QFHS Snippets - June 2011 Volume 11, No. 6
Happy Birthday Queensland!
You can participate in Queensland Day celebrations at Government House
and Queensland State Archives.
It’s our Annual General Meeting time again at QFHS. Help us vote in a
new management committee.
Our Open Day is fast approaching, and you’re invited to submit a
photograph of an ancestor researched using QFHS facilities.
Enjoy reading about the many websites, training workshops and meetings
in this month's edition of Snippets.
Let us know your thoughts at: email@example.com
Table of Contents
- About This Newsletter
- QFHS Gaythorne Centre
- QFHS Dates to Remember
- Open Day, Saturday
30 July 2011
- Open Day Video Project
- Open Day at Government
- Queensland Day
Seminar at Queensland State Archives
- La Dolce
Vita: Italians in Queensland
- New Index
Online at Queensland State Archives
- Free Taxi Service
to Queensland State Archives
- Queensland State
Archives 2011 Saturday Openings
- Advanced Archives Search
- Legacy Way Tunnel -
Impact on Toowong Cemetery
- 140th Anniversary of
- Convictism in
Brisbane in the Federation Era
- Looking @ 2.0 Free Course
- Underwood Family Reunion
- NSW Government BDM change
- Fawkner Memorial
Park Indexing Project
- Lilian Watson
Family History Award, 2011
- Rare Memorial
Footage Now Online
- 'Tin Ticket' with
- "Scots Aboard -
Emigrants' Guides to Australia and New Zealand"
- Trove 4.0 Released
- England and Wales
Searchable Death Records Now Online at findmypast.co.uk
- The Long, Long Trail
- London Historians
- Tracing Your
Ancestors in the UK Science Museum Archives
project at British Library's Colindale Newspaper
- St George's Police
Orphanage, Harrogate, Yorkshire
- New Lincolnshire Website
- New Web Site:
- Launch of Irish
Landed Estates Database
- The National Library
- New Finding
Aid for Canadian Federal Voters' Lists, 1935-1980
- Civil War
Historic Records Online
- Free Online
Records Cast Historic Light on South Carolina
- Teenager Makes
Digital Record of Arlington Graves
- Black Loyalist Web Site
- Old Maps
Collection of Civil War Maps and Nautical Charts
- Complete 1930
Mexico Census Now Available Online for Free
- Who is the most
Interesting Person in Your Family Tree?
- Antiquus Morbus
- British Best
Friends Discover They Are Long-Lost Sisters
Elizabeth II's Irish ancestors
- Deceased Online
- Yesterday's Journey
- Lady Gaga and
Madonna Proved to be Distant Cousins
- Plumber Neil's Royal
- Barnardo's Children
- Genealogy Blogs
- The Holocaust and
- 40,000 More
Scottish Burial Records Added to Deceased Online
- 100th Anniversary of
- June's Joke
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Our address is:
58 Bellevue Ave
Gaythorne QLD 4051
QFHS library - (07) 3355 3369
For details about QFHS Centre, including location map, transport etc,
click here: http://www.qfhs.org.au/location_hours.htm#Library
Please note that the library will be closed on: Monday, 13 June -
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday.
Dates to Remember
QFHS Monthly General Meetings
are held on the third Wednesday of the month (but not in January and
December), at the QFHS Library, and start at 7:30pm. Attendance is
free, and visitors are welcome.
QFHS Inc Annual
Queensland Family History Society Inc will hold its Annual General
Meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 22
This is one week later than previous years for those who may have
marked third Wednesday in June for the AGM.
Nominations for positions on the Management Committee (which includes
Office Bearers) close fourteen days prior to the AGM, so nominations
must be in the hands of the Secretary by Wednesday, 8 June 2011.
Nomination forms were included in the May Journal and are also
available from reception or can be downloaded from the QFHS website.
The winner of the QFHS
Award will be announced at the meeting.
We urge as many members as possible to attend. Remember, it is your
Society and we would like to hear from you.
QFHS Daytime Meetings are held
on the first Monday of the month (but not in January and December) at
20 Marmont Street, Geebung from 10am - 12 Noon.
The next meeting will be held on 6 June.
Contact Maureen Mutton on 3265 4378 if you would like to attend.
Central European Group
Meetings are held 10am - Noon on the 4th Saturday of each odd-numbered
month. A $2 donation goes toward purchasing relevant records.
The next meeting will be on 23 July at the QFHS library.
