Friday, 24 February 2017

William Alexander Cameron: CEF Beechwood

Honorary Major William Alexander "Sandy" Cameron died on 24 February 1917 in Ashland, North Carolina.
Born in Thurso, Quebec on 24 November 1866, he was the fourth son of the late John Archibald and Alexandrina Cameron of Stadacona Hall, Ottawa.
He had gone south for the winter owing to poor health, diabetes and pulmonary tuberculous, which had caused him to return from England and service with the 77th Battalion of the CEF the previous September. He previously served with Ottawa's 43rd Regiment.
Cameron was a leading coal and lumber merchant. Lauded in the Ottawa Journal as a most likeable gentleman and sportsman, he had been in the forefront of local sports as president and playing member of the Ottawa Rough Riders, active in golf and rowing.

He is interred in Sec. 50. Lot 4-7N at Beechwood Cemetery.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

OGS Conference in Ottawa is popular

Information from the organisers is that registration for the Ontario Genealogical Conference, 16-18 June 2017/at Algonquin College in Ottawa is running above expectation. Some of the pre-conference events are sold out including the LAC tour -- there is a waiting list. The Marketplace is almost full.

Early bird registration deadline is 31 March but don't delay. If you leave it too late you may not get in on the action. Projections are that the banquet with speaker D. Joshua Taylor will sell out. Avoid disappointment.  I have my reservation for that and the BIFHSGO-organised British Pub Night.

The college residence is presently sold out for Thursday 15 June. Accommodation is at a premium in Ottawa this year owing to the sesquicentennial celebrations so I strongly advise booking now or contacting that relative or friend who lives locally to secure their hospitality.

Finally, new this year is Using Ancestry Day on the Monday following the conference. Crista Cowan (did you catch her RootsTech session) and Anna (DNA) Swayne from Ancestry in the US will be in Ottawa to conduct the all day event.

Find out about the conference at

Bradford Cemeteries Online

Bradford is the UK's sixth most populous community.

Bradford Metropolitan District manages 24 cemeteries and crematoria.

Cemeteries and crematoria
Bingley CemeteryBailey Hills Road Bingley1870
Bowling CemeteryRooley Lane Bradford1889
Charlestown CemeteryOtley Road Charlestown1863
Clayton CemeteryMiddle Lane Clayton Bradford1928
Gods Acre CemeteryBradford Road Burley in Wharfedale1873
Haworth CemeteryCemetery Road Haworth1893
Ilkley CemeteryAshlands Road Ilkley1878
Menston CemeteryBradford Road Menston1927
Morton CemeteryBradford Road Sandbeds Keighley1916
Nab Wood Cemetery and CrematoriumBingley Road Shipley1895
North Bierley CemeteryCemetery Road Buttershaw Bradford1933
Oakworth Cemetery and CrematoriumWide Lane Oakworth Keighley1906
Oxenhope CemeteryHebden Bridge Road Oxenhope1887
Queensbury CemeteryWest End Queensbury Bradford1905
Scholemoor Cemetery and CrematoriumNecropolis Road Bradford1860
Silsden CemeteryHowden Road Silsden1930
Stanbury CemeterySladen Bridge Stanbury Keighley1888
Steeton CemeteryElmsley Street Steeton1896
Thornton CemeteryThornton Road Bradford1907
Tong CemeteryTong Street Bradford1860
Utley CemeterySkipton Road Keighley1857
Wilsden CemeteryShay Lane1922
Windhill CemeteryOwlet Toad Windhill Shipley1835

Not included on this list is Undercliffe Cemetery which is managed by Undercliffe Cemetery Charity in partnership with Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Sadly, as far as I can tell, none of these have information from burial registers or memorial inscription transcriptions online.  It appears a search of original records at Bradford or Keighley Local Studies Libraries is required, or you can pay for a search at a cost of £12 (about $20 Cdn).

Findmypast has 45,982 records for the Bradford area in the National Burial Index mostly from churchyards and including 9,240 records from Eccleshill St Luke's and Norman Lane Wesleyan Burial Ground.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission show 259 burials in Bowling Cemetery, 238 at Scholemoor, 134 at Undercliffe and a few at other locations.

Find information on Bradford Jewish Cemeteries.

Ottawa Branch OGS February Meeting

Forgotten Local Heroes of WWI, presented by Brian Tackaberry, is the topic for the main part of Saturday's Ottawa Branch meeting at 1:30 pm.
"Join us for stories of forgotten local heroes ion WWI. The North Lanark Historical Society recently launched a new book entitled “Forgotten Heroes: Mississippi Mills Valour Award Recipients of the Great War". Brian Tackaberry will discuss the book which is a follow up to a previous book on local individuals who died in WWI. "Forgotten Heroes: Mississippi Mills Valour Award Recipients of the Great War" is published by the North Lanark Historical Society with financial support from the Ottawa Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society."
The "Back to Basics" session at 10:30 am is on Directories and will be presented by Heather Oakley.
The Computer special interest group will convene afterwards, around 3 pm.

