Building the City of Ottawa Central Archives, a set on Flickr.
A series documenting the development, from official announcement of provincial funding to cutting the ribbon.
A new posting is added to the BIFHSGO conference blog. Truth be told, most of it isn't so new but a slightly updated classic Anglo-Celtic Roots article, The Hidden Welsh of the Ottawa Valley by Carol McCuaig.
Carol is the author of In Search of the Red Dragon: the Welsh in Canada, the first book to have been written about the Welsh in Canada as a whole. It is available through her website at http://www.nrtco.net/~juniper2/
From June 30th through July 8th, 2011 Ancestry.ca is offering free, with registration, access to more than six million UK historical records through the England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1861-1941 and the Andrews Collection.
The England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1861-1941, just updated, includes information on the wills of more than 9,000 people who died in Canada.
The Andrews Collection is a card index compiled in England from the 1790s until about 1970; a collection of notices from newspapers and various official sources, such as the London Gazette. Approximately 250,000 cards detail announcements of births, marriages, obituaries, and deaths abroad; notices of wills, unclaimed estates, and filings under the Colonial Probates Act of 1892 (which recognized probates from courts in British possession).
One of the best additions to Ancestry.co.uk last year was the England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941
I blogged on some of the issues with this database here. The glass was 90% full, but there were missing records, in particular for 1899-1903 and 1910-1911.
Celebrate. This update has gone a good way to filling the gaps. 1900-1903 and 1910-1911 now have records.
1899 is still missing as are records from the start of the civil administration of probate in 1858, and after 1941.
It would be helpful if Ancestry would provide information on other changes made with this update.
Do you have an iPad? Are you interested in digitized newspapers?
If so, and you have a little time, you might want to contact Paper of Record, the Ottawa-based company with a major collection of old digitized newspapers. They are seeking beta testers for a iPad version of their service.
Sounds interesting -- if only I had an iPad!
New from Library and Archives Canada, a database of over 4.300 Canadian feature films from 1913 to 2009.
It includes the credits, so if someone of interest received screen credits as the producer, writer, director, actor, editor, photographer, etc they should be listed.
In the case of Denys Arcand`s 1988 film Jesus of Montreal more than 30 people are listed.
The following is an announcement from Library and Archives Canada
Parking Changes at Library and Archives CanadaComment:
Over the past two years the Government of Canada has been reviewing its parking practices and has reached the conclusion that it is not part of the government's role to operate parking facilities. This decision was based in part from the need to ensure sound financial management as well as a more consistent and equitable approach to parking administration. The decision is supported by the Treasury Board Secretariat and applies to all government departments and agencies.
Library and Archives Canada has traditionally offered limited free parking to its visitors at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. According to the new guidelines established by Public Works and Government Services Canada, Library and Archives Canada will no longer administer the parking lot at 395 Wellington Street.
Beginning July 1, 2011, the parking lot on the west side of 395 Wellington Street will be operated by Standard Parking of Canada. People visiting 395 Wellington will pay market prices to park in the lot. At this time, rates have not been established; however they will conform to market rates.
We appreciate your understanding of this change as the government continues its work in ensuring that taxpayer dollars are used in the best way possible and for the benefit of all Canadians.
The platform party stand for the singing of O Canada. That was followed by remarks from Mayor Watson and Minister Chiarelli, Councillors Harder, Chiarelli and Taylor.
The official building plaque was unveiled by the platform party.
I regularly look at Mick Southwick's British & Irish Genealogy blog and usually find something of interest.
Monday's issue had an item about an update to the Black Sheep Index. a site I blogged about several years ago. Apparently the website was updated on 25th June with the creation of separate Scots, Irish and Overseas indexes.
Having refused to be discouraged by the lukewarm reception of my last interview with conference speaker Helen Osborn, today's posting on the BIFHSGO blog includes another interview.
This time it's with Audrey Collins who tells us about the background to the Fleet Registers, the topic of one of her talks in September.
Go to the BIFHSGO blog at http://bifhsgo.ca/blog/?p=21
Saturday's Ottawa Citizen had an article under the headline "Historians use modern tools to see into the past".
