QFHS Snippets - September 2011 Volume 11, No. 9
Join one of our special interest
groups to enhance your research.
Make sure your entry is submitted for the QFHS inc. Family History
Tune into 4BC to hear Ann Swain speak on Family History 101.
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your news with us at: email@example.com
Table of Contents
- About This Newsletter
- QFHS Gaythorne Centre
- QFHS Dates to Remember
- Parking in Bellevue
Discount for QFHS Members
- QFHS Inc
Award for Services to Family History
- Apprenticeship Offered
- Library Assistants'
- QFHS inc.
Family History (Writing) Award 2011
- Christmas Hamper
- Queensland State
Archives 2011 Saturday Openings
State Archives Indexes
- Queensland State
Archives 2011 Seminars
- Images from the
- Free Taxi
Service to Queensland State Archives
History Talk: Brisbane - Weird or Wonderful, or Both?
Family History Research Inc
- Kleidon Family Reunion
Celebrates its 40th Birthday in September
Theft and Family History Research - What You Should Know
- 2011 Janet
Reakes Memorial Award
Chronicle Queensland online
- What do You
Know About The South Brisbane Library?
- 4BC Family History 101
Adds New Australian Convict Records
Private Lives Discovered in Hobart - ABC Audio File
- New Titles
Available in Trove
Society of Australia Inc - Research Interests of Members
- New Zealand Papers
Zealanders marrying in Australia 1892-1894
- The National
Archives of the UK Launches New Library Catalogue
- U.K. National
Archives Releases Digitised Microfilms Online
- 4th Century
Gough Map of Britain is Now Online
- U.K. Railway
Employment Records, 1833 - 1963
- Resources for
- Canterbury Closures
Your Irish Roots Online
- Austrian Genealogy
Netherlands Civil Register
- Texas Drought
Unearths Long-Lost Slave Cemetery
- Laser Scan Study
of a Cemetery
- Oregon Historic
- Oakland County
(Michigan) Online Databases
- Oklahoma State
Tourism Web Site Launches New Genealogy Tool
- Tracing Native
Worry That the Family Photo Album is Being Lost to Technology
- Carrying on
the Family Tradition: Executioner
How to Read Unreadable Tombstones
- World's Oldest
Person Celebrates 115th Birthday
- September Silliness
About This Newsletter
Snippets is a monthly publication of the Queensland Family History
Society Inc. (QFHS). QFHS Website http://www.qfhs.org.au/
Please do not click on reply to contact Snippets - the 'click on
reply' facility is strictly for 'un-subscribing' to the mailing
You are encouraged to contribute items which you feel would be of
general interest to the family historian hunting for that illusive
relative. Humorous items and items relating to the technology of
using computers in genealogy are also welcome. Submit your BRIEF
items supplemented by hyperlinks to additional details.
Snippets will rarely include items of a commercial nature and only
then when they are likely to be of interest to a majority of our
Submit your items to us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
QFHS Gaythorne Centre
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
QFHS 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.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 21 September.
Patrick O'Shea and Beverly Isdale from the
Chermside & District Historical Association Inc. will discuss
the 'History of Chermside'.
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 5 September.
Contact Maureen Mutton on 3265 4378 if you would like to attend.
Cost is $5.50 per person which goes towards purchasing more research
materials for the Library. Time - 10am to 12 noon at QFHS Library.
Next workshop date is:
For bookings contact Desley Schafer - phone (07) 3204 4254 or email
her at: email@example.com
- 30 October - "Where to Begin"
Member Orientations - 'Old' & New Members Welcome
You will almost certainly learn new stuff about the Society, and
helpful hints about using the Library and researching, all in a
friendly atmosphere and informal setting. New members are especially
Next orientations: Friday, 16 September and Saturday, 15 October.
Numbers are limited to allow full participation. BOOKING is
ESSENTIAL. Please note: Sessions are usually fully booked, with a
waiting list, so please advise the organisers as soon as possible if
you find you are unable to attend when you have a booking.
