Friday, October 03, 2008

Indian Army Quarterly List

Search Indian Army Quarterly List for 1 January 1912 - "The information in this database was compiled from the book, The Quarterly Indian Army List for January 1, 1912 by Army Head-Quarters, India, 1 January 1912, printed by Superintendent Government Printing, India, Calcutta, 1912. This book contains a listing of over 40,000 names of British and Indian troops during the British control of India. The British troops seem to contain only the officers of the various units (example: Bengal Lancers) while the Indian listings seem to contain the officers and enlisted, though I am not familiar with the ranks. Apologies are made in advance for any incorrect breakdown of names as I am not that familiar with the naming patterns in India.

Debra Graden of Leavenworth, Kansas, indexed this book. The quality of printing in this book was rather splotchy and often portions of letters are missing and margins were regrets to inform you that Debra Graden passed away unexpectedly. Photocopies of the original data will no longer be available upon request. We are grateful to Debra for the long hours she contributed to making her databases such useful resources to so many people."

Thursday, October 02, 2008

baptized in the dress made by her great-great grandmother

The Chetek Alert: "many baptismal gowns are handed down from generation to generation, but one dress with ties to a New Auburn family has made its way through six generations and more than 130 years of christenings.
The gown was made by New Auburn resident Dot Weyers' great-grandmother Caroline Sommers in the 1870s for the christening of her six children, including Dot's grandmother, Anna Schaefer"

my new toy

-MacSpeech's brand-new award winning Speech Recognition Solutions for Mac OS X. You should be talking, not typing!

My own MacBook Pro blog:
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RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: NGS: ": A read-only mailing list for the distribution of the bi-monthly genealogy newsletter 'UpFront with NGS'. This newsletter is designed for members of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the entire genealogical community. The newsletter will bring you the latest genealogy news, information about upcoming events and brief articles to help you with your genealogical research. Additional information can be found on the NGS website."

The National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Virginia, USA - Your Guide to Genealogy and Family History

an excellent issue this month
but too much to quote here in full
so read it in the archives

RootsWeb: NGS-L [NGS] UpFront with NGS - Volume 10, Number 10-1 October 2008: "UpFront with NGS
The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society


Today in UpFront



-- Civil War Pension Files: Well Worth the Effort by Jan Alpert, NGS President
-- Salt Lake City Research Trips: 9-15 November 2008 and 25 January-1 February 2009
-- Genealogy News and Issues by Charles S. 'Chuck' Mason, Jr., CG
-- More than the Dates by Pam Cerutti, Editor
-- A Great Observation on Sources

NGS News & Events

-- Prepare Entries Now for NGS Competitions and Award Nominations
-- Save the Date: 2009 NGS Conference in the States in Raleigh, NC
-- Research in the States Series Available
-- 2010 NGS Conference in the States Planned for Salt Lake City
-- Genealogy Lectures Available on CD ROM

Other News

-- VaGenSoc & TidewaterGenSoc Fall Conference - Newport News VA
-- APG Recognizes Genealogists with Achievement Awards
-- APG Honors Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
-- APG Honors Gary Mokotoff with Honorary Life Membership
-- APG Presents First Young Professional Scholarship
-- Pharos and the International Society for British Genealogy
and Family History Announce New Online Courses
-- GenSoftReviews Site Launched

Events Around the U.S. - - - - - - - - RootsWeb: NGS-L Archives "

new FamilySearch pilot

FamilySearch Record Search

Over 29 million names or record images were added this week to FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot. Significant data was published from 2 indexing projects (1860 and 1870 U.S. Censuses), 3 digital image collections [Vermont Probate Files, Quebec Parish Registers, and Cheshire Church Records], and 3 enhanced vital record index collections [Mexico and Germany Baptisms].

Wednesday, October 01, 2008 is Closing

We're Closing Our Doors - People Connection Blog: AIM Community Network: "Dear AOL Hometown and Journal's users,

Soon you will be receiving an e-mail providing additional information about Hometown/FTP and Journals. Both of these experiences are closing their doors. Please read the following blog entries to learn more about AOL Hometown/FTP and AOL Journals."

Product Notification - AOL

Product Notification - AOL: "This page contains information regarding the shutdown of AOL Hometown and Journals (blogs).

The AOL team want to let you know about upcoming changes that will affect your current Hometown and Journals experience.

As of 31 October 2008, AOL Hometown and AOL Journals will be shut down. We urge you to save your content immediately to avoid losing any information."

from my e mail:-

Dear AOL Hometown/FTP user,

We regret to inform you that AOL Hometown/FTP is shutting down on 31 October 2008. After this date your content will no longer be available and will be deleted.

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German Church Books Portal

from my email:-
Vor kurzem las ich in der Gießener Allgemeinen den Artikel, den ich hier im Anhang wiedergebe - vielleicht nützt es jemanden. Die Adresse des Kirchenbuchportals:


