Saturday, March 24, 2007


start here to search the web from the GENEALOGY SURNAME NAVIGATOR home page

or some of my readers are interested in danish things:-

DENMARK DENMARK 1 LDS DK, Geneanet DK, Google/news Genealogy DK, Rootsweb DK, Danish passengers NY 1892-1924, LDS Vital Records Index DK, DDD Emigration database, HGS Prob. Index Aalborg Randers Thisted Viborg, Database over Dannebrogsmænd, Danske Billeder

DENMARK DENMARK 2 Folketællinger for Århus-området 1787 1801 1834 1845 1860, Vielsedata 1760-1870 Århus-området Brudgom/Brud, Århus Borgerbog 1750-1862, Emigration records from Vejle 1879-1887, Genforum Denmark, White Pages Denmark

DDD Oeders efterretninger 1771 Bornholm, Roskilde, Frederiksborg, Holbæk, København, Præstø, Sorø

New Brunswick, Canada

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick: " collects, preserves, and makes available for research, documents and records bearing upon the history of New Brunswick."

PANB :: Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics:

"The Database of Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers, based on over twenty-three years of work by Danny Johnson, is an extraordinary contribution to genealogical, biographical, demographic and historical research. The Provincial archives of New Brunswick is honoured to present it on their web site as a tribute to Danny and a resource for researchers.

About the compiler

Daniel Fred Johnson was born on August 25, 1953 in Fort Fairfield, Maine, the youngest child of Fay (Tregunno) and Verdell C. Johnson. He grew up in Perth-Andover and graduated from Southern Victoria High School in 1971. He obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in 1975 and settled into employment in the commercial and insurance fields. "

New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics NAME INDEX

Database Searches
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arrow Private Records
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arrow Newspaper Directory
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Ministère du Patrimoine canadien: "Patrimoine canadien est responsable des politiques et des programmes nationaux qui font la promotion d'un contenu canadien, encouragent la participation à la vie culturelle et communautaire, favorisent la citoyenneté active et appuient et consolident les liens qui unissent les Canadiens et les Canadiennes."

Department of Canadian Heritage

Friday, March 23, 2007

Hungary or Slovakia Gazetteer

Dvorzsak Gazetteer: "1877 Gazetteer Summary: Many Gazetteers of Hungary were published over the centuries. The 1877 Gazetteer (commonly known as the 'Dvorzsák Gazetteer', named after it's editor) is one of the more widely used. It contains the number of congregants by religion per village, an indication where the main parish was located and summary counts of congregants by county and district. It indicates 'affiliated' churches. The Gazetteer is organized by county, district and village. It uses the 1877 village name.

1877 Census Summary: A town-by-town count of religious congregants, organized by faith and summarized by district and county based on the 1877 Magyar Census. Sometimes called an 'Ecclesiastical Census.' Contains an indication of the location of the primary parish.

Three Accessible Forms of the Gazetteer: There are at present, three forms of the Gazetteer available to the distance researcher: i) Original Gazetteer, scanned images available online , ii) Original Gazetteer, scanned images available at the Family History Center and iii) Genealogical Gazetteer of the Kingdom of Hungary, Jordan Auslander, 2005. The original Gazetteer is stored at the Hungary Archives."

slovakia gazetteer - Google Search
village names may be in various languages, including Czech, Slovak and German. ...

see also It's All Relative Genealogy

with Gazateer / Encyclopedia of Slovak Placenames

my new blog about genealogy

new genealogy was started along with the beta server which is now officially the server even though it misbehaves now and then - like auto logging this as a "spam blog" 24 hours later I received an apologetic email from Blogger Support telling me that GENEALOGE had been white listed

Age of Nelson

Age of Nelson: "Here you can find out about two new massive and authoritative databases covering the Royal Navy officers who fought in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815, and the seamen and marines who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Thousands of hours of careful research have gone into creating these databases, which you can sample here, or you can buy the CDs, with all the latest information. Regular updates will be made available."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

mad people

Index of Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals: in England and Wales based on a comprehensive survey in 1844, and extended to other asylums."

The 1844 Report of the Metropolitan Commissioners in Lunacy: "Throughout Wales it was the practice to board idiots and lunatics with a relative, or, if no willing relative could be found, with someone else, usually a peasant or small farmer, who could take charge of the lunatic in return for a weekly allowance. It was a well established agricultural system of community care.

