book, or tree to PDF) will not function without an important update for your copy of Family Tree Maker 16. This update is completely free, and steps for updating your program are given in this article.

# Download the Vista Compatibility update by from the original article

# When prompted, choose to save it to your Desktop

# Double-click the FTMVistaUpdater.msi file on your desktop to launch the update installer

# When the security warning is displayed, click the Run button.

search:- vista
click here for the full answer

I will wait at least a year before VISTA is for me

even DELL in their cataogue out today in UK offer an "upgrade" to win XP for £50 on a pre-installed Vista machine - Message Boards this thread on
Message Boards > Topics > Genealogy Software > Family Tree Maker software


AALT Home Page:
" Medieval and Early ModernDocuments from England from the National Archives in London

digitized and displayed through The O'Quinn Law Library of the University of Houston Law Center by license of the National Archives

sponsored by the Un Law Ceniversity of Houstonter and by the University of Houston Department of History
The National Archives
The National Archives in London

You can read this - but can you read the orignal manuscript image?

"Joh(ann)es de Hepwode p(er) Henr(icum) de Stolefeld attorn(atum) suu(m) op(tulit) se iiijto [quarto] die versus Willelmum fil(ium) Galfr(id)i de Heley . . . " see Palaeography example 1"

© Crown copyright images reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England.

The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided.

Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education.
Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. Tel: 020 8392 5225 Fax: 020 8392 5266.
Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action.


Start Exploring Your Roots

Main Street Newspapers:
"Organizations planning county's first genealogy fair Oct. 13 2007


“This will be the start of something big. Botetourt County at one time encompassed five states and there are a lot of people out there who can research their ancestors in Botetourt County.”

Fincastle Librarian Paige Ware was talking about the new genealogy fair that will be held in the fall at the Fincastle United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

Ware and Rena Worthen are helping organize the genealogical event that will be Saturday, Oct. 13. The name of the fair is Start Exploring Your Roots, and they hope it will become an annual event. The first fair will be part of the Botetourt County's participation in Jamestown 2007 events that are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the establishment of that English colony.

The fair is being sponsored by the Botetourt Genealogy Club, Botetourt County Historical Society, the Virginia Room at Roanoke City Library, Homespun Legacy, Bedford Historical Society and the Fincastle Library.
Kevin Costello, the county's director of tourism, prepared a flyer for the group. It has the details for those who want to set up booths for the Botetourt fair that will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Tables will be rented for $10 each to interested parties to display genealogy and history-related materials,” said Worthen

The Friends of the Library will hold a cornbread and beans meal and will have baked goods for sale at the event.

Worthen plans to use her massive email list to notify genealogists around the county and state about the fair.

“We have some fine materials here,” she said. She is a third generation genealogist and a descendent of the Hatcher family-one of the first families of Virginia."

Hatcher Library:
"Rena Worthen, is well known by the online genealogy crowd. She is Rootsweb's website administrator for Loudoun, Patrick, Rockbridge, Botetourt & Craig counties, and mail list administrator for Loudoun, Patrick, Rockbridge & Botetourt."

Hatcher - WV Cemetery Recs
Thanks to Rena Worthen again! Her hobby is definitely cemetery cruisin' !! "Rena Worthen" - Google Search

Yahoo! GeoCities - The Works of Rena Worthen & Friends

For more information, Worthen can be contacted at the Fincastle Library at 473-8339.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

hullo world and nearly 8 meg dsl

DSL ZoneUK - Bandwidth Meter: said "6694 Kbps which is around 836.74 KB/s including overheads - up from 1722 Kbps"

Cheap International Calls to 28 mainland countries - Talk3 International - TalkTalk Landline:

"Talk3 International is for people who are always on the phone to the UK and beyond, giving you an unlimited number of inclusive local and national landline calls

1 and unlimited anytime international calls to 28 mainland countries in Europe (including the Balearics), Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.

2 Calls to mobiles in the USA and Canada are also included at no extra charge.

3 Just dial 18418 before the international number. Call any time, day or night, up to 70 minutes without charge. If you want to talk more just hang up and dial again. Like all of our plans, Talk3 International is structured in the same way as the BT equivalent, making it easy for you to compare prices."

