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Researching Belfast Ancestry: Rare glimpse of life on the Shankill and Falls in 1911 now available online.

British Naturalisation Papers: The National Archives at Kew has compiled a list of famous names featuring in British Naturalisation Papers.

Struggling with Oxfordshire ancestors?  Then make your way to Hook Norton's history and genealogy day,and ask local archivists. 

People in and around Hook Norton who want to find out more about their family, house or local history can do so at a special history day, which takes place in the library on Friday 12 May, 2pm to 7.30pm. More...




Genealogy Today: Vocabulary put us all on the same page

I love my cousins. We share the same genes, many of the same personality quirks, and some of the same diseases. We raised our children during the same era and shared child-rearing stories and techniques. My cousins are good people, and I would do almost anything for them.

However, sometimes, one will ask for something that stops me in my tracks. Yesterday was one of those times. A cousin who lives out-of-state sent an e-mail saying that her children have asked her to do their family history. She went on about how busy she was, then asked me if I could send the family history to her; an e-mail attachment would be fine. More...

CONNIE LENZEN for The Columbian



What Can My Ancestry Get Me?

While most genealogists will say their pursuit of ancestry answers is driven by curiosity or passion, some people are reportedly in it for a bit more. DNA tests, especially, are being used to "prove" degrees of ancestry that can pay off big. Find 3% Asian ancestry in your genes, and improve your chances of getting into the college of your choice. Prove a degree of American Indian blood, and maybe you can stake a claim to tribal casino money. Why does everything have to be "what's in it for me?" More...





THE 1841 census for England and Wales has been published online.

Documenting the population on June 6, it records Queen Victoria in Buckingham Palace and Charles Dickens in Devonshire Terrace, London.

It was the only census available to the public that had not been put on the web. Now, records from 1841 to 1901 taking in about 165 million names are available online.

But family historians may be disappointed - the 1841 census rounds ages up and down to the nearest five years and does not give places of birth.




'Whoever would have thought that archives could be sexy?'

You might think that Tony Robinson, normally to be found scrutinising a dirty brown object that might be a shard of Roman pottery or a dried-out slug, would find the precise world of the National Archives rather dull.

The actor, unearthed first as Baldrick in Blackadder, but now best-known for popularising archaeology on programmes such as Time Team, seems to be more at home in the speculative habitat of the dig rather than the exact and certificated world of censuses and marriage registers. More...

Ben Fenton, Telegraph



Our hearts are in the islands

AN ANCIENT Celtic legend tells the story of how the Scottish islands were made. The folk tale says that when God made the world, he kept aside all the most beautiful things - snow-capped mountains, sparkling waterfalls, clear streams and vast sandy beaches - until the sixth day. Then, He opened the box and swept the precious fragments into the shining seas around Scotland, creating the island treasures which continue to enrich our nation so much today. More...




`Jesus family' tree rooted a bit in wishful thinking

Noted Egyptologist John Romer has talked about a cocktail party he attended years ago where a biblical archaeologist dropped a bombshell.

The colleague mentioned offhandedly that he'd discovered a first century Jerusalem tomb bearing the name and body of "a Jesus." Romer gasped and asked him why he hadn't published the find. Could this be the Jesus!? That's not possible, came the reply. Everyone knows Jesus ascended to heaven.



Josh Hanna: High priest of the latter-day genealogists

Enjoying pride of place in Josh Hanna's office is a document marking his eureka moment. The head of the family history website Ancestry.co.uk has a framed copy of a 100-year-old slip that marks his maternal great-grandfather's arrival in the United States. "Would I be here today if he hadn't made that journey?" asks the 34-year-old. His 18-year-old ancestor's arrival at Ellis Island allowed him to avoid the travails of the looming world war that was to engulf Europe and gave his progeny access to the American Dream. More...