Boarding out for a fee was known as farming out. The fee was negotiated between the Poor Law Guardians and the 'keepers' who took charge of the lunatic. An exceptionally high figure, 7/- a week, was paid to Edward Grey, farmer, for the care of Catherine Williams because she was 'dangerous to others' and 'of dirty habits'. For Ellen Davies, a harmless idiot also boarded with Edward Grey, only 2/9 a week was paid.

The average fee was between 1/6 and 2/6 a week, and in cases where the lunatic or idiot could be put to useful labour, in the house or around the farm, it went much lower., in one case to 4d a week.

Guardians determined where someone should be sent completely on financial grounds. Medical certificates had been signed to say Catherine Williams should be in an asylum, but the English asylums charged three to five shillings more than Edward Grey. In 1844, Haydock Lodge, a cut price pauper house in Lancashire, was opened and offered to take paupe

British History Online

A very important digital library of standard historical reference works

British History Online: "British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.

With so much material now being published on the world wide web in either un-reviewed form, or in fee-based services, the IHR has shown its commitment to promoting the study of history by publishing these priceless resources for their historical value, cross-searchable, in one place and free of charge."

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

fame at last

RootsWeb Review: RootsWeb's Weekly E-zine
21 March 2007

Note: Thanks again to Hugh Watkins for making me aware of this site. See Hugh's blog at

actually I learn much more from the RootsWeb Review (and boards and lists see Home Page ) over the years
so do go to and subscribe

By Joan Young

As far back as I can remember I was always curious about where I came from and who my ancestors were. I didn't know it at the time, but I was growing up in the same area of southern New Jersey that my maternal ancestors, English and Welsh Quakers, had inhabited as early as the 1670s. I asked my mother whether the streets and landmarks carrying her maiden name of BORTON were connected to our family. I also asked her why she occasionally received letters from a family historian updating "the LIPPINCOTT family tree?" She didn't know--all she knew was her father had been a birthright Quaker. She knew nothing of the rich heritage I was later to uncover.

The fact that I never knew my paternal grandparents (both died before I was born) made me even more curious about that side of the family. I knew Dad was Pennsylvania Dutch and I knew that meant Germanic ancestry.

Dad was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, and it wasn't until his passing, in 1990, that it dawned on me. I was going through family photos, and although I knew one picture was of his mother's mother and the other his father's mother, I didn't know which was which. That was the tipping point that made me dig in and find the answers.

I had worked in a job that provided a great training ground, teaching me how to obtain and evaluate genealogical data, and I used that to my advantage in my retirement. At first, I spent countless hours at the local historical society library, the LDS Family History Center, and in courthouse basements, not to mention walking many a cemetery. When I was a novice, seasoned genealogists marveled at the fact that I knew how to complete a pedigree form. Twenty years as a hobby dog breeder and exhibitor had taught me all about pedigrees.

My searches led me to discover two American Revolutionary War ancestors, connections to William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, plus a whole boatload of poor farmers and tradesmen striving to make a better life for their families in America. They were German, Alsatian, English, and Welsh, with some Scotch-Irish thrown into the mix, and a bit of early Swedish blood for good measure. My research led to membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames XVII Century, Descendants of Founders of New Jersey, and the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic (LGAR).

I had never used a computer before 1995, and decided then that it was "now or never." I dove in and before long found ROOTS-L and a few of the early mailing lists that were "the gleam in the eye" that was later to become RootsWeb. It didn't take long to appreciate that a constantly increasing amount of my research could be accomplished without ever leaving my home.

The volunteer spirit of the growing online community sucked me in. I soon joined the ranks of those administering mailing lists and message boards. It didn't take long to realize that even with all the resources that could be found on the Internet the greatest resource of all was the people: people looking for the same ancestors I was, and people who were volunteering their time and energy by submitting information to online databases to benefit future researchers.

My people-oriented volunteer efforts eventually led to employment with RootsWeb from July 1999 to July 2001. During that time and since then, I have continued to delight in figuring out how all the features and programs work at RootsWeb and how to make the most of the various resources offered there. I enjoy, even more, explaining RootsWeb resources to others and watching new researchers grow their own "wings" and soar on their own as they, too, learn to make the most of all that is offered.

