The new British Library Newsroom opened at the main site for the British Library at St Pancras on Monday.
Many people will miss the old dedicated library at Colindale which the video refers to as having been the Cinderella of the British Library.
That would be a great way to describe the treatment of the newspaper collection at Library and Archives Canada.
Canada's collection remains great, even though unique material was recently junked; a treasure. The treatment is shabby with the collection hidden away, no dedicated newspaper librarian/archivist, no digitization program.
Canada has a lot to learn from Britain (including Wales), Australia, New Zealand and the US.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
The new British Library Newsroom opened at the main site for the British Library at St Pancras on Monday.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Gazette: What surprised you the most during your time as head of the BAnQ?
Berthiaume: One of the things that surprised me the most is people’s passion for genealogy. There’s a very popular British TV series, Who Do You Think You Are? Radio-Canada did a similar show called Qui êtes-vous? Each episode started out here in our archives. It generated a lot of interest. After the show, a lot of people came to our website to try to find their ancestors.Elsewhere in the article Berthiaume speaks of digitization, restoring morale among the staff and building bridges with partners and stakeholders.
No doubt change won't happen fast enough for some, and will be resisted by others. I'm cautiously optimistic that M Berthiaume has the vision to bring about a revitalization at LAC and hope he gets the support needed from us all.
Shropshire Parish records, with image originals, are now available exclusively on findmypast. You may well have already accessed the IGI version of these records, now you can verify with the originals online.
The Shropshire Collection is made up approximately 2.1 million fully searchable and browse-able transcripts spanning 1538-1900; around 1,133,580 baptisms, 535,600 marriages, 42,245 banns, 800,795 burials and contains around 720,000 unique names.
It includes 155,000 scanned colour images of the parish registers, and a selection of Anglican, Methodist and Non-Conformist registers from well over 200 Shropshire parishes from Abdon to Yockleton.
www.findmypast.co.uk or findmypast.com and affiliated sites,
At the end of the weekend, we had talked to 630 visitors and the majority of them had never heard of any of our organization before, although they were either interested in genealogy or had been researching for some time. We had a variety of questions on researching, software, resources and even adoptions. Hopefully, some of this folks will be in touch for help in moving forward in the hobby.
Monday, 28 April 2014
It has taken only two years for MyHeritage to build this treasure trove of historical information demonstrating that MyHeritage is one of the fastest-growing and most internationally diverse family history companies in the world. The records come from a wide variety of collections from many different sources and from dozens of countries. The collections were also given a great boost after our multiple acquisitions in recent years, including World Vital Records and Geni.Daniel will be presenting at the conference, participating as a member of the social media panel plenary starting at 8:15am on Saturday and be available at the MyHeritage booth in the marketplace. Then he goes on to the NGS conference.
MyHeritage is proud to provide Historical Big Data; which together with our advanced record matching technologies, helps users worldwide make breakthrough family history discoveries and learn more about their families’ legacies.
MyHeritage continues to add millions of new records to SuperSearch every single day. We are working hard to add more global content and to make researching ones family history easier and more accessible than ever before. We expect to surpass 7 billion historical records by the end of this year.
To celebrate reaching this milestone, we looked at some iconic names within our collections and made a fun info-graphic with our discoveries (attached). We invite you to share this with your readers and friends.
Please read more about this exciting milestone in our official blog post here http://blog.myheritage.com/2014/04/myheritage-reaches-new-milestone-5-billion-historical-records/
As Paul mentions blog postings of mine I'm giving the presentation a shout out. The abstract reads
Over the past quarter-century, the use of statistics in the sciences has been shifting from a “frequentist” approach (t-tests and the like) to the realm of conditional probabilities and Bayes Theorem, i.e., the use of successive pieces of evidence to progressively modify our estimate of
the probability of the truth of a hypothesis. This trend is now entering the social sciences and it is a reasonable question to ask whether genealogists should add simple probability calculations to their research tool kit to distinguish between conclusions that are, say, 20%, 80% and 99% likely to be accurate. This presentation illustrates basic probability calculations, corrects some common misunderstandings about probability and suggests how probability could, in some circumstances, augment but never replace the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).
One of the other references for Paul's presentation is Richard Carrier, author of Proving History, who posted If You Learn Nothing Else about Bayes’ Theorem, Let It Be This on his blog on Sunday. The main he discusses are that Theories Cannot Be Argued in Isolation and Prior Assumptions Matter
Be aware that Carrier doesn't pander in his writing. His post has a fog index of 11.7 where 5 is readable, 10 is hard, and 15 is difficult.
