Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sociaty of Genealogists London

EOS.Web OPAC: "Welcome to SOGCAT, our on-line library catalogue, listing the holdings at our premises in London. The catalogue contains details of everything in the library except the Document Collections.

SOGCAT is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Some of our databases are available on the Origins web site. To search other items listed on this catalogue, you must either visit the library or follow the link on the left to our search and copy service.

How to use the catalogue.

Click on the downward pointing triangle to the right of the 'Look for:' box & choose SU (Subject). Type in the first 6 or so letters of the place name, surname etc. in the 'Begins with:' box & click 'Go'. NB For place names beginning North, South etc. enter the second element of the name eg. Cadbury for North Cadbury"

The Society has decided to upgrade the web server service provided by
NetBenefit to take advantage of better support and to prepare for
additional features planned for 2008. This will mean that on 2/3
January 2008 the Society's website ( may not operate
as usual for about 24 hours.

Scottish genealogy

Official government source for Scottish genealogy, census and family research - ScotlandsPeople: "Welcome to ScotlandsPeople, one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information.

With almost 50 million records to access, we hope your visit will be enjoyable and that you are successful in connecting generations.

*** New Data Announcement***
We are pleased to announce that this year we have received permission to
release the new years statutory data earlier than in previous years.
Customers can now access, online, records from the Statutory Register of
Births for 1906, the Statutory Register of Marriages for 1931, and the
Statutory Register of Deaths for 1956. Almost 100,000 new index and
corresponding image entries have been added to the site, amounting to six
gigabytes of data. . . . . just deployed the biggest
single district list update on the site to date. These include corrections
of indexing district names for Statutory Birth, Death and Marriage
indexes. Please note that these updates may result in new results
appearing in previous searches.

OPR index update, OPR district/county search and the addition of OPR
images. RCE images were also added,"

Online Family Tree Announcement Blog - » Online Family Tree Announcement: "We know how much time and energy you’ve put into your tree and we’ve done our best to make sure you don’t lose a bit of it as you change systems."

Friday, December 14, 2007


Hercules Participates in $150 Million Syndicate Financing by Providing $17.5 Million in Debt and $500,000 Equity Capital to The Generations Network, Inc.

Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTGC), the premier specialty finance company providing venture debt and equity to venture capital and Private Equity backed technology and life science companies at all stages of development, today announced that it provided a combination of $17.5 million in debt financing and $500,000 of equity capital as part of a larger leveraged recapitalization on December 5, 2007, to The Generations Network, Inc. ? an online NETWORK of family history Web sites."

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Spot of Sun

A Spot of Sun: Tradition #13 - Parties: "this weekend with the Generations Network party on Friday in Midway at the Zermott Resort . . .

Friday we headed off for a night of celebrating at Matt's work party. It was held at a charming "Swiss" resort in Midway, Utah. There was a great buffet, a fun band, a hilarious magician and a comedian we never made it to. There were also some games with prizes. We ended up winning two $25 gift certificates, one to Best Buy and one to iTunes. We also got a 1 gig thumb drive. We failed to win the cruise or huge tv, but it was certainly charming and fun."

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


SnapGenie - The easiest way to add narration to your photos!: "Share the stories behind your photos with SnapGenie. SnapGenie helps you easily build and share narrated photo slideshows in a matter of minutes. 1. Upload up to 50 photos per show 2. Use a phone to narrate your slide show 3. Publish it and share with family and friends With the click of a button you are ready to share your SnapGenie show."

a forgotten beta site owned by TGN "Copyright © 1998-2007, Inc. "

seen in The Cincinnati Post - Preserve memories on
Genealogy tips are provided by the Kentucky history staff of the Kenton County Public Library. This tip was provided by Jan Mueller. Contact the library's local history department by calling (859) 962-4085 or via e-mail at The library's genealogy Web site can be found at

Sunday, November 18, 2007

WEB DEVELOPER job in Provo, UT: Internet/New Media and Technology careers - Yahoo HotJobs

WEB DEVELOPER job in Provo, UT: Internet/New Media and Technology careers - Yahoo HotJobs: "Job ID HJ-0785 Company Name The Generations Network Job Category Internet/New Media; Technology Location Provo, UT Position Type Full-Time, Employee Salary Unspecified Experience 2-5 Years Experience Desired Education Level Bachelor of Science Date Posted November 10, 2007 (Reposted Nov 16)"

Job Description:, the leading web site for families to connect and to share their photos and news online is looking to hire an experienced WEB DEVELOPER in our Provo, Utah corporate office.