The Carleton University History Department HeritageCrowd project, funded through a Faculty of Arts junior research fellowship, aims to create a local history database, focusing on the Ottawa Valley's Pontiac and Renfrew Counties, by collecting contributions from the community (crowdsourcing).
As Sir Humphrey said "I can foresee all kinds of unforeseen problems".
Nevertheless, I like it. There's a chance something will be discovered, say about the technique rather than the history of the area, that will be significant. Or perhaps it will stimulate some other initiative for the Pontiac.
A post on the project Journal mentions retroactive crowdsourcing, gathering up all the web material from Flickr pictures to websites drawn up by amateur historians and genealogists. I guess if you've ever gone to Rootsweb and checked their archive for names and places in your family history you're been doing retroactive crowdsourcing - and if you haven't don't miss the resource.
This is just the type of project a university should be doing, and worth contributing information to if you have knowledge of the local history and heritage of the Pontiac and Renfrew County.
Thanks to Glenn Wright for pointing out the Citizen article.
I don't give Scottish genealogy news much attention, Chris Paton does such a good job on his Scottish GENES blog I don't need to.
Thinking of ordering a marriage certificate for a marriage in Cornwall? If the event took place in the 19th century, or very early 20th century you might want to save yourself a few pounds the marriage certificate costs at the GRO, and the wait, and check out these images newly online at FamilySearch.
The title given by FamilySearch for this set of microfilm images is England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-1900.
At present you'll find records for marriages, from the start of civil registration in 1837 or later to the early 1900s. Over 140 parishes are in the collection, a bit over half the Cornish parishes. There are 19,023 images.
Expect additions as the collection is being published as images become available.
A bonus is record images for the parish of Werrington (Devonshire), also marriages, from 1838 to 1905.
Now that the House of Commons has passed back-to-work legislation, and presuming the Senate follows their lead, we can look forward to a renewal of mail service early next week.
It's a service I can do without for a while, and a respite from all the unaddressed junk mail was welcome. So was the lack of credit card bills.
On the family history front, I'll be looking forward to receiving the July/August issue of Family Chronicle which would normally have been delivered by now.
Companies that rely on mail distribution, like Archive CD Books Canada, Global Genealogy, and Moorshead Magazines will undoubtedly be relieved at the return to work. You might want to check their websites for updates they were able to add while they couldn't send out orders.
For BIFHSGO members, and others attending the BIFHSGO conference, 16-18 September, who prefer to register by mail its time to find the form that was included with the brochure in the most recent Anglo-Celtic Roots, or download a copy from www.bifhsgo.ca/conference
Historical timelines can help you to put the personal life of your ancestors in context. Just as you probably remember where you were when you found out New York's Twin Towers fell, your ancestors remembered where they were when they found out about major social and political situations of the time.
The following item contains opinion.
Daniel J Caron is more than two years into the job of Librarian and Archivist of Canada. We know that as it was announced, and he keeps popping up in press releases.
Yet in two years as far as I can determine Mr Caron has yet to participate in any genealogical event, or meet with the genealogical community, even though genealogists comprise the largest single LAC user group. I would occasionally meet his predecessor in the building at 395 Wellington, even after his office moved to Gatineau. I have never seen Mr Caron there.
At last Monday's annual general meeting of the Friends of LAC Mr Caron did not appear and was represented, as was the case the previous year. FLAC is about as friendly an audience as you could hope for, they all make annual contributions, and many work to fund raise, to support the mission of LAC. But Mr Caron's absence is wearing the patience of even these supporters thin. There were pointed questions from the audience at that meeting, mostly regarding rumours which proliferate in the atmosphere of secrecy which seems to now permeate LAC.
One example of the lack of information dissemination is regarding unavailability of part of the LAC reference collection. Rumours have been circulating about closure of the reference collection, or LAC doing away with consultation. At the FLAC AGM the LAC representative indicated these were because replacement of the sprinkler system that protects that collection is needed, which will require parts of the reference collection being placed in temporary storage. That's information that was in an obscure 2 June notice "Parts of the collection will be temporarily inaccessible for variable periods of time" - so vague as to be practically useless except as an excuse.
