Library and Archives Canada announces the release of a new version of the Census of Canada, 1881 database which incorporates suggestions for corrections that were received from users in recent months, as well as revised district and sub-district information.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Britain From Above was mentioned on the blog in June last year. Being new it was swamped. It's worth taking another look at this English Heritage site with "more than 15,000 images from one of the earliest and most significant collections of aerial photography of the UK ... freely accessible online."
Thanks to Brenda Turner for the tip.
Here's a slip I picked up at the OGS Region VIII meeting last Saturday from the display of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Heritage Museum.
We all hear of valuable historical material consigned to the dump by those more interested in clearing a house or other building than anything else. But some archives are pressed for space and can't accept additional material, nor do they have the time to sort through reams of paper to find the historically valuable material.
What efforts are in place in your area to preserve its history at risk?
Monday, 29 April 2013
At the OGS Region VIII AGM on Saturday I learned from Shirley Sommerville of the Lanark Country Genealogical Society of a new volunteer-produced database, with 8,584 entries, for Hillcrest Cemetery in Smiths Falls. It's available at www.smithsfalls.ca/hillcrest-data.cfm. The flat file, with a search function, contains for each entry, where available: title, last name, first name, initial, part, section, suffix, plot, grave. A map of the cemetery is available online so you can zero in on the site.
Canadian Headstones.com has gravestone images for this cemetery with 12,061 entries.
Locate the cemetery on the map at http://goo.gl/maps/O8rHk
The latest interview with speakers at the BIFHSGO September conference, this with Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, Director of the Ottawa Family History Centre, is now posted on the Society website at www.bifhsgo.ca/cpage.php?pt=62
Before September Shirley-Ann will get lots of experience as she's speaking at five other events, one just past at Belleville. The others are:
- the OGS Ottawa Branch Genealogy Day on May 4th,
- an event at the Ottawa Family History Centre on the afternoon of May 11th
- an event for the Ottawa Public Library in June, and
- in Brampton, Ontario, the One World-One Family event.
The Friends of The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation will be hosting a free historical lecture on Exceptional Women of the War of 1812, given by lecturer, researcher and board member for the Goulbourn Museum, Kurt Johnson on Sunday, May 5, 2013. The event will take place in the Sacred Space at Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada, 280 Beechwood Ave. The talk will begin at 1:30pm, and will be followed by light refreshments. For more information, please call 613-741-9530 or email email@example.com.
via Glenn Wright
Sunday, 28 April 2013
If you've had any experience with DNA testing for genetic genealogy please complete this three question survey. I'll keep it open for a few days. Please do give it some extra publicity on Twitter, FB and through your own connections. All being well results will be posted on Saturday.
Added note: If you don't see the dissatisfied options please scroll down to see the scroll bar which will reveal them to the right, or respond by clicking three question survey.
A tip of the hat to pioneer DNA testing company 23andMe on their 7th anniversary. At the start the test cost about $1000, today it's $99 with twice the coverage.
Although originally focused in DNA and health they've paid increased attention to those of us who tested because of our genetic genealogy interest.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Sad to report the passing on April 26 of James Albert (Jim) Heal. Jim was a founding member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, served on the Board of Directors and worked enthusiastically on program and membership responsibilities. He was a member of the Society Hall of Fame. The published obit is here.
Ancestry's Liverpool Church of England parish records collection, with links to 1.9 million original record images, now includes:
Baptisms, 1813-1906, 639,449 records from 92 churches including multiple churches in Bootle, Edge Hill, Everton, Liverpool, Toxteth Park,
Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921 with 660,517 records from 97 churches, no increase from the previous update.
Burials, 1813-1974, 422,862 records from 27 churches including 12 in Liverpool City and three in Toxteth Park.
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1659-1812 now has 199,696 records from 14 churches, mainly from Liverpool City.
Don't forget that the earlier records include people of other faiths than C of E.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Deceased Online announce the addition of nearly 120,000 burial records for the Manchester area cemeteries of Dunham Lawn, Sale (aka Sale Brooklands) and Urmston.
What to improve your Toronto research skills. Genealogy Summer Camp 2013 is right around the corner, June 16th to 21st.
"Genealogy "Summer Camp" is a unique program that brings out-of-town family historians to Toronto for an intensive week of tutorials and hands-on research, with the guidance of local experts, at the many archives and reference libraries in Toronto. The groups are kept small to allow lots of help from local experts. The Summer Camp fee for 2013 is $240, which covers approximately 7 hours of lectures and tutorials, 25 hours of hands-on instruction and all worksheetsFor details on this, the 17th annual edition, go to Genealogy Summer Camp.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
The LAC Myth Busters page is dated 2012-04-11 and continues to claim, for example, that "Staffing levels for librarians and archivists at LAC have remained stable over the last several years." With staff numbers having been reduced by 23% owing to modernization, transfers of responsibilities, budget cuts, and reclassifications away from these professional classifications, when will LAC issue an updated document, or will false statements continue to be displayed?