Contact Bev Bonning on (07) 3355 7389 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Central European Group
Meetings are held 10am - Noon on the 4th Saturday of each
odd-numbered month. A $2 donation goes toward purchasing relevant
The next meeting will be on 24 September at the QFHS library.
For further information, contact Eric Kopittke on (07) 3376 4339 or
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, 22 September.
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, 17 September.
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 meeting will be held on Friday, 7 October - Discussing
Versions 2009 & up to 2011
For further details, please contact Kerri Kleidon or Joe Greaves via
e-mail on: email@example.com
The Master Genealogist (or TMG) User Group
This 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 17 September.
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: 8 October. The topic for this meeting will be "Catholic Church Records".
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, 10 September.
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, 25 September.
Contact Kaye Hart on firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.
4. Parking in
Members are reminded to be considerate of local residents when
parking in Bellevue Avenue, especially at busy times. Residents' and
QFHS members' cars can make the avenue quite busy; Society members
are asked to be mindful of our neighbours in relation to parking.
Recently a Bellevue Avenue resident expressed concern regarding a
car parked too close to her driveway. While the RACQ advises that a
vehicle may park right up to where a driveway meets the road, they
also advise that drivers can find it difficult to exit or enter
their driveways if cars are parked too close. In this case, the home
owner may have cause to complain to the City Council.
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
Inc Award for Services to Family History
Nominations are now called for the QFHS Inc. Award for Services to
Family History, which is reserved for QFHS members only, and
presented at our November Christmas break-up meeting.
The Award can be made to two members each year, but this number is
flexible. When you visit the Resource Centre at Gaythorne,
have a look at the honour board in the meeting room to see who has
received this Award in previous years, so you do not present a
repeat nomination. Your citation for your nominee should be no
more than half a page long please.
Nominations are to be in the hands of the Secretary by 1 October.
Leave it/them at the library, in a sealed envelope addressed to the
Secretary QFHS Inc., or email to email@example.com
The nominations are considered by previous awardees as designated by
QFHS Management Committee and who form an ad hoc committee for the
purpose each year.
QFHS Inc. invites interested members to enquire about learning to
catalogue our ever-increasing number of CDs. Due to the influx
of digital technology resources being made available to members, our
CD Cataloguer Dawn Montgomery is now in need of an assistant or even
two. In August alone we had another 100 CDs arrive; on top of
some hundreds still 'in the pipeline'!
Tasks include photocopying, listing, exploring the CDs to see what
they really contain (not always what it says on the label). Some
knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel would be an advantage.
You will also need to be able to visit the QFHS Library periodically
to complete the tasks.
Interested? Please contact Dawn on 3822 6569 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Management Committee has devised a Collection Development Policy
which is intended to guide the management and development of the
Society's resources collection. The Policy outlines why, what,
where, how, and when the Society collects, and how and why items may
be de-accessioned and disposed of.
The policy is now in draft form. The Management Committee invites
Society members to comment on the Policy. If you wish to read and
comment on the draft policy please email email@example.com and
a copy will be sent to you. The closing date for comments is 14
The next round of Library Assistants' Meeting will take place on
Friday, 23 September 2011, and Saturday, 1 October 2011 at QFHS
Library and Resource Centre. All Library Assistants are welcome to
attend to meet other LAs and members of the committee, and learn
more about the Library functions. Sign-on sheets will be available
in the yellow folder on the Library Assistants' desk.
10. QFHS inc.
Family History (Writing) Award 2011
The Society invites entries for this Award which will be presented
to the person or persons producing the best history of a Queensland
family, published in book form within the last five years. It must
be the story of a family, not of an individual. The Award is open to
the general public as well as to members of the Society.
Entry forms are available from:
Entries close on 30 November, 2011.