For further information, contact Eric Kopittke on (07) 3376 4339 or
email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
English West Country Group
This group researches the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and
Dorset. Meetings are held from 12 Noon - 2pm at the QFHS Library, on
the fourth Thursday of the odd-numbered months.
Next meeting: Thursday, 28 July.
For further information contact Robert Browning on (07) 3359 9801 or
Family History Writing Group
These meetings are held from 9am - 11am at QFHS Library on the third
Saturday of odd-numbered months.
Next meeting: Saturday, 16 July.
For further information contact FHWriters@qfhs.org.au
OR Robert Adamson on (07) 3266 8353 OR Sue Reid on (07) 3378 2278.
Family Tree Maker User Group
These meetings run from 10am - 11:30am at QFHS Library and are held on
1st Friday each month except January and last Saturday in each
even-numbered month except December.
The next meetings will be held on:
For further details, please contact Kerri Kleidon or Joe Greaves via
e-mail on: email@example.com
- Friday, 3 June - Discussing Versions 2009 & up to 2011
- Saturday, 25 June - Discussing up to Version 16
- Friday, 1 July - Discussing Versions 2009 & up to 2011
The Master Genealogist (or TMG) User Group
After being hosted for more than six years by QFHS member, Peter
Collins, the Brisbane TMG User Group has become a welcome addition to
the Society's special interest groups. The group caters to the needs of
all users, from novice to advanced. The group meets in the QFHS Library
on the third Saturday of each month (except December) at 1:30 pm.
Next meeting is 18 June.
For a limited period, new members to the group will have the
opportunity to purchase The Master Genealogist v7 Gold Edition at a
For further information, contact George Kearney on 0438 073 344 or
Kevin Haley on (07) 3359 7491.
Irish Interest Group
Meetings are held from 10am - 12 Noon at QFHS Library on the second
Saturday of the even-numbered months (not December).
Next meeting: 11 June.
For more information about Irish Interest Group contact Mary King on
(07) 3205 3353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Interest Group
Meetings are held from 10am - 12 Noon at QFHS Library on the second
Saturday of odd-numbered months (except January). Donations to buy more
Scottish resources are welcome.
Next meeting: Saturday, 9 July.
For further information: Email email@example.com
OR phone Sam on (07) 3266 9131
Welsh Interest Group
This group meets on the fourth Sunday of the odd numbered months from
10am - 12 Noon at the QFHS Library.
Next meeting is: Sunday, 24 July.
Contact Paul Wood on firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.
4. Open Day,
Saturday 30 July 2011
To celebrate National Family History Week, Queensland Family History
Society will be holding its annual Open Day on Saturday, 30 July 2011.
The Open Day will take place from 10am until 3pm at the Library and
Resource Centre, 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne. Visitors are invited to
'bring an ancestor' to research using the resources of the Library.
Encourage your friends, family, and neighbours to bring a name, birth
date, death date, or just anything they might know about their
ancestors. Volunteers will be on hand to assist in the research. QFHS's
regional Special Interest Groups will be available to speak to visitors
about their specialised countries. There will be presentations from
Family Tree Maker and The Master Genealogist User Groups. Members are
invited to submit photographs of ancestors for a video presentation
(see item 5).
Open Day-QFHS Members' Information
Members are invited volunteer to assist on Open Day by acting as
researchers, guides, or in providing talks on specialised areas of the
Library. All offers of assistance will be most welcome. Please contact
the Secretary Bev Young at: email@example.com
Members are also asked to note that the Computer Room and other areas
of the Library will be in use on Open Day and research opportunities
for members will be limited. Thank you for your understanding on this.
5. Open Day Video Project
To promote our Society at Open Day on 30 July, we would like to produce
a slide show showcasing ancestors researched using QFHS
resources. To do this, we would like members to provide us with a
photograph of a person, family, home, place etc with personal details,
and the source/s used. The photograph does not need to have been
located at QFHS. If you have a scanned photograph you would like to
share, simply select/copy from your pictures and attach to an email to:
you have an actual photograph but not a scanner, we can scan it for
you. Let us know if we can help. Information to include - name of
person/place, date of birth and death, relationship to member, members
number, inscription, QFHS resource used etc. We would like to receive
these by 30 June at latest.
Findmypast.com.uk. Discount for QFHS Members
The QFHS now has a subscription to Findmypast.co.uk, and they have
offered our members a discount of 15% towards membership. To take
advantage of this discount, simply key in the word "FMPSAVE".
