Saturday, February 02, 2008

New FamilySearch and the development of Web Services

Utah Valley PAF Users Group - Press Releases: UVPAFUG Monthly Meeting - 9 Feb 2008:

"The main presentation will be by Gordon J. Clarke on

This will be a discussion of how FamilySearch has made it possible for many existing and new software products to work in conjunction with New FamilySearch through the development of Web Services. Web services is the way that web and desktop applications can communicate with an online service such as new FamilySearch. Desktop applications can work online or offline and synchronize, as desired. Learn what type of products and tools are becoming available. Discover when and why to use various compatible web or desktop products according to individual needs, purposes, and abilities.

Gordon Clarke joined the Family and Church History Member Needs team over 2 years ago. He is coordinating Developer Services and Affiliate Marketing in addition to his product management responsibility for the FamilySearch Web Services. Previously Gordon was the founder and president of ici MEDIA. Over the last 25 years Gordon has organized and lead numerous companies and projects, creating and delivering Internet, desktop computer, audio/video, and enterprise solutions for many different industries."

"new familysearch" - Google Search

Friday, February 01, 2008

Voters lists USA

Family history: Ancestry Uncovers California’s Political Persuasions With More Than 30 Million Names in Voter Registration Lists, 1900-1944: "PROVO, UTAH January 31, 2008, the largest online resource for family history, today announced the launch of California Voter Registration Lists documenting more than 30 million names of Californians who registered to vote between 1900 and 1944. The collection, now searchable for the first time online, comes just prior to Super Tuesday, one of the most significant milestones in the 2008 race to the White House.

The unique collection reveals the political persuasions of California residents including famous celebrities who registered to vote during the first half of the 1900s. The collection also documents the voters name, occupation, gender, age, street address, voting district, and city and county of residence. Many of the earliest voter registrations include detailed physical descriptions of the register and even naturalization information. Because the lists were updated every two years, the collection enables users to track their ancestors through time and serves as a valuable replacement for census records since California did not take state censuses."

Census records for England and Wales

Census records for 1841, 1861, 1871, 1891 censuses – "The census, taken every ten years since 1841, provides a perfect snapshot of a day in the life of your ancestors. View the original images and benefit from the most full and accurate transcriptions online.

We are currently working to complete our collection of censuses and will keep updating customers as soon as new records are added.

It’s free to search but to view the original images requires you to be a paying member."

Ten more counties have now been added to the 1871 census of England and Wales on - these are Cambridgeshire,Cheshire, Derbyshire, Durham, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire. There are now 34 complete counties online at, equating to 90% of the population surveyed in this census. It is expected that the remaining 25 counties will be added later this month as part of's mission to offer a full set of England and Wales censuses online by the end of 2008.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cyndi's List new category

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

US Obituaries

America's Obituaries & Death Notices: "Each day, America’s Obituaries & Death Notices consolidates records from hundreds of newspapers nationwide into a single, fully searchable database. This comprehensive resource features more than 22 million listings—this is approximately 70% of all recent obituaries and death notices published in the United States. Additionally, this resource will soon incorporate tens of millions of additional records, organized by state, from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). An extensive, daily editorial review of every section of each newspaper ensures that obituaries and death notices are added to this database—including paid and unpaid death notices in the classifieds and records.

Faster, more accurate search results
Each record in America’s Obituaries & Death Notices is individually indexed, providing bibliographic citation information: the newspapers’ name, date, city, state, edition and page number. Also, an intuitive, map-based interface enables librarians and researchers to search specific cities, states, regions or the entire country. Both the indexing and the map-based interface ensure faster, more accurate search results and are offered only by NewsBank."

DearMYRTLE: Give it your all

DearMYRTLE: Give it your all:
"Family history isn't just throwing together a book you put on the coffee table to look at on Sunday afternoon.
It is a quest to prove family relationships with the added bonus of putting each ancestor's life in historical perspective. I love getting to know the life & times of that US Civil War widow or Lincolnshire serf on my family tree.