A new survey commissioned by 23andMe – the leading personal genetics company – in celebration of DNA Day reveals that the majority of Americans have an interest in learning more about themselves by exploring their DNA, even though many do not fully understand how their DNA functions.
While only two percent of the nation has already had a genetic test done according to the survey, 73 percent of those who have not yet been tested would like to do so in the future. And for many (71 percent), the opportunity to discover the health conditions for which they are genetically most at-risk is what would draw them to genetic testing. In fact, 56 percent said they would consider making lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, based on the results.
Although there is significant interest in learning more about genetic testing, most Americans do not understand the fundamentals of genetics and how DNA functions. More than 80 percent of Americans know that DNA is inherited from both of their parents, and 70 percent are aware that their DNA tells the body which physical traits to express, such as eye and hair color. Yet, half of women surveyed incorrectly believe that the female combination of chromosomes is XY, while almost 25 percent of men surveyed incorrectly believe that the male combination of chromosomes is XX, illustrating confusion around the basic genetics that determine an individual’s sex. In addition, 80 percent were unaware that all humans share 99.5 percent of their DNA. These findings underscore that while some people may generally understand how DNA influences their own identity, there tends to be far less understanding of how DNA functions and how all humans are connected by DNA.
"A majority of Americans is interested in the knowledge that their genetic information can provide,” said Joanna Mountain, PhD, senior director of research, 23andMe. “However, many are unfamiliar with the basics of genetic inheritance and unaware of what they might learn about themselves, in terms of health or ancestry, from their DNA. Our goal is to close the genetics literacy gap and help educate people about the basics of genetic inheritance, the information about ancestry stored in our DNA, the connections between DNA and health, and the potential benefits of genetic testing.”
Genetic testing can also help individuals uncover their ancestry composition and trace their family lineage. According to the survey, more than half of Americans know that people can discover living relatives they never knew existed through their DNA, and 53 percent understand that they can learn about the specific regions or countries where their ancestors originated from.
Regardless of why Americans are interested in digging deeply into their DNA, many would share the information in some way; in fact, 71 percent of Americans interested in having a genetic test said they would consider discussing the results with their doctor, while 57 percent said they would consider sharing results with their family members.
As individuals better understand their own DNA, they can also contribute directly to scientific discoveries. 23andMe not only provides individuals with access to their own genetic data, but also offers an opportunity to have their genetic data and responses to online surveys contribute to new scientific and medical discoveries. More than 65 percent of Americans who have not done a genetic test said that knowing that their genetic information could contribute to new discoveries that may lead to life-saving cures and treatments would make them more likely to get tested. Of 23andMe’s more than 250,000 genotyped customers, nearly 90 percent have opted to participate in the company’s research by answering online surveys. As a result, 23andMe has already identified hundreds of new genetic associations..
The survey was commissioned by 23andMe and conducted in March of 2013 by independent research firm, Kelton. The survey includes 1,067 respondents over the age of 18 among a stratified random sample representative of the United States population. The survey results have a margin of error of + or - 3 percent and a confidence level of 95 percent.
The Daily Mail has posted an interactive mapping facility showing the distribution of the first, second and third most common surnames in England, Scotland and Wales from 2007 electoral rolls.
Macdonald and Campbell hold sway in western Scotland with Graham and Scott through Cumberland and down to north central England.
Take some time to look at a part of the country of interest to you in detail, and the second and third most common surnames. There's also a facility for looking at names on Twitter which I haven't had time to investigate.
Congratulations to OGS for posting their annual report online (pdf) for all to see. As Canada's largest genealogical society they are showing the way, other societies can use it to benchmark their activities.
There's good news. OGS continues to enjoy the support of many volunteers who take on responsibilities large and small. While the Society could always use more the report is full of mention of volunteer activities.
The Society is adopting technology to cut costs and reach out to existing and new members. Operating expenses showed a decrease of 18.7% despite a 6.6% increase in office and administration expenses.
The President's report mentions that "OGS has strengthened its approach to advocacy. Together, we as a Society can continue to try to affect change. I have also made attempts to reach out to other heritage groups across the country so that we might speak together with one effective voice when issues arise." Details are not given.
The not so good news is that membership revenue continues to decline, this year by 3.7%.
