Saturday, June 23, 2007

Britain maps

A vision of Britain through time | Your national on-line library for local history

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Vision of Britain | History of the Census of Population: "Since 1801 the Census has created a uniquely detailed record of our changing communities. For data on your chosen town or village, search by place from our main home page. This part of Vision of Britain is about the census itself, including:

* Listings of all reports published from 1801 to 1961, and all tables in those reports. Unless you ask, we list only reports and tables for which we hold data or text."

Gazetteer County list - Choose a County on

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Bonfire night in Denmark tomorrow

The Brocken - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Now to the Brocken the witches ride;
The stubble is gold and the corn is green;
There is the carnival crew to be seen,
And Squire Urianus will come to preside.
So over the valleys our company floats,
With witches a-farting on stinking old goats."
Goethe described the Brocken in his Faust (written in 1808)

sankthansaften (St. John's Eve) and bonfires will be burnt. ... The witches are sent to Blocksberg in Germany

Bloksbjerg hekse - Google Search

York England

Yorkshire Family History Fair: "

........... Organised by Family Historians for Family Historians ...........

Saturday 30th June 2007 10am to 4.30pm

Admission £4 per person

The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre
The Racecourse

Bits of Blue and Gray

Bits of Blue and Gray has some great links:-

Thank you for coming to leaf through our Notebook.
We hope you find something here of interest to you.

This month, you will read a story about "The Sultana" written by Jim Walker and presented to the American Civil War History chat room on AOL several years ago. Jim is a great story teller, and I appreciate him allowing me to use his stories here on the Bits of Blue and Gray website.

The number of visitors to the site continues to grow!!! THANK YOU!!! We hope you've enjoyed what you've seen, if so, we wish you would VOTE for the site. (the vote link is on the left below the buttons. Unless you have pop-ups blocked you can use the pop-up window. If you've voted before don't hesitate to vote again, they reset the numbers about the 12th of each month.

We're always on the lookout for letters or anything else Civil War related to share here on the Bits of Blue and Gray website, so if you have something you would like to share, or you know someone who does, please contact me.

NOTE: If you've sent something and don't see it appear on the site, PLEASE let me know.

If you haven't already checked them out, thru the generosity of the ShoeString Genealogy Website, we now have THREE Civil War Crossword puzzles. Nautical Theme, Admiral Farragut provided the list of words while on his celestial furlough., Civil War Horses and Civil War Crossroad Puzzle. Our thanks to the ShoeString Genealogy website for hosting the puzzles for us. They take awhile to load, but I hope you'll enjoy them.


The June 2007 Column

by Jim Walker

What's New...


by Jim Walker

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The Father of American Cartooning
by A Friend

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Fort Delaware Pictures!
Fort Delaware opened for the season on Sat., April 28th.

Tour the Fort

Fort Delaware History

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Confederate Campaigns of the Southwest

"Chronicles of the Great Rebellion"

Delaware Roster of Union Soldiers

Genealogy and American Civil War History Chats

Please join us!! In the Civil War chats if there is something you would like to see us cover, please email,


Civil War - Thursdays 11 PM ET Midnight ET and Friday 10 PM ET till 11 PM ET with GCH Jayne CW and GCH Rua CW. Come join us
Ancestral Digs room

Genealogy - GENTREK - a topic specific genealogy chat 9 PM ET Mondae nights in the Genealogy room - &


GENTREK - a topic specific genealogy chat 10 PM ET Thursdae nights at Genealogy Lookup Chatroom. If you plan on joining GLF-Dae and GLF-Jayne, be sure to register far enough in advance so your password can be enabled. You need to have your pop-up blocker off when you register. You can meet over 400 good natured, genealogy-oriented folks there.

Should you need to contact the GENTREK hosts from the internet chat you can email them at and

To view some of the Presentations given in GENTREK, visit ShoeStringGenealogy There are also some great forms to help you work on you genealogy FREE!!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Family Trees 2.0

Family Trees 2.0 - BusinessWeek Online - "DNA Ancestry Project participants pay $119 to $318 for a testing kit and membership, replete with online tools such as family tree building and surname searches. Users can keep their genetic info confidential or limit access to family members. But to search for matches in the worldwide database of users, they have to make their own DNA public. So far, Wong says, the site has signed up more than 2 million participants, with as many users in their 20s as there are older ones.

