Saturday, October 20, 2007

One-Place Genealogy - One-Place Genealogy: "In One-Place Genealogy, Hawgood gives brief details of several hundred one-place studies, mainly from England, along with a few from the Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales. He describes his own one-place study of Warminster in Wiltshire and then goes on to list many more such studies. One-Place Genealogy lists all identified studies alphabetically by county. Typical entries include the name of a place, the name and e-mail address of the person(s) conducting the one-place study, a brief description of the types of information available, along with any Web pages created for the one-place study."

Whitsome 1 Place Study: "a small rural parish on the Border between Scotland and England, in Berwickshire, Scotland."


Website for those conducting a ONE-PLACE STUDY in Genealogy and Local History, listing and indexing the original records, and making these freely available ...

Index of One-Place Studies.

Historical demography - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A subfield of historical demography with a very narrow geographical scope is called a "one-place study". It is a branch of family history with a focus on ...

"one-place study" - Google Search

Friday, October 19, 2007

Matthew Pinsent BBC TV

Matthew Pinsent related to Jesus - Top Stories - News -
"Olympic gold medal rower Matthew Pinsent tonight learns he is descended from Jesus. His shock discovery comes as he appears on BBC1's Who Do You Think You Are? to trace his family tree. Pinsent, 37, first learns he is related to Catherine Howard, one of Henry VIII's beheaded wives. Determined to trace his ancestors further back he finds a link to English king Edward the First and William the Conqueror nearly 1,000 years ago. Advertisement Click here to find out more! Staff at the College of Arms in London then reveal that every legitimate king must have Jesus in his ancestry."

on last night and I enjoyed it - most entertaining to see the oldest scrolls

Elsa Flack Canada

The Telegram, St. John’s: Lifestyles | The Tely GoGuide:
Tuesday, Oct. 23 3007
"The Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador will hold a public lecture at Irwin’s Court, Arts and Culture Centre 7:30 p.m. Guest lecturer will be Elsa Flack, who will present, “Genealogical Research Under Pressure, the making of CBC TV’s ‘Who do you think you are?’”"

"Elsa Flack" genealogy - Google Search

FTM 2008 October Update Sp2 is broken DO NOT UPDATE YET Blog - » October Update: "The immediate feedback has helped uncover a bug that was created when updating the speed of the program.
The bug affects the file import process. Specifically, it causes the import of FTW files that include media on the master source to fail.
The Family Tree Maker development team is working hard to remedy this and should have a fix shortly. For those of you that have already downloaded the update, a new patch will be available soon.
Upon release, this new patch will also be useful for users who have not downloaded Service Pack 2. I apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your help. I will keep you updated."

London Metropolitan Archives

LMA Digitisation Programme

The collections at LMA and Guildhall Library have received designation from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as being of national and international significance as the History of London Collection. The collections tell the story of London and Londoners from 1067 to 2006 and comprises material filling some 101km of shelving over the two sites. Amongst these are substantial and highly significant collections of archives and related material which are key sources for genealogists across the world. For example:
  • Over 10,000 parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials dating from the 1530s to the twentieth century for over 1000 Church of England parishes in Greater London
  • Approximately 80,000 wills from Church of England dioceses dating from the medieval period
  • Over 9,000 records (which relate directly to named individuals) from Boards of Guardians from the nineteenth to early twentieth centuries
  • Approximately 7,000 poll books and electoral registers for Greater London in the modern period (one of the most complete set in existence)
  • Approximately 2,000 admission and discharge registers for London schools in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

These collections, and other key genealogical sources, are currently available on site at LMA and Guildhall Library. The Libraries, Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery Department now wishes to make them available online via a chargeable web based service which is setup, hosted and maintained by an external service provider with demonstrable experience in this field. A royalty will be paid back to the City for reinvestment in the care and preservation of the collections. This new service would sit alongside existing on-site services which the City will continue to provide.

The City of London is currently working on a digitisation tender with those companies who have expressed an interest in this project.

Building works and closure: "On-line reader registration, to coincide with our new cataloguing system, will be introduced for readers wishing to consult material at LMA. This will enable readers to place advance document orders remotely. We will therefore be shut from 4.45pm on Friday 2 November 2007 until 9.30am Monday 21 January 2008. When we re-open we will have more space for you to do your research including a new computer area to provide greater online access to digital sources."

