Saturday, June 09, 2007

Family Search Inc

"FamilySearch Inc" - Google Search
new to me
"Family Search Inc" - Google Search

Dr. Davenport Forsakes Academe, Starts Business

Finding himself too old for industry and too cantankerous for the academic life, Dr. Davenport, in association with Dean R. Foutz and Willard Heiss, the renown Quaker genealogist, has founded Family Records, Inc., an Ohio corporation, at Rootstown, Ohio. Family Search, Inc., of Indianapolis, and Family Publications, Inc., of Honolulu, will be subsidiaries of the Rootstown company (in Northeast Ohio, USA).

Family Records, Inc., will advertise its product and services in national magazines (the ad to left will appear in the November issue of The Elks Magazine and will be engaged in promoting current family record keeping, history writing, and memorabilia collection. It will not be engaged in genealogical research. Willard Heiss, C.G., A.G., F.A.A.C., F.N.G.S., one of America's most respected genealogists, will attend to genealogical matters and consolation at Indianapolis. Dean Foutz will expand his role as Newsletter publisher and intended publisher of the PFAUTZ-FOUTS-FOUTZ genealogies to include others.

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HelpDesk: Common Questions
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Genealogical Society of Ireland

Ireland's Genealogical Gazette Volume 2, Issue 6:

"In the 20th century and especially, following independence in 1922, placenames on official signage included a rendering in the Irish language. Whilst, this was the new State asserting its national identity, now it is a requirement in law to provide such signage in the two official languages, Irish and English, or in Irish alone in the various Gaeltachtaí (Irish speaking districts). The responsibility for the erection of such signage rests with the local authorities and, in some cases, with the National Roads Authority.

But the provision of a high standard of bilingual signage has never been a priority with little concern shown for grammar, spelling, consistency of nomenclature, correct translation, regional variations or even local history. This has very frequently allowed for the Irish versions of street-names to be completely different on signs at either end of the same street. This deplorable and embarrassing situation is further complicated by nonsensical quasi-translations and fanciful creations by those designing or ordering such signage.
Clearly any concern for the accuracy of bilingual placename and street-name signage has been abandoned by the local authorities. So is a unique placename heritage which has been handed down through generations, though disguised by Anglicization over the past few centuries, set to be lost or rendered meaningless?"

Martello Tower

In July 2004 the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland held its first meeting at our new headquarters and the main item on the agenda was the countdown to the official opening of An Daonchartlann on Wednesday September 15th 2004. The ceremony was performed by the first citizen of the County of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Cllr. Niamh Bhreathnach - Cathaoirleach of the County Council. The official opening took place at 14.30hrs with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. This was an important occasion not only for the Society and the owners of the Martello Tower the County Council, but for Irish genealogy in general.
Unlike many national societies in Great Britain, the USA and Australia, where having a society premises is almost the norm, here in the Republic until now no voluntary genealogical organisation had its own premises.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

in Frederiksberg Central Library Denmark

to LAK, Frederiksberg Central Library, RA, Slotsholm and back to Brumleby - a photoset on Flickr

Søgning - - Search the union catalogue of Danish libraries -


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Tavle I:

Thomas Fischers mandlige Descendens samt Laurs Christoffersen af Keilstrup og Hustru Anna Fischer deres mandlige Descendens, der bar Navnet Fischer, og Generalkrigscommissair Christian Fischers mandlige og qvindelige Descendens...

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Tavle II:

Justitsraad, Raadmand Eske Bendixen og Hustru Marie Elisabeth Fischer deres Descendens

published 1888 in Randers, Denmark

photographed with my old Sony Handicam

when you click an image you get into Flickr
just navigate with the right or left arrows, or by clicking on the next image button

click on All Sizes and save each image at the original size.

finally view in Irfan View for example
this copy was a photo copy of an example in the Royal Library

Centralbibliotek - Frederiksberg Kommunes Biblioteker
Fredeiksberg Central Library also has Ancestry Library Edition and a swedish database and about 7000 pubkishe trees, 1000 family histories and more than 100 books on genealogy

View as slideshow (open in a new window)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

WATSON documentation from 1923

RA and KB - a photoset on Flickr

how Carl Peter Andreas HANSEN


Carl Peter Andreas WATSON



there may be a file with more details in remote storage - three days to gain access at Rigsarkivet - the Danish National Archives in Copenhagen Denmark

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 - Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886

A few weeks ago a database, Oxford University Alumni, 1500 to 1886, was added to the British resources at (and is also available to those who have a World Deluxe membership). It is a register of students, graduates, and officers who attended Oxford University. A Cambridge University database for the period 1250 to 1900 has been available at Ancestry for some time. These resources make available the information contained in two publications:

Foster, Joseph. Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886 and Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714. Oxford: Parker and Co., 1888-1892.

