Saturday, June 06, 2009

Denmark's digital archive of church book and census images

Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline: "Spørgsmål om slægtsforskning o. lign. besvares ikke af Arkivalieronline. Henvendelse skal ske til det arkiv, der opbevarer de originale arkivalier, dvs. Rigsarkivet eller landsarkiverne."

from my email:-


I found your site on Cyndi's List and am hoping you can help me.

For two days now I have been unable to access records on Arkivalieronline. I keep receiving a black box on every opslag I click on. It happens for every page in every parish, including ones I have already viewed. I have checked the FAQ page and it was not helpful. I have tried to access the records with my firewall off, my internet security off, I have updated Java, I have tried accessing from Internet Explorer AND Firefox, and nothing works. Hopefully you can provide me with some insight on what the problem might be and how to correct it. I use Arkivalieronline frequently and am lost without it. I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

Thank you

my reply:-

that means the image server is down

the technicians will probably fix it after the weekend as usual

too bad

Friday, June 05, 2009

FEEFHS: Map Library

FEEFHS: Map Library: "Most of the maps in this collection came from two important sources -- an atlas published by Blackie & Sons in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1882, and the Harmsworth atlas published in London in about 1908.

Maps are vital to genealogical research, so we are continuing to search for new ones to add to what is available on this site."

Baltics: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania genealogy - Google Search

Google Groups or USENET

Google Groups archives
my first messages about genealogy on the net October 1997

Google Groups from Feb 27, 1996: "
This person has not created a profile."

which came from DEJA NEWS after a year off line before being rescued by Google

Deja News - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The Deja News Research Service was an archive of messages posted to Usenet discussion groups, started in 1995 by Steve Madere in Austin, Texas. Its powerful search engine capabilities won the service acclaim, generated controversy, and significantly changed the perceived nature of online discussion.

While archives of Usenet discussions had been kept for as long as the medium existed, Deja News offered a novel combination of features. It was available to the general public, provided a simple World Wide Web user interface, allowed searches across all archived newsgroups, returned immediate results, and retained messages indefinitely. The search facilities transformed Usenet from a loosely organized and ephemeral communication tool into a valued information repository. The archive's relative permanence, combined with the ability to search messages by author, raised concerns about privacy and confirmed oft-repeated past admonishments that posters should be cautious in discussing themselves and others. . . . . . . .

By 2001 the search service was shut down. The archives were acquired by Google[3] and reintroduced as Google Groups. Archive coverage was extended back to 1981 with the addition of collections from private sources.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Census of Ireland 1911

National Archives: Census of Ireland 1911: "Donegal, Cork, Galway, Wexford and King’s County (Offaly) are the latest batch of counties to be made available. Even though there is still some material missing (in particular, some Irish language returns, and corrections submitted by the public), we have decided to make the material immediately available, in the knowledge that the vast majority of our users will be able to find what they want. Corrections and improvements will be ongoing, and we are very grateful to all users who have submitted corrections to us."

from usenet mail :-
The National Archive of Ireland has so far digitised the records for
Antrim, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, King’s County
(Offaly) and Wexford, and they hope to include the rest of Ireland
over the coming months.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

London V2 Rocket Sites

London V2 Rocket Sites...Mapped - Londonist: London News, Food, Arts & Events

Autumn 1944, and London was under attack from space. Hitler's 'vengeance' rocket, the V-2, was the world's first ballistic missile, and the first man-made object to make a sub-orbital spaceflight. Over 1400 were launched at Britain, with more than 500 striking London. Each hit caused devastation. The 13 tonne rocket impacted at over 3000 miles per hour. There was no warning; the missile descended faster than the speed of sound and survivors would only hear the approach and sonic booms after the blast.

Occasionally, craters are still visible, as here on Leyton Marsh. Often, whole blocks were obliterated, as can still be seen in an aerial image of Brockley.

It took half a year for Allied forces to neutralise the threat. In that time, some 9000 Londoners lost their lives to the V-2. As with the Blitz, South and East London took the brunt of the onslaught, with Woolwich, Ilford, Barking, Greenwich and West Ham each receiving over 20 hits. Some did make it into the central areas, however. V-2 explosions devastated Selfridges, Speakers' Corner and Holborn. That isolated Caffe Nero near the mural on Tottenham Court Road stands on the still-undeveloped site of a blast that killed nine. More seriously, 110 people were slaughtered at Farringdon when a rocket hit a packed market building on 8 March 1945. The worst death toll of all came on 25 November 1944, when 168 people lost their lives after a direct hit on Woolworths in New Cross.