As an experienced web developer you will help build our next-generation web site where millions of family members connect with each other on a daily basis to share photos, news, recipes and other information. We work in a state-of-the-art .NET 2.0 + AJAX development environment and need a developer with a solid track record of shipping high-quality consumer web sites and services.

About You:
As an experienced web developer with strong client-side skills you have worked on at least one consumer-oriented web site property from inception to delivery; you have a strong grasp of web technologies including the latest CSS, DHTML, AJAX techniques and object-oriented Javascript with JSON; you are totally at home in ASP.NET 2.0 code using C#. Your own web site is a great example of the latest in web technologies. You are passionate about meeting real consumers’ needs through state of the art technology; you enjoy working in a fast-paced, small-office environment where you can share in the excitement of the startup-like spirit; but at the same time, the benefits of a well-funded, well-established and profitable parent company aren’t lost on you. You want to work somewhere where you are empowered to deliver new functionality rapidly to consumers. You like to learn about the latest technologies and constantly dream up new ways to apply them in your work.

Key Responsibilities / Performance Requirements:
  • Deliver complex solutions using HTML / JavaScript / CSS / DHTML / C# in ASP.NET 2.0.
  • Work effectively with designers, product managers and architects in an agile scrum team.
  • Deliver high-quality code, on-time for release at the end of each sprint cycle.
Required Skills:
  • BA in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years experience developing consumer-oriented web sites and services.
  • 3+ years experience with DHTML / CSS / JavaScript / ASP.NET.
  • Ideally with XML and XSLT experience.
  • Team player who can work in a fast-paced organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies quickly.
  • Self starter, willing to get involved and do whatever is needed to get the job done.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Generations Network

The Generations Network - Press Releases: "PROVO, Utah, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Generations Network, Inc., today announced that Spectrum Equity Investors will lead an investment of $300 million to purchase a majority interest in the company. Spectrum, a private equity firm based in Menlo Park and Boston, has been a shareholder in The Generations Network since 2003. Following the transaction, Vic Parker and Ben Spero from Spectrum will serve on the company's new board of directors, along with Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of The Generations Network. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory and closing conditions and is expected to close in 2007."

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Blog Blog: "AncestryPress exports profiles, historical documents, photos and other pieces of your tree directly into the application. AncestryPress takes these pieces and assembles them into automatically generated page layouts with illustrated family tree charts, biographical timelines, family group sheets and more. You can customize each page as much or as little as you’d like by including photos and records, changing backgrounds, using drag-and-drop embellishments, adding text and more."

Digital Scrapbooking Rolls Out Digital Scrapbooking Feature: "Provo, Utah-based genealogical Web site revealed today that it has launched a tool that allows users to create custom family history and recipe books. The new feature, called AncestryPress, gives users a way to organize, preserve and display their research in a “coffee-table quality” book. added that AncestryPress can export profiles, historical documents and photographs from a user’s online family tree to a series of pre-formatted pages. Founded in 1997, is headquartered in Provo, Utah. The company also operates several other family history-oriented Web sites, including,, and Family Tree Maker." Touts Profile Numbers For Genealogy Site: "the firm is facing new online competition from startups such as Los Angeles-based, which claims 5 million profiles; Israeli firm, and new, New York-based iFamily, which raised a round of venture capital last week. posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Find job SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER - Family Tree Maker: ", Inc is the leading online network connecting families with their histories and one another. The company?s tools, content, and community help empower individuals to find the people most import to them and to share their unique family stories. The Family Tree Maker team is looking for a SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER - Family Tree Maker with 5 to 10 years experience in the industry building desktop application with web integration using object oriented languages. Additionally, the team is looking for an engineer with printing and charting development experience. Job Description: Family Tree Maker is the #1-selling family tree software on the market and provides users with everything they need to grow family trees from the ground up. As part of the continuing development efforts on this product, the Family Tree Maker team is looking for an individual to focus primarily on the publication of reports and chart. This position will require the candidate to be able to work with the product and design team to define requirements, design the printing sub-system architecture, evaluate and make recommendations for 3rd party software libraries and tools; all while working in an agile team oriented development environment."

