Sunday, 21 September 2014

Rockstar Genealogists Comments

Many comments to the poll sang the praises of those they voted for, and more generally:

"A great list. Aren't we lucky to have so many wonderful experts to learn from!!"
Some were not complimentary:
"Some of these have got to be a joke!"
Despite have opened nominations for five days with good publicity on various social media many people took the trouble to write comments included names of other people - 76 in all:

Deborah Abbott
Cameron Allen
Emily D. Aulicino
Stewart Baldwin
Bernice Bennett
Lloyd Bockstruck
David Bowie
Marwood Braund
John Anderson Brayton
Melinde Byrne
Joe Buggy
Angie Bush
Bruce Buzbee
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
Sarah Cato
Shannon Christmas
Alex Daw
Laura DeGrazia
John Blythe Dobson
Elyse Doerflinger
John Donaldson
Bruce Elliott
Guy Etchells
Sr Mary de Lourdes Fahy
Aiden Feerick
R. Yves Gagne
Henry L Gates
Paul Gorry
Caitlin Gow
Karen Mauer Green
Alan Greenspan
Boyd Grey
Linley Hooper
Daniel Hubbard
Kathy Johnston
Margaret Jordan
Shamele Jordon
Michael Lacopo
David Allen Lambert
Jenny Lanctot
Elizabeth LaPointe
Lisa Lee
Denise Levenick
Barbara Vines Little
Leslie Mahler
Kenneth Marks
David McDonald
Julie Miller
Nicola Morris
Sean Murphy
Shelly Murphy
Michael John Neill
Kenneth Nordtvedt
Eileen M. ÓDúill
Ugo Perego
Paul C. Reed
Barbara Renick
Cynthia Richardson
Douglas Richardson
Miriam Robbins
Gary Boyd Roberts
Melinde Lutz Sanborn
Pam Sayre
Rick Sayre
Kerry Scott
Ginger Smith
Helen Smith
Diahan Southard
Paul Stone
Bryan Sykes
Nat Taylor
Neil D. Thompson
Angela Walton-Raji
Debbie Parker Wayne
Stephen White
Jane E. Wilcox

Some thought the whole thing a waste of time.
"... this Rock Star poll is rather silly and borderline unprofessional."
When the dust settles I'll ask for comments to see if the community wants to continue this poll into a fourth year, if so whether continuing with an open nomination process which could mean 250 or more names to look through is still the way to go, and whether there's scope for further geographic or other segmentation.

The first Ottawa WW1 death

Thomas Hardingham, the first WW1 Ottawa soldier buried at Beechwood cemetery, died exactly 100 years ago today.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry gives his name as Thomas William Hardingham which is also the name in his entry in the burial record at Beechwood Cemetery, cause of death is gunshot wound.
His civil death certificate gives the additional information that his age was 27 and that he lived for 6 hours following the wound.
There is a report in the Ottawa Citizen for 22 September of Pt Thomas Hardengham receiving a wound on the Rockcliffe range. The Ottawa Journal for the following day records his death with the name Thomas Hardingham.
I was unable to locate an attestation paper for him!
He appears in the 1911 Canadian census in Quebec with immigration in 1908. There are two records of voyages to Canada, the original in 1908 and a return after a visit in 1912. He appears in the 1901 and 1891 census with his family including father Charles and mother Jane,
There is an entry in the civil registration birth index for Thomas William Hardingham in the March quarter of 1888 in (Great) Yarmouth, Norfolk.
He is included as T W Hardingham on the war memorial at Great Yarmouth, the tenth person associated with that town to die in the war.
There are two Beechwood gravemarkers in section 29, plot 122; a standard CWGC stone and the original which reads:
In sacred memory of Thomas William most dearly loved and only son of Charles and Whippertie HARDINGHAM of Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, killed in machine gun practice Sept 21,1914 aged 26 yrs “One of the best”

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Urban Walkabout Map for London Researchers

If you're visiting the Society of Genealogists or London Metropolitan Archives and looking for somewhere to eat, more upscale than grabbing a sandwich at Prêt à Manger, take a look the Urban Walkabout Map of Clerkenwell and Farringdon.
When visiting the LMA it's a short walk to Exmouth Market with choices for all tastes. I've not been so fortunate finding a place to my liking near the SOG. Perhaps someone familiar with that area would be kind enough to post some suggestions.

Commonwealth Rockstar Genealogists

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists as voted by residents of Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.