Following the financial statements is a helpful simplified discussion of "Where Does the Money Go?" It shows that wages and rent account for almost all the membership fee of $60. All other costs are borne by sales, grants and draw-down of reserves account for the remainder a total expenditure of $106 per member to keep the Society running.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Here is a Tweet by Heritage Minister James Moore
James Moore@EmmMacfarlane Is why we're creating History Museum: access. The LAC main building is not designed or meant for public access. History is.
2013 Apr 24, 02:42
Replies to this Tweet
EmmMacfarlane@JamesMoore_org I look forward to seeing how it works out. Will be doing lots of research at the Archives this summer too.
4 hours ago
rowancaister@JamesMoore_org @emmmacfarlane Not meant for public access? LAC has a library users' video. Public Works lets you book exhibition spaces.
4 hours ago
deh_voh@JamesMoore_org @EmmMacfarlane The history of LAC shows was meant for public access & history for museum difficult to ascertain without
4 hours ago
marlawd@JamesMoore_org @emmmacfarlane LAC was once the "Public Archives of Canada." From it's beginnings it has been for public use! #cdnpoli
4 hours ago
ProfWalsh2003@JamesMoore_org @emmmacfarlane Sir, from LAC Act: "(b) to make that heritage known to Canadians ...and to facilitate access to it".
3 hours ago
Eversostupid@JamesMoore_org @EmmMacfarlane LAC not designed for public access? Freedom-of-information-hating Cons are tearing down LAC brick by brick.
2 hours ago
janeschmidt@JamesMoore_org @EmmMacfarlane 1/2 Physical access is one thing, slapdash/unfunded digital strategies are another. Not listening to ...
2 hours ago
janeschmidt@JamesMoore_org @EmmMacfarlane 2/2 concerns (nee outcry) of the professional library/archival community about direction of LAC is baffling.
2 hours ago
Rujiroj@JamesMoore_org @emmmacfarlane I'm a member of the public and use LAC all the time, sir! Why, I even have a library card with my name on it!
48 minutes ago
If you've walked the marble halls, and art festooned reading rooms at395 Wellington you wonder how such an ill informed comments could come to be made.
Contrast that with an LAC blog post, here, from last November:
"Another LAC building, located at 395 Wellington Street in downtown Ottawa, is a popular destination for researchers who come regularly to consult the archival and published collections."
Records of early recruits to the 14th (Service) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment - known as the Swansea Pals are added to findmypast.co.uk.
- soldier numberThese transcripts of the original documents held by West Glamorgan Archives were made by members of the Glamorgan Family History Society.
- next of kin
- address of next of kin
Ancestry has removed the privacy strip on the infirmity column on original census images for the 1911 censuses of England, Wales, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.
There is also image enhancement with print names appearing alongside the name on the image and information popping up when you move the mouse over a field. That may not be new, I've seen it before on Ancestry's US censuses.
Also added are over 34 million Swedish church records, 1500-1941.
English roast beef and English plum pudding were eaten. English traditions and institutions were eulogized. English songs were sung and English roses worn by the 200 or more Englishmen, members of the St George's Society who attended the 89th annual banquet of the Society in the Laurentian Club last night.
That was a century ago.
Coincidentally the Society president and toastmaster for the event was William Northwood, father of the architect mention to today's other blog post.
Read the extended article on the event from the Ottawa Citizen of 24 April 1913 here.
There's detail on Winnipeg architects, about 50 of them, and their work which I found while searching for something else. I was drawn there as Ottawa-born George Northwood, likely a very distant cousin, practiced in Winnipeg after being in partnership in his native Ottawa with prominent architect Werner Noffke in the early 20th century.
It's part of a new site http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/ mentioned as a news item on the Manitoba Historical Society website.
I got there while looking for confirmation of an archived item tweeted by Library and Archives Canada that on April 22, 1932 it rained geese in Elgin, Manitoba. The earliest reference was from 2002, and there are many websites that repeat the item. Surely if true for something so unusual there would be a contemporary news report! Nothing found!
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
Weston & Lee
Some folks'll boast about their family trees,
And there's some trees they ought to lop;
But our family tree, believe me, goes right back,
You can see monkeys sitting on top!
To give you some idea of our family tree,
And don't think I'm boastin' nor braggin',
My great, great, great, great, great, great, great Uncle George,
Wor the Saint George who slaughtered the Dragon.
Read the whole masterpiece at http://monologues.co.uk/St_George_and_the_Dragon.htm
Monday, 22 April 2013
Mark your calendar for May 4-5, the dates for this year's Ottawa version of Jane's Walk, "free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing."
History Repeating is a blog now in its sixth year of particular interest for genealogical and historical interests in Cambridgeshire, England and the surrounding area. There are also posts of broader interest. Recently there was an example of a genealogy infographic, prepared using the free tools online at http://www.easel.ly, that may provide a presentation attractive to the non-genealogist family member. Also, a perspective on something we all do, "getting something wrong is not something that we like to admit, but it’s probably one of the best things that you could do when researching your family tree."
