Thursday, September 30, 2004

Boards Message Boards [ MyFamily ]

Boards Message Boards [ MyFamily ]

a strangely neglected corner of ancestry with no administrators

Monday, September 27, 2004

FreeBMD Home Page

FreeBMD Home Page very much sponsored by ancestry but created by volunteers who signup
there for whilst you have to pay for - U.K. Census Collection
overview of U.K. & Ireland Records Collection but this - England and Wales, Civil Registration Index is a freebie and is the same data but 2 to 4 weeks behind the mother site freebmd

On 1 July 1837 a civil registration system for births, marriages and deaths was introduced in England and Wales. Registration was undertaken by civil registrars who reported to the Registrar General at the General Register Office (GRO) in London, now part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Copies of anyone's birth, marriage or death certificates can be obtained by the public. They are vital to family historians because of the genealogical information that they include."
Mark D. Herber,
Ancestral Trails,
Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.,

These are public events and therefore not covered by archive privacy law but fears about identity theft are going to restrict full access whne new legislation comes into force.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Errors in 1871 census

Ancestry Message Boards [ United Kingdom and Ireland ] a good channel of communication

1871 Royal Navy : Hugh Watkins -- 25 Sep 2004

50% to 70% error and omissiion rate birthplace >> -, - << : Hugh Watkins -- 25 Sep 2004

SOM = SOMERSET not SOMALIA : Hugh Watkins -- 23 Sep 2004
Re: SOM = SOMERSET not SOMALIA : Hugh Watkins -- 23 Sep 2004
Re: SOM = SOMERSET not SOMALIA : tafwys -- 23 Sep 2004
Re: SOM = SOMERSET not SOMALIA : Hugh Watkins -- 24 Sep 2004

i don't go looking for errros - but doing look ups one falls over them

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - Family Trees, build your family tree using our pedigree files - Family Trees, build your family tree using our pedigree files

I have a tree there Watkins Lapham Riley Kristoffersen

Owner: Hugh Watkins
Date Created: 7/27/2004
Last Modified: 9/9/2004
Individuals: 1742
Families: 513
Notes: 1742
Ancestry World Tree Information
Status: Current
Date Submitted: 9/9/2004
Last Updated: 9/9/2004
searching for Alfred Thomas Lapham finds my maternal grandfather

all my LAPHAM note all older than Alfred LAPHAM b: 23 Feb 1843 in Bristol is a work in progress and not yet guaranteed to be accurate.

I used Family Tree Maker 11 and saced as a gedcomwhichI then uploaded.
It was easiest to delete the old online tree and start over.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

watch these blogs :-)


  • This is my oldest blog and I use this for news and notes about my site
    Danish Census and Church Books, other sites, and my daily surfing of the net.
    The blog has been rightly criticised as chaotic but googling will discover some pearls.

  • Exploring Rootsweb

  • I spent a lot of time adminstering message boards and will build up a guide to Rootsweb.

  • Exploring Ancestry dot com and co uk

  • I log on here nearly every day to surf the census and do look-ups for myself and friends, and it is so big that a guide is needed to the many databases. First get broadband and then subscribe. A great project worthy of our support.

  • Getting to know AOL

  • America Online has become my favourite ISP in UK and I use AOL for chat and as a BBS.

  • Viking

  • This will eventually include a viking novel in public first draft, but also has stuff about modern Denmark.

  • 1805

  • This started as a project to translate selected pages of the diary of Hans Christian Andersen but he was born the same year that Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson died and I am comparing what UK and DK will celebrate in their 2005 bicentenary .

  • Memories

  • I am living history because I was born in 1936.

  • Hugh's Review of Reviews

  • My first success as a freelancee journalist was in the Record Review in 1960, and I enjoy bring critical and analytical. I have retired as a musician and recommencing my career as a writer, I have decided to self-publish in the blogsphere rather than on paper.

  • Hugh's Bloog

  • This is about blogging - and other silly stuff like my health and web oddities.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Jeff Knaggs - Genealogy - 1901 Institutions - FINDING AID

Jeff Knaggs - Genealogy - 1901 Institutions: "This is an index to Institutions in the 1901 Census of England and Wales. "

"But, sometimes, if it was a hospital concerned with mental illness, only the patients' initials were
recorded. In the case of the 1901 census, these instances are not indexed by the PRO version, but
are indexed by the Ancestry version "

quoted from usenet and by Jeff Knaggs

Thursday, September 09, 2004



I have been trying to locate my great-granduncles William and Samuel Sleesman in the index for the 1920 and 1930 census without any success.
The last year I found them was in the 1910 census. At that time, they resided in the 18th Ward in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, living at 1241 and 1239 E. Fletcher Street.
I knew from William's death certificate that he resided at 1241 E. Fletcher Street at the time of his death in 1948.

Using the information from the 1910 census, I decided to see if any of the Sleesman neighbors may still be living on E. Fletcher Street in 1920.
I wrote down names and ages of several neighbors, estimating their birth year. Next, I searched these names in the 1920 index for Philadelphia, looking for possible matches.
One of the names I found in 1910 was Charles R. Taylor, age 50, who lived at 1245 E. Fletcher Street, Philadelphia.