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Deseret Morning News

Deseret Morning News | 17 new patents granted: "Correlating genealogy records systems and methods. Bennett Cookson Jr., Kendall J. Jefferson, Grant Parkinson, Douglas T. Reid, Daren Thayne, all of Orem; Ken Boyer, Cedar Hills; Jerry Collings, American Fork; James Mark Hamilton, Provo; Michael J. Wolfgramm, Pleasant Grove. Assigned to The Generations Network Inc., Provo. Filed Dec. 29, 2003. Patent No. 7,249,129."

Abstract of EP1550960
A method of consolidating genealogy records includes partitioning the records using at least one index file to form one or more partitions, sorting the records in a partition based on a data element in the records, comparing records within a sort range, based on the comparison, identifying same person records, consolidating information in the same person records, receiving a request from a user to view at least a portion of the consolidated information for a particular group of same person records, and sending a file that includes the portion to the user.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein partitioning the records using at least one index file comprises using a surname index to identify records having the same surnames and grouping those records into a surname partition.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising using the surname index to identify records having similar surnames and grouping those records into the surname partition.

4. The method of claim 3, wherein using the surname index to identify records having similar surnames comprises using a phonetic algorithm to identify records having similar surnames.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the phonetic algorithm comprises double metaphone or SOUNDEX.

6. The method of any one of the claims 1 to 5, wherein sorting the records in a partition based on a data element in the records comprises sorting the records based on birth date and/or on a selection from the group consisting of name, death data, death place, and birth place.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein comparing records within a sort range comprises comparing records within a birth date range.

8. The method of any one of the claims 1 to 7, wherein identifying same person records comprises calculating a score that represents the likelihood that a pair of compared records represent the same person.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising comparing records related to pairs of same person records.

10. The method of claim 9, wherein comparing records related to pairs of same person records comprises revising the score based on the comparison of related records.

11. The method of claim 10, wherein identifying same person records comprises comparing the score to a predetermined threshold and rejecting records as "same person" records if the score is below the threshold.

12. The method of any one of the claims 1 to 11, wherein the portion comprises a family tree based on consolidated information from a plurality of records.

13. A system for consolidating genealogy records, comprising:

Monday, August 6, 2007

So Gaia Online

So Gaia Online is here « Free Gaia Online Gold: "It’s called Gaia Online, and as a guy on a giant crane behind us tore down the giant Web 2.0 conference banner in Moscone West, I had a chance to sit down with CEO Craig Sherman— formerly COO with, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Benchmark Capital, a main funder of Gaia— for a furious round of questioning. How did Gaia grow so large so quickly so stealthily?"

Friday, July 20, 2007

Software Developer

The Generations Network: Software Developer in Test job in Provo, UT: Technology and Internet/New Media careers - Yahoo HotJobs: "What�s The Generations Network?
The Generations Network, Inc., previously, is a leading network of family-focused interactive properties which include,,, and Family Tree Maker. The Generations Network is a global team of hardworking people passionate about connecting families across distance and time. Why? Because life�s more meaningful when you know who you are. And our identities are forever tied to those of our families, present and past.

Job Description:
The ideal candidate should have the ability to develop automated tests and test applications for the purpose of testing web software. The candidate should have a good knowledge of related product cycles from their earliest design phase through release. Familiarity with the design, development, and communication of system test plans is desired, as are strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently as well as within teams. The ability to multi-task and adjust priorities effectively is a must. Their knowledge and experience will allow them to confidently determine both the requirements for testing as well as implement and create the environment necessary for fulfilling those requirements. Work closely with other members of the QA Automation Team, Software Developers, Product Management and Customer Support to define requirements and to ensure the quality assurance effort excels beyond simply testing a specification to making certain we are delivering an outstanding experience for our user "

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Ancestry Insider: RootsWeb's Unlucky Day

The Ancestry Insider: RootsWeb's Unlucky Day: "Today marked the final day for Jamie Morningstar as senior product manager at Jamie's contributions at RootsWeb will be felt for years to come. She has led improvements to the WorldConnect administration interface, the My Account area, the Newsroom, storage infrastructure improvements, and more. She has increased site page views 20% to 120 million per month. She has increased family tree contributions by over 10%."