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Both sites are free to use. Ad support generates about enough revenue to cover site hosting costs. .
Saturday, 20 April 2013
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Y-DNA12 + FF…. $218
Y-DNA37 + FF…. $288
Y-DNA67 + FF…. $368
Family Finder.... $169
Family Finder + Full MtDNA Sequence…. $358
SuperDNA….$388 (Y-67 + FMS)
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At $169 Family Finder is competitively priced for Canadians genealogists, even compared to the $99 regular price for the similar test offered by 23andMe owing to that company's excessive shipping charge.
They provided summaries of the impacts of federal budget cuts to Parks Canada, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum of Civilization (to become Canadian Museum of History), and on various federally funded programs.
All the organizations were/are conducting correspondence with the counterpart government department or agency and having, or attempting to have, meetings. It appears that government managers are not interested in serious engagement; the advice of these external profession organizations is not being heeded, but little advice is being heeded from internal sources as fewer and fewer disciplinary professionals are being employed by the departments.
The organizations represented are non-political. By their nature they are poorly equipped for rapid response. They will continue to provide advice, but in my view there can be little confidence this will have much impact - remember the truism about keeping on doing the same thing and expecting a different result.
The proceeding were recorded and should eventually become available online.
Ruth Blair is the Toronto Branch featured speaker on the topic "A Brickwall Chisel - The Cluster Research Project" on Monday evening in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street Toronto
Also on the agenda a mini-presentation by Elayne Lockhart, "My DNA - the Genealogical Gift that Keeps on Giving".
That's Monday, 22 April, 19:30 – 21:30. Details at: www.torontofamilyhistory.org/meetings.html
Canadiana.org, which aims to preserve Canada's print history and make it accessible online, has posted a collection titled Ontario Local and Family History. It provides and enhances access to materials that "chronicle the rich historical texture of settlement, industry, culture and local government in Upper Canada and early Ontario."
There's a blog post at http://www.canadiana.ca/en/ON-local-history which gives an overview of the 688 documents - anything in the whole collection with Ontario as a subject term. You can browse all titles and in many cases read a preview of the document, or search the digitized text.
It's a diverse grouping, voters lists, government reports, atlases and directories, recollections of settler's experiences, sermons and speeches, literature, copies of periodicals including The Canadian Illustrated News and, for those with Barnardo home child interest, a few copies of Ups and Downs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and more.
An individual annual subscription to Canadiana.ca is $100. A few public libraries and universities are subscribers and it can be accessed for free on site at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930, comprises 218,139 records from the unions of London's East End. The coverage is sporadic:
Bethnal Green: Orders of Removal for 1837-1853, 1855-1865; Settlement Papers for 1889-1894.
Hackney: Orders of Removal for 1867-1868, 1900, 1903-1907, 1913-1914, 1920-1921; Settlement Papers 1850-1870, 1892-1915.
Poplar: Orders of Removal for 1874-1892; Settlement Papers
Shoreditch: 1885-1886, 1889-1890, 1893-1894, 1904; Settlement Papers 1874-1892.
Stepney: Orders of Removal for 1826-1836; no Settlement Papers
These records are digitized from originals at the London Metropolitan Archives. Advice from Ancestry is:
"Details included in these records vary widely, depending on the document. An order of removal may contain a name, age, current parish, and parish being removed to. A settlement register may note number of children and marital status. Documents from inquiries and examinations can be even more extensive. In the end, you may be able to uncover some of the following information: name; age; parish; date; places and dates of residence (both current and former); spouse and marriage details; children’s names, birth dates, and birthplace; profession; other family members’ names and residences; summary of the situation and grounds for settlement or removal.
Some of the cases include multiple documents, so be sure to use the arrow keys to browse surrounding pages to make sure you find all the records for your ancestor."
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Bennett Greenspan, President of Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) announces that in celebration of DNA Day and the move of their full sequence mitochondrial scan to Next Generation Sequencing, FTDNA is offering their lowest price ever for upgrades to mtDNA Full Sequences.
For a limited time, previous tests of HVR1 or HVR1+2 will be eligible to upgrade to the Full Sequence for $129.
Tests of the Full Mitochondrial Sequence, with no previous mitochondrial test, are $189
With the new technology the timeframe for results to be completed should now normally be within 5-6 weeks, weeks shorter than previously depending on volume.
Approaching June 2, and the official transfer of custody of the 1921 census of Canada to Library and Archives Canada, we're all anxiously awaiting news of how and when it will be made publicly available.
