Saturday, October 30, 2004

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This week's offers end November 12, 2004.

from my email:-

Dear Hugh,

I'm delighted to announce the new book "Your Swedish Roots" - a step-by-step handbook for Swedish genealogical research.

Since Sweden has not been at war for close to 200 years, Swedish sources and archives are very extensive and complete.

Tips on how to access and use these resources can be found in this book.
Also note that special emphasis has been given to translating and interpreting individual documents, helping researchers who may have little or no background in the Swedish language.



The front page

Thursday, October 28, 2004

technical board for discussing the UK records collection

Boards > Topics > > United Kingdom and Ireland

As you may see I hang out here a lot
and I get the satisfaction of seeing many of my suggestions accepted
and after a few months done.

The consecutive blue screen crashes seem to have been due to a corrupted "Search" gif in the internet cache of my machine

Sunday, October 24, 2004

United Kingdom Census Index, 1851 - sample - Search United Kingdom Census Index, 1851

Aberdeen (4,000)

Anglesey (1,900)

Angus (5,700)

Antrim (33,000)

Argyll (2,500)

Ayrshire (5,300)

Banff (2,300)

Bedford (3,900)

Berkshire (6,500)

Berwick (1,000)

Brecknock (2,500)

Buckingham (4,300)

Caernavon (2,500)

Caithness (780)

Cambridge (7,000)

Cardigan (4,500)

Carmathen (1,700)

Cheshire (13,800)

Clackmannan (1,200)

Cornwall (10,300)

Cumberland (7,000)

Denbigh (4,500)

Derby (19,600)

Dorset E (4,500)

Dumfries (3,600)

Dunbarton (2,400)

Durham (12,100)

Edinburgh (7,500)

Elgin (600)

Essex (14,200)

Fife (4,900)

Flint (1,200)

Glamorgan (8,100)

Gloucester (15,500)

Haddington (1,100)

Hampshire (12,000)

Hereford (2,500)

Hertford (3,000)

Huntingdon (1,500)

Inverness (2,000)

Kent (13,100)

Kincardine (600)

Kirkcudbright (760)

Lanark (15,100)

Lancashire (56,000)

Leicester (6,500)

Linlithgow (1,800)

Merioneth (1,454)

Middlesex (36,000)

Monmouth (6,100)

Montgomery (1,030)

Nairn (550)

Norfolk (453,000)

Northampton (9,200)

Northumberland (8,900)

Nottingham (10,200)

Orkney (1,720)

Oxford (5,600)

Peebles (150)

Pembroke (2,000)

Perthshire (4,200)

Renfrew (6,400)

Ross & Crom (2,900)

Roxburgh (2,200)

Rutland (1,560)

Shetland (780)

Shropshire (25,400)

Somerset (16,200)

Stafford (19,400)

Stirling (4,000)

Suffolk (11,600)

Surrey (23,400)

Sussex (9,900)

Sutherland (400)

Westmoreland (1,500)

Wigtown (2,550)

Wiltshire (4,800)

Worcester (9,800)

Yorkshire (64,000)

I thought this was the 2% sample but Ancsetry say

This database is an index to approximately 10% of the individuals enumerated in the 1851 census of the United Kingdom. A list of the counties that are included in this index and the approximate number of individuals in each county referenced in this index is provided above.

The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107 Census Returns.

GENUKI: England Topics - Census: "1851 Census - 2% Sample. An ESRC-sponsored research project led by Professor Michael Anderson at Edinburgh University transcribed a 2% sample of English and Welsh census records some years ago.

Through a misunderstanding, they were placed on GENUKI for a short while in 1995, but immediately withdrawn when we were informed that Professor Anderson and the ESRC had not given, and would not give, permission for the results of his project to be made freely available.

The fact that the original census records can now be freely copied, thanks to the changed PRO rules does not alter the fact that Professor Anderson and the ESRC have a right to refuse to allow their transcriptions to be copied.
ESRC : Economic and Social Research Council Home Page

Unfortunately there are still web-site owners who disregard the owner's wishes and continue to make copies of the original 2% sample files available on-line. "

Friday, October 22, 2004


Beverly wrote:-
I export my direct ancestors to Excel to create spreadsheets that I
use to track individuals I have found in the various census.

The names of my ancestors are in first column and the census years
are listed chronologically in the following columns across the top.
When I find an ancestor in a particular census, I put an "X" in the
cell that intersects the name and the year. I also include birth and
death years so I can darken the cells for the years that would not be
applicable for that individual.

