Saturday, April 07, 2007

Website Design for the Genealogist

Genealogy Web Creations- Website Design for the Genealogist

Microsoft® Expression® think about downloading a trial copy and using it creatively by FTP on

Personify Design, Inc. Errol Stewart
uses Microsoft® Expression®: "

I prefer working with digital media and the Internet because it allows me to make an impact with the widest audience. The Internet itself inspires me. When we look at the Internet objectively, it becomes a grandiose document of our modern society’s intellectuality and achievement."

Expression-Web-L Resources: "Pat Geary, List Administrator, Microsoft MVP - FrontPage
Tina Clarke, Microsoft MVP - FrontPage
James Huggins, Microsoft MVP - FrontPage"

and congrats to Pat Geary: Virginia, USA who just received a Most Valuable Professional award from Microsoft seen on 1 April 2007

Expression-Web-L Resources: "Expression Web is the successor for FrontPage and is the web editor I am currently using. Build your Web sites your way. Microsoft® Expression® Web gives you all the tools you'll need to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites the way you want them. Take advantage of the best of dynamic Web site design, enabling you to design, develop, and maintain exceptional standards-based Web sites.

'Create CSS-based, XHTML 1.0 Transitional-conforming Web sites by default. Work better across browsers, simplifying deployment and maintenance. Configure flexible schema settings to support all combinations of HTML, XHTML, Strict, Transitional, Frameset and CSS 1.0, 2.0, and 2.1 plus browser-specific schemas. Validate your site with compatibility and accessibility reporting and against Section 508 and W3C Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).' ~Microsoft~"

war graves

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.

search the Debt of Honour Register online datbase which lists 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.

The primary objective of this website is to inform people of the omissions and errors in the records held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Whilst much of the Commission's work is to be commended, we believe it is failing in key areas of its responsibilities. The efforts of the Commission's dedicated staff and contractors world-wide, who work tirelessly at maintaining its cemeteries and memorials are not brought into question.

An estimated 45,000 names are missing from the Commission's registers

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is charged with the duty of commemorating any officers and men from Great Britain and her Empire who so courageously and selflessly laid down their lives in the service of their country. There are an estimated 45,000 of "The Fallen" missing from the Commission's registers and memorials throughout the world.

Compounding this unfortunate situation, the records of those who the Commission do commemorate are marred by a very large number of errors in their name, rank, unit, date of death, age and next of kin. It is obvious that many errors have been in place since the Commission's founding, but in more recent years, the matter has been further complicated by the defective OCR (Optical Character Recognition) computer scanning of its records, resulting in a corrupted electronic database.

Forgotten Heroes
FAQs/The Details
RND Gallery
Errors & Omissions

A listing of corrections & additions accepted by the Commission can be viewed on the Amended Records page.

There are two basic causes of errors in the Commission's records:-

(Type 1):

Errors made by the OCR computer scanning (Optical Character Recognition) of the Commission's registers in the early 1990's.

The Commission's computer database is riddled with OCR problems, all of which can be easily rectified by reference to the original (hardcopy) register entries. The OCR technology was evidently not sufficiently advanced to accurately copy the Commission's registers. The result of this "disaster" is that a very high percentage of the computer database records are flawed. The Commission is well aware of this problem and has recently expanded its DVT (Data Verification Team) to begin this mammoth task.

(Type 2):

Long-standing errors, which date back to the compilation of the IWGC registers in the 1920's.

It is suspected that the next of kin supplied erroneous information to the IWGC in many cases, & they, not wishing to upset the families, merely accepted the information without question. These errors are by far the most difficult to rectify, as they require both documentary evidence & a good understanding of British Military history. Many errors can be seen to be logical, i.e. the Collingwood Bn. R.N. Div. did not arrive at Gallipoli until 30/5/15. Therefore, a man who died of wounds 7/5/15 aboard a hospital ship off Cape Helles, cannot possibly have been serving with the Collingwood Bn. (who were at Blandford Camp in Dorset on this date) and therefore must have been serving with another unit (see Fred Machen in the lists below).

The corrected record relative to the casualty is displayed in black text, with a description of the database error/omission in red text. All corrections are fully supported by original documentation. Historical notes for the guidance of the reader are provided at the head of each section.

similar errors exist in records of US Veterans:-

in USA Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers

veteran graves site:gov - Google Search

Veteran’s Grave Registration index cards - Google Search Final Resting Place (broken links but good article):
"A Congressional act of 1879 allowed for a tombstone to be placed on the graves of soldiers buried in private cemeteries. An index of the headstones was created on what were originally 3-inch by 4-inch cards.