A reliable LAC source informs me that "the 1921 census was microfilmed and later digitized as part of various research projects. This entails that the digitization portion of releasing the 1921 census over the Internet is already done."
While delay in geographical indexing and mounting on the LAC website may still occur having digitization already done means prospects for early access are now much improved. Once it's available there should be no impediment to organizations of all types undertaking name indexing.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
The 294,388 records in this collection from the London Metropolitan Archives are described as overseer returns. In a British genealogical context we usually think of an overseer as an official who administered poor relief - Overseer of the Poor.
In this case it's overseers’ returns of electors, listing people who have claimed the right to vote in a parish.
The returns, for about 160 parishes, are bare bones: name, address. The printed documents, with annotations, are arranged alphabetically by name (last, first) in annual bundles by polling district and only list those, men, claiming the right to vote in this period before universal suffrage.
Checking on people I know to have been in London the collection, as name indexed, is incomplete. If an ancestor is included you may well find residence between censuses.
The records comprise scans of burial registers, grave details and cemetery maps indicating section locations of graves. There are 24,056 burials for Hale Cemetery and 34,108 burials recorded for Stretford Cemetery, both up to 1999.
Records for the remaining three cemeteries and Altrincham Crematorium in Trafford will be available on Deceased Online over the next few weeks.
Trafford, the second council area within Greater Manchester to place records with Deceased Online, bordered by Salford to the north and west, Manchester City to the east, Warrington the southwest and Cheshire East to the south is home to the Manchester United football club.
Family Tree DNA opened their autosomal DNA test (Family Finder) service to all in May 2010, preceded by a trial period with existing customers. Based on the matches with my DNA the clientele grew by 33% from 2010 to 2011, and 50% the following year.
Now, in the first three months of 2013, the growth is just 25% over the same period in 2012. This is based on my small sample.
This likely reflects the price differential.
23andMe reduced their price last December, from $299 to $99 for what is arguably a superior product in several respects.
There's new competition from AncestryDNA, also now priced at $99.
Meanwhile FTDNA has maintained a regular price of $289, unchanged from when the service launched in 2010. Even the sale price of late last year is now significantly above the competition.
Next Saturday, 20 April will be a busy one at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, off Woodroffe Avenue.
The Scottish interest group meeting gets underway at 10 am in Room 226 with a silent auction of Scottish and some other books.
At 1 pm folks begin to gather on the ground floor for the 1:30 start of proceedings for the Ottawa Branch OGS monthly meeting featuring a presentation Clara's Rib by Anne Raina.
Clara's Rib is the true story of a young girl growing up in a tuberculosis hospital. Clara entered the Royal Ottawa Sanatorium in 1939 when she was 12 and was discharged for the final time in 1952, just after turning 26 years of age. Anne will also talk about how she came to an understanding of this disease that ravaged her family.More about the presentation, and how members can attend remotely, at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/
Immediately following, nominally at 3:15 pm, there's a meeting of the Computer Special Interest Group.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
It's been no secret that FamilySearch, the family history arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ranked 4,349 among all website on Alexa, was imminently going to roll out an upgrade to the site. It's here and as the second ranked family history site, below ancestry.com, above myheritage.com, this is major.
The announcement of the update points out "significant new enhancements to its web services that allow visitors to collaboratively build their family tree online, preserve and share precious family photos and stories, and receive personal research assistance-all for free."
It couldn't be clearer where the emphasis is being placed:
The National Library of Wales has made available Aberystwyth Shipping Records containing crew accounts and agreements (generally known as crew lists) and logbooks, together with associated papers and correspondence, 1856-1914, for 544 merchant vessels registered at the port of Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire.
There's a blog post from the NLW about the records with information that:
Whilst children from the age of 12 onwards are often listed as crew members, Evan Davies, 9 years old, from Llansanffraid, Cardiganshire, included in 1857 as a crew member on board the vessel Ellen (‘this being his first ship’), is surely the youngest crew member listed among the records.By coincidence this came to me on the same day as as an email from findmy past.co.uk about the company collection of merchant mariner records containing a record for 13 year-old deck boy Eric Abbott, and asking – could he be the youngest ever Merchant Navy Seaman?
Reading the NLW blog from Ottawa one can't help but reflect on how dynamic the organization seems compared to LAC, witness the most recent items of LAC News:
Major interruption of LAC computing services April 20, 2013
Launch of an improved order form for reproductions
Interruption of LAC Reproductions Services April 13, 2013
Registers of baptism, marriage and burial from a few Church of Ireland parishes are now available as transcriptions for free. They are:
Delgany (Glendalough) – Records 1666– 900
Bunclody (Newtownbarry) Union (Ferns), comprising the four churches of Bunclody/Newtownbarry, Kilrush, Kidavin/Barragh and Clonegal/Moyacombe.