I can afford to call you back (leave a message on my answer machine please)
and chat for an hour at a time if you live in theses countries:-

USA (includes mobile) - - Canada (includes mobile) - Australia - New Zealand - Austria - Belgium - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Luxembourg - Malta - Netherlands - Poland - Portugal - Slovakia - Slovenia - Spain (inc Balearic Islands) - Sweden

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

another name brother Hugh Watkins

Secret Falls with a mini blog and I found we were both on LinkedIn: Home and about 42 thousand web pages "Hugh Watkins" - Google Search

we are not Professor Hugh Watkins FRCP who is is Field Marshal Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicin Professor "Hugh Watkins" FRCP - Google Search

Name Meaning and Origin of Hugh Watkins
from Germany via northern France after 1066

HUGIN a related word
Hugin - Google Image Search
Odin's raven "Thought" is seen as an embodiment of divine wisdom and is highly valued for his advice. Hugin wisdom - Google Search

In Scotland and Ireland this has been used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic names Aodh, Ùisdean, and sometimes Eóghan. Variant: Hugo (Latinized; also used in Dutch and German).Cognates: French: Hugues. Italian: Ugo. Welsh: Huw.Feminine form: Scottish: Hughina.

A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192800507

Watkins the english form of ap Watkin
and the patromymic of the sons of the many welshmen called Watkin

English: from a pet form of Wat(t), a short form of Walter

German, Swedish, and English: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements wald ‘rule’ + heri, hari ‘army’. The personal name was introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Walt(i)er, Waut(i)er.

one new idea is that it comes from mid-Wales
or more likely wherever flemish mercenaries were given land as far as possible from London in about 1080

South-west Wales is linguistically split as a result of the Anglo-Norman settlement pattern. In south-west Pembrokeshire—often called ‘Little England beyond Wales’—Welsh was virtually exterminated by the thorough Flemish and Anglo-Norman settlements during the reign of Henry I (1100-35), and many of the distribution maps clearly show this.
Elsewhere Welsh place-names predominate in areas where Welsh is still or was widely spoken.
flemish settlement wales - Google Search

Flemish Settlement in Wales

and of the vikings who had settled on the islands and around Milford Haven - only place names remain and no viking archeaology has been found so far in Wales.

Haverfordwest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: " the first Norman castle was established around 1110. It was constructed by Tancred, a Flemish marcher lord. The town rapidly grew up, initially around the castle and St Martin's church (the settlement being called Castletown), then spreading into the High Street area. It became immediately the capital of the English colony of Roose (part of Little England beyond Wales), and because of its pivotal position, the commercial centre of western Dyfed, which it has remained to this day"

BBC - Legacies - Immigration and Emigration - Wales - South West Wales - The Flemish colonists in Wales - Article Page 2: "The Flemings lend their name to a local architectural feature - the Flemish chimney, examples of which can be found in and around south Pembrokeshire.

The chimneys were usually made of local limestone, and built into the front wall of the cottage close to the door. They are tall and conical, with a large round stack – sometimes big enough to fit a chair and table inside. Many chimneys remained long after the original building had been demolished.

This chimney in St Florence was once part of a tiny cottage, and the line of the gable end of the original building can still be seen above the fireplace. Although these chimneys bare the name of the Flemish, there is no proof they built them, and no examples have ever been found in the Lowlands, however many examples have been found in Devon and Cornwall, so their origin remains a mystery"

better stop surfing for today,
later in the morning:-

Watkins Family History Society - Home: "Our steadfast pursuit is to assist in connecting as many Watkins people as possible world-wide.

We invite you to read, share and make new connections with other Watkins researchers with the help of the resources that we make available here.

Included are FREE downloads of our Digital Newsletter, Family Tree Project, as well as a Message Board . . . "

Watkins Family History Society - Famous Watkins People

Alfred Watkins - Pioneer Photographer
was born on 27th January 1855 at the Imperial Hotel in Widemarsh Street, Hereford, England. He was the third of the ten children of Charles and Ann Watkins. Watkins senior was a prosperous farmer whose ancestors had farmed land for generations in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, . . . in 1881 from - Family History and Genealogy Records

Charles WATKINS Head M Male 61 Mitcheldean, Gloucester, England Brewer Miller Wine Merchant & Farmer Malster Innkeeper & Employ 59 M 16 W & 6 B
Ann WATKINS Wife M Female 60 Huntley, Gloucester, England
Charlotte WATKINS Daur U Female 33 All Saints, Hereford, England
Henry WATKINS Son U Male 27 All Saints, Hereford, England Brewery Manager
Alfred WATKINS Son U Male 26 All Saints, Hereford, England Mill Manager (Corn)
Sarah HUGHES Serv W Female 58 Llanddiham ((All Saints)), Montgomery, Wales Domestic Serv Cook
Mary A. BROWN Serv U Female 27 Fownhope, Hereford, England Domestic Housemaid
Emma EVANS Serv U Female 19 Eaton Bishop, Hereford, England Domestic Kitchenmaid

Source Information:
Dwelling Bewell House
Census Place Hereford All Sts, Hereford, England
Family History Library Film 1341625
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 2594 / 23
Page Number 40

"Huw Watkins" - Google Search: "the composer and pianist was born in Wales in 1976 and studied at Chetham's School of Music . . . "
and you can see why in Wales nicknames are essential.

