Not to be outdone by Findmypast, Ancestry.ca is giving free access to all their records through July 2. This may be for Canada-based users only, and as usual requires free registration.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
This History Blog post tells the story of the poster that almost never saw the light of day.
Evernote Basic is changing. Whereas before you could link from as many devices as you wanted now you'll be limited to two.
I have Evernote on my laptop, Android device and iPad, and possibly other older system I no longer use so I received a 30 day warning of this change.
The prices for Plus and Premium tiers are also changed for new subscriptions. If you use Evernote check out the blog post which has more detail.
If you're looking for an alternative to Evernote consider Microsoft OneNote. Lifehacker has a blog post about transferring Evernote files.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
The PBS Genealogy Roadshow continues on Tuesday 28 June at 8 p.m. EDT with the seventh (and final?) episode in the series, recorded in Los Angeles.
"A woman learns of a link to Schwabb's Pharmacy; a legendary Hollywood hot-spot; another woman seeks a connection to one of the first African-American college graduates; a man's ancestor is tied to several historic events and iconic companies; and a woman discovers a scoundrel amongst her ancestors. Also: a family tree that's captivated the "Roadshow" team for years; and insight on the Ellis Island immigration experience. From Los Angeles Union Station."
I've been asked not to identify some of the people. Who do you associate the following with: Alefounder, Ancestry, Cowley, Isle of Wight, Laxfield.
Monday, 27 June 2016
A reminder that today, Monday, June 27, 2016, 7 pm, there's a lecture at Pinhey’s Point.
Photographs and archival sources indicate that a number of historical buildings and architectural features at Pinhey’s Point have disappeared over time. One such building is a carriage or drive shed, shown in an 1890s photo built against the barn. The results of public excavations of this building
conducted in August 2015 and May 2016 and their interpretive value are presented and discussed.
The speaker, Ian Badgley, is a noted archaeologist with the National Capital Commission and a member of the Pinhey’s Point Foundation’s board.
Arrive early to view a variety of exhibits at the museum this summer.
More at www.pinheyspoint.ca/
Blaine Bettinger, DNA expert and scheduled speaker for the OGS conference next year in Ottawa, has posted an update to this project examining the statistics of more than 9,500 entries.
This blog post summarizes the findings which are discussed in detail in this pdf.
Note that you may share no DNA with a third cousin, second cousin once removed and more distant relatives.
There's even a slight overlap between the amount of DNA shared by siblings and half siblings, although you'd be unlucky if results fell in the ambiguous range.
Check out the data to get an idea of the range of possible relationships a particular number of shared cM implies. 40cM could be a 1st cousin twice removed (1C2R), 2C1R, or 3C down to 5C2R. Could it be even more remote for endogamous populations?
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Why the dip at age 12? For each year in the periods 1870 - 80, 1889-91 and 1903-15 and 1923-30 there were fewer children age 12 than both age 11 and age 13.
Home child data sources matter. Compilations were made for different purposes. They may refer to a calendar or fiscal year.
These statistics are based on entries in the Library and Archives Canada home children database using only entries from ships passenger lists as extracted by John Sayers and cooperators in a BIFHSGO project. It includes a long tail of older people, such as chaperones, and some who were on the list with names crossed out. Data was taken for up to 2,000 entries per year for the decade (0) and mid-decade (5) years, plus a few other years thought to mark significant changes. Data for other years are estimated by linear interpolation constrained by the total number that arrived that year. Data for the Fairbridge immigrants to British Columbia, who arrived between 1935 and 1947, was added with ages extracted from the British outgoing ships passenger lists. Age data for a few other young immigrants in the late 1930s are not available.
Findmypast is offering a one week free access, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, to 65 million world military records and over 265 million British and Irish censuses.
Find out more at www.findmypast.co.uk/battle-of-the-somme.