Next weekend, at the OGS conference in St Catharines, Kirsty Grey, a founding member and Chair of One Place Studies, will be a speaker. That includes participating on the Social Media Panel starting at 8:15 am EDT on Saturday. It will be streamed out free via the links
Canada’s Intrepid Yorkshire Settlers.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Glenn Wright was delighted to discover one of the people who stopped by to talk was a previously unknown relative.
Toronto Branch April Meeting
On Monday 28 April the featured speaker is Canada’s “Word Lady”, Katherine Barber, on “Where There’s a Will There’s a Word“. A Canadian lexicographer, and former Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Canadian Dictionary, she will share her expertise on the evolution of some of the words that are of particular significance to family historians – the ones we find in wills.
Patricia Sheehan, one of the volunteers on the Branch research services team, will close out the evening with a short additional presentation on “Who was that Woman with King George VI—and What is she Doing in the Back of my Grandmother’s Photo Album?“.
The meeting begins at 7:30 in the evening at the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge Street in Toronto (convenient access from the North York subway station).
Call for Speakers: England’s Industrial Revolutions
Toronto Branch has issued a Call for Speakers to take part in a full-day workshop for family historians on the social, economic and cultural effects of England’s Industrial Revolutions. The workshop will take place on Saturday 1 November 2014.
Potential speakers—professional genealogists, historians, family historians, librarians and archivists—are invited to submit proposals for presentations related to Industrial England, particularly during the period from 1750 to 1870. Possible topics could include migration to the cities, changes in occupations, effects of industrialization on rural communities, and changes in social organizations, cultural life, religion and education.
The deadline for proposals for this workshop is Friday, 30 May 2014.
For further information about the workshop and to find out how to make a submission, please download the full Call for Speakers.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
You could win a one year subscription to Ancestry World Deluxe, a one year membership to OGS and Ottawa Branch and a basket to other genealogical resources. You have to attend the Ottawa Zoomer Show being held this Saturday and Sunday at the Ernst & Young Centre by the Ottawa airport. Look for the OGS/BIFHSGO/City Archives booth right by the entrance where you can enter the draw.
For more information and opening hours visit http://www.zoomershow.com/events/ottawa2014. Print off tickets for free admission to the show at:
Friday, 25 April 2014
A last-minute notice that the Belleville Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are hosting a Shaking Your Family Tree event this Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:30pm.
You can learn (or fine-tune) your genealogy skills to further research your family lineage.
The location is 135 Palmer Rd Belleville, ON K8P 4C9. There's a little additional information at http://shakingyourfamilytree.weebly.com/
This is information from Lesley Anderson who will be one of the speakers.
More from Ancestry's cooperation agreement with FamilySearch:
Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police obituary card index and notices, 1876-2007, 9476 records. There's more information at FamilySearch at http://goo.gl/H5XTW7
England, Norfolk Poor Law Union Records, 1796-1900 are 138,680 browse only records with further information at http://goo.gl/boJA89
Lloyds Register, with links to an incomplete sequence of 18th & 19th Century volumes scanned by Google and the 1930-1945 volumes from Southampton Library & Archive;
Lloyds List, with details of ship movements, marine casualties & maritime news, an incomplete collection from 1741 to 1826;
Mercantile Navy List. an annual publication containing "the most comprehensive listing of British vessels, incomplete starting in 1849;
and lots more.
Scattered in are resources explaining the records which you'll appreciate after you've struggled to interpret the many abbreviations used.
Thanks to Christine Jackson for the tip.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Years with major updates, more than 5,000 entries are: for births 1940, 1943, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969-70, 1972; for marriages 1952, 1962, 1964-70; for deaths 1969-71.
Shipments have slipped by an average 93 per year. At that rate in 3-5 years shipments will drop to zero. Let's hope a different technology, perhaps digital microfilm, will replace the antiquated current system.
The Ottawa Branch Meeting presentation this coming Saturday 26 April, 13:00 – 15:00 is "Using Social Media for Genealogy Research"
Ken McKinlay will be talking about the various social media sites, such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter and blogs to name just a few places, that can be used to help in your own research through interacting online with others around the world via the world wide web.
Speaker bio: Ken McKinlay's foray into his family tree research started with three simple family stories that he wanted to confirm or refute. He has now been researching his family tree for over 14 years making use of the Internet as his primary means of locating relevant documents and also discovering new cousins. He has given talks for the Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, BIFHSGO, and the Ottawa Public Library. His talks generally focus on methodologies and providing the skills needed to help solve those brick wall problems. He is currently working on the Canadian Records certificate offered through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
The meeting is at the usual location, City of Ottawa Archives, Room 115 starting at 1pm with
Networking - tea, coffee, cookies. This meeting will be simulcast for members who can't join in person.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The British Library have opened at campaign seeking support to unlock King George III’s personal map and views collection, over 1,000 maps and views of London and "one of the world's most important and beautiful map collections."
