Saturday, June 07, 2008

Irish Genealogical Research Society

Welcome to the Irish Genealogial Research Society: "The IGRS was established in 1936 in London to encourage and promote the study of Irish genealogy and to collect books and manuscripts of genealogical value. Membership is open to all who have an interest in Irish genealogy.

Membership benefits include:

* Access to the largest private library of Irish genealogical material in Britain
* Receipt of the Journal The Irish Genealogist produced annually and the bi-annual newsletter
* Inclusion in the register of members’ interests maintained by the Society
* Access to the Members Only section on the website where information and extracts from Library holdings will be posted and regularly changed as a service to members unable to visit the Library"

Library of the Irish Genealogical Research Society

Genea-Musings blog

Genea-Musings: Commercial Genealogy Web Sites: "It is difficult to stay up to date with the different sets of online databases offered by commercial genealogy services. A list of the different commercial web sites is in order. The member or reader can then go to each web site to determine the current content, the cost of a subscription, etc."

Friday, June 06, 2008

British Isles Family History Society–USA (BIFHS-USA)

British Isles Family History Society–USA (BIFHS-USA): "If your ancestors came from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands, the British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A. (BIFHS–USA) can help you in your quest."

BIFHS-USA | Officers

Visit us | Criminal Ancestors

Visit us | Criminal Ancestors: "Tuesday 10 June, 14:00 - 15:00

This popular talk will give practical advice on tracing criminal records, both at The National Archives and at other record offices. Nigel Taylor will highlight online sources and show a number of images of documents relating to criminals held by The National Archives.

Nigel Taylor is a legal records specialist at The National Archives giving advice on records for criminals and for civil litigation cases. He also specialises in wills and death duty records. He has worked at The National Archives for nearly 19 years. Nigel co-authored The National Archives' publication Wills and other Probate Records.

This is a free event. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis on the day and cannot be booked in advance."
The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444. Contact us

National Archives' publication Wills and other Probate Records. - Google Search

Welcome - IHGS

Welcome - IHGS: "The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) was the first centre for Family History Studies. Founded in 1961, it offers a wide range of courses on family history, heraldry and related historical subjects. With its formidable library and collections of manuscripts and research facilities, it was brought to Canterbury's Northgate and housed in fine medieval buildings by Cecil Humphery-Smith.

Apart from its highly acclaimed correspondence course, now available online and by post, the Institute offers a selection of day, evening and weekend courses, all of which can be enjoyed purely as a means of extending personal knowledge of family history, or with the intention of taking the Institute's examinations and gaining recognised professional qualifications."

website updated

Biography of an Ancestor Competition - IHGS: "Winners!"

The top nine entries are now available online below. Some of the illustrations have been removed due to copyright issues.

The Winner: William Gush - Portrait Painter by Mrs Dee Helmore

The Runner-up: James Willing Junior by Pamela Willing

Other shortlisted entries were:-
Walter Aitchison: His Life by Paul Wigmore
The Story of Ward Swale by Will Swales
A Portrait of Robert Newstead by Jane Swan
And When He Died Strong Men Wept by Virginia Sylvester
No Ordinary Man - Richard Bryant by Patricia Atkins
Alfred Bayles by D.E.A. Tompkins
John Timbrell Milward Pierce by Anna Markham

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
79-82 Northgate
Kent, CT1 1BA
Tel: +44 (0)1227 768664
Fax: +44 (0)1227 765617

Thursday, June 05, 2008

turning points

Just been to see a cardiologist - no panic - but alcohol and travel are forbidden for the time being
so no bunfight for me this year :-(

from my Bristol_and_Somerset email:-
Subject: [B&S] From the List Administrator Sad News Death OF Bob Cunning

Hello fellow listers
I have just received a message advising me that Bob Cunning ( a long time
member of the list) has passed away last week.
List Administrator

so I will be living the virtual life

Vatican and Mormons

CNS STORY: Vatican letter directs bishops to keep parish records from Mormons: "An April 5 letter from the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, obtained by Catholic News Service in late April 2008, asks episcopal conferences to direct all bishops to keep the Latter-day Saints from microfilming and digitizing information contained in those registers.

