Saturday, April 05, 2008

Bristol Fire

BBC NEWS | England | Bristol | Fire damages city's main library: "A fire has damaged Bristol Central Library, which will now be closed for several days.

The fire is believed to have damaged an open plan office used by staff on the lower ground floor. Other areas are not thought to have been badly affected."

Society of Genealogists WDYTYA Live

Society of Genealogists - Latest News: "The Society of Genealogists is please to announce as the new sponsor of the Society of Genealogists Family History Show 2008. The Family History Show ­ Who do you think you are? LIVE promises to be bigger and better and is taking place in May starting on Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th
Grand Hall, Olympia, London"

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Category: Family History Products and Services
Stand No. 263

The 'ask the experts' area is set up in a way that the general public will
queue on the day for advice in this area. They will be given an appointment
and we will try our best to match them up with an advisor that can help
them. Many will be beginners, but will have specific requirements.

and by a computer volunteer - Hugh Watkins
Friday 4 -6:00 pm
Saturday - 12-2pm & 4-6pm
Sunday - 2-5pm

Who Do You Think You Are? Live - Show/Event - Exhibitor List: "Records 1 to 100 of 194"

Brand Events creates great days out. Brand awareness and understanding brought to life via an event or exhibition.: " a new kind of events company. We combine the commercial and operational skills from event management with consumer and brand understanding from fmcg and service marketing.

Using these skills we create entertainment events designed to give the consumer a great day out and to create real 3D brand experiences."

Who Do You Think You Are? Live - Show/Event - Classic Military Vehicles: "The line-up includes a replica WWI Mark 4 Tank, M10 Achillies Tank Destroyer, Bedford QL Truck, Morris Tilly, Ford GPW Jeep and a Ferret MK2."

Who Do You Think You Are? Live - Show/Event - SoG Workshop Programme: "There are over 60 free seminars and workshops taking place within three theatres - each offering expert guidance and advice, so whether you're just starting out, have hit a brick wall or need specialist help, there will be a session to suit you.

The speaker programme is compiled by The Society of Genealogists - please note that the schedule may be subject to minor changes."


Soundex Hollerith

Soundex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Soundex is a phonetic algorithm for indexing names by sound, as pronounced in English. The goal is for names with the same pronunciation to be encoded to the same representation so that they can be matched despite minor differences in spelling[1]. Soundex is the most widely known of all phonetic algorithms and is often used (incorrectly) as a synonym for 'phonetic algorithm'. Improvements to Soundex are the basis for many modern phonetic algorithms"

Soundex was developed by Robert Russell and Margaret Odell and patented in 1918[2] and 1922[3]. A variation called American Soundex was used in the 1930s for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920. The Soundex code came to prominence in the 1960s when it was the subject of several articles in the Communications and Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM and JACM), and especially when described in Donald Knuth's magnum opus, The Art of Computer Programming.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains the current rule set for the official implementation of Soundex used by the U.S. Government.[1] These encoding rules are available from NARA, upon request, in the form of General Information Leaflet 55, "Using the Census Soundex".

Select List of Publications: General Information Leaflets

(GIL 55) Using the Census Soundex, [1995], 11 pp. (Note: This GIL is out of print. See The Soundex Indexing System for information based on this leaflet.) - new URL replacing NARA -

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272

MD 20740-6001 - Google Search

just north of Washington - what ever MD means

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The Social Security Administration and Information Technology

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
State pensions, AFDC,. general assistance. benefits ...... ing machines, such as the Hollerith system ... of the “Soundex” system for phonetic arrange ...

Friday, April 04, 2008

Københavns Folkeregister & STARBAS

STARBAS: "Københavns Stadsarkivs Arkivdatabase"


Kommunal institution



Officielle navne
Københavns Folkeregister




Beskrivelse af Folkeregistret



Arkiver skabt af Folkeregistret
19231979Folkeregistrets arkiv

19231957Hovedkort, døde
19581968Hovedkort, døde

Copenhagen City record from 1923 until their deaths
of the residences of Karl Danes's father and his second wife Helene
(the step mother he never met (? Tante / Aunty in his letters from USA?)




top left in detail


top right in detail - some work to be done to interpret all the rubber stamps

DSC01083 the back is unused in this example

for more about the source in Copenhagen Denmark see "Københavns Stadsarkiv" - Google Search

Thursday, April 03, 2008

genesreunited by email

from my email:-

"Dear Hugh

We have found clues to your ancestors in the 1871 census for England and Wales by matching people in your family tree with official records

Find out how your ancestors lived in the Victorian age, by clicking on their name below.