Monday, May 28, 2007

Limited free access online to U.S. military war records - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper

Limited free access online to U.S. military war records - The Honolulu Advertiser - Hawaii's Newspaper:
"The military records, which come from the National Archives and Records Administration, can be viewed at no cost until the June 6 anniversary of D-Day., a unit of Provo, Utah-based Inc., spent $3 million to digitize the information as part of its $100 million investment in the Web site, Sullivan said.

'Google's doing a good job of organizing the world's information. We think we're doing a pretty good job of trying to organize the world's family history information,' he said. is the largest subsidiary of closely-held Generations Network, responsible for 760,000 of its 900,000 subscribers and the majority of its $151 million 2006 sales, spokesman Mike Ward said. The Web site, which costs $155.40 a year, allows users to upload personal family documents and map family histories from its 24,000 databases and titles."

Saturday, May 26, 2007


In Your Web:
by Steve, Thursday, May 24, 2007

"So now, is in deep doo doo. They're losing money. They spent a lot of money building stuff that they're users are not using. They have competitors, serious competitors, rising up in the ranks. They're focusing on building their brand, while their competitors are focusing on building market share.

Making things worse, their current marketing genius decided to dump 99% of their massive 30,000 affiliate base, and retain only the top 100 affiliates. So what do you think the rest of the 29,900 affiliates are going to do? They're going to promote's competitors, of course.

The people at TGN are at point where everyone is in it for themselves, looking at the short haul and ignoring the big picture. They're using has a stepping stone for greener pastures, and to fatten up their resumes. There isn't a concern for's core competency, that simple little thing that made it so successful. They've lost sight of what genealogists want, and's rivals, many of which are former people from the old days, are zeroing in for the kill."

Free On was forced offline by The Generations Network, the parent company of

"So, we've taken the site down, because The Generations Network is still the primary source of income on our flagship website, We can't afford to jeopardize that relationship. There just isn't another source of income that can provide us with the funds that requires.

- Steve Johnson, Clear Digital Media, Inc."

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Generations Network Jobs

Generations Network Jobs on

The Generations Network: Marketing Program Manager
We are looking for an outstanding marketer to help manage onsite conversion for, part of The Generations Network. This position is based......
Location: UT - Provo Date Posted: May-04
The Generations Network: Senior Systems Developer
The Generations Network Operations team seeks an experienced Senior Systems Developer to own systems integration projects that involve enterprise......
Location: UT - Provo Date Posted: May-04
Product Manager, MyFamily
Product Manager, MyFamily What's The Generations Network? The Generations Network, Inc., previously, is a global team of hardworking......
Location: WA - Bellevue Date Posted: Apr-27
ASP .NET DEVELOPER What's The Generations Network? The Generations Network, Inc., previously, is a global team of hardworking people......
Location: WA - Bellevue Date Posted: Apr-25
WEB DEVELOPER What's The Generations Network? The Generations Network, Inc., previously, is a global team of hardworking people......
Location: WA - Bellevue Date Posted: Apr-25
Director, Information Systems
Have you been itching to show what you can do with your information systems skills in a large enterprise? Do your peers call your work “wicked” or “......
Location: UT - Provo Date Posted: Apr-17
Senior Manager, Software Development
This person will be responsible for leading a team of developers who are creating the front-end financial software used by all business units at The......
Location: UT - Provo Date Posted: Apr-17

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Personal Access Utah

DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy: Personal Access to Now Available at the Family History Library: "We are happy to announce that has found a solution to enable patrons at the Family History Library and Family History Centers to login to Ancestry using their personal accounts. We have been coordinating this deployment closely with representatives from the Family and Church History Department, the Family History Library, and administrative representatives of the Family History Centers.

What we have done...

* We have created a new domain called for the Family History Library and the Family History Centers to use to get access to the collections available to them by contract.
* With this new domain name, patrons at the FHL and local FHCs can login to their own personal accounts using just like they would from home.