I use the same list of ancestors in another spreadsheet to record
birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, and so on,
following the same method of using an "X" to indicate that I have the
supporting documentation.

I can see at a glance what I have and what I am missing for each of
my ancestors.

Beverly Lewis

from ANCESTRY QUICK TIP - Ancestry Daily News, 22 October 2004
Thanks to Beverly for today's Quick Tip! If you have a tip you would
like to share with researchers, you can send it to:

and of course you get all this ready made with templates in Custodian 3: "a set of source-based databases with data entry forms designed to store genealogical information.
Many family historians collect a great deal of information about people with the same surname - not necessarily linked!
How this information is stored and organised has long been of interest to family historians, especially those conducting a One-Name Study. This is where Custodian can help.

Your data can be keyed or imported into the data entry forms and the information indexed, sorted and searched and reports produced.
Indexing all the names from your records makes for much easier spotting of possible links between people in the records.

When you have identified records belonging to the same person, you can allocate personal references and for those belonging to the same family, you can allocate family references."

follow the URL above to see a formidable list of templates
the only thing I don't like about Custodian is that gedcom is fairly incompatable

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

1891 Wales Census Y Ddevy - Both OR Saesneg - English in language spoken column - 1891 Wales Census some welsh on an image

Head looks like Prenteuln (the transcribed index gives this as Patient)
Married looks like Briad
Wife looks like Gwrais

I think I've got these:

Merch - Daughter
Dilriod - Single
Mab - Son
Gwas - Servant
Nith - Niece

Under Language spoken:

Y Ddevy - Both
Saesneg - English

thanks to Brian of GLAMORGAN Mailing List

Google Search: Sassanach: ""An Éirinneach nó Sassanach tú?" -- Are You Irish or English?' -- Are You Irish or English?"

Google Search: Saesneg SAXON = english


by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

Many of us put our ancestors' passenger arrival records at the bottom
of our to-do lists, if only because locating them can be so
challenging. Perhaps you tried scrolling through microfilmed records
or searching the Ellis Island database
but came up empty-handed.
Maybe you followed the leads included in
your grandfather's naturalization documents, but learned that the
ship he claimed to have traveled on wasn't built until eight years
after he arrived in the U.S. Or maybe you are one of the many whose
ancestors came in the era before naturalization records routinely
provided valuable clues about arrival details. If any of these
scenarios describe your circumstances, now's a good time to try
again. In an upcoming article, I'll address an underutilized resource
that includes many of our forebears--the Hamburg Emigration records--
but first I'd like to cover one resource that's even broader in


Less than a year ago, introduced its Immigration
. While it's true that the site had been home to a variety
of immigration and naturalization resources before then, this
collection brought them all together, added fresh ones, and included
a major bonus--the first ever indexing of New York arrival records
for 1851 through 1891. Yes, certain ethnic groups had been extracted
from these records and indexed previously, but this was the first
comprehensive index of its kind.

To get to the collection and browse its contents, go to , select "Search Records" from the menu on
top, and click on "Immigration Records" in the right column. This
will bring you to a page with a specialized search screen and a
scrollable list of relevant databases, ranging from San Francisco
Passenger Lists to Virginia Immigrants, 1623-66. It's your choice
whether to search one database or all of them simultaneously.

I was one of those frustrated people who had tucked her passenger
arrival wish list aside, so I decided it was time to give it another
go. I started with one of my great-great-grandmothers, Ellen
Nelligan. I knew she had arrived after 1850, as she wasn't in the
1850 U.S. census. And I knew that she was here by October 9, 1853, as
she appeared as a sponsor at a nephew's baptism in Piermont, New
York, on that date. A New York arrival seemed logical given that she
initially settled just on the other side of the Hudson in Rockland

I pulled up the immigration-specific search form, but decided not to
limit the search to any particular database, since several (e.g.,
Irish Immigrants 1846-51, New York 1820-50, New York 1851-91, etc.)
could apply. From here, I entered Ellen Nelligan, but chose the
Soundex option, since Nelligan can be found as Neligan and other
variations. Then I took advantage of the Year of Arrival fields and
limited the search to 1850-1853. Crossing my fingers, I hit the
Search key.

