A shoutout for the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree which is offering FREE Live Streaming Sessions between June 7-9. Notable speakers, some topics of interest to those of us not from the US. I'm told some sessions are already fully subscribed. Worth checking out at http://goo.gl/aM1SQ.
Friday, 31 May 2013
The Canadian Association of University Teachers has posted a position on selection of the next Librarian and Archivist of Canada. http://www.savelibraryarchives.ca/looking-forward.aspx
It is very much along the lines of the joint statement issued by Library and Archival organizations (plus the Ontario Genealogical Society) last week. A notable difference is that it doesn't call for the person filling the role to necessarily be a librarian or archivist.
Google is giving greater prominence to its archives of digitized newspapers, including many Canadian newspapers, from http://news.google.com/newspapers. This isn't new, it's mentioned in an article in the June/July Internet Genealogy. Lisa Louise Cooke, who will be speaking at this year's BIFHSGO conference, writes:
This web page puts the existing Google historic newspaper collection at your fingertips. Not only can you browse or search by title and alphabetically, but you'll also discover how many issues are included and the years they span.Some of the larger Canadian collections are:
The Victoria Advocate, 30,974 issues, Jul 2, 1824 - Aug 31, 2009
The Vancouver Sun, 5,010 issues, May 1, 1920 - Feb 28, 1987
The Calgary Daily Herald, 7,750 issues, Sep 8, 1888 - Nov 5, 1948
The Calgary Herald, 11,686 issues, May 1, 1929 - Jan 10, 1987
Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, 11,048 issues, Jul 4, 1851 - May 31, 1967
The Windsor Daily Star, 4,297 issues, Jul 31, 1935 - Nov 13, 1959
The Windsor Star, 7,505 issues, Nov 13, 1959 - Dec 31, 1986
Ottawa Citizen, 15,925 issues, Jul 30, 1820 - Nov 2, 1990
Montreal Daily Witness, 5,372 issues, Nov 7, 1871 - Sep 13, 1976
The Montreal Gazette, 24,895 issues, Jan 1, 1878 - Nov 20, 2006
Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, 4,480 issues, Mar 29, 1935 - Dec 31, 1970
The Quebec Gazette, 4,930 issues, Jan 12, 1775 - Nov 17, 1943.
There are many smaller collections, including ethnic newspapers like
The Irish Canadian, 1,224 issues, Jan 21, 1863 - Dec 29, 1892.\
Thanks to Sandra Adams for the tip.
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Browsing through Amazon I came across the following books of direct genealogical interest to be published in the next few months:
Offers accessible and clear advice on discovering your family's history in the UK, explaining the best research techniques, and the processes of tracing and finding ancestors. Unlock the secrets of your family heritage with this expert guide to geneology.
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques uses up-to-date and highly organized methods and techniques to show you how to find the elusive details to round out your genealogy research. You’ll get past the brick walls that have stumped you and see how to move beyond basic types of genealogy resources. The book covers a variety of software programs and specialized genealogy tools and shows you how to create an online genealogical research log to preserve data found and organize it in ways to help you understand what you’ve uncovered. Nearly every form of modern social networking is addresses as is using DNA records. This practical, in-depth guide provides the next level of detail for anyone who wants to expand beyond the beginner tactics and techniques.
- Uses proven research methods to go deeper and uncover elusive details
- Helps you to understand the details you uncover and keep track of data
- Covers a variety of software programs and specialized genealogy tools
- Offers multiple scenarios and examples to drive home the research methods explained
Mapping with Google is a free online course beginning on June 10, 2013 that will help you make better use of Google Maps, Google Earth and mapping tools.
I got a lot out of a similar online course last year on Google search so have registered for this one. There's more information, an introductory video and link to register at https://mapping.withgoogle.com/preview
This tweet suggests an organization that is client-centred.
I'd expect never to see this message from LAC. With the centralized control on communications the staff operating the service would never get the authority to post a timely message.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
If you have Surrey ancestors this is a landmark release made possible by a cooperative project between Ancestry and the Surrey History Centre
Baptisms: 1813-1912 are 683,008 records from more than 260 Church of England parishes;
Marriages: 1754-1937 are 543,595 records from nearly 290 parishes;
Burials: 1813-1987 are 458,787 records from more than 180 parishes;
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1538-1812 are 962,879 records from nearly 130 parishes.
You can browse original records by parish and date, always a sobering thing to do before you complain about the quality of the indexes, or search the indexes and peruse the linked image.
I found the burial of Robert Fitzroy , captain of the Beagle on which Charles Darwin was scientist, at Upper Norwood indexed under last name Roy.
The recent Rana Plaza disaster, which killed 1,129 textile workers in the collapse of that Bangladesh factory complex, has caused many well-known companies with contracts there to adopt more stringent oversight. Loblaws, Benetton, Children’s Place and Primark are amongst those companies.
What about companies in the genealogy space that contract work to developing (third world) countries, most notably Ancestry and FindMyPast? We know very little about the working conditions of those who transcribe the historical records we enjoy.
Back in 2009 Ancestry revealed that Beijing Formax, based in Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing, China, performed a majority of the company's data transcription as measured by cost. There's a promotional YouTube video for the company at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJQ3IKV5UkQ.
Another company that claims to have worked on US and UK census data is Intelligent Image Management Inc. (IIMI) with operations in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the USA. Their clients include ProQuest and the Library of Congress.
It's notable that neither of these companies mentions the safety of working conditions on their web sites. What measures do genealogy companies take to ensure the working conditions in the companies they contract with are safe?
Another in my series of interviews with speakers at the next BIFHSGO conference, 20-22 September, is now posted.