The order came in light of 'grave reservations' expressed in a Jan. 29 letter from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the clergy congregation's letter said.

Father James Massa, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said the step was taken to prevent the Latter-day Saints from using records -- such as baptismal documentation -- to posthumously baptize by proxy the ancestors of church members."
(documentation of old news )

Glasgoe Evening Times

Web Links To Find Aussie Ancestors (from Evening Times): "details of millions of Britons who moved to Australia in search of a better life in the 19th and early 20th centuries are revealed today.

A new online collection lists Australian ancestors of 16 million Britons, dating from the New South Wales Free Settlers in 1826.

Social history website said its collection gave the average person in this country a one-in-four chance of having a free settler ancestor.

Australia's population was just 53,000 in 1826, but increased to 5.6 million by 1922. managing director Simon Harper said: 'This is the first time that these important early Australian records have been brought together in one place online, making them accessible to so many.'

The records show actress Nicole Kidman is descended from Irish settlers, while Robert Louis Stevenson arrived in Sydney in 1893, a year before his death."

The Australian Free Settler Collection is now available on

For the first time ever, you can now search 8.9 million names of those arriving into New South Wales in two, easy to use, online databases:

NSW Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922

“Unassisted immigrants” were migrants whose journey was not subsidized and was paid for solely by themselves. These passenger lists are a record of their entry into New South Wales between 1826 and 1922 and contain details such as the name of the passenger and their occupation, their port of departure, the date they arrived and the name of ship they arrived on, and even possibly a bill of health

NSW Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896

These are the records of individuals whose journeys were subsidized or paid for by another person or through another agency. The database is made up of 3 different types of record; Returns of convicts’ applications for wives and families, Persons on bounty ships (Agents Immigrant Lists) and Persons on early migrant ships, and so contains an abundance of information.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

when I don't do genealogy

I take snapshots see Flickr Profile: hugh1936uk

GenClass Online Genealogy Classes

Genealogy Online: "AUGUST 2008
Registration opens about June 20

* Adoption Investigative Class
* Basic English Research
* Eastern European Genealogy Research: Part 1 (Basic)
* Family Tree Maker 2008 - The Basics
* Jump Start your Genealogy!
* Lost Friends and Family Investigative Class
* Northeastern United States Genealogy"

and they have a link to:-
World Vital Records Special Offer: "World Collection Offer: Sign up for the World Collection and save over 20%. The regular price is $149.95 but you can get 1 year of access to the World Collection for just $119.95."

FamilySearch Record Search PILOT SITE

FamilySearch Record Search
4 June 2008 Update

FamilySearch added 24 million new names from England baptism and marriage records to its pilot Record Search collection. The collection can be accessed for free at The Record Search pilot is testing a new online digital image viewer and search utilities that will be added to in the near future.

England Baptisms 6,798,235

England Marriages 1,787,802

checking it out I enterd the 1900 US Fedral Cenusus and found one Edward Lapham "copy to clip boad" gave this data below:-

Name: Edward Lapham
Residence: Mentor village, Lake, Ohio
Birth date: Nov 1817
Birth place: Canada Eng
Relationship to head-of-household: Self
Spouse name:
Spouse titles:
Spouse birth place:
Father name:
Father titles:
Father birth place: New York
Mother name:
Mother titles:
Mother birth place: New York
Race (Term on Certificate): White
Head-of-household name:
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Years married:
Estimated marriage year:
Mother how many children:
Number living children:
Immigration year:
Enumeration district: 0062
Sheet number & letter: 3A
Household id: 50
Reference number: 16

GSU film number: 1241291 Image number: 00603 Collection: 1900 United States Census

and on

1900 United States Federal Census
about Edward Lapham
Name: Edward Lapham
Home in 1900: Mentor, Lake, Ohio
Age: 82
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: Canada English
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Occupation: View Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Lapham 82
Alva Lapham 53
Henry F Lapham 47
Marian Lapham 48
Marion Snell 24

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Mentor, Lake, Ohio; Roll: T623 1291; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 62.

of the two images I found the small print of the headers of each column slightly easier to read on Familysearch

A Taxing History

A Taxing History

U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 Over 8.8 million taxpayers...

