Thursday, March 31, 2005


from my email via a RootsWeb county list:-

The following revealing information was posted on the CLWYD list by
Ian Edwards.
91 people living in Wales are listed as being born on the island of
Montserrat in the West Indies. According to Ancestry they were born
in those well-known towns of Welshpool, Montserrat; Newtown,
Montserrat; Llanfyllin, Montserrat; Llanfair Caereinion, Montserrat;...

143 are recorded as being born in the Balkan country of Montenegro.
Again, according to Ancestry they were born in those well-known towns
of Llangurig, Montenegro; Llandinam, Montenegro; Churchstoke,
Montenegro; Forden, Montenegro; ...

145 are recorded as being born in Finland. In Mold, Finland; Bagillt,
Finland; Holywell, Finland; ...

23 born in the West African country of Cameroon, yes, Llanrwst,
Cameroon; Dwygyfylechi, Cameroon; Dolwyddelan, Cameroon; ...

and lots of immigrants from Derbyshire. That is Llansantffraid,
Derbyshire, England; Llysfaen, Derbyshire, England; Cefn Mawr,
Derbyshire, England; Llangerniew, Derbyshire, England; ...

in fact many of the same errors which I reported when they released
the 1871 census :o .

And it appears that in 1901 the entire population of Shropshire had
disappeared! Any searches for the county in the England 1901 census
produce no results :-( .


Dick Jones
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, UK

Rather a lot of people were born in Somalia = SOM = Somerset
(which did not exist in nineteenth century when it was known as Somaliland )

Census Records matches for Somalia
11,862 total matches found in All Records > Census Records

Title matches ----- info

1871 England Census 1
1871 Isle of Man Census 3
1871 Wales Census 355
1891 Channel Islands Census 1
1891 England Census 10,100
1891 Wales Census 1,402

which in fact is a very very big improvement

Bath is not in Somalia but Somerset
23,591 total matches Date: 14 Jul 2004
and there are millons more names indexed

Monday, March 28, 2005

Genealogy Databases Posted or Updated Recently

Genealogy Database Title - Posted

1901 Wales Census - 03/25/2005
London Times, Marriages, 1982-2004 - 03/18/2005
Yorkshire, England: Parish Records - Updated - 03/17/2005
1901 England Census - Updated - 03/11/2005
is the mother and was last updated on Mon 21 Mar 2005 and the daughter is :-
England and Wales, Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 - Free - Updated - 02/26/2005

England and Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index: 1984-2000 - 02/18/2005

1871 Wales Census - Updated - 02/11/2005
1871 England Census - Updated - 02/11/2005
1871 Isle of Man Census - Updated - 02/11/2005
1871 Channel Islands Census - Updated - 02/11/2005

and many more over there on dot com

and without ANCESTRY DAILY NEWS I just can't keep up
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Pleases, please encourage those who are currently doing genealogy research now to write down their memoirs. My parents are deceased and many "oldies" have been forgotten, but my brothers and I are exchanging our remembrances of things our dad use to say. For example, when we were out riding in a car and one driver would be in a hurry and pass another, he would say, "Beep, beep, toot, toot, honk, honk, get out of my way or I'll run over you." We remember that from back in the 40s. Another saying he liked was, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." Normally, he wasn't an outspoken man, but on certain things, he had a lot of influence.

Not only have I been writing my "life story" (I'm 72), but I have also written bios of my parents, grandparents, and from what newspapers had written, my great-grandfather. From this bio of the latter, he name was entered into the Hall of Fame in Rocky Mount, N.C., and he was one chosen to be inducted because of how much he had done for our hometown back in the early 1900s.
Hazel Rawls Carr

Thanks to Hazel for today's Quick Tip!
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one net friend Moweq over in USA on AOL has written over 200 mini biographies - she puts me to shame!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

HAPPY EASTER - 1901 Wales Census

an easter egg for all us Monmouthshire researchers

Thursday, March 24, 2005

You are here: Learn > Family Facts "Find a fact, find a clue. We'll show you how.
The Family Facts archive, with its rich historical information, can tell you everything from the lifespan of your ancestors to the very meaning of your name. Every time you find a fact, we'll tell you what it means. We'll also tell you how to search for more information using the resources at"

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - Ancestry Daily News Archive - Ancestry Daily News Archive: "Ancestry Daily News
Archive by: Date or Category"

clickable was tiny and hard to spot - One Image Viewer to View Them All - One Image Viewer to View Them All

There was a time when viewing census and other images on was like playing a lottery. When searching for census records, I always crossed my fingers after I clicked “View this record,” hoping that I didn't get the MrSID viewer. In addition to its unsurpassed collection of records, also has a collection of image viewers: MrSID, an html viewer, a viewer exclusive to the Family and Local Histories Collection, the advanced viewer, and so on.

Message Board Postings That Never Get Answered

As one who reads message boards with the intent of providing
responses to people with queries in my research field,
George Morgan's "Message Board Postings That Never Get Answered" was right
on target and applies to more than just a few postings.

To his suggestions I would add:

1. State your question up front, if you have one, or please note that
the posting is for info only. That way the reader has a context for
reviewing the rest of the posting.

2. Clearly indicate whether you are searching for ancestors or
I frequently have to ask, so I don't waste time in the wrong part of
my files trying to see if I have an answer.

3. When someone does answer, let them know you have received it
(either on the message board or direct to their email). I certainly
like to know if my answers helped at all and suspect others do too.

And most important, if you don't already scan the message board
postings, you might think about starting. Keep in mind that many
offerings in answer to postings are a two-way street. I regularly get
new info back that adds to my research in exchange for taking a
little time to share what I have in my files with others.

David G. Ball
North Vancouver, BC, Canada

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New image viewer today

Imaging Developer Toolkits by LEAD Technologies - Home of the LEADTOOLS Imaging SDK

a new image viewer today and a big improvemnt on the old ones

it should be some kind of plug in to the browser

but daft to uninstall it before trying it out
2859 x 2400 Pixels (6.86 MPixels)
16,7 Millions (24 BitsPerPixel)

150 x 150 DPI

saved without problem from the save icon of the plug in

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

I spend hours here every day - Genealogy and Family History Records
just log on as a guest and play with the freebies - 1881 England Census
and - 1881 Wales Census
another start page - Search Birth Records, Death Records, Marriage Records and US Census Records

another version of FreeBMD is here - England and Wales, Civil Registration Index whilst a few weeks behind in updates, and not so finely tuned, it allows massive searches.

"'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.' "


Tuesday, March 01, 2005





The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) at has been updated to include the most current information available, including deaths reported through January 2005.

The Social Security Death Index on is generated from the U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File. It contains the records of deceased persons who possessed Social Security numbers and whose death had been reported to the SSA. In most cases a report of death was made in connection with Social Security death benefits. subscribers can search the SSDI at

Your Daily Dose of Genealogy for 28 February 2005
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