Using a new website from University College London, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Ancestry adds Vancouver, British Columbia, Mountain View Cemetery Index, 1887-2007 and "death takes a holiday"
Ancestry.ca now facilities searching index entries for Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery, 1887-2007. Located west of Fraser St, between 31st Ave and 43rd Ave it's made up of 106 acres of land with approximately 92,000 grave sites and 145,000 interred remains. Background information is at http://vancouver.ca/your-government/mountain-view-cemetery.aspx
Ed and Elizabeth Kipp lining up for sausage on a bun, a popular midday snack for Canadians
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Once again Library and Archives Canada has released a nominally indexed census on their website, this for 1911.
There is a good discussion of the census and its contents at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx
Once again you have to go to the bottom of the help file to read that LAC "gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Ancestry.ca, without which this project would not have been possible." That means that Ancestry funded most of the work.
Main Estimates tabled in the House of Commons on Monday reflect the Harper government's continued low priority for Canada's documentary heritage.
The Department of Canadian Heritage sees a 2.9% increase, from $1,280 million in the current year to $1,317 million in 2013-14. This includes a one-time allocation of $122.3 million for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto so expenditures on other cultural activities are being reduced.
Monday, 25 February 2013
There appears to be no such active Canada-wide organization.
In the UK the organization that comes closest is AGRA, The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives. However it does not appear there is a renewal process so skills could become dated while remaining accredited.
In Ireland The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland seems to be very much parallel to AGRA.
In the USA the Board for Certification of Genealogists appears to meet all my criteria. For renewal they must demonstrate that their knowledge and ability have kept pace with genealogical standards and that they are still working to those standards. It is unclear whether that includes knowledge of DNA-based techniques.. The US-based International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists is a similar accreditation organization and while it does require familiarity with new electronic and digital resources there is also no mention of DNA-based techniques.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
I didn't get to the show on the third day. Every indication was it would be quieter as was the case the previous two years I attended. Several attendees the two previous days told me they we're not attending including Dick Eastman pictured here on day 1 with Debra Chatfield and Ian the Judge from Find My Past dressed to reflect the significance of the newly released criminal records from the TNA collection. Debra filled me in on Friday on the bidding process by which companies get to digitize and release TNA record sets, something the LAC could learn a lot from.
Websites to Browse for Canadian Genealogy (alphabetical order)
When all else fails: cyndislist.com and google.ca
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Although it seemed a bit quieter on Saturday than Friday all exhibitors I spoke with seemed happy with the traffic. Ancestry said they were as busy as on Friday. The Guild of One Name Studies seemed to be doing well and the Family Tree DNA stand continues to be crowded and their lectures popular. Glenn Wright and I gave presentation on the Researching the English in Canada and their descendants. Every one of the 100 seats was taken with people standing around the edge of the area. Lots of questions afterwards and follow on to Lesley Anderson at the Ancestry stand..
The 24th Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies will be held within the Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE, Scotland from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 11th May, 2013.
The theme is "Comings and Goings, Migration and Scotland".
More info at http://www.bordersfhs.org.uk/BFHSConference.asp
It has online booking at http://www.bordersfhs.org.uk/BFHSConferenceBooking1.asp
Thanks to Peter Munro of the Borders Family History Society for the tip.
Some of the smaller family history societies find it too costly to exhibit independently at the Who Do You Think You Are Live event. Several East Anglia Societies band together to be represented. One, the Essex Society for Family History, will be celebrating 40 years in operation with a weekend conference, 29-31 August 2014. They anticipate having a session delivered remotely from Salt Lake City and are actively seeking presentation proposals. Register your interest at email@example.com.UK and watch WWW.each.org.UK for details.
It was a busy day on the first day of the Who Do Think You Are Live event at Kensington, Olympia. Most of the exhibitors from previous years were back, there were a few people missing including Louise St Denis. Her UK-based colleagues from the National Institutes for Genealogical Studies were there.
Helen Osborn from Pharos Teaching and Tutoring mentioned that Sherry Irvine is preparing a course which will be particular interest to BC residents.
BIFHSGO president Glenn Wright and I had conversations with two potential speakers for the next BIFHSGO conference - more soon. BIFHSGO members Ed and Elizabeth Kipp seemed to be enjoying the event. Lesley Anderson was busy in her role with Ancestry.ca including as part of a group presenting a session streamed online.
The National Library of Wales is preparing to launch their digitized newspaper collection free online on March 9th, funded by a grant from the EU.
