RootsTech Selected Day 1 Sessions now Online

The genealogy news is coming thick and fast today, I just saw on Caroline Pointer post on Google+ that the live streamed sessions that have been on today can now be viewed on the RootsTech website. They have got them up and running so promptly, thank you guys and thank you to Caroline Pointer for letting us know.

Keynote Speech – Dennis Brimhall, Syd Lieberman, Josh Taylor

The Future of Genealogy – Thomas MacEntee and panel

Tell it Again – ([email protected]) – Kim Weitkamp

The Genealogist Gadget Bag – Jill Ball and panel

Finding the Obscure & Elusive Geographic information on the Web – James Tanner

I’ve watched Tell it Again and Genealogist Gadget Bag and thoroughly enjoyed them, now I’m off to watch the rest. Not much being done round here today !

Postems on FreeBMD

I thought today I would tell you about a little on-going project I have. It was pointed out to me by my good friend Judy Ramsey that if everyone put the details that they had on the birth, marriage and death certificates that they owned onto FreeBMD as a Postem note then it would be of great help to others. Imagine if even a 10th of genealogists with English & Wales ancestors did that then FreeBMD would go from a great resource to a magnificent one !!

On the recent Unlock The Past Genealogy Cruise I upgraded a Flip-Pal scanner from a want to a need and bought one. Amazing how many genealogy toys/books/certificates/subscriptions can be upgraded if you try hard enough!. Today I shall start to use the Flip-Pal to scan all my certificates and double check that I have entered the information from them onto FreeBMD Postems.



Above is a screen-shot showing the small yellow envelope that appears next to a FreeBMD entry to show that someone has attached a note to that entry. You can find out how to attach a Postem, it’s very easy, at

So go on, put an hour aside and get entering those details from your certificates, someone, somewhere, sometime will thank you for it Winking smile



St Patrick’s Day freebies!!

St Patrick

Those with Irish ancestry will need to keep off the Guinness so that they have a clear head to make good use of the two St Patrick’s Day offers  made by FindMyPast & Origins ! is offering 50 free credits for use on their site. The code is STPATRICK which you put into the redeem coupon box. Thanks to Chris Paton for this news. is offering free access to their Irish Directories collection from 16 – 18 March.

Bromsgrove Messenger newspaper now online

Bromsgrove Messenger

The Bromsgrove branch of the Birmingham & Midlands Society for Genealogy & Heraldry have digitised their local paper the Bromsgrove Messenger and uploaded the images onto their website. The time period covered is 1860 – 1937. The newspaper hasn’t been indexed, so must be browsed page by page.

What a valuable resource for those with family from this area and all due to the labours of one man Martin Stephens who is a member of the Bromsgrove branch of the BMSHG.

Definitely a Genealogy Saint !

New additions to Manor Park Cemetery database

Manor Park DeceasedOnline

DeceasedOnline have added a further 130,000 entries to their Manor Park Cemetery database, there are now almost 275,000 burial & cremation records for this East London cemetery. The time period now spans 1898 to 2010, the final 160,000 records covering 1875 – 1898 will be added very soon.

The records available include burial registers, grave books and grave section maps.

DeceasedOnline tells me that amongst the inhabitants of Manor Park is the World’s 2nd heaviest man, a young Victoria Cross awardee and a royal nanny, you never know your ancestors may have famous neighbours in death!