A total of 25 possibilities appeared--mostly because Nelligan shares
a Soundex code with more common names, such as Nelson and Neilson.
But when I sifted through them, one candidate stood out: 17-year-old
Ellen Nelligan arrived in New York on July 1, 1853, on the Intrinsic.
I was expecting "my" Ellen to be about 20, but this was in the
neighborhood and the timing dovetailed nicely with the October 1853
baptism. I was thrilled to see that a digitized image of the manifest
was available, so I clicked to take a look at it. There was Ellen
traveling with a 10-year-old Edward. Hmmm...Ellen had a younger
brother named Edward who also emigrated to the U.S. at some point-
and, yes, he would have been about 10 at the time. And just above
Ellen's entry was one for Annie Reidy. One of Ellen's sisters would
shortly marry a Reidy--not a big surprise since the Nelligans and
Reidys had frequently intermarried. Not absolute proof, of course,
but all these details, coupled with exact spelling and the fact that
there were no other candidates with appropriate names and ages, lead
me to the conclusion that this is likely my great-great-grandmother's
arrival record. Could I find another one?

I decided to take the collection for another test ride with one of my
great-grandmothers, Margaret McKaig. Margaret had come much later
than Ellen--somewhere around 1880 to 1883--but still well before
Ellis Island opened. I tried entering Margaret McKaig (and also
experimented with Marg* and Mgt to be sure to snare all likely
candidates). Once again, I used the Soundex feature because McKaig is
one of those names that invites distortion. Limiting the search to
1880-83, I was presented 28 possibilities among four databases, but
most were easily eliminated since they were for other surnames, such
as McHugh.

A listing for Margaret McCague (the way McKaig is pronounced) caught
my eye. She was 20 years old and arrived in New York on May 17, 1880.
That fit with the expected age and timeframe, and she had settled in
Jersey City, New Jersey, so a New York arrival made sense. Once again,
I was able to click to view the original image. There was Margaret--
and five lines above her, a 26-year-old Catherine McCague. Margaret
did indeed have a sister named Catherine, so I was encouraged that I
probably had the right woman.

I went back to the list of candidates to see whether there were any
others that should be considered and wound up with a bonus. The only
other likely entry was for the same Margaret McCague, but led me to
an image of the ship she came on, the City of Richmond.

I had succeeded in locating the probable arrival records for two
ancestors, as well as an image of one of their ships. Not bad for a
few minutes' work! If you've been postponing your passenger record
quest, why not invest a few minutes yourself? Granddad just might be
waiting for you!


Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, co-author (with Ann Turner) of the
recently released the books:-

"Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to
Explore Your Family Tree"

(as well as "In Search of Our Ancestors,"

"Honoring Our Ancestors"

and "They Came to America"),
can be
contacted through and


Wednesday, October 20, 2004


Re: [GLA] Daniel Henry Lewis/Swansea

Reading Mary's message I found the name of a father and the names and ages of two sons with an occupation from the ships' list at the Ellis Island site.

My line of thinking evolved and ended up with a stunning success.
The search resources on ancestry are not as good as those of FAMILY HISTORY RESOURCE FILE VIEWER 4.02 (AKA) Folio Views so after a couple of inconclusive searches on line I went for the 1881 census CD for Wales

I wrote:-

If they were resident in USA I think I would expect to see an address
in USA or even US citizenship - when did they become US citizens?
What do those papers show? Sometimes the application shows an accurate

I certainly have seen some repeatedly crossing the Atlantic on export-import business and danes taking children to meet their grandparents

"There is more information on the Ellis Island site" but what? :-)

Search Results: Daniel Lewis in
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Your search returned 2,278 matches in the databases below.

Census Records 808 matches | info

1891 Wales Census 341
1871 Wales Census 263
1871 England Census 70
1891 England Census 67
1901 England Census 66
view all 808 Census Records results >>

Birth, Marriage, & Death Records 1,423 matches | info

England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 1,330

Above are the sources that are partially on line
Note parish registers supplement your research and then before July 1837 become essentially the
main source

Do study how to do UK genealogy see :-

GENUKI: Newbies' Guide to English Genealogy and Family History by
Roy Stockdill
PART 2 - Civil registration and censuses
especially the checking system
then browse as a whole


1881 census on CD with Viewer 4.02

Menu > Search >> Neighbours - Advanced Query
search string:-
Daniel Lewis walter david