- Hon. Secretary, QFHS Inc., PO Box 171 Indooroopilly, Qld, 4068
- Robert Adamson, 25 Brown Street, Windsor, Qld, 4030
11. Christmas Hamper
Each year, the Society makes a donation to the Salvation Army for
their Christmas Appeal. In early October, the Library Co-ordinating
Group will commence the drive in the Reception Area at the
Library. Non-perishable goods are welcome. Many thanks for
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,
Queensland. For more details, go to: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/research/hours.asp
- Saturday, 10 September
- Saturday, 8 October
- Saturday 12 November
Queensland State Archives Indexes
The Queensland State Archives continues to index their holdings and
then publish those indexes online. Each index is published in pdf
format and contains lists of people's names in alphabetical order
and QSA references. Copies of the individual entries can be ordered
online. Indexes are grouped into the following categories:
immigration, indigenous, lands, probate and other. The 'other'
category includes hospital and health records, divorces, inquests,
naturalisations, teachers, prisoners and civil servants indexes.
Enjoy searching at: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/research/indexes.asp
State Archives 2011 Seminars
Tuesday 13 September - Getting
Do you want to start research at
Queensland State Archives, but don't know where to begin? Then
come along to our 'Getting Started' seminar on Tuesday, 13
September from 2 pm to 4 pm. Presented by one of Queensland State
Archives' experienced reference archivists, this seminar will
provide you with the basics to get your research at Queensland
State Archives underway. The seminar includes afternoon tea and a
Tuesday 11 October - ArchivesSearch
Learn how to use Queensland State
Archives' online catalogue ArchivesSearch at an introductory
seminar on Tuesday, 11 October from 10 am.
For more information on the seminars, go to: http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/events_2011.asp#September
Queensland State Archives is located at 435 Compton Road, Runcorn
Queensland. To book your spot, call (07) 3131 7777.
15. Images from
the British Royals
Queensland State Archives has launched a Flickr account to highlight
significant images from its collection. The first selection of
images is from visits to Queensland by members of the British royal
family, which form the basis of the exhibition, The British Royals: a Queensland
This exhibition is on display at Queensland State Archives, 435
Compton Road, Runcorn, and the collection of Flickr images is
available online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/queenslandstatearchives/.
16. 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
Information can be obtained at:
http://www.archives.qld.gov.au/findus.asp#taxi To book taxi
travel to QSA, phone (07) 3131 7777.
History Talk: Brisbane - Weird or Wonderful, or Both?
Historian Helen Gregory will peel back the layers of history and
human experience which make up our home town. Helen's latest
publication, "Building Brisbane's
History: structures, sculptures, stories and secrets"
uncovers our fascinating past.
The Talk will be held on Saturday, 10 September from 10:30am - 12
Noon at Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane.
Book your free seat on (07) 3403 8888.
Caloundra Family History Research Inc.
Caloundra Family History Research held its Annual General Meeting on
Thursday, 18 August and a new Committee was welcomed for the
forthcoming year. The meeting welcomed Mr Norm Bourguignon who
presented Caloundra Family History with a copy of his late wife
Gaylene's book "When River was
Later in the proceedings, the inaugural Lorrie Barzdo Writers Award
was presented to Geoff Kelly, for his article "The Elusive William Kelly".
This annual award encourages members to write an article for
posterity; in keeping with their family history research and
At the next general meeting, on 15 September, Mr Les McFadzen, the
immediate past president of History Queensland, will give a talk on
The History of Migration in
Australia. As with all general meetings, members and
visitors are welcome.
All activities conducted by the group, are held at the Girl Guide
Hut in Arthur Street, Caloundra. General meetings are held on
the third Thursday each month from 1:30pm to 4pm.
Enquiries for all events, including meetings, research and
specialist groups are welcomed by contacting Valerie on (07) 5437
3879 or Roz on (07) 5493 1197.
The group can also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit their website at: http://www.cirruscomms.com.au/~cfhri/Index.htm
19. Kleidon Family
The Kleidons are having another Reunion on Saturday, 24 September,
2011 at Peace Lutheran Church Hall, Spencer Street, Gatton,
Queensland commencing at 9:30am. All and sundry are welcome to
attend. B.Y.O. lunch, with tea and coffee provided.
The first reunion was held in 1986 when the first book was
published. Since then, there has been a reunion every five
years. In 2006 an updated book was published, containing over
6000 names. There are still a couple of copies for sale.
