Saturday, July 07, 2007

Empire's Children

Empire's Children: "The British Empire expanded from the sixteenth century and by 1921 ruled over a quarter of the Earth's land and population. By the 1940s, however, the Empire was in rapid decline.

Empire's Children tells the story of the end of the British Empire and the effects of its legacy through revealing the imperial backgrounds of various British celebrities, each a 'child of the Empire'.

The Empire's Children website allows you to view and comment on these Empire stories, as well as watch clips from the show after each episode has aired."
Channel 4 TV in UK

Family Tree Maker 2008 Beta

Family Tree Maker 2008 Beta: "Announcing Family Tree Maker 2008, the next generation of the world's best-selling genealogy program. Family Tree Maker 2008 is coming this August, but you can give it a try now by downloading and installing a beta of the program. Simply click the link below to download the beta.

  • Files created in this beta may not open in the release version of the product. Always keep a backup of your data in another genealogy program (such as Family Tree Maker 16).
  • The beta will stop functioning on August 24th. If you have entered information into the program that you would like to preserve please be sure to create a GEDCOM export before the 24th of August.
You have been warned

Thank you Alan for the link

a very slow download arouund 130 k/sec
and install

Family Tree Builder software Web App | Family Tree, Family History, Find Your Past, UK

you and your family have to log in to try it out and I am suspicious of any subscription site which binds their customers in this way

The online application allows customers easily to create a tree from scratch or upload a GEDCOM file exported from any existing family tree programme.

Elaine Collins, Commercial Director of, commented: ‘Web applications that encourage you to store details of your family history have been around for a while, mainly for the purposes of matching other trees, but none has come close to meeting the needs of the serious family historian and replacing traditional software.’

The Family Tree Builder software was developed for the site by leading US genealogy firm PedigreeSoft, which was acquired by in May 2007. The original version was described by Dick Eastman, of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, as ‘…an excellent online genealogy application…and a snap to use.’ Founder and lead developer Matt Garner has rewritten the acclaimed product as a more fully-featured Web 2.0 and Flash-based application.

He commented: ‘Customers now demand easy-to-use web design that allows them to get started immediately. But we’ve designed this to adapt to the needs of the professional genealogist but also to be intuitive the beginner.’

‘If you’re going to put in the effort to enter in your ancestors’ details, it needs to be a service that you can use regularly to store all your source details and notes, photos and memorabilia in one place while providing full reporting, tree-building capability and collaboration tools that will become especially useful as your tree grows larger.’

The current launch is a beta version available free at Paul Yates, Head of Product Development, stated that the intention is to provide a permanently free service, although enhanced paid options, with extra storage and family trees, will be introduced later in the year and made available to findmypast’s Explorer subscribers.

Further enhancements and features will be added over the summer, as well as full integration with Findmypast’s extensive collection of historical documents. ‘It will soon be a seamless process to feed an original record of your ancestor into your family tree,’ Yates commented.

not recommended

after reading the comment below
I will add I advise never to use any online applications of this type or the so called WEB 2.0 social networking sites for this purpose

Private data about living people should never be put on the net - passwords get lost or shared or hacked - usually by "human engineering" or phishing, especaily if more than one user has access.

What you should do is share your data about dead people as widely as possible in a way that people can find you throough Google or RootsWeb or Gensereunited

Keep your data on one machine and use a standard family tree program and back up off site. Privatize your tree before making it public.

Friday, July 06, 2007

GSU - Activities in Denmark

Genealogical Society of Utah - Activities in Denmark:

Name: Frank Sebald
Telephone: 49-6172-4989-43
Address: Genealogical Society of Utah, Steinmuhlstr. 8, 61352 Bad Homburg/Ober-Erlenbach, Germany

History of Activities

Denmark was the second European country in which the GSU microfilmed, the projects started soon after World War II. Extensive collections have been microfilmed in governmental, ecclesiastical and private archives.