= = = = = = = =
Dwelling: Bwlchywaggon
Census Place: Treleach-ar-Bettws, Carmarthen, Wales
Source: FHL Film 1342301 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 5401 Folio 18 Page 10
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
David LEWIS M 42 M Mydrim, Carmarthen, Wales
Rel: Head
Occ: Farmer Of 18 Acres
Martha LEWIS M 44 F Llanwinio, Carmarthen, Wales
Rel: Wife
Occ: Farmer Wife
Margaret LEWIS U 19 F Clydey, Pembroke, Wales
Rel: Daur
Occ: Farmer Daur
James LEWIS 13 M Clydey, Pembroke, Wales
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Hetty LEWIS 12 F Clydey, Pembroke, Wales
Rel: Daur
Occ: Scholar
Mary Anne LEWIS 10 F Clydey, Pembroke, Wales
Rel: Daughter
Occ: Scholar
Daniel H. LEWIS 6 M Clydey, Pembroke, Wales
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Walter LEWIS 2 M Trelech, Carmarthen, Wales
Rel: Son
Elizabeth LEWIS 4 F Clydey, Pembroke, Wales Rel: Daur

= = = = = =
This is the only family group which turned up
but omissions or typos could mean that there are others
so one search is inconclusive

1891 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-35 of 35 matches for:
Lewis with Clydey

Another search:-
You are here: Search > Census > UK Census Collection > 1891 Wales
Census > Glamorgan > Llandilo Talybont > District 5

Name: Lewis, Martha
Age in 1891: 47 Relation: Wife
Gender: Female
Where Born: Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire

Civil parish: Llandilo Talybont
Ecclesiastical parish: Llandilo Talybont
County: Glamorgan

Street address: 4 Clements Row
Condition as to marriage: m
Education: View image
Employment status: View image
Occupation: View image

Source information: RG12/4470
Registration district: Swansea
Sub registration district: Llandilotalybont
ED, institution, or vessel: 5
Folio: 77
Page: 7 (click to see others on page)

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
== neighbours at 3 Clements Row

Lewis, John 30 Clydey, Pembrokeshire Head Llandilo Talybont
Occ: Scholar
Daniel H. LEWIS 6 M Clydey, Pembroke, Wales
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Walter LEWIS 2 M Trelech, Carmarthen, Wales
Rel: Son
Elizabeth LEWIS 4 F Clydey, Pembroke, Wales
Rel: Daur

= = = = = =
That was the only family group which turned up
but omissions or typos could mean that there are others
so one search is inconclusive.

1891 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-35 of 35 matches for:
Lewis with Clydey

Another search:-
You are here: Search > Census > UK Census Collection > 1891 Wales
Census > Glamorgan > Llandilo Talybont > District 5

Name: Lewis, Martha
Age in 1891: 47 women and ages LOL she should be 54 !!!
Relation: Wife
Gender: Female
Where Born: Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire

Civil parish: Llandilo Talybont
Ecclesiastical parish: Llandilo Talybont
County: Glamorgan

Street address: 4 Clements Row
Condition as to marriage: m
Education: View image
Employment status: View image
Occupation: View image

Source information: RG12/4470
Registration district: Swansea
Sub registration district: Llandilotalybont
ED, institution, or vessel: 5
Folio: 77
Page: 7 (click to see others on page)

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
== neighbours at 3 Clements Row

Lewis, John 30 Clydey, Pembrokeshire Head Llandilo Talybont
Glamorgan COAL MINER

Lewis, Sarah 31 Llandilotalybont, Glamorgan Wife Llandilo Talybont Glamorgan

Lewis, Blodwen L 7.12 Llandilotalybont, Glamorgan Daughter Llandilo
Talybont Glamorgan

======= 4 Clements Row

Lewis, David 49 Mydrim, Carmarthenshire Head Llandilo Talybont Glamorgan
BLACK SMITH (AT COLLIERY) and he should be 52 !!!
Lewis, Martha 47 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire Wife Llandilo Talybont
Lewis, Hetty 12 [SIC - typo IS 21] Clydey, Pembrokeshire Daughter
Llandilo Talybont Glamorgan DOMESTIC SERVANT
Lewis, Mary A 18 Clydey, Pembrokeshire Daughter Llandilo Talybont

the copy clerk has incorrectly written // for "end of family"
but it pays to browse because NEXT PAGE :-

1891 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-4 of 4 matches « Global Search Results for

