Saturday, August 04, 2007

Mike John Newport Gwent Wales UK

Monmouthshire Parish Record Transcripts: "Records are transcribed and indexed versions of the Bishops Transcripts & Parish Records for the County of Monmouthshire Wales."

The red dots represent records which cover
a period up to 1900 and beyond

The black dots represent that I only have partial
records up to either 1812 or 1837.

The pink dots represent records which I have been
promised that date up to 1900 and beyond.

monfh : Monmouthshire Family History.: "This Group is for the discussion and research of Family History in the County of Monmouthshire where you can Post enquiries, upload and download Pics & files, There are Family History Website Links in Bookmarks, Place your F.H surnames in the Database section.
We have a vast amount of Census indexes, Parish record transcripts, Monumental Inscriptions, Wills and many other records to help you."

Stephen Henry Michell memoires

They Were Invincible: "Stephen Henry Michell wrote this book throughout the 1960's and early 1970's. Always, he struggled to deal with the need to tell his painful story of loss and outrage; outrage toward the Nazi monsters who tortured and killed without mercy; and outrage toward the idiots that sent so many young Canadians to certain death in a meaningless raid. It is noteworthy that his outrage toward the Nazis did not extend to the German people. He realized that most of them were victims as much as were the multitude of prisoners that were starved, abused and killed at the hands of the monsters.

As well as the book, Stephen Michell was also a published composer - his most famous work being the march Men of Dieppe - and a stalwart member of the Dieppe Veteran's Society.

It has always struck me that almost nobody who went through the horrors of war is willing to talk about it. In this my father is special. He seemed to need to talk about it, to help him purge the memories that he carried inside.

Stephen H Michell has left us. He died in 1994 – 52 years after that fateful raid – but his book and his music and our memories of him live on.

This republication of his book changes very little. Photographs have been interleaved with text, a few photographs have been added, and maps have been included. The maps are current maps, meant "

Plymouth USA searches

Plymouth Historical Museum Archives

The Museum Archives collects and preserves material relating to Plymouth history, genealogy, Civil War history, and Abraham Lincoln. No appointment is needed, but an archivist must be present to access the collection. Archives hours are the same as the Museum hours. Research Room Guidelines.

If you can't visit the Archives, fill in the Archives Research Request Form (Adobe Reader required for viewing) and we will do our best to help you find the material you are looking for. If our Archivist does your research, we request a minimum donation of $20 to the Plymouth Historical Society for this service. If you research your own material in the Archives, we request a minimum donation of $5 for assistance with your material/subject.

Adopt a Civil War Soldier Campaign

Research Resources

  • 24th Michigan Infantry, Company C
    This company formed in Kellogg Park, Plymouth, Michigan, in August 1862
  • Census records for all of Wayne County (except Detroit):
    1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
  • Genealogy material on Plymouth families from 1840 - present
  • Maps and Atlases of the Plymouth area; Wayne County Atlas for 1876 and 1893
  • Photographs relating to Plymouth and Michigan History
  • Plymouth Mail newspaper, September 1887 - December 1954
  • Civil War material relating to Plymouth and Michigan in the War--photographs, letters, diaries, and the Series of Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
  • Abraham Lincoln: rare books, clip files, photographs, and other research data in the Weldon Petz Abraham Lincoln Collection archival material
Plymouth Historical Museum: "Online Finding Aids"

The Plymouth Historical Society was organized in 1948 with 52 original members. By 1987, the membership had increased to 400, and, in 2007 the membership is about 700. The Plymouth Historical Museum opened its doors to the public on 14 February 1976; an addition was completed in 2001. The Museum is housed in a beautiful, 26,000-square-foot building, donated to the Society by Miss Margaret Dunning in memory of her parents. The members of the Society, and indeed the people of the community as a whole, owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret Dunning for her generosity in providing this handsome building for the Museum.

No admission fee is charged for access to the Gift Shop or Archives only. The Archives has its own fee for research assistance.

Adults $5
Students $2
Family $10

Plymouth Historical Museum
155 South Main Street
Plymouth, Michigan 48170-1635 USA

Phone: (734) 455-8940
Fax: (734) 455-7797

Executive Director: Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens
Administrative Assistant: Diane Hamernik
Archivist: Lena Packer
Education Coordinator: Anna Lopez
Volunteer Services Coordinator: Armando Lopez

Garry Packard - Google Search with links to more online resources

Friday, August 03, 2007


How to get started by Richard A. Pence:

"The following beginner's guide to genealogy was first syndicated to newspapers in 1977 and again in 1982 by the Register and Tribune Syndicate.
While it has been updated to reflect such things as new addresses, it obviously doesn't deal with how you might effectively use them in genealogy work, since it was written before the days of home computers.