Sher Leetooze, who will be presenting "The Ulster Detective" speaks on her experience researching her Irish ancestry and mentions her newly published book, available just in time for the OGS conference, on the churches of Ontario's Durham county.
Listen from here.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
With the resignation of Daniel Caron Canadian media are paying more attention to the serious situation at Library and Archives Canada. It's not that there hasn't been coverage over the past year and more. In the midst of headline grabbing issues with the Senate, Robocall election abuses, questions about the activities in the Prime Minister's Office and substance abuse by Rob and Doug Ford in Toronto, it's encouraging to see the media across the country, such as this in the Peterborough Examiner, paying attention to Library and Archives Canada too.
A letter to the editor of the Toronto Star by David Mason of David Mason Books in response to a May 21 editorial is worth reading. However, I was concerned to read:
"this government thinks its mandate is to replace the real artifacts with more digital retrieval services (whatever they are), and that the purpose of an institution like LAC is to merely provide access to information, not to be the custodian of the actual artifacts of our history."As a seller of used and rare books Mason has a specialist interest in LAC continuing, or rather becoming again, a client. LAC should be collecting actual artifacts, but its wrong to dismiss, without even knowing what they are, digital retrieval services. There are currently more clients receiving services directly from LAC digitally that using all other services combined. The organization must be more than a warehouse for artifacts and a research resource for the privileged few who can travel to Ottawa. Look at the path being beaten by the Library of Congress and the British Library, organizations mentioned by Mason, and you won't find them shunning digital services. You will find organizations of this type extending their reach through commercial partnerships that allow for timely digitization, not the three hundred years it will take LAC to digitize its current holdings are the recent rate of progress.
Not mentioned by Mason, but a concern with coverage of the Caron situation, is the emphasis on his expense claims. Public servants are easy targets. Caron claiming for foreign language lessons and numerous meals at the Rideau Club makes an easy target. Looking at Caron's expenses on Proactive Disclosure one wonders about all those expenses in connection with meetings with a consultant.
But it would be a mistake to overlook the benefits of maintaining good contact with peers across Canada and in other countries especially through international organizations. That's especially true for those in leadership positions like the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. A large part of Caron's problem was a failure to listen. If he had he'd surely have seen the flaws in his leadership. A well chosen next Librarian and Archivist will not make the same mistake, and we should not be too hasty to judge her or his travel expenses.
Monday, 27 May 2013
The following is a press release from Scotlands People
New records reveal a colourful picture of Victorian society in Scotland
The names of more than two million Scots from the late Victorian age will be published today, as records of Scottish properties and their owners and occupiers in 1895 are released on ScotlandsPeople, the government’s family history website.
Called the Valuation Rolls, the records give an insight into Scottish society during that period, and will be a major resource for genealogists.
The records comprise more than two million indexed names and over 75,000 digital images, covering every kind of building, structure or property in Scotland that was assessed as having a rateable value.
The Valuation Rolls include people from right across the social spectrum, from the wealthiest proprietors to the humblest property owners and tenants of Scotland’s urban housing.
Some fascinating aspects of social history in Scotland during the late Victorian age are revealed in the Rolls, including the growth of tea rooms, the opening of Scotland’s first crematorium and the provision of housing for workers, such as shale miners and prison staff.
Researchers at the National Records of Scotland have also identified many ‘tee-names’ in the Rolls, the names used in some communities in the north-east and elsewhere to distinguish people of the same name.
Every one of the Valuation Rolls on the website is fully searchable by name and address, with the records listing the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property - in many cases occupations are also included.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government, said:
“ScotlandsPeople is an incredible resource that enables Scots, those of Scottish descent and anyone with an interest in Scotland to find out more about our nation’s fascinating history, heritage, people and built environment. The release of the Valuation Rolls for 1895 is a welcome development that will strengthen the rich resource available in Scotland’s national archive.”
Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:
“The release of the Valuation Rolls for 1895 will prove invaluable for family and local history research, enabling people to discover much more about who their ancestors were and how they lived. Reading an entry for a single building can provide a fascinating insight into local life at the time – adding to the information people can obtain from census records taken around that period.
“This forms part of the National Records of Scotland’s commitment to improving our service to the public and providing researchers with the resources that they need.”
Chris van der Kuyl, the CEO of brightsolid, the company that runs the ScotlandsPeople website on behalf of the National Records of Scotland, said:
“We're very pleased to add a third set of Valuation Rolls indexes and images to the ScotlandsPeople website, bringing our total number of index entries to a remarkable 92 million. As part of an on-going digitisation project, the Valuation Rolls are an excellent historical resource and will help to bridge the gap between the 1891 and 1901 censuses”.
The 1895 Valuation Rolls are available on the ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk), and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh.
After a two-year hiatus, in 2012 because of conflict with organizing the OGS annual conference in Kingston, and this year owing to uncertainty regarding use of facilities at 395 Wellington Street, the Ontario Genealogical Society Ottawa Branch appears ready to try to hold a Gene-O-Rama in 2012.
Branch vice president Heather Oakley and active member Doug Gray are looking into the possibilities, especially options for venue. If you would like to help with the organization please contact http://ogsottawa.on.ca/home/contactus/?page_id=442
Find 2,179,329 transcriptions, no images, of Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1598-1900 added or updated at FamilySearch on May 24th.
These complement the 4,109,013 transcripts of Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 added last December at FamilySearch.
Sunday, 26 May 2013
Most Ontario genealogists know that if you get a chance to hear a presentation by
Jane MacNamara you take it. The topic of her talk to the May meeting of OGS Toronto Branch is “Inheritance in Ontario: Estate Files and Beyond”, also the topic of her latest book from Dundurn Press.