Check it out at: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/home.jsp
7. Open Day at
Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, and Mr
Stuart McCosker invite you to Government House Open Day in celebration
of Queensland Day on Sunday, 5 June, 10am to 3pm. A community fair of
Queensland volunteer and community organisations will provide a
fantastic festival atmosphere with displays, including a QFHS stall.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Guided tours of Government House will be conducted plus tours of the
wonderful gardens and surrounds at 10:30am, 12 noon and 1:30pm.
Off-site parking is available at Norman Buchan Park with regular
shuttle bus pick-up and drop-off. To assist fellow Queenslanders
affected by Cyclone Yasi and the floods, visitors are encouraged to
contribute a gold coin donation on entry.
More information available at: http://www.govhouse.qld.gov.au/
Day Seminar at Queensland State Archives
Come and celebrate Queensland Day at Queensland State Archives with a
seminar and tour of the Archives on Tuesday, 7 June from 10 am.
Featuring Queensland State Archives' most significant records from the
state's early history, this seminar will offer the rare opportunity to
view theProclamation of Queensland as read by Governor Bowen on 10
The seminar will be held on Tuesday, 7 June from 10 am - 12 Noon at
Queensland State Archives, Lecture Theatre 2 at 435 Compton Road,
For more information, and to make your booking, call (07) 3131 7777.
9. La Dolce
Vita: Italians in Queensland
This exhibit highlights the distinct influences Italians have had on
Queensland society and our multicultural heritage since first arriving
to the colony in the mid 1800s. It was created by Queensland State
Archives to celebrate Harmony Day. Using immigration records, company
records, school admission registers, inquests, wills, correspondence
files, police reports and even internment registers, archivists have
been able to put together a snapshot of the Italian experience in
More information at: http://www.archivessearch.qld.gov.au/Exhibition/ExhibitionDetails.aspx?ExhibitionId=21
Index Online at Queensland State Archives
The Index to Immigration 1922-1940 is now available online. Go
11. Free Taxi
Service to Queensland State Archives
For those who find it difficult to get to the Queensland State Archives
(QSA), there is a taxi service for researchers available every Tuesday.
Information can be obtained at: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/findus.asp#taxi
To book taxi travel to QSA, phone (07) 3131 7777.
State Archives 2011 Saturday Openings
In 2011, Queensland State Archives will be open to the public on the
second Saturday of every calendar month from 9am to 4:30pm. The 2011
Saturday opening dates for the next three months are:
Queensland State Archives are located at 435 Compton Road, Runcorn,
- Saturday, 11 June
- Saturday, 9 July
- Saturday, 13 August
For more details, go to: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/research/hours.asp
13. Advanced Archives
Discover how to get the best out of Archives Search, Queensland State
Archives' online catalogue, with a seminar on Tuesday, 19 July from 2
pm. This seminar will teach you more advanced techniques to locate
records of interest and will give useful tips for finding what you want.
For more information, and to book, call (07) 3131 7777.
14. Legacy Way
Tunnel - Impact on Toowong Cemetery
Transcity has started construction of Legacy Way at the western
worksite, on the northern side of the Western Freeway, Toowong. In
preparation for early works, preservation activities are being
undertaken to protect approximately 70 gravestones identified as
structurally unsound due to their age and existing condition. These
gravestones are located in portions 11 and 24 of the cemetery, near Mt
For further information on affected gravestones visit: http://www.transcityjv.com.au/construction/toowong-cemetery
Anniversary of Toowong Cemetery
Re-enactment of the military funeral cortege of Governor Samuel Wensley
Blackall will take place at Toowong Cemetery commencing at 10am on
Sunday 24th July 2011. Also the Peter Jackson Memorial
restoration unveiling will commence at 2pm.
The main entrance
will be closed for the day but onsite parking will be available via
Richer Street, Toowong.
All enquiries to: 0417 404 960.
16. Convictism in
Brisbane in the Federation Era
Jan Richardson, a new member of QFHS and a graduate student at
University of New England, is undertaking a year-long research project
on the legacy of convictism in Brisbane in the Federation era. She
would like to hear from anyone whose family was living in Brisbane
around 1900, particularly if they were descended from convicts or early
Information is also being sought on attitudes to convicts and
Queensland's convict history, either in terms of personal stories (what
was your family's reaction to discovering a convict ancestor? were your
ancestors proud of being free settlers rather than convicts?) or
published/unpublished material from the Federation era (books,
newspaper articles, diaries etc which refer to Queensland's convict
past in any way).
Please email Jan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
by 31 December 2011.
