Saturday, September 22, 2007

Clutton Bunfight

to the 2007 Clutton Bunfight and back - a photoset on Flickr: "I greatly enjoyed the 2007 Clutton Bunfight where the Bristol and Somerset Rootsweb listers meet


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BRISTOL mailing lists

RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: England : Bristol_and_Somerset: "genealogy and local history in the city of Bristol and the county of Somerset, England."

RootsWeb: Bristol_and_Somerset-L 1881 Census: "Fri, 4 Jan 1980" and odds and ends before

RootsWeb: Bristol_and_Somerset-L New listowner: "From: Rosemary Shipsey Subject: New listowner Date: Wed, 31 Mar 1999 06:04:28 +0100 Hello folks Just to advise that Steve Medley from Australia is to be the new listowner, so I am sure we all wish him well."

and its daughters:-

Bristol_Somerset_List : Messages : 1-30 of 1624: "Date: Fri Nov 16, 2001 8:46 am Subject:: Welcome kiwi_lace2 Offline Offline Send Email Send Email Invite to Yahoo! 360° Invite to Yahoo! 360° Hi all. Welcome to this new group. To start things off, it might be good to introduce myself a little. My name is Christine (Chris) Lethaby and I live in Tauranga New Zealand. I'm online a lot during the hours of 7am and 10pm or there abouts Kiwi time. I guess that's pacific time. Someone correct me please if you need to."

Bristol_Somerset_List : Bristol and Somerset List: "Hi, welcome to the Bristol and Somerset List group. My aim in setting up this group is to provide a place we can get together online and chat, get to know one another, also as a place to post pics. We all enjoy the hobby of genealogy and are currently researching in the Bristol and Somerset areas. as we are spread across great distances, hopefully we will find certain times of the day when it is most convenient to come and share information and maybe just chat. I hope you all enjoy this little club, Chris Lethaby"

Brycgstow : Bristol and district life: "For genealogy and help with family and local history in Bristol and district including both sides of the River Avon and the River Severn wherever the Seven Bore rolls. Images of old postcards may be uploaded and reminiscences are particularly welcome."

which started off as Monfh2
Brycgstow : Messages : 1-30 of 890: "Date: Wed Aug 10, 2005 5:54 pm Subject: Thanks & Glad to hear that you are trying to keep something going! dianelrichard

Thanks for doing this. I was shocked to find the monfhs group gone when I tried to get to it yesterday ... thought it an electronic blip and actually it must be something more!"

and then made broader as Welsh Families because there is no general Welsh genealogy list

and then this year moved south as a stop gap after a whole lot of people left Steve's list
Brycgstow : Message: [brycgstow] monfh2 group name/addresses have changed: "The moderator of the monfh2 group has changed the group's name. This means that both the group's email address and the group home page location have changed." July 25 2007


RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: England : BRISTOL_AND_DISTRICT: "A mailing list covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset for beginners and the more experienced researchers for the discussion and sharing of information relating to family, social, cultural and local history, past and present, including dialect, slang and sayings, traditions, occupations, recipes, folklore, etc. Methods and problems of recording both family and associated historical information is also included."

personally I think they all need their heads banging together for creating an emotional turmoil over mere words on a glass screen ,-)

Family Tree Maker 2008

Family Tree Maker update to
"just updated FTM 2008

but any news about plug ins?
a developer kit for example?" - Family Tree Maker software Board


UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes & Census transcriptions for the UK, On-Line

There are two sets of Birth, Marriage and Death indexes in the UK; the original indexes held by the local register offices and a secondary index created by the General Register Office from quarterly returns

As always, you are recommended to look through the primary sources first, before looking through secondary records.

Since 1837 all births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales have had to be registered at the register office in the district where the event took place. In Scotland such registration became compulsory for all in 1855 and for Ireland it was 1864 for births & deaths and 1845 for marriages. Genealogists and Family Historians can make use of these registrations to help create their family tree, working backwards from the present day to the start of civil registration.

The original indexes to these registers are held by the local register offices and many of these indexes are now being transcribed by the local authorities in conjunction with Family History Societies, and the data placed on-line in a variety of web sites.
These web sites, with indexes based on the original registers,
Family History Factsheets:

"When I commenced my research in the mid 1970's the only way to locate a BMD certificate was to search the GRO indexes. These were originally located at Somerset House, London until they were moved to St Catherine's House in 1972 and in 1997 they were finally moved to the Family Records Centre. The indexes became more accessible once microform copies of them became available in local reposito

ries. More recently the indexes have become available on the Internet, for example FreeBMD or 1837 Online. However, the GRO indexes are based upon the copied certificates supplied on a quarterly bases from the Superintendent Registrars. Producing these copies were not without problems and there was no provision in the legislation to ensure accuracy of the copies. Even if any checks were undertaken it is unclear as to how effective it may have been.

