This weekend Ancestry.ca is providing free access to its collection of Canadian immigration records to help people explore the journey of their ancestors' immigration to Canada.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Just in time to give access to a new collection of US State probate and will records Ancestry.com is giving free access to records of U.S. birth, marriage and death until 7 September.
The new US probate collection is included, with records from 1668 to 2005. It's huge - more than 170 million original page images linked. There are more than 2.8 million records for New York, more than 1 million each for Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Trailing are Alaska and Wyoming with less than 1,000 record and Nevada with just 27. Take advantage.
Last week the conference committee had a walk about of the new venue with their staff and things appear to be in order. There's free wi-fi throughout the facility and capability to stream presentations in The Chamber to an overflow room in case it's needed.
The conference booklet with all the information you need to know is prepared and being printed.
The marketplace is fully booked.
Registration is about on a par with previous years - there's still room in the Friday seminar sessions.
Bookmarks from the OGS 2016 conference committee have arrived to be stuffed into the registrants packages, that's a quid pro quo for Toronto publicising next year's BIFHSGO conference -- maybe I misspoke, work on that is starting prior to the end of this month's conference.
Information has been distributed to those of us fortunate enough to have been chosen as session chairs.
The bottom line from conference co-Chair (Program) Jane Down, not given to over-hyping things, is a confident sounding "It will be good."
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Join author Monda Halpern, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario, for a talk and signing, Thursday, September 17th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15th.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Nominations are open for the 2015 edition, the 4th year, of Rockstar Genealogist. Below is a list of those nominated based on previous years. The list is open for further nominations until noon EDT 6th September. Voting should start on the 7th.
Rockstar genealogists are those who give "must attend" presentations at family history conferences or as webinars. Who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. Who you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter?
Anyone on the list who would prefer not to be ranked please let me know at johndreid at gmail dot com. Your name will appear, so voters will understand it isn't an omission, with an indication that any votes will not be tabulated.
Here's advice for those wanting to make additional nominations. Each year nominations are received for local genealogy heroes who don't gather very many votes. Feel free to nominate them, just be aware that only those with an international or national profile are likely to make the final rankings. Frivolous nominations will be rejected at my sole discretion. It's a good idea to ensure you nomination can be found through a Google search using the name and the word genealogy.
Jana Sloan Broglin
John Philip Colletta
Lisa Louise Cooke
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Richard M Doherty
Jean Wilcox Hibben
Kathryn Lake Hogan
Hank Z. Jones
Thomas W. Jones
Michael J. Leclerc
J. Mark Lowe
Brenda Dougall Merriman
Elizabeth Shown Mills
George G. Morgan
Stephen P. Morse
Dianne Seale Nolin
Gena Philibert Ortega
Elissa Scalise Powell
Judy G. Russell
Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Helen V Smith
Steven C. Smyrl
Louise St. Denis
D. Joshua Taylor
James F.S. Thomson
Curt B. Witcher
There were 14 gainers, 15 losers in Alexa rank of key genealogy websites this past month. The colour coding indicates in green those that have gained in rank, becoming more popular; in red are those that have declined. Changes of more than 10% in Alexa rank are bolded.
The top rankings of all websites on Alexa are unchanged: Google.com, Facebook.com, Youtube.com, Baidu.com, Yahoo.com Amazon.com, Wikipedia.org, qq.com, Twitter.com, Google.co.in
Monday, 31 August 2015
You can now search a collection of 753,759 records for Wales, Glamorgan(shire), Parish Registers, 1538-1912 at FamilySearch.org. The records are partial transcriptions sourced from Findmypast with links to see original record images ($).
Taverns & Troublemakers
The City of Ottawa Archives invites visitors to drink in the history of Ottawa’s taverns and explore their battle with the Temperance Movement, the troublemakers who had a different plan for society.
Please join us for the opening reception: Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30pm. RSVP: Archives@ottawa.ca
Sunday, 30 August 2015
There's a wealth of digital microfilms available free online through the Heritage project of Canadiana.ca. Many of them are strong in genealogical content. Unfortunately they're not well well known or well publicized.
Of interest if you have a post WW1 Home Child in your ancestry are the eight films, about 12,000 pages, of Canada. Immigration Branch. Juvenile inspection report cards, 1920-1932. They were created by Immigration officials as they regularly inspected children brought to Canada by various organizations, including Barnardos.
Unlike some of the other films in Heritage, they are not too difficult to search as they're arranged alphabetically by surname. Included are name, age or date of birth, date of arrival, name of ship, name of Home/Union, dates and results of inspections, name and address of employer(s) and comments.
HOWEVER, THE FIRST REEL, T-15420, IS NOT ONLINE!
Access the others from http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_161388
List of Juvenile Inspections Reports
|Microfilm reel number||First name on reel||Last name on reel|
|T-15420||ANDERSON, Newton and ABBOTT, Auber||CARDNO, Leslie|
|T-15421||CARDWELL, Andrew||EVANS, Arthur E.|
|T-15422||EVANS, Arthur L.||HENDERSON, Ann F.|
|T-15423||HENDERSON, Charles H.||LOCK, Annie|
|T-15424||LOCK, Herbert||O'BRIEN, Samuel|
|T-15425||O'BRIEN, Thomas||SHAW, Victor|
|T-15426||SHAW, Walter A.||WEALE, Walter|
|T-15427||WEALLS, Eric||ZYCZYNSKI, Leon|
It's the climax of an opportunity to binge watch seven previous episodes.
2 pm: Christina Applegate
3 pm: Jessie Tyler Ferguson
4 pm: Angie Harmon
5 pm: America Ferrera
6 pm: Alfre Woodward
7 pm: Gennifer Goodwin
8 pm: Bryan Cranston
Starting at 11 pm there's another opportunity to watch the Bergeron episode followed at midnight by the Goodwin episode.