I plan to continue in that capacity through future columns to teach both new and experienced family history researchers to better understand the wonders of RootsWeb. Together we'll explore every nook and cranny of the site and learn to use every resource to its fullest capacity.

see also Joan's tree RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Borton-Kiger Families of Salem County, NJ

and - jmyoung365's Public Profile with a portrait and - Messages Posted by jmyoung365

REPRINTS. Permission to reprint articles from RootsWeb Review is granted unless specifically stated otherwise, provided: (1) the reprint is used for non-commercial, educational purposes; and (2) the following notice appears at the end of the article: Previously published in RootsWeb
Review: 21 March 2007, Vol. 10, No. 12

Rise of the web's social network

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Click | Rise of the web's social network: "Since its beginning, the web has often been used as a tool to meet new people, but in recent years the interaction between web-users has grown dramatically, spawning a new generation of networking sites.

Some networking sites allow users to swap video and images and sites like Bebo, Friendster and MySpace have fuelled the social networking trend.

The notion of Web 2.0, or an internet model where content is created and shared by users, has given birth to some of the most popular sites the internet has ever seen. So much so, that anybody who is anyone, wants to be part of the online social networking scene.

the BBC's flagship technology programme | Click online

in genealogy see also or GenForum - Home
or - Family Tree Maker Family History Software and Historical Records or genealogy usenet - Google Search or Cyndi's List - Newsgroups in fact Web 2.0 is hardly news at all dating back to email and lists in the 1980ies

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

german genealogy

In der Genealogischen Datenbasis, kurz GedBas, können Sie nach kompletten Familienforschungen suchen. Auch Sie können Ihre eigenen Forschungsergebnisse in Form einer - GedBas: "GedBas: Die genealogische Datenbasis" consists of uploaded gedcom - I think

Hauptseite − GenWiki

Komplette historische Bücher sind in der genealogischen Online-Bibliothek zu lesen. Enthalten sind z. B. Grübels Gemeindelexikon von 1892 und Ritters geografisches und statistisches Lexikon von 1895 mit zusammen ca. 3.000 Seiten.

me on tv today

UK Channel 4 Deal or No Deal filmed in Bristol about a month ago

Genealogy Quest

convicted papists - Birdforth and Allertonshire Wapentakes: "
A True and Perfect Return of All Papists Convicted in the North Riding of the County of York, 1716."
Genealogy Quest: Genealogical Research Assistance - Glossaries: "

The study of Genealogy demands that a person become familiar with the precise terminology of other professions and ages, as well as the terminology of genealogy itself.

Whether one comes upon an unfamiliar phrase in an ancestor's will, in a published genealogy or in a research report from Genealogy Quest, we offer glossaries for easy reference."

Genealogy Quest - Order Forms or prfessional aervices: "Genealogy Quest, 5550 Stuckey Road, Indian Head, MD 20640, USA"
an honest website with a snail mail address

Nova Scotia Canada

Historical Vital Statistics Start Page
Anyone interested in researching family history in Nova Scotia can use the Internet to access historical vital statistics.

Starting Monday (March 19th), visitors to can instantly access a database of one million original birth, marriage or death records dating back to 1864.

The new website is the latest innovative product from Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. It is among the first and largest projects of its kind in Canada and part of the province's commitment to provide accessible services to communities throughout Nova Scotia.

Monday, March 19, 2007

discontinued access to ancestry com databases

from usenet:
For many years, has provided free access to patrons of family history centers around the world. Ancestry has informed the Church that as of April 1, 2007, it will discontinue this free access to the full service.

Free access through to the following databases will continue:

1. Index and images for the 1880, 1900 and 1920 U.S. censuses
2. Full name indices for the British 1841-1891 censuses (England and Wales)
3. World War I draft cards indices as created and miscellaneous other databases

Free access is likely to be discontinued for the remainder of the databases including:

1. Index and images for the 1930 U.S. census
2. Index and images for the 1901 British census (England, Scotland, and Wales)

At this point, is not offering an option for family history centers to independently purchase commercial or library site licenses. Patrons, of course, may choose to subscribe directly to

Free access to online databases is important and we therefore intend to add many new databases to Much of the data preparation will be accomplished through the online indexing program available at We encourage you to visit the website to learn more.

Volunteers have already begun indexing the 1900 U.S. census and other projects. Other censuses and vital record collections will be indexed as soon as the 1900 U.S. census project is completed.

The more volunteers that participate, the sooner access can be provided. Since access to databases on is free to all, we anticipate that this will be of great
interest to individuals around the world. We are also exploring opportunities to provide broader access to additional databases from other online service providers.

Please inform patrons regarding our plans to provide access to records and invite them to help by participating in the FamilySearch Indexing projects. - Family History Centers are branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Centers provide access to most of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help patrons identify their ancestors.
Everyone is welcome to come to the centers and use Family History Center resources.

