Saturday, October 24, 2009

Find My Family on TV in UK

Wall to Wall - One of the world's leading producers of factual and drama programming: " . . . our new ITV 1 programme about family separation and reunion. The programme will follow the stories of people who have, for one reason or another, experienced long term separation from members of their family and are seeking to be reunited with them.

The programme hopes to help people who are struggling to find enough information to move closer to a reunion. The programme will aim to track down lost relatives and follow the stories from the search through to the reunion.



SCANDINAVIA: MAP: The Northern States. 1772 -

" Our reprint of Robert Sayer's map of The Northern States: The Kingdom of Sweden, Denmark and Norway will be of particular interest to those with Scandinavian roots. First published in 1772, this map shows the area divided into provinces and governments. Governmental districts in neighboring parts of Russia, Poland and present-day Baltic states are also shown.

Black and white map, printed on 18' x 24' paper."

free maps from the Roal Library in Copenhagen - need
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Det Kongelige Bibliotek - Det Kongelige Bibliotek: "Det vil ikke være muligt at bestille eller reservere bøger i REX d.24/10 fra kl. 18 til d.25/10 kl. 02. I samme tidsrum er REX Classic lukket. Det sker pga forberedelser til opgradering af bibliotekssystemet. Vi beklager de gener, det måtte give vores lånere."


Friday, October 23, 2009

Digital Library

Digital Library on American Slavery

Underwritten by a "We the People" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Digital Library on American Slavery is a cooperative venture between the Race and Slavery Petitions Project and the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department of University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The Digital Library offers a searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.
Designed as a tool for scholars, historians, teachers, students, genealogists, and interested citizens, the site provides access to information gathered and analyzed over an eighteen-year period from petitions to southern legislatures and country courts filed between 1775 and 1867 in the fifteen slaveholding states in the United States and the District of Columbia.

Information in the petitions can be accessed in three ways. To search the petitions by keyword, select geographic and date criteria then enter a search term or phrase below. To search the database for specific named individuals, select the Search By Name tab. To see petitions associated with particular historical, legal, or cultural topics, select the Browse Subjects tab.

Big Blue Mess: Family Tree Maker

Big Blue Mess: Family Tree Maker: "Then there's the bit about the Mayflower. Almost anyone with my last name will tell you that we descend from a particular miscreant on the Mayflower, the only trouble there is that you can only work his line down to a certain point and it stops or you can work our line back up to a certain point and it stops - there's a missing link (not surprising, we're talking about my family). So, there's this gap that makes me say 'I'm not 100% certain this story is true.' However, if you look at any family tree books for our family, they'll all say 'we're descended from this here guy on the Mayflower... we can't prove it, but trust us, we're you're family'"

Bristol City Council: Records

Bristol City Council: Records and archives - information and advice: Depositing records with Bristol Record Office: "ristol Record Office exists to collect, preserve and provide access to records that relate to the people and places of Bristol. We aim to preserve any record that provides us with evidence or information about Bristol.

There are no date limitations on the records that we collect; the documents in our collections date from as far back as the 12th century right up to the present day. However, we will not accept records to which frequent access is still required by the depositor for current business. We also do not usually collect multiple copies of a particular record or records that duplicate holdings of other record repositories.

Please read our Acquisition Policy for full details of our collecting policy. . . . ."

Thursday, October 22, 2009

West Somerset church book TRANSCRIPTIONS

"Where, prior to 1752, the 'Ecclesiastical' year went from March to March, I have corrected the calendar dates to modern format/usage; therefore, where a Register has, say, Baptisms of 1740 for Nov, followed by Dec, followed by Jan, I have corrected the latter date to be Jan. 1741."

looking for Bristol Workhouse in 1911

RootsWeb: Bristol_and_Somerset-L Re: Bristol Workhouse, Stapleton: "'Confusion over the workhouses in Bristol often occurs because, not only were the workhouses of the Barton Regis poor law union and the Bristol poor law union sited close together, one at Eastville and one at Stapleton, but also because the two poor law unions were amalgamated in 1904. St Peter's Hospital (the old Bristol Union workhouse which had been replaced by the one at Stapleton ) became the administrative headquarters housing all of the records of the Bristol Union and some of the Barton Regis Union, all of which were lost when the building was destroyed by enemy action in 1940.

The small collection of Barton Regis Union records that we hold survived because they were stored at the Barton Regis Union workhouse at Eastville. Both workhouses were known by a variety of names which can add to the confusion over which institution was which. There is a map showing the location of the two workhouses in our Poor Law leaflet, a reference copy of which is available in our searchroom, which you may wish to see when you visit.'

