Saturday, October 13, 2007

web edit photos

Picnik - edit photos the easy way, online in your browser: "With Picnik you can quickly edit all your online photos from one place. It's the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos."

useful for tidying up images of famly photos or grave markers for example

Genealogy Reviews Online

Genealogy Reviews Online: DNA Ancestry Review Part 1: "This whole effort got off to a good start. I placed the order on Oct 10, and received an email stating my testing kit shipped on Oct 11. The site has a link called 'MyDNA' where you can track everything from the shipping of the kit, to the receipt of the kit at the lab, to when the tests are available. They estimate it will take the lab about 2 weeks to process the results. I also discovered that DNA Ancestry gives you a couple of privacy choices. One allows you to associate your Ancestry user name with the results so others can contact you if there is a match, and the other does not associate the two, but still allows people to contact you through Ancestry's connection service. So far so good. Once my kit arrives in the next few days, I will post DNA Ancestry Review Part 2 and let everyone know how that process goes."

New York Times

New York Times Article Archive - New York Times:

"Article Archive: 1851-1980 (Page Image Format- PDF)

If you are looking for a New York Times article published from Sept. 1851 to Dec. 1980, search our Article Archive: 1851-1980.
Articles in the Public Domain (1851-1922) are free"

Friday, October 12, 2007

Library help

icseftonandwestlancs - Library to help trace family tree:
"STAFF at Tarleton Library are helping people trace their family histories over the next two months.

On Monday November 5 and Monday December 3, Hilary Ambrose, the education officer of Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society, will be providing a Help Desk from 10am to 12 noon.

These sessions are to help people solve problems they have encountered while tracing their family tree – and the library service is providing two computers on which people can use the library edition of the site

And on the afternoon of November 5 only, there will be a seminar ‘Getting Started in Family History’ from 2pm to 4.30pm.

All events are free but must be pre-booked by contacting Tarleton Library on 01772 815179 or calling in."
"Hilary Ambrose" genealogy - Google Search

Can you recommend a web site?

Genea-Musings: Can you recommend a web site?:

"I'm busily putting together my presentations for the 20 October seminar, and thought that I would ask my faithful, experienced and really smart readers for their recommendations. The first of my talks is an 'Internet Genealogy Survey.'

My plan is to list the 'best' web sites for each type of genealogy or family history record
- e.g., locality books, surname books, census, military, cemetery, immigration, naturalization, vital, land, probate, Bible, etc. records.
I also have lists for data portals, search engines, societies, online databases, and the like.

I am limiting this to US research for now.

I am not the sharpest knife in the genealogy drawer, and I'm absolutely sure that I haven't visited every great genealogy web site available, so I would appreciate your suggestions. I am looking for that 'great' site that not many researchers know about.

I am covering Ancestry, Footnote, WorldVitalRecords, GenealogyBank, Rootsweb, USGenWeb, FamilySearch, National Archives, CyndisList, HeritageQuestOnline and other sites in some detail, so please don't recommend those."

and suggestions are always welcome here for USA and the rest of the world

Thursday, October 11, 2007 Search all family history records

Like all the censuses on, the new counties can be searched by name of person or you can choose to search by address, and also by a number of different fields, such as occupation or age. All the new records can be searched using our normal search tools.

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman Show In New BBC Fake Row - UK & World News - News - The Daily Record:
"THE BBC are under fire again after faking scenes in a documentary about Carol Vorderman. Film makers allegedly persuaded people to lie as they concocted scenes for the ancestry show Who Do You Think You Are?

In the programme, cameras followed Vorderman through north Wales and traced the scene of a photograph. But it has now emerged that one important 'surprise' scene and some other details in the show, broadcast on September 27 were staged."

Canada TV

Fagstein » So you think you can produce original programming?: "News outlets all over the country are rewriting a CTV press release into news.
It’s announcing that the network has secured Canadian rights to the show So You Think You Can Dance, and like Canadian Idol, our version of the show will be in the same format but with different hosts.

