Sunday, 20 April 2014

Do you know?

Recognize these?

The Holy Boys
Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard
The Elegant Extracts
The Vein-Openers
The Devil's Own

What do they have in common?

Free admission to the Ottawa Zoomer show

BIFHSGO, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the City of Ottawa Archives will share a booth at the Ottawa Zoomer Show on April 26 and 27 at the Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive.

250 free tickets are allocated to society members. Below is the link to get a free ticket. CARP members will have received notice of free admission.

Print off the tickets for free admission to the show at:

For more information on the show:  Scroll down to see a floor plan and a list of the other exhibitors.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Primrose Day and a census odditity

April 19 was for many years unofficially commemorated as Primrose Day in Britain. Lord Beaconsfield, (Benjamin Disraeli,) died that day in 1881. Primroses, his favourite flowers, were placed on his grave, at his statue in Parliament Square, and worn by admirers.

His name was coupled with that of Sir John A Macdonald, both were considered outstanding Conservative leaders. Although Disraeli was not yet Prime Minister when the British North America Act which founded Canada was approved by the British Parliament, he was the leader of the government in the Commons and so must surely have had a substantial role.

Disraeli appears in the 1881 census, taken not long before his death, listed by his title, The Earl of Beaconsfield, with occupation ex-Prime Minister. Someone in the census office was obviously an admirer. When in genealogy class they tell you the 1881 census didn't recorded deaths show them this curiosity - a snippet from the census document with a R.I.P. scrawled beside the entry.

WW1 Beechwood Burials: Calvin Bezley

On this date in 1920 Private Calvin Bezley, serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, passed away from scarlet fever.

According to an Ottawa Journal article from 20 April 1920 he had recently undergone an operation on his spine following a shrapnel wound at Cambra(i) where he laid for two days before being brought in. The shrapnel was removed but he was paralyzed.

He was born in Toronto on 17 (18) October 1883 the son of George and Annie (Neil) Bezley. Prior to enlisting on 22 January 1918 he had been a clerk in the forestry industry.

He had three brothers and seven sisters including Mrs A Wall whose address, 559 King Edward Avenue, is in the Beechwood register. His aunt, Mrs T Bezley lived at 92 Wilbrod Street in Ottawa.

Friday, 18 April 2014

FamilySearch adds England, Lancashire, Parish Register 1538-1910

This release contains 913,314 baptism, marriage and burial transcription records sourced from the Lancashire Record Office. Accrington, Blackburn and Preston are prominent among communities covered.
This release would appear to complement the collection England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 sourced from the Central Library, Manchester.

LAC Access to Information and Privacy requests can now be made online

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a form that will enable Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) requests and payments to be made online. Processing of credit card payments will be made through the Government of Canada’s secure Receiver General Buy Button (RGBB). The request form is located on the LAC website under Transparency. With this feature, LAC joins 25 other federal government institutions who can now accept ATIP requests online.

The above is from an LAC blog post.

WW1 Beechwood Burials: Frederick Alexander Mitchell

On this day, 18 April, in 1918 Private Frederick Alexander Mitchell died of typhoid fever and pneumonia at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. He was attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment. No attestation paper is available online.

His age is given as 23 years, the son of John Mitchell of 505 Cooper Street, Ottawa. 
A Toronto birth registration gives a birth date of 28 September 1893. 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

FamilySearch adds England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911

You can now find 454,798 transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials in the collection "England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911", new on FamilySearch. The transcripts are linked to image originals, over 100,000 of them which are only viewable at Family History Centres or to "signed-in members of supporting organizations."
Find My Past have been diligently working on Kent parish records; this appears to be another resource available through a cooperation agreement.

Mrs Brown's Sticky Situation

This one is too good to leave until the end of year Yuletide R&R collection.
Be aware, it comes with a SOME STRONG LANGUAGE warning.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Ancestry adds Manchester Non-Conformist records

There are nearly 400,000 records for more than 100 places in three new Manchester databases just added to
The databases are:
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms, 1758-1912 has 197,227 records
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Marriages, 1758-1937
103,637 records,
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Deaths and Burials, 1758-1987 has 97,860 records

Ancestry informs that the records include those for  Methodist, Quaker, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, URC, Congregationalist, Baptist, Unitarian, and Jewish congregations. I didn't find any Jewish records.

You can search or browse by place and congregation and view images of the originals.

They are sourced from the Greater Manchester County Record Office / Manchester Archives and Local Studies. Tameside Local Studies and Archives, Oldham Archives and Local Studies, Wigan Archives Services, Bury Archives Service, Stockport Archive Service.

Today only, free access to Irish Newspaper Archive

Claire Santry mentions this very limited time offer, ending at 11am Irish time on Thursday. Read more at

Also, just added to the site, The Connaught Telegraph 1830-1899 and The Dundalk Democrat 1849-1913.

Newly Digitized Microfilms on the Héritage Portal

The following, from a post on the LAC blog, is a list of digitized microfilms that have been recently added to the Héritage website. The records are in the language of origin.

  • Amherst Papers 
  • Canada. Department of the Interior: Letters patent 
  • Canadian Home Economics Association fonds 
  • Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service: Park/subject classification system 
  • Department of Indian Affairs, Edmonton Agency: General operational records 
  • Department of Indian Affairs, Manitoba Regional Office: Central registry files 
  • Dominion Lands Branch registry 
  • France, Archives Nationales. Contrôle général des finances. Sous-série G7 [French National Archives fonds, finances records, sub-series G7] 
  • Frank Wright fonds 
  • Henry Elvins Spencer fonds 
  • Henry Pringle fonds 
  • Immigration Program: Headquarters central registry files 
  • Indian and Inuit Affairs Program: Modified duplex numeric system 
  • Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada: Courts martial records, 1914-1919 
  • Parish registers: Manitoba 
  • Registrar of Shipping New Carlisle [Quebec], 1856-1902, and Quebec City [Québec], 1787-1965 
  • Radnik fonds 
  • Roderick K. Finlayson fonds 
  • Sir Henry James Warre fonds 
  • William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth fonds 
  • William Osgoode fonds

The First World War: Disease, The Only Victor

An instructive presentation given on 10 March by Professor Francis Cox, online from Gresham College, focuses on the history of disease in WW1 and placed in a larger context.

He examines the division between combat and disease deaths in various wars, contends that a reduced fraction of military deaths in WW1 should be attributed to the greater effectiveness of weapons and not so much improved medical services.

He also argues that if influenza deaths are included, as they should be as the disease entered the war zone from the US as their soldiers arrived, disease once again become the major cause of military deaths.