This evening I gave a presentation on using the newly released 1940 US Census records for genealogy research. Twenty-one people attended and my slides are available here: 1940-US-Census-Marc-Nozell-29-May-2012.pdf
Archive for the ‘genealogy’ Category
I missed a couple of milestones.
This blog turned 10 years old on March 5th, 2012. It started life as a humble blosxom script and stayed like that for two years when I migrated to a self-hosted wordpress blog. Since I’ve been tracking late in 2007, there has been 180,000 page views — a good percentage is probably spammers.
Here are my move viewed blog entries:
- messing around with tiles (13-Aug-2004; 16,153 hits) — a silly little post about using the taprats java app to generate some interesting titles. It is also where I got the favicon for nozell.com.
- family pictures — including one of me naked! (4-May-2003; 7,560 hits) — Seems lots of people are searching for naked photos on the internet. Who knew? The entry has some bitrot, but I had scanned some old photos as part of a genealogy project. Here is the photo of me butt naked.
- Getting started with the SheevaPlug (12-May-2009; 7,158 hits) — finally a geek-related entry! I’m still somewhat happy with LordShiva.local, but it sometimes flakes out losing the root filesystem. Its backup function has been moved to a DreamPlug.
- flickr upload for gnome’s nautilus (4-Sep-2004; 6,077 hits) — Back in the Debian/Sarge days I wrote a little Nautilus script to upload flickr photos. It got some link-love from flickr. Sadly the script is lost to the ages.
- I’ve seen things, I’ve seen them with my eyes… (5-Mar-2004; 4,901 hits) — damn earworm by the excellent Weebl. Surprisingly the link is still good. Best part of the song? Kuala Lumpur!
- Some tips to (re)install grub on an HP ProLiant server (8-May-2004, 4762 hits) — Back in the day HP ProLiant with SmartArray controllers, Red Hat and grub didn’t love each other as much as they do today. My notes were popular for a while, less so over time.
- Logitech USB headset & Ubuntu/Linux (13-Sep-2006; 4,263 hits) — evidence that random devices work out of the box on Linux just like it usually does on Windows.
- hp 2133 update (4-Jun-2008; 3,799 hits) — described some problems installing various distros of Linux on my cute little hp2133 netbook. Since then Ubuntu has been running on the hp2133 just fine and has ubeen upgraded through Oneric. Now it is off at college with Son #2 who uses it for notetaking in class.
- SheevaPlug customizing pre-installed Ubuntu/Jaunty (17-May-2009; 3,392 hits) — misc notes on the SheevaPlug when it was running Ubuntu/Jaunty. Currently it is running Debian/Squeeze mainly because Ubuntu dropped support for the ARM CPU it uses.
- SheevaPlug is now my main home server (26-Jun-2009; 2,916 hits) — A write up on what the SheevaPlug was hosting in my home datacenter. All those functions have moved to the newer and more capable DreamPlug.
The other big milestone is I’ve had the nozell.com domain for 15 years — 6-Feb-1997. I have children that are younger than that domain!
Record last updated on 07-Feb-2012.
Record expires on 07-Feb-2013.
Record created on 06-Feb-1997.
1. w32codec related for debian/ubuntu — 4720
I’m not able to play DVDs and WMVs using xine. A better resource is
2. gideon taylor — 2095
3. ipodder on debian/ubuntu related — 1012
I wrote about getting early iPodder versions working on
debian/sarge and Ubuntu. It as since been packaged up and in the
4. xinerama support on debian/ubuntu — 234
X11 dual head support — I had it working on Ubuntu/Dapper but an X
upgrade last month broke it. It seems the xorg.conf I was using
isn’t quite right…
5. installing ubuntu — 219
I’m kind of surprised of that many hits. I’m currently running
Ubuntu/Dapper on my corporate hp nc6000 laptop.
6. ive seen things ive seen them with my eyes — 217
Who doesn’t love that flash video?
7. grub related — 185
The hp/compaq ProLiant servers include the SmartArray RAID whose
cciss driver uses /dev/cciss/c0d0p0 for the first partition which
still confuses grub. There is a simple work around.
8. hollie vise — 176
Hollie Vise was at Gymnastics Village where Trevor is on the boys
team. I took a couple crappy photos.
9. gymnastics videos — 156
I had some short videos of Trevor (Level 5 Boys), but took them
down when I started running out of web space.
10. flickr uploadr — 132
I hacked a quick nautilus wrapper around an existing perl-based
Flickr::Uploadr and made it available. Lately I’ve been using
And some random searches…
166 people look for words that rhyme with something (bacteria rhymes, what rhymes with becoming)
51+ hits for people looking for maggot or larvae infested breast
Guatemalan sex pictures — 2
2004 Lisa Directory @aol.com — 2
donating blood blogs — 1
Last week I bought an old letter on [Ebay](http://www.ebay.com) from Capt John Bright of Cambridge, MA to his brother in 1848.
[Last year other strangers pointed me](http://nozell.com/blog/index.php?s=gideon+taylor&submit=Search) to an Ebay auction for a [Gideon Taylor/Sarah Burr 1857](http://www.nozell.com/genealogy/gideon-taylor-sarah-burr-family-bible/), I was alerted to the auction by some stranger who suggested that it may be related to my wife’s BRIGHT line.
Seemed like a good deal at $15.
Here are some smaller versions of the scans I made tonight. Drop me some email if you want a copy of each of the 9M files.
The seller was nice enough to include a photo copy of some background info from “U.S. Naval Institute” by Carl C. Cutter (1961), pg 484 has a line from the “Queens of the Western Ocean”, Center line, Ripley Center & Co, 73 South St., Mobile Agents est 1824. (In Boston? NYC?)
Year Vessel Tons Masters
1824 Bg. Susquehanna 207 J. Bright
The column with the “Bg.” is untitled, but the other entries are “Sp.”, “Sch.”, and “Bk.” Some type of ship type? (eg. Schooner)
As mentioned a few days ago, I liberally licensed some scans of the Gideon Taylor and Sarah Burr’s 1857 family bible I bought on ebay.com last year.
It is now available here:
And available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/sets/72157603912480432 on Flickr.com
Gideon Taylor/Sarah Burr family bible CD under the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0 licenseSunday, April 13th, 2003
It is a CD I sent to Wendy’s siblings that contained a number of
scans of the Gideon Taylor/Sarah Burr 1857 bible CD I bought on
ebay.com along with a number of genealogy reports showing the lineage
from those folks to today’s generations.
Tomorrow I’ll be putting a copy of the CD in the mail for a second
cousin of Wendy who is also a Taylor/Burr descendant.
Feels good to add to genealogy knowledge base of other people…
See here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/sets/72157603912480432 for scans of the genealogy related pages.
Between the chess and UNO attack games with the kids, I’ve started pulling together scans of the Gideon Taylor/Sarah Burr family bible as well as some pretty genealogy reports and will send them out to my wife’s siblings.
The latest New England Ancestors Magazine has a small article about the NEHGS is soliciting donations of old family bibles that contain genealogical records, but they are also accepting scans of the title page and those pages with genealogical information. I’m going to see if they are interested in scans of my newly aquired Gideon Taylor/Sarah Burr 1756 bible.
Last week three different people alerted me to an auction on ebay of an 1857 family bible. The seller had scanned in a couple of the pages that showed the original owner (Gideon Taylor) as well as some of the marriage and birth records (m. Sarah Burr). The three people did a search on google and rootweb.com and found that they were in my genealogy (actually my wife’s side).
Fifty dollars later and the bible is back in the hands of the
family!. I’ve scanned the the genealogically interesting pages and offered them to anyone
who is interested.