Saturday, 4 July 2015
A second clue this would not be an easy read came in the footnote on the first page "Genealogy has its own methodology, its own epistemology, and, indeed, its own ontology. However, these elements are not within the scope of this article."
Then there's the article's first sentence "Genealogy is a key, yet everyday and mundane practice, used to create as well as reveal kinship." Is that mundane in the first sense "Lacking interest or excitement; dull" or the second "Of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one?" LDS members would question the applicability of the second and every genealogist the first.
The author is Anne-Marie Kramer, a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham whose "current research explores the meaning and consequences of the current boom in genealogy in the UK for the individuals undertaking it, their families, and British society more broadly."
The article's writing is opaque to me. Here's a summary taken from the end of the introduction:
Concentrating particularly on testing for ancestry, first, it critiques the epistemological claims of genetic genealogy: What does genetic genealogy claim to be able to know? On what basis is such knowledge described as legitimate and authoritative? And how do both of these claims relate to the entwinement or convergence of bodies, technology, and media? Second, it considers to what uses genetic genealogy is put. Here the article analyzes how genetic genealogy produces bioconvergent identities and biosocialities that claim to efface difference and yet render meaningful and reproduce gender and ethnic categories as embodied difference. Third, and last, the article traces how genetic genealogy comes to have meaning and becomes “real” by exploring the revelatory, affective, and performative aspects of genetic genealogy as mediated spectacle.The article is written for Kramer`s peers using academic shorthand and "feminist semiotic analysis" rather than for the "mundane" genealogist. For us the terminology serves only to obscure the findings. That's unfortunate as many genealogists are interested in understanding the social context of the passion for family history. I hope Kramer will find her way out of the ivory tower and make her forthcoming book "Kinship and Genealogy" more comprehensible than this article.
Friday, 3 July 2015
Over 625,000 records of convicts on prison hulks, 1824-1854 (HO 8)
Prison calendars from Newgate in London, 1782-1853 (HO 77)
Home Office criminal entry books, 1782-1871 (HO 13)
Over 140,000 additional Metropolitan Police habitual criminal records (MEPO 6)
Checkout the full crime collection at http://www.findmypast.com/crime-prisons-punishment, .
Charles Drummond, my great uncle by marriage, was in the merchant navy. In my talk I showed an image of his Master's Ticket obtained through Findmypast and a web link through Ancestry to a WW1 medal card at The (UK) National Archives.
The newly available information is transcriptions of crew lists and agreements from the Merchant Navy for 1915. Online availability is thanks to the work of volunteers and the cooperation of the National Maritime Museum.
A search for "Charles Drummond" at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war/search-merchant-navy-1915-crew-lists/ found three entries. He was mate, age 29, born Blackpool on the Ashfield; then age 30 on the Aquilla, previous ship the Ashfield of Liverpool and; another list for the Aquilla.
Alan Campbell has written a blog post for the Ontario Genealogical Society with advice on steps to take to break down your genealogical brickwall. Even if you don't have Ontario ancestry and access to OGS publications, which you probably do through a local library, much of the advice applies.
So You Think That You Have a Brickwall- Part 1 is at www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6191
Thursday, 2 July 2015
The forecast so far is promising. Sunny. High 27. It will be cooler by the water. Bring protection from the sun.
Checkout the map at http://goo.gl/maps/01DE, If you come by car consider parking at the north end of Lanark Ave at Kirchoffer Ave and taking the tunnel under the parkway.
Historical note: Like so many streets Kirchoffer Ave is named for the developer, Manitoba Senator John N. Kirchoffer
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
There were 17 gainers, 14 losers in Alexa rank in genealogy websites the 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% are bolded.
The top rankings of all websites on Alexa are: Google.com, Facebook.com, Youtube.com, Baidu.com, Yahoo.com Amazon.com, Wikipedia.org, qq.com, Taobao.com, Twitter.com.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Archives of Manitoba has launched a new searchable index of Manitoba World War 1 casualties at www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/ww1_resources/ww1_soldier_index.html.
According to an announcement from the Archives "the index was created from index cards that make up a series entitled "Index cards identifying soldiers killed in World War I". These cards, created by the Government of Manitoba just after World War 1 (we believe to populate the Cenotaph on Memorial Boulevard just to the west of the Manitoba Archives building), identify a Manitoban soldier killed in the First World War.. Some of the entries have a fair bit of detail, and others are quite limited. We have titled the index "partial" because we know that not all Manitoba casualties were recorded in it - for instance, Manitoban George Battershill was fatally wounded at Vimy (we have his letters) and there is no card for him."
There are 1092 soldiers represented in the index which is fully keyword searchable.
What you will find is a display put on by the Canada Science and Technology Museum: Harvesting Sunlight, in collaboration with SunCentral, and Underwater Imaging, in collaboration with 2G Robotics.
While the genealogist in me would prefer to see exhibits related to the LAC mandate it's still better to have the space used rather than remain empty in the forlorn hope ...
Read about the exhibit at http://cstmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/whats-on/exhibition-technozones-highlights.php