This can accounts for some of the errors in the indexes. There is no documentation that explains how the GRO carried out the indexing and sorting procedures in the 19th century. Nor is it generally known when various parts of the handwritten indexes were typed. The first step in indexing must have been for a clerk to copy out the names, together with the district name, volume and page numbers. These names would then have to be sorted into an alphabetical order based on the names. In the absence of effective mechanical means of sorting, it would have been logical to sort each volume separately and then merge the volumes into a total index as the final step. There would be no room in such a process for checking on an apparent error."

Friday, September 21, 2007

Bunfight at Clutton

where I shall be on Saturday 22nd with the Bristol_and_Somerset Rootsweb listers :-

The Warwick Arms

Telephone: 01761 452256

Upper Bristol Road • Clutton • Bristol • BS39 5TA

The History of the Clutton Bunfight

Our 'Get Together' or as now more commonly known 'Bunfights', despite the name, is held in a friendly, sober sedate manner! Back in 2001, many people on the B&S List, living in the vicinity of Bristol/Bath thought it would be a good idea to meet to compare their local family history findings. Thus the first meeting took place in November of that year and we had repeats in September, 2002, October, 2003, October 2004 and September 2005.

The first three years we met on a Saturday at the Warwick Arms in Clutton, on the A37 ten miles south of Bristol and the same distance from Bath. In 2004 we had to sadly, decide, at the eleventh hour, to change the venue to the Hunters Rest also in Clutton where we had another enjoyable day together. Members arrived at various times in the morning after the Hunters opened. The chat flowed all day but we managed to find time to order our lunches and were able to sit down together for a very pleasant casual lunch.

Visitors to Clutton were not just from the UK but even further away. In 2001 Doris and Don Watson from Toowoomba in Australia attended, in 2002 we met Jean and Bob Rowland from California and in 2003 Marsha and Mike Meer Stringer from Boston USA and Mandy and Tony Heal from S. W. West France were with us. In 20045 all present came from various places in the UK but we did have a phone call during the day from a Lister who had hoped to join us from Israel!

Last year, our lister from Israel, Margaret Hayon, was able to join us in The Hunter's Rest as did Lee Paltridge from Perth, Western Australia.

We also run an 'Absent Friends' list so that we can all be together in spirit at 1 pm UK time.

Previous Bunfights







Texas Confederate Military History

Texas Confederate Military Page: "Common Abbreviations used in Confederate Military Records"

Confederate Military Camps in Texas
[This is a work in progress]

Geographic Origins of Companies
This is a nominal list of the companies furnished by each Texas county to the Confederate Army. Some companies cannot be identified with any one county and are therefore not listed. Companies of the Texas Reserve Corps, Texas Local Defense Troops, and Texas State Troops are not included in this list. More research is needed on these units. Just because a company was raised in a particular county does not mean that every member of that company resided there. Soldiers did not always enlist in companies from their county of residence. Additions and corrections are welcome.


Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System:
Milam County, Texas Civil War Page:
Texas Confederate Pension Index:
Texas in the Civil War Message Board:

yet another Tree Website

Family In History :: Features of Your Family Tree Website: "Find more than your family history; understand your family in history. With the dates in your GEDCOM file, you will have a timeline for each person, including birth, death, marriages, and children. Other important dates like military service, honors received or college graduation can be added online. Genealogy charts will suddenly be about your family, instead of faceless names on dusty paper" - gedcom based so limited

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


September 19 2007

ROOTSWEB REVIEW ARCHIVES: Check here for previous editions:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe

Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe: Computer Group Summary - 8/15: "There are so many mailing list (almost 33 million) and message board (over 17 million on Rootsweb) messages, dating from the late 1990's, that many researchers don't even try to search them for other researchers who might have common ancestors. Part of the problem is that there are so many individual lists or boards that the volume is overwhelming. Searching has become much easier and faster since Rootsweb added the search engines. You can put a name in quotes - such as 'isaac seaver' - on the Mailing List Advanced Search box and get good results, but you can't put the name in quotes on the Message Board search - it ignores the quotes." Home Page

newspapers 1759 to 1923

WorldVitalRecords Blog » Question Regarding Access To With A Subscription To

Question: With a subscription to, will NewspaperArchive be a limited access or will we be able to go directly to their Web site?

Answer: Your subscription at does not give you access to everything you would have received at NewspaperARCHIVE. The NewspaperARCHIVE collection acquired by are records from newspapers dated 1759-1923. This is not the full collection available at the NewspaperARCHIVE website. We are also still posting the data we have acquired from NewspaperARCHIVE since it is such an extensive collection of data.

When you search the NewspaperARCHIVE collection, or perform a search on and a search results appears in the NewspaperARCHIVE collection, you will see a link to the particular newspaper database that contains that information. The link takes you directly to the location of the newspaper image at

Monday, September 17, 2007

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: "Pat Geary has been a valued member of the RootsWeb community since she started using RootsWeb more than eight years ago."

Patricia Geary

Pat has created her own family website as well as a website that is dedicated to teaching others how to create their own family websites.

