Saturday, 19 April 2014
His name was coupled with that of Sir John A Macdonald, both were considered outstanding Conservative leaders. Although Disraeli was not yet Prime Minister when the British North America Act which founded Canada was approved by the British Parliament, he was the leader of the government in the Commons and so must surely have had a substantial role.
On this date in 1920 Private Calvin Bezley, serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, passed away from scarlet fever.
According to an Ottawa Journal article from 20 April 1920 he had recently undergone an operation on his spine following a shrapnel wound at Cambra(i) where he laid for two days before being brought in. The shrapnel was removed but he was paralyzed.
He was born in Toronto on 17 (18) October 1883 the son of George and Annie (Neil) Bezley. Prior to enlisting on 22 January 1918 he had been a clerk in the forestry industry.
He had three brothers and seven sisters including Mrs A Wall whose address, 559 King Edward Avenue, is in the Beechwood register. His aunt, Mrs T Bezley lived at 92 Wilbrod Street in Ottawa.
Friday, 18 April 2014
This release contains 913,314 baptism, marriage and burial transcription records sourced from the Lancashire Record Office. Accrington, Blackburn and Preston are prominent among communities covered.
This release would appear to complement the collection England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 sourced from the Central Library, Manchester.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a form that will enable Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) requests and payments to be made online. Processing of credit card payments will be made through the Government of Canada’s secure Receiver General Buy Button (RGBB). The request form is located on the LAC website under Transparency. With this feature, LAC joins 25 other federal government institutions who can now accept ATIP requests online.
The above is from an LAC blog post.
On this day, 18 April, in 1918 Private Frederick Alexander Mitchell died of typhoid fever and pneumonia at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. He was attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment. No attestation paper is available online.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
You can now find 454,798 transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials in the collection "England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911", new on FamilySearch. The transcripts are linked to image originals, over 100,000 of them which are only viewable at Family History Centres or to "signed-in members of supporting organizations."
Find My Past have been diligently working on Kent parish records; this appears to be another resource available through a cooperation agreement.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
There are nearly 400,000 records for more than 100 places in three new Manchester databases just added to Ancestry.co.uk.
The databases are:
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms, 1758-1912 has 197,227 records
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Marriages, 1758-1937
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Deaths and Burials, 1758-1987 has 97,860 records
Ancestry informs that the records include those for Methodist, Quaker, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, URC, Congregationalist, Baptist, Unitarian, and Jewish congregations. I didn't find any Jewish records.
You can search or browse by place and congregation and view images of the originals.
They are sourced from the Greater Manchester County Record Office / Manchester Archives and Local Studies. Tameside Local Studies and Archives, Oldham Archives and Local Studies, Wigan Archives Services, Bury Archives Service, Stockport Archive Service.
Also, just added to the site, The Connaught Telegraph 1830-1899 and The Dundalk Democrat 1849-1913.
The following, from a post on the LAC blog, is a list of digitized microfilms that have been recently added to the Héritage website. The records are in the language of origin.
- Amherst Papers
- Canada. Department of the Interior: Letters patent
- Canadian Home Economics Association fonds
- Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service: Park/subject classification system
- Department of Indian Affairs, Edmonton Agency: General operational records
- Department of Indian Affairs, Manitoba Regional Office: Central registry files
- Dominion Lands Branch registry
- France, Archives Nationales. Contrôle général des finances. Sous-série G7 [French National Archives fonds, finances records, sub-series G7]
- Frank Wright fonds
- Henry Elvins Spencer fonds
- Henry Pringle fonds
- Immigration Program: Headquarters central registry files
- Indian and Inuit Affairs Program: Modified duplex numeric system
- Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada: Courts martial records, 1914-1919
- Parish registers: Manitoba
- Registrar of Shipping New Carlisle [Quebec], 1856-1902, and Quebec City [Québec], 1787-1965
- Radnik fonds
- Roderick K. Finlayson fonds
- Sir Henry James Warre fonds
- William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth fonds
- William Osgoode fonds
An instructive presentation given on 10 March by Professor Francis Cox, online from Gresham College, focuses on the history of disease in WW1 and placed in a larger context.
He examines the division between combat and disease deaths in various wars, contends that a reduced fraction of military deaths in WW1 should be attributed to the greater effectiveness of weapons and not so much improved medical services.
He also argues that if influenza deaths are included, as they should be as the disease entered the war zone from the US as their soldiers arrived, disease once again become the major cause of military deaths.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
According to his attestation paper William Wallace Louttit (3320737) was born at Castleford, Ontario on 12 July 1891. He was single, son of William Louttit, occupation accountant (Assigned Pay Branch of the Militia Dept) and residence 86 Elm Street in Ottawa which was his father's address.
He was called up on 25 March 1918 in Ottawa, quartered at Lansdowne Park while attached as a Gunner to the 74th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. Admitted to St Luke's Hospital on April 9 he died of pneumonia on this date. April 15, 1918. His father was a ticket agent for the CPR with paternal origin in the Orkney Islands of Scotland.
Note: Posted a day early by mistake.
John Grenham comments on Irish Catholic parish records in his latest Irish Roots column pointing out that "no organization on the island is concerned with preserving them: there is no archival programme to ensure their survival."
Many Canadian Anglican records remain even more vulnerable as there are no copies.
WW1 will be the topic for the annual Beechwood Cemetery historical walking tour, this year on Sunday June 8 at 2 pm which will include war-time Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden, nurse Minnie Gallagher and Lt Alexis Helmer, whose death inspired John McCrae’s famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields.’