Templeshanbo (Ferns) – Marriages 1800–1814
Fermoy Garrison church (Cloyne) – Baptisms 1920–22
St Peter’s Church, Kilgarvan (Ardfert & Aghadoe) – Baptisms 1811–50; Marriages 1812–1947; Burials 1819–50, 1878–1960
Background to this project, including information on other transcriptions not online, is at http://ireland.anglican.org/about/153
Thanks to Anne Sterling for the tip.
Monday, 15 April 2013
This talk given on March 21st by Paul Carlyle, a member of TNA's Medieval and Early Modern Team, is billed as an introduction. It covers most things a family historian looking to make informed use of the hearth tax records from the latter half of the 17th century would want to know.
The British Army in Canada 1750-1871Canadians at War - 1885 Rebellion, South African 1899-1902, First & Second World Wars
Pre 1865 Immigration
What’s new at Ancestry?
UPDATE: To Anonymous who suggests in a comment that Anderson and Wright sounds better than Wright and Anderson in the title; yes, it is the more conventional alphabetical order. In this case in Burnaby, Wright is giving two talks, Anderson one, and one is co-presented. Those of us with surnames toward the end of the alphabet get accustomed to second billing, but why should we forever be subject to alphabetic discrimination?
A note from Geoff Campey informs that Lucille Campey has recently signed a contract with Dundurn Press of Toronto to write three books on Irish emigration to Canada. The scope will be similar to her three books on English emigration; the first dealing with Atlantic Canada, the second covering Ontario and Quebec and the final book dealing with emigration to the Prairies and B.C. while also considering the overall story of Irish emigration. The books are scheduled to be published in 2016, 2018 and 2020 respectively.
Lucille is currently writing her third book in the English series: Ignored but not forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants scheduled to be published in August, 2014, also by Dundurn.
Stimulated by Saturday's BIFHSGO presentation I went to revisit MAPCO, an Australian site that includes digitized old maps. Last month saw the addition of a new map after a year-long hiatus, a Map of Ireland 1838 described as a highly detailed, high resolution scan. Topographic shading conveys a vivid picture of the terrain.
If you haven't visited MAPCO check it out, especially for the 73 high quality London maps and views from the 2nd to the early 20th century and the featured 1868 map by Edward Weller at nearly 10 inches to the mile.
"The opening of Lanark County in the early 1800s triggered the construction of dozens of mills throughout the settled area, harnessing the water power of our local streams. A recent paper lists over 40 area mill sites along the Tay, Fall, Clyde and Mississippi Rivers. The mills sawed lumber and shingles, de-barked logs, ground grain and minerals, carded and spun wool, and, later, even produced power, for the newly-electrified Town of Perth. Interwoven with many of the early mills are the names of prominent area families – Thom, Haggart, Caldwell, Ritchey, Adams, and Playfair, amongst others.
Although some mills operated into the mid-1900s, most had long since disappeared. However, several are still with us, maintained as reminders of the proud tradition, as the Code Mill in Perth - or standing as ghostly ruins - the Ritchie Mill of Tay Valley Township. The remnants of others may still be found along the edge of streams, such as in early, industrialised Port Elmsley, where they are gradually giving up their secrets and stories to local researchers.
This illustrated session will present these area mills and mill sites, some of their little-known stories and the local personalities who owned them. The presentation will be based on both early and present-day photos of the mills and sites, including some details of those mills still standing, thanks to the Lanark County Camera Club.
Presenter, David Taylor of Glen Tay, has been documenting area mills since 2005, when a list of candidate mills was required for a photo-shoot by the Lanark Camera Club. His interest arises from a combination of career in the wood products industry and a six-decades passion for history and the genealogies of several area families. He is a member of the Perth Historical Society Committee and Tay Valley Township’s 200 Anniversary Working Group.
This evening will be capped with an Internet presentation on the new interactive digital map that Tay Valley Township has produced to display, and guide visitors to, the township’s historical and cultural sites http://tayvalleytwp.ca/interactive-map/."
Sunday, 14 April 2013
The Society of Genealogists has posted a selection of handouts prepared by speakers at February's Who Do Think You Are? Live. There are 18 of them available as PDFs, some images of slides, some resource lists.
Here's an announcement from the Quebec Family History Society.
Wednesday, April 17
Celebrating Our English Roots Day
1:30 pm to 4:00 pm - QFHS Heritage Centre and Library, 173 Cartier Avenue, Pointe-Claire.
Join us for this month's "Celebrating Our Roots Days," our theme is England! Drop by anytime during the afternoon for a cuppa tea, coffee, sweets and a "chin wag" about England and our ancestors who came from there.