There is also a shorter presentation by Jean McNulty: “A Photographic Puzzle”.
Proceedings get underway on Monday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto
Further information is at www.torontofamilyhistory.org/
"Huge cache of Canadian history hits U.K. auction block, tests Library and Archives" is the headline of a Vancouver Sun article. It may well be seen as a test of the Harper Government's commitment to action as well as words when it comes to Canadian history.
Thanks to Brenda Dougall Merriman for the tip.
Saturday, 25 May 2013
Some encouraging actions are underway to set Library and Archives Canada on course to rectify the problems that have plagued it.
Heritage Minister James Moore announced the appointment of Hervé Déry as interim Librarian and Archivist. He also announced that a process for finding a replacement will be coming soon.
Respected Liberal MP Scott Simms has submitted a motion to the Commons Heritage Committee to review the Hervé Déry appointment. As Déry, like his predecessor, is an economist Simms is likely looking to lay down a marker that the appointment can only be regarded as a caretaker, stop-gap. With the Conservative dominance Simms' motion, probably to be considered at a closed-door meeting of the committee on Monday, seems unlikely to be accepted.
Finally, on Friday the Canadian Library Association released a Joint Statement on Qualities of a Successful Librarian and Archivist of Canada, available at http://bit.ly/14JeiXn.
One of the 19 signatures to the statement was that of Shirley Sturdevant, President of the Ontario Genealogical Society. It's a good statement, no mean feat to get so many organizations to buy on. There are always compromises, it would have been even better with some mention of a role in partnering with and promoting the private/commercial heritage sector, and greater emphasis on digitization to promote Canada-wide service.
65,000 burial records for London's Brompton Cemetery are now available at Deceased Online, the first of an eventual 205,000 burials for the period 1840 to 2004, less those for the last 15 years which are withheld for privacy purposes.
Because of its West End London location Brompton has more than its share of notable people, including some you certainly know, or know of. If they're not in this first serving they'll be coming in the next few weeks.
Read about the Brompton Cemetery collection at http://goo.gl/qxkPa.
Over 450,000 parish baptism, marriage and burial records are now added to findmypast.co.uk covering the period 1538-2009 from Northumberland, Durham, Ryedale, Sheffield, Wiltshire and Suffolk.
141,525 Suffolk Baptisms 1753-1911
244,309 Wiltshire Baptisms 1538-1867
27,420 Northumberland & Durham Burials 1587-2009
22,687 Sheffield Baptisms 1837-1968
8,181 Sheffield Marriages 1824-1991
7,113 Ryedale (N Yorkshire) Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1754-1999
Friday, 24 May 2013
Jill Hurst-Wahl on her Digitization 101 blog posts tips for being a budget-smart conference attendee. http://goo.gl/MFZns
While her perspective as a US-based employee isn't quite the same as that of the typical retired, or self-employed, genealogy conference attendee much of her advice remains valuable.
Jill suggests using sites like skyscanner to figure out when an airline ticket is possibly at its lowest price. However, as I found out to my cost on my last trip, the lowest cost fare involving round-about routing leaves you open to extra risk of flight disruptions, extra cost ans travel fatigue.
Thursday, 23 May 2013
The following is a news release from the Library and Archives Canada Blog
Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the 1901 Census of Canada database. This fourth general census covered the seven provinces and the territory that were then part of Confederation: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the Territories.
The new version includes suggestions for corrections that were received from users in recent months, as well as revised district and sub-district information.
The topic for the May 25th, 2013 Ottawa Branch monthly meeting is "The Life of Jack Couture"
"Couture was a journalist, activist, storyteller and poolroom operator who originally hailed from Deseronto, Ontario. The presentation will trace his poverty stricken beginnings and concentrate mostly on his colourful contributions to life in Aylmer, Quebec including his many contributions to the Ottawa daily newspapers in the 1940s to 1950s."The speaker is Michael MacDonald. The proceedings get underway at 1:30 pm at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115, Ottawa
At 8pm EDT this evening, May 23rd 2013, Bennett Greenspan from Family Tree DNA will give a presentation at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It will be streamed live at www.kbtx.com/.
More information at http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/museum/events/0/619/
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Counting down the days to the official transfer of the 1921 Canadian census to Library and Archives Canada.
With the departure of the former Librarian and Archivist would it be too much to hope that his interim replacement would reconsider the urgency of getting this information out to the public and immediately on receipt place unindexed digital microfilms online available for all to process?
Or will the new leader be as unforthcoming as his predecessor?
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
- Surname Index - Contains over 24000 Pedigree Charts
- Morse & Sons Funeral Home Records - Contains 19229 Funeral Records from 1828 to Sept 1963
- Neff Young Index - Contains 19136 records of family histories, notes, newspaper clipping and memorabilia from Welland County
- *NEW* Branch Publications Index - Contains 7998 various publication records for the Lincoln/Welland Area
"... any individual being considered for appointment to the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada (should) be a qualified member of either the library or archival professional community."
"All government departments are lobbies for the pressure groups they deal with. The Department of Education lobbies the government on behalf of teachers, the Department of Health lobbies for the doctors and hospital unions, the Department of Energy lobbies for oil companies and so on. Each department of State is actually controlled by the people it is supposed to be controlling."
When the group is unable to exert the desired control of the corresponding department, librarians and archivists in the case of LAC, they fight for a return to the appropriate situation.