Source information: RG12/4470 Folio: 77 Page: 7

Name Age in 1891 Birthplace Relationship to head-of-house Civil parish
County View Image

Lewis, Daniel H 16 Clydey, Pembrokeshire Son Llandilo Talybont

the smith holds the red hot work in tongs in his left hand and his right hand postions the tool which the striker hits with his two handed sledge hammer weighing 7 or 14 lb

Lewis, Elizabeth 14 Clydey, Pembrokeshire Daughter Llandilo Talybont
Lewis, Walter 12 Clydey, Pembrokeshire Son Llandilo Talybont
Glamorgan SCHOLAR
Lewis, Davis O 9 Clydey, Pembrokeshire Son Llandilo Talybont
Glamorgan SCHOLAR

0 0 0 0
Is he a poverty stricken farmer used to repairing his own implemets - who thought
might as well get a job as a handyman sort of smith on the surface of a
colliery - although there would be shoeing of pit ponies underground -
or would they be unshod to avoid sparks and the risk of exploding the
fire damp ?

18 acres was not much to live off but has a higher social status than a smithy.
The last seaches show this speculation of mine was not the whole story - see PS below.

better check
1891 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-50 of 291 matches for:
Lewis with RG12/4470
there may be more relatives

1891 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-49 of 49 matches for:
Lewis with Carmarthenshire and RG12/4470

but that will be your pleasure

===================00 CANDIDATE for family tree

1871 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-10 of 10 matches

« Global Search Results

Name Age in 1871 Birthplace Relationship Civil Parish County/Island View Image

Joseph Lewis 48 Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, Wales Head Llanwinio
Carmarthenshire BLACKSMITH

Martha Lewis 46 DRESSMAKER Mydrim, Carmarthenshire, Wales Wife
Llanwinio Carmarthenshire << coincidence LOL

Ada Lewis 6 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Daughter Llanwinio
Anne Lewis 12 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Daughter Llanwinio
John Lewis 18 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Son Llanwinio
Carmarthenshire BLACKSMITH

Joseph T Lewis 10 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Son Llanwinio
Mary Lewis 26 Mydrim, Carmarthenshire, Wales Daughter Llanwinio
Carmarthenshire DRESSMAKER
Rebecca Lewis 8 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Daughter Llanwinio
Sarah Lewis 17 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Daughter Llanwinio
Carmarthenshire DRESSMAKER
Thomas Lewis 2 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Son Llanwinio

Civil parish: Llanwinio
County/Island: Carmarthenshire
Country: Wales

Street address: SARNAU
NB same page as New Inn Llanwinio

Source information: RG10/5504
Registration district: Carmarthen
Sub-registration district: Conwil
ED, institution, or vessel: 23
Folio: 55
Page: 1 (click to see others on page)
Household schedule number: 5

NB folio 62 page 15
Jeremiah Lewis 29 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Head Llanwinio
SINGLE farmer 300 acres employing 3 labourers and 1 boy AND 2 DOMESTIC SERVANTS
[still single in 1891 on the same farm]

Anne Lewis 74 St Clears, Carmarthenshire, Wales Mother Llanwinio
Carmarthenshire WIDOW ANNUITANT

John Lewis 32 Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, Wales Brother Llanwinio

1871 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-50 of 120 matches for:
Lewis and RG10/5504
and in 1891 next door
Lewis, Mary Anne 53 Pendine, Carmarthenshire Head Llanwinio Carmarthenshire

Now the last two families are pure speculation
my advice would be to chart all those LEWIS in that village and work out who IS and
IS NOT related down to second and third cousins.
Wills or probates will help with the landowners or farmers.

many years work
good hunting

Hugh W

PS for MYDRIM try MIDRIM =======================

Name: David Lewis
Age in 1871: 31
Relation: Head
Household: View other family members
Gender: Male
Where born: Midrim, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Civil parish: Clydey
County/Island: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales

Street address: View Image
Condition as to marriage: View Image
Education: View Image
Employment status: View Image
Occupation: BLACK / SMITH

Source information: RG10/5544
Registration district: Newcastle Inn Emlyn
Sub-registration district: 1B Kenarth
ED, institution, or vessel: 17
Folio: 67
Page: 11 (click to see others on page)
Household schedule number: 49w

