Saturday, October 25, 2008

David Paterson governor of New York State » Blog Archive » David Paterson: " . . . . Paterson has recently undergone genetic genealogy testing, and could be the highest government official to do so and then speak freely about it. His father’s side consists of white ancestors from England, Ireland, and Scotland, while his mother’s side includes eastern European Jewish ancestry as well as the Guinea-Bissau region of West Africa.

Bettinger, Blaine (2008-03-17). “DNA Testing of New York’s New Governor David Paterson”, The Genetic Genealogist. Retrieved on 2008-08-29."

Judy Fowler Kilgore

Judy Fowler Kilgore's blog | The Citizen Online: "Finding Your Folks: Winding things down

I messed up last week when I said that was the next to last column. Actually, this one is. I also promised you an explanation. I have already received a couple of concerned but kind-hearted phone calls and several emails and I will be happy to explain why we are discontinuing the columns."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

UK Incoming Passenger Lists

UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 - "This database is an index to the Board of Trade’s passenger lists of ships arriving in the United Kingdom from foreign ports outside of Europe and the Mediterranean from 1878-1888 and 1890-1960. Information listed on the passenger lists may include: name of passenger, their birth date or age, port of departure, port of arrival, date of arrival, and vessel name."

Database Of 18 Million UK-Bound Passengers Made Available Online - 24 Hour Museum - official guide to UK museums, galleries, exhibitions and heritage: "Genealogists and family history enthusiasts can research a passenger’s name, age, occupation, port of departure, origin and intended address in the UK via the website.

Josh Hanna, Senior Vice President of Ancestry International, said: “These records are a vital resource for anyone tracing their family’s movements to the UK from around the world and collectively reflect a period of huge economic and social change for Britain and its colonies during the twilight days of the British Empire.”"


Main Page - LDSTech

Introducing the LDS Tech Wiki

In order to facilitate the involvement of the LDS Technology community, we have set up a wiki for community members to collaborate on different projects. We encourage all that want to contribute to various Church projects to visit the new wiki at

LDSTech Web Site - Projects: "What projects are we working on? What are some of the cool technologies do we use? What can you expect to see in the near future? Check out some of our latest projects and join in the discussion."

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009

The deadline for the reduced table rate for Family History Societies at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009 is next Friday 31st October.
Make sure you book your table now to take advantage of this special rate!

Brand Events website

Email or phone Charlotte on 020 7471 1099 today (+44 20 7471 1099).

Brand Events creates great days out. Brand awareness and understanding brought to life via an event or exhibition.:
"Charlotte Campion
Sales Executive"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

French Archives Online - FamilySearchWiki

French Archives Online - FamilySearchWiki: "For the past few years France has been digitizing its archives (both Civil registers and Parish registers) and making them available online from a variety of Departmental links. In some cases, notarial records are included as part of the project.

Some Departments provide the record images free of charge whereas some ask for payment. There is no determining factor enabling the researcher to determine where the archives will be available for free or not. Only by visiting the sites will you know. This is a work in progress and not all Departements are online yet, nor complete"

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


3e Journée Nationale de Généalogie et d'Histoire locale: "Dimanche, le 26 octobre 2008
de 10 à 18 heures
au Hall omnisports à Leudelange

avec une présentation à 15.15 heures
par Nadine Zeien, conservatrice
«Comment utiliser le moteur de recherche „query' et l'inventaire en ligne des Archives nationales pour la recherche généalogique?»"

genealogy Luxemburg - Google Search

Christmas mail scam warning

Please circulate this around especially as Christmas is fast approaching - it has been confirmed by Royal Mail.
The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service)suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize.

If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator)

PhonepayPlus - welcome to the PhonepayPlus home page: "PhonepayPlus is the organisation that regulates products or services - such as competitions, TV voting, helplines, adult entertainment, downloads, new alerts or interactive games - that are charged to users' phone bills or pre-pay accounts."

Yvonne Davies - Chief Executive
Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau Service Ltd
Ground Floor, Gazette Buildings
168 Corporation Street
Birmingham B4 6TF
Tel: 0121 683 6910/687 5350

historical plagues and epidemics

List of historical plagues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "This list contains famous or well-documented outbreaks of plagues or disease"

List of epidemics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"# 1574: plague – Edinburgh, Scotland
# 1596 – 1602: plague – Spain[42]
# 1603: plague – London, England
# 1630: Great Plague of Milan – Milan, Italy
# 1630 – 1631: plague – Venice, Italy
# 1636: plague – Newcastle, England
# 1647 – 1652: Great Plague of Seville – Spain
# 1656: plague – Naples, Italy
# 1663 – 1664: plague – Amsterdam, Netherlands
# 1665: Great Plague of London – London, England
# 1668: plague – France
# 1676 – 1685: plague – Spain
# 1679: Great Plague of Vienna – Vienna, Austria
# 1710 – 1711: plague – Stockholm, Sweden
# 1720 – 1722: Great Plague of Marseille – France
# 1730: yellow fever - Cadiz, Spain
# 1743: plague – Messina, Italy
# 1771: plague – Moscow, Russia
# 1778: dengue fever - Cadiz, Spain
# 1800-1803: yellow fever - Spain[43]
# 1813: plague – Bucharest, Romania
# 1816 – 1819: typhus – Ireland
# 1821: yellow fever - Barcelona, Spain[44]
# 1832: cholera – London, Paris
# 1857: yellow fever - Lisbon, Portugal
# 1866 – 1867: cholera – Russia, Germany
# 1870 – 1871: smallpox – Germany
# 1881 – 1896: cholera – Hamburg, Germany
# 1918 – 1922: typhus – Russia
# 1972: smallpox – Yugoslavia (1972 o

Monday, October 20, 2008

England and Wales 1911 Census

Welcome to the official 1911 Census website: "The 1911 census service will be launching soon and when it is available you will be able to search over 36 million records of people living in England and Wales in 1911."