Sage Family History

Sage Family History

the Sages of Nailsea website.
Here you will find family history information about our Sage family and other related families, about Nailsea and Somerset in general, and other related topics

Utah State Archives

Most records held by the Utah State Archives are not indexed.

Some creating agencies may have indexed record series, but frequently these are found as an index at the beginning or end of an individual volume, or as a separate record series. Such indexes are then available in paper or on microfilm. A few series are indexed electronically.

These indexes may only index part of a series—particularly if there is already an index available in paper or microfilm to the remainder of the series. Occasional electronic indexes index an entire series.

What follows are full or partial electronic indexes to those portions of our holdings which are available for searching online. The indexes are arranged alphabetically by the name of the creating agency for the series

Index Search which was made by volunteers at FamilySearch Indexing: Current Projects:
"Utah Genealogical Association
Salt Lake County Deaths, 1933-1949 "

Monday, January 29, 2007


Footnote - The place for original documents online
an Internet service that lets its users conduct historical research. has assembled, in digital form, a rich variety of primary historical resources, a vast archive that continues to grow. At, history is also interactive. Members may create Member Pages, and, using our tools, Members may annotate historical documents, provide commentary, and post their own historical documents for others to view.

Footnote launches and announces partnership with National Archives
January 10th, 2007 | Written by Peter

Today we officially launched Footnote, making more than 4 million images available online through a special partnership with the National Archives.Many of these images are available for the first time on the web.

You can read the press release about the partnership with NARA on their site or on our site.

You can see some samples by clicking on the images on this page. A free registration is required to view them.

found from
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

thank you Dick :-)

handicam blog update

About archives - the virtual encyclopedia

the virtual encyclopedia on the web - just read:-
GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy
The National Archives | The Public Record Office | Research Guides: A to Z
and - Family History Library
Research Guidance v2.0

Select a place where your ancestor was born, christened, married, or died. If you are not sure of the country, click on Determining the Country Where Your Ancestor Lived. Only places that research guides have been created for are listed.

If you are just starting your research, you may want to read How Do I Begin. - Family History Centers

• Family history centers are branches of the Family History Library.
• Over 4,000 family history centers operate in more than 88 countries.

USA National Archives NARA -- Research - Main Page:
"We alone have so many records that...

Laid side to side, pages in our holdings would circle the Earth over 57 times! Because of the cost to digitize such a volume of materials, only a small percentage is available for research online. Our web site offers tools and guides to help you locate these documents. To complete your research and use the records, you may need to visit us."

Locations Nationwide - Main Page: "The National Archives administers a nationwide network of facilities, serving both the public and federal agencies."

suggestions for more links anyone please?

Medieval English

Medieval English urban history - Glossary:

"The borough community is seen acting jointly to pursue common interests or goals – i.e. in a corporate fashion – from at least the twelfth century on. However, the law made no formal recognition of this (even though the king effectively recognized the existence of communities in his dealings with towns), which was often inconvenient.

One of the last major concessions, in terms of chartered liberties, that the king made to towns in the Middle Ages was their incorporation (i.e. making the town a fictitious personality in the eyes of the law).

There were five characteristics associated with this:

the right of perpetual succession;
the right to use a "common seal" as the signature of the borough to official documents expressing community will;
the right to sue, and be sued;
the right to make by-laws;
and the right to hold property communally.

Since almost all of these features had been in use in boroughs prior to incorporation, the recognition of this by royal grant was probably not such a significant step forward for boroughs that it might appear to us; however this grant often went hand in hand with other powers, such as the right to have a mayor as the executive officer (once associated with the dreaded commune, whose spectre had greatly diminished by the time of incorporation), and the grant of local jurisdiction over Sessions of the Peace.
Perhaps equally important to the borough government was that incorporation reduced the liability of individual officers to be sued for transgressions or defaults of the community, while it made it easier for the borough to acquire communal property which was an increasingly important source of revenue to support administrative costs.

To the historian, incorporation is simply the logical culmination of the development of borough government throughout the Late Middle Ages, creating the form of the post-medieval borough."

royal charter city - Google Search

Bristol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It received a royal charter in 1155 and was granted county status in 1373. .

more recently

BBC - About the BBC - Charter and Agreement
The text of the Royal Charter and Agreement which form the constitutional basis of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

"royal charter" - Google Search

"royal charter" - Google Search

Sunday, January 28, 2007

petiton the Prime Minister of UK

Search results for 'census': "Results for open petitions matching census:

* Include the question of sexual orientation in the 2011 census (4 signatures)
* enable better Freedom of Information access to census and other archives (119 signatures)
* maintain the undertaking that census information would not be released for 100 years, and that the FOI Act should be amended (80 signatures)
* reduce the classified period for census data from 100 years to 70 years (14019 signatures)"

Tallis Topographical Dictionary of Wales

Tallis Topographical Dictionary:
"These webpages provide a searchable comprehensive gazetteer of Welsh towns, villages, and geographical features, transcribed from Tallis's Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales, published in the 1860s.