Gordon Boys school

Gordon Boys Orphanage Founded In 1885 By Mr Blackman: "The Gordon Boys will always be remembered by old Dovorians as those closely cropped boys who, on high days and holidays were bedecked in highland kilts and all the trimmings, very smart and spectacular with their bagpipes.

They played well-known Scottish airs during the various events and processions that were part of the scene in those days. Any minor event provided the excuse for a procession, church parades, dedication of Girl Guide or Boy Scout colours, invariably headed by The Gordon Boys.

I think that the boys were glad of the diversion, for at other times they were not allowed out. On weekdays, the finery removed, they were rather wistful little lads, dressed in drab woollen jerseys and ill-fitting trousers and they all attended St James Boys' School."

Methodist Archives

Ministers & Probationers who have Died in the Work: "The index was scanned from the list of ‘Ministers and Probationers who have died in the work’ that is in the back of the 1969 edition of Ministers and Probationers of the Methodist Church, printed by the Methodist Publishing House in London.

This publication was the most recent volume in an invaluable series that commenced in 1819 when Revd.William Hill published an alphabetical arrangement of ministers of the British Wesleyan Connexion.

It listed all ministers in the work at that time with their stations and dates of service. A second edition appeared in 1824 and this included a list of those who had died in the work. ‘Hill’s Arrangement’ continued to be updated and published at intervals of several years. Fourteen editions had appeared by 1881 and twenty-five by 1926.

With Methodist Union in 1932, the list was expanded to include former Primitive Methodist and United Methodist ministers. The last edition to appear was that of 1968.

Editions to 1847 continued to bear the name of William Hill as editor, despite the fact that the man himself died in 1827. The series continues to be popularly known as ‘Hill’s Arrangement’. "

Methodist Archives and Research Centre: "Methodist Archives and Research Centre,
John Rylands University Library,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9PP.

West Somerset Railway

Welcome to the West Somerset Railway Official Website

from my email:-
I have just added more Baptisms and Marriages to for Selworthy.

Updates will be a little more sporadic for a while as we are extremely busy on the West Somerset Railway at this time!


Martin Southwood

meeting in Copenhagen Denmark

Dagsorden til brugermødet d. 28. marts 2007

28. marts 2007 kl. 15.00

Alle Landsarkivets brugere er velkomne

1. Velkomst ved arkivchef Inge Bundsgaard

2. Årets gang på læsesalen ved arkivar Pernille Sonne

3. Valg af brugerrådsrepræsentanter og 2 suppleanter

4. Foredrag ved Ulrik Langen: Skæbner i arkivet – På sporet af menneskeskæbner i oplysningstidens København

5. Fremtidsperspektiver og afslutning ved arkivchef Inge Bundsgaard

Landsarkivet for Sjælland, Lolland-Falster og Bornholm

Tilmelding til foredrag på Landsarkivet for Sjælland, Lolland-Falster og Bornholm: "Ulrik Langen vil fortælle om, hvor tæt man i arkiverne kan komme på mere eller mindre almindelige menneskers skæbner i oplysningstidens København. Med udgangspunkt i bogen ”Revolutionens skygger.

Franske emigranter og andre folk i København 1789-1814” (2005) og en kommende bog om gadeliv i 1700-tallets København gives en række eksempler, der viser, hvordan man kommer på sporet af de mennesker, der normalt ikke skrives om i historiebøgerne."

Flickr and thegenerationsnetwork


GENEALOGE: Vista and Family Tree Maker and Rootsweb
Family Tree Maker 2005 to 16 can be used with MS Vista

search:- vista
click here for the full answer

Rootsweb Boards continue to improve and hot links now work in the text

Cyndi Howells

Cyndi's List and welcome to blogspace:
"Cynd's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet ( is a free, categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. Cyndi's List is almost 11 years old.
Does everyone know about the site? Does everyone use the site to get the most out of it?"
Browse the main category index to Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Family History Centers

Another Side of the Removal From the Family History Centers » Genealogy Blog:
" . . . .a few thoughts with all of you on another topic. For the last seven years, our company has provided free access to inside the family history centers of the LDS Church. During this time, we’ve done this without any formal agreement or compensation.

Several months ago, we informed the Church of our desire to craft a formal relationship that would allow us to continue providing this free access. This is similar to the way that we license to over 1400 public libraries in the U.S. and U.K. We do this for a license fee which lets patrons of these institutions use our service for free inside their facilities. As you can imagine, this is a very popular program among libraries.