Am I the only one getting tired of Canadian networks creating Canadian versions of shows developed in other countries and selling it to the CRTC as original Canadian content? Think of what we’ve done so far:"
  1. Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? (Global), adapted from Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (FOX)
  2. Canada’s Next Top Model (Citytv), adapted from America’s Next Top Model (CW)
  3. Canada’s Worst Driver (Discovery), adapted from Britain’s Worst Driver
  4. Canada’s Worst Handyman (Discovery), adapted from Britain’s Worst DIYer
  5. Canadian Idol (CTV), adapted from American Idol (FOX)
  6. Deal or No Deal Canada (Global), adapted from Deal or No Deal (NBC)
  7. Entertainment Tonight Canada (Global), adapted from Entertainment Tonight (Syndicated)
  8. No Opportunity Wasted (CBC), adapted from No Opportunity Wasted (New Zealand)
  9. Project Runway Canada (Slice), adapted from Project Runway (Bravo)
  10. Who Do You Think You Are? (CBC), adapted from Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC

Who Do You Think You Are? BBC series

Who Do You Think You Are? (2004) Episode Guide Season 1 - Music Guide - EPisodeWorld
Who Do You Think You Are? (2004) Episode Guide Season all a list of all the names

the research is all done long before the shoot
so what you see in each episode is genealogical tourism at its best

Threadless T-Shirts

one of my faves

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


WorldVitalRecords Blog » World Vital Records Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary
. . . "On October 4, 2006, World Vital Records sold its first membership subscription with 21 online databases. Currently World Vital Records has tens of thousands of subscribers with thousands of databases containing more than half a billion online names and records.

Everton Publishers
was the first company to partner with World Vital Records. As part of the partnership, all of Everton’s content including the Genealogical Helper and Everton’s Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets became available at World Vital Records. In May, 2007, World Vital Records held the first genealogical press release during the 2007 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference. During the conference, World Vital Records announced its partnerships with FamilySearch, Quintin Publications, and The Statue of Liberty Foundation/Ellis

World Vital Records has also partnered with companies such as SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, NewspaperARCHIVE, Find A Grave, and Allcensus, to bring birth, marriage, death, military, census, and parish records online.

“This time around with our new company, we are trying to make sure every employee at World Vital Records understands our mission to use technology to connect families to their ancestors and to each other,” Allen said. “We have excellent investors who believe in our mission, and we intend to partner with hundreds of societies, archives, and libraries to make wonderful genealogical content available at an affordable price.” . . " Blog Blog: "* October 9, 2007 Today we are excited to announce the official launch of AncestryPressTM, our new self-publishing application. AncestryPress lets you create professionally printed, custom family history books for yourself or that can serve as gifts for other family members."

WSO General Information

WSO General Information: "The Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra is a fully independent amateur orchestra formed in 1973 by a group of keen amateur players.

The idea behind the formation of the orchestra was to satisfy a need for local players to prepare to as high a standard as possible interesting works for public performance, and this is still the primary aim of the orchestra today. Membership of the orchestra when at full strength is of the order of 50 players and is drawn from keen competent amateur musicians, students and teachers of music in Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas."

All my idea too - one of my successes
what a thrill to see it is still going srong

AOL Genealogy

AOL Genealogy Community News:

"The Genealogy Community on AOL invites all AOL users to visit our hosted chat rooms. Our hosts are trained to help everyone with their Genealogy research, no matter what their skill or experience level is. Many of our hosts will also help with lookups on resource sites such as,, and others that individuals might not have access to themselves."

AOL Genealogy Chat Schedule is out of date from 2005

and Getting to know AOL: Genealogy Weekly Chat Schedule my own blogpost is also out of date

9-10AM ET Monday to Friday : Mugs and Hugs in Ancestral Digs

and 9-11AM ET Saturdays : Mugs and Hugs in Ancestral Digs

and Special Interests - Genealogy (Keyword to: aol://2719:27-2-Genealogy) all day every day
are thriving - NB the last three links only work for AOL users

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


WorldCat update

[] Search for books, music, videos, articles and more in libraries near you

WorldCat [OCLC - Home]

WorldCat in Action

Focus on Genealogy

Use this small Web presentation as a subject guide to educate your patrons about WorldCat as a base for researching family history. HTML code is included for creating a link from your home page, OPAC or a genealogical bibliography.

With your library's holdings and other metadata contributed to WorldCat, your resources are made visible to more people on the Web. Information seekers are able to find physical items and electronic content in your library using a core interface reached through one of two channels:
    Our destination site for public searching of the entire WorldCat database
  • Open WorldCat
    A program that lets major search engines and other partner Web sites integrate subsets of WorldCat data with their own services

Both services permit a searcher to identify and evaluate a particular resource, input their geographic location to learn which nearby libraries own it, and link directly to a local library's online catalog record for the item. Depending on your library's OPAC capabilities, a user may be able to view the item's availability and, after authenticating as a library member, perform any number of circulation activities, including remote checkout, placing a hold or direct viewing of electronic content.