17. Looking @ 2.0 Free
The State Library of Queensland is offering hope for anyone who feels
as if they're falling down the rabbit hole whenever they jump online.
Looking @2.0 is a free, online course presented by the State Library in
partnership with public libraries throughout the state. The course is
designed to help people navigate the world of online technologies, keep
up with the online activities of their children, stay safe online and
utilise some of the many positive aspects Web 2.0 has to offer. Many of
the online technologies discussed during the course can be used for
family history purposes.
Check it out at: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/learning/looking
18. Underwood Family
A Reunion to commemorate the 220 years since James Underwood arrived on
the Admiral Barrington on 16 October 1791 will be held on 15 October,
2011 at St Jude's Church, Randwick, Sydney. His descendants, and those
of his brothers Joseph and William are invited to attend, along with
any interested relatives.
For further information email: email@example.com
19. NSW Government BDM
The NSW Registry has removed the wildcard search facility from their
internet index search. The wildcard (shift*) has been extremely useful
if a researcher is unsure of the spelling of a name. i.e. Ann could be
listed as Ann, Anne or Annie but with the use of the wildcard the
result would bring up all possibilities. The ? is still allowed
but if you use Clark? this only provides one replacement letter and
provides Clarke but not Clark without an 'e'. This means that
each variation of a name would need to be searched separately. I am
sure family historians will be unhappy with this change and suggest you
contact the Registry to lodge a protest in the hope that they will
reverse this decision.
You can email your complaint to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Memorial Park Indexing Project
The Genealogical Society of Victoria is undertaking a project to index
all names appearing on the memorials at Fawkner Memorial Park.
Fawkner Park, established in 1906 and now part of the Greater
Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, is one of the largest
cemetery/crematorium complexes in Melbourne, Victoria with approx 7000
ceremonies per annum. The project has encountered about 100 memorials
that contained names and other information in the Cyrillic script,
predominately in the Roman Catholic compartments. They are now seeking
anyone with the capability and the time to translate those memorials.
For further information contact David Down at: email@example.com
Watson Family History Award, 2011
Are you the author of a book dealing with family history and with a
significant Tasmanian content? If so, the Tasmanian Family History
Society would like you to submit an entry for the above award.
For further information or to obtain an entry form, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries close 1 December 2011.
Memorial Footage Now Online
This website reveals rare footage of Australian soldiers at the 1916
battle of PoziÃ¨res. It is part of an online exhibition of
First World War films on the National Film and Sound Archive's
australianscreen online, published in collaboration with the Australian
You'll find the footage here: http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/australia-in-france-part-one/
23. 'Tin Ticket'
with Barbara Swiss
Of the approximate 165,000 convicts transported to Australia only
25,000 were women. The stories of how these women adapted to the
harshness of early colonial Australia are often forgotten. You can
listen to an ABC Radio interview with Deborah Swiss, author of the new
book "Tin Ticket" as she discusses the plight of the female convict.
Go to: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2011/3213892.htm
Aboard - Emigrants' Guides to Australia and New Zealand"
This database mostly contains works directed at those intending to
settle in what is now Australia and New Zealand, ranging from the early
19th to the late 20th centuries. It includes some travel accounts and
descriptive works on countries, states and provinces, but only where
these are considered for emigration; it does not include pamphlets or
other more general works about the need for emigration schemes. The
database is searchable by keyword and browsable by date of publication
(in decades) and by title.
Enjoy searching at: http://www.nls.uk/catalogues/online/scots-abroad/egaunz/index.cfm
25. Trove 4.0 Released
The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce the release of
Trove 4.0. Trove now searches across millions of articles from its
database and most of these articles can be viewed online for free.
The Trove homepage has been redesigned to make it easier for new users
to understand the benefits of Trove. Find and get over 239,148,970
Australian and online resources:
books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more
26. England and
Wales Certificate Information
This website explains the whys and wherefores of strange or missing
things on United Kingdom birth, marriage and death certificates.
Start reading here: http://home.clara.net/dixons/Certificates/indexbd.htm
Searchable Death Records Now Online at findmypast.co.uk
Leading UK family history website http://www.findmypast.co.uk/
has launched a quicker way to find the deaths of your ancestors. This
final instalment means that over 85 million death records can now be
searched with as little as a surname. Finding a death record will take
a fraction of the time that it used to. For the first time ever, you
can now search for your ancestors in the following records all at
Findmypast.co.uk is the only place you can search these records in one
go. So if you've tried without success to find your ancestor's death
record elsewhere, try again using this powerful new search.
