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March 28, 2009

Some web page changes today with announcement of new discounted price for DNA testing from ancestry. Needed to get that done before month end newsletter.

Massive co-incidence emerged last night, as I spotted that the US journalist who had written the article about the TNG software had somehow managed to select two British sites for her article. Not only that but they were both from Norfolk! Very unlikely really because it is US based software. Even more unlikely than that was that I used to know the other site's author's father and grandfather!

Lose a precious hour of sleep tonight!

March 27, 2009

Ooops - forgot! Only excuse that I have been busy at work - true! Lots of incremental activity for the last few weeks. I have now added Latitude and Longitude for over 2,000 locations.

I learned today that the website will soon be featured in US magazine Internet Genealogy.

Norwich Family History Fair this Sunday. Will be there from 10am. Hope to see a couple of cousins

December 23, 2008

Lots of incremental activity for the last few weeks. I added Latitude and Longitude for over 1,000 locations. So googlemaps worked really well for most people in the database, until I added another few hundred locations again!

Another 1,000 records added during the month. Lots more non-Norfolk records added: Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Leicestershire, more US records, lots of records for Hickling descendents in Upper NY State, in particular.

Thanks to Patrick, Bob, Sue, Susan, Kevin, Marjorie,Pam, John and Jack for submitting data this month and to Patrick especially for following up!

Finally, I finished going through the new 19th Century British newspapers database for about 800 "hatches, matches and despatches", added a few people and closed a lot of loose ends. Interesting to see how the middle classes used the papers more and more during the nineteenth century. Anyway, now the challenge is to go through another 8,000 "news" items to see what other gems I can pick up....before they start charging me for access!

November 23, 2008

More data entry over the last two weekends. Time to step back and look..... Am still getting emails with pleasant feedback from people who stumble across the site. Good for morale!

I sorted out the orientation of certificates and other pictures. I have now scanned in 121 certificates and uploaded each one to the web and identified each with an individual or married couple. Would you like to send me some certificates for uploading? If so, I'd like each to be scanned in at 150dpi and scaled down to about 6inches on the long side. This will produce images of between 160K and 190K. If you just scan them and email them to me, though, I will do the rest.

Core individual count is now well over 8,300 people and the number of different places is nearly 4,000. In the last few days we have added families for Great Stukeley, Huntingdonshire; Coln St Dennis, Gloucestershire and Canada; Stradbroke, Suffolk: and Foulsham, Kirby Cane, Lammas, Letheringsett, Morningthorpe, Rushall, Southrepps, Suffield and West Somerton, all of which are in Norfolk

I've also discovered a way to stay on top of place mapping with a utility that tells me the most common place names that have not yet been mapped. The good news: all place names with ten or more references have been mapped. So almost everyone in the database will have a map of some description under their personal details. The not so good news is that there are still another 3,000 locations to go with fewer than 9 citations each!

This coming holiday weekend, I am planning to produce the second newsletter and a site update to reflect that we have already grown away from being purely focused on Norfolk.

November 10, 2008

Jeepers, I've even gotten behind with the blog! All of a sudden, there has been a mass of action with the site. Read on.

Tonight, I learned that we succeeded in tracing the nearest living descendent of John William Howes, once of the founders of The Canaries. What a joy. Check out the article on the home page next to the Norwich City logo.

Last Friday was a similar level of excitement over the Catfield Howes family, a story that needs to be told, and will be. We went back seven generations in one evening for three families!

I checked the website stats today and we are nearing 100,000 hits already, after less than two months! This is fantastic. Beyond my expectations. Tonight we signed up registrant #35. Again, beyond expectations. The site now has nearly 8,000 different named individuals in it. Again, beyond expectations.

All this talk of numbers is great but obscures the fact that each of us is an individual with our own needs. On being contacted last week by Sue of Australia, who had some pretty sketchy information about her grandparents, I was able to link her up to her family in London in 1901 and then back to her "ancestral" home of Smallburgh in Norfolk. One small success, but profound for her. This is why we are here.

I spent much of my weekend putting up about 70 birth and death certificates onto the web, mostly but not completely for my own relatives. I'll soon be ready to take some more from anyone who wants to share them. First, I want to set up the 50+ marriage certificates I have.

Lastly, I want to add a personal thanks to everyone who is sending in data to me. I can only do so much on my own, and my cousin Ian has similar limits. But the more data we have, the more we can help more people. I get great pleasure from helping people like Sue from Australia, but as time goes on the credit will belong more and more to others, which is why I share the success stories. A problem shared may well be a problem halved but a shared success is double the pleasure! If you can help, please offer a little time. We have all kinds of things that need doing!

November 2, 2008

Much picking at the bones this weekend. I'm getting behind with data entry!

Scanned in 120 certificates for uploading to the web but still can't figure out how to re-orient most to landscape on my Apple. Most are too large for easy access on the web. Will need to re-save them. Maybe have to use Windows....

Gave some thought to how much more work there is and how we might best organize it if a third volunteer comes along (hint!).

October 29, 2008

Another massive update to site done today with Paul's data from the Howes family in Great Yarmouth. Now have descendents in many new places.

Solved a couple of mysteries regarding Catfield, Norfolk with the purchase of a couple of UK BMD certificates. Can't afford to do that for every family, though!

October 26, 2008

Massive update to site done today with Ian's data collected on West Norfolk, England. Fantastic job.

Researched Howes family in Pidley/Warboys area of Huntingdonshire, England. Struggling to put Howes Birth records on line!

October 25, 2008

Starting to receive data in, now. Joe from Maine, USA sent his in and we have been able to match him to a family from Methwold in West Norfolk, England.

Massive update to site due soon in respect of data collected on West Norfolk by Ian. Put up a page following my contact from Norwich City FC.

October 20, 2008

Registered 20th user on site. Now have registrations from people in UK, USA, NZ, Australia. Hope you all send in your data!

Added a few weblinks, mostly for surname distribution sites. If I can, I'll set up a page with the pictures specifically for Howes and Howse.

Oh yes, and I added the blog!

October 18, 2008

Spent 4 hours in Norwich library researching Howes families in Catfield, Norfolk to help 3 people who can connect to that village. Resolved one problem only to find several others. Registers from late 1700s in a very poor state with a combination of damp, faded ink having bled through the paper, and working from m-film copies.

Experimented with importing certificates into the file, because if people send me copies of certs, we can build a fabulous resource for all. The process is a little cumbersome, but the main problem is that I can't yet figure out how to get them to display the right way up! Why is NOTHING simple?

October 17, 2008

Correspondence with people arising from newsletter. Promise of data on Howes in Oxfordshire, England, though not for some months.

October 16, 2008

Sent out first newsletter. Number of lives in database exceeds 5,000.

October 14, 2008

Corresponded with Marc, who'd seen the site. Showed him that his family was already represented in the database and added two generations for him to Beeston in mid-Norfolk.

Added Cuz Al's lineage back to Thomas Howes who landed in the American colonies in 1637.

Paul