Saturday, June 02, 2007

notes about genealogy


"Some time ago a friend asked Hedvig:

’Now you have been researching your family tree for such a long time, aren’t you ever going to stop?’
She replied that it has now become a habit, a great interest and an obsession and "I don’t think that I will ever stop.""

Canadian Passenger Lists from 1865 to 1935

Library and Archives Canada and Ancestry.Ca Unveil Strategic Partnership at Ontario Genealogical Society Annual Seminar: "OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2007) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and, the largest Canadian family history website, will announce tomorrow, at the Ontario Genealogical Society's (OGS) annual seminar, a strategic partnership to make more resources accessible to Canadians interested in online family research.

Initially, and LAC will focus on indexing the Quebec City passenger lists from 1870 - 1900, which comprise more than 750,000 names. The digital images of these and other passenger lists are already available on the LAC website. The index for Quebec City will be available free of charge on as well as on LAC and will continue to work together to ensure that eventually the entire Canadian passenger list collection from 1865 to 1935, which includes ports in Halifax, St. John, Vancouver, Victoria and North Sydney, is digitized and indexed.

'Family history researchers are important to Library and Archives Canada and the institution is looking to partner with non-profit groups, public institutions and the private sector to offer a better service' said Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. 'The announcement represents a new direction for LAC as we embark into public private partnerships. Both organizations are committed to providing Canadians with the tools and resources necessary to find out more about their family histories. This collaboration will allow LAC to provide and improve the resources and services available through LAC's Canadian Genealogy Centre."

Thursday, May 31, 2007

June 2007

Script Frenzy | Your ticket to creative adventure
I am going to be writing my first film script this month but will try and keep up with this too.

I am resting all my rootsweb lists except GENBRIT which I read as news:soc.genealogy.britain

or Discussions - soc.genealogy.britain | Google Groups see also news:soc.genealogy.britain - Google Search
RATIONALE: soc.genealogy.britain
Many Usenet genealogists are researching family or ancestors from some part
of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The newsgroup
was originally created to cater for these researchers. The charter for
that group stated "Separate groups can be formed later if and as traffic
and interest warrant."

Traffic on is growing at about 12% per month and
is now at the point where enquiries relating to Ireland are taking up a
significant proportion (about 20%) of the volume of the postings. In
addition there is a growing demand for a split. The time now seems to be
appropriate to consider such a split.

CHARTER: soc.genealogy.britain
Soc.genealogy.britain is an unmoderated group for genealogy and family
history discussion among people researching ancestors, family members,
or others who have a genealogical connection to any people in Great
Britain. This includes England, Scotland, Wales and the offshore islands
such as the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.

The group is open to anyone with an interest in genealogy in any of the
populations in or from this area, including, but not limited to: people
who live, lived, or may have lived there; emigrants; immigrants;
colonists; residents of former colonies; and their descendants.

The scope of the group reflects language, history, migrations, and the
realities of researching public records and genealogical data archives,
and includes questions of local customs and history, or of regional or
national history which affected the lives of these people and which are
difficult to research in the present. Posts may be in any language but
those seeking replies from a wide spectrum of readers (or at all) would
be well advised to post in English.

The focus of the group is on the genealogy of individuals, as members of
ethnic groups, and as part of migration patterns. Postings on topics
unrelated to genealogy, especially relating to current political or
religious topics are not acceptable.

Postings concerning general surnames searches are not welcome and should
be directed to the soc.genealogy.surnames newsgroup or to any
appropriate subgroup that may be created. Postings containing MIME
attachments, graphics, binary or GEDCOM files, and program listings are
also not acceptable.

cyndislist dot com

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet:

"Your genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!"

10 emails arrived today May 30th. which had a new email address - which broke my gmail filter - her is no more - fixed in 20 seconds

Cyndi's List - The Basics: "Searching Ancestry's databases is free, and then viewing the final results in the genealogical datasets is available by paid subscription.

A search serves up a 'Ranked Search Result' based on your query. The displayed list of results indicates which of the many databases has a possible match, as well as suggestions to help you refine your search.

Following the links for the search hits will result in one of two things: if you are already a paid subscriber you will see the database matches right away; if you are not yet a subscriber you are pointed to a 'landing page' that gives you options to become a paid subscriber to one of Ancestry's membership packages."

nice clear explaination by a leading affiliate

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

new version of 1841 census England and Wales

Go to The Origins Network

just completed

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

'Which' tested family tree software

Family tree software | Features explained:

"Family memories fade and, sadly, often disappear, but family tree software can provide a safe repository for all those priceless details that make up our family histories.