Jane Martinson



Here’s 5 eternal concepts for genealogy

The Easter holiday period is a time for family get-togethers and personal reflection, which are two situations that often lead individuals to start searching for the family identity that genealogical research can offer. When I recently gave a presentation titled “Tips for Beginning Genealogists,” it struck me that while the ways genealogists access information have changed greatly in the two decades since I was a beginner, the basic concepts of genealogy have not really changed all that much. More...

By James M. Beidler



The Jewish Chronicle goes online

Since this year marks the 350th anniversary of the return of the Jews to England, it seems a propitious time to mention that England’s Jewish Chronicle newspaper came online last month, allowing researchers to search all back issues by word or phrase, over any range of years from 1841 to the present.

Based in London, the Chronicle is the oldest Anglo-Jewish paper in the world that is still publishing. This grande dame of Jewish newspapers has been reporting on cultural, social and historical events in the Jewish world week after week for 165 years. Now, all of its myriad birth, marriage, death and social notices are at the fingertips of genealogical researchers willing to invest in a website password. (Unless you have a subscription, however, access isn’t cheap: it starts at about $55 and page downloads are extra.) More...




Fishy family tree

FISH might get old after three days, but scientists have no intention of throwing out their latest prize catch, even though it is more than 350 million years old. The newly named Tiktaalik roseae appears to be the long-sought missing link between aquatic life-forms and four-legged land animals. It provides yet more scientific evidence — if any were needed — for the evolution of life on Earth.

The leader of the team that unearthed the fossils, Neil H. Shubin of the University of Chicago, told The New York Times that "it's a really amazing, remarkable, intermediate fossil. It's like holy cow." Or holy mackerel. More...

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle



Man wanted kin's grave recognized, but had to prove location

INDEPENDENT HILL - If a headstone was placed on the grave of Charles William Jones when he was buried in 1909, it is long gone.

So is the Belle Haven Baptist Church that stood beside the cemetery and the village of Kopp that surrounded it.

Jones' great grandson, Raymond Webster "Buck" Jones, however, made sure that he wouldn't be forgotten. After five years of researching his family history, he was able to locate and prove to the federal government where Charles Jones was buried in the Belle Haven cemetery at the Quantico Marine Corps base.

"I'm 78 years old. Once I die, this would never have been done," Buck Jones said. More...




Climbing further up the family tree

The article I wrote about searching for my ancestors prompted about a dozen readers to contact me for information on how to go about their own genealogical search. With interest so strong, I thought I’d make a few suggestions, based on my own experiences.

Today’s researchers are fortunate to have the technology of the Internet available to them. Still, it is the visits to town halls in unfamiliar towns, the contacts with undiscovered relatives and trips to historical societies and libraries that make seeking one’s ancestors fascinating More....

Kay Soldier



A budding interest to a growing family tree

The South Orange woman, they say, should have been a detective, given the way she tracks down people. As it turns out, those people happen to be relatives — either Cohen’s or her husband’s.

For more than 10 years, she has been filling in pieces of her family history one person at a time. What began as a way to ensure her children knew their heritage has turned into a second career of sorts. “I really wanted them to know their history, where they came from,” said Cohen, 52. More...



Quirky "fishapod" crawls onto our family tree

U.S. researchers say they have found the missing evolutionary link between fish and land animals: fossils of a strange creature that crawled onto the shore about 375 million years ago.

The fossils, found on Ellesmere Island in Arctic Canada, have the skull, neck, ribs and limb bones of four-legged animals and the primitive jaw, fin and scales of fish, according to a report published today in the journal Nature.

"This really is what our ancestors looked like when they began to leave the water," according to an editorial accompanying the report. More...



Grave responsibilities

When Jacob Kizer died in 1827, he was buried in the family cemetery on his farm, west of downtown Lexington. Nearly 180 years later, Kizer is haunting the developers of Masterson Station neighborhood.

His grave -- forgotten in an unmarked cemetery overgrown with weeds -- lies in the path of bulldozers clearing fields for the expanding subdivision. The imprint of tire tracks in the grass can be seen going over Kizer's headstone, now broken in pieces.