- England & Wales deaths 1837-2006
- British nationals died overseas 1818-2005
- British nationals armed forces deaths 1796-2005
- British nationals died at sea 1854-1890
For more information log on to: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/
28. The Long, Long Trail
This website is a comprehensive online order of battle for the British
Army in the First World War. It includes information on how to find
records and interpret them.
You'll find the website at: http://www.1914-1918.net/index.html
In addition, there's tips on how to research on those who fought in the
Great War at: http://www.1914-1918.net/grandad/grandad.htm
29. London Historians
This website features lots of useful information about London's
history. Check it out at: http://www.londonhistorians.org/
30. Tracing Your
Ancestors in the UK Science Museum Archives
The UK Science Museum Library and Archives holds a large amount of
information about those involved in the science, engineering, medicine
and industry fields. As well as holding a large collection of named
archives on famous and influential individuals such as Charles Babbage,
the museum also houses records of the ordinary people who were involved
in the science industry. The online catalogue is the best place to
start searching for your ancestor but the museum also offers up to 30
minutes research time free of charge.
See the Science Museum website for further details at: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
Digitisation project at British Library's Colindale Newspaper
Launching in Autumn 2011, the British Newspaper Archive will make
millions of pages of historical newspapers available online for the
first time - unlocking a treasure trove of material for historians,
researchers, genealogists, students and anyone interested in when,
where and how our ancestors lived and key periods of historical
You can read more about this at http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/.
sort of information that will
be available. You can also register to be kept informed of when
the newspapers go online.
32. St George's
Police Orphanage, Harrogate, Yorkshire
This website has been set up by former residents of St George's Police
orphanage in Harrogate. The Orphanage was founded in 1897 by Miss
Catherine Gurney, OBE, for the care and welfare of Police Force
children who had lost one or both parents. A total of 644 children were
cared for by the orphanage from January 1898 when Minnie Smith was the
first child to be admitted, until it closed in 1956. The website gives
comprehensive coverage of the life and times experienced at St George's.
There is a list of all the children who were cared for over the years
as well as details of some staff members. For more information visit: http://www.stgeorgesharrogate.org/
33. New Lincolnshire
Those with an interest in Lincolnshire will be interested to learn of
this new website. The site includes integrated catalogues from
Lincolnshire Archives, Tennyson Research Centre, libraries, museums and
the Historic Environment Record, together with online exhibitions
highlighting collections, learning resources, and more than 500,000
images, documenting thousands of years of county history.
Digitised documents include parish registers, probate inventories and
maps. The site is aimed at both dedicated researchers and casual
browsers, with records, photographs and objects being shown as
high-quality images, which are also available to buy.
Check it out at: http://www.lincstothepast.com/
One of the biggest stumbling blocks in doing Irish research is the lack
of complete census records before 1901 - although other records do
exist. One such set of records is the Irish Pension Records. A new web
site now has transcriptions of the hand-written Pension Records
available for a fee.
The web site contains extracts from the pension application forms
(green forms) that give essential information from the 1841 & 1851
censuses for the whole of Ireland. These pension records are only
available on microfilm and are held in the Public Records Office of
Northern Ireland (in Belfast) and The National Archives (in Dublin).
The new web site allows anyone to search the records by surname.
When a record is found, you will see a thumbnail-sized image of the
(transcribed) record. The image is far too small to read but does give
an idea as to how much information is on the page. Typically, it will
be a few lines of text. To view the entire record, you must pay a fee.
Records typically cost £2.00.
You can find the Ireland Genealogy web site at: http://www.ireland-genealogy.com/
35. New Web
Site: findmypast Ireland
This website was launched in May 2011. Its collection
covers over 4 million records and includes land records, directories,
wills, obituaries, gravestone inscriptions and marriages. The
earliest records date back to the 13th century (wills) and include
several important collections from the 18th century (The Elphin Census
1749 and the 1798 Rebellion records). The collection includes the
exclusive publication of the Landed Estates Court records, a crucial
resource for the mid- to late-19th century, which includes details of
over 500,000 tenants on Irish estates. The website developers intend to
launch over 50 million records over the next 12-18 months.
Access is via subscription at this address: http://www.findmypast.ie/
36. Launch of
Irish Landed Estates Database
The Connacht and Munster Landed Estates project was launched on 20 May.
"The Landed Estates Database provides a comprehensive and integrated
resource guide to landed estates and historic houses in Connacht and
Munster, c. 1700-1914. The aim of this guide is to assist and support
researchers working on the social, economic, political and cultural
history of Connacht and Munster from c.1700 to 1914." This site allows
online searching of families, houses and estates on A-Z basis.