1. Janet Few
1. Chris Paton
3. Dick Eastman
4. Kirsty Gray
5. Thomas MacEntee
6. Lisa Louise Cooke
7. Judy G. Russell
8. Else Churchill
9. Debbie Kennett
10. Celia Heritage

Seven of the ten are women.
97% of people nominated received votes.
70% of respondents identified themselves as women.
45% of voters were from the England and Wales, 31% from Canada, 21% from Australia and New Zealand, and 3% from Scotland.
Five of the top ten are from England, four from the US and one from Scotland.

International Rockstar Genealogists

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists as voted by all.

1. Judy G. Russell
2. Roberta Estes
3. Megan Smolenyak
4. CeCe Moore
5. Dick Eastman
6. Thomas MacEntee

7. D. Joshua Taylor
8. Lisa Louise Cooke
9. Thomas W. Jones
10. Bennett Greenspan

Here are some statistics:

Five of the ten are women.
100% of people nominated received votes.
75% of respondents identified themselves as women.
66% of voters were from the US
All in the top ten are from the USA
The top non-US vote getter was Debbie Kennett.

Those above the break received at least half the number of votes as the top vote-getter.

Friday, 19 September 2014

OGS Qunite Branch Meeting

Saturday September 20, 2014    1 p.m - 3:30 p.m.    
Topic: Discovering the Lennox & Addington Archives
Presentation by Shelley Respondek
Lennox & Addington County Archivist

Local repositories are vital for researchers, providing many collections not accessible elsewhere. Knowing what is available is important as we create our research plans.

Quinte West City Hall Library
7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, Ontario

Branch information at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canqbogs/

Ancestry from Toes: a feat of imagination

When you read words like "Some say that ..." and "****s often claim that ... " you know you're in a fantasy realm. Those two phrases are used in a recent My Heritage English blog post "Discovering Ancestry: Through our toes?"

A diagram with the title "BASED ON THIS WHAT ARE YOUR ROOTS" shows configurations with toes of various lengths named Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Germanic and Celtic."
I'd like to think My Heritage is treating this as "a bit of fun."

It does make you wonder though when the article includes the sentence "In Imre Somogyi's book, "The Language of the Feet," he writes how ancestry can be determined just by the shape of our feet."

I was unable to find any other reference to that book. The closest I could find by Imre Somogyi is "Livros Linguagem dos Pés do Seu Bebê."

His most widely available book is "Reading Toes," There's even a copy in the Ottawa Public Library.
As you'd expect for a work of this type it's full of anecdotes; not a hint of any peer reviewed scientific basis for the claims.

As someone said in reviewing another book,  "It is not a book to be lightly tossed aside. It should be thrown with great force."

DNA Rockstar Genealogists

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists as voted by those identifying themselves as genetic genealogists.

1. Roberta Estes
2. CeCe Moore
3. Judy G. Russell
4. Megan Smolenyak
5. Bennett Greenspan
6. Blaine Bettinger
7. Dick Eastman

8. Tim Janzen
9. D. Joshua Taylor
10. Stephen P. Morse

Here are some statistics:

Four of the ten are women.
98% of people nominated received votes.
71% of respondents identified themselves as women.
All are from the USA
The top non-US vote-getter was Debbie Kennett who didn't quite make the top ten

Those above the break received at least half the number of votes as the top vote-getter.

USA Rockstar Genealogists

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists as voted by those from the USA.

1. Judy G. Russell
2. Roberta Estes
3. Megan Smolenyak
4. CeCe Moore
5. Dick Eastman

6. Thomas W. Jones
7. D. Joshua Taylor
8. Thomas MacEntee
9. John Philip Colletta
10. Bennett Greenspan

Here are some statistics:

All are from the area
Four of the ten are women.
88% of people nominated received votes.
79% of respondents identified themselves as women.

Those above the break received at least half the number of votes as the top vote-getter.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Ancestry adds Birmingham, England, Rate Books, 1831-1913

1,038,957 records are in this collection of rate books, roughly equivalent to property tax assessment rolls, from the following locations: Birmingham, Handsworth, Aston, Harborne, Northfield, Kings Norton, Erdington, Balsall Heath, Yardley, Edgbaston

The records include who occupied the house, who owned the house, the type of dwelling, the name or situation of the property, how much rent was collected, and the rates paid. In some cases you may need to page forward for the rent and rate details, which appear on the next page. There are many more records for the later years.

