Updated records from Ancestry.co.uk this past week are:
Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 is updated to 1,028,460 entries are from the Anglican church registers housed at the Warwickshire County Record Office. This is valuable for the early records with images of original registers.
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Updated records from Ancestry.co.uk this past week are:
While many of the jobs that need to be done in organizing the 20th Annual Conference of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, 19-21 September 2014, are filled the organizers are still looking for volunteers for some roles:
Program Assistant works with the Co-Chair Program, that's me, to maintain appropriate contact with speakers and arrange availability of materials
Secretary works with the Co-Chair Administration, that's Gloria Tubman, in taking and distributing meeting minutes
Marketplace Co-ordinator organizes the recruitment and arrangements for exhibitors at the conference
Signage Co-ordinator produces and arranges displays of signs
Internet/ Audio /Visual Co-ordinator arranges for these facilities at the conference
If you volunteer you won't be on your own. Experienced people who have done the jobs before are available for guidance and advice when required.
For further information or to offer your help please email email@example.com
1. The Ontario Genealogical Society invites members and non-members to join in an online discussion with President, Shirley Sturdevant. Ask questions and make comments about the changing face of OGS and volunteer opportunities with the Society.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
This forum is open to anyone who is interested but you may express your interest and receive a reminder and your own copy of the login information by contacting Brenda Halliday at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line "GS Open Forum."
2. As of January 2014, Douglas Skogstad, current Director for Region XI will be taking on the position of Society Secretary.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Its a pleasure to find that LAC has purchased another historical document, a two-part manuscript diary about the 1758 siege of Louisbourg in Cape Breton. Read the press release at http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1627865
Signs are increasing that the organisation is gradually managing its way out of the disaster perpetrated by the unmourned immediate past Librarian and Archivist of Canada ... what was his name ... Jacob Marley perhaps?
I'm hearing of laid-off staff returning on contract as management realised the organisation was floundering.
I'm seeing more LAC effort going into social media. The last two blog posts were genealogically-relevant, Did your ancestors come from Finland? and Kingston Penitentiary: Home to Canada’s most notorious criminals. That's not inappropriate given that genealogists are the largest client group. LAC has riches beyond genealogical records worth celebrating still hidden in the backrooms and vaults.
The FreeBMD Database was updated on Friday 6 December 2013 to contain 234,129,464 distinct records (233,278,246 at the previous update).
Friday, 6 December 2013
At 23andMe.com you'll find a notice explaining that as a result of US Federal Drug Administration action the company health-related service for new customers is suspended. Click through a legal notice and you come to a page which claims 23andMe is
The largest DNA ancestry service in the world
At present service to existing customers is unaffected. Login and the world returns to the way it was before for both health and ancestry service.
Read the company blog post on the situation at http://goo.gl/3gujgJ
If you can't get to RootsTech 2014 the keynotes will likely be streamed live. For additional coverage you might want to make a note of the blogs which will be covering Rootstech. It's a high profile blogger group and I'm looking forward to hearing their perspectives, as well as watching some of the live streaming. Some other presentations will likely be available on a delayed basis.
The list is at https://rootstech.org/about/bloggers/
Congratulations to Louise St. Denis recently elected to represent Canada on the Association of Professional Genealogists Board.
Widely respected as Canada's leading genealogical entrepreneur, Louise has been managing director of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies for the past 16 years. She was the founding president of Toronto’s Société Franco-Ontarienne d’Histoire et de Généalogie and a founding member of Ontario’s APG chapter.
Congratulations also to Kimberly T. Powell, the genealogy expert for About.com since 2000, who was elected APG president
See the complete list of those elected at http://goo.gl/H9U395
Thursday, 5 December 2013
If you've taken the Family Finder test at Family Tree DNA you'll likely be interested in a great capability just added. As explained by CcCe Moore in an article on her Your Genetic Genealogist blog:
Added the ability for a user to download chromosome browser data for all of their matches. This new option is towards the top right side of the chromosome browser page and will be in Excel format.You click on "Download All Matches to Excel (CSV Format)".
I got over 8,000 segments identified, all with at least 500 SNPs matching. The column heading were NAME, MATCH NAME, CHROMOSOME, START LOCATION, END LOCATION, CENTIMORGANS, MATCHING SNPS.
I found it easier to manipulate the data when in a spreadsheet, and identified a few instances of people matching on over 10 centimorgan segments I hadn't found before.
I looked at the correspondence between centimorgans and matching SNPs. There are a couple of outliers, (3.25 centimorgans and 6600 SNPs), (28.68 centimorgans and 4229 SNPs), and some intriguing structure with most points falling on a broad diagonal, and a distinct nearly vertical branch.
It turns out the nearly vertical cluster in the graph above is entirely composed of matches on chromosome six, from starting position 25.6 million to ending position 33.5 million. This area contains the major histocompatibility complex which is involved in the immune system. See this article by Ann Turner who comments that "from a genetic genealogist’s perspective, similarities in this region may be too general to have utility in identifying recent relationships."