There are also calls for LAC to be "a strong and independent institution at the very heart of Canadian democracy." But that's not what I read in the legal mandate of LAC:
- To preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations;
- To be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada;
- To facilitate in Canada cooperation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge; and
- To serve as the continuing memory of the government of Canada and its institutions.
I see no mention of independent, no mention of democracy. Repulsive as the thought is, LAC would still have a mandate if Canada ceased to be a democracy.
I did find one blog post that had a less self-serving viewpoint:
"I'm not convinced LAC needs a librarian at the top. You’d never know it from the way we talk (and talk and talk and talk) about our importance at conferences, but there are people other than librarians who understand the values of librarianship, and some of them are also good at managing large organizations (there are librarians who are good at this too, of course)."
Monday, 20 May 2013
It exists. Here it is.
The domain was registered in September 2009, updated in August 2012, and expires this September unless renewed.
When I go to findmypast.co.uk an annoying popup informs I'm coming from the US and would I like to be redirected to findmypast.com.
Hello brightsolid ... Canada is an independent country, just as some in Scotland would like that country to be, and would appreciate being treated as such.
Canada is not an appendage to the US as seems to be brightsolid's misapprehension.
And how about offering some Canadian records!
Oh, we are Canadians, so that should read
How about offering some Canadian records, PLEASE!
John Grenham overcomes his horror at the acronym “IGP” to recognize the value of the Ireland Genealogy Project, igp-web.com, the umbrella name for a series of Irish-American volunteer transcription sites which he cites as superb for Cork, Longford and Fermanagh.
Find the column at http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/irishroots/2013/05/19/the-other-igp/.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
The FreeBMD Database was last updated on Saturday 18 May 2013 to contain 229,076,495 distinct records compared to 228,234,652 following the April update.
Major changes (more than 5,000 records per year) with this update are: for births, 1860 (decrease), 1940, 1953, 1958-62, 1964-69; for marriages, 1952, 1961-69; for deaths, 1965, 1967-69.
My thanks to the members of the Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society who took the time on the Saturday of the first long weekend of the summer, and a fine day it was, to come my "What's New in Genetic Genealogy" presentation and ask many intelligent questions. I was pleased to be there for the unveiling of a new Branch poster, just in time for the OGS conference, and witness the presentation of an Ontario service award.
Thanks also to Anne Sterling who shared the driving and provided support.
Given the number of times I`m had to write RIP in the past few months I`m wondering if this is one from which I could benefit.
SPOW Toronto 2013 conference
Friday, June 7, 2013
Here in Toronto we are thrilled to be hosting the fourth conference of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers (SPOW).
We know how much fun they are. We know how important they are. And we know we need to gather together and talk about our business.
It’s happening at Ryerson University, home of the largest journalism school in Canada, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Telling the Truth is our theme. It means getting it right. It means our president, Andy Meacham, leading us in a talk about how we handle suicide, dirty little secrets, sex, lies and yes, families who fight us all the way.
Read the rest at http://www.pwactoronto.org/Blog/content/spow-toronto-2013-conference
Saturday, 18 May 2013
More than 145 thousand index records to Lancashire births, marriages and deaths between 1840 and 1997 have been added so far in May at www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/
Ancestry recently updated their versions of the FreeBMD birth and death indexes, likely to account for recent updates by FreeBMD.
A public consultation is underway regarding Ottawa Public Library services. Even if you don't live in Ottawa it would be a good idea to participate as other library systems will be watching.
Find out about it at http://www.imagine-opl-bpo.ca/index-en.php, then vote or propose additional items.
If you only have limited time please take a few seconds to help me by supporting the idea to improve the convenience of library services. Go to https://www.ideavibes.com/engine/ideaengine/idea/view/id/1218
and click the Like button.
Friday, 17 May 2013
According to news reports Hervé Déry, assistant deputy minister of policy and collaboration at LAC, is temporarily assuming the duties of Librarian and Archivist of Canada.
He will be somewhat known to the professional community as he participated in a Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Network (PCDHN) Forum last October.
Loryl MacDonald, president of the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) doesn't hesitate to express views in behalf of the Association. In a letter to Heritage Minister James Moore she advised him to appoint as Librarian and Archivist of Canada
“a visionary leader — someone with a deep understanding and appreciation of the library and archives environment, the communities they serve, and the issues they face. We are confident such leaders can be found within the Canadian archival and library communities.”Such an appointed person also needs the necessary experience to operate in the Government of Canada system or they'll "eat his (or her) breakfast."
West London's Brompton Cemetery records, over 200,000 according to the book London Cemeteries, will start to be added to Deceased Online next week.
It's the resting place of many prominent people in British society including Halifax, Nova Scotia-born Samuel Cunard.
Deceased Online now has nearly 1,250 burials from Peterborough's Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew. Most date back to 1575 but earlier interments for the cathedral abbots, back to the early 12th Century, are also available. Burial registers are included for most of these and there are also some photographs of monuments and plaques available.
Click here for more information on the history of Peterborough Cathedral.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
The following is a press release from The Halstead Trust
Dr Janina Ramirez to be After Dinner Speaker at Exodus: Movement of the PeopleFor more information about the conference being held 6th to 8th September 2013 at Hinckley, Leicestershire, and to learn more about historic British migration, visit the conference website at www.exodus2013.co.uk
The Halsted Trust is delighted to announce Ancestry.co.uk as the Platinum sponsor for our forthcoming International Family History conference, Exodus: Movement of the People at Hinckley, Leicestershire on Saturday 7th September 2013, organised by the Halsted Trust. We are also delighted to announce that we have engaged Dr. Janina Ramirez as our after dinner speaker.