BBC Who Do You Think You Are magazine reveals the celebrities to be featured in the next BBC TV series. J K Rowling is one, but many are obscure on this side of the Atlantic. As we've seen in previous series people don't have to be well known to have interesting family history stories.
Discover the names and short profiles at:
via Scottish Genes
Nearly a million dead Scots. Let's celebrate!
That's not quite the way to think of it!
What we can celebrate is the release of 313,000 burial and cremation records for Edinburgh, expected early afternoon EDT on Friday 24 June, on the Deceased Online website, so achieving a total of nearly 1 million Scotland-based burial and cremation records on the site.
Nearly 39,000 burial records dating from 1888 to the present day for Seafield Cemetery feature scans of mortality registers (with many of them including details of the type of hearse used!).
Over 49,500 records from 1939 for Seafield Crematorium available as scans of cremation register pages.
Records for Warriston Crematorium, numbering nearly 225,000 and dating from 1929 to 1991, later entries continue to be added, available as scans of cremation registers.
Digitized and indexed from TNA series WO96 these records are attestation papers and other surviving service records for the militia, a voluntary county-based part-time force for home defence. This is the first time these records have been scanned, transcribed and published online.
A pdf document developed for the UK educational community includes an up-to-date summary of the availability of digitized newspapers online, a reference source useful for the genealogical community.
It includes a summary of these resources for the Commonwealth. After mentioning national newspaper digitization projects in Australia and New Zealand it points out that "Unfortunately so far Canada has not funded a national project."
FamilySearch now have 1,529,089 records online, previously available in the IGI and/or the "North America Vital Records Index: Canada." set on CD.
These are indexes or transcripts; the original images are not linked.
A 12 image set of photos from the opening of the LAC Nitrate Film Preservation Centre are posted at:
If you find them exciting you might also enjoy reading remarks delivered on the opening by the Librarian and Archivist of Canada.
I was surprised at the number of folks who followed the link from my last posting on the Canadian Bookman. In case those were a bit too late a date for you, maybe the editions for 1918 - 1921, now posted to the Internet Archive by the University of Toronto, will be of interest.
Find them at: http://www.archive.org/details/canadianbookman13cana
Announced by FamilySearch is a 8,866 image collection of Parish Registers, Electoral Registers, Nonconformist Records, and Parish Chest. It includes Official Actions (1901-1925), Electoral Registers (1901-1925), and Church/Parish Registers (1717-1987).
The records are from towns and parishes throughout Northumberland. The collection is being published at http://goo.gl/QmYzQ as images become available.
Presently available are electoral registers for Hexam and Tyneside.
Also included are parish records for Edmondbyers and
The following is from the British Library website:
The British Library and Google today announced a partnership to digitise 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the Library’s collections. Opening up access to one of the greatest collections of books in the world, this demonstrates the Library’s commitment, as stated in its 2020 Vision, to increase access to anyone who wants to do research.
Selected by the British Library and digitised by Google, both organisations will work in partnership over the coming years to deliver this content free through Google Books (http://books.google.co.uk) and the British Library’s website (www.bl.uk). Google will cover all digitisation costs.Read the full press release at http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk/Press-Releases/The-British-Library-and-Google-to-make-250-000-books-available-to-all-4fc.aspx
Last week I made the first post on the new BIFHSGO blog. This week we break new ground as that blog
sings, dances and talks.
Back in November I recorded a short interview with Helen Osborn of Pharos Teaching and Tutoring who will be a speaker at September's BIFHSGO conference. We spoke about her background, heavily London, and then about one of the presentations she'll be giving.
To hear Helen, and me stumbling my way through, click the link at the bottom of the item at www.bifhsgo.ca/blog
Tuesday evening, 21 June, at Library and Archives Canada sees the final monthly meeting of the season for the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
The meeting includes the Annual General Meeting, and as an added attraction I'll be there to present "Your Family History in Newspapers Online." That's one of my most popular talks, one I've given a couple of times in the past month. This time it's tailored to an Ottawa audience, and, I hope to have a special offer of access to a set of digitized newspapers.