Collection Statistics

Number of Microfilms: 97068
Began Microfilming: 1946
Number of Published Materials in Collection: 8817"

more about GSU

GSU - Genealogical Society of Utah: " is dedicated to gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical information throughout the world. Established in 1894, it is an incorporated, nonprofit educational institution entirely funded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA with local representatives in all parts of the world."

Royal College of Nursing London

RCN: Historical nursing archives: "The RCN Archives are the most important collections dedicated to the history of the nursing profession in the UK. Everyone is welcome to use this unique resource. We answer enqueries relating to the development of nursing and other healthcare professions and about RCN history.

As well as providing historical information, we can facilitate your research by offering advice on many aspects of historical research including information search skills, academic contacts and ongoing historical projects. We can provide a research service at an hourly rate: see Policies & Pricing for details.

Family historians are welcome to contact us. See our Tracing Nurses factsheet for free advice on locating nursing and hospital information and records.

Teachers and students will find easily accessible historical and biographical information along with links to other sources on the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery website. The RCN is a partner organisation of the Centre along with Manchester University School of Nursing, MIdwifery and Social Work.

RCN Archive Search:
"You are here: Royal CCollege of Nursding Home » Resources » History of Nursing » Historical nursing journals"
RCN Archive Search

West Cornwall Infirmary, Penzance. - Miss Helen M. Lapham has been appointed Matron. She was trained a t the Royal Infirmary, Bradford ; and has since been Sister at the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital, Bradford; and has also been Sister, Night Superintendent and Holiday Assistant Matron a t the York County Hospital
links to a PDF

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: LAPHAM one-name study

two candidates in my LAPHAM one-name study:-

  • ID: I0478
  • Name: Helen M Lapham
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: ABT 1870 in Rainhill, Lancashire, England
  • or
  • ID: I2455
  • Name: Helena Mabel Lapham 1 2
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 2 NOV 1883 in Kilmington, Somerset, England 2
  • Christening: 30 DEC 1883 Kilmington, Somersetshire, England 2

    Father: George Lapham b: BEF 27 AUG 1843 in Kilmington, Somerset, England c: 27 AUG 1843 in Kilmington
    Mother: Charlotte Welch b: ABT 1840 in Kilmington, Somerset, England

  • one got married SEP 1927 in Edmonton 6a 387

    more Royal College of Nursing London - Google Search
    Royal College of Nursing archives - Google Search

    RCN: Historical nursing archives; Services; Research prices

    Non-members of the RCN are asked to pay for research done on their behalf by RCN staff. The alternative is to visit and use the facilities freely, paying only for photocopying.

    • £20.00 per hour for all research up to a maximum of three hours work (£60.00)
    • Payment is required by cheque before the research results are sent out.
    • This breaks down to £5.00 per 15 minutes.
    • Minimum fee £10.
    • RCN members' enquiries are free.
    about the free online access to page images, the project is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History grants scheme.

    Thursday, July 05, 2007

    British Isles photos

    Geograph British Isles - photograph every grid square!: "The Geograph British Isles project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and you can be part of it."

    Norwegian Genealogy

    Digitalarkivet: "The Digital Archives is a public service from the National Archives of Norway. Here you can search in transcribed source material for free.

    05.07.2007 The 1769 Census for Rennebu in Meldalhas been registered by Arnt Stavne. AR

    Gjøvik og Toten slektshistorielag is a new guest in the Digital Inn. The association will publish a lot of material that its memmbers have registered from Gjøvik and Toten in Oppland county. To start off, we have recieved tomb stones at Kolbu cemetery registered summer of 2005. ASC"

    my own Digital Reference Library has a couple of impoortant links for Norway

    Norwegian names

    Oluf Rygh: Norwegian Farm Names

    The database currently covers the following volumes of O. Rygh's series on Norwegian farm names: 1 through 17. These volumes cover farm names in the following modern counties (fylke) Østfold (Smaalenenes amt), Akershus og Oslo (Akershus amt), Hedmark (Hedemarkens amt), Oppland (Kristians amt), Buskerud (Buskeruds amt), Vestfold (Jarlsberg og Larviks amt), Telemark (Bratsberg amt), (Aust-Agder (Agdenes amt),Vest-Agder (Lister og Mandals amt), Rogaland (Stavanger amt), Hordaland (Søndre Bergenhus amt), Sogn og fjordane (Nordre Bergenshus), Møre og Romsdal (Romsdals amt), Sør-Trøndelag (Søndre Trondhjems amt), Nord-Trøndelag (Nordre Trondhjems amt), Nordland (Nordlands amt) and Troms (Tromsø amt). The names in parenthesis are the older county names used in this database.