Alec Tritton chairman of the Halsted Trust said "Ancestry.co.uk coming on board as the Platinum sponsor has enabled us to turn what we believe was already a great conference programme into a truly memorable one. We are also absolutely delighted to be able to invite such a well- known historian to bring her knowledge and expertise to our conference"
Karen Richardson Senior Manager of Community Marketing at Ancestry.co.uk said
“Migration and travel is one of the most fascinating areas of family history research, but also one of the most challenging. Whether your ancestors moved to a different town for work or crossed oceans in pursuit of a new life, their journeys can throw up a whole host of questions and complications when tracing your family tree. With this in mind, we’re excited to be supporting the The Exodus: Movement of the People conference and learning more from Dr. Janina Ramirez and the other speakers about many of these travels and how family historians can unlock the secrets of the journeys in their family’s past.” Dr Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher.
The following is from www.findmypast.co.uk
Good news for those of you with seafaring ancestors! We’ve added new records from the Royal Naval Volunteer reserve covering 1914-1920. These professional seamen, drawn from the British Merchant Navy and fishing fleets, were called upon during times of war to serve in the regular Navy and due to the waved gold lace on their uniform became known as the ‘Wavy Navy’. Five divisions were established in Bristol, London, Tyne, Mersey and Clyde, where civilian volunteers trained in disused warships and due to their high level of skill often rose to command positions in the regular navy.
The new medal roll contains transcripts and images of the names of over 72,000 men and details which of the following medals each was awarded:
Clasp to the 1914 Star
British War Medal
My subscription to the worldwide edition of ancestry expired yesterday. Despite outdated credit card expiry info they were able to process the auto renew. I had tried twice to cancel. Because I use Chrome as my browser it only appeared to work and in fact didn't get through. I had no indication that it had not worked.Thanks Ann (Dealmaker) Burns
Anyway, I called and said that I was canceling because of the high price. The cancellation was processed.
I asked if there were any special deals available to loyal subscribers. Yes indeed. I renewed for $179.40 rather than the $299 they originally charged.
This is certainly worth a phone call at renewal time.
Count many relieved people in Ottawa now that Daniel Caron has left his post at Library and Archives Canada. Likely he's one of them. Living with the mess he presided over cannot have been pleasant.
Perhaps the one person not relieved is the one tapped to replace him on an interim basis. Some senior managers under Caron have been on stress leave so it's unclear who it will be. That person inherits a demoralized organization and alienated clientele. That cannot be turned around overnight.
Many in the archival and library community believe the next permanent head should be someone with professional credentials in at least one of those fields. Yet finding a person like that who is also capable of playing the essential political game in the senior ranks of the public service is difficult. The most likely candidate would be someone familiar with LAC who left for new senior level challenges but would return to take on this one.
Although the professional community might not like it a more likely choice is someone already in, or climbing into, the senior ranks of the Public Service. There are examples of well respected heads of such specialist organizations, Oliver Morley of the (UK) National Archives is an example, with no background in the field. That person needs more than a vision, they need the ability to take advice, admit when they're wrong and change as Ian Wilson did on opening hours at LAC, and strongly represent the organization's interests embodied in all of the mandate in the Library and Archives Canada Act.
The position is an Order in Council appointment reporting to the Clerk of the Privy Council who will likely decide on the appointment after consultation. I'd be surprised if the responsible minister, James Moore, being long-serving in the portfolio, didn't have some say. That may not be a bad thing. Moore is a savvy politician who has distanced himself from Caron by, erroneously, claiming LAC operates at arm's length. If someone who charted a significantly different course is selected Moore could continue to claim that Caron's decisions didn't reflect his views.
Author: Gavin Watt.
8.5" x 11"
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2013
ISBN 978-1-926797-70-0 (Hardcover) at $67.95, also available as a CD at $19.95
This is the second volume in what is planned to be a three part work on the war between the newly declared United States of America and the British with their allies. The first volume, published in 2005, was on the St. Leger Expedition. The Forces of Crown and Congress, Second Edition.
The book is divided in four parts. Part one, Burgoyne's Expedition, puts it in context, introduces the main events of the actions which occurred between lake Champlain and Albany, NY, gives a timeline and cast of important characters.
Part two, The Americian Provincial (Loyalists), 286 pages, starts with 37 pages of background. Then for each of Jessup's King's Loyal Americans, Adams's Independent Ranging Company, Peters's Queen's Loyal Rangers, Hawley's Bateaux Company, Pfister's, Mackay's & Leake's "Loyal Volunteers", McAlpin's "American Volunteers", Munro's Bateaux Company and others there are listings of the soldiers by rank, surname, given name and residence. For each there is a reference to more detail, sometimes including year of birth.
Private John Smith served with Jessup's King's Loyal Americans. From his listing we learn details of his service:
Parts three, "The Canadians" and four "The Natives" are shorter with much less of genealogical significance.
Genealogists whose first reaction in picking up this type of book is to turn to the back seeking a name index will find 22 pages filled with small type. That follows a bibliography listing the resources consulted.
I have no known relationship to the five Reid entries included; if I did I'd certainly welcome the detail and context provide. Wouldn't you welcome a book like this summarizing the experience of your WW1 fighting ancestors? Those with Loyalist and other ancestors included are fortunate to have such a detailed reference.
This review is based on a review copy supplied by Global Heritage Press.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Via CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2013/05/15
From: Caron, Daniel J.