They aim to raise a total of £100,000 to catalogue, conserve and digitise all the London maps and views with £10,000 of the total coming from donors and enthusiasts.
Read more and donate at http://support.bl.uk/Page/Unlock-London-Maps
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Peter Munro correctly identified the list of nicknames published a few days ago as British Army regiments. More specifically they were in the war of 1812 in Canada. They are:
The Holy Boys: The Royal Norfolk Regiment, recruited from East Norfolk
Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard: The Royal Scots, recruited from Berwick
The Elegant Extracts: The Royal Fusiliers (City of London)
The Vein-Openers: Worcestershire Regiment (Worcestershire and Herefordshire)
The Devil's Own: Connaught Rangers (Ireland and Scotland).
There are now 1,022,771 records, updated from the 537,556 records available since December, in the FamilySearch collection of transcribed parish registers for various Essex parishes, 1538-1900. Further information, and a list of parishes with dates included is at http://goo.gl/GZOXF8
Also 724,809 transcribed Bristol parish register entries for the same period are now available, updated from January. A detailed list of parishes covered, but not dates, is at http://goo.gl/R0OwFk
Monday, 21 April 2014
The content is well described by the extended title "Our Heroes in (of) The Great World War: Giving facts and details of Canada's part in the greatest war in history, including photoengravings of Officers, Nurses, Non-commissioned Officers and Men from Ottawa, Ontario, and vicinity. Compiled by J. H. Dc Wolfe the history of the war is interspersed with pages of photos and mini-bios of many from the area who served. It's not comprehensive, a few war causalities buried at Beechwood are not included.
You don't have to go the City Archives to read it. Find a digitised copy, not nearly as good resolution as the hard copy I viewed, on the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/82968
Top centre in the image is Nursing Sister Minnie Gallagher, a wartime fatality who will be one of those featured in the Beechwood Cemetery Historical Walking Tour in June.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
250 free tickets are allocated to society members. Below is the link to get a free ticket. CARP members will have received notice of free admission.
Print off the tickets for free admission to the show at:
For more information on the show: http://www.zoomershow.com/events/ottawa2014/ Scroll down to see a floor plan and a list of the other exhibitors.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
His name was coupled with that of Sir John A Macdonald, both were considered outstanding Conservative leaders. Although Disraeli was not yet Prime Minister when the British North America Act which founded Canada was approved by the British Parliament, he was the leader of the government in the Commons and so must surely have had a substantial role.
On this date in 1920 Private Calvin Bezley, serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, passed away from scarlet fever.
According to an Ottawa Journal article from 20 April 1920 he had recently undergone an operation on his spine following a shrapnel wound at Cambra(i) where he laid for two days before being brought in. The shrapnel was removed but he was paralyzed.
He was born in Toronto on 17 (18) October 1883 the son of George and Annie (Neil) Bezley. Prior to enlisting on 22 January 1918 he had been a clerk in the forestry industry.
He had three brothers and seven sisters including Mrs A Wall whose address, 559 King Edward Avenue, is in the Beechwood register. His aunt, Mrs T Bezley lived at 92 Wilbrod Street in Ottawa.
Friday, 18 April 2014
This release contains 913,314 baptism, marriage and burial transcription records sourced from the Lancashire Record Office. Accrington, Blackburn and Preston are prominent among communities covered.
This release would appear to complement the collection England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 sourced from the Central Library, Manchester.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a form that will enable Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) requests and payments to be made online. Processing of credit card payments will be made through the Government of Canada’s secure Receiver General Buy Button (RGBB). The request form is located on the LAC website under Transparency. With this feature, LAC joins 25 other federal government institutions who can now accept ATIP requests online.
The above is from an LAC blog post.
On this day, 18 April, in 1918 Private Frederick Alexander Mitchell died of typhoid fever and pneumonia at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. He was attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment. No attestation paper is available online.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
You can now find 454,798 transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials in the collection "England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911", new on FamilySearch. The transcripts are linked to image originals, over 100,000 of them which are only viewable at Family History Centres or to "signed-in members of supporting organizations."
Find My Past have been diligently working on Kent parish records; this appears to be another resource available through a cooperation agreement.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
There are nearly 400,000 records for more than 100 places in three new Manchester databases just added to Ancestry.co.uk.