These famous tragedies are well documented, but over 500 rocket strikes, many with significant death toll, remain obscure. We've mapped out some of the impact sites above, with more to follow when we can access further information. Make sure you zoom in and check satellite view. Commonly, an area hit by a V-2 is now covered with a car park or 1960s housing estate. These areas are usually devoid of mature trees, and still stand out over 60 years on.

Notes on data sources
Records for the area then-governed by the London County Council (LCC) are most readily available thanks to Flickr uploads of war damage maps by Yersinia (see also the London at War group). Further out, we've used various web sites, books and eye-witness accounts to plot additional impacts. Least information is available for those eastern boroughs mentioned above that were most badly hit. If you have any information about V-2 strikes in these (or other) areas, let us know in the comments

Anybody interested in the V2 rocket attacks over London should read Gravity´s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon,
which takes such an attack as its opening scene and spirals out into a several hundred-page story from there, concerning (among other things) a secret Army plan to utilise a American GI whose ejactulations as he works his way around the loose women of London are capable, it is believed, of predicting the landing sites of the missiles. It´s fiction, sure, but Pynchon is reknowned as a master and obsessive over detail and there´s plenty about the science behind the rockets and the affect on the population of the day. Were the guy not a well-known recluse he´d probably rank as one of the world´s foremost experts.

On another point. I'm a Londoner and have lived in Berlin for many years. I would just like to mention that the RAF & the USAF were killing more than double the amount of civilians, women & children every day in German Cities at the same time.

So would just ask for a bit of restaint, when talking about slaughtered civilians.. It was war and war is not nice.. The Germans were responsible for the war, but it was the British who declared war on them..

I don't like one-sided stories...

Thanks for sharing, Steve. The map is both fascinating and horribly sobering. Remember, we're a website about London. Our interest here is about what happened to our city and how it developed post war. I'm pretty confident that most of us are sickened by conflict wherever its effects are felt, be it Europe 1945, Israel 2009.. or - insert warzone here -

Cover Pages: Genealogical Data and XML

Cover Pages: Genealogical Data and XML

Genealogical Data and XML

This document provides references for some prominent initiatives which have proposed the use of XML for storing and processing genealogical information. A separate document on Markup Languages for Names and Addresses contains information on abstract models and markup models for person, family, name, and related concepts. See also prosopographical research: "an independent science of social history embracing genealogy, onomastics and demography."


* Genealogy/XML Projects
o GedML: [GEDCOM] Genealogical Data in XML
o GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communication)
o XGenML
o gdmxml
o Genealogical Information Markup Language (GeniML)
o GENTECH Genealogical Data Model
o Genealogical Data Models in the Unified Modeling Language (GDMUML)
o GenXML
o GRAMPS Project
o FamilyML
* General Resources and References: Mailing Lists, Articles, Papers, News

GedML: [GEDCOM] Genealogical Data in XML

GedML provides "a way of encoding genealogical data sets in XML. It combines the well-established GEDCOM data model with the XML standard for encoding complex information. The result is a representation that can easily be converted to and from GEDCOM, but can be manipulated much more easily using standard tools: notably, by using an XSLT processing such as Saxon."

On 12-May-1999, the software was updated to work with SAXON 4.2.

Software provided by Kay (as of 2002-12-27) included four Java classes in source and compiled form:

* GedcomParser: This class implements the SAX2 XMLReader interface, so it pretends to be an XML parser, but actually it is parsing GEDCOM files...
* AnselInputStreamReader: GEDCOM files use a rather unusual character encoding which is not supported by most Java VMs; this class performs the conversion from ANSEL characters to Unicode...
* GedcomOutputter: This is the reverse of GedcomParser; it acts as a SAX2 ContentHandler which serializes a SAX event stream in the form of a GEDCOM file...
* AnselOutputStreamWriter: This is the reverse of AnselInputStreamReader: it converts Unicode characters to ANSEL, and is used to write the output file by the GedcomOutputter...

Kay also provides stylesheets:

* GedcomToXml.xsl performs an identity transformation; if GedcomParser is used as the input parser, the effect is to convert from GEDCOM encoding to XML...
* XmlToGedcom.xsl also performs an identity transformation, but this time it is configured to use GedcomOutputter to produce the output in GEDCOM format...
* GedcomToHtml.xsl produces an HTML rendition of the GEDCOM file; use this as a starting point to display your GEDCOM files in whatever way you want..."