Venn, J. A., comp. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1954.

Until 1832, Oxford and Cambridge were the only universities in England. Durham University was founded in 1832 and the University of London in 1836; two colleges of the University of London had been established in the 1820s.

work done in Copenhagen

Copenhagen archives

tomato soup, Copenhagen, two archives, two libraries and two bars - a photoset on Flickr

first I went to

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Landsarkivet for Sjælland, Lolland-Falster og Bornholm

to look at divorce papers of the case against the silent film star Karl Dane
and I also found his mother's probate

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Rigsarkivet then by water bus to

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Det Kongelige Garnisonsbibliotek where I went to consult the danish equivalent of the Army List

DSC06546 Haandbog for Hæren

afterwards to the Copenhagen Central Library by express train

and then some beers on the way home

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Denmark census indexes

I samarbejde mellem DDA (Dansk Data Arkiv) og DIS-Danmark er nedenfor tilgængeliggjort amtskort, som viser de folketællinger/ årgange, der i forbindelse med Kildeindtastningsprojektet er indtastet eller under indtastning. Oversigtskortene fås ved at klikke på det ønskede felt for amt og årgang i tabellen. Se vejledning m.m. efter denne.Dansk Demografisk Database Søg efter personer

In cooperation with DDA (Dansk Data Arkiv) and the organization DIS Danmark (Databehandling i Slægtsforskning) we bring countymaps showing which census records are being transcribed at the moment and which have already been made available in the source transcription project. To get to the maps, click on the square for the desired year and county in the table. Dansk Demografisk Database Search for Individuals

Search tips:

General help
Always three characters in the name field
Birthplace not available before 1845
Not all entries have information about sex
KIPno can replace district, parish and year

Parishes and districts
After selecting a county the fields 'district' and 'parish' appear. The lists are updated depending on the content in the database. All parishes are shown when you have selected a county but not a district. Having selected a district you see only the parishes in that district.

Truncation search/ wildcards?

You can search with full name or use wildcards:, One _ substitutes one character and a % substitutes al characters in a word. The program adds % before and after the search criteria in the top field. Use 'contains', '=' or 'starts with' to refine your search criteria.

Family History in China

WorldVitalRecords Blog » Genealogy and Family History in China: "For the next couple of weeks I will be researching to find out any connections with genealogy and China. I want to know who does genealogy in China, to what extent online genealogy has permeated the market, how a social networking site for genealogists should be adapted to fit the culture, and any other information that would be helpful.

And why am I doing this? Whitney Ransom, our Director of Corporate Communications, and I (Director of Content Acquisition) will be going to China in two weeks from today! Although we will be going there mainly for a vacation, I want to maximize my time while I’m in the country. This dream of positively influencing the Chinese people just won’t go away. And I think that connecting people through family history and genealogy can have such an amazing effect on people’s lives.

So…if you have any ideas, suggestions"

yes genealogy and China - Google Search
and read some books - I would have posted an answer to the blog but you have to be logged on . . .

Publish or Perish?

24-7 Family History Circle » Genealogical Societies: Publish or Perish? by George G. Morgan: "Genealogical societies have been going through some difficult times the last few years.
As older members are lost for one reason or another, societies have struggled to attract and retain new members.
They have tried a wide variety of tactics to raise interest and draw people to their activities, and then to join . . .

The Publication Blues
One of the most difficult jobs in any genealogical society is that of publications chair. This person is responsible for soliciting written contributions to a newsletter, a journal, or both. He or she then must compile, design the layout, and format the content in a consistent manner. The next step is the editorial work and getting the materials printed–sometimes at a printer and sometimes by themselves on their own computer. Then there are the tedious jobs of stuffing envelopes or sealing the printed materials, producing mailing labels, applying the labels and postage, and taking the publication to the post office.

