Tuesday, 1 December 2015

OGS Conference 2016 should be fabulous

Friends, Rockstars and Countrymen . . .

The line adapted from Shakespeare is what came to mind when I saw the parade of speakers coming to the OGS conference in Toronto, 3 to 5 June 2016? I'm impressed, and that doesn't happen too often.

Read the bios here.

Only trouble is, gee whiz (where did I hear that line before), it will be a tough act to follow here in Ottawa in 2017.

John Grenham on prospects for valuation maps

Floundering with valuation maps, the latest Irish Roots column from John Grenham, looks forward to the time when an ordered set of working revision map to Griffith’s Valuation will be available. Read his column at www.irishtimes.com/blogs/irishroots/2015/11/30/floundering-with-valuation-maps/.

Benchmarks Update for November

There were 19 gainers, 11 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.

The top ten Alexa rankings remain as last month with shopping site Taobao.com replacing Google.co.in in 10th position: Google.com, Facebook.com, Youtube.com, Baidu.com, Yahoo.com Amazon.com, Wikipedia.org, qq.com, Twitter.com, Taobao.com.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Call Letter: The Documentary Heritage Communities Program

For a second year, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will continue to invest $1.5 million per year over five (5) years to implement the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). Genealogical organizations/societies are specifically mentioned as eligible for support for qualifying activities.

The following is from Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016–2017 funding cycle for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). This contribution program is a collaborative approach which will ensure the outreach of Canada’s local documentary heritage communities.
The contributions will support the development of Canada’s local archival and library communities and their professional associations by increasing their capacity to preserve, provide access to and promote documentary heritage, as well as provide opportunities for local documentary heritage communities to evolve and remain sustainable.
LAC invites all eligible organizations to apply at their earliest convenience. The deadline for the 2016–2017 funding cycle is February 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).
Please note that the Guidelines, Application Form and Budget Form have been updated for the 2016–2017 funding cycle. Additional information on the DHCP, including eligibility criteria for organizations and initiatives, can be found on http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/contributions. Applicants are encouraged to contact LAC at (819) 997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035 (toll-free in Canada and the United States) prior to submitting an application for funding under the DHCP.

Old Ottawa Weather Records

"A Merchants' Weather Record Won a Court Case for Railway" is an article in the Ottawa Citizen of 17 November 1928.

The weather records  mentioned, kept by storekeeper Alex Workman and his accountant partner William Whillans, apparently start in the 1840s. That's long before the earliest official weather data for Ottawa which commences in April 1872.

Do you know if these records, or any other early Ottawa weather records, have survived and if so where?

British Newspaper Archive additions for November

The British Newspaper Archive now has 12,374,965 (12,055,155 last month) pages from 545 (530) titles online.
It appears the BNA is gingerly setting its foot in Norfolk. Lynn in the Wisbech Chronicle, General Advertiser and Lynn News refers to King's Lynn in Norfolk, Wisbeach is in Cambridgeshire. The Halesworth Times and East Suffolk Advertiser covers an area bordering on Norfolk. The full list of additions this month is:

Sunday, 29 November 2015

FreeBMD November Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Thursday 26 November 2015 to contain 250,740,216 distinct records, an increase of 515,206 records.
Years with major updates, more than 5,000 new entries, are for births:: 1963, 1966, 1971, 1973-75; for marriages: 1965-66, 1971-75; for deaths: 1973, 1976.

Where's your brickwall?

This is a repeat of a survey on the blog from May 2013 to see if things have changed.

As you work your genealogy back in time you eventually find an ancestor with parents, or one parent, you can't identify by first and last name. In my case my latest brickwall is a great grandparent who just seems to appear, gives conflicting information in censuses. W

Please take this quick one question where's your brickwall survey -- Click here to take survey?

Thank you.

Perth & District Historical Society 2016 Meeting Program

Check out the 10 events scheduled for 2016, the 200th anniversary of Perth and Region, by the Perth & District Historical Society at www.perthhs.org/events.html
Last time I tried to go to one of their meetings it was cancelled owing to a power cut. Maybe they'd like me to stay away!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Remains of 204 people re-buried in Quebec City after extensive research

An interesting item from Gail Dever's Genealogy à la carte blog

"Earlier this month, a special ceremony took place at Mount Hermon Cemetery in Quebec City when 80 small caskets were buried. The caskets contained the remains of 204 unknown people, likely British immigrants or first-generation Canadians, who died between 1772 and 1848."
Gail's blog post summarises an article in French Dernier repos, in the Laval university’s journal on the research which has been conducted on the remains over the past decade.

There's a free session at Laval on 4 December which will describe some to the research.

Friday, 27 November 2015

50% off Find My Past

Until the end of 30 November get 50% off subscriptions to Find My Past. The discount code BLACKFRIDAY15 should be valid at any of their sites including findmypast.com and findmypast.co.uk.

LAC temporary change in hours

If planning a visit to 395 Wellington between December 2 and 9 check out a temporary change in opening hours to facilitate renovations by Public Works and Government Services Canada. Different areas of the 2nd and 3rd floors are involved at various times so check out the situation for the area you want to visit here.
There's no official word but I suspect this may involve replacing carpets in which case you may not want to visit if you're sensitive to fumes outgassed.