Friday, 22 February 2013
Manor Park Crematorium, located in Forest Gate, East London, has now made all records available through www.deceasedonline.com
Register scans from the opening in 1955 until 1991 are available together with computerised records from 1991 to 2010
There are now 145,000 records available for Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium and all 420,000 records will be on Deceased Online within the next few weeks
The end of the 92 year embargo on release of the original 1921 Canadian census schedules is approaching The census was taken on 1 June 1921 so in 100 days they officially pass into the custody of Library and Archives Canada.
LAC informs that only microfilm copies of this census exists and they will digitize the microfilms and make them available online as JPEG and PDF images "shortly after their release date."
Peer organizations internationally are able to arrange very prompt, same day, availability. The credibility of LAC with all its emphasis on digitization and online availability of records is on the line. How will they take advantage of this opportunity to raise the organization's profile?
What are your expectations?
Thursday, 21 February 2013
The most recent update to the Lancashire BMD site at www.lancashirebmd.org.uk includes 4,054 births added for Bury RD comprising: Elton (1908-1914); Ramsbottom (1901-1907); 10,001 births for Burnley RD amended to include mother's maiden name, comprising: Padiham (1869-1890) and; 14,517 deaths for Oldham RD comprising: Oldham South (1911-1931). There's more. For all updates this year see http://bit.ly/W7C89q
Not for everyone, but maybe useful for you to tuck away on your iPhone (or iPad?)
"Historical English Calendar is a streamlined offline date-calculator for those interested in English history, literature, and genealogy. It converts between Old and New Style dates (Gregorian and Julian), calculates the day of the week, identifies the dates of moveable holidays (Easter, etc.), and calculates regnal years through queen Victoria.:Further info at http://goo.gl/Psdjf
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Are you a patient angler? In my DNA fishing expedition I keep waiting to catch the "big one." Of my eight 37 marker Y-DNA matches none is closer than 3 steps removed or has a date more recent than September 2011. I wondered if Family Tree DNA has seen a falling off of clients.
I'd not checked the report for 12 marker matched and find I'm continuing to catch lots of minnows. Of my 12 marker matches 32 are from 2013, 161 from 2012, 127 from 2011, 108 from 2010, 113 from 2009 and 101 from 2008.
Thankfully we don't have to pay an entry fee (subscription) to stay in the game.
In place of the rregular Ottawa Branch monthly meeting presentation on Saturday, 23 February there's the annual potluck.
I'm not sure how that will work. the notice says "Coffee, tea and juice provided. Bring your own plate and utensils." No mention of bringing food. Maybe someone from the branch will post info as a comment.
You are asked to bring a favourite book or resource and tell briefly why it is/was so useful. Food for the mind!
As usual, the meeting is at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, in Room 115
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Details and registration are now online for the Ottawa Genealogy 2013 event on 4 May at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/ottawa-genealogy-2013/. You get four sessions, a choice from two presentations in each session, plus a computer room and marketplace for $30 for OGS and BIFHSGO members. That works out to $7.50 per session, a competitive price, especially given the quality - take a look. Plus there's free parking and an optional brown bag lunch.
Monday, 18 February 2013
The following is a note on behalf of the staff of the Interlibrary Loan Service of Library and Archives Canada. I'm informed that in the absence of this service hundreds of requests for material previously handled by ILL are backed up.
The Interlibrary Loan Service of Library and Archives Canada closed last Friday, February 15 2013.Thanks to the staff members who provided this service, now terminated by the Harper government. That's Canada's Economic Action Plan at work for you.
We have been a major part of a 60-year tradition of helping Canadian libraries and their patrons gain access to Canadian publications. The National Library of Canada began sending information to other libraries about where to locate titles their clients were looking for in the early 1950's, when the National Union Catalogue began. Lending from our own collection came a little later; the National Librarian's annual report of 1960 states that in FY 1958-1959, the Library lent 150 items and answered 8,280 requests for locations. Thirty years later, we were handling 150,000 requests per year.
The ensuing decades saw breathtaking technological change, and the ILL services of the NLC, and later LAC, were early adopters. NLC began filling requests for journal articles in the 1960's, driving our use of photocopying, fax transmission and several methods of online delivery. The National Library led the way both nationally and internationally in coordinating the development of standards that, to this day, allow different ILL management systems to exchange requests and follow-up messages with minimal human intervention.
As AMICUS and other library catalogues became freely available online, the use of our locations service declined, and loans became the focus of our service. In fiscal year 2011-2012, LAC filled 21,294 requests for loans and copies from our collections, and provided locations in response to another 11,658 requests.