Few members seem to feel confident about writing a short piece about their own research experience, compiling a list of new and exciting Web links they have discovered, announcements of events, book reviews, and other input. . . .

Making Tough Decisions
The rest of our board was astonished and appalled at the expense of just the publications."

click to read all of ublish or Perish? by George G. Morgan:

Godfrey Memorial Library » Godfrey Memorial Library and Collaborate

“This is a great opportunity for Godfrey to collaborate with, one of the fast-growing genealogy and family history Internet-based companies. Godfrey has a long-standing tradition of research services and we are happy to add to our list of resources,” said Richard Black, Director, Godfrey Memorial Library.

As part of the agreement, individuals who purchase a subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library (or who are current members) can upgrade their membership to include a subscription for an additional $45.

A subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library includes a variety of genealogical material, reference books and indexes, including the 19th Century Newspaper Collection, London Times Archives 1795-1995, American National Biography Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online, Reference USA, OCLC Worldcat, Marquis Who’s Who, and the Columbia World Gazetteer.The other part of the agreement allows to scan and index books, articles, and church records from the Godfrey Memorial Library. The indexes will be housed on both sites.

“We have been in contact with Richard, the Director of the Godfrey Memorial Library from the beginning of and we have been interested in the Godfrey collection. Since our visit to the library last September, we knew we would eventually work together with Godfrey to scan their content and make it accessible online,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition. subscribers benefit from this partnership by having the option to upgrade to the Godfrey Library Scholar Online Portal for only $30 (a $35 value).“The Godfrey Memorial Library is an icon in the field of genealogy and family history. Both of us benefit by this partnership because Godfrey provides us with immediate access to top reference materials, and in turn, Godfrey benefits from’s daily additions to its ever growing collection,” said Paul Allen, CEO of

my thanks to:- » About: " offers the latest news from the world of online genealogy research. ore specifically, we share with you what new databases are coming on line, or what’s being added to existing ones. We also keep you up to date about the latest genealogy software, as well as some of the larger upcoming genealogy events."

Godfrey Memorial Library

About the library and its special collections, including genealogical resources.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Royal Military Library in Copenhagen

Det Kongelige Garnisonsbibliotek:
Mandag og onsdag: Kl. 13.00 - 18.00
Tirsdag og torsdag: Kl. 13.00 - 16.00 Telefon: +45 3347 9525

Det Kongelige Garnisonsbibliotek
Kastellet 46
2100 København Ø"

Det Kongelige Garnisonsbibliotek: " - i daglig tale KGB - er et hærspecifikt forskningsbibliotek under Forsvarsakademiet. Biblioteket driver udlånsvirksomhed, til såvel civile som militære personer, myndigheder og institutioner, omfattende militærfaglige, militærhistoriske samt sikkerheds- og forsvarspolitiske bøger, tidsskrifter, samt militære reglementer og kartografiske materialer."

I also need to visit

Hovedbiblioteket — Københavns Biblioteker:
Krystalgade 15
1172 København K
3373 6060

"uge 23 - 04/06 - 11/06 frem
mandag 10:00 - 19:00
tirsdag Grundlovsdag
onsdag 10:00 - 19:00
torsdag 10:00 - 19:00
fredag 10:00 - 19:00
lørdag 10:00 - 14:00
søndag Lukket"
Se alle åbningstider

gradually getting organised now my garden is under control

raining in Copenhagen

so a good day for the archives
and to check the opening times I made this
lak sa dk - Google Search
and fell over some useful pages in english:-

Family History: "Alphabets - and handwriting styles

Until 1875 the so-called 'German' or 'Gothic' handwriting style, was commonly used in Denmark. This was also the handwriting style, that children were taught in school. Practically all our older documents are written in this style - and it is necessary to learn how to read it, if you wish to use our records.
There are some letters, that you should watch out for in particular. The letters 'f', 'h' and the extended 's' are quite similar and could easily be mistaken for each other. The short 's' might also resemble the latin 'r', used in present-day handwriting. The letters 'v' and 'r' also seem quite similar.