London Generations is a database compiled from genealogical sources held at London Metropolitan Archives. It can, for example, tell you which parish registers we hold for Saint James Clerkenwell, which workhouse registers we hold for the Kensington area and how many admission and discharge registers we hold for Shelburne Road School.

The registers date from the sixteenth century to the present day, so you could find registers which mention several of your own London Generations.

London Generations includes Anglican Parish Registers of Baptism, Marriage and Burial, Anglican Parish Poor Law Registers, Registers of Kensington, Chelsea. Shoreditch and Hackney Boards of Guardians, Bishops Transcripts of Parish Registers and Other Sources, London County Council School Registers and Electoral Registers for the Counties of London and Middlesex.

For details of the records available at LMA, click here to view the database and for details of our online research service.

What records are held at LMA?

The major genealogical sources we hold, including Anglican parish registers, are listed in the London Generations database. More and more of LMA's lists are now also available online. For more details please contact the enquiry team.

A growing number of our holdings are listed on the Access to Archives (A2A) website. These collections include hospitals, papers of families and individuals and London government (including County Councils and other London-wide elected bodies).

Family history sources which are not held at LMA

LMA does not hold any census data, (either on microfiche or online) or civil registration records of births, marriages and deaths.

For information on the census and civil registration, visit the Family Records website. This is your first step when tracing your UK family tree.

Contact LMA

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB
Tel 020 7332 3820
Fax 020 7833 9136

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mozy News

Mozy News: "Make Backing Up Your Files Safe 'I prefer Mozy.' Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal"

Family Tree Maker 2008 updated

Family Tree Maker 2008 by

"Family Tree Maker 2008 Program Updates Service Pack 1 contains critical stability and performance enhancements. We strongly urge you to install this service pack at your earliest convenience."

To verify that the update worked do the following:

  1. Open Family Tree Maker 2008
  2. Click the "Help" menu item at the top of the program
  3. Click "About Family Tree Maker…"
  4. On the Product Information tab there is a version number. If the update was successful the version number will be

The following updates are included in Service Pack 2:

  • Publishing features include:
    • Genealogy Register Report
    • Genealogy Ahnentafel Report
    • Hourglass Chart
    • Vertical Ancestor Chart

Paul Allen wrote

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? Live - Show/Event - Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE: " 2008 will take place in the stunning new setting of the Grand Hall in Olympia from Friday 2nd May until Sunday 4th May 2008."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: " has long been recognized as the world’s foremost authority on family history research with over 70 family history libraries in the UK alone. Their family history website attracts over 10 million hits a day and has received over 15 billion hits since launch in 1999 making it the most popular genealogy website in the world. The Church produced free genealogy software is now the ‘industry standard’ format used by all major family history software packages."

A major free family history exhibition with over one billion names available for research is now operating throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland from January 2007 (see next venue below).


Thursday - 14:00-21:00, Friday - 10:00-21:00, Saturday - 9:00-16:00


18-20 October – Grimbsy Ward, LDS Chapel, Linwood Avenue, Waltham Road, Grimsby DN33 2NL

25-27 October – Staines England Stake, LDS Chapel, 41 Kingston Road, Staines, Midlesex TW18 4LH

1-3 November – Sheffield England Stake, LDS Chapel, Jordanthorpe Parkway, Sheffield S8 8 BU

8-10 November – Huddersfield England Stake, LDS Chapel, 12 Halifax Road, Huddersfield HD3 3BS

15-17 November – Chester England Stake, LDS Chapel, Aled House, Lakeside Business Village, St Davids Park, Ewloe, Clwyd CH5 3XA

22-24 November – Poole England Stake, LDS Chapel, 8 Mount Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 0QW

29 November – 1 December – Belfast Northern Ireland Stake, LDS Chapel, 403 Holywood Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT4 2GU

6-8 December – Dublin Ireland Stake, LDS Chapel, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland

17-19 January 2008 - Ipswich

24-26 January - St Albans

7-9 February - Reading

21-23 February - Cheltenham

8-10 May - Bristol

GRO England and Wales

GRO registration transfer: "It has been announced that the General Register Office (GRO) will become part of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) from 1 April 2008.