For further information go to: http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie:8080/LandedEstates/jsp/index.jsp
37. The National
Library of Wales
Are you doing Welsh family research? If so, you need to check out this
website which includes dedicated family history information.
Finding Aid for Canadian Federal Voters' Lists, 1935-1980
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the launch of an
updated version of its finding aid to locate electoral districts in its
federal voters' lists collection from 1935 to 1980. This updated
version now provides for each of the 892 microfilm reels of the
collection, the electoral year, the province, the exact name of the
electoral district and the page numbers for each microfilm. This tool
will facilitate the frequent consultation and use of the federal
voters' lists collection by genealogists and family historians.
The finding aid can be accessed at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-911.006-e.html
39. Civil War
Historic Records Online
As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,
people who had ancestors involved in the conflict can access millions
of historical records recently published on the familysearch.org
The collections include service records for both the Confederate and
Union armies, pension records, and more. Some of these records have
been available for some time but are now being added to: http://www.familysearch.org/civilwar
as part of this project.
Many of the records are specific to the war itself, such as enlistment
or pension records. These documents can provide key family data,
including age, place of birth, or the name of a spouse. Other
collections, such as census records, tell the story of ordinary
civilians who lived during that turbulent time. Even a local or state
death record far away from the battlefront may contain death
information on a soldier that was submitted by a family member back
For more details on the records available, go to: http://bit.ly/kjgrga
40. Free Online
Records Cast Historic Light on South Carolina
This rich new online resource will be of interest to family historians
with Southern roots. This free resource consists of new historic
records and image collections and an in-depth online help centre (wiki)
for South Carolina genealogy resources. FamilySearch's newest South
Carolina collections are South Carolina Probate Records, Files and
Loose Papers, 1732-1964, and South Carolina Probate Records, Bound
Volumes, 1671-1977. Probate and estate records typically include wills,
bonds, property inventory, and court petitions.
Also in FamilySearch's free online collection of South Carolina records
are South Carolina Deaths (1915-1955) and Civil War Confederate Service
Records (1861-1865)-the two collections comprise millions of searchable
The information can be found at: http://www.familysearch.org/
Makes Digital Record of Arlington Graves
Using only a clunky camera and the Motorola Xoom he got for his 17th
birthday, Ricky Gilleland has succeeded where the Army failed: He has
created the only digitised record of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans laid
to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. His website,
preserveandhonor.com, is a reverent catalog of the fallen, and one
young man's response to a scandal of Army mismanagement, mismarked
graves and unmarked remains that has rocked this hallowed place for two
You can read about it at: http://lat.ms/hsbkQv
42. Black Loyalist Web
Black Loyalist is a repository of historical data about the African
American loyalist refugees who left New York between April and November
1783 and whose names are recorded in the Book of Negroes. In this first
stage, the site concentrates on providing biographical and demographic
information for the largest cohort, about 1000 people from Norfolk,
Virginia, and surrounding counties.
This site seeks to provide as much biographical data as can be found
for the individual people who ran away to join the British during the
American Revolution and were evacuated as free people in 1783.
The Black Loyalist Web Site is available at http://www.blackloyalist.info/
43. Old Maps
This website specialises in republishing historical maps. The maps
range from the 1850s through the early 1870s. The company offers
digital and printed reproductions of maps from all over New England,
United States. The company provides thousands of free, compressed maps
on its web site. Highly detailed (non-compressed) maps on CD-ROM and
printed on high-quality paper can also be ordered from the site.
These maps pinpoint the location of every house and the name of the
family that lived there at the time the original map was produced. As
such, these maps have great value to genealogists. Not only can you see
where your ancestors lived, but also their neighbours and others in the
You will find the Old Maps web site at: http://www.old-maps.com/
Collection of Civil War Maps and Nautical Charts
In honour of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011, NOAA
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has assembled a
special historical collection of maps, charts, and documents prepared
by the U.S. Coast Survey during the war years. The collection,
"Charting a More Perfect Union," contains over 400 documents, available
free from NOAA's Office of Coast Survey website.
"People are planning now for their visits to Civil War sites next year,
and we want to give them an opportunity to visualize the terrain,
ports, and coasts as they were from 1861 to 1865," said Meredith
Westington, NOAA's chief geographer. "Most people wouldn't think of
turning to NOAA for historical Civil War documents, but the agency has
an amazing legacy."