These programs work as clever filing systems, with separate entries for all known individuals - from newborn babies to centuries-old ancestors.

Programs help you link these entries together to form your family tree, and then share and present it in ways that should excite sulky teenagers and great aunts alike.

Assuming that genealogy programs also help you to research your family is a common mistake. While it's true that some come bundled with research 'extras' - usually searchable CDs of archived data - they're often of little relevance to most people, particularly genealogy novices."

Welcome to Which? I have been a fan since 1959

WWII ‘United News’ Newsreels, 1942-1946

Newsreels averaged 10 minutes in length and consist of U.S and European military footage depicting allied military operations and other events from the home front. Much of the footage was taken by military combat photographers and is in excellent condition.

This database contains all 267 issues of the 'United News.

WWII ‘United News’ Newsreels

Ancestry’s military records are growing. The latest addition to their record sets are Video Reels of WWII footage from “United News” – set up by the States to help, amongst other things, propaganda for WWII.

Unlike the latest record sets launched through Ancestry
i.e. Digitised and indexed records,
the difference with this collection is that the records sets are actual video footage and are highly engaging – whether or not you have a family tree or are currently researching your family history!

’ Some of the more well known WWII events depicted in these newsreels includes:

• Marines Raise Flag Over Iwo Jima
• D-Day
• Japanese Sign Final Surrender
• Invasion of Sicily
• MacArthur Returns to the Philippines

As if this wasn’t enough. Ancestry are making this whole database FREE to view and search until June 7th .

Monday, May 28, 2007

subscriptions WVR

subscriptions "3 new datasets on British & Irish Origins

* Transatlantic Migration North America to Britain and Ireland 1858-1870
* Boyd’s Family Units
* London City Burials

Irish Origins: Transatlantic Migration North America to Britain and Ireland 1858-1870
The only surviving ships' passenger lists for ships returning to Britain and Ireland from North America between 1858 and 1870. Because of the threat of an uprising in Ireland, the government required that ports in Britain and Ireland submit their incoming ships' passenger lists. These records were deposited at The National Archives of Ireland and are not available at the UK National Archives. The Index contains all details recorded on these documents as well as lists of ships and details of their voyages. Over 42,000 names are recorded most of whom were of Irish, English or Scottish origins."

I was seriously thinking of paying the £47 for annual membership
or is it better to pay a joining fee of £10.00 and an annual subscription of £40.50, for Society of Genealogists - Membership which includes:

"We have a selection of the records held in the Library accessible on the Internet. Look at the County Sources in the Library. And members of the Society can access the Society's data online via free access to The Origins Network for one contiguous period of 72 hours each calendar quarter."

or an annual subscription £12 and (1, 2, 3) surname(s) at £12 each. Guild of One-Name Studies:
"A one-name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple). Some 'one-namers' may restrict their research geographically, perhaps to one country, but true one-namers collect all occurrences world-wide. The Guild only accepts true one-name studies for registration, although anyone with an interest in one-name studies is welcome to become a member."

I learnt a lot about genealogy from the GoONS both on and off line but got more contacts from my own web pages on Rootsweb WorldConnect and on blogger:-
  • LAPHAM 1
    links to LAPHAM sites around the world
  • LAPHAM 2
    sources and work done in the LAPHAM one-name study
  • LAPHAM 3
    one-name study blog
    one-name study

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Military records

Military records available at - The World of Politics: ", part of parent company Inc., spent $3 million to digitize the military records. It took nearly a year, including some 1,500 handwriting specialists racking up 270,000 hours to review the oldest records.

The 10-year-old Provo, Utah-based company doesn't have every U.S. military record. Over the past four centuries, some have been lost or destroyed. Some records remain classified.

However, this is the first time a for-profit Web site is featuring this many military records as part of a $100 million investment in what Sullivan says is the largest genealogy Web site with 900,000 paying subscribers. He joined 18 months ago after leaving the CEO post at online dating giant" - Military: "- FREE THROUGH D-DAY (JUNE 6th)"

Military Home
Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
Civil War (1861-1865)
World War I (1917-1918)
World War II (1941-1945)
Other Conflicts

on my other genealogy blog

new genealogy:

"So now, is in deep doo doo. They're losing money. They spent a lot of money building stuff that they're users are not using. They have competitors, serious competitors, rising up in the ranks. They're focusing on building their brand, while their competitors are focusing on building market share."

. . . . go to my other blog for news about the the ancestry dot com AKA The Generations Network and follow the links to my sources

The private company with the tarnished new name and unspeakable CEO, has managed to annoy many users, affiliates and providers of data . . . . so much for their "new image" or rebranding. How long before job cuts hit the town of Provo again?