Monday, December 01, 2008

How Good Are Your Genes?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: (+) How Good Are Your Genes? by George G. Morgan: "There was an interesting news item in this week’s news from Shelbyville, Indiana. Edna Parker, the world’s oldest woman, died. She was 115 years and 220 days old, according to Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records. Mrs. Parker was the 14th oldest validated super-centenarian in history. Maria de Jesus of Portugal, who was born on 10 September 1893, is now the world's oldest living person.

A super-centenarian is defined as someone who has reached the age of 110 or more. Only one in a thousand centenarians achieve this age, and only about 2% reach the age of 115. This is an extraordinary physiological achievement indeed!"

or is such a great age a curse - with creaky bones and all the pain?

New Family Search

Rooming with Buzz and Ginny: New Family Search: "We were all challenged to log into the website today. I did and they have this neat feature where you can see your own family tree.
Next to my name there was a button that said, 'Add or find a wife.' If I had known that it was that easy to find a wife I would have stopped going to dances tried Family Search a long time ago.
Who should I add?"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

United Kingdom NOT

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unfortunately that page shows the classic error often made in USA - these are England and Wales only

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WorldVitalRecords Blog » We’re Related Application Reaches 10 Million Users In Less Than a Year: "PROVO, UT, October 20, 2008 — In less than one year,, Inc.’s Facebook application, We’re Related, has been downloaded by more than 10 million users.

“When we first started We’re Related, some developers told us that people won’t use Facebook to connect with their family members. They said that Facebook’s target market was not families, and that the app would not survive,” said Jason McGowan, director, Social Networking,, Inc. “We have proven just the opposite by having an application that is ranked No. 9 in ‘most monthly active users’ on Facebook. People do want to connect online with their families, and now they have an easy way to do it.”

The We’re Related application allows individuals to find relatives on Facebook, share photos with their friends and families, and also collaboratively build family trees with family members on Facebook. Using We’re Related, individuals have the ability to define which Facebook users are their relatives."

WorldVitalRecords Blog » Improvements Made to Ellis Island Database: "The Ellis Island database contains an index to more than 22 million records of individuals who entered the Port of New York through Ellis Island between 1892–1924. The Ellis Island database was created by more than 12,000 volunteers from who spent more than 5 million hours over seven years working on this database. The database allows approximately 40 percent of Americans to trace back their roots to an ancestor who entered this country through Ellis Island during this time period."

Skals, Viborg, Denmark: A Compilation of Records.
"Compiled by Vicki Lynn Renfroe. Transcription of church records for 1701-1812, 1787 census, and 1801 census with name extractions from some land records."

Omitted Chapters from Hotten's Original Lists of Persons of Quality and Others Who Went From Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600 - 1700 "
Census Returns, Parish Registers and Militia Rolls from the Barbados Census of 1679/80. James C. Brandow. (2001)

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letter t with rather a lot of THE . .