If anyone is interested in purchasing these for $25 plus
postage, please contact Kerri Kleidon at: email@example.com
Celebrates its 40th Birthday in September
Enoggera and Districts Historical Society Inc. have been requested
to provide a month long photographic and memorabilia display that
will show pre-Brookside, Mitchelton and surrounds, the construction,
opening and forty year progress of the Centre. The display will
operate from 10am until 4pm and some late night shopping nights.
They are asking for assistance from anybody with an interest to
volunteer their time for two hour shifts working in pairs.
If you would like to assist, please phone David Livett on (07) 3366
Identity Theft and Family History Research - What You Should Know
The Management Committee has arranged with the Queensland Police
Service to speak to members about identity theft when researching
family history. To assist us to be more aware of the dangers,
Officer Rod Shelton from the Fraud Squad has agreed to speak to
members at 1pm on Saturday, 12 November 2011. As we do not normally
hold members' meetings during the day and we need to know numbers it
will be necessary to register your interest either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or
by adding your name to the booking sheet on the reception counter at
the QFHS library.
Janet Reakes Memorial Award - cancelled
The 2011 Janet Reakes Award has been cancelled. For more details, go
Nambour Chronicle Queensland online
Researchers can search the entire paper by keyword or issue date and
can download the print directly from the site. The paper was first
published on 31 July 1903 and records can be downloaded up to 1955.
In order to download full pages from the archives you are required
to be a member of the website.
For more information go to: http://www.nambour-chronicle.com/
24. What do
You Know About The South Brisbane Library?
One of the postgraduate students at Griffith Film School is hoping
to make a short documentary film about the history of this building.
Did you work in or frequent the South Brisbane Library before it
closed on 17 November 1973? Did you attend one of the many dances
and other social events held in the adjoining hall? Did you attend a
Debutantes' Ball there? Did you 'come out' at your own Debutantes'
Ball there? Did you ever attend a political or other meeting there?
Did you ever receive training through the South Brisbane Technical
College while it was located underneath the old South Brisbane
Library? Have you any internal photos of the ballroom?
If so, please email email@example.com
He would like to hear your story and perhaps include it in the
25. 4BC Family History
Radio station 4BC has started a regular segment, Family History 101, in its
Thursday evening program at 9:30pm. The program is hosted by Walter
Williams, with Ann Swain from QFHS, and Marg Doherty of Genealogical
Society of Queensland, as the expert guests. It loosely covers a
research theme with a response to a listener who has called in the
previous week with a brick-wall.
Tune in to 1116 am on your radio's dial for an enjoyable half hour.
Townsville was named after Robert Towns, a pioneer to the Ross River
region in the early 1860s. It became a hub of trade, industry and
commerce and is now the largest regional city in Queensland outside
the state's south-east corner. Townsville is an online exhibition
consisting of a collection of photographs, plans and correspondence
which highlight aspects of the history of the region.
You can look at the photographs at:
thegenealogist.co.uk Adds New Australian Convict Records
TheGenealogist.co.uk has now added a large collection of new
Australian records to the Diamond Premium subscription. Resources
currently available to Diamond subscribers include Post Office,
Telephone and Trade Directories, Convict Transportation Registers,
Electoral Records and Almanacs.
The new records add convict lists, census, general musters, ledger
returns and the First Fleet, which established the first European
Colony in Australia. The new records added list male and female
convicts and former convicts in the colonies, with details of their
sentences, employment, settlement in the country, the land and
cattle acquired by them and other information. Also included are
lists of pardons granted, convicts embarked for and arriving in New
South Wales and general musters, with an early census of settlers
and convicts in 1828.
Access to these records is via subscription at: http://thegenealogist.co.uk/
Convicts' Private Lives Discovered in Hobart - ABC Audio File
What was life like for our Australian convict ancestors? Researchers
have recently discovered a number of personal items under the floor
of a solitary confinement cell in Tasmania.
To find out more listen to the audio file from ABC's The World Today
program at: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2011/s3273291.htm
29. New Titles
Available in Trove
The titles intended to be made available to the public during the
2011-2012 financial year can be viewed at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/selected_newspapers/Future_Titles.html.