The cards name an approximate 166,000 soldiers and have been microfilmed and are available in National Archives and Records Administration Microfilm Publication M1845, which you can find at the National Archives and the thirteen regional branches. Information about the microfilm is available in the National Archives Information Locator system.

The names contained on the cards are generally those of Civil War veterans. There are a very few non-Civil War names contained in the index.

Claire Prechtel-Kluskens' article on 'Headstones of Union Civil War Veterans' in the Spring 1999 issue of the FGS FORUM discusses these records in detail and indicates the range of names contained in each roll. If you are looking for 'lost' soldiers this index may be quite helpful, as it is national in scope and you don't need to know the place of burial or death to search the index.

Finding Relatives in Military Cemeteries

Beginning in 1861, military veterans could be buried in one of the many national or federally-administrated cemeteries. The largest of these cemeteries is the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., but there are many others as well. Records of almost all these soldier and veteran burials were in the custody of the Cemetery Service, National Cemetery System, Department of Veterans Affairs"

Friday, April 06, 2007

scottish census

TalkingScot: " has been set up as a meeting place for people with an interest in Scottish genealogy, history and culture.

In the finest Scottish tradition, we extend a welcome to all, and ask you to join us.
If you wish to post, then you must register as a member. If you wish merely to browse, please look around.

Many of our members are acknowledged experts in their fields, and are able to offer advice and assistance. Many are newcomers, looking for a little help in their quest to trace their ancestry. And some just pop in to have a chat, and read the stories."

see also

TalkingScot :: Census Introduction

1901 Scotland+
1891 Scotland+New on and
1881 Scotland+
1871 Scotland
1861 Scotland
1851 Scotland
1841 Scotland - Search the largest UK Census collection Online

use keyword(s) Scotland
if you want to research only that country or people born there

NB in 1901 estimated dates of birth are ten years too early
transcribed ages are correct

for example my 1st cousin twice removed Daniel Cormack Lapham who was born 28 Oct 1884:-

in 1901 his age was about 16 years

Daniel Lapham Robert abt 1875 Abernethy, Inverness Son Abernethy and Kincardine Inverness
and in 1891, this is correct, he was aged about 6
Daniel Lapham Robert,
abt 1885 Abernethy, Inverness Son Abernethy and Kincardine Inverness

I have emailed them and spoken on the phone to PROVO - 4:00 am their time and they are working to correct this

to see images you must use the pay per view

Memoing’ Your Memories

Emily Aulicino of Eastmoreland helps you remember and preserve your family stories

Aulicino has researched her own family genealogy for 37 years; she describes herself as an “avid” genealogist. “I currently administer four e-mail lists on ‘RootsWeb’ and one on Yahoo, which help genealogists and non-genealogists write their own family and personal memories,” she says.

She has given writing workshops throughout the Northwest, including ones held at the Sherwood and the Hollywood Senior Centers. She teaches monthly classes on Genetic Genealogy at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.

Asked for a summary of her upcoming class, Aulicino remarks, “ It is solely meant to help you leave your stories for your descendants. Whether in a paragraph or a book, it is to have fun.”

Her classes at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, just north of Woodstock Boulevard, will be on Tuesdays, April 17th to June 19th from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Aulicino has compiled her ideas and techniques into a 146-page booklet and workbook, “‘Memoing’ Your Memories: A Simple Technique for Writing Your Family Stories”.

The word “memoing” is in quotes, she notes, because it is not a real word. “I encourage people to write memos, or short notes, about their family and family stories; then I show them a method for organizing and expanding on them, so at any time they will have material for a story,” she says. The booklet, available in the class and by mail, is used by people across the country to stimulate and guide writing.

Ideas from the booklet are used in the classes. Several of the classes will focus on writing tips, such as sentence structure, and writing opening paragraphs using various literary devices. Other classes will be on such topics as “Invoking the Mind’s Eye: Descriptive Writing”, and “Flashback and Foreshadowing.”

The Bee Ι News from Portland, OR 97222 USA

Emily Aulicino - Google Search

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Forensic Genealogy

a book by by Colleen Fitzpatrick: "Forensic scientists and genealogists share the same goal–to find out who was who, and who did what and when.