The databases are:
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms, 1758-1912 has 197,227 records
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Marriages, 1758-1937
Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Deaths and Burials, 1758-1987 has 97,860 records
Ancestry informs that the records include those for Methodist, Quaker, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, URC, Congregationalist, Baptist, Unitarian, and Jewish congregations. I didn't find any Jewish records.
You can search or browse by place and congregation and view images of the originals.
They are sourced from the Greater Manchester County Record Office / Manchester Archives and Local Studies. Tameside Local Studies and Archives, Oldham Archives and Local Studies, Wigan Archives Services, Bury Archives Service, Stockport Archive Service.
Also, just added to the site, The Connaught Telegraph 1830-1899 and The Dundalk Democrat 1849-1913.
The following, from a post on the LAC blog, is a list of digitized microfilms that have been recently added to the Héritage website. The records are in the language of origin.
- Amherst Papers
- Canada. Department of the Interior: Letters patent
- Canadian Home Economics Association fonds
- Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service: Park/subject classification system
- Department of Indian Affairs, Edmonton Agency: General operational records
- Department of Indian Affairs, Manitoba Regional Office: Central registry files
- Dominion Lands Branch registry
- France, Archives Nationales. Contrôle général des finances. Sous-série G7 [French National Archives fonds, finances records, sub-series G7]
- Frank Wright fonds
- Henry Elvins Spencer fonds
- Henry Pringle fonds
- Immigration Program: Headquarters central registry files
- Indian and Inuit Affairs Program: Modified duplex numeric system
- Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada: Courts martial records, 1914-1919
- Parish registers: Manitoba
- Registrar of Shipping New Carlisle [Quebec], 1856-1902, and Quebec City [Québec], 1787-1965
- Radnik fonds
- Roderick K. Finlayson fonds
- Sir Henry James Warre fonds
- William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth fonds
- William Osgoode fonds
An instructive presentation given on 10 March by Professor Francis Cox, online from Gresham College, focuses on the history of disease in WW1 and placed in a larger context.
He examines the division between combat and disease deaths in various wars, contends that a reduced fraction of military deaths in WW1 should be attributed to the greater effectiveness of weapons and not so much improved medical services.
He also argues that if influenza deaths are included, as they should be as the disease entered the war zone from the US as their soldiers arrived, disease once again become the major cause of military deaths.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
According to his attestation paper William Wallace Louttit (3320737) was born at Castleford, Ontario on 12 July 1891. He was single, son of William Louttit, occupation accountant (Assigned Pay Branch of the Militia Dept) and residence 86 Elm Street in Ottawa which was his father's address.
He was called up on 25 March 1918 in Ottawa, quartered at Lansdowne Park while attached as a Gunner to the 74th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. Admitted to St Luke's Hospital on April 9 he died of pneumonia on this date. April 15, 1918. His father was a ticket agent for the CPR with paternal origin in the Orkney Islands of Scotland.
Note: Posted a day early by mistake.
John Grenham comments on Irish Catholic parish records in his latest Irish Roots column pointing out that "no organization on the island is concerned with preserving them: there is no archival programme to ensure their survival."
Many Canadian Anglican records remain even more vulnerable as there are no copies.
WW1 will be the topic for the annual Beechwood Cemetery historical walking tour, this year on Sunday June 8 at 2 pm which will include war-time Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden, nurse Minnie Gallagher and Lt Alexis Helmer, whose death inspired John McCrae’s famous poem, ‘In Flanders Fields.’
Monday, 14 April 2014
- Dr. Berthiaume has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since 2009. Before this, he spent thirty years as a senior university administrator.
- He has published a number of articles and has served on the boards and committees of numerous organizations.
- A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Dr. Berthiaume holds a doctorate in history from the École pratique des hautes études and the Université de Paris VIII, a Master of Arts degree from the Université Laval in Québec City and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
- Library and Archives Canada is an innovative knowledge institution responsible for acquiring and preserving Canada's documentary heritage in all its forms and for providing all Canadians with easy, one-stop access to the texts, photographs, and other documents that reflect their cultural, social, and political development.
The society is growing in membership and activity and new people move in to replace those retiring. The retiring Treasurer commented that he encouraged the society to do more things, and saw it as his job to find the funds.
View the full meeting video, learn about the benefits of membership and watch the presentations, including from Dick Eastman, at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k7qmgKV6jk for day 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKMWomq-nwA for day 2
Let's not sugar-coat it, the introduction of a new site at findmypast.co.uk has caused uproar among subscribers. They are cancelling or threatening to cancel subscriptions in droves.