Name -- -- Year of Birth
Mary Smith -- 1833


Genes Reunited"

Family Tree • Genealogy • Ancestor • Ancestry • Family History

Results in the 1871 census for - Mary Smith from 1827 to 1835

There are more than 300 results for this search.
View the first 300 matches below or refine your search. and pay per view too?
they must be mad !!!

But in fact GENESREUNITED is excellent value for money

and through manual searches successfully linked me with my australian JONES from RAGLAN, Monmouthshire, Wales, cousins.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

most Danish church books to 1925 on line

Kirkebøger til ca. 1925 på Arkivalieronline: "Kirkebøger for sogne på Fyn, på Sjælland, Lolland-Falster og Bornholm samt i Sønderjylland er tilgængelige på Arkivalieronline frem til ca. 1925.

Fra Nørrejylland kan kirkebøgerne fra sognene i det tidligere Hjørring amt også ses, og det forventes, at bøgerne fra resten af Nørrejylland løbende bliver lagt ud frem til midten af 2008.

Kirkebøger skal være udskrevet senest 1925-1930 for at komme på nettet.

Arkivalieronline er en service fra Statens Arkiver, der giver adgang til indscannede kirkebøger og folketællinger direkte på nettet."

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Class law in Victorian England | Past & Present | Find Articles at

Class law in Victorian England | Past & Present | Find Articles at "Restrictive legislation, institutional structures and operational practices in Victorian thrift institutions all worked to enshrine a particular view of the immaturity and potential viciousness of working-class savers. These middle-class value judgements prompted the discriminatory regulation of the thrift activities of the working population. Neutral market relationships were adjusted and constrained not in accordance with any pre-industrial 'moral economy' tradition that the poverty of the poor justified compassion, but in a new tradition, a creation of the Victorian period, that the poverty of the poor necessarily justified suspicion, and often implied guilt."

capitalizing on genetic information

PredictER Blog: Best Predictive Health Ethics Blogs - March, 2008: "Predictive Health Ethics Research (PredictER) is a multidisciplinary research, policy, and public education program of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics funded by a grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis."

Should Researchers Share Data? Janet D. Stemwedel, Adventures in Ethics and Science. 3 March 2008.
Janet Stemwedel of Adventures in Ethics and Science comments on the widely discussed Andrew Vickers essay in The New York Times – "Cancer Data? Sorry, Can’t Have It" (22 January 2008).

Stemwedel does an excellent job of highlighting the importance of data sharing for the success of translational research.
She also acknowledges the research subject's contribution to this research and the exposure to risk that they have assumed read the blog and follow the links

BBC Magazine issue 7

Who Do You Think You Are? BBC Magazine -

and I will be helping out on the SOG stand as a
volunteer for computer help with a danish flavour

Saturday 3 May 2008 - 12-2pm & 4-6pm
Sunday 4 May 2008 - 2-5pm


"Many of the Pontypool people will remember old John Corbett, who was for many years a nailer employed by Messrs. Davies and Sandbrook, and who died April 1st 1871, at the ripe age of 82 years. Many of them will probably read with interest the following yarns of the old man, who had in his younger days seen many moving perils 'by flood and field'.

The account was taken down from the veteran's lips by Mr. Elias Vaughan, who has been good enough to hand it to us for publication, and we think we may suitably do that in the columns of The Free Press."
This is a typed transcript of the military service record of Private John Corbett of Pontypool, Monmouthshire, and also the article taken from the Pontypool Free Press dated 10th February 1872 on the Campaigns of Pte John Corbett – Typed up by Mrs J Dunn of Pontypool Monmouthshire.

Monday, March 31, 2008


craigslist | avoiding scams and fraud: "Recognizing scams

Most scams involve one or more of the following:

* inquiry from someone far away, often in another country
* Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, shipping, escrow service, or a 'guarantee'
* inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction"

craigslist personal safety tips: "it's very important to take the same precautions online as you would offline.

When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

* Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe
* Tell a friend or family member where you're going
* Take your cell phone along if you have one
* Consider having a friend accompany you
* Trust your instincts

craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums

Craigslist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free classified advertisements (with jobs, internships, housing, personals, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, resume, and pets categories) and forums on various topics."
The site serves over nine billion page views per month, putting it in 56th place overall among web sites world wide, ninth place overall among web sites in the United States (per on January 10, 2008), to over thirty million unique visitors. With over thirty million new classified advertisements each month, Craigslist is the leading classifieds service in any medium. The site receives over two million new job listings each month, making it one of the top job boards in the world.[2] The classified advertisements range from traditional buy/sell ads and community announcements, to personal ads and even erotic services.