Those experienced with computers will readily see applications in research, recordkeeping and printing out material. Richard A. Pence is co-author, with Paul Andereck, of Computer Genealogy, published by Ancestry, Inc., Salt Lake City, and has published several books on the Pence family. . . . click to read the rest of "How to get started" by Richard A. Pence:"

one of the treasures in the Rootsweb archives which was mentioned in RootsWeb Review: RootsWeb's Weekly E-zine 1 August 2007, Vol. 10, No. 31

RootsWeb: Newsletter Center

Thursday, August 02, 2007

operating system

What is UNIX ? the operating used on many major projects The History of the UNIX License Plate

US National Genealogical Society.

NGS | Research Services | NGS Bible Records: "the massive collection of family group sheets sent in by NGS members since the 1960s is being indexed and digitized. A full abstract of all (1,000,000+) names on every MAC, along with dates and places, has been completed for over 66,000 MACs sent in before 1995; work will continue on MACs received since then.

About half of the MAC collection abstract has now been uploaded to the Members-Only section and more data is uploaded daily. Images of the MACs are being scanned into PDF format, linked to the abstract, and uploaded as well."

I always enjoy reading UpFront with NGS
NGS | UpFront with NGS: The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society
they had a bad link to their own page and restrict quotation of content
Previous issues are archived online.
do scroll down and read
What Kind of Society Member are You? by Chuck Mason, CG:
"If you are on any major e-mail list, I am sure you have read about the
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's recent proposal to
eliminate their members' right to vote on society elections and other
issues. The board of directors would make all decisions, including who
would serve on the board in the future. [Editor's note: This proposal
became a reality at the NYG&B July 19 meeting.] As you can imagine, this
has stirred up a lot of controversy. It also prompts me to ask the
question, 'What kind of society member are you?'

Many of us join societies where we live and also ones in an area where
our ancestor's live. We join a local society because they usually offer
educational opportunities in the form of programs, educational classes,
and seminars. They also may have a research facility that we use for our
research . . . "

and scroll further down to read:-
Things I Wish I Had Done by Pam Cerutti, Editor
" Every genealogist started out as a novice. We all improve our research practices over time, sometimes with the help of more experienced people - either verbal or written - and sometimes by our mistakes and omissions. I made my fair share of mistakes along the way, and it occurred to me that some good might come of them by sharing them here. Lecture presentations work for some, while others want the bottom line.
This article speaks to the latter group. If another person or two thinks twice about their own efforts and steps up where I faltered, then it's not all for naught.

I wish I had asked my grandmother . . . "

Society membership is not for shoe string genealogists like myself but being a volunteer, eg doing look ups for strangers even in the archives, or transcribing , gives me daily fun, lasting satisfaction and happiness.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Refer A Friend

WorldVitalRecords Blog » Launches Refer A Friend Program:

"Over the past year has offered a variety of specials on services and software. Now, is making it easy for its subscribers to get free months added to their subscriptions through the Refer a Friend program.

How the Refer a Friend Program Works:

Beginning August 1st (tomorrow), when you tell a friend or family member about and they sign up, you will have 1 month added to your membership.

Tell your friends and family members who join that they need to enter your email address into the “referred by” field in the membership sign up process.

When they do that, your membership will automatically be increased by 1 month. If you refer 12 friends or family members who join, you can extend your membership by 1 year. There are no limits on this Refer a Friend program, the more you refer, the more your membership will extend.

“Once again, I want to thank you for joining the family. I value your membership and the team is working very hard to ensure that your membership is very beneficial to you,” said David Lifferth, President,"

World Vital Records Home
to get to their blog from their home page
click on News

Parish Locator

PARLOC home: "If you are researching in UK you may find our Freeware Parish Locator Program useful. The current version is 2.7#11 - May 2007.
The database which was originally created by Gerald Lawson now contains nearly 15000 parishes and includes many corrections."

his UK Parish Locator program is freeware and will run on Windows 95/98, ME, NT, Windows 2000 & Windows XP. Users tell me that it also works fine with Vista.
The Database is available to users of other operating systems as a CSV file

The Windows program enables you to locate any one of nearly 15,000 UK parishes. It will produce a list of parishes in any County or a list of parishes within a given radius of any other parish and also allows Import and Export via "csv" files. It is possible to plot the location of parishes to either the screen or the printer. This version also includes a number of corrections to errors found by users.