To their credit the company has a forum where clients can express their views. It has attracted lots of adverse comment. "Improve features to bring in line with the old site" was showing 2,524 votes and 1,884 comments, many of them very pointed, when I wrote this. "Improve census 'household' view" got 953 votes and 163 comments followed by "Broader selection of BMD, parish records, including images."
Would it really have been that much more expensive to keep the option of using the old site while adding new resources to the new one only, so weaning subscribers over while also improving the operation of the new site? Improvements are now underway or promised. I doesn't take a marketing genius to appreciate that when you're forced to change you have a negative attitude compared to when change is voluntary.
Could it be that the background of the new CEO, who has no previous experience in the family history business, has something to do with it? How did she take account of the fact that clientele is weighted to older folks who often adapt less readily to change?
Annelies van den Belt has been CEO of Findmypast for less than a year. A 31 August 2013 article in The Guardian summarized her background:
Van den Belt has spent the last five years heading Sup, the Russian online publisher that bought blog network LiveJournal, which earlier this year merged with rival Rambler.
Van den Belt, who has held a string of senior digital roles at media companies including Telegraph Media Group, will join DC Thomson's digital division Brightsolid.
Brightsolid is being split into two subsidiaries with van den Belt taking the role of chief executive of the online publishing business, BSOP, home to genealogy websites including findmypast.co.uk and genesreunited.co.uk.I currently subscribe to findmypast.com, but if it were not for the access to newspaper collection I would be hard pressed to justify the subscription. I might be tempted to subscribe to findmypast.ca if it were nothing but a front. Go there and you'll find the default search is for Ireland. None of the major Canadian databases are available.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
The following information was received from OGS Ottawa Branch Publications Director John Patton
The Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the launch of its latest publication as well as a new direction for its publishing endeavours.
The new publication is Renfrew County United Churches, formerly Methodist and Presbyterian: Baptisms 1841-1899; Marriages 1851-1899 [Pub No. 14-01], the second volume in the new “Places of Worship” cooperative project of the United Church of Canada Archives and the Ontario Genealogical Society to be published by the Ottawa Branch. The first volume, Lanark County United Churches, formerly Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian [Pub No. 13-01] was released last year. The new publication contains a transcription of the baptismal (1841-1899) and marriage (1851-1899) records of former Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Renfrew County. The relevant fonds are for the current Trinity United Church in the Town of Renfrew, Melville United Church in Eganville and the Admaston Pastoral Charge. The publication includes baptisms and marriages in Horton-MacNab, Beachburg, Eganville, Admaston, White Lake, Douglas, Haleys Station, Renfrew and Rockingham. The publication is fully indexed and each entry references the archival fonds and location. Both volumes are available for $30.00 on the Branch Publications List at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/publication-price-list/, which has been significantly redesigned for ease of access.
To mark the occasion, the Branch has re-published the five volumes of the Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers Project, for Carleton, Lanark, Prescott, Renfrew and Russell Counties. These were originally published in 2001. They are also available on the Branch Publications List.
The new direction is the move to place all of our publications, current and past, on the OGS Store. This means that over the next while the great majority of our publications will be available simply by accessing our Branch Publications List at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/publication-price-list/ and clicking on the “BUY NOW” button which connects directly to the OGS store order form and procedure where the publication may be purchased in whatever form it was produced—CD or hard copy. This is not only a more efficient means of obtaining a publication but it also ensures that it is never out of stock. In the meantime, publications which are still in stock will be available by mail order as in the past.
Saturday, 12 April 2014
The mission of The Ontario Genealogical Society is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. How are they doing?
The society annual report for 2013 has recently been posted as a pdf for all to view, part of the society initiative to increase transparency, well demonstrated by this extract.
OGS President Shirley Sturdevant highlights several other changes being implemented to revitalise the society including a switch from regional representation on the society Board to six directors at large selected for their personal talents. Hopefully these initiatives will reverse the continuing loss of members, with membership dues revenue declining by 2.3% from 2012 to 2013.
A new OGS Cemeteries Locator database has recently appeared, presently highlighted by an entry on the right-hand menu from the main society webpage. It's one of several entries at http://vitacollections.ca/ogscollections/ and appears to be hosted by Our Ontario.ca.
Friday, 11 April 2014
I listened to this segment shortly after receiving an email linking to an article How Western got its weather data from the University of Western Ontario. It explains how the university acquired the archives of the Meteorological Service of Canada including "all extant meteorological observations between 1840 and 1960 – about a thousand boxes in all – and another 250 volumes of journals, letterbooks, observations and correspondence related to Canadian meteorological history."