In explaining how to analyze photographs, to mine databases, and to use DNA analysis to reveal family history, Forensic Genealogy emphasizes the creative parts of an investigation over the mechanics.
Have you ever thought of looking at the edges of old photographs to find out if they are from the same roll, or the backs to place them in chronological order?

Have you considered looking at a city directory to figure out if your ancestor and his wife lost any children? How about using DNA analysis to tie your family to the history and politics of a religious conflict?"

"Forensic Genealogy" - Google Search

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

study in Canterbury England or online

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies: "was the first centre for Family History Studies. Founded in 1961, it offers a wide range of courses on family history, heraldry and related historical subjects. With its formidable library and collections of manuscripts and research facilities, it was brought to Canterbury's Northgate and housed in fine medieval buildings by Cecil Humphery-Smith.

Apart from its highly acclaimed correspondence course, now available online and by post, the Institute offers a selection of day, evening and weekend courses, all of which can be enjoyed purely as a means of extending personal knowledge of family history, or with the intention of taking the Insitute's examinations and gaining recognised professional qualifications.

qualifications in genealogy

In my own opinion a masters degree in history would be a good foundation for a career in this field followed by two or three of the qualifications mentioned below

Alphabet Soup - A Look at Professional Genealogical Qualifications - by William R. Ward:

No one of the programs mentioned in this paper is perfect. Each has points which commend it. It is the author’s contention that an American researcher would do well to consider both certification and accreditation.
A British researcher would not only rightfully attempt for accreditation and registration, but also certification as a genealogical record searcher (GRS)
[as a minimum about 12 years study and experience HW

The professional genealogist traditionally displays his curriculum vitae in abbreviated form, by use of post-nominal initials. This custom is widespread in Great Britain, where post-nominals are used for more than just academic or professional qualifications. Indeed, the study of an individual's post-nominals in England can tell the inquirer a great amount of detail concerning the Englishman's social standing, academic background, honors, and profession.

A Glossary of Post-nominals Used By Professional Genealogists
AGAccredited Genealogist
CALSCertified American Lineage Specialist
CGCertified Genealogist
FAASFellow of the American Antiquarian Society
FASFellow of the Augustan Society
FASGFellow of the American Society of Genealogists
FGSPFellow of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
FHGFellow of the Heraldry Society
FHSFellow of the Heraldry Society
FIGRSFellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society
FNGSFellow of the National Genealogical Society
FRHistSFellow of the Royal Historical Society
FRSAIFellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
FSAFellow of the Society of Antiquaries
FSAAFellow of the Society of American Archivists
FSA (Scot)Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
FSGFellow of the Society of Genealogists
GRSCertified Genealogical Record Searcher
LHGLicentiate in Heraldry and Genealogy
RGRegistered Genealogist

see some discussions in the Usenet soc.genealogy.methods | Google Groups
and for example
soc.genealogy.methods search: "Professional Genealogist Qualifications "
soc.genealogy.methods search "professional genealogist"

my own post-nominals are LGSM LRAM ARCM

another approach

The Edwards family history: "These surname pages may be selected directly from the menu .
Maureen's ancestors are shaded pink, Brian's are blue."

Bell ringing at the parish church, St Mary and All Saints Beaconsfield,"

which regiment in these WW1 photographs? click here to see them

Monday, April 02, 2007

Genealogy: NYS Library

New York State Library Genealogy

NYS Census Records: Genealogy: NYS Library: "Various censuses were taken by the State of New York (usually at ten year intervals). This table lists those censuses which the State Library has available for the use of on-site researchers.

* The Microfilm does not circulate on interlibrary loan. State Library staff cannot search or provide printouts from census records or indexes in response to mail or phone requests.

State census microfilm is available for loan through a local Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. - Family History Centers Search Genealogy Records & Library Family History Library

April Series Classes
Class Schedules
News & Events

News Article Archive

* The original records for the State's pre-1915 census are kept at the county level and are not available at the New York State Library. Contact the county clerk's office to ascertain their availability and location. Original manuscripts of the 1915 and 1925 census are maintained by the State Archives."