Under the new arrangements for Independence, ONS will no longer be responsible for the registration role it currently holds. Discussions have been taking place to find a new home for the General Register Office (GRO) for when Independence comes into force on 1 April 2008, and today the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has been confirmed as th is home . IPS is an Executive Agency of the Home Office, and is responsible for handling passport applications from UK Nationals. It employs over 3,500 staff at various locations around the UK. You can find more information about them on their website.

The decision to make the transfer of GRO to IPS has been finalised following the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review."

Research - Introduction: "the General Register Office can provide you with birth, marriage and death certificates for your research from our extensive archive of records dating back to the start of civil registration in July 1837. These certificates provide vital clues and pointers for your family history research. Each certificate holds names of, and information about, family members that can lead to the next stage of your investigations. Certificates can be ordered from the General Register Office of events registered anywhere in England or Wales between 1837 and 18 months prior to the present date."

If you are looking for records in Scotland or Northern Ireland, see Other General Register Offices for their contact information.

For an overseas record, see Searching for overseas records. Please be aware that our records are not exhaustive for events that happen to British subjects overseas, as we are not automatically notified.

The General Register Office also provides a service called Traceline, a facility for re-establishing contact with a family member or friend.

The ability to order and collect a certificate in person at the Family Records Centre is being withdrawn from the end of October 2007. A request has been made to provide a collect service at Southport and review of this service has taken place.

It has now been announced that a collect service will be made available at our
Southport office for customers wishing to make a collection in person for pre-ordered birth, death, marriage, civil partnership, adoption and overseas certificates.

The ability to order a certificate using the Southport collect service will be introduced on Monday 29th October 2007. Certificates can be collected from Tuesday 30th October at the reception area of the General Register Office, Trafalgar Road, Southport, Merseyside. PR8 2HH.

The collect in person service will be available to Registration Online* (ROLO) account customers and those
customers who order by telephone and post.

* Please note, civil partnership certificates are not available to order online.

A further review of this service is scheduled for March 2008.

Registration Services - ONLINE Certificate Ordering Service

Federation of Family History Societies UK

FFHS - Projects
Projects have been, and continue to be, one of the most important functions of family history societies and, under the FFHS umbrella, have developed from producing small local collections in booklet form and microfiche to co-operative collections of data on a national basis such as the 1881 census and the National Burial Index.

With the rapid changes in family history research and searchers’ expectations of access to records, the FFHS set up FamilyHistoryOnline to accommodate member societies’ work and widen the usage of their indexes and transcriptions. However, anyone reading family history magazines, searching on the web, reading newspapers or watching TV will know that a larger genealogical company is much more able to market and publicise their services than the Federation has been able to do with FamilyHistoryOnline.

The FFHS is therefore pleased to announce that they have secured a partnership with the UK company 'FindMyPast' to ensure societies’ pay per view data receives the acclaim and international audience it deserves

Until now the FFHS has provided online access to data submitted by local family history societies at its own pay per view website These records will now gradually be transferred to the website, joining a collection already exceeding 500 million records.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Advice needed gedcom files?

Forest of Dean Message Board - Advice needed gedcom files?

Get a genealogy program and get started

With this talk about gedcom files it reminded me of a lady who was very
reluctant to use a genealogy program so I sent the following message to her. She
did get back to me some time later and thanked me and also told me should have
got a genealogy program years ago.


I can understand that you feel that it would be a daunting task to
enter years of research into a genealogy program. However, I still
think you should get a genealogy program and get started. You will
find that once you get familiar with the program you will be amazed
just how how much easier it is to keep tack of all your ancestors and
you will wonder how you ever managed without it.

This is the way I suggest you tackle the enormous task of entering
all the details. Forget that you have hundreds or even thousands of
names to enter, just take at a step at a time and enter say 6 names
every day or week or whatever figure you feel comfortable with.
Before you realise it you will have all the names entered. It may
take take you a month or even a year to complete but I will guarantee
you that when you have finished you will be glad you took the time.

As far as what program you get that comes down to a personal choice
and you will never get a consensus of opinion. I have a variety of
programs on both my Mac and PC here at home.

The latest Windows Personal Ancestral File 5.2 program can be downloaded
from the LDS site for free.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

As you know there are lots of other programs but this is just for a start.

Like that old saying... I think it goes something like this "The
journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step".