To aid my confusion at the time I was told that the Barton Regis Workhouse (where my Grandmother was born!) was also called/known by Eastville Workhouse/ 100 Fishponds Road! Happily the records office did have records for this workhouse"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Welsh wills before 1856

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru - National Library of Wales : 190,000 Welsh Wills Online – Free to View: "The National Library of Wales has good news for family historians, social historians … and the inquisitive! Over 190,000 Welsh wills (some 800,000 pages) have been digitised and are now available on the Library’s website or direct on our online catalogue and are free to view.

Wills which were proved in the Welsh ecclesiastical courts before the introduction of Civil Probate on 11 January 1858 have long been deposited at The National Library of Wales. An online index and an opportunity to view digital images of these wills within the Library building has been available for sometime, however, from today remote users will also be able to view the digital images.

Amongst the collection is the will of Twm Siôn Cati alias Thomas Johnes, Fountaine Gate, Caron (SD1609-20), this year being the 400th anniversary of his death. The will of Howell Harris, the famous Welsh religious reformer can also be seen (BR1773-51).

As well as being a fabulous source of information the National Library’s online wills offer the ability to view all 193,000 wills free of charge, a service few other similar institutions are able to offer. Whilst most institutions charge readers to view their documents, the Library only charges for providing copies of them."

Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA

Calvary Cemetery, San Diego, CA

This web site is a comprehensive study and presentation of existing information about the historic Calvary Cemetery (now a part of Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park) at 1501 Washington Place in San Diego, California. It is devoted to honoring and preserving the memory of the people who are buried there.

Calvary Cemetery (part of what is now Calvary Pioneer Memorial Park, commonly just called Pioneer Park) in the Mission Hills community of San Diego, California was a Catholic cemetery primarily in use between 1875 and 1919. Burials continued until 1960 however. In 1970 the cemetery was converted to a public park and the grave markers (but not the people) were removed. A group of some of the gravestones were clustered together and a central memorial was placed in the southeast corner of the park. Subsequently, the removed and discarded gravestones were buried on the grounds of San Diego's Mount Hope Cemetery. This action destroyed these historic monuments and the only existing record of hundreds of people who were born and died before birth and death certificates became standard.

The exact number of people buried at Calvary Cemetery is not known. Complete records no longer exist in one place. However, the exhaustive research for this web site has documented almost 4,000 burials. More than 1,500 of the burials occurred before July 1, 1905 when California established specific statewide requirements for registration of deaths.

New FamilySearch

Genealogy's Star: New FamilySearch roll-out -- nearing the end:
"- - - - - After working with the program for a while, especially if your family has been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) since pioneer times, it is hard to keep from being frustrated and almost exasperated over the data in the vast file.

For example, my 3rd Great-grandfather is depicted as being born in Cottonwood, Utah in 1795. If you aren't familiar with Utah or the Salt Lake Valley, it might help to know that Utah was first settled by the pioneers in 1847. Since there is no way to correct this information to show his correct birthplace, the incorrect information will remain as a monument to poor research for a long time.

Looking past the deficiencies in the data and the problem of duplication of ordinance work, the program itself is fundamentally sound and fairly simple to use. With rumors of the program being made available to those who are not members of the LDS Church in the first part of 2010, it will probably be around as long as I live.

I just hope that people will finally come to view it as what it is, a huge collection of unverified records, and not the ultimate authority on family relationships. However, as we are still teaching classes and talking to people who have never seen or heard of the program, even with the roll-out there is a long way to go."

FMP subscriptions

Family history records subscriptions at
"1911 Census
6 month - 12 month
£39.95 - £59.95"

Family history records subscriptions at "12 month
£149.95 less 20% £119.95 minus the value of amy remaining subcription

Overall best value choice"

and I am really enjoying redoing my own family research

Search Parish Records Collection 1538 - 2005

The parish records were transcribed and indexed mainly by family history societies, although a few dedicated individuals have also contributed data. These records come from different types of sources: parish registers, bishop’s transcripts (the copies of the original registers made each year for the bishop of the diocese in which they are situated), earlier transcripts or printed registers.

Please note that these records are a mix of both indexes and transcriptions, and therefore vary in depth of content. Indexes are primarily used to help locate a parish record, but they do still contain detail useful to the family historian. Our transcriptions, on the other hand, show every detail found within the parish register and are often a goldmine of genealogical information. The results you are presented with will not contain images of the original parish record.

Cemetery of the Evergreens, Brooklyn

Wapedia - Wiki: Cemetery of the Evergreens, Brooklyn

The Cemetery of the Evergreens is a non-denominational cemetery in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, colloquially called Evergreen Cemetery. It was incorporated in 1849, not long after the passage of New York's Rural Cemetery Act spurred development of cemeteries outside Manhattan. For a time, it was the busiest cemetery in New York City; in 1929 there were 4,673 interments.

The Evergreens was built on the principle of the rural cemetery. Two of the era's most noted landscape architects, Andrew Jackson Downing and Alexander Jackson Davis, were instrumental in the layout of the cemetery grounds.