1871 Wales Census
Viewing records 1-7 of 7 matches

« Global Search Results

Name Age in 1871 Birthplace Relationship Civil Parish County/Island View Image

David Lewis 31 Midrim, Carmarthenshire, Wales Head Clydey Pembrokeshire
Hety [sic] Lewis 1 Clydey, Pembrokeshire, Wales Daughter Clydey
James Lewis 4 Clydey, Pembrokeshire, Wales Son Clydey Pembrokeshire
John Lewis 10 Clydey, Pembrokeshire, Wales Son Clydey Pembrokeshire
--- GOTCHA !!! see the neigbour above ---
Margaret Lewis 9 Clydey, Pembrokeshire, Wales Daughter Clydey
Martha Lewis 34 Clydey, Pembrokeshire, Wales Wife Clydey
Thomas Lewis 6 Clydey, Pembrokeshire, Wales Son Clydey Pembrokeshire

Mary Sutton wrote:
> Hello List,
> I just stumbled on to this on the Ellis Island site and thought I would pass it along.
> I have been looking, off and on, for a Daniel H. LEWIS, b. c Nov. 1874, some place in Wales. Daniel came to the US about 1895, this date is very difficult to read so I'm not sure how accurate it is. This information was taken from the 1900 Federal Census, Wilkes-Barre, PA
> Daniel H. Lewis
> married
> Sarah Ann Lewis, c 1900
> Their address on the 1900 census is given as South Meade Street
> Ellis Island Site
> SS: Columbia
> Sailing from Glasgow, 21 August 1909
> Arrived Ellis Island: August 29, 1909
> Line 18: Lewis, Walter, 29, male, married, B'smith
> Last Permanent Residence: Cardiff
> Name & Complete Address of nearest relative...: Father, David LEWIS, Swansea
> Final Destination: PA, Gelatt
> Whether Going to join a relative or friend: Wife Mrs. Walter Lewis, Gelatt, PA
> Place of Birth: Wales Carmarth??
> Line 19: Lewis, Daniel Henry, 33, male, married, B'smith
> Last Permanent Residence: Cardiff
> Name & Complete Address of nearest relative...: Father, David LEWIS, Swansea
> Final Destination: PA, Wilkes Barre
> Whether Going to join a relative or friend: Wife Mrs.D. H. Lewis 12 South Meade Street
> Place of Birth: Wales Swansea
> There is more information on the Ellis Island site.
> Do not know for sure if this is my Daniel H. Lewis, but it does look hopeful.
> Daniel had been in the USA for 14 yrs.
> Walter for 12 yrs.
> Daniel named one of his son's Walter Henry Lewis, he was also a blacksmith, and lived on South Meade Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA according to the 1900 US Census.
> Can anyone connect to a David Lewis living in Swansea. I'm wonder if there was a death in the family & that's why the brothers went back to Wales.
> Will keep looking,
> Mary
> Mary S. Sutton
> 107 Union Street
> Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - Recent Genealogy Databases - Recent Genealogy Databases 17 new in one week

and - Recent Genealogy Databases - ALL Genealogy Databases

Somerset Roll of Worthies, Unworthies, and Villains, c. 1500-1900
Original data: Humphreys, Arthur L., comp.
The Somerset Roll: An Experimental List of Worthies Unworthies and Villains Born in the County.
Strangeways, 1897.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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by Paula Stuart-Warren, CGRS

It has been many years since I was last in New York City--that year
was 1966! I recently accepted an invitation from a genealogy friend
to visit her city and stay with her. When she asked what I wanted to
do, I told her that I had two main aims: Ellis Island and the New
York Public Library (NYPL). Not the first choices of "normal"

The trip was planned to take advantage of good weather and of the
local meeting of the New York Metro Chapter of the Association of
Professional Genealogists
their surprise when it was only me.) I already knew a few of the
members and enjoyed meeting others. Sometimes when I travel I attend
meetings of the area genealogical society as it is a great place to
meet genealogists.

I printed out maps of the NYC area to help me find my way around and
figured out how to pinpoint my friend's address.

To prepare for my main aims, I began with online searches. I checked
the websites for Ellis Island and the
NYPL (New York Public Library ) and made notes.

I checked my personal reference file on NYC research. I continually
copy articles and pick up brochures related to places I plan to visit
some day.

Next on the list was skimming my copy of "Genealogical Resources in
New York Metropolitan Area," published in 1989 by the Jewish
Genealogical Society. (A 2003 revision is titled "Guide to
Genealogical Resources in New York." I had not yet purchased it but
reviewed this at my friend's office when I arrived.) I made notes on
some places and specific resources I wanted to check on this trip and
in the future.

