Family History 4 All
Learn how to trace YOUR
Newsletter No. 42
- September 2010.
Visit our new blog here:
or get a free trial here.
New on Family History 4
|If you have an article or amusing story
to share with us then please don’t be afraid to send it for publication…you
can remain anonymous if you prefer but we want you all to feel you can
contribute if you want to. Just send an
with the words ‘Newsletter item’ in the subject box. And we
will include it at the first opportunity, subject to editing, if
necessary of course
||I'd like to welcome my new subscribers.
FREE Genealogy Guide Please do
not tell anyone about this link as it's only for subscribers. If your
friends wish to subscribe they will get the guide through this link.
Here's the 'Archive
Please sign the
History For All Blog
1. Our welcome
Featured Article – Protect Your Precious Family History Data From Disaster and Loss
Written by Michael R. Boyter
3. News from
Months Featured Article:
Genealogy’s Most Popular Disbeliefs Author:
1. Our welcome
I decided to give up on
the August newsletter so here's the September issue EARLY! Busy Busy with
a new website that I thought would be a simple project because of my
passion for the subject. It turned out being one of the most difficult
sites that I've built. If you'd like to take a look here's the home page:
http://www.ultimaterecipeslibrary.com/ There's a free recipe
book on this page and if you decide to take it you will see a link to a
whole library of recipe books on the download page. Enjoy.
We didn't get to Cornwall as planned but had a nice week
on the Yorkshire Moors staying near Pickering. Pickering is a great base
to explore the Moors and the Yorkshire coast. Although we had passed
through many times it was nice to explore the area. We particularly
enjoyed Goathland which is the setting for 'Aidensfield' in the TV series
Enjoy the rest of your newsletter.
Protect Your Precious Family History Data
From Disaster and Loss:
by Michael R. Boyter
Fire! Fire! Fire!
In a frantic minute you grab the kids and get a safe distance from your
house. There you witness your home, and everything in it, burning to the
ground. It's a total loss.
A disaster of any kind is not ever a pleasant experience, but at least
there is insurance to build again and to buy new furniture. But let's talk
about what is not insured. Things that once lost, are gone for ever!
I'm referring to your family keepsakes. Your home videos, family
photos, journals, diaries and other priceless family treasures. Losing any
of these things is a terrible tragedy!
-Video of your baby's first steps...Gone!
-All your wedding pictures...Gone!
-Your diary you wrote as a teenager...Gone!
What if you had to evacuate your house and only had minutes or less to
As I pondered this, I realized that it would be next to impossible, in
a short amount of time, for me to get all of these things out of the house
and to a safe location.
Why? Because I had 8mm tapes all through the house. My old journals
were stuck in a box somewhere in the garage. Some photo albums were up in
closets while others I looked and looked for but couldn't find for awhile.
I had no idea where they were. I had to go looking for them.
In a disaster situation, there is no time to go "looking".
Here's some of the preventative measures that I took in order to keep
myself from such a situation. Use these ideas and tips to ensure that your
family memories are preserved for generations to come!
FAMILY PHOTO ALBUMS:
Share them as gifts often – Pictures of the family are great gifts to
give to grandparents and other family members. If you lose yours, you
always have a way to regain copies.
Online photo storage – My wife and I have put many of our pictures on a
free, safe and secure family web site. There are many of these but I
personally like MyFamily.com Build your site in minutes and you don't need
to know a thing about making a web page. Your pictures are stored remotely
and something like a house fire couldn't touch them.
One central location - Designate a location for all your photo albums
and don't deviate. By putting them in a box and in one location in your
house, you increase your chances of being able to get out quickly with all
Duplicate them - Makes copies and get them to other members of the
family. This makes for a great gift. What works for me is to simply
connect my video camera to my VCR. I then push play on my video camera and
press record on my VCR. This isn't the fanciest way of tape duplication
but it works and my parents have loved getting videos of the grandkids.
JOURNALS, DIARIES, and PERSONAL HISTORIES
Personal histories of your own or those of an ancestors are one of the
most valuable items in your possession. If kept protected, they will be
treasured for generations to come.
Duplicate & Distribute - My grandma gave me a copy of my late grandpa's
life story. I typed it up and printed multiple copies for all of my
cousins and aunts and uncles. They loved it and we took steps to make sure
grandpa's life story will live on in the hearts and minds of his
Diary Safeguard - If you are currently writing a journal or
diary I realize that some of it may be personal and you may not wish for
it to be distributed out at this time.
If you write your journal by hand, take your journal in and photo copy
any part that you plan to pass on to your children someday! Don't wait!
You may then look into putting a copy into a safe deposit box. Just as
long as it is out of your house.
If you write your journal with the aid of a computer, I recommend
storing copies often to any one of the many free online storage web sites.
Nobody will be able to access your data but you. I personally recommend
Rule #1 in any of this is to duplicate your family keepsake items and
store them in multiple locations. This is the only way to ensure that if
disaster strikes, you will be able to easily recover those priceless
family mementos that define you as an individual and as a family!
[You may use this article in your online or offline
publications, or Web site, as long as you include the authors information
Written by Michael R. Boyter of
3. News from Ancestry.co.uk
Find out with the new National Probate Calendar at Ancestry.co.uk
Did your family live in luxury or squalor? Now you can find out,
with an exclusive new collection at Ancestry.co.uk.
The National Probate Calendar
is the most important family history release this year. As well as
revealing your ancestors' wealth and social standing, it lets you
build a detailed picture of their daily lives.
The original documents were made by the Principal Probate Registry,
which is responsible for the distribution of people's property after
they die across England and Wales. This means the Calendar contains
summaries of your ancestors' wills and probate records from all over
Until now, the only way to search the Calendar was to visit a
probate registry in person and scour the entries manually. Now it
has gone online for the first time, at Ancestry.co.uk.
The new collection is a fully-searchable version of the Calendar for
the vast majority of years between 1861 and 1941. Find an ancestor's
entry, and you'll discover their full name, their date and place of
death, and the executor of their will - often another family member.
Crucially, you'll also find the value of their estate, revealing
whether your forebear was a prince or a pauper.
That's not all. Once you've pinpointed a member of your family in
the Calendar, you can use its information to order copies of all
their other probate records, usually including a will.
This will list all the possessions they left, giving you a
fascinating insight into their hobbies, interests and possibly even
their job. It will also tell you who inherited these belongings,
providing you with a host of new relatives to explore. Find out how
to order the full records in Ancestry.co.uk's step-by-step guide.
4. Next months featured article:
Genealogy’s Most Popular Disbeliefs:
If you're just starting out on your quest for your
ancestors, you may get sidetracked by some of the disbeliefs about it.
Don't believe everything you hear... Full article next time.
I really hope you enjoyed
this months newsletter. And in case you forgot earlier - Please sign the
PS. Please forward
this newsletter to your friends/relatives if they are interested in
family history, with our compliments.
To send us a comment or an article you can
Or by snail mail
to: Jim Ackroyd. Address: 12 Avondale Road. Doncaster. South
Yorkshire. UK. DN2 6DE
P.S. I hope you are not
offended by the advertisements on this site. I get a small commission from
some of them which helps towards the cost of my hosting and domain fees.
Sometimes I make a little extra. In fact I've worked out that if the
'little extra' grows at around the same rate, I should be able to retire
when I'm 129 years old :-)