All of us are proud to have been part of this service. To our friends and colleagues, thank-you, good-bye and good luck.
In his most recent Irish Roots column John Grenham gives the rationale for not being too precise in conducting your genealogical searches online.
On Wednesday, February 20, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm the Quebec Family History Society is holding an the next in it's series of free themed open-house events, this on "Celebrating Our Canadian Roots"
Drop by for coffee, tea, and informal conversation and information at the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library, 173 Cartier Avenue, Pointe-Claire.
Sunday, 17 February 2013
When you successfully trace your ancestry in Britain back to Roman times the Roman Britain Organization website at www.roman-britain.org will be worth consulting.
There's an entry for Burgh Castle, a Roman Fort three miles from where I was raised. Learn about Hadrian's Wall constructed to keep out the barbarians. Check out the RBO Meteorological Page where you'll learn the opinion of Cornelius Tacitus on the English weather, "The sky is overcast with continual rain and cloud, but the cold is not severe" and find a more modern Guide to British Weather.
via a tip from Bryan Cook. Check out his poetry blog at http://cprcook.blogspot.com/
From an entertaining lecture given on 15 January, Times journalist Ben Macintyre talks about his latest book Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies (Bloomsbury, 2012).
He emphasizes the importance of meticulous record keeping in managing double agents in the lead up to the D-Day invasion, adding imaginatively to Churchill's rhetoric
"We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills"the line
We shall fight them amongst the filing cabinets.http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/hunting-for-spies-in-the-national-archives/
Saturday, 16 February 2013
Some people go to a lot of effort to preserve details of their family history. I've sometimes wondered whether I really care about what my great-grandfather ate for breakfast on, say, 26 June 1879.
Now there's a presentation given on February 12th at Gresham College by Mike Rendall who tells
"The fascinating story of an eighteenth century haberdasher who recorded what he ate, what he purchased, how he slept and what the weather was like in obsessive detail. He also kept newspaper cuttings and admission tickets, he copied sermons, and collected coins, shells, fossils and books."A transcript of the lecture and background material is at http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/a-haberdashery-shop-on-london-bridge-journal-of-a-georgian-gentleman.
Want more? Check out http://blog.mikerendell.com/
Genealogy Gems podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke celebrates her 50th birthday and the 150th episode with "50 Fabulous Family History Favorites!" There are so many they extend into the 151st episode. Listen at Episode 150 and Episode 151.
Lisa will be speaking at WDYTYA? Live and I hope to be able to bring you a short interview.
Friday, 15 February 2013
Ottawa Citizen reporter Chris Cobb quotes BIFHSGO president Glenn Wright in an article Rental fees for Library and Archives building threaten to freeze out community groups.
“We are very concerned with the escalating cost and whether we’ll be able to stay,” he added. “This year, we’re apparently paying 25 per cent of market rate, whatever that is, and next year it will be 50 per cent. But we will stay the course for this year."
Attendees will be eligible to win two valuable prizes courtesy of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies by correctly answering a skill testing question.
This book (pdf) by J. T. Coleman published in 1875, just available on the Internet Archive (Texts), which starts with an early history of settlers, contains a militia roll call for 1812, by R. Lovekin, with the names:
Ebenezer Hartwell, Daniel Lightheart, Norris Carr, Augustus Barber, Waterman A. Spencer, James Burke, Nathan Pratt, Samuel Burk, Enoch Davis, John Trull, John Dingman. William Pickle, Matthew Borland, John Wilson, Eliphalet Conat, Richard Martain, Michael Coffun, David Burk, Jeremiah Conat, Thomas Powers, James Flannigan, David Seron, William Preston, Timothy Johnson, Dyer Moore, James Grant, Reuben Grant, Jr., James Hawkins, Jr., Thomas Hartwell, John Paine, Lanson Soper, Caleb Raymond, Joel Byrns, Jr., William Bebee, Nehemiah
Vail, Aaron Hills, John Brown, Nathan Haskell, Joel Byrns, Sr.. Jonathan Bedford, Jr., John Odell, Nathan Watson, Alexander W. Ross, Luther McNall, Gershom Orvis, Jered Kimball, Jonathan Rodgers, John Potter, Abraham Bowen, Stadman Bebee, Daniel Wright, Israel Bowen, Daniel Crippin, Dorous Crippin,
Luke Smades, Joshua Smades, John Walker, Joseph Barden, Pletiah Soper, James Merrill, John Perry, Adna Bates, Francis Lightfoot, Samuel Marvin. William Carr, William Borland, Jr., Roger B. Woloott, John Spencer, John Hartwell, Myndert Hanis, Senr., John Burn, Alexander Fletcher, Robert Clark, John D. Smith, Leonard Soper, John Haskill, Samuel W. Marsh, Thomas Gaige,
Jeremiah Brittain, Daniel Porter, James Hawkins. Sr., Gardner Gifford, Elias Smith, Jr., Roger Bates, James Stephens, Samuel Gilford, Ezra Gifford, Peter Rice, Christopher Merkley, Jodiah Caswell, David Gage, Joel Smades. George Potter, David Bedford, Samuel Willet, David Crippin, Benjamin Preston, Reuben
Grant, Sr., Abell Allen, Isaac Hagerman, Justin Johnson, Jeremiah Mays. Hiram Bedford, Joseph Caldwell. Stephen Morse, Benjamin Root. Benjamin Preston, Warren Munson, Edward McReloy, Myndert Harris. Jr.,Asa Callendar, Joseph Haskell, James Lee, Zephaniah Sexton. Cornelius Daly, Jonathan Sexton, Zachariah Odell, William Munson. Timothy Haskell. Ephraim Clifford, John Voree, Josiah Wilson, Stephen Bedford.