Related NYSL pages: Questions from each New York State Census | Indexes to Microforms Collections of New York City Area State Censuses |

Barbour Collection

Barbour Collection: "The Barbour Collection is a transcribed collection of the Connecticut vital records (birth, marriage and death)covering the years from 1630 to 1850, arranged in alphabetical order for the state. There are several editions of this collection and we use the slip edition which maintains the origional spelling of the surnames. This collection as with any collection does have transcription errors and not exactly complete as some towns were missed, but all and all a great resource to use."

New York State Census Transcription Project: "NHGS (New Horizons Genealogical Services)is in the process of starting several transcription projects. If you are an independent transcriber looking for a place to publish your work, or have a website with your work already published and would like to link to us, email us with your link and short description or file of your transcribed data and we will publish it where we feel most appropriate.

Our Mission: To bring these groups of records together in one place making them more accessible to the researcher. By having a very nice, as complete as possible listing of records already been transcribed, will hopefully avoid unnecessary duplication of transcriptions and thus allowing for more records to be transcribed and published for researchers to use.

Note: Your work and copy write will always remain yours and we will always give you full credit for it. We will never copy your work, just add a link to it, unless you ask us to publish it on our site for you.


European Library Portal

The European Library - browse all collections

The EU 50th anniversary of Rome treaty coincides with the 2nd anniversary of The European Library portal; the website was launched in March 2005 with initially 122 collections. It now provides access to 250 collections. The amount of referenced material increases regularly. In the last weeks, Denmark added 9 new "searchable" digital collections, Austria added its first “searchable” collection; "Image platform of the Austrian National Library" and Poland added the "National Digital Library Polona" collection which has 9 sub-collections.

The European Library Portal is for searching the content of European national libraries.

The amount of virtual collections held in The European Library has registered a significant boost in March 2007;

  • Denmark provides 7 new "Searchable" collections,
  • Austria added "Image platform of the Austrian National Library",
  • Poland added "National Digital Library Polona" with 9 sub-collections.

For further details, visit the "Browse all collections" page and click on the relevant country.

In their Newsletter, Elena Zimina, Deputy Director of International Communications Department of the Russian State Library gives an overview of the RSL cooperative level with The European Library, other national libraries and other cultural institutions.

o what extent does the RSL collaborate with other national libraries?

The RSL has an extensive collaboration programme with other national libraries throughout the territory, the ex Soviet Union countries and with Western Europe. The level of collaboration is multiple and goes from expert exchange programmes to book exchange, frame agreements, virtual library projects, etc. The collaboration level with ex Soviet Union countries and the National Library of Russia (NB of Russia) located in Saint-Petersburg is of course facilitated by the common usage of Russian.

Conferences and meetings The European Library is participating in during 2007:

+ Open Educational Practices and Resources for Lifelong Learning – Salzburg- April 16/17, 2007

+ FESABID 2007 - Sandiago de Compostella (Saint James of Compostela) – May 09/11, 2007

+ INFORUM 2007 - Prague – May 23/24, 2007

The Danish National Collections

Books, newspapers, periodicals printed in Denmark 1482-1997, many works prior to 1800 in German and Latin. All works regardless of medium published in Denmark 1998-
The Danish National Collections

Foreign (i.e. non-Danish) books and periodicals

Books and periodicals primarily published in Europe 1454-1950, representing all topics.
Foreign (i.e. non-Danish) books and periodicals

Oriental collection

The Oriental collections comprise manuscripts, block prints, and printed books in languages of Asia and North Africa. The Near Eastern collection comprises 500 Arabic, 450 Iranian (43 are Avestan), and 100 Turkish manuscripts. The oldest items date from the 10th century C.E. (Qur'ân mss. in kufi script). The printed books for circulation amount to 3100 in Arabic, 1900 in Persian, 4300 in Turkish, and 500 in Caucasian languages (mainly Armenian and Georgian). The South Asian collection comprises 1127 manuscripts in Sanskrit (the Pundit Library), 310 in Pali, 169 in Sinhalese, 152 in Newari, 97 in Tamil, and 13 in Urdu. Printed books amount to 2300 in Sanskrit, 125 in Pali, 800 in Hindi, 180 in Sinhalese, and 680 in Urdu. The Central Asian collection of manuscripts and block prints comprises 1811 in Tibetan, 569 in Mongolian, and 75 in Manchu-Tungus. Printed books amount to 1300 in Tibetan, and 100 in Mongolian. The South East Asian collection comprises 127 manuscripts in Indonesian, 66 in Burmese, 44 in Cambodian, 82 in Lao, and 10 in Thai. Printed books amount to 100 in Indonesian, 200 in Burmese, 1900 in Thai, and 470 in Vietnamese. The East Asian collection comprises 30 manuscripts in Chinese (14 are Dunhuang scrolls) and 23 manuscripts in Korean. Printed books amount to 58.500 in Chinese, 5500 in Japanese, and 5200 in Korean.
Oriental collection