Until next time

Dave Watkins

Forest of Dean Family History - Home: "The Forest of Dean lies on the western side of the county of Gloucestershire, and is located within the triangle formed by the river Severn in the east and the river Wye in the west." Forest of Dean Family History - Forest Links

Watkins Family History Society - Home: "Our steadfast pursuit is to assist in connecting as many Watkins people as possible world-wide. We invite you to read, share and make new connections with other Watkins researchers with the help of the resources that we make available here."

Monday, October 15, 2007


Footnote and the National Archives in USA : " about the National Archives Documents Available on

The National Archives and are working as partners to bring unprecedented access to selections of the vast holdings of the National Archives. * Learn more about how this partnership helps you access records of American history. Through our partnership, a selection of historical records is available for viewing and downloading (via subscription) on the web site."

National Archives and Footnote Launch Project to Digitize Historic Documents: "This non-exclusive agreement, beginning with the sizeable collection of materials currently on microfilm,will enable researchers and the general public to access millions of newly-digitized images of the National Archives historic records on a subscription basis from the Footnote web site. By February 6, the digitized materials will also be available at no charge in National Archives research rooms in Washington D.C. and regional facilities across the country.

After an interval of five years, all images digitized through this agreement will be available at no charge through the National Archives web site.

'This is an exciting step forward for the National Archives,' said Professor Weinstein. 'It will immediately allow much greater access to approximately 4.5 million pages of important documents that are currently available only in their original format or on microfilm. The digitization of documents will also enhance our efforts to preserve our original records.'"

About Footnote, Inc.

Founded in 1997 as iArchives, Inc., Footnote is a subscription based web site that features searchable original documents that provide users with an unaltered view of the events , places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At all are invited to come to share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues.

For more information, visit Footnote - The place for original documents online

iArchives - Leaders in Document Digitization

Archives’ vision is to be the world leader in transforming microfilm and other print content into searchable, digitized, online databases. To achieve that vision, iArchives is providing technology and a process that will substantially reduce the cost and time it takes to archive documents while enhancing the user's experience in exploring those documents.

Our process uses off-the-shelf hardware and state-of-the-art iArchives software to convert your content into a customized database searchable over the Internet or an intranet. We help our customers solve difficult business challenges and take advantage of new business opportunities through the implementation of innovative technology.

Anthonius Rasmussen Bech 1720 - 1766

skrædermestre Brinchman og Bech:

"En skræddersøn bliver præst i Danmark

I 1720 får Maria og Rasmus i Bragernes en dreng, som får navnet Anthonius Rasmussen Bech.
Rasmus er en dygtig skrædder, som har råd til at give sine sønner en god uddannelse og få sine døtre godt gift med en ordentlig medgift.

Anthonius viser sig at være så begavet, at præsten i Bragernæs anbefaler, at han bliver sendt til Danmark for at studere teologi.
Han bliver cand. theol. i 1749, og i 1755 bliver han beskikket som kapellan ved Skt. Mortens kirke i Randers, hvor han bliver til sin død i 1766."

Pitzner Jørgensen slægtssider updated 14 oktober 2007 - email: Hedvig Pitzner-Jørgensen

and his tree:-

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Ørum Pitzner:
"Bech, Anthonius Rasmussen
b: 1 MAR 1720 in Bragernæs, Drammen, Norge
d: 9 JUL 1766 in Randers, Denmark"

The son of a tailor in Oslo was sent to Copenhagen University to study theology.
He qualified in 1749 and in 1755 he was appointed to the parish of Randers.

link to front page in english in english

NEW ! How RootsWeb helped Hedvig find her mother's family

A photograph from her aunt Ushka's photo album.

Hosted - see how you too may share your family history using freebies :-

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Sunday, October 14, 2007


E-FAITH - European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage

The European Industrial Heritage Organisations hereby request the Council of Europe, the European Union, the member states, and the International organisations active in the fields of studying, preserving and increasing public appreciation of Heritage:

  • to initiate a wide-spread campaign to promote increased awareness and appreciation amongst the public, public authorities and institutions, and non-governmental organisations, of the urgent need to save the Technical and Industrial Heritage of Europe, and to accord it the significance it deserves on the grounds of its Historical and Scientific importance, and through its Cultural significance in offering ways of understanding the social and economic development of our countries

Second European
Industrial and Technical Heritage Weekend

Kortrijk - Zwevegem (Belgium)

we had a very successful meeting in Hasselt and Beringen,
now we go to Kortrijk and Zwevegem

Second European contact weekend for industrial heritage volunteers and associations