This will also be Mike More's final meeting of his extended term as Chair of the Ottawa Branch. Mike finds the role of Regional Director and Branch Chair a bit much. There's no doubt Mike has done a great job for Ottawa Branch and I hope there's a good turn out for the meeting if only to show appreciation to Mike.
Juice and cookies are available starting at 7:00 pm in room 156 at LAC with the AGM getting underway at 7:30pm.
This is a transcript of the first parish register kept by the Revd. John Stuart, the first missionary of the Church of England in Upper Canada and covers the years 1785 to 1811. Although nominally for Kingston it records many names of those to whom Stuart ministered, as far afield as the Grand River.
Chapters include: The First Rector; The first St. George's Church; The Benefactors; Church wardens; Vestry Men; Pew Holders 1794-1811; Clerks and "Saxtons"; Baptisms; Marriages; Funerals; Index.
There are several versions online. A convenient format is in two parts: The Parish Register of Kingston 1785-1811 - PART 1; The Parish Register of Kingston 1785-1811 - PART 2
There is also an Internet Archive version at http://goo.gl/UQQjk and an OurRoots version at http://goo.gl/Nzh8H
This isn't all that new, but the most recent issue of Newsleaf, the magazine of the Ontario Genealogical Society prints the society audited financial statement for 2010.
It must be with considerable satisfaction that the Board and management of the Ontario Genealogical Society saw income from membership dues increase 21% from 2009 to 2010, the result of a 33% fee increase approved at the 2009 annual general meeting. While there was some decline in membership it was not as great as some feared.
Dues accounted for 58% of gross income in 2010, down from 62% in 2009. Total income, including a small net contribution from sales, increased 20%.
Expenditures dropped by $17.5K.
Office expenses, over $120K for wages and $50K for rent, account for a major share of expenses.
There was a year end operating surplus of $23,177 compared to a $2,586 deficit the previous year.
A substantial draw down of endowment and memorial funds occurred, mainly toward operations. The withdrawal increased from $35K in 2009 to $82.3K in 2010. There was also a major increase in fund raising expenses which did not produce any increase in donations to the funds, but may have paid off in donations toward operating expenses.
Comment: The major endowment funds with which OGS is blessed means it can continue to draw these down for operations for a few years. OGS will eventually have to tackle its major office and administrative expense issue.
There's a new genealogy blog in town, written by Mike More from the Ottawa Branch of OGS. The first posting was on June 10.
New blogs take time to get known so I'm sure you clicking on http://ogsottawa.blogspot.com/ and reading the news, and perhaps some of Mike's views, would be appreciated. I did and learned something new -- you'll have to visit to find out what it is!
Landscaping was underway around the new City Central Archives and OPL Materials Centre on Thursday. I stopped by on my way from the Centrepointe Library and snapped these shots of the public art installation in the courtyard to the northeast of the building.
As I recall the house suspended in the sky is supposed to light up at night; perhaps giving a different impression.
The installation was selected by a panel of experts assembled by the City from a number of proposals. There was a prior public showing of the proposals, this was not my selection.
At one of the last meetings of the stakeholder group for the building development I attended, just after this installation was selected, I queried the choice. A staff member assured me the public art process was followed assiduously and this was the unanimous recommendation of the expert panel.
I hope they're right and it doesn't continue to look like some remnant the building contractors forgot to remove.
Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com, was interviewed by CNBC's Jim Cramer on 17 June.
Ottawa's DNA interest group for genealogy is now on the International Society of Genetic Genealogy's (ISOGG) wiki list of DNA interest groups at http://www.isogg.org/wiki/DNA_Interest_Groups
The wiki is a source for a variety of information on DNA and family history and has an educational mission.
Ancestry.com sent an email advising of a 30% off offer until midnight 20 June for "new subscribers only and not for renewal of current memberships."