Principal URLs:

* GedML website. Maintained by Michael H. Kay. 2-April-2002 or later.
* Download GedML software. See the file listing. [cache]
* Sample based upon GEDCOM file: kennedy.xml, kenedy.html.
* Contact: Michael H. Kay. Email: home, work.
* Also: GedML Mark 2 (1999)

Earlier references of possible historical value, some URLs broken:

* GedML description. Earlier Website created by Michael H. Kay. [snapshot 2002-12]
* Main GedML Page [local archive copy, 1998-08-21]
* GedML Document Type Definition 1998; [local archive copy]
* Proposed Specification of GedML. By Michael H. Kay. 16 February 1999.
* Rationale for GedML
* Comments on the GEDCOM Future Directions document - an XML proposal. [local archive copy]
* GedML Software - some java applications

GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communication)

GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication) is designed "to provide a flexible, uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data... GEDCOM has evolved over 15 years... Although GEDCOM XML is different from traditional GEDCOM both in syntax and underlying logical structure, it is still considered as an evolution of GEDCOM... An important part of GEDCOM is its ability to link records according to family lineage and other data relationships. XML's standard linkage method, using the ID and IDREF attributes, is equivalent to traditional GEDCOM's linkage method and will be used in its place. In traditional GEDCOM, links are bi-directional. For example, a CHIL tag in the FAM record connects a family to a child, and a FAMC tag in the INDI record connects a child to a family. Also, HUSB and WIFE tags in the FAM record connect to INDI records, and in the opposite direction, FAMS tags in the INDI record handle both spouses' connection to a FAM record. To specify a link in both directions is, of course, redundant and unnecessary. Some programs produce traditional GEDCOM with links in one direction, some the other, and some give both. That makes processing GEDCOM from a variety of sources difficult, and where both directions are specified, they may be inconsistent. In GEDCOM XML, all links are unidirectional and can be specified in only one way... In the past, ANSEL has been specified as the preferred character set for GEDCOM; in GEDCOM XML, the UNICODE character set is used."

GEDCOM was developed by the Family and Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

National Genealogical Society of USA newsletter

La Bibliothèque Nationale du Luxembourg

eluxemburgensia - Recherche

La Bibliothèque Nationale du Luxembourg a débuté avec la numérisation des
principaux journaux luxembourgeois. Sont disponible sur le nouveau site les éditions de 1848 à 1869 du Luxemburger Wort et
les éditions de 1913 à 1950 du Tageblatt.Il est possible de faire
gratuitement des recherches par mots et en 3 langues (allemand, français et
Une bonne nouvelle pour les chercheurs et généalogistes.
Raymond KAUFFMANN, L-Leudelange

eluxemburgensia - About

About eLuxemburgensia

« eLuxemburgensia » is the National Library of Luxembourg's second digitisation project. The content can be browsed or searched in full text mode through the new interface at Furthermore, the digitised content has been integrated into an digital archiving system.

The first digitisation project (2002-2008) produced digital images, which can be viewed and downloaded at

The digitisation project aims:

  • to promote the printed heritage while protecting the fragile originals,
  • to provide public online access to this heritage (within the limits of copyright regulation),
  • to provide enhanced search methods for the digitised content.

LABS FamilySearch

FamilySearch Record Search Maintenance - The System is Currently Down for Maintenance: "FamilySearch Record Search Maintenance

1 Jun 2009: The site will be down starting at about 11:30 AM Mountain Standard Time today for approximately 24 hours while we add hardware for incresased capacity. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience as we work to improve the site."

FamilySearch Labs: "FamilySearch Labs showcases new family history technologies that aren't ready for prime time. Your feedback will help us refine new ideas and bring them to market sooner. Have fun playing with these innovations and send your feedback directly to our development teams."

FamilySearch Labs Blog: "You may also contact support by calling 1-866-406-1830"

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Swedish Genealogy Society of Minnesota USA

Swedish Genealogy Society of Minnesota: "The Swedish Genealogical Society was organized in March 1983. It is a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society."

The purpose of the Society is to assist members in their Swedish-American genealogical research by:
  • Holding meetings for the instruction and encouragement of the members.
  • Providing informative talks on some facet of Swedish-American genealogy.
  • Helping solve individual problems with all members contributing solutions.
  • Researching the more common troublesome areas.
  • Publishing materials to aid research in Swedish ancestry.