The parishes listed were those in existence at some during the period from the mid 1500s to about 1837 when civil registration started but see section 2.2 of the Manual for full details

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Germany old maps

HGIS Germany Historisches Informationssystem der Deutschen Staatenwelt 1820 bis 1914

Informationssystem der Deutschen Staatenwelt 1820 bis 1914
DESCRIPTION: Historic information system with
a lot of maps on the development of the German
federation between 1820 and 1914. German system,
but also an english user interface.

Railway Ancestors FHS

Railway Ancestors f.h.s.
basically a commercial affiliate site with too many coats of arms for credibility

new link

The Fuur Collection: " is a private collection of local-history and genalogical information. The collection is concentrated around one single parish, the island Fur (older form: Fuur) in Denmark.

The island is located in the fjord Limfjorden in the northern part of Jutland."

Krabsens stednavnebase.

Krabsens stednavnebase.: "Here you have the possibility of searching in a database, containing 44429 Danish place names with info about their Parish, Community and County according to the county-division of 1970."

danmark stednavn - Google Search
I was looking for the above to verify a transcriptoion of a palce name in Denmark when I found TRAP
also I use

DIS-Danmark: Amt-Herred-Sogn

modern versions of danish place names


Autoriserede stednavne i Danmark. Stednavneudvalgets sekretariat: Nordisk Forskningsinstitut Afdeling for Navneforskning. Københavns Universitet ..

Stednavne - Wikipedia, den frie encyklopædi


now partially on line

this is the fundemental reference work for the topography, geography and historical place names and boundaries for Denmark

search Trap Danmark

so far only two volumes of J. P. Trap, Danmark, 5th edition 1957.

Odense Amt and Svendborg Amt, the counties of the island of Fyn / Funen


Langelands Nørre herred
Langelands Sønder herred



Direkte links til herreder, købstæder og sogne i Trap - click this link for the full list of parishes on line.

TRAP alm. forkortelser
a very useful list of common danish abreviations

TRAP books referred to: "Litteraturforkortelser i Trap Danmark, Bd. 5,1-2."

TRAP 5,1-2 Forfattersignaturer authors and abreviations used in references

Historikerportalen -: "Om forsøgsprojektet Trap Danmark

Historikerportalen har på forsøgsbasis digitaliseret to bind af J. P. Trap, Danmark, 5. udgave fra 1957. Der er tale om Odense og Svendborg Amt, som tilsammen dækker hele Fyn. I Historikerportalen er det muligt at foretage en fuldtekstsøgning i begge bind. Fremvisningen af Trap sker som en digital fremvisning af hver side i bogudgaven, det er derfor muligt at bladre frem og tilbage i de digitale bøger. Som hjælpemiddel er der adgang til en oversigt over:

Hvad er Trap Danmark?
Trap Danmark er et topografisk opslagsværk med beskrivelser af alle Danmarks amter, herreder, købstæder og sogne. Bøgerne følger Danmarks amtsinddeling ved bogudgavens tilblivelse i 1957."

For at lette søgningen i Trap Danmark kan du søge i den digitaliserede del ved hjælp af en alfabetiseret liste over stednavne. Når du klikker på et stednavn kommer du dirkete til artiklens start i Trap Danmark.

Klik her for at se indholdsfortegnelse over herreder, købstæder og sogne i Trap Danmark.

Om baggrunden for Historikerportalen

Etableringen af Historikerportalen igangsattes i marts 2002 som et samarbejde mellem Roskilde Universitetsbibliotek (RUB), Syddansk Universitetsbibliotek (SDUB) og Det Kongelige Bibliotek(KB). Det Kongelige Bibliotek varetager det overordnede ansvar.

Genealogy Affiliate site

Genealogy Search Review 2007: "The Internet provides more genealogy information than the shelves of the largest libraries, and all of it is accessible in your own home. Genealogy search websites provide access to tons of databases, some contain up to 3 billion names. You can search newspapers, court records, cemeteries, military records and so much more"

Monday, July 30, 2007

My Flickr and danish census

Flickr: Photos from hugh1936uk

from my email:-
I was back on your site this morning
the pictures have such a beauty,
this will probably be the only way I every get to visit Denmark,
so I plan to drop in for a visit on your site to see things as you add them.

