Saturday, April 11, 2009

1911 Census updated

Welcome to the official 1911 Census website: "The 1911 census is a record of everyone who lived in England and Wales in 1911."

phase 1 England is now complete

phase 2 Wales is being scanned and the first pages are expected in about six weeks

phase 3 access by subscription is when I wil begin to use the site

Vandals San Francisco USA

Vandals blamed for phone and Internet outage | Wireless - CNET News

Vandals are to blame for the massive phone and Internet outage in Silicon Valley on Thursday, an AT&T representative has confirmed.

A story published by the San Francisco Chronicle and carried on first reported that police confirmed the phone and Internet outage that has left thousands of customers in the San Jose, Calif., area without phone or broadband Internet service was caused by vandals who had cut fiber-optic cables.

Police told the newspaper that four AT&T fiber-optic cables were severed shortly before 1:30 a.m. PDT along Monterey Highway north of Blossom Hill Road in South San Jose. A cable in San Carlos, Calif., owned by Sprint Nextel was also cut about two hours later, Crystal Davis, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed.

Davis said that a manhole cover had been lifted, and the fiber underground had been cut. She confirmed that the Sprint fiber that was cut also appeared to be the work of vandals. But she explained that fiber cuts happen all the time, typically due to an accident.

"Fiber cuts happen more often than people think," she said. "Usually it happens accidentally when someone is drilling in the ground, landscaping a lawn or repairing some other infrastructure in the ground. We know this happens all the time, so we're ready to reroute traffic whenever we have to."

Earlier AT&T confirmed the incident and said it's working to resolve the problem. . . . "

Friday, April 10, 2009

Ogmore Valley Glamorgan Wales

My Community Website provided by ik Software and BT. |
Ogmore Valley Local History & Heritage Society
"The Society was formed in 1999 to carry out research into the history of the Ogmore Valley, to collect and collate documents, photographs and other historical evidence relating to the Ogmore Valley. The Society intends to preserve the products of these studies in the form of appropriate publications, photographs, CD`s, DVD`s and on it`s Web Site. The published work will be aimed particularly towards the school children of the Valley.

For the purposes of the Society, the Ogmore Valley is deemed to include the habitations of Blackmill, Glyn Llan, Glynogwr, Lewistown, Nantymoel, Ogmore Vale, Pant-yr-awel, Pricetown and Wyndham together with their environs. These districts fall within the ancient former Parishes of Llangeinor and Llandyfodwg."

Ogmore Valley Glamorgan Wales - Google Search - just checking I got the county right AKA Glamorganshire in older records

Genes Reunited

Genes Reunited – Family History Records and Family Trees

I joined 4th of November, 2005 for 12 months and now I am returning with an updated gedcom

I have also updated
RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: WATKINS LAPHAM updated 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Genealogy in Canada

Genealogy, Family Trees and Family History Records online - "Canada’s largest source for online family history records from not only Canada, but worldwide. Luckily, we have sister sites in many countries like the UK, US, France, Australia, Italy, Australia, Germany & Sweden so we source, index and transcribe records from around the globe – not only in these countries, but globally. From Levis, Quebec to Latvia we have records for everyone and our record collections grow daily."

from my email:-

Please see attached the first issue of the Wire, a monthly newsletter featuring all of Ancestry’s latest news and collections.

Dear all,
2009 has gotten off to an exciting start, with a variety of
collections being launched globally. The 1916 Census, the
London Historical Records, 1500s-1900s and Irish
Emigration to New England are new additions to the site.
Enjoy this month’s newsletter and, as always, please
continue to share your feedback and opinions with us. We
love to hear your stories!

Minnesota Genealogical Society

Minnesota Genealogical Society: "Saturday, April 18
Minnesota Family History Fair
at MGS Library, South St. Paul"

from my email:-

The Minnesota Genealogical Society is hosting their 2nd Annual Family
History Fair on April 18, 2009 at their new "headquarters"; 1185 N
Concord Street in South St. Paul, MN 55075

It will feature 9 sessions for beginning and advanced genealogists as
well as a lunchtime Q&A session with certified genealogists.

Pre-register by April 14 or day of the event. $20 for members (MGS or
affiliates), $25 non members, lunch $5 ($25 or $30 at the door cash/
check only)

For more information visit the MGS website:

Yours truly is one of the speakers... I will be doing a talk on the
Basics of Swedish Genealogy (with some emphasis on Genline). The
other sessions include 3 on DNA and genealogy, immigration history/
records, getting started with genealogy and Family History Library
among others...