There is also a list of early marriages:
Third March. 1807, married. Thomas Conat, of Darlington, to Hannah Stoner. Present, Peter Stoner, her father. Abel Conat, Polly, his wife, and Phoebe Lightheart
Twenty-first April. 1807, married. John Carr. of Darlington, to Betsey Woodruff, of Pickering, with the written consent of her father. Present. Norris Carr and wife. James Burk and wife, and Mr. Woodruff's son.
Twenty-eighth December, 1807. married. John Burk. Junior, of Darlington, to Jane Brisbin. of Whitby, with the consent of her sister and brother in-law. Present, John Burk. Senr.. David Stevens, and David Burk.
Third October, 1811, married. William Picket, of Darlington to Nancy Wilson, of Whitby, being fist duly published, in presence of William Smith, and Waterman A. Spencer &c, &c.
Twenty-eighth October, 1811, married. James Bates, of Clarke, to Elizabeth Burk, of Darlington, in presence of John Burk, Sr.. her father, David Stephens, Jessia Burk, Adna Bates, and Stoddard Bates.
Sixteenth June, 1805, married. Luke Burk, of Darlington, to Nancy McBane. Present, James Burk. John Hartrode. Francis Lightheart. and Rachel Lightheart.
Fourth March. 1817, married. Icabod Hodge, to Elizabeth Coolley. both of the Township of Whitby, being first published by Alexander Fletcher, Esq., in presence of Francis Lightheart. of Darlington, William Maxson, and John Stevens, of Whitby.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Genealogy Conference on British Migration
Genealogy Conference on British Migration
Four Lancashire databases on Ancestry.co.uk have received updates:
Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936; 640,534 recordsThese are records from the Lancashire Archives with images of original records linked.
Lancashire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; 731,140 records
Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911; 697,305 records
Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986; 367,468 records
At 10 am, Saturday 18 February, Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will hold its Annual General Meeting featuring a celebration of their 40th anniversary. OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, will speak. That's in the Wilson Room of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson Street, Kingston.
At 1pm Quinte Branch OGS will hear from Rick Roberts speaking on using Family Tree Maker with "dozens of hints and tips that will help you improve your results." That's at Quinte West City Hall Library, 7 Creswell Drive in Trenton.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Ancestry.ca are listing Manitoba, Birth Index, 1866-1912 as a new collection available to search from their site. The results link to the website of the Manitoba Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs where you will need to repeat the search. If you qualify you will be able to order a certificate for postal delivery.
Do you agree that most presentations are boring and forgettable? Be honest, of those you heard in the past year how many do you remember much of if anything at all?
If you give presentations, and would like to do a better job, take a look at the article at: http://m.cio.com/article/728631/How_to_Give_Killer_Presentations_by_Thinking_Like_a_Writer?mm_ref=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FcuAhJqht
I can always tell them that Family Tree DNA tests avoid health-implicated testing but my own view is that such concerns show precious little respect for the intelligence of the average man or woman, and that FTDNA is likely missing testing some genealogically useful SNPs by not testing them.