Judaica Collection

The Judaica Collection comprises manuscripts, editions and printed books. The collections cover Jewish languages, religion and culture in a wide sense, including history and social sciences. The collection contains 40.000 titles in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino, as well as smaller collections of titles printed before 1950 in different Western languages. The collection of printed books also contains app. 50 incunabula, app. 350 post-incunabula. The manuscript collection contains some 400 titles
Judaica Collection

Music collection

Collection of Danish and non-Danish music scores, music manuscripts, programs etc.
Music collection

Danish and Foreign maps and atlases 1960-

All Danish maps and atlases published since 1960. Foreign atlases and maps purchased since 1960. Digitized maps and atlases regardless of date of publication
Danish and Foreign maps and atlases 1960-

Portrait collection

Collection of Danish and foreign portraits. The earliest date to the 17th century. Most are photographs from 1870-
this collection is currently not searchable via this portal but can be accessed by following the hyperlink below
Portrait collection

Manuscripts, papers and letters received 1924-1987

Acquisitions 1924-1987 of papers, letters and manuscripts from Danish writers, composers, scientists of all branches of science, artists and cultural figures as well as similar material from institutions and associations.
this collection is currently not searchable via this portal but can be accessed by following the hyperlink below
Manuscripts, papers and letters received 1924-1987

Manuscripts, papers and letters received 1988-

Acquisitions 1988- of papers, letters and manuscripts from Danish writers, composers, scientists of all branches of science, artists and cultural figures as well as similar material from institutions and associations.
Manuscripts, papers and letters received 1988-

The works of Søren Kierkegaard

Digital version of the works of Søren Kierkegaard in facsimile and in searchable version
this collection is currently not searchable via this portal but can be accessed by following the hyperlink below
The works of Søren Kierkegaard

The works of Hans Christian Andersen online

Digital version of the works of Hans Christian Andersen (H.C. Andersen) in facsimile and in a searchable version
this collection is currently not searchable via this portal but can be accessed by following the hyperlink below
The works of Hans Christian Andersen online

Archive of Danish Literature

Digitized editions of the classic works in Danish Literature by authors who lived between 1200-1936
this collection is currently not searchable via this portal but can be accessed by following the hyperlink below
Archive of Danish Literature

Drama Collection

The Drama Collection contains a nearly complete collection of published and unpublished plays, performed at the major private theatres of Copenhagen as well as those performed by radio and television since 1939. Since the mid-1960s plays have been collected systematically.
Drama Collection

Danish National Collection of Prints and Photographs

Consists of approximately 11 million photographs (prints and negatives), drawings and etchings mostly of Danish origin and covering every imaginable subject. Appr. 100.000 prints and photographs (primarily dealing with Danish history and topography) are registered and in many cases digitized and may be searched here.
Danish National Collection of Prints and Photographs

Rare Book Collection

Books printed up to 1530 (incunabula and post-incunabula) and some particularly rare and/or valuable books printed after 1530
Rare Book Collection

Online catalog of the National Library of Estonia (ESTER)

Online catalog of the National Library of Estonia (is part of the shared catalogue of several research libraries)
Online catalog of the National Library of Estonia (ESTER)

Seven Days: Deals to Die For

Seven Days: Deals to Die For: " the eroding reputation of funeral directors. He's not opposed to casket makers selling coffins, florists selling flowers or monument makers selling tombstones. What he objects to are consumerist approaches to death -- the Internet crematories, the wide-mouth bass leaping from the corner of the dearly departed fisherman's casket, the high-pressure sales pitch for non-refundable, 'pre-need' services -- that are driving the public to cheaper alternatives, such as cremation. A growing number of Americans -- 40 to 50 percent, at last tally -- are now going that route. "

Mortician Thomas Lynch likes to remind his fellow funeral directors that theirs is an unexpandable market. Whether it's during wartime or peace, recession or prosperity, each day an average of 6300 Americans are, as Lynch puts it, "working into the past tense." But if Vermont's funeral directors don't start paying more attention to the essentials of funerals rather than the frills, their sales and the reputation of their profession will suffer.