  1. Write 15 minutes each week to painlessly compile your personal history using software like Personal Historian or Life Journal.
  2. Document family heirlooms (monocle, roll top desk, lace collar, family bible, teacup, broach, pickle crock) by taking a digital photo and typing up the history. Include this info in an email report to all known family members. Be sure to update your genealogy software to include the info by attaching it to the appropriate ancestor
  3. and lots more good ideas from Myrtle if you care to read her blogs

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Society of Genealogists London

NEW on the Society of Genealogists website - Surnames Collection Introduction:

"The Surname Document Collection is arranged A-Z by surname and consists of:

1. Original documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates, deeds, wills, marriage licences and settlements, apprenticeship indentures, letters etc

2. Manuscript and typescript transcripts of wills, parish register entries etc, family trees and other research notes

This index lists all of the surnames that are included in the Surname Document Collection. Cross references to alternative spellings may have been included but these are not necessarily complete.

Material may be photocopied (at the Librarian's discretion) but is not available for loan, nor, due to limited staff time, can it usually be searched for named individuals. Enquiries should be made using the link to the Limited search & copy service.

This index was compiled from a physical examination of the contents of the boxes forming the Collection. It is now regularly updated by volunteers and further help in this task is always welcome. Please contact the Librarian if you would like to volunteer."

Monday, January 28, 2008

PRDH Quebec Canada

the PRDH:
"In 1966, the Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH, Research Programme in Historical Demography) at the Université de Montréal undertook the exhaustive reconstruction of the population of Quebec from the beginnings of French colonization in the seventeenth century.

This objective has been realized in the form of a computerized population register, composed of biographical files on all individuals of European ancestry who lived in the St. Lawrence Valley. The file for each individual gives the date and place of birth, marriage(s), and death, as well as family and conjugal ties with other individuals. This basic information is complemented by various socio-demographic characteristics drawn from documents: socio-professional status and occupation, ability to sign his or her name, place of residence, and, for immigrants, place of origin.

Over the years, the PRDH register has become an evolutionary and multi-purpose data base, available for queries regarding various human populations in general and that of Quebec in particular."

History of towns in Denmark

Den Digitale Byport: "Dansk Center for Byhistorie
v/ Historisk Institut, Aarhus Universitet og
Den Gamle By, Danmarks Købstadmuseum

Den Digitale Byport giver dig adgang til databaser og præsentationer af de danske byers historie. Hovedvægten er lagt på perioden 1600-1900."

Long-Distance Genealogy

"Long-Distance Genealogy" - Google Search:

"Long Distance Genealogy
by Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer is a great guidebook for those us living away from our ancestral homes . . . " Customer Reviews: Long-Distance Genealogy: "I first got this book from the library and it's one of the best genealogy books out there. The book tells you how to obtain documents, what to write, what section of the county offices to write to (although you have to look up individual addresses yourself); how to ask how cost of copies, etc..

For example it tells you what to ask for when wanting a copy of an ancestor's will - ask for 'an estate file', then it gives you an example of what to write when asking for the cost and then the follow up letter after obtaining the cost.

It's a great book and I ended up buying a copy for myself." Long-Distance Genealogy: Books: Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer: "
# Paperback: 246 pages
# Publisher: Betterway Books (September 2000)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 155870535X
# ISBN-13: 978-1558705357"

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Danish Handbooks

Forlaget Rygaard: "Det er mig en glæde at kunne præsentere Dem for 'Slægtsforskerens Opslagsbog', som jeg nu også kan tilbyde via Internettet.

Forlaget Rygaard er en lille 'fritids-virksomhed', som jeg stiftede, da min interesse for slægtsforskningen inspirerede mig til at skrive 'Slægtsforskerens Opslagsbog'.

Jeg er pensioneret major fra forsvaret, og størstedelen af min fritid bruger jeg på slægtsforskningen. 'Slægtsforskerens Opslagsbog' begyndte oprindeligt som en række notater, jeg selv gjorde, når jeg sad fordybet over kirkebøger og skifteprotokoller. Jeg havde brug for en opslagsbog med ordforklaringer, årstal o.lign.. Derfor samlede jeg de ord og årstal jeg stødte på undervejs - og det blev således til 'Slægtsforskerens Opslagsbog'.

Jeg sælger bogen til interesserede for 120,- kr. incl. porto, og jeg kan oplyse, at bogen ofte sælges til aftenkurser, hvor en fælles bestilling kan gøre portoudgiften billigere."

Sammenslutningen af Slægtshistoriske Foreninger: "Blandet litteraturliste og accessories og Litteraturliste over slægtsforskningsbøger udenfor SSFs regi"