The study conclusion is that
Direct access to BRCA mutation tests, considered a model for high-risk actionable genetic tests of proven clinical utility, provided clear benefits to participants. The unexpected information demonstrated a cascade effect as relatives of newly identified carriers also sought testing and more mutation carriers were identified. Given the absence of evidence for serious emotional distress or inappropriate actions in this subset of mutation-positive customers who agreed to be interviewed for this study, broader screening of Ashkenazi Jewish women for these three BRCA mutations should be considered.The paper is based on a relatively small sample. Undoubtedly in a large sample there will be some who use the information inappropriately, but should that disbenefit outweigh the benefits reported in this study? And should we be denied the opportunity to know fully about our own DNA for genealogical purposes because some people have qualms?
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
There are now 225,967 images in this updated browse collection of parish registers, electoral registers, nonconformist records, and parish chest records from the Northumberland Archives Service via FamilySearch.
About 90 Northumberland communities are represented. There are also records from Garrigill St. John's and Nenthead in Cumberland, and Edmondbyers and Muggleswick in Durham
Back in April 2007 I blogged on the rise and fall of the Rootsweb mailing list. With ever increasing social media options Rootsweb's share continues to slide.
Posts which peaked at over 4.1 million in 2002 fell below 3 million in 2004, below 2 million in 2008, and below 1 million in 2011. Total posts in 2012 were 868,552 and posts for the four months ending January 2013 were down 17% year over year.
In April 2007 I wrote that "postings with DNA in the message body, shows healthy growth as interest in this area continues to develop." It turns out 2007 was the peak year even for DNA with 90,135 posts. In 2011 and 2012 there were less than 39,000 DNA posts. As you might expect the share of posts mentioning DNA did increase, from 3.3% in 2006 to 4.5% in 2012.
Monday, 11 February 2013
Turi King thinks there is enough Y-DNA surviving from Richard III to determine a match to four paternal line relatives. Amazing how the ability to extract DNA from degraded specimens has improved.
I let my curiosity get the better of me a couple of days ago when examining a page from a Beechwood Cemetery burial register. I already blogged about some of the the resulting exploration at http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2013/02/curious-pattern-of-burial-dates.html
On the same page of the burial register were three people, William Russell (32), Charles Hall Hutchison (27) and James Ira Casselman (54) indicated as killed in an accident on the Ottawa and Parry Sound Railway on 21 January 1897. There's a report of the derailment that resulted in these deaths at http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=NGcuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8NgFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1193%2C735108
The death registration for William Russell gives his religion as Hornerite - that was something new to me. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online profiles the sect's founder Ralph Horner here. There's a 1999 Master's dissertation by Clifford Roy Fortune at https://curve.carleton.ca/system/files/theses/25503.pdf which includes a chapter on "Ralph Horner's Ottawa Valley" and section of Maps, Tables and Charts which looks like useful resources for those with Ottawa Valley ancestry.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
With Who Do You Think You Are? Live less than two weeks away there's a small flood of new British genealogy books out, or due out, to capture the market. Here is a personal selection of those with February release dates, all listed at amazon.co.uk
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; 2nd edition edition (21 Feb 2013)
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (21 Feb 2013)
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (21 Feb 2013)
The most convenient way to capture all or part of your computer screen in Windows 7 is to use the built in Snipping Tool. It will easily capture all or part of your screen no matter what the format.
If Snipping Tool doesn't show up in your list of programs open up Start at the bottom left of the screen, enter snip and click on Snipping Tools when it appears under Programs.
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
Audrey Collins introduces this talk she gave at TNA Kew on January 24, 2013 as a "you couldn't make it up" story. She's right.
The Will Forgeries was a well know case from London in the 1840s based on claiming inactive accounts from the Bank of England using fraudulently obtained death certificates and probate registrations. It resulted in an Old Bailey trial. Audrey tells the story which features solicitor William Henry Barber and surgeon, entrepreneur and con man Joshua Fletcher.
Highly recommended. Find the podcast at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
To mark these additions Deceased Online is giving away four copies of Nick Barrett's book Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs.
"The book is a fascinating read, and shows how different parts of London became suburbs as the city grew over the years. Nick has done a great job condensing centuries of history, 600 square miles, and millions of people into just one book."To qualify you have to answer four skill testing questions, the first two of which are at http://deceasedonlineblog.blogspot.co.uk/
I've been looking at burial in records for Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery for 1896-7. Typically through the summer and fall there were only two or three days between death and interment according to the burial register available on Ancestry.ca. As the ground became frozen, and without machines for digging graves, I'd expected interments to cease.
Thursday, 7 February 2013
I've never been disappointed in listening to noted Ottawa creative historical non-fiction author Charlotte Gray. That was true again on Wednesday evening when she spoke to Heritage Ottawa about her craft and where she defines its bounds using for illustration the experience of her last and next books.