thank you so much

DSC00052 census returns in boxes

DSC00041 take a lot of space in Copenhagen

DSC00042 Denmark 1925 and 1930 are on open shelves on two floors

DSC00062 but the 1920 Folketælling is on fiche

another day at the archives and home by water bus - a photoset on Flickr
which in the middle has images of actual pages taken with my Sony K800i videophone.
The begining of the photoset is about recycling, and the end has views of Copenhagen Harbour taken from a waterbus

much more is on line
Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline


Er på nettet

1855 Er på nettet
1801 Er på nettet 1860

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1906 and 1925
next project

and from Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline english help page: "All Danish parish registers older than 1892 are included in the digitisation project. The end year may, however, differ for South Jutland (North Schleswig) because the local parish registers were kept according to different rules in the period 1864-1920, when South Jutland was under German administration."

and church books up to c1925 are being scanned too -- Kirkebøger 1892 - ca.1925 fra hele Danmark

telephone +45 87 27 02 60
mandag – fredag kl. 10.30 – 11.30 og 13.00 – 14.00 CET Danish time

transcriptions are on another site Dansk Demografisk Database - coverage if indexes KIP-oversigt 28/6-2007 -

maps of counties showing parishes 1793 to 1970

Hjørring - Thisted - Ålborg -Viborg - Randers - Århus - Ringkøbing - Ribe - Tønder - Skanderborg - Vejle - Haderslev - Aabenraa - Sønderborg - Odense - Svendborg - Holbæk - Sorø - Frederiksborg - Bornholm - Roskilde - København - Præstø - Maribo

KildeIndexIndtastningsProgrammet: "kirkebogsindtastningen"

Kildeindtastninger: "Source transcription project
Latest update on 29. June 2007

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.

one of my favourite webpages

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Immigration Bridge Australia

Immigration Bridge: "In a mighty national community project, a Bridge is to be built across Lake Burley Griffin.

For future generations, the surfaces of this iconic Australian Bridge will be engraved with the names, dates and stories of migrants who have come here over the last 200 or so years - our ancestors – our selves.

This will be no ordinary Bridge. Designed by a team that includes architects, engineers, a musician and a poet, it will soar 12 metres above the water, and be protected by a 4000 square metre solar roof.

If you take part in this historic project by puchasing places on the History Handrail and recording stories of migration, long after you are gone your children and grandchildren will come to find your family migration history on this spectacular Bridge."

The American History and Genealogy Project, AHGP

The American History and Genealogy Project, AHGP: "an unincorporated not-for-profit network of independent sites devoted to History & Genealogy, and covering North American Countries and Territories. For more information about our group, including how you can join us, please see our About page."

Rays Place Place for New England History and Genealogy
which has some 1790 census transcriptions Census Records at Ray Brown's Place

online genealogy tutorials

ahaseminars: George's New Online Class Schedule Announced:

"University of South Florida's Continuing Education division and its Professional and Workforce Development has just announced the four online classes that
George G. Morgan will be teaching during the Fall Semester. They are:

* Genealogy Introduction (17 September 2007 to 14 October 2007)
* Genealogical Research on the Internet (26 September to 23 October 2007)
* Intermediate Genealogy (6 November 2007 to 3 December 2007)
* Genealogical Research into Immigration and Naturalization (19 November 2007 to 16 December 2007)"

Please contact George at for more information.
George G. Morgan's " Along Those Lines ... " Blog

Newspaper in USA

Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress): "The Serial &Government Publications Division maintains one of the most extensive newspaper collections in the world. It is exceptionally strong in US newspapers, with 9,000 titles covering the past three centuries. With over 25,000 non-US titles, it is the largest collection of overseas newspapers in the world. Beyond its newspaper holdings, the Division also has extensive collections of current periodicals (70,000 titles) comic books (6,000 titles) and government publications (1 million items)."

needs to be better known -1 to 16 and 2006

LAPHAM one-name study

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: LAPHAM one-name study

from my emai by a newbie:

Now I am going to show how stupid I am
what is a Lapham
is that a name of what you call us that don't know what we are doing LOL

if we write in all caps. LAPHAM, in family history circles it means a SURNAME

my mother's maiden name was LAPHAM and I ask for sightings in return for help freely given to strangers.


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1820 Settler inSouth Africa

1820Settlers.Com: "1820 Settlers to South Africa Web Site

This Genealogy website is a totally free website, dedicated to the British Settlers to South Africa in 1820, their descendants and researchers. All the information has been generously supplied or posted by the members of this website.

There are Settler Family Trees under the 1820 Settler Info link., submitted by members and other researchers. They are completely searchable, and are hyperlinked to get to the different formats of display. We hope you find something of interest to help you in your research.

Downloads. 32 Descendancy reports under the Downloads link. These are in Adobe pdf format to view, download and save.
There are also 'free' Genealogy software programmes available as well."