Why was the collection not archived at Library and Archives Canada? According to the article the collection "never made it to Library and Archives Canada – in earlier decades, I was told, because such data-heavy records did not conform to the archives’ idea of historical, and in more recent years because the archives experienced an acquisitions freeze and then a de facto one."
One of LAC's legislated objectives is "to be the permanent repository of publications of the Government of Canada and of government and ministerial records that are of historical or archival value." While I can accept that the 1000 boxes of data, already digitized, isn't so significant the "250 volumes of journals, letterbooks, observations and correspondence related to Canadian meteorological history" is another matter. It reflects that LAC is failing to fulfill its mandate.
That's consistent with the government's deliberate neglect.
Thanks to Maria Latyszewskyj for pointing me to the article from the UWO.
That's why Gail Dever's four part series during National Volunteer Week on her Genealogy à la carte blog is so useful. Two items in the final section ring especially true for me.
- personally contact potential volunteers. General appeals are fine but there's nothing like being approached by someone you respect and asked to help.The whole series, the first three parts are linked from the final part, is a must read for Society leadership.
- promote the impact volunteers make on your society.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Another nearly 89,000 records have been added to the 200,000 made available last September in the Wales, Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542-1911 collection from FamilySearch.
The record types now available, with those added in this update shown in bold, are:
Consistory Court papers
Consistory Court papers-Bonds
Consistory Court papers-Citations & Monitions
Consistory Court papers-General
Consistory Court papers-Wills & Probates
Court records-Crown Books
Court records-Docket Book of Fines and Recoveries
Court records-gaol files
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. Lesley Anderson is presenting an all-day session on Ancestry.ca resources for the Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. Lesley sent me a note from Rome at the end of a cruise to confirm she will be back in time.
The event is in the Wilson Room of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St.
Further details at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston
In this talk from March 6, 2014 TNA's Audrey Collins reviews the operation of civil registration from its initiation in 1837 to 1875 when legislative changes came into effect. The presentation is not so much a discussion of the records as administrative matters. Audrey emphasise that, despite some issues with resistance to civil registration, chances are that inability to find an expected registration is not due to such resistance. Other issues, notably indexing, are likely the reason.
In addition to original resources held at Kew Audrey recommends the British Newspaper Archive and Histpop as resources.
While I don't pretend to understand its details the conclusion of the article "Sharing of Very Short IBD Segments between Humans, Neandertals, and Denisovans, by Gundula Povysil, Sepp Hochreiter." is one that's encouraging.
"we expect that the analysis of the population structure by sharing patterns of very short IBD segments will become an increasingly important method in population genetics and its results will become more and more ﬁne-grained."Progress in population genetics provides hope for improved application to genetic genealogy. Developing techniques for matching shorter autosomal DNA segments should mean being able to identify a larger population of genetic ancestors and so a greater probability of detecting matches with genealogical ancestors.
Before BIFHSGO Education Talk
In Ken McKinlay's talk, Using Evernote for Genealogy Research, he will provide an overview of the online tool and how it can help with genealogy tasks.
Browse our Discovery Tables and talk to Ken McKinlay about the online tool Evernote.
10:00 a.m. From Aberdeen to Albany: How Our Scott Family Ancestors Became United Empire Loyalists in Canada
Ken Harley will build on an earlier presentation he made to BIFHSGO in December 2009 during which he established how his wife Maxine's family arrived in Manitoba as original homesteaders.This talk will track Maxine's GGGG-grandfather's emigration from Inverurie, in Aberdeenshire Scotland through Ireland and on to the American Colonies in the early 1700s.
Ken is interviewed about this presentation at www.bifhsgo.ca/upload/files/Podcasts/Ken%20Harley%20Apr%202014.mp3
The meeting takes place at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa. Free parking is available in the lots east of the building only on Saturday and Sunday.
Open to members and visitors. Free admission. Free parking in lots east of the building which is at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
BIFHSGO members and friends will remember that Eileen Ó Dúill was a major speaker as last year's society conference. During a conversation with Marian Pierre-Louis in her Genealogy Professional Podcast series Eileen mentions being an the conference last year and the event held at the Irish Ambassador's residence. Unfortunately she didn't get the name of the correct society; who can blame her with the mouthful like British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa!