You can read more on the NOAA web site at http://goo.gl/6MpXa
45. Complete 1930
Mexico Census Now Available Online for Free
The entire 1930 Mexico Census covering almost 13 million records is now
online at http://www.familysearch.org/
For more information on the Mexico Census and other recently released
records on familysearch, go to: http://bit.ly/mEaS7y
46. Who is the
most Interesting Person in Your Family Tree?
Have you have discovered a famous explorer, inventor, politician,
activist, merchant or labourer in your family history? On the darker
side, a convict, or murderer? Maybe someone who struggled to bring up a
family against all odds? Why not enter the new FFHS (Federation of
Family History Societies).
Simply write an account of your most interesting person and bring them
to life in no more than 1,000 words. Entries may be submitted
electronically to: email@example.com
by 31 December 2011. The winners will be announced in February 2012.
47. Antiquus Morbus
This website is a collection of archaic medical terms and their old and
modern definitions. The primary focus of this web site is to help
decipher the causes of death found on mortality lists, certificates of
death and church death records from the 19th century and earlier.
Check it out at: http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/Index.htm
Best Friends Discover They Are Long-Lost Sisters
Two British women who have been friends for 16 years are celebrating
after discovering that they are sisters. Alison Slavin, 41, and Sam
Davies, 43, found that they had the same father after adopted Slavin
traced her biological mother.
The women, who live a mile apart from each other in Bristol, in western
England, are both child care workers, and both have two children, look
alike and share the same taste in clothes - but never guessed they
could be related. Read more about the sisters at: http://bit.ly/jJB8Ko
Elizabeth II's Irish ancestors
It may come as a surprise to many, to find that Queen Elizabeth II has
strains of Irish ancestry. The largest portion of royal Irish, or more
accurately royal Anglo-Irish ancestry comes via the late Queen Mother,
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Thus 8 of the Queen's 128 five-times
great-grandparents resided in Ireland in the eighteenth century.
To read more about Queen Elizabeth II's Irish ancestry, go to: http://bit.ly/lepLdf
50. Deceased Online
This website has recently added over 54,000 Burial Records for rural
Southwest England to its cache. It includes 11 cemeteries across
Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon. You can search the registers by country,
region, county, burial authority or crematorium free of charge. When
registered as a Deceased Online user you gain access to:
Check out the database coverage section of these and many more areas in
the United Kingdom at: http://www.deceasedonline.com/
- Computerised cremation and burial records
- Digital scans of cremation and burial registers
- Digital scans of books of remembrance
- Photographs of graves and memorials
- Cemetery maps showing grave locations
- Other occupants in the same grave
51. Yesterday's Journey
As in any age, people have had to deal with documentation and officials
whether it be for good or bad. Yesterday's Journey records the names of
those people who had dealings with those events and the paperwork
involved. Documents that may identify where a person was born, how long
they worked in a trade, where they got married, which regiment they
served in, how many children they had, names, ages and other bits of
information to help add real history and detail to your ancestors lives.
Dealing primarily with Derbyshire it does, however, cover the whole of
the British Isles. Yesterdays Journey is on-going and updated on
a regular basis.
Have fun at: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~spire/Yesterday/index.htm
52. Lady Gaga
and Madonna Proved to be Distant Cousins
After thorough research, Chris Child (an expert in the New England
Historic Genealogical Society) presented to the American press a series
of evidence in support of his discovery, arguing that the two singers
share a common ancestor from a farming family which left France and
settled in the province of Quebec from Canada in the 1600s.
Read more at: http://bit.ly/izNIxE
53. Plumber Neil's
A Brisbane plumber has discovered he is a relative of Prince William
through William's mother, Princess Diana. Neil Geary, 74, and
recently-married William, both descend from the children of William
Conyngsby (born 1479) and Beatrix Thursby (born 1492), making the
grandfather-of-four William's 14th cousin once removed.
Read more about the royal connection at: http://bit.ly/iAeeFV
TheGenealogist provides discounts to members of the GOONS
The Guild of One-Name Studies (http://www.one-name.org/)
its Diamond and Gold subscriptions: £40 off its
Diamond subscription and £10 off its Gold
subscription. Current Guild members who already have a
subscription with TheGenealogist can take advantage of this offer when
their subscription renewal becomes due.