Multiple titles may be processed and made available at any given
time. Dates when specific issues will be available cannot be
Huguenot Society of Australia Inc - Research Interests of Members
As we are now a member of The Huguenot Society of Australia Inc.,
they have kindly given us a list of research interests of members
who were happy to have their details made available to other
For more information please contact Bev Bonning at: firstname.lastname@example.org
31. New Zealand
Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New
Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years
1839 to 1945 and includes 68 publications from all regions of New
Zealand. You can browse by date, region or title.
Check it out at: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/
Zealanders Marrying in Australia 1892-1894
Have you lost someone somewhere and are not sure where to look? As
human beings, we seem to follow patterns of movement and migration;
following an economic path - think of the gold trails within New
Zealand and the mining boom in Australia, or simply falling in love
and not going on further. This site indexes New Zealanders marrying
in Victoria, Australia from 1892 - 1894.
Check it out at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~babznz/straysvic7.html
National Archives of the UK Launches New Library Catalogue
The National Archives of the United Kingdom has replaced its library
catalogue of published works with a new open-source system called
Koha. Named after a Maori custom that can be translated as gift or
donation, Koha is software that is freely available for download
from the internet.
While the standard search function remains, there are also a number
of new features that will benefit users, including an RSS feed to a
monthly new books lists, images of book covers pulled through from
Google Books, and access to bibliographies on specialist subjects
created by records specialists at The National Archives.
You can read more on The National Archives web site at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/603.htm
National Archives Releases Digitised Microfilms Online
The National Archives in London has recently made available a number
of microfilmed records online. Using the online versions is very
similar to using the same microfilms in person at any library that
has a copy: you "crank" through the microfilms one image at a time.
The microfilms have not yet been indexed, so the only method of
finding information on them is to manually search each image. In
other words, using the microfilms online is the same as using them
in a microfilm reader except that you don't have to go to a library
or archive to use the films and the readers. You can stay at home
and perform the same searches.
The digital images produce very large pages and some files can be up
to 800 pages long; so a fast internet connection is essential, as is
a lot of hard drive space if you intend to save any images. If you
have enough disk space and enough time, you can save entire reels of
microfilm, all at no charge.
Details of the online archive releases can be found at:
Century Gough Map of Britain is Now Online
The oldest surviving map of the British Isles has been digitally
captured and turned into a Google Maps-style online resource. The
14th century Gough map is internationally-renowned as one of the
earliest maps to show Britain in a geographically-recognizable form.
Yet to date, questions remain of how the map was made, who made it,
when and why.
This website presents an interactive, searchable edition of the
Gough Map, together with contextual material, a blog, and
information about the project and the Language of Maps colloquium.
Named after topographer Richard Gough - who bought it in 1774 for
half-a-crown (121/2p) and bequeathed it to the Bodleian Library -
the map is drawn in pen, ink and coloured washes on two skins of
vellum and measures almost 4ft long by 2ft wide. Throughout, towns
are shown in some detail, the lettering for London and York coloured
gold, while other principal medieval settlements such as Bristol,
Chester, Gloucester, Lincoln, Norwich, Salisbury and Winchester are
You'll find the map at: http://www.goughmap.org/
Railway Employment Records, 1833 - 1963
Ancestry has added a new online database: UK Railway Employment
Records, 1833 - 1963. This database includes indexed images of
employment-related records from a number of historic railway
companies in England, Scotland, and Wales. Most records are prior to
1949, though some date later. The most common record type in the
database is a staff register. Others include station transfers,
pension and accident records (which can include death date),
apprentice records (which can include father's name), caution books,
Access is via subscription. You can find the U.K. Railway Employment
Records, 1833 - 1963 at: Ancestry.com: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1728
and Ancestry.co.uk: http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1728
For more details about the release, go to:
for Liverpool, England
For readers with connections to Liverpool, England a new museum
opened on 19 July. The key collections and research of the museum
are archaeology, King's Regiment, land transport and the Merseyside
Archaeological Service. If you are planning a trip to Liverpool, you
may find this information of interest and can read more about it on
their website at: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/
Another new Liverpool resource is an online catalogue which details
the Liverpool Local Studies Collection held by the Liverpool Record
office at the Central Library in William Brown Street, Liverpool. It
also contains reading guides that identify the most important books
about Liverpool history and explain how to approach research on a
range of topics.