Many of the affiliate groups of MGS (ie Swedish Genealogical Society
of MN etc..) will have tables/booths also.

Carrie Herfindahl

River Falls, WI

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Bristol Past

Bristol Past : Fishponds Local History Society: "A selection of materials on the history of Bristol and the surrounding area, including Fishponds and east Bristol."

50 Genealogy Websites

50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009 | ProGenealogists

This list was created in the first quarter of 2009. It was developed from a list of criteria explained in an article published in the Digital Genealogist, edited by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens. The 2008 ranking is given in parenthesis after the website description. Sites new to the list for 2009 are marked with *.

25 Genealogy Blogs

25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs of 2009 | ProGenealogists: "Genealogy blogging is all the rage and on the rise. A Google search for genealogy blogs currently results in nearly half a million options, with over seven times that number for 'family history' blogs. Nielsen Buzz Metrics BlogPulse shows a steady trend for genealogy and family history blogs with spikes correlating to celebrity family history activity in the news. Of the millions, 25 surface as the most popular all-around genealogy blogs, with a tie for 25th place according to rankings from Technorati."

*For this study, hundreds of genealogy blogs were evaluated based on their overall content, Technorati rating, and industry experience. Due to the ever-changing nature of the blogosphere and the authority basis of Technorati rankings, it is anticipated that this list will change frequently. Note that Technorati does not list Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN) as a blog; statistics drawn elsewhere.

Genealogy by Graeme Wall

Graeme Wall Genealogy: "This site is intended to pull together various items of genealogical or historical interest that I have gathered over the years. A lot of it is derived from family papers, other sources are acknowledged on the relevant pages. Where appropriate, information has been obtained from the 1851, 1861, 1881, 1871, 1891 and 1901 United Kingdom, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 US and 1881 Canadian Censuses. Pages are updated as and when I get new information. If you have any further information about any of the families mentioned here, I would be glad to hear from you. Contact details are at the foot of each page."

England & WalesAustralia

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What wakes you up at night?

“What wakes you up at night?” « WorldVitalRecords Blog:

"At the recent Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University March 13-14 in Provo, Utah, keynote speaker Susan Easton Black posed the question “What wakes you up in the night?”

For Black, a world-renowned author of over 100 books on genealogy and history, she is “up at night” with genealogy. After telling the audience she finds “great joy” in doing genealogy every day, she remarked to the at-capacity crowd, “It’s obvious I’m not alone!”

At we know there are many people just like Black who find joy in searching for their ancestors and are “up at night” about genealogy and family history. And they are not alone. We are also “up at night” working with content partners from all over the world to digitize and index genealogical and historical data. Each day we add new content at to help you in your quest. (We will soon open up our new genealogy portal site called GenSeek to provide access to millions of genealogical references from the Family History Catalog.)" . . . . .

Sunday, April 05, 2009

McBroom family dna

index: Web page designed for McBroom family dna researchers

Home page directory link covering surname migration. Publication of
McBroom dna results. Family volunteer is participating in the IBM /
National Geographic Society / Genographic Project."

Transcription software

from my usenet email:-

> > I am looking for a software program that aid the transcription of
> > old documents. I believe here is such a tool with a graphics area
> > to import a scanned image and a text area to record your transcript. Transcript: makes transcribing easier: "Welcome to Transcript 2.3, a program designed to help you to transcribe the text on digital images of documents."

Transcript is free for private non commercial use. In all other cases it costs 15 euro.

By paying you will get access to a number of very useful additional program features.

To forestall misunderstandings: this program does not convert the image to text! It only tries to help you to do it.

Hartzell Smith contacted me by Facebook find a friend

Hartzell Homepage: "I have been working on my genealogy since I was a young girl, but kept getting sidetracked here and there. My grandmother, Ella NEPHEW HARTZELL is the one who introduced genealogy to me. She lived next door to us and all her siblings and family lived all around us. We used to walk to their houses. I would get so tired and bored at the time, but look back now see all the wonderful things she pointed out to me. My parents and I have always been packrats so we accumulated alot of junk over the years. Or that's what some people would call it, but to me it was and still is a Treasure."

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