Sent: May-15-13 4:00 PM
To: _BAC/LAC Regions; _LAC / BAC-NCR-RCN
Subject: Message de Daniel J. Caron
I am informing you of my decision to leave Library and Archives Canada as of today. Over the last four years, we have made a lot of progress in modernizing our institution. I am very proud of the accomplishments and conscious of the work yet to be done. The challenges remain vast and fascinating. I now believe it is time for someone else to take on and build the necessary support to continue to make the institution increasingly responsive to the digital environment. I would like to thank all of those who have largely contributed to the progress made and encourage you to continue this collaboration
Daniel J. Caron Ph D
Do you have a UK ancestor who served in The Great War? The IWM (Imperial War Museum) and brightsolid announce an interactive digital project called Lives of the First World War.
It will tell the story of the men and women who served in uniform and worked on the Home Front by bringing together records from museums, libraries, archives and family collections across the world. `
The platform will go live later this year, in time for the start of centenary commemorations from summer 2014.
Deceased Online tweets:
"This week we have what we think is a first for any website; the first British cathedral to have (nearly) all burial records digitized and available to download through a website, www.deceasedonline.com. All burial records since 1615 for Peterborough Cathedral, plus others dating back to the 12th Century, will be available imminently."
Christine Woodcock, BIFHSGO member and editor of the Society monthly newsletter, has just completed another small group genealogical tour of Scotland. Read about the things they did on her Genealogy Tours of Scotland blog. You might just get ideas for your own tour, or be inspired to take advantage of Christine's services.
Over the past three days I've read several posts, at least one of them highly enthusiastic, about the website for the Down Survey of Ireland.
According to the site description:
There are two main components to this website. The Down Survey Maps section comprises digital images of all the surviving Down Survey maps at parish, barony and county level. The written descriptions (terrier) of each barony and parish that accompanied the original maps have also been included. The second section, Historical GIS, brings together the maps and related contemporaneous sources – Books of Survey and Distribution, the 1641 Depositions, the 1659 Census – in a Geographical Information System (GIS). All these sources have been georeferenced with 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps, Google Maps and satellite imagery.It may well be that I don't have enough Irish ancestry, or know the ancestry far enough back, for it to be useful for me. I'm not the only one. Perhaps you'll be more fortunate.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
What are you doing at the start of May 2014? Do you have a fascinating presentation you've been longing to give but haven't quite got around to committing. May 15 is the last day for sending in proposals for the 2014 Ontario Genealogical Society conference, being held at Brock University. Don't hesitate; it's a great time of year to be in the Niagara area and you've got nearly a year to prepare.
I've heard of some excellent presentations being offered but not nearly enough to fill in the program. Having served on several program committees I can tell you they're always looks for fresh topics and fresh faces; as well as welcoming the tried and true. Even if your talk doesn't fit one of the advertised themes don't worry. As long as the presentation would likely be of interest to Ontario genealogists it will be welcome.
There are more details on the conference at http://www.ogs.on.ca/ogsblog/?p=2874
Launching on May 15 is a month long public consultation through social media on the Ottawa Public Library system's future services.
This comes hard on the heels of an 11% year-over-year drop in circulation, which continued into the first quarter of 2013, a trend Library Board chair Jan Harder found shocking.
Strangely, at this time of change, the OPL Board on Monday decided it could do with less information, supposedly in order to make its deliberations more strategic. OPL management recommended a set of indicators that would be reported twice a year, three months after the end of the period. The Board rejected that long delay that Library management wanted in order to complete the analysis but agreed to the a smaller number of indicators.
The OPL Board will no longer monitor circulation indicators from the various OPL branches, even though at that very meeting that type of report was examined in an attempt to understand the circulation drop.
Monday, 13 May 2013
Drop by this Wednesday at the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library, 173 Cartier Avenue, Pointe-Claire for coffee, tea, and informal conversation to talk about some of the favourite women in your family. Bring your own books, photos, and memorabilia that have helped you in your research. Bring a friend or just bring yourself.
You will have a chance to win two free tickets to visit the historic Maison Saint-Gabriel, acquired in 1668 by one of Montreal’s most well-known women, Marguerite Bourgeoys.
Chat with new and experienced genealogists about how to learn what life was like for your female ancestors. What was home life like during the time they lived? Do you own any letters or diaries? Share the challenges you face – and your successes – in your family history research.
On display for you to browse will be books from the QFHS collection about women and social history.
Remember, half of our direct ancestors are women. Since Mother's Day takes place this weekend, this is a good time to celebrate the women in our family tree.
''Why World Heritage Site? The Rideau Canal Story” is the topic for the May 15 Perth Historical Society Meeting.
Rideau Canal expert, Ken Watson, will tell the story of how the system, with the Tay Canal, came to achieve the prestigious designation of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
"While many Ontarions know of the Canal’s designation, few have heard the unique background to, and the reasons for, making it the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ontario. The Rideau system was judged by UNESCO to meet the criteria of ‘a masterpiece human creative genius’, and ‘outstanding example’ of an architectural landscape that illustrates a significant stage in history.
UNESCO describes the system as ‘constructed for military purposes which played a crucial (role in the defence) of Canada against the United States ….. leading to the development of two distinct political and cultural entities in the north of the American continent.’ It is ‘the best preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America (and) the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century that remains operational.’
The Rideau Canal was built between 1826 and 1832 under the supervision, and design, of Lt. Colonel John By, and the Royal Engineers. It was constructed by independent contractors and tradesmen, and primarily French-Canadian and immigrant Irish workers, many of whom were lost to accident and malaria, and buried in small cemeteries along the canal, including locally at Chaffeys Locks. The canal runs 202 km, through 24 lock stations, on the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers, between the Ottawa River at Ottawa and Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario.