Thank you,
Suzanne Russo Adams, AG
Professional Services Desk Manager, part of The Generations Network"

Friday, May 11, 2007

what are they doing?

AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors: Images Removed From My Blog: "After reading that has 'requested' that Michael John Neill remove images of famous people enumerated in the censuses from his blog, I decided I had better do likewise. Last month I started a series of posts entitled 'Ancestors in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census,' with snippets of images of my direct ancestors, along with human interest-type information that I thought would be fun for my readers to know. I also included some of the difficulties I had come up against in searching for these ancestors in that census. I'll continue to keep these posts up and I hope to complete the series, but it will be without the images, I'm afraid. I can find them at HeritageQuest Online, but somehow they download differently than's (haven't figured it out, yet!), and I'm not sure if I'll be violating their terms of use if I use HQ's images on my blog.

This recent issue, along with The Generations Network's insistence that be removed, has not endeared this corporation to my heart lately, nor to many other genealogists as well. I repeatedly see comments from other genea-bloggers such as 'shooting themselves in the foot' or 'cutting off their nose to spite their face.' I wrote quite some time ago about how angry patrons were when the 'new, improved'"

Monday, April 16, 2007

Mormons and Evolution

Mormons and Evolution: Adam and Eve: Obscuring a Plain and Precious Truth?: "the LDS doctrine of God differs from that of others in a number of ways. Probably the most prominent difference is our belief that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones, presumably similar to the resurrected Jesus."

I like to understand what that church is about because I feel that I and the world are greatly in their debt for their archive copy services, and when I meet church members on or off line I respect them - even as an atheist myself.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Generations Network: BELLEVUE

The Generations Network: BELLEVUE Senior UEX Designer job in Bellevue, WA: Arts/Entertainment/Publishing and Internet/New Media careers - Yahoo HotJobs: "

* Relocation from any U.S. location to Washington.
* For additional information regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at

Key Responsibilities / Performance Requirements:

* Work and lead within a small, talented design team to conceive and build the user experience for
* Identify interaction design opportunities and innovate to create a best-of-breed user experience for a fresh Web 2.0 product
* Apply user-centered design methods to ensure an engaging, appropriate and usable social software and collaborative multimedia authoring applications
* Work closely with the Creative Director, product managers and developers to define overall product direction and UI requirements
* Help define direction and briefs for understanding users through usability and ethnographic research studies
* Translate research findings into compelling interface designs
* Develop and document structural design paradigms, structures and paper prototypes
* Design and produce graphics and pages for the final product

Required Skills:
  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field (Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology ) or equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years web experience; ability to design both structure and look and feel of data-driven web sites and web applications for ongoing production and maintenance.
  • Extremely strong knowledge of and experience in, interaction design, information architecture and graphic design.
  • Experience with user centered design and user research (ethnography, usability testing)
  • Deep working knowledge of cross-browser xHTML, CSS, and industry standard design software.
  • Love the web as much as we do!
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; with an outstanding portfolio.
" 2.0 beta – Create a private family website to share photos and stories: "Since 1998, has provided private family web sites to help millions of people stay connected with those who matter most. Continuing that tradition, 2.0 beta introduces a new generation of FREE family web sites for sharing photos, stories, news, and more." - Google Search "About

With 23,000 searchable databases and titles, is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including,,, and Family Tree Maker. In total,
The Generations Network properties receive 9.6 million unique visitors worldwide and over 380 million page views a month

((C) comScore Media Metrix, February, 2007)."


comScore Networks, Inc.: " maintains massive proprietary databases that provide a continuous, real-time measurement of the myriad ways in which the Internet is used and the wide variety of activities that are occurring online.

Mission-critical information relating to both offline and online activities is collected through comScore's innovative use of the Internet as a timely and powerfu
l data collection medium.

comScore's products and services are utilized by many of the world's leading corporations to better understand, leverage and profit from the rapidly evolving worldwide Web."

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Generations Network: a job in Provo

The Book Publications Manager will be a dynamic leader on the Editorial and Publications team, actively managing the production of book and other printed projects. He or she will work closely with the editorial director to ensure that all projects are sent to press at a high standard of quality and on time.