Unfortunately, we were not able to come to agreement with the Church on the terms of this proposed relationship.
We are disappointed by this, as we know that patrons of family history centers value, and we think our institutional licensing program is priced very fairly.

We remain willing and eager to have available in family history centers, and we are even hopeful that at some point the Church will reconsider their position and decide to give patrons of their family history centers access to the world’s greatest online resource for for family history research.

We will continue to provide access in family history centers to a small number of databases which are covered by other agreements, and none of our other many agreements with the Church are impacted by this change. We continue to have a number of mutually beneficial agreements and relationships with the Church, and as two large players in the family history space, we share a common goal of getting as many people as we can interested in their family history.

Our relationship is a good one, and we are always looking for ways to cooperate with the Church in order to grow our business and ignite more interest in the category. I’m sharing all of this with all of you because I am sure that there will be some unhappy patrons of family history centers, and I wanted everyone to understand that this was not a one-way decision on our part.

Finally, I am constantly asked whether we think of the Church as a competitor. The answer to this really depends on the underlying assumptions of the question. Are we competing for dollars? No. Do we have exactly the same goals? No. Are we unfriendly? Absolutely not. Is TGN committed to making sure that remains the #1 resource for online family history? Absolutely. Is Ancestry going to continue to be the home of the world’s largest online family tree? Yup. Should we be able to innovate faster than anyone on the planet in this space? Of course. Are we two large players that each have done tremendous things to help people understand their family history

Yes. Can we continue to cooperate with the Church to get millions more people interested in family history? We can, and we will.

From: Tim Sullivan
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 4:38 PM

archive of French-Canadian family histories

Franco-American News & Events, 7: Partners With Universite De Montreal: "A deal between family history website and the Universite de Montreal will see a giant archive of French-Canadian family histories indexed and made available on the Internet.

'In the past, family history was for people who liked to go to the library and scan through microfilm,' says Mike Ward, a spokesman for, the Canadian off-shoot of Utah-based

'Now, at the click of a mouse, you can find those stories about where you came from and what your family was doing a hundred years ago,' Ward said Wednesday in an interview.

However, until recently little information about French-Canadian families was available online. aims to plug that gap by putting the Drouin Collection on its website.

Created in the 1930s by Quebec entrepreneur Gabriel Drouin, the collection contains nearly 12 million records from 1621 to the 1940s tracking French-Canadians from Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and various New England states.
" - Quebec Vital Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967: "Until the late 1900s, church registers in Quebec served as civil and vital records in that province. Throughout the years a second copy of church records, from all denominations, was sent annually to the appropriate courthouse. During the 1940s the vital record collections in courthouses throughout Quebec were filmed by the Institut Généalogique Drouin.* Consequently, this filmed set of records became known as the Drouin Collection.

The filming of vital records continued for some areas up through the 1960s. Because only some areas were filmed for these latter years (1940s-60s), few records from these latter years are found in this database."

The majority of the records in this database come from Catholic parishes. However, since all denominations were to send copies of their records to the courthouses, other churches whose records are contained in this database include:

  • Adventist
  • Congregational
  • Pentecostal
  • Anglican
  • Episcopal
  • Presbyterian
  • Apostolic
  • Evangelical
  • Protestant
  • Baptist
  • Free Church
  • Russian Orthodox
  • Christ Church
  • Greek Orthodox
  • Salvation Army
  • Christian Brethren
  • Holiness Movement
  • Unitarian
  • Christian Missionary Alliance
  • Jewish
  • United Church
  • Church of Christ
  • Lutheran
  • Universalist
  • Church of England
  • Methodist

  • Church of Scotland
  • Orthodox Roumanian

  • The following databases contain the other records from the Drouin Collection.

    Ontario French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1747-1967

    Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954

    Acadia French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946

    Quebec Notarial Records (Drouin Collection), 1647-1942

    Miscellaneous French Records (Drouin Collection), 1651-1941

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    :: CWGC ::: "The 'Debt of Honour Register' is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.Who We Are

    Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. It is a non-profit-making organisation that was founded by Sir Fabian Ware.

    Since its inception, the Commission has constructed 2,500 war cemeteries and plots, erecting headstones over graves and, in instances where the remains are missing, inscribing the names of the dead on permanent memorials. Over one million casualties are now commemorated at military and civil sites in some 150 countries.

    If your relative is not findable and you are certian he was a casualty just email them with name, date and place of death