Tuesday, 20 February 2018

City of Victoria Archives Online Search

The following is a press release.
The City of Victoria Archives is pleased to announce the launch of its new Online Search, available at archives.victoria.ca<https://archives.victoria.ca/>.
Powered by Access to Memory (AtoM), the Online Search contains hundreds of descriptions of City Government and community records held by the Archives, as well as nearly 10,000 digital photographs.
We invite you to explore Victoria's rich documentary heritage and learn how Victorians have lived, worked, and governed themselves for the last 150 years.
We welcome your comments and feedback. Please be in touch with us at archives@victoria.ca<mailto:archives@victoria.ca>.

Free access to Ancestry.co.uk records

Get ready to take advantage if you don't have a paid subscription.
Ancestry.co.uk featured collections will be free to access starting on 23 February 2018 until 25 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT.
To see a full list of the records in the featured collections click here.
To view these records you will need to be registered for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

GGI Belfast 2018

Speakers for the Genetic Genealogy Ireland sessions at Back to Our Past Belfast 2018 pose of the replica Titanic staircase at Titanic Belfast.

Get access to (almost all) the videos of the presentations by joining the +4K members of the closed Genetic Genealogy Ireland Facebook group.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

FreeBMD February Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Thursday 15 February 2018 to contain 266,393,467 (265,866,842 last update) distinct records. Major additions are, for births 1963-4, 1978-83; for marriages 1966, 1979-80, 1982-3; for deaths 1979, 1981-2.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Recognition for Paul Milner

Congratulations to Paul Milner, who returned by popular demand to speak at the BIFHSGO conference 2017, for this recognition by the Utah Genealogical Association.


Findmypast adds Yorkshire Parish Records

Added to the FindmypastYorkshire parish record collection for the East Riding are
Baptisms : 73,749 new records for a total of 5,371,218.
Banns : 16,788 new records, total 625,724
Marriages  : 57,936 new records, total, 3,025,288
Burials : 18,205 new records, total 4,812,550

And 21,941 new Parish and Bishop's Transcripts browse records.

Open access to Canadian Immigration Records from Ancestry, including Passenger Arrivals, Passports, Border Crossings on Ancestry

From 16 to 19 February Ancestry.ca offers free access, with registration, to their immigration records –just for Family Day.

Included are Canadian passenger arrivals, passports, border crossings and more.

Quinte Branch OGS February Meeting

The Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society presents
"All About Quinte Branch"
on Saturday 17 February, 2018 - highlighting the Branch structure, annual program for education and research. Also, the Library catalogue, finding aid, surname interest list, branch facebook and website.
Held at  Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton 1-3 pm. Everyone welcome, bring a friend.
Visit facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Ancestry adds London Directories 1736-1943

Nearly 20 million records are in Ancestry's new London, England, City Directories, 1736-1943 collection.
The index was created using text recognition software, not transcribed, with indexes of the directories for every fifth year. Expect OCR errors.
The originals, from the London Metropolitan Archives, comprise street, commercial, trade, court, and post office directories.
Check that directories for the borough/area and time period of interest are included to avoid fruitless searches.

New Irish Genealogical Research Society Videos

For a very limited time there's free access to three 20 minute videos on Irish records from the IGRS.
They are:
Roman Catholic parish records, by Claire Bradley,
Census returns, by Claire Bradley,
Church of Ireland parish registers, by Dr Susan Hood.
Free access is only until Sunday 18 February during the Back to Our Past event in Belfast. After that access will be a benefit of membership.

Videos can be accessed from https://www.irishancestors.ie/members/irish-genealogy-how-to-videos/


The group meeting this Saturday, 17 February starts with Pam Cooper leading  on First Names. Tips and tricks.
Marilyn Lindsay will make a short presentation on Using the Scottish Association of Family History                     Societies website to get information on    Regional interests.
Following a break, and an opportunity to bid on the silent auction, Pam Cooper will update on the group's Regional interests, and the appropriate FHSs for them followed by A general discussion on successes or lack thereof, of working with Family History Societies, on site                 or on line.
The meeting runs from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Rooms 226 and 228, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

Kingston Branch OGS February Meeting

Saturday 17 February, 2018 is the occasion for the Kingston branch annual general meeting and 45th anniversary celebration at the Seniors Centre, 56 Francis Street, Kingston.
There will be a small silent auction and an educational session on downloading data from FTDNA or Ancestry and uploading it to GEDmatch. 
Check www.kingston.ogs.on.ca for info and possible further details.