If we keep our neurons on fire,
our brain is less likely to tire;
So just have some fun
get each puzzle done
keep active, not stuck in the mire
our brain is less likely to tire;
So just have some fun
get each puzzle done
keep active, not stuck in the mire
strain your brain- genealogy fun
KINGS & QUEENS OF ENGLAND QUIZ
How much do you really know?
ENGLISH WORD FACTS
In Old English, the word with meant "against" (and more)
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
No word in the English language rhymes with month (and more)
OFFBEAT GENEALOGY (a bit of fun reading)
Your Genetic Genealogist
Genealogy While You Sleep
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON WORDS
WORD MEANING QUIZZES
HENRY WELLCOME- BODY PAINT
Anti stress activity
HENRY WELLCOME- MAGIC IN MODERN LONDON
iPhone app- a treasure hunt set in Edwardian London
Please note that the questions in this quiz refer to the marriage laws and practices of England and Wales only.
Funny Names Found in Census Records
Celebrities in the Census
Strange or Funny Names
The worst, most humiliating baby names
COUNTIES OF ENGLAND QUIZ
Christmas Tree Decorating
Christmas Tree Light up (Challenging)
Other Christmas Games
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FASHION GAME
This is a children's game about fashion in the 1700's, but it gives a lot of info in basic terms & great close ups. Just click on the various guests on the invite, click on learn more, then each circle.
FUN AMERICAN HISTORY ACTIVITIES
Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress!
PORT PHILLIP TRIVIA QUIZ
AUSTRALIA THROUGH TIME 1606 to 1879
A GENEALOGICAL CURIOSITY
Speaking of the family of John Locke, the celebrated metaphysician, an old writer says': "Perhaps the Lockes are one of the most numerous clans in England." No wonder, if many of them followed the example of the metaphysician's uncle, Lewis Locke. This worthy wived 4 times, and had 35 children, of whom John, the eldest, was 59 years older than Christopher, the youngest, born on the same day as his brother John's first grandchild.”
RESEARCHING A WW1 SOLIIDIER
The following site is designed for students gaining information about WW1, but if you have time to spare, is an interesting exercise on researching a soldier.
What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, yet never in a hundred years?
Van Gogh's Family Tree
Genealogy Jokes and Poems
Genealogy Poetry and Prose
Wit And Wisdom Genealogy Humor And Poetry
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Spare a thought for Edwina Proud,
who now strums a harp, on a Heavenly cloud;
She died at peace on a recent Monday,
But was laid in her grave on a previous Sunday!
No crime, nor error attended this act,
so can you explain this incredible fact?
That she died in the morning, ten minutes to four,
and then was buried the day before.
WORK IT OUT
On June 1st, five couples who live in Trumbull will celebrate their wedding anniversaries. Their surnames- Johnstone, Parker, Watson, Graves and Shearer. The husbands' given names are Russell, Douglas, Charles, Peter and Everett. The wives' given names are Elaine, Joyce, Marcia, Elizabeth and Mildred. No two couples have been married the same number of years. Pair up each couple & how many years they have been married?
Joyce has not been married as long as Charles or the Parkers, but longer than Douglas or the Johnstones. Elizabeth has been married twice as long as the Watsons, but only half as long as Russell. The Shearers have been married ten years longer than Peter and 10 yrs less than Marcia. Douglas & Mildred have been married for 25 yrs less than the Graves who, having been married for 30 yrs, are the couple who have been married the longest. Neither Elaine or the Johnstones have been married the shortest time. Everett has been married for 25 years. Answers at-
ON A HEADSTONE in Ontario, Canada
He was a Humanitarian
He loved his Mother-in-Law
WILLIAM ADAMS ESTATE PUZZLE
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Following the Old Naming Tradition, if John & Mary Smith had six children- Agnes, Mary, William, John, James & Betsy, what were John Smith's parent's names?
WHAT IS HE?
What relationship to you, is your Great Grandfather's Brother's Grandchild?
Second Cousin once removed.
All about British Life and Culture
Facts and Information about London
British & World History Timeline
WHACK THE HAGGIS GAME
AN INTERACTIVE LOOK AT SCATTERY ISLAND
INVITATION TO A FUNERAL (London) by Molly Brown
17th Century Trivia Quiz
Interactive Tour of Old London
CREATE YOUR OWN QUIZ
WHO IS WHO?
Elizabeth & Mary are sisters. Agnes, Elizabeth's daughter, is twelve years younger than her Aunt Mary. Elizabeth is twice as old as Agnes. Four years ago, Elizabeth was the same age as Mary is now. How old is each girl?
CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
*I want ancestors with names like Rudimentary Montagnard or
Melchizenick von Steubenhoffmannschild or Spetznatz Giafortoni,
not William Brown or John Hunter or Mary Abbott.
*I want ancestors who could read and write, had their children
baptised in recognised houses of worship, went to school, purchased
land, left detailed wills (naming a huge extended family as legatees),
had their photographs taken once a year - subsequently putting said
pictures in elaborate isinglass frames annotated with calligraphic
inscriptions, and carved valuable and informative inscriptions in
*I want relatives who managed to bury their ancestors in established,
still-extant (and indexed) cemeteries.