"You can expand the market for books and golf and sushi, but it's one per customer when it comes to mortality," Lynch told a group of about 80 Vermont funeral directors who gathered at Burlington's Wyndham Hotel. "Just because a funeral costs the same as a trip to Disneyworld doesn't mean we should market it like one."

Monumental sales

Monumental Manipulation:
"Now, on to the monument dealer who sells only markers as a primary occupation. Many times the monuments are only marked with a number tag—NO PRICE. Never, ever get a marker here, because it's all too easy for the salesperson to manipulate the price by using different price books for different people.

Example: Customer walks into monument dealership looking for a monument for Mom. By casual small-talk, salesperson, who works on a commission and/or quota system, realizes that they are retired and on a fixed income, so the lower-priced list is used; this is the price list which indicates the REAL prices of the monuments. If they answer that they are successful professionals, for example, the higher-priced list is used.

One funeral director in our area—like many others around the country—owned a separate monument business. He would offer all families who used HIS funeral home a 10% discount if the stone was purchased from his own monument business. But he would then have his salesperson use a list which was 15% higher-priced than his normal prices, so the stones actually cost the consumer 5% more."

Iceland genealogy

Icelandic nation-wide genealogy database - 2007 status update: "A few years ago the Icelandic nation-wide genealogy database went online. It includes almost all available Icelandic genealogy information from the earliest times until the present - including all currently living Icelanders, with automatic monthly updates of newborn children and the newly deceased.

Access to this database is free of charge and more than half of the entire population of the country has by now registered as users of the database.

Users can look at trees like this: browse through their ancestry and relatives or check how they are related to anyone else in the database. On the average, the trees are fairly complete for the last 10 generations or so, but become somewhat sparse earlier - although everyone can trace some branches back to the 9th century.

The original plan was to open the database to people of Icelandic ancestry, in particular descendants of the Icelanders that went to Canada and the US in the 1874-1914 period and to provide an English language interface to the dtabase. Unfortunately, however, due to recent cutbacks in our funding, those plans have been cancelled.

We have also had to cut back on general support - for example free printouts of family trees and such are no longer available. All our current resources are being use"

Íslensk erfðagreining ehf. og Friðrik Skúlason ehf. Allur réttur áskilinn.

Íslendingabók er heilsteypt skrá á tölvutæku formi yfir ættir nær allra Íslendinga sem heimildir eru til um. Upphaf hennar má rekja til ársins 1988 þegar Friðrik Skúlason hóf að skrá ættfræðiupplýsingar í ættfræðiforritið Espólín. Vorið 1997 hófu Íslensk erfðagreining og Friðrik Skúlason samstarf um þessar skráningar, meðal annars með það að markmiði að nýta ættfræðiupplýsingarnar við erfðafræðirannsóknir Íslenskrar erfðagreiningar.

Íslendingabók er eini ættfræðigrunnurinn í heiminum sem nær til heillar þjóðar. Í henni er að finna upplýsingar um meira en 95% allra Íslendinga sem uppi hafa verið frá því að fyrsta manntalið var gert á Íslandi árið 1703 og ítarlegar upplýsingar allt aftur til landnáms.

Í Íslendingabók eru upplýsingar um ættir um það bil 720.000 einstaklinga, en það eru nánast allir þeir einstaklingar sem heimildir finnast um og um helmingur þeirra Íslendinga sem búið hafa á Íslandi frá landnámi.

Fjöldi skráðra einstaklinga sem fæddir eru á 20. öld er nú um 370.000 manns og tengingar eru við báða foreldra í 95,5% tilvika. Enn vantar þó upplýsingar um ættir allmargra einstaklinga sem skráðir eru í grunninn og eru þær upplýsingar þegnar með þökkum.