The Genealogy, Family Trees and Family History Records online - genealogy Web site, which already offers access to databases covering everything from immigration to military service, is branching out to include income tax records. As part of an agreement in which the company paid $46,000 to the National Archives in Washington, has digitized and indexed federal income tax records from 1862 through 1918.

The site's IRS Tax Records collection is an alphabetical listing of annual income as well as taxable possessions, such as Carnegie's gold watch and carriage. Another document shows President Abraham Lincoln's $25,000 income (about $566,000 today) for 1864, the year before his assassination. His tax bill: $1,296.

A Collection of Collections

According to Megan Smolenyak,'s chief family historian, the government first imposed a federal income tax in 1862 on affluent families who made at least $600 annually. The money, collected by a commissioner of Internal Revenue, was to help fund the Civil War. Taxes were still modest compared with today, topping out at 10%. But by 1873, William Astor, then the richest man in the U.S., and a few of his old cronies had had enough. They sued the federal government, resulting in the federal tax being declared unconstitutional.

Throughout the Civil War era, the federal tax continued to be imposed and redacted. Also available in the archives are the fortunes of individual companies.

Up to now, those records have been a treasure trove for anyone who's had the time to travel to Washington and view them on microfilm at the Archives. Now, they'll be available online as well. And just in time to offer small comfort to those who have had to fork over 30% of their present-day income to the IRS.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

British Library research services for family history researchers: "We will search up to four newspapers of a specified date for:

* birth marriages and death notices and obituaries;
* reports of weddings and funerals;
* court reports;
* crime reports;
* miscellaneous news items.

There is a fixed price of £50 (incl VAT) per search for a report which will include:

* a list of the newspapers investigated;
* a list of the articles and items found;
* a list of the articles we are able to supply with instructions for ordering copies.

To order a search please complete newspaper order form, you can find a link in our more useful content panel.

If you want to find out more about the service, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7356

Find out more about our Newspaper collections.

Electoral Register Search Service

We can check one address in one register and supply a copy of the entry. Due to recent legislation we are unable to supply information from Electoral Registers published in the last 10 years. The most recent Electoral Register from which we can supply information is 1998."

India Office Baptisms, Marriages and Burials Search Service

We hold a unique collection of ecclesiastical returns: copies of births / baptisms, marriages and burials of European and Eurasian Christians in South Asia (including Burma, but excluding Ceylon) and other territories controlled by the English East India Company, from 1698 into the 1960s.

We can search for a specific return and supply you with a copy of the entry. We can also supply a certified copy on Foreign and Commonwealth Office headed paper for an additional fee.

There is a fixed price of £35.25 per search for enquirers of EU countries (Inc VAT) and £30 per search for enquirers of non-EU countries. Photocopies, including certified copies are £18 per certified copy.

For more information on India Office Records' Family History Sources, and to order a search, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7873

When will the New FamilySearch be available?

LDS Tech » Blog Archive » When will the New FamilySearch be available?

Google Maps: "Map of the temples scheduled for nFS"

Where the industry has made incremental improvements for researchers, the New FamilySearch (NFS) will change the way that genealogy is researched.
Preston and London England about October 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

NFS roll out

Fallbrook Second Ward Newsletter: June 2008: "The classes for 'New Family Search' are going well. For those of you who have completed the course, a new feature has been added to the website.

When you are in the 'Pedigree with Details' window, there is a new button on the top of the row on the left side called 'Summary'. This window enables you to see all of the entries that have been combined or added and you can choose which one you would like to appear on your pedigree and family group records.

In the past, when you combined entries, it would sometimes change the information on your records. This takes care of that frustration."