Others, including Google (GOOG), also seem to see powerful potential in linking people with generations of great-great-great-great-grandparents. Google recently invested $3.9 million in 23andMe. The startup [created by Google founder Sergey Brin's new bride, Anne Wojcicki] plans to charge $1,000 for an extensive genetic profile and features to help track down lost relatives. And on June 18, the Generations Network announced that it's partnering with a lab, Sorenson Genomics, to start building its own database of cheek-swab-generated DNA reports on"

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Quintin CDROM Library

WorldVitalRecords Blog » A 100 Database Weekend!: "From Friday, June 15 through Sunday June 18, over 100 databases from the Quintin Publications Collection will be posted online. This collection contains registers, visitations, family histories, pedigress, obituaries, grants and notices. On Monday, the titles will be posted. - that would cost over $4000 if you purchased the Cds separately!"

World Vital Records: "Affordable Access to Over 10,000 Databases

Find your ancestors in our growing collection of birth, death, military, census and parish records. We have thousands of databases online and will be adding over 10,000 n"

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

danish church books - et AO alternativ: "Denne hjemmeside er blevet til i protest over Statens Arkiver og deres, har gennem længere tid været til stor frustration for brugerne, da den så langt fra har opfyldt deres ønsker og behov. Hvad der har været galt med skal jeg ikke komme nærmere ind på her. Det kan læses på diverse slægtsforsker foraer på nettet.

Henrik Struntze"

Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline: "Parish registers and population censuses on the Internet

The Danish State Archives Filming Centre digitises parish registers and population censuses in order to make them accessible via the Internet. The digitisation project is primarily accomplished through scanning of microfiches and microfilms. There is no fixed timetable for the launch of each parish register and population census on the Internet, as this is a successive process."

The following population censuses are accessible via the Internet.


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Monday, June 18, 2007

Hong Kong University Libraries

Welcome to HKU Libraries
see the on-line digitised collections in Hong Kong University

from this thread :-

Diplomatic Question - soc.genealogy.britain | Google Groups:
"Death Of Sir George Phillippo.
The death is announced at Geneva, at the age of 81, of the Hon. Sir George
He held a number of Colonial appointments, including that of Chief Justice
of Hong-Kong, and was British Consul at Geneva from 1897 to 1910. He was
knighted in 1882.

I have been able to follow his career around various parts of the world,
but know absolutely nothing about his personal life. He was born in
Spanish Town, Jamaica c, 1833 and that's all I know."

see also for example:-

ResourceShelf » eBooks: University of Hong Kong hosts global symposium, 1 millionth eBook cataloged in library

About the Millionth Book:
The book chosen to be digitized as the University of Hong Kong Libraries’ 1 millionth eBook is the five-volume set, An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China, by George Staunton, published in 1798. It is a genuine and copious account of Lord George Macartney’s mission to the court of the Qing emperor Qianlong from the court of King George III between 1792 and 1794, and is the only copy known to exist in the world. To view the book, visit this link.

Source: OCLC and Google

Hong Kong University genealogy digital - Google Search

The Federation of Family History Societies - News

from my email:-

FFHS - News - Newslist Subscription

GENEVA - is the online calendar of GENealogical EVents and Activities, which contains a full listing of known Family History Fairs, events and activities and can be found at This is part of the GENUKI pages but is maintained on behalf of the FFHS as well, and member societies are encouraged to post details of their main events to this list. This is a free service and an ideal medium for raising the profile of any family history society event.

GENEVA: The GENUKI calendar of GENealogical EVents and Activities

This calendar is being run jointly on behalf of GENUKI and the Federation of Family History Societies. Event organisers are encouraged to check this calendar when picking a date to avoid clashes with other events in the same area. They are also encouraged to submit an entry for this calendar as soon as a date has been booked so that other organisers know about it and can try to avoid it.

In March 2007 the British Library announced major plans to move its historic newspaper collection from Colindale in North London to Boston Spa in Yorkshire by 201

Colindale Newspapers Migration Strategy: "The British Library holds the finest newspaper collection in the world. Over 30,000 people use the national newspaper collection every year.

The British Library announced on Thursday 1 March 2007 major plans to move its historic newspaper collection. Newspapers deteriorate quickly because of the poor quality of the paper they are printed on and there are growing concerns about the fragility of the collection, which is viewed and handled by more than 30,000 people every year. Fifteen per cent of the collection cannot be used by readers because of its poor condition. A further 19% is at high risk, and will soon have to be withdrawn from use.

The British Library is acting to provide readers better access and to preserve it for future generations. Many items we hold do not exist anywhere else."

FFHS - Home Page: "The Federation of family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity which exists to represent, advise and support its membership of family history societies and other genealogical organisations world-wide.

Our principal aims are: to co-ordinate and assist the work of societies or other bodies interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry; to foster mutual co-operation and collaborative projects to help researches; and to represent the interests of our members, and family historians"