Flikr for genealogists

Flickr: Search: "We found 15,934 photos matching genealogy."
Flickr: Photos tagged with genealogy

it would be wise to think out a logical tag system before starting :-
name date place occupation cemetery letter postcard
to or from
and what else

BTW my blog derived Picasa Web Albums - hughw36

and this blog was inspired by Flickr: Photos from sluggan

Phyllis Dare - Post Card 5A on Flickr - Photo Sharing!:
"Gertrude Annie Collett Collection"

see public photos tagged with gertrudeanniecollett
You can give your photos a "tag", which is like a keyword. Tags help you find photos which have something in common. You can assign up to 70 tags to each photo.

to a house called FRENCHAY,
Souhwood Road, New Eltham, Kent

Frenchay Hospital - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The hospital, situated in the grounds of a Georgian mansion, Frenchay Park, started life as a TB hospital (Frenchay Park Sanatorium) in 1921, when Bristol Corporation acquired the land. In 1931, five purpose-built buildings were constructed to extend the hospital beyond the original house."

Old Town Hall, Leicester

Available sizes:

(75 x 75)
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Flickr: Learn More: "Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Let us show you why!

Flickr is a way to get your photos to the people who matter to you. With Flickr you can:

* Show off your favorite photos to the world
* Blog the photos you take with a cameraphone
* Securely and privately show photos to your friends and family around the world
* ... and much, much more!

Basically, Flickr is what butters the borders between your photos to the people you want to see them. And basic accounts are free!"

FlickrBlog: "One of the best things about Flickr is that our membership is made up of people from so many places and diverse backgrounds. It's important to us that everyone feel comfortable, despite vastly different cultural and personal comfort levels. What I like, you might not, and it's up to the entire community to make this work. So, we've rolled out content filtering which allows you to flag your images as you upload and also set your viewing preferences for what you'd like to see (or not)."

Sign in to Yahoo!: "# Flickr is part of Yahoo!
Now it's even easier to connect with friends and family through your photos. #"

If only I could remember my YAHOO id
I have kept the last email on gogle mail the search results for "your forgotten Yahoo ID are listed below:"

You have a limit of 100 MB per month.
Your upload limit is measured in bandwidth, or "throughput", not actual storage space.

Uploading tools

We provide tools for Mac and Windows to make it easy to upload a batch of photos all at once.

On a free account, Flickr limits the number of photos displayed.

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My canadian Cousins Willard - Watkins ancestors:
Researched by Nona Toth (Mrs Bob Willard)
Watkins, Sidney Richard
b: 19 MAY 1885 in Trostrey, Monmoutshire, Wales
d: 1957 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Jones, Margaret Gwendoline
b: MAR 1887 in Llandenny, Monmouthshire, Wales - Monmouth 11a 41
d: 2 FEB 1991 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Digital Genealogist and Liz Kelley Kerstens

Digital Genealogist: is about "Exploring the convergence of genealogy and technology" and comes out in pdf format every two months.

The current issue of Digital Genealogist is March/April 2007, Volume 1, Number 3. Sample articles from the issue can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Table of Contents


Upgrade your society's image with HTML newsletters, by Dick Eastman
Computer safety--blocking the bad guys, by Jerry V. Porter, Ph.D.
Gazettes--unlocking a major untapped resource, by Alan Phillips offers rare historical findings, by Justin Schroepfer
E-mail on the road, by Debby Horton
Earth bound--applying Google Earth to family history research, by Melinda Kashuba, Ph.D.
Going digital at the cemetery, by Terry R. Tippets


Editor’s desktop, by Liz Kelley Kerstens, cg, cgl News briefs Cybrarian: Is a Vista upgrade in your future?, by Drew Smith, mls Essential technology for genealogists
Transferring files, programs, and everything else to a new computer, by D. Joshua Taylor Mac genie: Is .Mac worth it?, by Laura G. Prescott


Origins Network, by Richard M. Doherty National Institute for Genealogical Studies, by Barbara Schenck

Reviews of this ‘n that

Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885, by Graham Jaunay

Digital Genealogist - Google Search

the editor Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens - Google Search- is also a museum director

the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, Mirror Newspapers and Hometown Weeklies - - Michigan: "When the Plymouth Historical Society's search committee completed interviews of the four finalists for the vacated director's position last week, the choice became obvious -- and soon afterward, unanimous -- as the committee chose the only internal candidate, the museum's archivist, Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens of Plymouth, to lead the museum into the future.