Free Family Tree, Calendar and Albums :: "beta release"
anyone got any statistics ?
Is this site a success?

I have not hard much abut KinCafe

Mythology vs. Genealogy

Mythology vs. Genealogy: Christman Family Genealogy Website

"During my research, I have come across “Mythology vs. Genealogy” victims who are spreading erroneous and undocumented information in regards to the Christman ancestors. One of the most spread and copied theories is the one that indicates who the parents are for Jacob Christman (c1711-1761) in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. I have found NO documents, sources or evidence that support this theory. In other cases, the information posted does not even make biological sense.

In the genealogy world of researchers for the truth, we do not accept hunches, myth's or "what someone states as fact” and then post it on the internet as a fact. Posting such unproven information on the internet as a stated fact without clear qualifiers indicating that it is just an unproven theory is very damaging to the search for the truth. Researchers then have to spend many hours tracking down the source of the theories posted as facts and try to correct the information on the internet.

Genealogical Standards & Guidelines Recommended by the National Genealogical Society. Standards For Sound Genealogical Research “test every hypothesis or theory against credible evidence, and reject those that are not supported by the evidence.” And “avoid misleading other researchers by either intentionally or carelessly distributing or publishing inaccurate information.”

Code of Ethics and Conduct Board of Certification of Genealogist: “I will not publish or publicize as fact anything I know to be false, doubtful, or unproven; nor will I be a party, directly or indirectly, to such action by others.”

Quote from a fellow researcher's website: "The problem with Genealogy is that it is an INEXACT hobby. We can ONLY research what is THERE--and when hard evidence stops, so do we. It is fascinating to delve into "maybe this, or maybe that," but we CAN NOT put forth as factual, things that are not."

Now, in saying all of this, I fully realize that research into the ancestry of Jacob Christman (c1711-1761) WILL continue--and it MUST. Reports of on-going research SHOULD be made public. I just wish it would NOT be stated, or implied, that mysteries such as this have been SOLVED. They will not be...not until HARD evidence is brought forth.."

for example

Welcome to the Online City, County, and Rural Directories Website ‎(Online Directory Site)‎

Welcome to the Online City, County, and Rural Directories Website ‎(Online Directory Site)‎: "Have you ever wished you could find links to all the online city directories in one place? A place where they were listed by location and in date order? This is the purpose of the Online City, County, and Rural Directories Website. It is meant to be used as an aid to genealogists, historians, and other researchers.

There's a lot of work that needs to be done to this site, and with all the online databases available, it's likely this project will be a continuous work-in-progress!

My goal is to have a complete listing for city, county, rural, business, and other types of directories for the United States and Canada, and then go on to add directories for other countries. I also plan to have lists of resources, articles, and ideas of where to find offline city directories."


New York City, New York City Directories

Includes directories for Bronx County, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York County (Manhattan), Queens County, and Richmond County (Staten Island)

New York City Directory, Trow, 1865 - Free (Google Books)

Consumer Genetics

First Annual Consumer Genetics Conference to Demystify Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests, Discuss Best Practices and Provide Forum for Dialogue - Yahoo! Finance: "OSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With consumer genetics becoming more of a reality to the average consumer and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetics tests becoming more available, thought leaders, experts and DTC companies will convene in Boston USA on June 9-11 for the first annual Consumer Genetics Conference to move the issues to the forefront and demystify this emerging field."

Obtaining U.S. and Ireland dual citizenship « A good blog never broke a tooth

Obtaining U.S. and Ireland dual citizenship « A good blog never broke a tooth: "The United States allows dual citizenship with numerous countries, including Ireland. A few years ago I found out Ireland offers citizenship by descent. It is called “Citizenship through Foreign Births Registration (FBR)”. The background work took me a couple of months and the whole process cost a few hundred dollars. The FBR application took about 16-18 months to process. I received my dual citizenship in May 2007. I then applied for an Irish passport which I received in August 2007.

The rules:

One can become an Irish citizen by descent even if your parents were not Irish citizens. If one of your grandparents was an Irish citizen you can apply for entry in the Foreign Births Register. There is no requirement that you have ever stepped on Irish soil. Since 1986, citizenship only takes effect as of the date of registration so any children born prior to your becoming a citizen are not automatically also citizens.

You need three forms of identification for your grandparent. I sent in information for both my grandfather and grandmother just in case. I used their Irish birth certificates, marriage certificate, and death certificates. All these records can be obtained through contact information on the Internet."