The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
--click on Education Center) has
articles on NYC research.
I printed these out and highlighted
specific points. I also listened to some audiotapes on NYC research
that I had obtained from Repeat Performance "Regarding Henry" (1991), and "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004).

The Local History and Genealogy reading room has the feel of a real
place to do research with massive wooden tables (with outlets for
laptop computers). Some books are on open shelves, and others can be
retrieved by staff.

I immediately saw something I had known about for years--the
excellent maps that help narrow the locations for finding family in
NYC census records. Even with so many censuses indexed, there are
still times we need to study such maps and go to the specific area on
the microfilm or online.

When I walked into the NYPL I remarked that it reminded me of the
main library back in St. Paul. After some online checking (and info
from my friends) I learned that the NYPL was designed by the
architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings. Then I found that the St.
Paul Public Library's Central Library was designed by Electus Litchfield who studied under Carrère and
Hastings for a time.

I advocate making use of a local researcher to show you the ropes at
unfamiliar research facilities. I was fortunate to have this service
in exchange for a meal. If you don't have genealogical friends in the
area, consider hiring a local professional for a few hours to guide
you. (Hint: See the above link for the New York APG Chapter.)

Whether you live nearby or a distance from New York, think about a
research trip to the Big Apple. You don't need to have New York
ancestors to find lots to research at the NYPL and other places. This
city is a wonderful place to bring along those family members and
friends who don't want to do genealogy. They will not be bored. If
nothing else, they can eat all day in the great restaurants. I
learned to maneuver through the subway system without any problems.

I didn't even make it to other places on my long list of other
wonderful New York City research spots. Maybe I need to work on my
aims for the next trip?


Paula Stuart-Warren, CGRS,
is a professional genealogist, consultant,
writer, and lecturer. She has lectured all across the United States
and coordinates the intermediate course of American Records and
Research at the annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

She is co-author of "Your Guide to the Family History Library" and an author
for genealogical periodicals including "Ancestry" Magazine. She is a
resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, and spends many weeks each year at
the Family History Library and the U.S. National Archives.

Her roots include ancestors from seven different countries and researching them
has given her broad experience and an occasional headache or two.

Comments will reach her at ( ). Paula is
unable to answer individual genealogical research inquiries due to
the volume of requests received.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Re: NOR = NORWAY about 3000 errors ?

Ancestry Message Boards - Message [ United Kingdom and Ireland ]: "Hugh

You're a star ;-) "
thanks !

SOM = SOMERSET not SOMALIA : Hugh Watkins -- 23 Sep 2004 was the start of the thread

Hint use View By Thread (expanded) start here :- Ancestry Message Boards [ United Kingdom and Ireland ]

or I use Listed By Date (expanded ) to see what is new

Friday, October 08, 2004

Reference & Finding Aids - Search Reference & Finding Aids Records: "About This Category:

Reference materials including dictionaries, maps, and gazetteers help family historians find and understand genealogical records. "

Geography is an essential part in understanding old manuscripts in order to make intelligent guesses at the meaning of hastily scribbled old handwriting.
Ancestry scans many victorian books found in the Salt lake City Library

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Hidden treasures and BMD - Search England and Wales Civil Registration Death Index: 1993-2002 - Search England and Wales Civil Registration Death Index: 1984-1992 - Search London Times, Births and Christenings, 1983-2003 - Search England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 in fact the datebase form FreeBMD Home Page

The recording of births, marriages and deaths was started in 1837 and is one of the most significant resources for genealogical research. The transcribing of the records is carried out by teams of dedicated volunteers and contains index information for the period 1837-1983.

help wanted see FreeBMD Volunteers' and Transcribers' Page
here too UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes for the UK, On-Line
I think Cheshire Births Marriages & Deaths was the first

More here Comedy of Errors
The story of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales in the 1800s, by Michael Whitfield Foster

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Ancestry World Tree Project: Watkins Lapham Riley Kristoffersen

Ancestry World Tree Project: Watkins Lapham Riley Kristoffersen:

"5 Living WATKINS" yes that is me

that is I ?


from my email - one of the pleasures of ANCESTRY DAILY NEWS
is these snippets of background info for my hobby :-

This database details those persons enumerated in the Slave Schedule of the 1860 United States Federal Census, the Eighth Census of the United States.