Come browse the display of books from our English collection. If you are new to genealogy, talk to our members about how to start researching your family history.
Bring a coffee mug, a friend, your own favourite books and resources on Ireland that have helped you in your research, or just bring yourself.
Open to our members and the public. Admission is free. Dress informal.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
Added to the Kent parish records mentioned here previously, 600,000 records from 1538-2006.
Baptisms: 498,176 records from about 100 parishes (PDF)
Banns: 10,121 records from nearly 50 parishes (PDF)
Marriages: 172,371 records from nearly 130 parishes (PDF)
Burials: 354,749 records from about 90 parishes (PDF)
The Bibliocracy blog outs Library and Archives Canada with a revelation that within LAC "all of the management positions described in the “Statement of Merit” used to be classified as “LS” (Library Science); they are now, as the document shows, classified as “EC” (Economics and Social Science)."
Bibliocracy reports that those reclassifications in early 2012 should have been reported on the LAC website. They were and are not.
Read the Bibliocracy item at http://goo.gl/tIzkF
Thursday, 11 April 2013
"CLA has been genuinely striving to engage with LAC management, to understand the changes taking place at the institution, and to provide constructive feedback on behalf of our members, through both direct communication and participation in the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network and its affiliated Round Table groups. We are discouraged that our attempts have been repeatedly met with ambiguous responses and a lack of clear direction, rather than specific, concrete answers to specific questions."
ProQuest-National Library Week 2013 Databases
- eBooks: ebrary’s Public Library Complete Login: ebraryPassword: nlw13trial
- eBooks: ebrary’s Schools and Educators Complete Login: ebraryPassword: nlw13trial
To celebrate National Library Week next week (April 14-20) Oxford University Press is offering free online access to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and Oxford Reference in North and South America.
Free access will be through a username and password announced on the OUPblog on 14 April. Everyone will have access through the same login, which will last until the end of the week.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
With online services it doesn't matter if the company is on the other side of the world, the service is identical. That's true of a new initiative at www.gen-ebooks.com/.
To kick off the service they are offering free the Australian Handbook 1900 covering the whole Australian region with histories and maps of each colony as seen from the perspective of 1900, extensive almanac-type details, timetables, statistics etc.. There are a handful of other ebooks a mix of the Australia-focused and guides for family history research in Germany, Ireland and Scotland from their Unlock the Past partner. Be aware that prices are quoted in dollars and the Australian dollar is worth a bit more than the Canadian.
The service is a division of Gould Genealogy & History, which was established in Australia in 1976, and among many other initiatives, through Archive Digital Books Australasia, is a partner in the international Archive CD Books initiative. This venture into ebooks is another example of the company adapting to changing times.
Canadian public libraries, and their patrons are frustrated by the lack of flexibility in the present system. Why can't downloading an eBook from the library be as easy as finding it in the catalog and clicking a button, as easy as purchasing an eBook for the Kindle?
Canadian publishers have a large backlist of books already in eFormat but not made available through the existing system. Whether backlist or new, Canadian titles are not a priority for the US-based Overdrive. So Canadian libraries, and patrons, suffer from lack of access.
Now Canadian public libraries and publishers are working together to change that in an initiative to reach the pilot project stage later this year, likely starting this fall, in Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.
There's a good 42 minute video of a conference presentation The State of E-Lending in Canada for those who want to dig in more deeply.
Monday, 8 April 2013
For the past few months we have been digitising part of the WO 95 record series, which consists of unit war diaries from the First World War. The series is one of the most requested in our reading rooms in Kew, and digitising these diaries will enable us to publish them online, making them more accessible for the First World War centenary.
Digitisation has now been completed and all diaries from the WO 95 series are now back in circulation. The digitised diaries will be launched online as soon as it is feasible before the centenary period begins, but at present we are unable to provide specific details - please keep watching our website for updates.
Survey results show Library and Archives Canada (LAC) employees are significantly more negative about their organization as a place to work than those of The UK National Archives (TNA).
That's the result of benchmarking LAC against TNA in official surveys.
TNA is one of 97 organisations across the UK Civil Service that participates in The Civil Service People Survey. The last survey took place during October 2012, results are summarized in an 'Employee Engagement Index', a measure of how engaged employees are with their work. The index is based on responses to five of the key questions in the people survey:
I am proud when I tell others I am part of The National ArchivesThe index at 66% overall places TNA as a Civil Service High Performer. Read the survey results at http://goo.gl/yXzbd.
I would recommend The National Archives as a great place to work
I feel a strong personal attachment to The National Archives
The National Archives inspires me to do the best in my job
The National Archives motivates me to help it achieve its objectives
Through Reference Services at LAC I received a prompt answer to a query on whether LAC conducts surveys on its employee morale and how the results of such surveys may be accessed.