Along the way we learned that her last book, Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike is being turned into a TV mini-series for the Discovery Channel with shooting to start in Northern Alberta in March.
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Several months ago access to the newspapers of the British Newspaper Archive was made available to subscribers to findmypast.co.uk. Having switched my subscription to findmypast.com I was disappointed the newspapers were not added there too. That`s now changed. Find out more at http://goo.gl/vw29D and http://goo.gl/vHQPB.
Another great collection from Ancestry, parish records for the area around Manchester, Lancashire, from 1541 to 1985 with index entries linked to images of the originals.
Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915: 1,702,491 records
Manchester, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985: 917,791 records
Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930: 1,437,698 records
Manchester, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1541-1812: 1,186,882 records
Manchester, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1573-1812 (Cathedral): 376,533 records
Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1901 (Cathedral): 282,956 records
Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 (Cathedral): 409,330 records
Manchester, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1866 (Cathedral): 42,850 records
Records from Church of England parish registers in the Manchester Cathedral with images produced by permission of Manchester Cathedral and Manchester City Council.
LDS users should note the request of the Manchester Diocese that use of the images for retrospective or proxy baptism is not permitted.
In her presentation on Saturday, 9 February "The Box in the Closet: My Journey to Claim Who I am" Margaret Singleton will tell of her experiences researching her Canadian, Irish and English ancestry. This was in the days before the Internet using microfilm and microfiche through the Family History Centre (FamilySearch Centre) and by examining gravestones. There's a preview here (mp3).
The warm-up educational session starts at 9am with John Lund speaking on Copyright, Privacy and Access.
More information at www.bifhsgo.ca/events.php
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Milton, Ontario based Global Genealogy have announced a discount of 15% off all items (except the FlipPal mobile scanner) until Valentines Day, February 14th at midnight. Use the coupon code Valentine when checking out to receive the discount, or call 1-800-361-5168.
As it was not feasible to run the nearly annual Gene-O-Rama event this year OGS Ottawa Branch is reinventing it as a one day event on Saturday May 4. A brief notice is on the Branch web site. The venue will be the City Archives at 100 Tallwood. It has severe capacity problems so attendance will be limited to 80 paid registrants. Most of the speakers will be local except for Rick Roberts who will be bringing his wares to the marketplace. There will also be a computer room.
For news as it develops check at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/
Monday, 4 February 2013
The available evidence forms a consistent pattern; the DNA evidence was highlighted by the BBC in their report "DNA confirms bones are king's" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21063882.
"There is a DNA match between the maternal DNA of the descendants of the family of Richard III and the skeletal remains we found at the Greyfriars dig." "In short, the DNA evidence points to these being the remains of Richard III."
There's also a suggestion there may be evidence from Y-DNA to come.
On Wednesday, February 6th at 7pm in the Auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library noted Ottawa author Charlotte Gray will present Heritage Ottawa's eight annual Bob and Mary Phillips Lecture.
"How can writers bring new readers to history while staying within the bounds of creative non-fiction? Charlotte Gray will discuss the different demands made on the past by historians and heritage activists."
Admission is free and all are welcome.
TNA podcast: An Introduction to Tracing Battalions or Regiments of the British Army during the Great War
Sunday, 3 February 2013
John Grenham's latest Irish Roots column on an old problem at http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/irishroots/2013/02/03/evidence-evidence-evidence/
The many smaller British libraries and archives are semi-precious jewels, an adornment to the country's rich cultural heritage. One I visited many years ago while researching Stephen Martin Saxby was the library of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
More photos and information at the BIFHSGO Facebook page http://goo.gl/nb0ev
I'm a few days behind with is one but would still like to extend congratulations to Ruth Blair of Blair Archival Research on the 3rd anniversary of her genealogy blog. The tag line on the blog reads "A great joy is proving the truth behind the family story." Read Ruth's blog for news and tips that will help you find that joy.
Friday, 1 February 2013
The Internet Archive just added this 62 page promotional booklet from 1912 published by the Publicity and Industrial Bureau of the city of Ottawa. It's taken from the CIHM collection at Canadiana.org.
Raw Materials Convenient.
Splendid Industrial Sites.
Advantageous Freight Rates.
Rail and Water Transportation.
Comparative Low Cost of Living.
Most Favourable Labor Conditions.
Population of 4,127,000 Living within 300 miles.
Direct and Quickest Haul to Western Markets.