'I felt like I could offer the museum a lot because of my background,' said Kerstens, a retired Marine major. 'We needed somebody who could take hold and give us direction so we could start moving on, healing, working as a team ... and providing the community what we're here to do, tell it about its history." Partners With

Early Canadiana Online / Notre mémoire en ligne
to Bring Online Nearly 300 Years of Early Canadian Historical Documents

Collaborative Effort to Digitize More Than 1.6 Million Pages of Canadian Family and Local History Documents From the 1600s to the 1900s

PROVO, Utah, March 29 /CNW/ --, the largest Canadian family history website, and, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to early Canadian publications, today announced a partnership to digitize and bring online nearly 300 years of's early historical records spanning from the 1600s to the 1900s. The new collection includes more than 6,200 publication titles and 1.6 million pages of family histories, local histories, biographies, civil service records and other early historical documents.

As the steward of one of the greatest collections of local Canadian
historical archives, worked closely with professional historians and genealogists to extract records of genealogical significance from its entire archive. Through these efforts, has created a new collection, Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900, which is digitizing and making available online along with its existing and highly complementary collections such as the fully indexed 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Censuses of Canada.
The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 is the largest family and local history collection of its kind in Canada.

" is a fantastic organization working to preserve and provide access to invaluable historical data for educational and genealogical research in Canada," said Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, parent company of "We are pleased to be working with to provide Canadians and others around the world with online access to these precious genealogical documents for the first time."

Highlights of the Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 include 150,000 names and birth dates for all civil service employees in Canada, which contains records for both houses of Parliament from 1886 to 1900. The collection also encompasses histories of churches, towns, counties and the military. A variety of legal documents are also available from court trials to voter lists.

"This is our first major collaboration with a commercial vendor to provide online access and make this unique collection of early historical documents more readily available," said John Teskey, President,

" is committed to providing Canadians with enhanced tools and resources for researching their family history. We believe that a partnership of this nature will benefit all organizations and individuals interested in early Canadiana."
In tandem with the collaboration, has made a contribution of C$93,000 to to provide funding for its multi-year Early Canadian Periodicals Project which is available through Early Canadiana Online (ECO),'s digital library.

The Genealogy and Local History Collection to 1900 will be available online through within the next year. will also offer these images through its digital library, ECO at a later date, once the Periodicals Project has reached greater critical mass.

Disaster for genealogists in USA

FR Doc E7-3162: "NARA is revising its regulations relating to reproduction of records and other materials in the custody of the Archivist of the United States.
We have determined that it is not appropriate to include in those regulations the reproduction of records of other Federal agencies stored in NARA Federal records centers that are not in our legal custody. This interim final rule will affect individuals and Federal agencies who request copies of Federal agency records in NARA Federal records centers. DATES: This interim final rule is effective May 29, 2007. Comments on this interim final rule must be received by April 27, 2007 "

from my email:-
When I read this in one of my emails I was appalled. If this proposed rule goes into effect we are all going to be unable to afford copies of our ancestors documents housed at the National Archives and Records Administration. Send this email to all people you know that are researching.

A notification to all U.S. genealogists. Two rules published in the Federal Register on Monday, 26 February 2007, relate to fees for reproductions of records at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

In the case of Civil War pension applications, the proposal is for a 338% increase!

Here is the list of proposed increases:-
Type of record, Order form, Proposed Fee

-- Passenger Arrival Lists, NATF Form 81, $25.00

-- Federal Census Requests, NATF Form 82, $25.00

-- Eastern Cherokee Applications to the Court of Claims, NATF Form 83, $25.00

-- Land Entry Records, NATF Form 84, $40.00

-- Full Pension File More Than 75 Years Old (Civil War Period), NATF Form 85 , $125.00 (a 338% increase from the present fee of $37.00!)

-- Full Pension File More Than 75 Years Old (Non-Civil War), NATF Form 85, $60.00

-- Pension Documents Packet (Selected Records), NATF Form 85, $25.00

-- Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, NATF Form 85, $25.00

-- Military Service Files More Than 75 Years Old, NATF Form 86, $25.00

Both rules are open for public comment until 27 April 2007.

There's much more information available in the Federal Register.

The link to the proposed rule, with instructions for commenting is:

The link to the interim final rule is:

It is a little difficult to find the public comment section for this proposal. Here is how I did it. I clicked on the above link (the first one), scrolled down to the link to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Click on that link and it will take you to the place to make public comments. You want to search for documents open for public comment, the agency is National Archives and Records Administration (I used the first one with the asterisk next to it), the document type is all types, and you can either select exact phrase or any word search they both come up with the same results.

Once there I made comments on BOTH documents after reading comments posted by others.