Old-time spelling
When using records of some age, you must not expect to find the same spelling of a word, as you might find in a present-day dictionary. You must not even expect the writers to spell correctly, or spell the same word in the same way every time they write it. Often you may see a word spelled in two or three different ways - within the same page. Or even within the same sentence!

In older texts - from around 1600-1680 - you might find some words spelled with an 'i' where contemporary Danish would require an 'e'. For instance 'her' (in Danish='hendes') spelled 'hendis'. Or 'their' (in Danish='deres') would be spelled 'deris'.
In the same way, the letter "g" could be substituted by "ck" or "ch". So, the word "and" (in Danish="og") would be spelled "ock" or "och".
Another difficulty could arise, if the writer spoke a dialect. This could often influence his spelling and use of words.

three clicks later I got to:-
Landsarkivet for Sjælland, Lolland-Falster & Bornholm

Abningstider og ekspedition
Landsarkivets læsesale har åbent fra kl. 9 til kl. 16.
Du har mulighed for at få hjælp og vejledning mellem kl. 9 og 15.

English, please

I am going to do some more work on KARL DANE silent film star from Denmark

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Olive Tree Genealogy

Olive Tree Genealogy - Search free genealogy databases for your ancestors: "The Olive Tree Genealogy, created by Lorine in February 1996, is committed to bringing you FREE genealogy records. Olive Tree Genealogy has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy to help you find your brick-wall ancestors.

All genealogy records on Olive Tree Genealogy are FREE and will help you find your elusive ancestor. Allow yourself lots of time to look around. Let each page load before making your next choice. Scroll down each page to read what is there before you choose a genealogy record or a search engine."

Almshouse & Poorhouse Records: "The Milwaukee County Farm Cemetery (a.k.a. Potter's Field) was used during the years 1872-1974. This cemetery was used for the poorhouse inmates and also for burial of other indigent people and transients for whom no funds were available for burial. The cemetery may have been in use prior to 1872. However, there is no documentation of burials occurring before 1872. Due to the fact that there are nearly 6,400 names in the burial register book the names of the deceased have been separated into groups of years.

The original site (Jennifer Fleischmann's Poorhouse Files) that contained these transcriptions was last updated in 2001 and has been offline since February 2006. Rather than see these names lost, Olive Tree Genealogy has given them a permanent home in its Almshouse, Poorhouse & Insane Asylums Section.

Olive Tree Genealogy has Ships Passenger Lists, Palatines (Germans), Mennonites, Huguenots, Native American, Loyalists, Military Ancestors, United States Genealogy & Canadian Genealogy.

Olive Tree Genealogy 3-Step Genealogy Finder

  • First the free databases - there are over 1,700 now. There is also a Directory of Genealogy Links to offsite databases. Look for family in free genealogy databases with the Olive Tree Genealogy logo.
  • Second the Genealogy tutorials and help files - Genealogy mini-tutorials on finding your ancestors in census records, land records, ships passenger lists, PERSI, and more.
  • Third the Resource Guides. How-to-Guides help you easily find your family tree as you search ships passenger lists, Huguenots, Native Americans, Canadian Immigration, Palatines and so on. Genealogy Resources include books, microfilm, little-known records on microfilm or fiche, and CD ROMs.

Another Partnership: WorldVitalRecords and Accessible Archives, Inc.

AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors: Another Partnership: WorldVitalRecords and Accessible Archives, Inc.: "“We have had a great appreciation for the valuable content on Accessible Archives, and we are enthusiastic about being able to now provide what is typically library content to our subscribers at,” said David Lifferth, President,

Some of the collections that will be available at from Accessible Archives will be American County Histories to 1900, The Liberator (1831-1865), The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue Chester County (1809-1870), The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century, and Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885).

“One of the databases in the collection of most interest to genealogists would be the American County Histories to 1900."

Københavns Intensive SprogSkole

KiSS - THE ULTIMATE WAY TO LEARN DANISH: "Learn Danish in 9 months"

maybe - but they threw me out
Københavns Intensive SprogSkole
Norrebrogade 32
2200 København N.