The World Deluxe subscription, with unlimited access to everything on Ancestry.com, is on sale for $209.40
Similar reductions are available for other subscriptions.
Call 1-800-958-9081 (Monday - Friday 10am-10pm ET, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm ET).
Grave register scans for 15,426 burials dated from 8th July 1615 to the last burial in 2005 for St Peter's Churchyard, West Links, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. (also known as Peterhead Old Churchyard) are added to deceasedonline.com. These show the Lair owner, owner's address or occupation, date of interment, age and address of the deceased.
This adds to the 18,402 burials, dated 7 August 1869 to 23 December 2010, for Peterhead Cemetery, Constitution Street, which were added in May 2011.
Unless you're a newcomer to family history you likely know of the free access to Ancestry's suite of name indexed Canadian census records, from 1851 to 1916, at many public libraries and Family History Centres.
They were completed under a collaborative arrangement with Library and Archives Canada. The agreement is summarized at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/about-us/012-215.01-e.html and includes a table of projects currently underway to be posted online, on the LAC website, as time and resources permit.
|Ancestry.ca Projects||Digital images To be created||Digital Images available on Collections-canada.gc.ca||Nominal index To be created||Nominal index available on Collections-canada.gc.ca||Available on Ancestry.ca|
|Canadian Passenger Lists||Yes||To be determined||Yes||To be determined||Online|
|1851 Census||Already exist||Online|
|Yes||Estimated summer 2011||Online|
|1861 Census||Yes||To be determined||Yes||To be determined||Online|
|1871 Census||Yes||To be determined||Yes||To be determined||Online|
|1881 Census *||Already exist||Online|
|1901 Census||Already exist||Already Online|
|Yes||Estimated summer 2011||Online|
|1906 Census||Already exist||Already Online|
|Yes||Estimated summer 2011||Online|
|1911 Census||Already exist||Already Online|
|Yes||Estimated summer 2011||Online|
|1916 Census||Yes||To be determined||Yes||Estimated summer 2011||Online|
Family Tree DNA have announced an attractive short term sale, until June 22, 2011, for upgrades by existing customers, as follows:
|Summer Upgrade Sale|
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|Y-DNA 12 to 67||Was $189||Now $148|
|Y-DNA 25 to 37||Was $49||Now $35|
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|Y-DNA 37 to 67||Was $99||Now $79|
|mt to FMS||Was $269||Now $229|
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A press release from 23andMe celebrates passing 100,000 clients. While most of the press release is about health, ancestry gets a nod with the paragraph
23andMe additionally noted that 45 is the average age of its users, 57% of its users are male, 47% are sharing their data with other users and 12% have multiple ancestries -- representing heritage from over 177 countries from Azerbaijan to Zambia. The 23andMe community forums currently have over 100,000 posts and more than 60,000 pairs of relatives have been discovered among users using 23andMe's unique Relative Finder feature.
The new issue, volume 17, number 2, just released contains three articles as well as the regular columns and listings.
An Introduction to Researching your Roots in Northern Ireland, by William Roulston, research director of the Ulster Historical Foundation, summarizes all the beginner needs to know in seven and a half pages.
He Wore His Buttons Well: Discovering the Details of an Epic Rescue at Sea, by Barbara Tose, is the story of her relative's involvement in a marine disaster and the benefits that may follow from the publicity about a pending BIFHSGO presentation.
Harry Gray's Pub, by Brenda Turner, tells the story of how she discovered her relative received the honour of the Freedom of the City of London.
This issue also contains the Society Annual Reports documenting its successes and solid financial situation. There is a small decline in membership, from a peak of 530 in 2007 to 516 in 2010, which should not be ignored given the demographics of baby boomers moving into their prime years of family history interest.
Available free online are back issues of Canadian Catholic Historical Association Journals from 1933 to 2006, as well as indices for issues from 1933 through 1983:
The following is a notice from Library and Archives Canada:
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the online database Lower Canada Land Petitions (1626-1865). This version includes digitized images of the actual petitions for all individuals listed in the database. Corrections to entries, including suggestions received from users, have also been integrated into this updated version. Many staff members contributed to the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated.
