Tuesday 19 April 2011

OGA Clarification


The Open Genealogy Alliance has featured prominently in previous posts on this blog on 23rd February and 7th April (see here, and scroll down a bit).  Its aim to restrict the seemingly rampant activities of commercial concerns in our hobby are admirable, but are, of course, controversial - after all, how can some of the larger datasets be brought online without the help of Ancestry, FindMyPast and the like?  Anyway, the SoG post mentioned in my blog entry of 7th April has been supplemented by a lengthy 'comment' from one of the OGA's co-ordinators, so is well worth revisiting, here.

Deceased Online will be announcing the release of more records in the next day or two - this time concerning cemeteries in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The former concerns cemeteries in Cheshunt, Hoddesdon, Hemel Hempstead, Tring and Berkhamsted; the latter that at Sawston. Though the official announcement hasn't been made, the records ARE actually already online.

Issue 103 of Your Family Tree will be released in the next few days - there's a preview here, where you will also see details of a new book of their's entitled Photo Editing for Family Historians.

On the subject of publications and publishing, TNA have joined forces with Bloomsbury Publishing - presumably with a view to expanding their operations in the field.  See their press release here.

Blogger Audrey Collins has compared the existing datasets on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to the seemingly identical sets of records which have recently appeared on Ancestry - and finds some interesting differences.  Read what she has to say here.

And a reminder to those of you who frequent The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum that the same will be closing on Thursday 21st April - full details here.


Death of...

Benjamin Disraeli, in 1881, near High Wycombe in Bucks, aged 76;
Charles Darwin, in 1882, near Orpington in Kent, aged 73.

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