That part of the interview starts around 23 minutes but the whole thing is worth a listen at http://goo.gl/Ojq6xf
Those craving an Irish genealogy event this year might consider attending the Celtic Connections Conference Aug. 15-16, 2014 at LaCava Center, Bentley University, Waltham, MA. The speakers include John Grenham, Eileen Ó Dúill, Brian Donovan, Sean Ó Dúill, Kyle Betit, Dwight Radford,
Donna Moughty, and Bill Budde. More details at www.celtic-connections.org/
Thanks to Gail Dever at Genealogy à la carte for the tip.
On Easter Monday April 9th, 1917, a cold windswept day with driving snow and sleet, Canadian forces made a major breakthrough in taking the strategic Vimy Ridge.
Vimy Day in Ottawa 2014 sees the annual Vimy commemoration being held at the Canadian War Museum at 1 pm. This is in lieu of the event at the National War Memorial presently undergoing renovation.
Just 17,241 records in this new database on Ancestry. It includes baptism and marriage records for Isle of Wight Wesleyan Methodist, United Methodist, Primitive Methodist, and Bible Christian sects. Indexed by Ancestry's Ancestry World Archives Project volunteers and linked to original record images.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
The Master Genealogist is genealogy software you either love, for its capabilities, or hate, for its complexity. In Ottawa we have a small enthusiast group which has been meeting in Ottawa for years. Now, courtesy of a subscription to the Join.Me web conferencing service purchased by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, anyone can join their meetings.
The next opportunity is this coming Saturday, 12 April 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. EDT. The meeting is in Room 226 at the City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa. Thanks to the Join.Me subscription, and conference facilities from the Ottawa Archives, up to 250 TMG enthusiasts, and the merely curious, can join the meeting from home.
Find more details here.
Monday, 7 April 2014
Heather Collins and Caitlin Gow have a joint blog, Young and Savvy Genealogists, on which one of Heather's posts made me think. In Sweet Spots: Halifax, Nova Scotia she lauds doing genealogy for Halifax, Nova Scotia as as like a frolic through a genealogical sunny meadow. She even writes
"when I die and go to genealogy heaven, it's gonna look like Canada."
"More countries should be taking lessons from Canada."Thanks for showing us the bright side Heather
via a Facebook post by Gail Dever
"In all but the most specialist accounts of Victorian histories the poor are often represented through generalisations, graphs or summed up in ‘averaging’ paragraphs. More detailed work might look at the experiences of individual poor people through pulling together accounts from contemporary newspapers, the letters of the wealthy, or poor law officials and government inspectors who write about the poor. Few historians have looked at accounts of poor people’s lives written by the poor themselves. There are good reasons for this: many poor people were unable to write and many letters undoubtedly do not survive; and the letters that survive are scattered across a great many archives, usually unlisted in large collections. This talk will concentrate on a collection of such pauper letters, statements and petitions which demonstrate the concerns, thoughts and feeling of the poor themselves."
Sunday, 6 April 2014
The 1911 census records him as a laborer in the North Lanark Township farm of Elijah Giles and his wife Elizabeth. there is a record of the placement having been inspected on behalf of the Board of Guardians each year from 1911 to 1915 and again in 1917 when it is noted that he is on active service.
Sydney enlists in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in September 1915 giving his abode as Clayton, Ontario, his height is 5'6" and chest 35 inches when fully expanded.
He enlisted with the 18th Battalion and trained in Kingston, Napanee, Belleville and Halifax. Arriving in England in May 1916 he was a Bramshott camp until August that year and may have been able to visit his mother who died later in the year. The Battalion moved on to France and the trenches where he spent 13 months altogether. At Vimy Ridge in February 1917 he was wounded in the face, returned to duty and the following August received a shrapnel wound in the leg at the battle of Hill 70. He was sent to Lewisham Hospital, England, for treatment and then to Bromley convalescent home, where he spent three weeks before sailing for Canada.
He arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Giles in February 1918 when a large reception was held in his honor. Although still lame and his wound not healed he went to work, and shortly afterwards was operated on for appendicitis in Renfrew hospital. After he recovered he went to Ottawa to learn harness making and shoe repair and was also taking a course to enter the civil service.
Sydney Catchpole died on September 21, 1918 with cause of death given as pneumonia; that was during the 1918 flu pandemic. He is buried at Ottawa's Beechwood Cemetery, in an area newly set aside for returning Great War veterans by Ontario's Soldiers Aid Commission, one of 98 Beechwood burials recorded in Commonwealth War Graves Commission files.
Saturday, 5 April 2014
I'm even more impressed by the efforts of and on behalf of the Commission.