Pat is a volunteer or administrator on the following mailing lists:


Pat is currently researching the following surnames on her line:

On her husband’s line:
GEARY/GARY, JEWELL/JEWEL, GRAHAM, and SHEILDS. | Family Tree, Family History, Find Your Past, UK: " the company has changed its pricing options to simplify the choice available and provide better value for money.
The pricing changes include lowering the price of key subscription packages, introducing shorter subscription periods and reducing the number of pay-per-view packages available to non-corporate subscribers. This is part of an overall philosophy of making the service easier to use, led by findmypast's product development team."

OGRE and Wales


Welcome to the OGRE project, which provides free genealogy research material on-line.

The OGRE has grown out of a need to see an accessible, easy to use genealogy resource to catalogue gravestone monumental inscriptions and memorials in Wales, UK. This project involves photographing all headstones prior to 1930 in every graveyard in South Wales (currently working in Monmouthshire and Glamorgan). It is free to all researchers, although some of the data sets are now available for sale to help with the running costs of the site. You can find these items on the Parish Chest, or on my Lulu store for immediate download. This site also provides parish registers and records of births deaths and marriages and the 1873 Returns of Owners of Land 1873 for Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

Use the OGRE name search [top left] to look for individuals on this site or choose from the following options to view the site contents:

bullet Whats New Blog [Subscribe to updates here]

bullet Monuments and War Memorials

bullet Headstone and Monumental Inscriptions by Parish

bullet Returns of Owners of Land 1873 for Wales

bullet Project eBook: (Registers, Directories and Topography)

bullet The OGRE Bookstore

bullet Video Links

bullet Other useful websites

UK Genealogy Acronyms

UK Genealogy - Common Acronyms & Jargon: "Like any other specialty hobby, genealogy has a list of acronyms, shorthand phrases, jargon, and slang which can be confusing to the 'uninitiated'. Here are some of the more common ones for UK genealogy, their definitions, and some web-based resources for them."

If you can't find the term you're looking for on this web page, try these resources:

The A to Z of British Genealogical Research (The Emery Paper) - Abbreviations from GENUKI -

GenDocs - British Genealogy Abbreviations and Acronyms -

Family History Jargon -

British Counties, Parishes, etc. for Genealogists -
Explains the intricacies of the administrative areas of the United Kingdom. Provides the Chapman county codes and abbreviated nicknames for the ancient counties along with an explanation of regional names such as the Black Country and The Weald.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

FTM 2008 MediaRoom - Press Releases: "Family Tree Maker is exclusively distributed in the UK by Global Software Publishing (GSP) Ltd. and will be available for purchase on and from a variety of retailers including PC World and WH Smith from October 2007.

A Reviewer’s Guide is available on request.
For further information on FTM please contact the Press Office on 0208 846 3638."

Argentine Genealogy

HispanicTips » » Largest Argentine Genealogy Tree Database Now Online At

“The largest online genealogy tree database of Argentinian people is now online at through a recent partnership with

“When I was contacted by I recognized immediately the benefits of this partnership. The database has a lot of family data that branches into North American family records. will be the key to reach them and to develop those links,” said Francisco Fernández Bell Fano, President,

family tree shocks

icWales - Rooting through family tree reveals shocks:
"Because one in five who research their ancestors on the internet – perhaps propelled by the notion they will discover a royal connection or aristocratic distant cousin – find illegitimate children, a new study shows.

And there’s more where that came from, especially if you live in Wales, which comes joint second in a league table charting which region has the most scandals.

A convicted criminal is uncovered by 7%,
6% discover secret adoptions
or that their parents or grandparents were not married,
while 14% discover someone who has forsaken the family name."

news from Kew

News | Nonconformist birth, marriage and death records online:
"The National Archives´ collection of nonconformist birth, marriage and death records from 1567 goes online today for the first time.
A new partnership project between The National Archives and S&N Genealogy Supplies means that you can now access images of these records online.

BMD Registers provides access to the non-parochial and nonconformist registers 1567-1840 held in RG 4 and RG 5.

Birth, marriage and death records are crucial tools for anyone researching their family history. Before 1837, when civil registration was introduced in England and Wales, church registers provided an important source of information on births, baptisms, marriages and burials.

The National Archives holds 5,000 registers of a huge variety of nonconformist congregations, including Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Protestant Dissenters (known as 'Dr Williams Library') and Independents.

There are also registers from a small number of Roman Catholic communities. Basic searching is free of charge, but there is a fee for advanced searching and to download images. The entries are rich in detail and may include material about up to three generations of a family,"

BMD Registers: The Official Non-Parochial BMDs Service

Genealogy Supplies is the largest UK genealogy publisher and retailer, with over a decade of experience serving the needs of computer-based family historians.

The site is owned and operated by Genealogy Supplies (Jersey) Limited based in the beautiful surroundings of Jersey: Genealogy Supplies (Jersey) Limited, PO Box 530, Jersey JE4 8XX

For enquiries concerning the website: Tel: 01722 716121 International tel: +44 1722 716121

For administrative & corporate enquires: Administrative enquiries

update to tree program in danish

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