The database is available at:Comments:
CeCe Moore blogs on the Your Genetic Genealogist blog on talks given at the SCGS Jamboree on behalf of 23andMe and Family Tree DNA.
- 56,000 people, or about 70%, of 23andMe clients are of Northern European ancestry.
- 23andMe customers will be able to sort their matches by mtDNA and Y-DNA haplogroups, most likely by the end of the month.
- FTDNA is planning to allow uploads of 3rd party data to their Family Finder database.
Gwyneth Pearce from OGS Toronto Branch sent information that registration is now open for Finding Ontario Ancestors, a one-day summer workshop to be held at the North York Central Library Auditorium on Saturday 6 August 2011. You will find out how to get the most from familiar records or discover a new source to expand your understanding of your Ontario ancestors. Enjoy a relaxed, information-packed day with speakers who revel in the intricacies and richness of records – and love to share their knowledge. For program details, speaker biographies and registration information, see www.torontofamilyhistory.org/Finding_Ontario_Ancestors_2011.html.
Also, Toronto Branch is presenting a special evening for British family historians on Monday 19 September 2011 - Audrey Collins, Family History Specialist at The National Archives, UK, will be presenting a two-part lecture, For details, see www.torontofamilyhistory.org/TNA2011Lecture.html.
Audrey's visit to Toronto is an example of the benefits of cooperation between centres as she will be there after her weekend at the BIFHSGO conference.
Find the Toronto Branch on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Ontario-Genealogical-Society-Toronto-Branch/109914192424515) and follow on Twitter @TOFamilyHistory (https://twitter.com/#!/TOFamilyHistory).
Audrey Collins, who will be one of the major speakers at BIFHSGO conference in September, gave this talk last March in the TNA lecture series. Audrey drops in a lot of anecdotal material, including a look at the army of civil servants, temporary clerks, registrars, enumerators and others, and the part they played in this astonishing feat of organisation once a decade; incidents and accidents along the way, including the only time advertising was allowed on census material.
There are also several hints that may help if you're having trouble finding an ancestor or making sense of the census. Audrey give high praise to the University of Essex website www.histpop.org.uk which has a lot of additional background material including original documents.
Audrey's talks for BIFHSGO will be Tracing Your English Ancestors in The National Archives; The Fleet Registers: Clandestine Marriages in London 1667–1754; and The London Gazette: Not Just the Brave and the Bankrupt.
Catch the podcast at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/podcasts/census-behind-the-scenes.htm
File this one under curiosities, likely the result of a stray microfilm reel.
Noted in the GENBRIT Rootsweb list, contained in the images of birth certificates for Amsterdam 1853 there are images of the book Calendar of Wills (GB) 1869, on Familysearch starting at:
It covers names Mabb to Mytton.
Saturday's BIFHSGO AGM and monthly meeting was another interesting and well attended session.
Congratulations to Marg and Willis Burwell on being named to the BIFHSGO Hall of Fame. They have both made major contributions to the Society over many years. Marg was not able to get to the meeting and I wish her a speedy recovery from her surgery last month.
Other recognition was to Chris MacPhail as he retires as editor of Anglo-Celtic Roots (ACR); to Heather Boucher Ashe for best article in ACR; and to Naomi Ridout for best presentation to a monthly meeting by a member during the year.
Most of the board members whose terms expired stood for re-election. Secretary Ron Elliott did not as he is leaving for the left coast. Elected to the vacant director position was Anne Sterling who will no doubt learn to fill his big shoes in her quiet competent manner.
I enjoyed each of the great moment presentations. While I could have attended webcasts by high-profile US genealogists from the SCGS Jamboree in the same time period it's much more satisfying listening to an in-person presentation and experiencing the social interaction.
I notice many bloggers and others have flocked to the Jamboree rather proving the point about the importance of in-person interaction. That's something that societies becoming mesmerized with technology would be wise to remember. We want the advantages of online genealogy, and social networking, and the in-person connection.