====== Am 28.08.08 in der GA, Lokalteil: ====================
Novum in Hessen
Ev. Kirchengemeinde übertrug ihre Kirchenbücher ins Internet
Greifenstein (epd).
Die evangelische Kirchengemeinde Nenderoth hat die Kirchenbücher zwischen 1602 und 1875 vollständig ins Internet übertragen. Der Familienforscher Dieter Pfeiffer habe insgesamt 21 Bücher bearbeitet und digitalisiert, teilte die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit der evangelischen Dekanate Dillenburg und Herborn am Mittwoch mit. Pfeiffer habe Daten aus den Kirchenbüchern mit anderen Quellen abgeglichen, unter anderem aus dem Staatsarchiv in Wiesbaden. Dabei seien ihm häufig Fehler aufgefallen, weil beispielsweise einige Pfarrer die Namen nach Gehör in die Bücher eintrugen. Die Fehler habe Pfeiffer in das Internet mit übertragen, da eine wortgetreue Abschrift entstehen sollte. Die Pfarrämter seien bis zur Einführung der staatlichen Standesämter vor 1876 die einzige Meldestelle für Taufen, Eheschließungen und Beerdigungen gewesen.
Die Veröffentlichung der Nenderother Kirchenbücher sei ein »Einzelfall«, sagte der Leiter des Zentralarchivs der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau (EKHN), Holger Bogs. Bei der Veröffentlichung setzten das Kirchenarchiv-gesetz der EKHN und die Kirchenbuchordnung einen rechtlichen Rahmen, weil beispielsweise Schutzfristen gewahrt werden müssten. »Die Zukunft geht aber in Richtung Internet-Genealogie«, sagte er. Daher befinde sich ein Kirchenbuchportal im Aufbau, das überkonfessionell geplant sei. Die Nenderother Bücher können im Internet zwar eingesehen werden, doch können aus rechtlichen Gründen keine Dateien heruntergeladen werden (Internet: /

Google machne Translated version of

Beware this is a Machine Translation !!! :

The Protestant Church has Nenderoth the church books from 1602 to 1875 fully transferred into the Internet.
The family researcher Dieter Pfeiffer had a total of 21 books edited and digitized, announced the promotion of evangelical deaneries Dillenburg and Herborn on Wednesday. Pfeiffer had data from the church books compared with other sources, including from the state archive in Wiesbaden.

They were often mistake him noticed, for example, some pastors after hearing the names in the books eintrugen. The error had Pfeiffer in the Internet is transmitted, because a verbatim transcript faithful arise.

The parish offices are up to the introduction of government ethics offices before 1876 is the only hotline for baptisms, marriages and funerals have been.

The publication of books Nenderother church was an "isolated," said the head of the Central Archives of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN), Holger Bogs.

Upon publication put the Church of the Archives Law and the Church EKHN order book a legal framework because, for example, protection periods must be respected.

"The future goes in the direction of Internet Genealogy," he said.

Therefore there is a church book portal in the building, which was planned interdenominational.
The Nenderother books on the Internet but can be, but for legal reasons can not be downloaded files.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pocket Genealogist

Pocket Genealogist by Northern Hills Software LLC: "Pocket Genealogist is the award winning leader in Genealogy software for Windows Mobile based devices. This includes the PocketPC, PocketPC Phone Edition, Smartphones, Handheld PC/Pro and Handheld PC 2000.

Version 3.30 now available!"

Stanton Wick - Bunfight

Stanton Wick - Bunfight: "STANTON WICK - BUNFIGHT
at the Carpenters Arms.

Saturday, 2Oth SEPTEMBER 2008

With thanks for the organisation by Nancy Frey

Photos by Liz"

Hugh Watkins, Mike and Joy Hungerford

Monday, September 29, 2008

death of my father

RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: WATKINS LAPHAM updated 2007: "# Name: Alfred Henry (David) Watkins
# Sex: M
# ALIA: /David/
# Birth: 17 AUG 1907 in Usk Monmouthshire 1
# Death: 24 SEP 1942 in HMS Somali"

HMS Somali was torpedoed on the 20th of September, 1942 while escorting Convoy QP14 homeward bound from Archangel to the U.K. She was towed 420 miles by HMS Ashanti but broke in two on the night of the 24th of September with the loss of 81 of the 100 who had volunteered to try to save their ship.

HMS Somali, destroyer

U-Boote, Kontakt zu Freunden

U-Boote, Kontakt zu Freunden: "U703 1941 Indieststellung Stülkenwerft

BBC - WW2 People's War - Protecting the Russian Convoy: "Vernon 'Nobby' Clarke was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire on 24th July 1917, and was working as a spinner, before he joined the Royal Navy in 1939.

After initial training, he was drafted to HMRT Brigand. after a few months he was then drafted to HMS Somali, and along with other Tribal Class Destroyers - was intrumental in the protection of Russian Convoys. He served on Somali and Ashanti from 1940 to 1942, until the Somali was sunk in September 1942 following a torpedo attack from U703. HMS Ashanti took Somali in tow for 3 days before she broke her tow and sank.

This theatre of war was often described as one of the most hazardous during WW2, not only having to deal with constant submarine attacks and air attacks for most of the convoys passaage, but also having to cope with freezing tmerpatures and mountainous seas. There was also the constant threat of Germany's major warships, including 'Tirpitz'."

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Sunday, September 28, 2008


OriginsNetwork - Resources - Collections: "The church of St Andrew Holborn is the largest of Sir Christopher Wren's London parish churches and stands at the western end of Holborn Viaduct by Holborn Circus. It also served one of the biggest parishes in London (it actually spanned the boundary of London and Middlesex) out of which five new parishes were eventually formed.

The registers are large and contain many thousands of entries, as the parish has always been a popular place to marry. More significantly, the entries from the marriage registers do not appear on the International Genealogical Index or in Boyd's Marriage Index. Pallot's Marriage index has entries for 1780-1837 but these give only year and omit many of the details from the original registers. It is for these reasons that, in 2003, the Society of Genealogists decided to embark a project to transcribe and index the registers.

The index for the period 1754-1812, comprising 18,724 marriages and around 92,000 names, is now available online. "