The catalogue can be found at: http://www.liverpoolinprint.org.uk/
38. Canterbury Closures
The Canterbury LDS Family History Centre is closed from the end of
August for 8 to 12 months to undergo refurbishment. Canterbury
Cathedral Archives & Library will be closed to the public from 5
to 16 September 2011 inclusive. The closure is necessary for them to
undertake vital work on the collections. It will also close again on
31 January 2012 for approximately 7 months to carry out essential
The Centre for Kentish Studies will be closed from 29 August to 3
September inclusive to prepare collections for the move in 2012.
Searching Your Irish Roots Online
With over 70 million people around the world claiming Irish
ancestry, there's a chance that you have some Irish roots. Why not
take look? Your Irish roots are only a click away. This site
contains a list of online genealogy sites that will help you connect
with your Irish roots.
You can find this useful list at:
The Researcher looking for information on their Austrian ancestors
can now find a wealth of information online. Following are a few
important links to Austrian online data now found at
The links cover births, baptisms, marriages, burials, Catholic
Church records, Seignorial records, population cards and
Lutheran Church records.
Details on the records available can be found in an article at: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=13125
Genlias: Netherlands Civil Register
Civil registration of births, deaths and marriages commenced in 1811
in the Netherlands. A new online database called Genlias is now
available which allows you to search many of the records online for
The database is still a work in progress, but already contains 15
million of the civil registration records currently in the public
domain (births to 1903; marriages to 1933; and deaths to 1953). In
some instances, parish records pre-dating 1811 and statements of
succession have been included.
You'll find the database at: http://www.genlias.nl/en/page0.jsp
Drought Unearths Long-Lost Slave Cemetery
One of the worst droughts in Texas history is helping archaeologists
unearth a small piece of American history, a graveyard for freed
slaves. Cemeteries were marked and moved before the Richland
Chambers Reservoir in Navarro County, Texas, was filled in the
1980s, but this small cemetery without tombstones was overlooked.
Apparently, the cemetery was not moved and was flooded when the when
the reservoir was created in the 1980s. The drought has lowered
water levels and the cemetery is now uncovered. The cemetery is
believed to contain remains of freed slaves from the Civil War era
or a few years later.
You can read more in an article and watch a video at:
43. Laser Scan
Study of a Cemetery
A Catholic cemetery in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has been undergoing
intense scrutiny from landscape specialists using sophisticated
probes and devices in the first survey of its kind in an area
Catholic cemetery. Like a patient having a computed tomography scan,
the Allison Hill cemetery is being analysed inside and out by
officials of the Historic American Landscapes Survey, National Park
Service of Washington, D.C., and Land Logistics Group of Camp Hill.
The goal of the cooperative project is to develop a digital
inventory of the cemetery.
You can read more about this interesting project at:
44. Oregon Historic
The University of Oregon has posted 180,000 digitised pages from 30
Oregon newspapers at their new Historic Oregon Newspapers website.
For details of the newspapers online, go to: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=13175
The digitised images are available at: http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/
County (Michigan) Online Databases
An index of the 1884, 1890, and 1894 tax assessment rolls for Orion
Brandon Township, Oakland County, Michigan is available at: http://www.ocgsmi.org/
The index and images are also available at: http://www.OaklandCountyHistory.org/
State Tourism Web Site Launches New Genealogy Tool
Does your family have a connection to Oklahoma? The Oklahoma Tourism
and Recreation Department has launched a new feature on its website,
which assists visitors seeking to connect with their familial
ancestry. Home to 39 federally recognised Indian tribes and
countless waves of pioneer settlers, Oklahoma holds the keys to
unlocking many family histories. The new genealogy section is a
user-friendly tool that guides visitors through a wealth of
ancestral research destinations and resources throughout Oklahoma.