The News Business: Out of Print: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker: "Perhaps not, but trends in circulation and advertising––the rise of the Internet, which has made the daily newspaper look slow and unresponsive; the advent of Craigslist, which is wiping out classified advertising––have created a palpable sense of doom. Independent, publicly traded American newspapers have lost forty-two per cent of their market value in the past three years, according to the media entrepreneur Alan Mutter."

and my thanks for a heads up and the link to Alertbox: Jakob Nielsen's Newsletter on Web Usability

Rainy Day Genealogy

Rainy Day Genealogy Readings: iGoogle and Organizing Your Genealogical Research: "a general look into how using iGoogle (or a customized Google homepage) can help keep you organized when your research goes digital. As always, I'm not paid by Google for this, I just dig their stuff and find it helps me in my online research.

It is easy to setup an iGoogle page, and a page can be setup without having a Gmail account. The link to setup the iGoogle page is found in the upper-right corner of the main page, as shown" in the blog.

Genealogy research tools - ScotlandsPeople

Genealogy research tools - ScotlandsPeople: "this section contains some useful tools to help you get the most out of ScotlandsPeople.

Select a topic from the left menu which includes: some basic help with reading difficult handwriting; definitions of occupations, medical terms and unfamiliar, archaic or unusual words which you may come across in documents; abbreviations used to denote the types of documents included in the Wills & Testaments index.

Find out what wills & testaments can tell you about the way that Scots in past centuries lived and worked."

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Schütz family tree

The Schütz family tree: "'My Swiss Grandfather'

This page provides additional details of the documentary evidence that I have collected relating to by grandfather, Johann SCHÜTZ, who was born in Switzerland circa 1862."
an exemplary web page

Yorkshire Indexers

Yorkshire Indexers: "LDX-PB-009 1937 Register of Electors - ALL 6 DIVISIONS

This publication contains a FULL TRANSCRIPT of the 1937 Register of Electors for the Borough of Leeds. It also contains a full NAME INDEX & STREET INDEX, and images of the original pages. Including DIVISIONS; Central, North, North East, South, South East and West Approx 350,000 people. (This has taken 3 years to finally complete and is the combined collection of the Leeds Divisions with a full name and street.."

Due to the rapid growth of the Yorkshire Indexers Site, we have now merged the Leeds Indexers Site information into this site. This allows for our efforts to be concentrated on only one site.

Eventually the Leeds Indexers URL will point directly to this web site.
is now dead

Genealogy in the Netherlands

Wat Was Waar
a wonderful place name data base with maps

and my thamks to
Dutch Genealogy - Top 10 Dutch genealogy websites: "De Woonomgeving means ‘the living environment’. It shows the digitized 1832 plot maps including the lists of owners. You can zoom in on the map to view the maps (MP for the detailed plan or VP for the overview plan). Scans from the information about the owners of the plots are available as well. These are called OATs (Oorspronkelijke Aanwijzende Tafels, original referring tables)."

Genlias - Research your Dutch genealogy: "Have you always wanted to know from whom you are descended? Genlias gives you a quick way to find your Dutch forebears from as far back as 1780, both in the Netherlands and overseas. Your search is in the most accurate source for Dutch genealogy,
the Civil Register. And it is not difficult!"

For almost 200 years the Dutch authorities have been recording births, marriages and deaths in the Civil Register. Genlias provides you with information from these official records.

Genlias - Statistics: "Genlias is growing! Volunteers throughout the country are entering new records all the time. This page has information about the number of records in Genlias and the number of times these records are searched." over 45 millon now


PAF-LUG BLOG: Two Ancestry Presidents Contrasted: "The two keynote speeches at this year's BYU Computerized Family History Conference gave attendees the unique opportunity of seeing two of's CEOs side by side. Paul Allen was Ancestry's first CEO and Tim Sullivan is the current CEO of Ancestry's parent company, the Generations Network (TGN)." and read that blog

Keying Tool Signup -

Keying Tool Signup - "Be the first to see new collections. In fact, index them yourself.

Now you can contribute to the family history community – and help new indexed record collections make it online even faster. The indexes created through our new volunteer indexing program will be available free for everyone.

Simply provide your information and we’ll let you know when the new program launches."
24-7 Family History Circle » New Volunteer Indexing Program at Ancestry: " announced an exciting future initiative today. In the next coming months they will be adding a Volunteer Indexing Program (VIP) to their selection of features on the site. This program will allow you to participate in transcribing selected portions of new record collections. The information that is transcribed creates an index of the collection that is searchable, thus allowing you to search for information about your ancestors."

what I want to do is correct known errors in UK census
are always worth checking for bargain software or CDs or books