    The references in the text to Diplomatarium Norvegicum (a collection of medieval charters)
    Oluf Rygh: Norwegian Farm Names

    Those Norwegian names, a little history and tips for online researchers

    This article has moved, click the link to go to the article:

    This article focuses on the Norwegian naming traditions, and what problems or advantages they can bring to the online researcher. Did you meet the brick wall while researching your Norwegian ancestors online? This article might give some new clues.

    Those Norwegian names, tips for the "online" researcher

    Background history:

    The "first name" was from ancient times and up till about 100 years ago the name of the person. You did not have a surname in the way we have nowadays. The old vikings believed that the child would achieve qualities and protection from what they were named after, like animals and weapons. The old norse names originally consisted of two components, a prefix and a suffix. --- and click to read on about Norwegian names

    and I just typed cyndi norway in theaddress bar of Firefox and my browser took me to Cyndi's List - Norway / Norge

    Another good starting point is Soc Genealogy Nordic: "the USENET unmoderated Newsgroup for Genealogy in Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
    One of 25 Usenet Newsgroups in the soc.genealogy hierarchy"

    gatewayed to


    The GEN-NORDIC-L mailing list was formed somewhat after the
    the newsgroup was formed. It provides archiving and an alternative
    access to soc.genealogy.nordic.


    Subject: [can be blank, or say subscribe]

    one line, only. Anything else confuses the computer.

    Mail to GEN-NORDIC list manager

    The current list manager is Alf Christophersen.

    much scandinavian genealogy goes on by local bulletin boards in the local language but questions posted in english (or for example german) will be answered also

    very very important Genealogy Society of Norway - DIS

    The Genealogy Society of Norway - DIS (Norwegian name: "DIS-Norge") was founded January 12, 1990. There are about 8000 members (2006) and the membership ...

    site:no genealogy - Google Search

    also search using foriegn words like GENEALOGI GENEALOGIA GENEALOGIE

    site:no genealogi - Google Search

    Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening

    Oppfordringen kommer både fra Genealogen og Genealogens redaktør Are S. Gustavsen skriver om de mange små og store slektshistoriske artikler - English introduction Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening ... In these publications you will find the best part of the most renowned articles on Norwegian genealogy.

    site:no genealogie - Google Search and site:no genealogia - Google Search

    finally you need to know what is family tree in norwegian? SLEKT !!!
    site:no "family tree" - Google Search
    site:no slekt - Google Search

    Discover your family tree -

    Discover your family tree - Researching family bonds lost in the mists of time is becoming Norway's largest and fastest growing hobby.

    Norwegian - American Dictionary

    In addition to a glossary of names and genealogical word, ...... makes boxes) ætt family ancestors/family history/family tree æti (see "ætten") ætti
    GENEALOGY GLOSSARY: "This is a small, multilanguage dictionary of various Genealogy terms"

    old norwegian archives are written in old danish
    but that is another story of the language of administration of a danish colony.

    Wednesday, July 04, 2007


    BBC NEWS | Technology | Warning of data ticking time bomb: "Research by the British Library suggests Europe loses 3bn euros each year in business value because of issues around digital preservation.

    The National Archives, which holds 900 years of written material, has more than 580 terabytes of data - the equivalent of 580,000 encyclopaedias - in older file formats that are no longer commercially available.

    Ms Ceeney said: 'If you put paper on shelves, it's pretty certain it is going to be there in a hundred years.

    'If you stored something on a floppy disc just three or four years ago, you'd have a hard time finding a modern computer capable of opening it.'