In addition, the names of those listed on the slave schedule are linked to the actual images of the 1860 Federal Census, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration microfilm, M653, 1438 rolls. (If you do not initially find the name on the page that you are linked to, try a few pages forward or backward, as sometimes different pages had the same page number.)

Slaves were enumerated separately during the 1850 and 1860 censuses, though, unfortunately, most schedules do not provide personal names.
In most cases, individuals were not named but were simply numbered and can be distinguished only by age, sex, and color; the names of owners are recorded.

However, some enumerators listed the given names of slaves, particularly those over one hundred years of age.
These names are generally found in the "name of slave owners" column.

Other questions asked include whether a fugitive from the state (meaning if the slave had fled and not returned); number manumitted (or freed); whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, or idiotic; and number of slave houses.

One exception lies in that of Hampshire County, Virginia, in which the enumerator included the names of all the slaves on the schedules. Sometimes the listings for large slaveholdings appear to take the form of family groupings, but in most cases slaves are listed from eldest to youngest with no apparent effort to portray family structure.

In any event, the slave schedules themselves almost never provide conclusive evidence for the presence of a specific slave in the household or plantation of a particular slaveholder.
At best, a census slave schedule can provide supporting evidence for a hypothesis derived from other sources.

The slave schedule is especially useful for researchers who are seeking information about their slaveholding ancestors.

This is because of the specific information it provides about their holdings and other information you can draw from it.

1860 Slave Schedules (part of U.S. Federal Census) also has images of slave schedules from the 1850 census available to subscribers to the U.S. Census Records Collection
(Browse down to the county level to access the slave schedules.)

I have seen some references to a WATKINS PLANTATION but believe that there is no more than the usual patronymic confusion over name brothers -- ie no known connection to my Usk valley WATKINS

Tuesday, October 05, 2004 - Denmark Genealogy

Tried clicking on the map of Europe here - Search Birth Records, Death Records, Marriage Records and US Census Records

and two clicks later ended here:- - Denmark Genealogy: "Denmark Immigration & Naturalization Records

Box Elder County, Utah Certificates of Citizenship Record Books, 1868-1869
Early American Immigrations
New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891
New York, 1820-1850 Passenger and Immigration Lists
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
Passenger Arrivals in the U.S., 1819-20
Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-74 "

not enough to justify a subscription yet. - CENSUS - Genealogy and Family History Records long time since I looked at this

U.S. Census Records & Images
•1930 •1890 •1850 •1810

•1880 FREE - 1880 United States Federal Census well to the names but not the images
- for family groups go to Family Search

•1840 •1800
•1910 •1870 •1830 •1790
•1900 •1860 •1820 •all years - 1890 Census Substitute

When a basement fire in the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. destroyed most of the 1890 federal census, a valuable source of information was lost to researchers of America's past., with the aid of the National Archives and Records Administration and the Allen County Public Library, now provides the first definitive online substitute for the missing census.

More than 20 million records have been identified for inclusion in the collection and additions will be made regularly as they become available for posting.

It will include fragments of the original 1890 census that survived the fire, special veterans schedules, several Native American tribe censuses for years surrounding 1890, state censuses (1885 or 1895), city and county directories, alumni directories, and voter registration documents.
When completed, this collection will be an unparalleled tool for researchers of American ancestors.

Friday, October 01, 2004



(Update adding Kent) has updated its exclusive every-name index to the 1871
U.K. Census, adding the index and images for Kent. The collection now
includes an index and images for the following areas:


Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon, Dorset,
Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent,
Lancashire, London, Middlesex, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire,
Rutland, Shropshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and
Yorkshire (East Riding)


Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire,
Merionethshire, and Pembrokeshire


Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, and Sark

Posting forecasts : L. Brown -- 14 Sep 2004

Look for additions to this index to be posted regularly.

Regarding "When will county X be posted?" I will do my best to forecast future releases, but the actual titles are fluid up to the day we post them to the website. In general, we are on track to finish 1871 by the end of December 04, with 1901 finishing around February 05.

These are later than we originally forecast, but just a bit.

The entire 1881 Census (LDS index linked to our images) is tracking for October.

The beginning of posting for the 1861 Census is tracking well for the first of next year (some time after 1901 finishes).

Best regards,
L. Brown
Senior Product Manager