I was directed to the Public Service Employee Survey, online as a whole at
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pses-saff/index-eng.asp with the results for a 2011 survey for LAC at
While there do not seem to be point-blank questions about morale, several of the questions under "Organization Results" capture details that speak to this question. Out of 23 questions for which results are given showing the variance from the Public Service of Canada (PSC) average LAC ranked lower than average in all but one question.
On the positive side LAC management can celebrate receiving a 1% greater positive rating, 88% rather than 87%, than the PSC overall in response to "During meetings in my work unit, I feel free to use the official language of my choice".
On the negative side, there was a 10% or greater gap (greater than 20% in bold), with responses less positive than the PSC average, for the questions:
- I feel that the quality of my work suffers because of…lack of stability in my department or agencyThe question "I would recommend my department or agency as a great place to work" was asked in both the TNA and LAC surveys. At TNA there was a 65%
- My department or agency does a good job of communicating its vision, mission and goals.- My department or agency reviews and evaluates the progress towards meeting its goals and objectives.
- If I am faced with an ethical dilemma or a conflict between values in the workplace, I know where I can go for help in resolving the situation.
- Discussions about values and ethics occur in my workplace.
- Senior managers in my organization lead by example in ethical behaviour.- I have confidence in the senior management of my department or agency.- Senior management in my department or agency makes effective and timely decisions.
- I believe that senior management will try to resolve concerns raised in this survey.
- Essential information flows effectively from senior management to staff.
- I think that my department or agency respects individual differences (e.g., culture, work styles, ideas, etc.).
- Overall, my department or agency treats me with respect.
- My department or agency is committed to creating a diverse workforce.
- I would recommend my department or agency as a great place to work.- I am satisfied with my department or agency.
positive response, very comparable to the PSC average at 64%. But the figure for LAC is way down at 41%.
No only do the responses show an overwhelmingly more negative view of LAC senior management by employees than for the PSC as a whole, but LAC responses are generally more negative than in the previous survey.
Two years later how is LAC senior management doing in addressing these deficiencies?
Sunday, 7 April 2013
In recognition of the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge Ancestry.ca is offering free access to its collection of First World War historical records from April 9th to 12th.
Ancestry.ca writes about one of the everyday heroes who served in the Battle (slightly edited):
Joseph Henry Mees was born on Feb. 2, 1889, and 28 years old when he fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. As a gunner Joseph’s duty likely would have put him in frequent close proximity to direct combat – if he wasn’t participating directly.
He had left behind his wife Mary Julian Mees and two small daughters in Montreal. His role was as gunner, affectionately referred to as “the ammunition carrier”. During the First World War gunners provided close support to other men in combat or attacked targets and were often in close proximity to or participating in direct combat. Courage was incredibly important to these highly engaged artillery positions. One year after enlistment, Joseph found himself at the battle of Vimy Ridge. Joseph wrote home as much as possible and in one letter he mentions his Vimy Ridge experience. He writes that prior to the battle there was considerable shelling by the Germans, but until all their artillery was in place his crew could not fire back. However, the taking of Vimy Ridge went perfectly. He boasts that his infantry was tickled with his crew’s work. Soon after the battle, while he was resting in what was left of the village of Vimy, Joseph and three other crew members were injured by German shelling. Thankfully, his wounds were described as slight. He returned home to Canada in 1919, and quickly settled into the life of an ordinary man, like so many other returning heroes before and after him. He had two more children, worked as a tile settler and passed away at the age of 63 in 1952.Mees was born in Ireland of an English father and Irish mother. He is found in the 1901 Irish census. Like so many who served, he had moved to Canada in the decade before WW1. He is found in the Ancestry.ca's Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 collection. There is further information at http://goo.gl/H2Y7D.
The anniversary issue, wrapped in the usual colourful glossy cover, includes feature articles looking back:
The Early History of the SFHG
And To Bring Us Up To Date
A Link With The Past
Sussex Pre-1837 Marriages
40 Years Of Distributing The Historian
A Marked Card
The 1881 Census Indexing Project
Who Was John Doe?
Surnames As Given Names
Looking behind The Registers
Alfriston And Its Parish Registers
Ups and Downs Of Genealogy
They Call Him 'Com' For Short
Henry's Crooked Little Fingers
The Sussex Baptismal Index
Aunt Sarah's Great Adventure
There are also the regular items conventionally found in such a publication. One that caught my eye, reprinted from volume 8, was a note on deaths during the storm of 26-27 November 1703 (OS). Reportedly 8,000 people were killed, but the writer could find no excess burials in the East Grinstead parish register of the time. Today we have great online resources like a well referenced Wikipedia article.