This offer means that the Guild of One-Name Studies has added yet
another reason for anyone to join the Guild whether they are already
undertaking, or are about to undertake, a one-name study or simply have
an interest in one-name studies. TheGenealogist is the latest on-line
website to offer discounts to Guild of One-Name Studies members. See http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/
TheGenealogist is run by the data provider S&N Genealogy supplies,
and is a top British genealogy research website. They are also
offering Guild members a discount of 30% off their normal price on
Certificate Binders and Family History Binders, and 20% off their
normal prices of S&N Data CDs.
55. Barnardo's Children
Barnardo's has a vast collection of records of the children who were in
its care with the earliest dating from the 1870s. If you have a
relative whom you think may have been in the care of Barnardo's they
may hold records and sometimes images to help with your family history
research. Initially, a basic search will be carried out, for a fee, to
establish whether your ancestor was in the care of Barnardo's. Once
this has been confirmed, you can get more detailed information through
an Admission Package or a Full History Package. A Photographic Package
is also available for those who wish to just purchase a photograph of
56. Genealogy Blogs
Blogs are becoming an increasingly popular way to document and share
one's family history research experience. A blog, short for Web Log, is
an online diary on a website and can be relatively easy to set up with
simply designed templates. Wordpress and Blogger are 2 popular
providers. If you don't fancy setting up your own blog, there are
plenty out there to follow and keep up to date with what is happening
in the family history world.
Chris Paton's blog is one of the more popular ones but there are also
many more, including FindMyPast, some family history magazines as well
as personal blogs. Chris Paton - http://www.scottishancestry.blogspot.com/
57. The Holocaust and
Ancestry.com's recent addition of the World Memory Project http://www.worldmemoryproject.org/
aims to recruit the public to help to build the world's largest online
resource for information on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and
millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany
and its collaborators. The project will dramatically expand the number
of Museum documents relating to individual victims that can be searched
online. Many Jewish communities were completely destroyed during the
Holocaust, and in some cases all Jews living in them were killed, so
there was no one left to tell the story of that community. Many of the
records that were made by the Nazis were preserved and have been
written about by historians and also been made into remembrance books.
There have been books compiled by survivors, reconstructing the
destroyed communities. These books are called Yizkor books. In
addition, individuals have contributed details of people and families
to Yad Vashem, the museum and memorial to Jewish Holocaust victims.
If you would like to learn more about Holocaust records please contact
our Education Officer, Jeanette Rosenberg at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Scottish Burial Records Added to Deceased Online
Two Aberdeenshire coastal town cemeteries and a small Aberdeen City
graveyard have been added to growing Scottish burial database. Nearly
19,000 records commencing in 1869 for Constitution Hill Cemetery in
Peterhead, Aberdeenshire are now available online. The records include
digital scans of mortality registers which are rich in detail and
include full names, designations of heads of families, occupations,
causes of death, places of death, addresses, ages and grave references.
Over 16,000 records, dating back to 1615, for a second Peterhead
cemetery, St Peter's Churchyard, are currently being worked on and will
be completed and uploaded onto Deceased Online shortly.
The database for the City of Aberdeen has also been increased with the
addition of nearly 4,500 records for the small John Knox
graveyard. The records are for the period 1838 to 1894 and have
been transcribed from Doric language grave diggers' registers and
include various spelling inconsistencies (see the full write up in the
website's database section, https://www.deceasedonline.com/servlet/GSDOSearch).
Deceased Online will be adding many more records for Scottish regions
soon. Check out the Database Coverage section at http://www.deceasedonline.com/
to find out more details of the above and many more towns and areas in
Anniversary of Titanic Disaster
As the 100th Anniversary of Titanic approaches, Titanic Heritage Trust
is pleased to announce the creation of a database of descendants of
survivors of all those who were lost on 15th April 1912. If anyone has
a connection or knows someone who has a connection with the Titanic
please contact us. Also, as part of the 100th Anniversary events are
being planned and we are hoping to get together in one place as many as
possible of the descendants of survivors and any descendants of those
who were lost when Titanic sank.
For further information email email@example.com
60. June's Joke
I looked into my family tree and found
out I was a sap
I looked up my family tree...there were two dogs using it
I researched my family tree... apparently I don't exist!
I shook my family tree and a bunch of nuts fell out
I think my ancestors had several "bad heir" days
I used to have a life, and then I started doing genealogy
I'd rather look for dead people than have them look for me
I'm not sick, I've just got fading genes
I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged
I'm searching for myself; Have you seen me?
I'm stuck in my family tree, and I can't get down
If only people came with pull-down menus and on-line help...
Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem, leads to two more!
It is hereditary in my family not to have children
It's hard to believe that someday I'll be an ancestor
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