Archive for the ‘genealogy’ Category

Photo of every tombstone in Reed’s Ferry Graveyard (2014)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Here are images of all the headstones in the Reed’s Ferry graveyard in Merrimack, NH.

The complete set is here: Reed’s Ferry Graveyard (2014)






Install script to CollectiveAccess on a debian Wheezy server

Friday, August 9th, 2013

I’ve been looking at using CollectiveAccess, a very nice GPL’ed cataloguing tool and web-based application for museums, archives and digital collections, to use for a local historical society and surname genealogy group. If you know me IRL, I can set you up with a test account on a CA instance.

The installation is pretty straight forward, but I took the time to automate the installation progress to install it on a stock Debian Wheezy 7.1 image running in (standard.xsmall)

Download it to the server, and then as root: sh

# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program. If not, see .
# This script will install Collectiveaccess Providence & Pawtucket
# v1.3 on a stock Debian Wheezy server.
# Scan down for CHANGEME and replace it with whatever you want the
# Collectiveaccess (ca) account's mysql password to be.
# I tested this using the "209316 – Debian Wheezy 7.1 Server 64-bit
# 20130701 (b)" base image on
# -marc nozell
# 2013-08-08
apt-get update
echo "get more packages"
apt-get install apache2 mysql-server php5 php5-imagick libtiff5 libgd-tools php5-ffmpeg libav-tools ghostscript dcraw poppler-utils abiword mediainfo php-getid3 php5-mysql

echo "update php.ini"
perl -pi -e "s/post_max_size = 8M/post_max_size = 32M/" /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
perl -pi -e "s/upload_max_filesize = 2M/upload_max_filesize = 2M/" /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
perl -pi -e "s/memory_limit = 128M/memory_limit = 256M/" /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini
perl -pi -e "s/display_errors = Off/display_errors = On/" /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

echo "restart apache"
service apache2 restart

echo "configure mysql -- enter the mysql root password:"
mysql -p < < EOF
create database ca;
create user 'ca'@'localhost' identified by 'CHANGEME';
grant all on ca.* to 'ca'@'localhost';

echo "get providence 1.3 kit"
cd /usr/src/
wget -c

echo "unpack providence"
cd /var/www/
tar zxvf /usr/src/collectiveaccess-providence-1.3.tgz
mv collectiveaccess-providence-1.3 providence

cd providence

echo "edit providence setup.php"
cp setup.php-dist setup.php

perl -pi -e "s/my_database_user/ca/" setup.php
perl -pi -e "s/my_database_password/CHANGEME/" setup.php
perl -pi -e "s/name_of_my_database/ca/" setup.php
perl -pi -e "s/my_database_user/ca/" setup.php

echo "set some providence directory protections"
cd ..
chmod a+w providence/app/tmp
chmod a+w providence
chmod a+w providence/app/lib/core/Parsers/htmlpurifier/standalone/HTMLPurifier/DefinitionCache

echo "get the pawtucket kit"
cd /usr/src/
wget -c

echo "unpack pawtucket"
cd /var/www/providence
tar zxvf /usr/src/collectiveaccess-pawtucket-1.3.tgz
mv collectiveaccess-pawtucket-1.3 pawtucket

cd pawtucket

echo "edit pawtucket setup.php"
cp setup.php-dist setup.php

perl -pi -e "s/my_database_user/ca/" setup.php
perl -pi -e "s/my_database_password/CHANGEME/" setup.php
perl -pi -e "s/name_of_my_database/ca/" setup.php
perl -pi -e "s/my_database_user/ca/" setup.php

cd /var/www/providence/pawtucket

echo "create media softlink"
ln -s ../media ./

echo "fix pawtucket directory protections"
chmod a+w /var/www/providence/pawtucket/app/tmp /var/www/providence/pawtucket/app/lib/core/Parsers/htmlpurifier/standalone/HTMLPurifier/DefinitionCache
chmod 777 /var/www/providence/pawtucket/app/lib/core/Parsers/htmlpurifier/standalone/HTMLPurifier/DefinitionCache/Serializer

echo "Now go open http://THIS-SERVER/providence/install and complete the setup"

Genealogy Resources @ Merrimack Public Library

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Tonight I gave a presentation on using the Genealogy Resources at the Merrimack Public Library. (and internet in general)

Here are the slides:

They are available under the Creative Commons’ Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Using GRAMPS for your Genealogy Project

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Tonight I gave a presentation on Using GRAMPS for your Genealogy Project at the Merrimack Public Library. (and internet in general)

Here are the slides:

They are available under the Creative Commons’ Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Getting started with your Genealogy Research talk

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Tonight I gave a presentation on getting started with your genealogy research at the Merrimack Public Library.

Here are the slides:

They are available under the Creative Commons’ Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Over the next two weeks I’ll give a talk on using GRAMPS for managing your genealogy information and one on using genealogy resources at the Merrimack Public Library such as the ‘Library Edition’ of, other databases at the library and internet resources.

1940 US Census presentation @ Merrimack Public Library

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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

Belated Blog Birthday

Monday, March 12th, 2012

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 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.

Top 10 search queries bring people to my blog

Friday, December 30th, 2005

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

Back in 2003, I purchased his 1857 family bible on ebay, it is
nice that it is back in the family again. Seems to also be the
name mentioned in an anti-semitic tract on the internet.

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
debian/ubuntu repositories.

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 — 2

donating blood blogs — 1

1848 letter from Capt John Bright to brother

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Last week I bought an old letter on [Ebay]( from Capt John Bright of Cambridge, MA to his brother in 1848.

[Last year other strangers pointed me]( to an Ebay auction for a [Gideon Taylor/Sarah Burr 1857](, 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.

Front of 1848 letter from Captain John Bright to brother

Front of 1848 letter from Captain John Bright to brother

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)

Gideon Taylor/Sarah Burr 1857 family bible images

Wednesday, April 16th, 2003

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 last year.

It is now available here:

And available here: on