Blackwell Book Services of Oxford UK, now a WorldCat Selection service partner

WorldCat Selection subscribers can now receive notification records for Blackwell Book Services materials within the WorldCat Selection interface. WorldCat Selection, based on ITSO CUL (Integrated Tool for Selection and Ordering at Cornell University Library) software, allows selectors of library materials to view new title data from multiple materials vendors in one central, comprehensive system. Libraries are able to get WorldCat records for newly selected materials into their integrated library systems early in the technical services process, as well as share selection decisions with others in their institutions.

For 128 years, Blackwell has supplied academic and research libraries with books and bibliographic support, and operates from offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Abertillery old photos wanted

Welcome to Abertillery online - Croeso i Abertyleri ar y we:
"There was now pandemonium in the town as the news spread. Harold Jones was sent for trial, again at Monmouth, and this time he confessed.
Remarkably he also gave a second statement, although not read in court, in which he also admitted the murder of Freda Burnell.
Jones was still under 16 by a mere two months and so escaped the hangman's noose by virtue only of his age. He gave the reasons for the murders as a 'desire to kill'. His incarceration removed him from the streets of Abertillery though it is claimed by some that he was to return on several occasions in later years."
Can you help Neil Milkins? Neil is in the final stages of writing and compiling his book. You can contact him via

He is still keen to obtain Contemporary pictures of locations (1921) listed on Abertillery online

Denmark Genealogy Search

FTM 16 fire sale time

FamHist: Genealogists - Deal of the Year: " is selling their Family Tree Maker software for a very discounted price. The 'deal' part of the offer is that you get a one-year subscription to Ancestry with the purchase. I think this means that the subscription is to the most expensive 'World Deluxe' offering which costs $24.95 a month if paid annually.
Even if it is for the U.S. subscription; that cost is $12.95 a month if paid annually."

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Regiments and Corps of British Army.

Numeric Index of the Regiments and Corps of British Army.

this is a "must bookmark" site which I can never find when I need it

Regiments Introduction (Land Forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth)

As our domain name suggests, regiments are the raison d'être of this web site, our goal being to catalogue essential information about every regiment. What are regiments and corps? See our Dictionary of Unit Nomenclature for definitions. The main feature of this section is:

  • Regimental pages for every regiment of the Empire and Commonwealth. Each page contains snapshot information such as title changes and lineage, battalion service histories, battle honours, badges, lists of colonels, alliances, bibliographies, etc. as well as links to "every" known regimental page on the internet (official, historical, biographical, re-enactment, etc.). Several features are cross-referenced to other sections of the site. For example, the battle honours for each regiment are linked to war pages which give more information about the context of the battles and their wars. When perusing these pages for information, it is important to follow a regiment through its various mergers in order to obtain complete contextual and bibliographic information. This site is designed to help you trace the changes in designations of regiments, and the complexities of their lineages. See, for example, The York and Lancaster Regiment of the British Army. As of 2004 there are well over 2,000 such "snapshot" pages for regiments.

ScotlandsPeople updated

Official government source for Scottish genealogy, census and family research - ScotlandsPeople: "ScotlandsPeople, one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information. With almost 50 million records to access, we hope your visit will be enjoyable and that you are successful in connecting generations."

Second Person Forename

If you know the forename of another person whom you would expect to find in a household, enter the forename here to refine your search results.

Please Note:

  • If a household is spread over two pages, and both members appear on separate pages, the search will not return this entry.
  • If two households appearing on the same image have the same names as your search criteria, both will be returned.
  • A search on a second person forename will return records which contain exact matches of that forename anywhere in the string. For example, entering ANN will return ANN, MARY ANN, ANN ELIZA and ANN J. , etc. However, variations in the spelling of the name, for example, Anne or Annie, will not be returned. To find these, you must either search with each variation separately or use Wildcards for example, Ann*.

The spelling of the second person forename might not be as expected due to:

  • transcription error during indexing
  • misspelling, phonetic spelling or other misinterpretation by enumerators
  • deliberate or accidental misrepresentation by informants
  • forename variations including abbreviation (e.g. William, Wm., Willm.), use of diminutives (e.g. Margaret, Maggie, Meg, Peggy), nicknames/pet names or middle names as first names

See Forename Variants

but they still use this useless pay per view business concept - annual subscriptions wanted please - and as you can see a structure of the census page not the household