Ken Watson, who lives on the Rideau near Elgin, is one of the foremost experts and authors on the Rideau Canal’s history, its character, and its protection. His six books have documented the waterway’s stories (‘Tales of the Rideau’; ‘History of the Rideau Lock Stations’) - its earliest history (‘Rideau Route – Exploring the Pre-canal Waterway’) – and its recreation (‘Paddling Guides’). Ken is a dedicated promoter of the Rideau system, and, amongst his many contributions, donates webmaster services to several non-profit organisations, including our society and Friends of the Rideau. He has been active in the recent debate over the substantial cuts to the Rideau Canal operations and staff. "
The meeting will be at the Royal Canadian Legion in Perth, 26 Beckwith Street East starting at 7pm.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Saturday, 11 May 2013
BIFHSGO member Donald Williamson Pounder (1925 - 2013) passed away earlier this month. Don was a mathematician with a wide variety of interests including a passionate pursuit of his family history. Before falling ill a year ago he frequently contributed helpful comments to this blog. The official obit is at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?n=donald-pounder&pid=164730341&fhid=5747
Thanks to the 102 people who participated in this survey.
In response to the question "Working back from yourself along all your ancestral lines, at which generation do you first encounter someone for whom you can't
A surprising result is that 50% of those with a suspected Irish brickwall stated 2 times great-grandparents whereas for those with an English or Welsh brickwall 39% stated great-grandparent and only 22% two times great-grandparent.
As mentioned in a post yesterday slightly more men than women were the brickwall person. The survey was dominated by 74 responses from Canada where the trend for men to be the brickwall person was even more pronounced.
The survey underway on this blog on brickwall ancestors asks about gender. I'm surprised to see than marginally more people identify a man than a woman as their brickwall. The difference isn't that great, and many more identify both parents.
I'm surprised as I've frequently seen articles and heard presentations suggesting women are more challenging to research than men. The root of this idea is that as in most cultures a woman adopts her husband's name that information gets lost.
That researching women is much more difficult may well be a fallacy. In my own family history my most recent brickwall is male, and I can get back one more generation on my mother's, mother's etc line than my father's father's etc.
Could it be that women living longer than men means there is more chance for them to pass along their family history. Their offspring being older when the mother dies they are more likely to be interested in their family history than when their father dies. Oral family history, even if muddled in being passed down through the generations, is an invaluable genealogical resource.
It may also be that women are more inclined to keep scrapbooks, clippings and ephemera of significant family events that get handed down.
Maybe we should run a survey on who was your most valuable source for your family history. What do you think?
"Incredible colour footage of 1920s London shot by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William - a noted cinematographer - was experimenting with. It's like a beautifully dusty old postcard you'd find in a junk store, but moving.
Music by Jonquil and Yann Tiersen."
Via a tweet from Robyn Bresnahan
An Ancestry.ca update to the "Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918" database is announced. A search will provide name, birth date, birth location, name of relative and, regiment number. Click to see the attestation paper - remember there are two sides.
A small but increasing number of full service records are at the Library and Archives Canada website, but not linked from Ancestry.
The comment I recently made about a LAC blog post applies here too: when such databases are updated please tell us how much is changed so we know whether the effort to repeat previously unsuccessful searches is likely to be worthwhile.
Friday, 10 May 2013
Is the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster a hotbed of liberal extremism? It harbours the likes of Archivist Melanie Delva who has written to Heritage Minister James Moore, also from BC, and then made the letter public.
Ms Delva explains the impact of the loss of the NADP on the Diocesan archives but nevertheless would like to give credit for changes made necessary by the government financial situation. But the use of public money for Daniel Caron's personal Spanish lessons, an amount larger than her institutions total budget, has made that completely impossible.
Read the letter as part of this post on Bibliocracy.
Thanks to Gail Dever for the tip.
As you work your genealogy back in time you eventually find an ancestor with parents, or one parent, you can't identify by first and last name. In my case my latest brickwall is a great grandparent who just seems to appear, gives conflicting information in censuses and with no trace earlier than the birth of his first known child in the late 1870s. Where's your brickwall? Please click here to take this quick survey.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
The following is a blog post from Library and Archives Canada
"Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Census of Canada, 1871 database. This first general census covered the four provinces that were then part of Confederation: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.It would be helpful if such announcements would include information on the extent of the changes so we can judge whether it's worth going back and repeating previously unsuccessful searches; and also provide a list of areas where the census pages have been lost or are illegible.
The new version includes suggestions for corrections received from users in recent months, as well as revised district and sub-district information."
via a post on Facebook by Thomas McEntee.
As well as accents there are distinctive phrases. It was only when I first went to Montreal that I heard people talk about opening and closing the lights.
The next meeting is on Saturday, May 11, 2013
9:00-9:30 Before BIFHSGO Educational Talk
Comparing FTM, Legacy and Rootsmagic - An Overview by Ken McKinlay
9:15-10:00 am Discovery Tables - Selections from Brian O'Regan's original family research with Brian Glenn and Ellen Whisler
10:00-11:30 Monthly Meeting Speaker
Building a One-Name Study: The Influence of Computers, the Internet and DNA by Bill Arthurs
This presentation will feature the Titus one-name study from its inception before the era of computers, through its progression with the advent of the internet, construction of a website, and the use of DNA research. Listen to Bill's interview with Brooke Broadbent in which he talks about his start in genealogy and One-Name studies.
About the Speaker
Bill Arthurs has been active in genealogical research for well over 30 years. He has also been active in BIFHSGO, having given "great moments" talks as well as having several articles published in Anglo Celtic Roots. He is currently the chairman of BIFHSGO's DNA Special Interest Group.
