Saturday, January 19, 2008

Allen County Public Library

Allen County Public Library:Genealogy: "This renowned collection includes more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Patrons of the department also have access to major online databases at:

* America's GenealogyBank
* ProQuest Obituaries

As a cooperating partner with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the department can provide access to more than 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical and historical records for a small handling fee per roll of film requested.

Due to the collection's size and continuous growth, the information in the following holdings summary will necessarily be brief and representative in nature.

Be sure to use the library’s online catalog to prepare for your trip. It will assist in orienting you to the scope of our collection and help you to plan your actual research time in the department. [If you have bookmarked this page, be sure to check the library’s main web page for any important news and announcements regarding hours or closures.] Librarians experienced in genealogical research are always on duty to answer your questions. Please notify us in advance if you plan to bring a group."

Allen County Public Library: Locations: Main library:
900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 USA"

and my thanks to Randy Seaver:-

Genea-Musings: CGSSD meeting on Saturday, 19 January: "PERSI is one of the most important 'traditional research' resources because most periodical articles are not every-word indexed in any database (only if the publisher has an index either online or on paper). The records in the periodicals are often unique and very helpful to solving brick-wall research problems"

Friday, January 18, 2008

RootsWeb Blog

RootsWeb Newsroom » Blog Archive » Updated Learning Center: "Recently updated their Learning Center. The Learning Center is a free resource with a lot to offer – video tutorials, how-to guides, community information, a lot of great articles and much more! As we all know, whether you are just starting your family history research or you are a seasoned researcher there is always more to learn. If you aren’t familiar with the Learning Center we think it’s worth taking a look to see what tidbits of information you can find."

But how do you permantly kill that horrible video?
It is in really bad taste like having background music on a website

Learning Center-Home

JENSEN - - or put in your own name - - Name Meaning and Origin:
Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Jens, a reduced form of Johannes (see John). This is Denmark’s most frequent surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4"

this is of course the real freebie pearl of the learning center

RootsWeb Newsroom » Blog Archive » Message Boards Hardware Upgrade: "Last night we moved the message boards to a new server! Many of you have experienced errors and slowness over the past few weeks when using the message boards; this was due to our running out of space as the boards continued to grow. The upgrade last night has increased the capacity we have to manage the message boards and has solved many of the issues you have experienced. When using the boards today, and in the future, you will notice an increase in response time of the message boards, whether you are searching, browsing or using the administrator tools–you will also see a drastic decrease in errors. We are excited for the new hardware and for the better experience you will have using RootsWeb!"

I just hope they restored the old high standard of useability

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ludham One-Place study

Ludham Archive Home: "The Village of Ludham lies at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. It's not a big place, but it can trace its history back over a thousand years. A lot can happen in that time even in a small place.
This website is packed full of information about life in a Broadland village past and present. It was written by the people who care about Ludham the most - those who live there. This is their story and that of their ancestors.
The Ludham Archive contains far more than we can possibly put into a website and our shop page tells you how to get more information and pictures. We have books, leaflets, DVDs and an interactive CD available. We are a not for profit organisation, but we do have to make a charge to cover the production costs.

You can join in with the fun at the Ludham Archive Group. Anyone can attend our meetings. We don't have members or a membership fee. We just have people who are interested in Ludham. Click on the' Ludham Archive' button for more information."

Mid-Kent Marriages

Mid-Kent Marriages Index 1754-1911: "The Mid-Kent Marriages Index 1754-1911 is the work of local historian and genealogist David Hills, who has painstakingly transcribed the marriage records of seven registration districts in the mid Kent area: East Ashford, West Ashford, Cranbrook, Elham, Hollingbourne, Romney Marsh and Tenterden. This online version of these transcriptions was produced by Gary Samson with the assistance of Bob Chown, both of the Woodchurch Ancestry Group.

Searching is by first name and last name (required), with an option to specify an exact or soundex match for the last name. Searches can be made for specific parishes and/or for particular year ranges; by default all parishes and all years from 1754 to 1911 are included."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Copenhagen Historical Society

Selskabet for Københavns Historie - velkommen: "Selskabet for Københavns Historie

- foredrag, byvandringer, besøg i historiske bygninger, ledet af forskere, der virkelig ved noget om emnerne, artikler om København, som det var engang.

Med udgangspunkt i dagens København laves arrangementer, der sætter byen og det, der sker i den, i perspektiv. Desuden bliver medlemmerne informeret om den nyeste forskning i byens historie."

Selskabet for Københavns Historie - kontakt:
"Bjørn Westerbeek Dahl,
Willemoesgade 61, 4. TH.
2100 København Ø."

A contact for background information for the family historian with a useful virtual library and good links

Selskabet for Københavns Historie - E-bøger - Selskabet for Københavns Historie - eksterne links

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Vital records in England and Wales

About Us: Looking ahead - Digitisation of Vital Events:

"What is DoVE?

The General Register Office (GRO) is working in partnership with Siemens Business Services to scan, digitise images and data capture an index of all birth death and marriage records from 1837 to the present day. The project known as Digitisation of Vital Events (DoVE) will provide GRO with a modern system of registration information and help to streamline the certificate production process.

Record Definition for the project

For the purposes of digitisation the GRO records are categorised as follows:
Births Historic 1837 to 1934
Modern 1935 to 2006

Marriages Historic 1837 to 1945
Modern 1946 to 2006

Deaths Historic 1837 to 1957
Modern 1958 to 2006

Stillbirths Modern 1927 to 2006

What historical data is taken (captured) from these records?

* existing GRO Index Reference
* Mother’s maiden name on births from 1837
* age at death on deaths from 1837
* surname of other party to marriage on marriages from 1837

This is a significant improvement on current index data with the additional information available from 1837."

  • GRO expect that the majority of records that result in a certificate application will be digitised by mid 2008
  • a total of 779 sub blocks of historic births (approx 78 million records) and 408 sub blocks (approx 40 million records) of historic deaths each containing approximately 100,000 records have passed the ONS Quality Assurance checks
  • GRO anticipates that the digitisation of all records (over 259 million) will be completed by mid 2009

Streamlining Certificate Production

  • The Electronic Access to GRO Legacy Events (EAGLE) project aims to introduce a more efficient system of recording, tracking and fulfilling customer orders and to provide a database and image store
  • the records captured within the DoVE project will be stored on EAGLE
  • the roll out of this internal system is influenced by the amount of DoVE data available
  • the EAGLE database is scheduled to go-live in December 2007

======= AND TODAY:-

Registration Services - Certificate Ordering Service:

The General Register Office holds a central copy of all registrations for England and Wales. Local Register Offices also hold records of events registered in their area.

For recent events registered within the last 18 months, applications for certificates should be made to the Register Office in the district where the birth, death or marriage took place.

Ordering a certificate online.

- What you will need -

* One of the following valid credit or debit cards
* Full name and postal address
* An e-mail address
* Details of the registration event you are applying for - e.g. birth, death, marriage or adoption

If you are using the site for the first time you will need to complete the registration process. You will only need to go through this process the first time you use the system."

AND to get up to speed on Civil Registrtaion in England and Wales civil registration

the best article is hidden under Lincolnshire :-)

# For more information about ordering Birth, Marriage or Death
Certificates from the GRO, visit them at Kew ??.

# Are you still confused about what is in each field on the
certificate? Then visit Barbara Dixon's "Registration Web Page" for
specific details.

a MUST read site