Searches on the site are broken down by county with quick links and
information available on research libraries that contain copies of
the Dawes Rolls, as well as county courthouses that house original
land patents dating back to the land run. It also directs visitors
to genealogical and historical societies, cemeteries, ghost towns
and historical school houses, as well as tourism destinations in
You can find the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department's new
genealogy web site at http://www.TravelOK.com/genealogy
Native American Ancestry
The U.S. Department of the Interior has a webpage dedicated to
offering helpful tips and information on tracing Native American
ancestry. The Trace Indian Ancestry page has seven subsections
including Ancestry, Genealogical Research, Enrollment Process,
Benefits & Services Provided to American Indians and Alaska
Natives, Cherokee Indian Ancestry, Dawes Rolls and Contacting a
Tribal Entity - The BIA Tribal Leaders Directory.
You can read more in the Indian Country web site at: http://www.doi.gov/tribes/trace-ancestry.cfm
Experts Worry That the Family Photo Album is Being Lost to
In 2006, Fujifilm looked at the photography landscape and came to a
startling conclusion. That year some 25 billion images were
captured, and most of them were printed. Analyzing trends, the
company estimated that by 2009, 135 billion images would be
captured, but only a fraction would be printed.
It's a problem that has historians and archivists worried that the
late 20th and early 21st century - arguably the most photographed
period in history - could be the least permanently documented since
George Eastman first introduced his "box camera" to the world.
You can read more at:
on the Family Tradition: Executioner
German writer Oliver Pötzsch grew up in Bavaria, listening to
stories about his family's legacy. Except his was no ordinary
family. Pötzsch descends from the Kuisls, a well-known line of
Bavarian executioners who beheaded prisoners by sword. A cousin of
Pötzsch's grandmother was a genealogist who studied and
documented the family's historical roots: There were 14 hangmen in
the family spanning the 16th to 19th centuries, each inheriting the
profession from his father. Each had to undergo a rigorous training
that culminated in the executioner's having to produce a
"masterpiece" beheading in order to receive proper certification.
Oliver Pötzsch did not follow the family tradition, at least
not directly. He became an author and wrote a best-selling novel, "The Hangman's Daughter," a
historical thriller about a 17th century Bavarian hangman and his
daughter, who are both on the hunt to find a killer.
You can read more at: http://on.wsj.com/o5oWGq
Controversy: How to Read Unreadable Tombstones
This YouTube video shows a quick and easy way to read and photograph
grave markers that are worn or have become discoloured. In years
past, genealogists have used a variety of materials to improve
legibility of tombstones, from shaving cream to chalk and a variety
of other materials. However, most of those methods reportedly damage
the stone to some extent. Many of the materials are abrasive and
also may leave chemicals behind that cause long-term damage. The
maker of the video claims the use of flour creates no damage.
Not everyone agrees. Some so-called "experts" will tell you that
flour is harmful because it can penetrate into small pores of the
stone, and, when wet, the flour will swell and can cause flaking of
the stone. Some also claim that flour contains yeast, which
encourages the growth of lichens and micro-organisms that can then
live and grow in the stone, causing expansion and cracking.
You can watch the "flour video" at http://youtu.be/WVBMNVqGhck
Oldest Person Celebrates 115th Birthday
A birthday party is planned at a north Georgia nursing home for
Besse Cooper, who's listed as the world's oldest person. She will
celebrate her 115th birthday. Family members and a researcher from
the Guinness Book of World Records will attend the ceremony.
You can read more in an article at: http://www.ajc.com/news/oldest-human-on-earth-1141959.html
52. September Silliness
I'm a genealogist with faded
"genes", full of
I'm always late. My ancestors must have arrived on the Juneflower.
I'm lost in a forest of Family Trees!!!
I'm not crazy, but I may have lost my census!
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!
In my family tree, all my old roots are underground.
Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your children.
Insanity runs in my family; it practically gallops.
Is there a cure out there for genealogyitis?
Is there life after Genealogy?
Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem leads to two more!
It appears as if my ancestors had several bad heir days.
It is hereditary in my family not to have children
It's a jungle out there...and unfortunately, my family tree is in
It's easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
It's hard to believe that someday I'll be an ancestor
It's only a hobby ... only a hobby ... only a hobby ... only
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