The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 2007. [2]

Cypress Hills Cemetery lies to its northwest. - Google Search:
"The Evergreens Cemetery - site off line

Offers family lots, single graves, an urn garden, community and private mausoleums. Located on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Lists famous people buried ... -"

Start Your Family Tree

How to Start Tracing Your Family Tree Now |
"It seems that almost everyone wants to know more about their family history but, very few actually follow through by tracing a well researched genealogy. Too often it is because they just don't know how to get started. Here are step-by-step instructions that you can use to start your genealogy research today. Just as importantly, you will be starting the right way by documenting every fact you find.

Every step in this article can be completed for free. I don't recommend subscribing to paid online services until after you already have some experience with genealogy. Use the excellent free databases for now. Wait to use subscription sites until you know exactly what you want to find from them and are sure you are going to pursue genealogy as a serious hobby."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Germanic Genealogy Society

Home of Germanic Genealogy:
"Germanic Genealogy Society
A branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society
Helping Members Research Germanic Ancestors Worldwide"

History and Purpose:

Founded in 1979 as the German Interest Group, the society became a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society in 1981. The name Germanic Genealogy Society (GGS) was adopted in 1992. GGS is a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS). GGS became a member of the Federation of Genealogy Societies in 2000.

The Germanic Genealogy Society's objectives are:

to provide a national association of those interested in Germanic Genealogy;

to provide opportunities for the exchange of genealogy ideas and information;

to hold regular meetings for the instruction and interest of members;

to encourage interest in Germanic genealogy;

to publish a quality genealogical journal ;

to collect, publish genealogical, biographical, and historical material relating to Germanic genealogy worldwide;

to encourage the establishment of Germanic genealogical resources in libraries.

Germanic Genealogy Society - Google Search

Minnesota Genealogical Society - Google Search

Monday, October 19, 2009

World Vital Records Australia

World Vital Records – subscriptions: "This is the first of our blogs on World Vital Records Australasia. These will include announcements of major content additions and site developments as well as tips and advice to get the most out of the site. World Vital Records Australasia is now up for subscription and access to 50 million records for Australasia and over 1 billion world wide. However a little more fine tuning is being done before it is widely announced, hopefully in a few days.

First up an introduction to subscriptions. Three levels are offered:

* Australasian collection – $9.95/month or $59.95/year
* Australasian PLUS collection – $15.95/month or $99.95/year
This is the same as the world collection minus records from America
* World collection – $19.95/month or $119.95/year"

Pilot FamilySearch Record Search

FamilySearch PILOT Record Search

There are some fascinating new collections in FamilySearch’s Record Search. Ten million new records and images were added this update. Some particularly interesting highlights included the 1865 Massachusetts State Census, Wisconsin 1855 State Census, and 1869 Argentina Census—all now complete, the Ghana Census, 1982–1984 digital images, and the England, Cheshire School Records, 1796–1950, collections. See the char below for a list of all the newly added collections.

These collections can be searched for free at Record Search pilot (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

Hats off to the online volunteers who help make these collections freely available by donating a few minutes of their time or talents through the FamilySearch Indexing program.

Collection - Indexed Records - Digital Images - Comments

Argentina, 1895 Census - 47,007 - Updated index and images. Project is now complete.

Argentina, 1869 Census - 484,234 - 157,133 - Updated index and images.

England, Cheshire School Records, 1796–1950 - 435,681 -
New index only collection. Project is now complete.

Ghana, Census, 1982–1984 - 11,187 - New browse image only collection; project is ongoing.

Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627–1978 - 83,363
Updated browse image only collection. Project is now complete.

U.S., 1920 Federal Census - 7,330,741 - Added indexes for Wyoming, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

U.S., Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871–1915 - 369,962
- 19,781 - Updated index and images.

U.S., Massachusetts State Census, 1865 - 1,352,817 - 17,656 - Added indexes. Project is now complete.

U.S., Wisconsin State Census, 1855 - 133,164 - 3,088 - New index and image collection. Project is now complete.

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Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dublin Ireland

Dublin Evening Post 11 December 1858: . . . . "But, as regards the registration of births, marriages, and deaths, the importance of preserving a perfect record of such events could not be too highly estimated; and a day should not be unnecessarily lost in removing every impediment to organising a system with that end in view.
If the legislature will not remove the blemish from the record of its acts, for the sake of its own reputation, or of doing justice to those on whom the existing disability may press, let them wipe it out for the sake of accomplishing a great public good.

There is no country in Europe that has not among its public institutions one for the registration of the numbers of the population who are born, get married, or die annually, . . ."

Free Genealogy Tools

Free Genealogy Tools: " . . . . . a quick recap of some geography-based family history resources from Britain (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the whole friggin' Empire thing they had going on), along with those from the rest of Europe:"