The publications manager must be a self-starter, deadline-driven, and detail-oriented. He or she must demonstrate organizational skills and have the ability to coordinate multiple projects at a time and interface with authors, other editors, and designers. He or she will also be responsible for working with printers to ensure the best quality and price for new and reprint book products. The publications manager must be experienced in diplomatically dealing with authors, editors, and designers to create the best possible product.

The publications manager will be required to work full time in the Provo, Utah offices of The Generations Network, Inc."

If you follow the vacancies in The Generations Network Jobs - Yahoo! HotJobs you get an idea of what is going on

The Generations Network: Italian - Speaking Customer Support Consultants

an experienced web developer you will help build our next-generation web site where millions of family members already connect with each other on a daily basis to share photos, news, recipes and other information. We are moving to a state-of-the-art .NET 2.0 + AJAX development environment and need a developer with a solid track record of shipping high-quality consumer web sites and services.

with relocation from any U.S. location to Utah or Washington.
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

a pivotal role in Canada for The Generation Network. The key candidate will be responsible for identifying and obtaining rights to significant genealogical collections from private and public institutions in Canada. This position will report to the Regional Content Manager at company headquarters in Provo, Utah.

La version française sera bientôt disponible - Drouin Collection: "With cooperation and support from experts at the University of Montreal, Ancestry is in the process of indexing the collection.

Currently, all of the images are accessible by browsing through time periods and locations. Ancestry will post the index and provide a French interface for improved searching as soon as they become available"

Friday, March 23, 2007

E-petition: census

Thank you for signing the e-petition calling for the closure period on census data to be reduced from its present 100 years to 70 years for the 1911, 1921 and 1931 censuses.

The Government understands the frustrations this delay can cause, particularly to people who are researching their family history. But these frustrations have to be balanced against the assurances given to people at the time about confidentiality. This also has implications today, for public confidence in the privacy of information which people provide in future censuses.

Clearly, the importance of the personal information provided in the census is that it enables a detailed and accurate picture to be built up of our society. This is of great assistance to Government and to the community as a whole in helping shape policies and set priorities for the future. But unless people believe that the personal data they provide - which includes details of their occupation and who is living with them - will remain confidential and secure as they have been promised, the danger is that they might feel reluctant to give sensitive information.

It is for this reason that there is a policy of a 100-year delay before releasing the personal data in the census. The purpose is to minimise the risk of embarrassment both to those living and to their immediate descendants. The Government does not believe this policy should be altered or the explicit assurances given to people at the time broken.

You might like to know, however, that the 1911 census was not taken under this Act. The census returns are held by the National Archives, not the Office for National Statistics. Plans are underway to set up an on-line search service of the 1911 census by 2009, although again personally sensitive material will not be released until 2011. The National Archives will also respond to certain requests for information on the 1911 census under the Freedom of Information Act.

On a sadder note, the 1931 census records were destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

We know this reply will disappoint many people, but hope you will understand that in the long-term, the reasons given are in the best interests of preserving the census for future generations.

a new law could be taken

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to reduce the classified period for census data from 100 years to 70 years.: "This would allow census information from 1911, 1921 and 1931 to be used by the general public researching their family history in the absense (or failing memories) of their elderly relatives. Birth, Marriage and Death information is already available so why is information about where people lived hidden."

it is already available in Electoral Rolls and old telephone directories

Napoleonic Wars 1798 to 1815

Navy List: "For nearly two decades Patrick Marioné has been collecting information on the commissioned sea officers of the Royal Navy of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815, known to the British participants simply as the Great War.
This quarter of a century of war, whose apogee was the Campaign of Trafalgar in 1805, saw the Victory of Sea Power and set the course of European and world history for the next 100 years.

The Complete Navy List contains the names of more than 11,000 commissioned officers who served in the Royal Navy from 1787 onwards, up to those who entered the service before 1817.
The information, which has been collected comprises individual’s careers, their personal lives, their parents and families, the honours and pensions they earned, and much more, and extends into what they did after the Great War."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

good parish maps

A vision of Britain through time | Your national on-line library for local history:
"between 1801 and 2001.
Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions."