Location: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Come early and browse our Discovery Tables. Meet with family history experts. Free parking is available in the lots east of the building only on Saturdays. Do not use the lot west of the building.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
If you use Ysearch, the open Y chromosome STR database sponsored by Family Tree DNA, you may have experienced database problems. They appear as Server 500 Error. Information from Ysearch is they don't have an estimated date of when these errors will be resolved. This issue impacts many of the Ysearch functions, such as uploading your Family Tree DNA information to the site, as well as issues in contacting matches via email and accidental creation of multiple kits.
Thanks to Bryan Cook for passing along the information.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
John Grenham's most recent Irish Roots column, Follow the Family Farm, explains why land sales in Ireland are relatively rare. That means that those occupying land now are "overwhelmingly likely" to be related to the original purchaser in 1903 when a favourable regime was put in place to allow renters to become owners.
According to a Sun News article, Daniel Caron of Library and Archives Canada, spent $4,482 in 2011-12 for Spanish lessons and, last year, signed a $10,000 contract for another round of twice-a-week 90-minute private lessons.
A spokesperson for Heritage Minister James Moore is quoted as saying in the article "We don't know how this spending could possibly correspond to the responsibilities of Library and Archives Canada,"
Monday, 6 May 2013
An anthology of English literature from Medieval to 18th century authors Luminarium gives biography, quotes, works, essays and articles, and various study resources.
Luminarium Encyclopedia provides historical contexts for the people, places, and events featured.
Reader Brenda Turner calls it an amazing site where one can even download free e-books of favourite historical authors. "It's not strictly genealogical in its orientation, but it can inform one from a background perspective of the political, economic, and social influences under which our ancestors lived at various times in the UK."
Thanks for the tip Brenda.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
It was only a matter of time. Prices for DNA testing for genealogy have fallen over the years and the latest decrease comes from Family Tree DNA.
While that is still substantially greater than the $99 list price for a similar test at 23andMe or AncestryDNA that advertised price isn't the only consideration.
The Ancestry autosomal test is still not offered in Canada.
23andMe adds on a large shipping fee. You need to consider the significance for you of the access to FTDNA's genealogy-oriented database versus the medical information and comprehensive Ancestry Composition information you get with a 23andMe test. Note that with the new price there is no longer an advantage in testing with 23andMe and transferring the results to FTDNA.
Also FTDNA is now offering a full mtDNA test for $199, only $40 more than the price for the partial (HVR1 and 2) test offered previously.
The latest in a series of interviews with BIFHSGO monthly meeting speakers, Bill Arthurs in conversation with with Brooke Broadbent about his start in genealogy and One Name studies, is now on the Society website. Also see Bill's website on his Titus One-Name Study.
A big thank you to the 36 people who responded to the survey posted here last Sunday. In response to the question "What was your overall level of satisfaction with the type of test or tests involved as far as utility for your genealogy? " 37 responses were very satisfied or satisfied, 4 were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage agreed at it's meeting last Monday, April 29 "to undertake a thorough and comprehensive review of significant aspects in Canadian history including the following subjects and themes:
A breakdown and comparison of relevant standards and courses of study offered in primary and post-secondary institutions in each of the provinces and territories;
A review of federal, provincial and municipal programs designed to preserve our history and heritage; and
A focus on Canadian history including but not limited to pre-confederation, early confederation, suffrage, World War I, with an emphasis on battles such as Vimy Ridge, World War II including the Liberation of Holland, the Battle of Ortona, Battle of the Atlantic, the Korean conflict, peacekeeping missions, constitutional development, the Afghanistan conflict, early 20th century Canada, post-war Canada, and the late 20th century.
And that emphasis be placed on Canadians’ access to historical information and education, by studying the following topics:
How Hansard can be used as a means of preserving important witness testimony and part of the permanent public record;
The tools and methods available for Canadians to access and preserve historical content; and
The tools and methods available to Canadians to increase their knowledge of Canadian history.
And that the Committee utilize the following information sources in order to undertake this study:
Witnesses testimony including firsthand accounts of significant periods;
The Committee visit relevant national museums to better understand their efforts at preserving our history and how decisions are made to display our history; and
The Committee invite the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the National Film Board and other public ad private broadcasters to discuss their role in preserving important accounts of Canadian history that may be within their collection.
And that the report highlight best practices, new methods and potential opportunities to preserve, protect and enhance Canadians’ knowledge of our history while recommending ways of improving access to our historical collections.
At a follow-up meeting on May 1 it was agreed, — That the following witnesses be invited to appear in relation to its study on significant aspects of Canadian history:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Chief Archivist for the Hudson Bay Company
Kevin McLeod, Canadian Secretary to the Queen
Library and Archives Canada
Library of Parliament
Lieutenant General (ret) Michel Maisonneuve
McCain Family Foundation
National Film Board of Canada
At a meeting on Monday, May 6, in Room 7-52, 131 Queen Street, starting at 3:30pm the scheduled witnesses are: Operation HUSKY 2013 (LGen Michel Maisonneuve, Representative, and Steve Gregory, Founder and; at 4:30pm Canadian Museum of Civilization (Chantal Amyot, Director, Canadian History Hall Project Research and Exhibitions, and Xavier Gélinas, Curator Canadian Political History).
A further hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. May 8. No witnesses are announced.
Committee Members are invited, by the end of business day on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, to submit their list of suggested witnesses for the study. They might welcome suggestions. The list of committee members is at http://goo.gl/K7syq. Suggestions might best be directed through the vice-chairs, Pierre Nantel (NDP) and Scott Simms (Lib).