The Scanning room at The National Archives in Kew:

NEWS from 1911 Census website: "The Women's Freedom League, a suffragette organisation, arranged a boycott of the 1911 census. We've already found three apparent sympathisers. One of them, who left the census return otherwise blank, has written:

‘No vote – no census. In view of restrictive legislation… I refuse to give details of my household asked for in this document'.

Another - who has partially completed the form – declares:

'If I am intelligent enough to fill in this paper, I am intelligent enough to put a cross on a voting paper.'

She also lists '6 females - addresses and names unknown' who, we can guess, were fellow suffragettes. Many attended all-night parties or stayed with friends to avoid participation."

MORE ABOUT the 1911 Census: "The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911."

The 1911 census has been called 'the fertility census' as it lists the total number of children that a woman had given birth to; this information is especially valuable to family historians as it accounts for children no longer living at home as well as those who had died before 1911.

Information recorded for each person:

• Name and Surname
• Relationship to head of family
• Age and Sex
• Marital condition
• Profession or Occupation
• Birthplace
• Nationality
• Infirmity (eg. deaf, dumb, blind, lunatic, imbecile etc.) Note: this information will not be available to view until the census is officially opened in January 2012. At the request of the Information Commissioner these details have been obscured in the images that are made available prior to that date.

Additionally, details recorded for married women:

• Years married
• Children born to present marriage, living or deceased


  • The return for one household lists the family cat as a domestic servant, giving the feline's nationality as 'Persian'. We hope the enumerator appreciated the joke.
  • One householder, apparently objecting to the intrusive nature of the census, writes on the return:
  • 'Would you like to know what our income is, what each had for breakfast and how long we expect to live on anything else?'

    US Census help

    One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse

    US Census and Soundex (1790-1940)
    Overview: Which Census Search Form to use
    1900-1940 Census ED Finder: Obtaining EDs for the 1900 to 1940 Census in One Step (Large Cities)
    1900-1940 Census Street Finder: Obtaining Streets in the 1900 to 1940 Census in One Step
    1880-1940 ED Definitions: Obtaining 1880 to 1940 ED definitions in One Step

    1930 Census Codes: Deciphering Codes Appended to the 1930 Census

    1920-1930-1940 ED Finder/Converter: Obtaining and/or Converting 1920/1930/1940 Census EDs in One Step
    $ 1790-1930 Census Rolls: Obtaining Microfilm Rolls for the 1790 to 1930 Census in One Step
    1790-1930 Census Browser: Browsing the US Census Microfilms in One Step
    1790-1930 Census Descriptions: Description of US Census Microfilm Rolls
    Determining Counties: Determining US Counties in One Step
    $ Census Search by Name: Searching by name in various Census Years in One Step (
    $ Census Search by Name: Searching by name in various Census Years in One Step (

    Changed Street Names: Obtaining Street Name Changes in One Step

    Soundex: Generating American and Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex Codes in One Step Using Ancestry from a library or institute in One Step

    One-Step Look & Feel: "Evolutionary Changes to the 'Look & Feel' of the One-Step Website

    The One-Step website has undergone several face-lifts over the years. Here are some archival copies of what the website looked like during different periods. It has evolved from just a collection of links, to the use of buttons to identify the subpages, to the use of sections to organize the information, to the current use of folders and color. . . . . .

    The URL of the website has evolved over time as well. 1997 to April 2001 May 2001 to July 2001 July 2001 to March 2003 March 2003 to perpetuity"

    Sunday, October 19, 2008

    FTM 2009 - Family Tree Maker

    What I found out about FTM 2009 - Family Tree Maker software - Family History & Genealogy Message Board - "I installed the free upgrade that I received, after having purchased FTM2008 last year, and having to un-install it due to tons and tons of problems.

    Here is my experience. Received 2009 about 10 days ago. Had some problems with the disk (when running sounded like my computer was grinding corn which was new and unique to this disk), but finally got it to install. Began to import my V16 tree info which took almost 10 minutes to load on to 2009. But I have 16,363 individuals,, 4907 marriages, 16 generations and 3,013 surnames with a fairly large file size, so I was not really surprised. It is a new look, but decided to take some time and play with it to see how it worked, which is how I learn all programs. First thing I noticed is that all census places in location area and need to be changed. I found that all misc. info that I had loaded, AKA, nicknames, residences, burial locations, etc appeared to be loaded in the 'Places', and therefore need to be corrected to description area. This is what I began with. During this process, the program would suddenly shut down and try and send a error report to Microsoft. Note I said try, it was not ever able to complete this chore and would lock up my machine. When I restarted FTM 2009, it would suggest that it had not been shut down properly and that I should "compact" the file to locate any errors. This usually happened about 3-6 times per day. I decided that I would check some of the records that can be merged into my files. This program ignores the fact that I have most census records in my files and merges them again, with the addition of the media (copy of census sheet) that goes with it. Nice touch, but although it mentions the "roll" and "sheet" numbers, it does not list them. This I do not like. If sometime in the future, I want to look them up, without the benefit of my Ancestry subscription, I am out of luck. I have been working with this new program for over a week and although lots of the bugs are out of it, it still appears to me to have some problems.

    If and when they get the bugs worked out, it will be a good program, but for now am also keeping the V16 on my machine. I do not like the way it hangs my computer, especially when the only way to get it straightened around is to shut down and reboot my computer. That gets old when you do it for the 4th or 5th time in one day.

    too bad