*I want family members who wrote memoirs, who enlisted in the
military as officers and who served in strategically important (and
*I want relatives who served as councilmen, schoolteachers, county
clerks and town historians.
*I want relatives who "religiously" wrote in the family Bible,
journalising every little event and detailing the familial relationship
of every visitor.
*In the case of immigrant ancestors, I want them to have arrived
only in those years wherein passenger lists were indexed by the
National Archives, and I want them to have applied for citizenship,
and to have done so only in those jurisdictions which have since
*I want relatives who were patriotic and clubby, who joined every
patrimonial society they could find, who kept diaries, and listed all
their addresses, who had paintings made of their houses, and who
dated every piece of paper they touched.
*I want ancestors who were wealthy enough to afford, and to keep for
generations, the family homestead, and who left all the aforemen-
tioned pictures and diaries and journals intact in the library
*But most of all: I want relatives I can FIND!!!!!
© Barbara A. Brown's "I Want" article was originally posted in 1994 to the National
Genealogical Conference, FIDO bulletin board forum.
THE GLASCOW STORY
THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO GAME
OLD ENGLISH LITERATURE TRIVIA QUIZ
LONDON: A LIFE IN GOOGLE MAPS
London: A Life in Maps, charts the growth of the city through the ages. The exhibition is broken down into seven themes, each broadly covering a different period in the city's history (click on the red markers). If you also click on the downloads section on the right, you can download Google Earth & add the overlays from the past. Fun!
Edward, John, Henry, Elizabeth, Ann & Agnes.
Can you work out who is who?
John's cousin's brother is Edward, who is not No.5
John's cousin is not Ann, who is not No.2
Elizabeth's brother's cousin (also Elizabeth's cousin), is Edward's brother who is not No.3
Agnes is Henry's cousin's sister & is not No.4
Henry's cousin John's cousin is Edward, who is between Agnes & Ann
Interactive quiz: Dickens or what the dickens?
A game about the words that Charles Dickens introduced into our everyday speak
Take this quiz to see how many occupations you can identify (A kids quiz, but still fun)
Common Sense Obituary
Today, we mourn the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense.
Common Sense lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the Millennium. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, homes,
hospitals, factories & offices, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare & foolishness.
For decades, petty rules, silly laws & frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense. He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in from rain, the early bird gets the worm & life isn't always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (adults are in charge), and it's okay to come in second.
A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural & educational trends including feminism, body piercing, whole language and new math, but his health declined when he became infected with the "if-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus. In recent decades, his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal legislation.
He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers and enlightened auditors. His health rapidly deteriorated when schools implemented zero tolerance policies; when reports were heard of six year old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate & a teacher not being allowed to reprimand an unruly student, or grade a Test paper. It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but couldn't inform the parent when a female student is pregnant.
Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims & there were restrictions on everything from Singing Christmas Carols to what you place in your rubbish bin.
As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding questionable regulations for asbestos, low-flow toilets, mandatory air bags & council permits for Dog Kennels & cubby houses. Finally, upon hearing about a Government plan to force Mothers out to work leaving them to have to pay someone else to nurture their own child, Common Sense breathed his last breath.
Common Sense was preceded in death by- His parents, Truth & Trust; His wife, Discretion; His daughter, Responsibility; And his son, Reason. His three stepbrothers survive him: Rights, Tolerance and Whiner. The funeral was not well attended, as so few realized he was gone.
by Charles Hughes Terrot (1790-1872)
Charles Terrot was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he was a Scottish
Episcopal priest, fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
(1840) & Bishop of Edinburgh (1841).
The Death of English
The language's demise took few by surprise. Signs of its failing health had been evident for some time on the pages of America's daily newspapers, the flexible yet linguistically authoritative forums through which the day-to-day state of the language has traditionally been measured. Beset by the need to cut costs & influenced by decreased public attention to grammar, punctuation & syntax in an era of unedited blogs and abbreviated instant communication, newspaper publishers have been cutting back on the use of copy editing, sometimes eliminating it entirely.
Goodbye, cruel words: English. It's dead to me.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- dyn/content/article/2010/09/13/ AR2010091304476
Online Word Game
Test Your Knowledge From Words Used in the 1800's
Brighton Museum site, can inspire new forms of interaction.
Objectors to the Census
In Hulme, Manchester, the enumerator received a blank return.
"Why is it blank?", he demanded.
"Nobody slept in the house." replied the occupier.
"Was the house empty?"
"No, but my wife was confined of twins for the third time, about 10 o'clock, and nobody has ever slept since"
PHOTOGRAPHIC SLIDER PUZZLES
To download java applet, after clicking on photograph of your choice, scroll to bottom of new page
It's hard!, could be used more for general information
Fun Trivia Quiz - Life in an English Workhouse
Play through the Slideshow & try to remember as much information as you can, then try answering the questions below without cheating.