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10 July 2006 @ 08:52 am
 
Quite a quiet weekend, not much to say about it, really. We did a bunch more family tree stuff - got all the data off the census info (that we got the other day) into our database & then went & did some more searches for the same people in other years. Played some Q4, both FFA on public servers and FT in our normal Sunday slot ... more FT on jolt's servers tonight :) Sorted out the logs for the Jolt TDM league - and have pretty much sorted out how the stats are going to be presented for that. And I started to put together my report for RB Epic 4, but I've not got much further than sorting out screenshots. Need to finish that as it's due by the end of tomorrow.

Oh, and I made chocolate cake yesterday morning :)
 
 
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Veewaldhornist on July 10th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
You mentioned paying for access? (Or was I imagining it? ;) ) What's the approximate cost of using the service? There seems to be a strange pull from all sides of the family right now to find information about our roots. What's nice is the Swedish side is already tracked back to the 1400s -- just the other sides that I have no idea. It doesn't help that a newly found cousin of mine in Russia is wanting details about all our living family -- I don't even KNOW all that information, but I guess it's time to start finding out :)

And mmmm... choccy cake! *drools*
Margaretpling on July 10th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
We signed up with http://www.ancestry.co.uk/ for the census data for a month, which cost us £9.99. You can pay per view at (I think) 10 records for £4.99, but we've found that we look at a lot of records while trying to track down the right one so I don't think that's particularly cost effective (unless you've got a really unusual name that's always spelt exactly the same way over the years and the transcriber can read it properly every time). You can also sign up for a year for £69.99, but we didn't think we'd want access for a full year. What we're not sure about is if we'll be able to sign up for another month, or if it's a one off 'trial' thing that you can get and then you have to sign up a for a year, the wording was ambiguous. We'll find out in August, I guess.

The data that's available is the census returns for England & Wales for 1841-1901 (every 10 years), and for Scotland for 1841 (they've only just started to put the Scottish stuff online).

Oh, and you can look at the 1881 data for free, so you can see what sorts of things you'd see.
Veewaldhornist on July 10th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I might look into the one month thing once I get back to Canada. My great-grandmother was from Carlisle and we have sketchy records, but wouldn't mind finding out more details. Cheers :)
Veewaldhornist on July 10th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
And now I'm wishing it wasn't such a common name ;) I've only been looking a few minutes and am already crosseyed. Thanks for the help though :)
contents under pressure / handle with care: elsewhere - gyroscopegraphxgrrl on July 10th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Scotland does have more information searchable digitally than they do online though--you just have to go to Edinburgh to get at it. It was terribly helpful though--as we discovered that my great-great-grandfather had been born somewhere entirely different than we'd had down in the family records.

They also let you sort through a lot of birth and death records (http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/) which was really useful for tracking down where to look for some of the census data that wasn't easily matched up.
Margaretpling on July 10th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ta. That site'll be useful once we get to my ancestors :)

I think we're trying to exhaust the online possibilities before we start visitng places - do the easy stuff first :)
ex_lechimsj on July 11th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Pling - without a doubt, you are one of the cutest nerds I've seen.