Vision of Britain | News: "The Joint Information Systems Committee — a joint committee of the UK further and higher education funding bodies — has awarded the University of Portsmouth £398,700 (about $US 780,000) to support a new project, Historic Boundaries of Britain, to create computerised boundaries for the system of Parliamentary Constituencies from before the First Reform Act (1831/2) up to 1974.

These will then be used within the Vision of Britain web site to allow us to present detailed election results — numbers of votes for each party in each constituency in each election — from the mid-nineteenth century onwards."


VMTN Blog: "VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, is quickly entering the buzzword danger zone. At the most basic level, VDI technology is a new method for delivering desktops to users.

Of course users have been using desktops for years, at first running locally on their own PCs, and more recently by accessing remote server-based computing (SBC) desktops running on Microsoft terminal servers or Citrix Presentation Servers."

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Burke's Peerage and Gentry

A brand new website for Burke's Peerage has just been launched. Specialists in Irish and British online genealogy,

The Origins Network ( have totally re-designed the Burke's Peerage Online service (, making it much easier to search the rich genealogical database and to access an extraordinary range of detailed articles and essays on many aspects of the culture and traditions of the British Isles.

Definitive historical and genealogical guide to the major families.: "There are more than 1 million names in our 15,000+ records of British, Irish and American royalty, the peerage, presidential and other important families. Each has been meticulously researched by a team of professional genealogists to ensure the information is accurate, reliable and up-to-date. "

from the following collections:

Burkes Peerage & Baronetage 107th Edition, including Knights, Scottish Chiefs and Scottish Feudal Barons

Burke's Landed Gentry 19th Edition: The Kingdom in Scotland; The Ridings of York; The North West; The Principality of Wales

Burke's Landed Gentry 18th Edition

Burke's Landed Gentry Irish Families (Irish supplement to the 15th Edition of Burke's Landed Gentry)

American Families with British Ancestry

American Presidential Families

British Prime Ministers

The Atavus Subscriber Library

Friday, February 2, 2007

Web Site Search Engine, Free and Pro Versions -

smaller sitesWeb Site Search Engine, Free and Pro Versions - "Advanced site search and navigation technology can be added to your website in minutes. You'll get high speed, high availability, hosted search technology from the company that pioneered the field.
There's nothing to download or install. It's free and easy."

By controlling your own web crawler you learn to understand how they all work

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

get on line cheaply

DSL ZoneUK - Bandwidth Meter: said "6694 Kbps which is around 836.74 KB/s including overheads up from 1722 Kbps"

Cheap International Calls to 28 mainland countries - Talk3 International - TalkTalk Landline:

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

from usenet

Does anyone have a copy of the book that was made on the family farm names
for the town/area of Leka, Norway. I would like the information about my
family that is in this book, and would like to obtain a copy of this book if

My grandfather was Henrik Meyer Hartvikson, born in Leka, Norway.


RaeDel (Hartvickson)Hallock

"ask a librarian" exists in Denmark, UK and other countries by telephone and on line so why not Norway?

so lets try Google

site:no ask librarian

I don't know how to say that in Norwegian
but english words will find english language pages on norwegian sites

try the national library or a university close to the locality you are interested in - grab some maps if you don't know

good hunting

Hugh W

Llanvair Kilgeddin

Just found your family tree on Rootsweb and wondererd if you have any connections to my Joseph Watkins born in Llanvair Kilgeddin in 1840 baptised 18/10/1840 son of John Watkins and Elizabeth Johnson
Both his parents were not from Llanvair Kilgeddin but Llagarren Longrove Herefordshire, but i guess must have either known other watkins or had family living there hense having there son Joseph there,
best regards

Hello *****

Without looking at my notes or census first, I need to know occupations and addresses because in societies where patronymics from popular christian names are used, you identify people by nicknames mostly of occupation or address.

For example there may be many Jones Castle Farm, Jones the baker or Jones the post

When the welsh parish register images are on line in 2 or 3 years I hope you will help me transcribe and index them

from my email

every day I read or skim about 400 emails either to me, or on groups I subscribe to and answering publicly some of these, and writing about genealogy itself, is the theme of this blog.