Saturday, 25 February, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive (Room 115)

OGS provides free coffee and cookies for the meeting!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Refugees in 1860 and 2017

The Union, a paper published in Ottawa, had a habit of printing fillers at the bottom of columns as amply demonstrated by the top item in this clipping from the 29 February 1860 edition.
The second reports Canada, East and West having a population "estimated to be exactly" (sic) 3 million.
The final item is about the 45,000 refugees (fugitive slaves) from the US in Canada.
That's 1.5% of the population.
At the same rate will Canada, with a population of 36 million in 2017, have the opportunity and willingness to welcome 540,000 refugees from the US?

Historical Society of Ottawa: February meeting

Friday 24 February 2017
Black History of Ottawa
Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey

Abstract: Benedict Anderson has argued that nations are “communities of imagination”. In 2017 the imagination of the ‘community of Canada’ will no doubt be on full display as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary. The ontology of Canada’s prevailing founding settler narrative(s) as well as its too often unacknowledged multivalent history demands a problematization of the anticipated popular 150th anniversary celebrations. Canada has not fully acknowledged or come to terms with how its history – past and present has been and continues to be interrogated by indigenous reality. Further, the experience, role and contributions of people of African descent to the project of Canada, have only recently begun to gain non-tokenized recognition and celebration. Some of the contributions of people of African descent to Canadian and world history will be explored in light of the aforementioned problematized context in my Black History Month presentation.

Profile: Originally from Barbados, Dr. Bailey migrated with his family to Canada and settled in Montreal. While growing up in Montreal he pursued academic degrees in Social Work and Philosophy of Religion from McGill University. He has also earned a Masters of Divinity from the
Vancouver School of Theology and a Doctorate in Ethics and Culture from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, USA. Dr. Bailey has served in various parts of Canada as a minister, as well as in Kenya and Jamaica. He has taught part-time at the Joint Theological Colleges at McGill University and at the Theological College of the University of the West Indies. He has experience as a racial justice trainer and intercultural competence animator which he has deployed in schools, social service agencies, City Hall and churches. He has freelanced in radio and television and enjoys his family, reading, playing hockey and good films.

The meeting starts at 1 pm at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street

Robert Ernest Carter: CEF Beechwood

22 February 1917 saw the death due to complications of asthma of 41 year old Hon Lieutenant Robert Ernest Carter in Ottawa's St. Luke's Hospital.
He was the son of Robert Suxpitch Carter and Anna nee Goodland (not those named in CWGC records?), both of whom predeceased him. He enlisted in Toronto in July 1915 giving his occupation as designer and served with the Canadian Army Dental Corps.
He emigrated on the Dominion Line ship Canada, arriving in Montreal on 15 May 1904 having previously served in a British medical corps in South Africa.

The Beechwood Grave Reference is: Mil. Section 29. Lot 13-14, Grave 46.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sheffield Cemeteries Online

Sheffield is the UK's fifth most populous community.

The City Council is responsible for the following 16 cemeteries.
Abbey Lane1859
City Road1881
Tinsley Park1882

Sheffield General Cemetery
, opened in 1836 as a nonconformist cemetery, is owned by the City and operated by Sheffield General Cemetery Trust.

Search under Burial Records at the Sheffield Indexers for an index containing records for Abbey Lane (24,445), Burngreave (160,204), City Road (144,982), Crookes (22,066), Darnall (16,225), Handsworth (7,369), Intake (6,557), Norton (19,166), Shiregreen (17,508) and, Stocksbridge (1,009).

City Road and Burngreave Cemeteries have the most Commonwealth War Graves Commission burials.

The National Burial Index on Findmypast has 202,882 results for Sheffield including 37,465 for Tinsley Cemetery, 13,199 for Attercliffe and 1,013 for Woodhouse.

For Jewish burials consult

OGS Conference 2017 FastTrax Opportunity

FastTrax sessions are up to 20 minute mini presentations primarily for exhibitors in the Marketplace to present to attendees on product lines or tips and tricks, or for any interested OGS member who may have a short item of interest.
Proposals on DNA by exhibitors or members would be particularly welcome.
Some slots are taken while several good ones remain.
Submit a brief outline of the proposed session, not to exceed twenty minutes, to

Monday, 20 February 2017

Lesley Anderson on CTV Your Morning

Family Day in Ontario was the occasion for Lesley Anderson to reveal the AncestryDNA test findings of the show's hosts. Watch at

Ruth Blair at #OGSConf2017

In this interview Oakville genealogist Ruth Blair talks about her impressions of RootsTech 2017 and the two presentations she will be giving at OGS Conference 2017. We also give a shout out to the Alberta Genealogical Society Olde Genealogy Faire, 22-23 April 2017.
If you missed the link above find the interview HERE.

Celebrate Heritage Day in Ottawa

Heritage Day is part of Heritage Week, February 20-26, 2017, a nation-wide celebration encouraging all Canadians to explore their heritage.

In recognitions of the sesquicentennial the theme for this year's Heritage Day in Ottawa is“My Canada! / Mon Canada!”

Come to Ottawa City Hall on Tuesday, 21 February between 11:30 am to 2 pm to find out how heritage is being celebrated; and learn about services offered by local heritage organizations, public programs and special initiatives, as well as professional development and volunteer opportunities.

I'll be there at the BIFHSGO stand along with Mary Lou Simac and Anne Sterling. We hope to see you there.