When I searched for him in the 1920 census, I found three possible entries. Using the estimated birth year, I chose the entry with a birth year closest to the year I had estimated.
After that it was simply a matter of viewing the original census image. I found Charles R. Taylor and his family. They were still living at 1245 E. Fletcher St., and the Sleesman families were only a few dwellings away.

To find my Sleesmans in the 1930 census, I repeated the process. I searched the names of neighbors from the 1920 census. One of the names I found in the 1920 census was John Fox, age 57, born about 1862.
I searched for him in the 1930 census in Philadelphia. I found the Fox family living at 1233 E. Fletcher St. William Sleesman was shown living at 1241 E. Fletcher St., and his brother Samuel Sleesman was at 1239 E. Fletcher Street.

Esther Levito

Search U.S. Federal Censuses online at

the "Ancestry Daily News" was the source

This is one of the ways that makes the ancestry annual subscription method much more useful and better than the pay per view of some other sites.

Browsing is an essential part of researching.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

England and Wales, Civil Registration Index July 1 1837 to date - England and Wales, Civil Registration Index - England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: "The massive task of digitizing and, making searchable, the names contained in the GRO indexes has been underway for a few years now.

This database is made available to Ancestry users, courtesy of the volunteers of the FreeBMD organization. The leadership of FreeBMD have organized the permissions and tools necessary to enable hundreds of volunteers to convert to electronic text, and publish online, searchable indexes to the civil registrations in England and Wales. More than 62 million names have already been indexed by FreeBMD, between the years of 1837 and 1983, and more names continue to be added everyday. Ancestry will add to this database as more names are provided by FreeBMD. It is estimated that more than 50% of the names between 1837 and 1900 have been indexed. Because of the nature of the index you will note that not all of the fields have been indexed all of the time. Until 1866, most of the indexes were handwritten, making the task of conversion sometimes difficult.

FreeBMD. England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1900.
[database online] Provo, UT:, 2001.

Original data: Microfilm and microfiche of the England and Wales, Civil Registration Indexes created by the General Register Office, in London, England."

Now you may see images too

UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes for the UK, On-Line

Local BMD - these are the indexes created from the original registration entries held by the local registrars. Civil registration from its start is covered.

More and more counties are putting their indexes on-line, so it is advisable to start looking here first bcause these are the originals from which the GRO index - a secondary source - is made.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

from ANCESTRY DAILY NEWS and some statistics

Create your Family Tree Online: "In less than three minutes, you can create a private family website at where you can share your family tree online."

Do you have a friend who might enjoy one of today's articles? Why not
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I tread it for the basics of keeping up with this site and what is new

Search Results: Genealogy Resources For an empty field

A global search returned 149,832,733 matches in the databases.

Search Results: Smith

Your search returned 3,091,971 matches in the databases of - Genealogy and Family History Records. includes all of the above but the subscription is divided into sections - Global Search Results SMITHgave 14,874,164 matches in the databases - Global Search Results ****

The wildcard query resulted in too many matches.

Wildcards are special symbols which are used in place of letters or numbers. They can be used to match distinct but similar words. An asterisk "*" replaces zero or more characters, and a question mark "?" replaces exactly one character. For example, a search for "fran*" will return matches on words like "Fran," "Franny," or "Frank." A search for "Johns?n" matches "Johnson" and "Johnsen," but not "Johnston."

Here are some suggestions on how you can better use wildcards to complete your search:
Use more characters before the wildcard. For example, use Able* instead of Abl*.
There must be at least 3 characters before any wildcard.
Specify both a first and last name or a partial first and last name.
Try using the single-character wildcard "?" rather than the multiple-character wildcard "*".
(e.g., using "Hans?n" matches both "Hansen" and "Hanson" rather than using "Hans*").


This database contains memorials from the parish of St. John at
Hackney, located in Middlesex, England. Memorials found in this work
come from extracts from the Long Memorandum Book, collections in
Hackney Church, and extracts from the minutes of select vestry. The
appendix includes other items of interest such as the 1753
churchwarden's account, members of the Hackney Reading Society, a
list of sermons, the 1881-1882 treasurer's account, and Hackney
surnames, among others.

Source Information: "St. John at Hackney Memorials"
[database online]. Provo, Utah:, Inc., 2004.

Original data:
Simpson, R.,
"Memorials of St. John at Hackney."
Joseph Billing and Sons, 1882. subscribers with access to the U.K. and Ireland Records
Collection can search this database at:

Saturday, September 04, 2004

I have been enjoying using the - Genealogy and Family History Records since the beginning

Today is so big and complicated that I am going to write some guide notes and document my explorations.

Many of the URL in this blog will only work for subscribers but SKS from the soc.genealogy.britain newsgroup and its associated mailing list GENBRIT-L may well help out.

The Soc.genealogy.britain FAQ

SGbritain charter

more lists GENUKI: Genealogy Mailing Lists


Hugh W