Sunday, 20 June 2010

TNA Labs, and more

In this omnibus edition:

TNA Labs
Lost Cousins Newsletter, census edition
LAC Awards
UK WDYTYA celebrities
OGS Blog
BIFHSGO News
The Upper Canada Book Fair

TNA Labs
The (UK) National Archives Labs is a new test area for prototypes of online resources. Currently it includes three areas:

UK history photo finder allows you to search and view digitised historical photographs of the UK and Ireland. Starting with the Dixon-Scott collection, which holds more than 14,000 photographs taken in the 1920s-1940s.

Valuation Office Survey maps of England and Wales from 1910 to 1915 allows you to search for a particular name within a large number of records from the TNA collection. You can and identify and order items from nearly 50,000 Valuation Office Survey maps.

Person search, still in development, permits searching for a particular name within a large number of records from the TNA collection including a number of First World War records, Royal Navy records, criminal registers, law suits, wills and pension records.

LostCousins Newsletter, census edition
The latest newsletter from LostCousins includes items on:What DID happen to the 1931 Census? Is the 1921 Census in good condition? When will the 1911 Scotland census be released? Read it at
http://lostcousins.com/newsletters/jun10news.htm

LAC Awards

National Public Service Week, was June 13 to 19. Congratulations to the publicly anonymous front-line employees of Library and Archives Canada who were recognized at a ceremony at the Gatineau Preservation Center last Thursday for providing exceptional service.

UK WDYTYA Celebrities
If you've never heard of most of the celebrities who will be appearing in the eighth series of the BBC TV program "Who Do You Think You Are?" you're not alone. The BBC announcement talks about "TV legend Bruce Forsyth", hardly a household name in North America. Others are film star Rupert Everett, gardening presenter Monty Don, soap star turned pop singer Jason Donovan and actors Robert Penry Jones and Alexander Armstrong. The lack of name recognition is undoubtedly why the British series hasn't been picked up in North America.

Putting the shoe somewhat on the other foot, here's a British perspective on the US version of WDYTYA, the Sarah Jessica Parker episode, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/7826465/Who-Do-You-Think-You-Are-BBC-One-review.html

OGS Blog
As of 14 June the Ontario Genealogical Society has a new blog. There are lots of postings. Can they keep up the pace? Check it out at www.ogs.on.ca/ogsblog/

BIFHSGO News
The Society Annual General meeting held on Saturday 19 June 2010 saw the presentation of awards and election of a new Board.

The award for best article in Anglo Celtic Roots was presented to Carol Annett. Best presentation by a member at a monthly meeting during the year, based on a vote by the membership, went to Glenn Wright for his presentation at the February meeting "Just Names on a List? Let's Take Another Look at Passenger Manifests"

Glenn Wright was also named to the BIFHSGO Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to family history and the society.

Four new directors and the new president were elected. The new President is ... you guessed it ... Glenn Wright.

The Upper Canada Book Fair
The 26th and 27th of June will see the Upper Canada Book Fair, held at the Ecoty Education Centre, near Perth, Ontario. A full schedule of talks and panel discussions is set for both days, including lectures by most of the 20 or so authors who will be attending with copies of their books for sale. Author/speakers in attendance include Rick Roberts, Janet Uren, Edwinna von Baeyer, Dianne Graves, Charlotte Gray and more. Admission is $15 for one day, $25 for both http://ecotay.com/upper-canada-book-fair-programme/


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