BIFHSGO Conference 2014

For conference organizers it's always a bit of a relief to know that major speakers have made the journey safely. On Wednesday Lucille Campey and Debbie Kennett, accompanied by spouses, both landed in Ottawa.
Lucille came with her new book, Ignored but Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants, released earlier this week by Dundurn. I'm looking forward to reading it when I get my hands on a copy.
Debbie will be making available a special offer from Family Tree DNA and extending her stay in Canada to meet up with cousins from her Cruwys line.
You can still register to attend the BIFHSGO conference this weekend by turning up at Library and Archives Canada. See everything on offer at www.bifhsgo.ca/

FLAC Annual Giant Book Sale

Books! Books! Books! Used and New, English and French, Vinyl LPs, CDs and much more!

Join Friends of Library and Archives Canada for their 20th Annual Used Book Sale

Saturday and Sunday
September 20 & 21, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

NEPEAN SPORTSPLEX
1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa
HALL F, via entrance # 2 (rear of building)
See map at http://www.friendsoflibraryandarchivescanada.ca/en/news/whatson.php

For more information call: (613) 943-1544

England/Scotland/Wales Rockstar Genealogists for 2014

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists as voted by those from Great Britain.

1. Janet Few
2. Kirsty Gray
3. Else Churchill
4. Celia Heritage

5. Dick Eastman
6. Debbie Kennett
7. Michael Gandy
8. Chris Paton
9. Nick Barratt
10. Jackie Depelle

Here are some statistics:

Nine of the ten are from the area
Six of the ten are women.
71% of people nominated received votes.
64% of respondents identified themselves as women.

Those above the break received at least half the number of votes as the top vote getter.

Tomorrow the blog will reveal the USA and DNA top Rockstar Genealogists.

Ireland Rockstar Genealogists

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists as voted by those from Ireland.

1. Steven C. Smyrl
2. Claire Santry

3. John Grenham
4. Fiona Fitzsimons
5. Brian Donovan
6. William Roulston

Here are some statistics:

All are from the area
Two of the six are women.
37% of people nominated received votes.
58% of respondents identified themselves as women.

Those above the break received at least half the number of votes as the top vote-getter. The list is truncated by a significant gap in the number of votes received.

Tomorrow the blog will reveal the USA and DNA Rockstar Genealogists.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Autosomal DNA Inheritance Illustrated

Kitty Cooper's DNA Mapper is a much appreciated utility within the genetic genealogy community. Using the Chromosome Mapper to make a four generation inheritance picture, Kitty's recent blog post, shows a real case of chromosome painting by someone fortunate enough to have DNA test results from four grandparents.
It's easy to see which from each of the granddaughter's chromosome pair came from the paternal and which from the maternal side. Also whole chromosomes at 7 and 21 come intact from different great-grandparents.
Wouldn't it be nice if our chromosomes naturally came coloured like this!

Canada Rockstar Genealogists

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists for 2014 as voted by those from Canada.

1. Dick Eastman
2. Chris Paton
3. Thomas MacEntee
4. Lisa Louise Cooke
5. Judy G. Russell
6. Glenn Wright
7. Geoff Rasmussen
7. Megan Smolenyak
9. Brenda Dougall Merriman
10. Lisa Alzo

Here are some statistics:

Two of the ten are from Canada.
Five of the ten are women.
81% of people nominated received votes.
75% of voters identified themselves as women.

All on the list received at least half the number of votes as the top vote getter.

Tomorrow the blog will reveal the England/Scotland/Wales and the Ireland Rockstar Genealogists.

England and Wales, BMD Registration Indexes, 1837-1920 at FamilySearch

Since the start of the month FamilySearch.org have been adding civil registration birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales to their database. Taken from the transcription of the GRO indexes made by FindMyPast, they were made independent of the transcriptions by FreeBMD. The indexes include name, record type, year, quarter, district, county, volume, and page number, information that can be used to order certificates from www.gro.gov.uk/GRO/content/certificates/default.asp

Australia/New Zealand Rockstar Genealogists

Join me in congratulating the top Rockstar Genealogists as voted by those from Australia and New Zealand.

1. Shauna Hicks
2. Judy Webster
3. Jill Ball
4. Chris Paton
5. Pauleen Cass
6. Thomas MacEntee
7. Dick Eastman
8. Cyndi Ingle
8. Sharn White
10. Nick Barratt
10. Kirsty Gray
10. Pat Richley-Erickson (DearMyrtle)

Here are some statistics:

Five of the twelve are from the area
Eight of the twelve are women.
69% of people nominated received votes.
76% of respondents identified themselves as women.

All on the list received at least half the number of votes as the top vote-getter.

Tomorrow the blog will reveal the England/Scotland/Wales and the Ireland Rockstar Genealogists.