On Ken McKinlay's Family Tree Knots blog he posts details of the steps he took in researching a Member of the Canadian Expeditionary a Force, as presented at the "Canada in the First World War" event in October. They Served Canada But I Want to Know More is a follow on to a resource list he posted earlier.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
It's become an annual seasonal event, Sandra Roberts from Global Genealogy compiles a best seller list. Here's the 2013 edition:
Along A River, First French Canadian Women
A 2013 publication by Jan Noel
"French-Canadian explorers, traders, and soldiers feature prominently in this country's storytelling, but little has been written about their female counterparts. In Along a River, award-winning historian Jan Noel shines a light on the lives of remarkable French-Canadian women — immigrant brides, nuns, tradeswomen, farmers, governors' wives, and even smugglers — during the period between the settlement of the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Victorian era."
The Good Regiment: The Carignan-Salieres Regiment in Canada, 1665-1668
Reprint of a 1992 publication by Jack Verney
"In 1665 the Carignan-Salieres Regiment was sent to Canada by King Louis XIV to quell the Iroquois, whose attacks were strangling the colony's fur based economy and threatening to destroy it's tiny settlements. In the course of its three year stay in Canada, the regiment established a period of relative peace that allowed the French to consolidate their foothold on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence, establish new settlements across the river, and rebuild the economy to it's former prosperity."
Peter Robinson Settlers
Reprint on a 1987 book by Carol Bennett
"In 1823 and 1825 groups of impoverished people from the south of Ireland were brought to Upper Canada under the leadership of the Hon. Peter Robinson, MPP. They settled in the District of Bathurst in the Ottawa Valley and in the Newcastle District in the Peterborough area."
The Lanark Society Settlers: Ships' Lists of the Glasgow Emigration Society 1821 Reprint of a 1995 book by Gerald J. Neville
"In 1820 and 1821 a large contingent of Scots emigrated to the New Lanark Settlement in Upper Canada (Ontario) under the auspices of the British government. These people were awarded land grants in the townships of Dalhousie, Lanark, North Sherborooke and Ramsay in what became Lanark County."
British Campaign of 1777 - Vol. 1, St. Leger
Published in 2003 and on CD in 2010, by Gavin Watt & James F. Morrison
"This study of the St. Leger Expedition provides details including name, rank, regiment and service of many of the men who participated in behalf of the Crown and of those who opposed them."
British Campaign of 1777 - Vol. 2 - Burgoyne
A 2013 publication by Gavin Watt
"Will appeal to readers who enjoy the minutiae of the military campaigns of the American Revolution. While essentially a military work, many will find the book useful for genealogical research." "This book is primarily about the 'little' and 'littler' men."
By Gereld E Boyce
"Originally published in 1967 to document the settlement and local history of Hastings County in Ontario, Canada up to 1966, this fine work has been long out of print. Author, Author Gerry Boyce writes "With 8,000 copies in circulation, one could presume that there would be no need for a reprint. Such is not the case. The book has been out of print for several years, but prices for used copies (sometimes in poor condition) have risen dramatically". Historic Hastings has stood the test of time -- as highly regarded today as when originally published. Readers and family history researchers will appreciate the new and expanded index in this edition. Larry McQuoid and the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society contributed an improved and greatly expanded index to which the author has added additional entries for the new content in this edition. The original index in the 1967 edition excluded many family names listed in the chapters on individual municipalities, the new index includes all these names. This certainly will benefit genealogists. Generously illustrated with period photographs and maps."
United Empire Loyalists, A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada
The classic 2006 definitive guide, by Brenda Dougall Merriman
"In this book we find a guide to the necessary sources; background information; selections from previous experience; and analytical interpretations of the records."
Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet
A 2013 publication by Chris Paton
"As well as exploring the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, Chris Paton illustrates their use with fascinating case studies. He fully explores the online records available from both the north and the south from the earliest times to the present day. Many overseas collections are also included, and he looks at social networking in an Irish context where many exciting projects are currently underway."
The J. W. C. Fegan British Home Children Collection
This CD includes a digitized copy of the book J. W. C. Fegan, A Tribute by W. Y. Fullerton, plus digitized copies of ALL surviving Fegan Homes newsletters that were published between 1877 and 1920. More than 1650 searchable pages in total (PDF format - PC & Mac).
The Flockey, 13 August 1777, The Defeat of the Tory Uprising in the Schoharie Valley
2013 reissue of a 2003 book by Gavin K. Watt
"The story of how a Troop of the Second Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons defeated the Tories and Indians during the Schoharie Valley uprising in an action known as The Flockey."
Find more new products from Global Genealogy at http://globalgenealogy.com/new/index.htm
Chris Paton's new short book, just 52 pages, on Scottish civil registration has just been reviewed by US genealogist Paul Milner who specializes in British Isles research.
What does he think of the book? "If you have literally any questions about the civil registration process in Scotland, then this book will probably have the answer." Nuff said.
Ancestry.co.uk now has 7,549,376 records in the London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 database. These are from Church of England Parish Registers at the London Metropolitan Archives.
It's one of the larger London databases exceeded only by:
- London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 with 159,232,274 records
- London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932 with 12,772,852 records
- London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 with 8,841,248 records