George W Bush has Swedish ancestry: Research

Stockholm, April 03: US President George W Bush has Swedish ancestry, the daily Svenska Dagbladet reported today, quoting Swedish genealogists in the United States.

"George W Bush and his family are extremely interested in this research. This represents their oldest known European roots," David Emmi of the Swedish Colonial Society told the paper.

Bureau Report



Medieval Welsh Genealogy

Genealogy, astrology and Medieval medicine in Gutun Owain's fifteenth century manuscript, which is now available online.

Medieval Genealogy

The National Library Of Wales have put a fascinating fifteenth century manuscript online, the majority of which (pages 9-83) were written by Gutun Owain, born to a noble family in the lordship of Oswestry and baptised Gruffudd ap Huw ab Owain. He was a student of Dafydd ab Edmwnd (fl. 1450-97) and it is said that both were present at the Carmarthen Eisteddfod of 1450

Although he's mainly as a poet he was proficient in a number of fields. He was the most important genealogist of his time and was a member of the commission appointed by Henry VII to trace the genealogy of his grandfather Owain Tudur. He was also responsible for copying a number of the most important Welsh language texts of the Middle Ages, for example Brenhinedd y Saeson and Brut Tysilio in the Black Book of Basingwerk. He also had knowledge about the medical ideas of his time and about astrology, and this knowledge is reflected in this manuscript. More...



01/4/2006 (Happy April Fools Day)

Locals decode the past through genealogy

In the quest to discover his ancestors, Robert Greb's figurative brick wall turned into an ocean.

The Atlantic - Like a Sherlock Holmes novel in reverse, the trail went dead when the boat reached the harbor in America. "You get frustrated at times," says Greb, who began dabbling in genealogy about a decade ago, post-retirement and in need of a hobby.

While surfing the Internet, the Cranberry resident logged on to ancestry.com and began filling in the branches of the family tree. "Once you get a little bit of success, you want to keep going along," Greb says. More...

By Kathryn Sheranko



Genealogy Today: Cyndi's List grows up

One of my favorite places to go on the Internet is Cyndi's List, and Cyndi Howells, the creator and owner of the site, is one of my favorite people. Ten years ago, on March 4, 1996, Cyndi posted her first personal Web site. It contained her surnames, articles, and several other things that she planned to expand upon. One portion of the site was a list of more than 1,000 links to genealogy Web sites.

As Cyndi says, "I had no idea that I had just created a monster that would take on a life of its own. More...

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Getting Started

You might think that starting out building your family tree is going to be a daunting task. Well, it doesn't have to be. Below you will find the most common sets of records to help you start or finish your genealogy research and build that family tree. See Getting Started with Genealogy for more information

Census Records

A census is an official enumeration of the population in a particular area. In addition to counting the inhabitants of an area, the census generally collects other vital information, such as names, ages, citizenship status, and ethnic background. Each census can prove to be invaluable in painting a portrait of a family at a particular place and time.

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Birth Marriage & Death records -

Civil vital records—for Births, Marriage and Deaths —mark the milestones of our lives, and are the foundation of family history research. Chronicling the personal moments of our lives through the objective perspective of the public record, vital records can offer details often found through no other genealogical resource. They can be useful in proving or disproving other sources, give you a more complete picture of your ancestor, help you distinguish between two people with the same name, and help you find clues to earlier life events.

With these records, you can gain access to information regarding your ancestor's lives, such as the locations and causes of their deaths, the names of children or parents, their wedding dates and locations, and the many other details that help us record and remember the important moments in the lives of our families.

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Church -

Church records contain information about baptisms, marriages, burials, and membership. In addition to the name of the person, church records often provide information about family members.

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Cemetery -

Some of the cemetery records included are tombstone inscriptions, burial permits, and death indexes. These records usually show names, birth and death dates; sometimes, they include information on surviving family members.

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