Welsh Family History Archive: made by John Ball, living in South Wales. "I hope the features linked below will help you find out more about Wales and your own Welsh ancestry — and I hope you'll make some new friends, too!"

Megan Smolenyak new Chief Family Historian Appoints Renowned Genealogist

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced the appointment of Megan Smolenyak as Chief Family Historian.

Ms. Smolenyak, an award-winning professional and author/co-author of four books, has an impressive background in the family history industry with several decades of experience. Ms. Smolenyak most recently rewrote history by uncovering the true story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to come through Ellis Island.

"We couldn't be more pleased to expand our relationship with Megan and have her join our stellar research team led by noted Loretto Dennis Szucs (Lou)," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of "With Lou and Megan together, we are proud to have two of the most well-recognized authorities on board. Lou and Megan both bring unique talents to the table and the combination of their efforts creates an unrivaled team. Megan has an unmatched mix of knowledge in both traditional and DNA family history research. Coupled with her ability to effectively communicate and evangelize the category, she has a natural talent for genuinely inspiring and motivating people when she talks about family history."

As the Chief Family Historian, Ms. Smolenyak will participate in various roles for the company. She will serve as a key researcher for major company campaigns, participate in marketing, provide input into the design of new family history products and services, as well as serve as an expert and spokesperson on family history to the media.

" is the clear leader in the family history category and accepting a role like this is an amazing opportunity," said Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian, "There has never been a better time for the family history category. As continues to fuel the trend and catapult the category into the mainstream, I look forward to working with Lou Szucs and the team to help increase awareness of the magic of family history."

As Executive Editor and Vice President of Community Relations for, Ms. Szucs will continue to manage community relations, building relationships with key experts in the field and establishing strategic partnerships.

"I have known and worked with Megan for years and am delighted that she has accepted this position with," said Loretto Dennis Szucs, also noted co-editor of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy,

"Genealogy is a true passion of mine and I enjoy nothing more than working with people like Megan, who share the enthusiasm and truly understand the power and connection that is found by digging up stories and details about one's past. I look forward to collaborating with her as we continue to provide resources so that more and more people can realize the excitement of discovering and preserving their own family stories."

First inspired to pursue genealogy as a career by a 6th grade family history assignment, Ms. Smolenyak has served in a number of capacities during her years as a professional genealogist.

As the lead researcher for the PBS Ancestors series, Ms. Smolenyak researched over 5,000 genealogical stories and has subsequently consulted for other television programs, including PBS's award-winning They Came to America and BBC's Timewatch, regarding the identification of sailors' remains recovered from the USS Monitor.

Since 2000, Ms. Smolenyak has worked closely with writing articles for the company's publications, including the Ancestry Weekly Journal and Ancestry Magazine, and most recently serving as's spokesperson on Good Morning America's "Our Family Tree" series. On Good Morning America, Ms. Smolenyak presented the anchors, including Diane Sawyer, with their family trees and stories about their families' histories.

She is the author of:-

Honoring Our Ancestors: Inspiring Stories of the Quest for Our Roots, In Search of Our Ancestors

101 Inspiring Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History,


They Came to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors,

along with publishing a number of articles in magazines, newsletters, etc. She is co-founder of Roots Television, a pioneering and popular online channel of genealogy and history-oriented programming.

An expert on DNA genealogy research, Ms. Smolenyak's latest book, co-authored with Ann Turner, M.D., is called

Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree.

Since 2000, Ms. Smolenyak has also been a consultant with the U.S. Army's Repatriation project to trace families of servicemen killed or MIA in Korea, WWII and Vietnam.

She has supported this and more than 75 other genealogical initiatives through the Honoring Our Ancestors Grants Program. Ms. Smolenyak is also a recipient of a number of awards, including International Society of Family History Writers and Editors awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Wales Nonconformists' Records

Family History - Nonconformists' Records: "Although they are much less comprehensive than the records of the Anglican Church in Wales, the Nonconformist records should not be forgotten.

Many registers of dissenting congregations were deposited in London with the Registrar-General after the Civil Registration Act of 1836 and are now at The National Archives.
For details of these registers see General Register Office List of Non Parochial Registers (List & Index Society, vol 42 (1969)).

Microfilm copies of these registers from Wales are available at the Library.

Some pre-1837 registers were copied locally before being surrendered to the Registrar-General, and others never found their way to London at all. A few of those early registers and copies, as well as some later registers, are now deposited at the Library.