That is in comparison with my MAIN BLOG (so far) GENEALOGE which is my web log of what web sites interest me, I have visited, and of news about changes and developments in the industrial, archival, volunteer and hobby sites of interest to fellow genealogists, and librarians world wide.

Mostly each blog post is a quotation from another web site, or what librarians call an abstract, with a link to enable my readers to find out more for themselves. I try and comply with accepted "fair use" as regards copyright but my citations are not in academic style but links in fact worth gold in web ratings by search engines and the rest.

Because that is my main blog I include personal news and if unwell or off line or breaking my daily posting pattern on Usenet or in a forum or group, I aim to make one post in the main blog from a friend's, a library, an archive or a hospital computer.

My main image blog is photographs and walks which is set up to accept images from my Sony Ericsson 800i videophone / mobile phone directly through the world wide 3G network

3g network - Google Search
3g network worldwide - Google Search

BTW the blogger / google spell checker does not know Ericsson
but suggests Erickson, Ericsson's, Ericson's, Eric's and Erickson's for Ericsson
Ericsson - Google Search: "about 127,000,000 hits"

checking my usages of words:-

about 13,400 for Sony Ericsson 800i "mobile phone"

about 1,430 for Sony Ericsson 800i "mobilephone".
about 1,260 for Sony Ericsson 800i "camera phone".
about 409 for Sony Ericsson 800i "video phone
about 30 for Sony Ericsson 800i "videophone"

and so I better drop the last expression videophone

after thought:-
about 31,300 hits for genealoge.
and that could be
genealogy. genealogies. genealogy's. according to the spell checker
(auch: Familienforscher) Genealogen befassen sich mit der Genealogie von Menschen.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

DANMARK Landsdækkende arkivalier

Digitale Kilder

Arkivalier online
Kirkebøger på nettet
Arkivalier online
Folketællinger på nettet
Dansk Demografisk Database
Indtastede Folketællinger
Det Danske Udvandrearkiv
Lister over udvandrede
Indvandrerhistoriske databaser
Database over Dannebrogsmænd
Danske billeder
Historisk billedarkiv
Indeks til
Indeks til kirkebøger
Arkivskabere på Statens Arkiver
Historiske foreninger, selskaber, laug og grupper
Dansk Demografisk Database
Oeders efterretninger 1771

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Genealogy News

Genealogy News - Marriage Records: "here are numerous marriage records available online.

Here are some of the best places to search for and find them along with marriage resources and products. Some of these are free marriage record resources while others charge a fee."

Winterbourne Family History Online

Home Page

The family history research material available on this site is mainly related to the Civil Parish of Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire.

This includes the ecclesiastical parishes of Winterbourne, Winterbourne Down and Frenchay.

Also the hamlets of Watley's End, Hicks Common, Pye Corner, Whiteshill and Hambrook; all within the Civil Parish.

Archives: "by Frenchay Village Museum"

Parish Records

[The first page is inscribed as follows:]

M: James St ff your friend was at my house this day, but you that Mr Thomas Williams of Winterbourne hath given to the church of Winterbourne aforesayd the somme of vis & viiid for a pew or seate in the said church in witness whereof we the parson and Churchwardens subscribed our names.
Per me Richardum Brydges, Clericum, Jhon Middleton, William Bayly, Churchwardens.

M: That Mr Thomas Hopkins of Hambroke within the parish of Winterbourne hath given unto the church of Winterbourne aforesaid the somme of tenn shillings for a pew or seate in the church neere the chancell: in witness whereof we have subscribed our names this ii day of May 1613.
Per me Richardum Brydges, Clericum, Abraham Cox X, John Lyall X, Churchwardens.

M: That we Thomas Williams and John Marshall churchwardens of the parish of Winterbourne have places Mr Thomas Hoptkins of Hambroke in the uppermost seate in the church over against the pullpitt; in regards his former seate stood where the pullpitt now standeth.
Thomas Williams, John X Marshall, Churchwardens.

Memor: that Mr Thomas Symes of Winterbourne hath given unto the church of Winterbourne aforesaid the somme of twenty shillings for a pew or seate, formerly Mr William’s, in the said church: in witness whereof we the churchwardens have subscribed our names this present 25th of January 1656.

can anyone name these navvies on the Badminton line ?
click here to answer to the above site please

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