    'Digital information is in fact inherently far more ephemeral than paper,' warned Ms Ceeney.

    She added: 'The pace of software and hardware developments means we are living in the world of a ticking time bomb when it comes to digital preservation.

    Historically within the IT industry the prevailing trend was for proprietary file formats
    Gordon Frazer, Microsoft

    'We cannot afford to let digital assets being created today disappear. We need to make information created in the digital age to be as resilient as paper.'"

    Today the answer is in virtual machines running on modern servers

    Tuesday, July 03, 2007

    SBWire > View Release > Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Partners With

    SBWire > View Release > Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Partners With "andom Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), a global volunteer organization in which volunteers perform various genealogy-related tasks for researchers who live far away, has recently partnered with

    'We are excited about this opportunity to join forces with as we continue to expand our resources in support of genealogists and their research,' said Bridgett Schneider, Program Administrator, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.

    As part of the partnership, RAOGK will introduce more than 4,000 of its volunteers to, a new free, social genealogy network that is operated by"

    and it could be you !!!

    Free Genealogy Research -- Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness: "Our volunteers have agreed to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area as an act of kindness. While the volunteers of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) have agreed to donate their time for free, you MUST PAY the volunteer for his/her expenses in fulfilling your request (copies, printing fees, postage, film or video tape, parking fees, etc.).

    RAOGK is a global volunteer organization. With over 4000 volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations, we have helped thousands of researchers. Our volunteers take time to do everything from looking up courthouse records to taking pictures of tombstones. All they ask in return is reimbursement for their expenses (never their time) and a thank you."

    Monday, July 02, 2007

    Dawes Commission

    The Dawes Commission, regarded by some as a human tragedy, is one of the most highly controversial subjects involving U.S. government treatment of Native Americans between 1891 and 1914. During this time, Native Americans were subjected to enrollment in order to determine who was qualified for individual land allotments in the Indian Territory. The methods employed by the government were overwhelming for the understaffed organization, and while the commission ultimately broke down tribal governments and took control of preexisting Native American land, the Native peoples did not benefit from its work.

    The Dawes Commission and the Allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914 was published by Ancestry in 1999. Kent Carter's thorough research of the Dawes Commission delves into its organization and procedures to clarify enrollment and allotment decisions for the thousands of people who applied. It points out the difficulties Congress had in implementing its plan and the disastrous effects the program had on the people it was designed to help. Rich in historical photographs, thoroughly footnoted, and containing actual documents of the commission's records, the book will provide anyone with interest in the Dawes Commission, or of Native American ancestry, a heightened understanding of the Dawes Commission and the Five Civilized Tribes— Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw, and Seminole.

    The book's table of contents (with links to the foreword and preface), and an excerpt from Chapter 1, are available in the Ancestry Library.

    This publication is on sale this week in the Ancestry Store for $19.95.

    Learn more about your Native American ancestry with other publications available from The Ancestry Store

    Sunday, July 01, 2007

    happy Canada day

    from my email:-


    Yes, today, we are officially 140 years old and I thought it was a good
    time for anyone that had ancestors arrive here to add a wee bit of info.
    On July 1, 1867, only Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
    were the first 4 provinces to join as the Country of Canada.

    If anyone had family that came here before 1867, Quebec was then known
    as Lower Canada or Canada East and Ontario was then known as Upper
    Canada or Canada West. Our other provinces joined over the next
    years and then Newfoundland joined in 1949.

    Our record keeping of BMD's began slowly in 1869 but one may find census
    for some provinces in 1851 & 1861 but each province does keep their own

    Just a few tidbits to pass on - L***** Ottawa, Canada

    happy canada day - Google Search

    Kelly's Directory transcriptions

    The Andrews Pages : Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1891: "Derbyshire transcripts of Kelly's Directory from:
    Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
    Published London (May, 1891)"

    Originally of parishes around Matlock, Derbyshire, coverage has expanded considerably and there are now entries for a total of 209 Derbyshire parishes plus the Matlocks.*
    Large towns and bigger villages are not included.
    New additions are in bold
    Transcribed and OCRed by Ann Andrews