Friday, 4 April 2014
As shown in the simple example you enter the first and last name in the boxes and it formats the query to include matches where either the first or last name is given first. A small but significant saving of time and effort.
Give it a try at http://www.randymajors.com/p/ancestorsearch.html You'll likely be presently surprised. It's one to bookmark.
via a blog post by James Tanner.
"What common people believe about their history can be at least as important as what 'professional' historians believe."
Courtesy of Al Lewis's site bytown.net, a link to an article Irish Famine Stories in the Ottawa Valley by Michael McBane.
What's sauce for the Irish famine goose is sauce for the home child immigration gander. Those advocates who hold that home children were by and large mistreated are unlikely to be swayed by evidence.
Thursday, 3 April 2014
In exactly a month. May 3, around about the time you normally receive the notice of this post by email we'll be starting the OGS conference Social Media Panel Session.
You don't have to be at the conference to tune in live to international panelists Tony Bandy, Kirsty Gray, Daniel Horowitz, Chris Paton, Marian Press, with your's truly as moderator looking at the significance of social media for genealogy and family history today and in the future.
I'll post information on how to join in, likely through a Google+ Hangout, when available.
If you don't subscribe to the blog email notices you'll find a subscription box in the left hand column at (fanfare) http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/
Hedley G. Brasnett (born Norfolk, England)
Edward Lawrence Clay
Harold Erskine Crosby
Harold L. Gibson
Edward Hodder (born in Loughborough, England)
William Oswald Hoodless (born in Lincoln, England)
Joseph Allan Lynas (born at Thorne, Yorkshire; his number should read MCG236)
James Ernest Muth
George Arthur Perry
Charles William Russell
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Here are the results of the survey "Which of these attributes of a serious genealogist apply to you?" based on 98 responses. The attributes are those suggested in a blog post by Helen Osborn of Pharos Teaching and Tutoring.
100% - Interested in finding out more than just names and dates
99% - Does not follow just one ancestral line or surname
99% - Wants to improve their research methods
97% - Recognizes the need to find out about more obscure sources
94% - Has a small library of books on genealogy
91% - Talks of the addictive nature of genealogy
88% - Has more than one website subscription
85% - Member of a family history society
82% - Visits record offices in person
74% - Takes courses to improve their knowledge
72% - Wants to work to an agreed standard
71% - Volunteers time to genealogy
64% - Writes about their research, or writes up their research
54% - Spends money engaging others to help their research
33% - Runs a website/blog devoted to genealogy
19% - Wants to turn professional or is already professional
The most negative responses were for "Runs a website/blog devoted to genealogy" (65%) and "Wants to turn professional or is already professional" (64%). It would be a big mistake to assume that serious genealogists aspire to be professionals.
Ten respondents left comments:
- HAVEN'T TAKEN COURSES BUT ATTEND CONFERENCES AND READ A LOT.
- I chose "unsure" for some of these, because I don't do them as much as I would like to, and/or not up to the point of a whole-hearted "yes".
- I hope to get better at them!
- I attend conferences and have taken courses in the past but not recently.
- Haven't got the confidence or the skill to write up my stories. I plan on taking the steps to do so.
- I've been at it for 47 years, originally all pre-computers, now using the Internet as a resource & tool. It was and continues to be a hobby spent when time was and is available (through university, family and work obligations). Does that make me a "serious" genealogist? Started with a focus on filing slots with names, now much more interested in understanding how these people managed to live in their days physically and emotionally, particularly without all the modern conveniences of homes and healthcare, for example, we have today.
- As regards being a professional, I feel one can achieve professional status without working as a paid professional.
- I haven't yet hired a researcher yet but recognize that at some point I may have to. I have counted workshops at conferences as courses. I have also done day courses offered by various societies but have not yet taken courses like those offered by Pharos. I've always thought of myself as a "serious" genealogist right from the start - but then I started back in the day when there was no internet to turn to.
- bloody thing drives me foolish.
- I do not have a small library - I have a large library of over 5,000 volumes of genealogy and local history. Also I spend over $1,000 a year for online access to records ....
- My answer to the library question should really be 'no' as mine is a large home collection, and, of course, I have access to a very large genealogical socity library.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The top two priorities for today’s genealogists are:
- Collect all the family lore, then share or publish it so it is not lost
- Collect as much DNA information as you can
See a blog post by Shelly Bishop at http://www.asenseoffamily.com/2014/03/the-two-most-important-things.html
In one month genealogists will start to gather in St Catharines for the annual Ontario Genealogical Society conference. While the only official event on Thursday, May 1st is a “Meet the Board” Reception many people will be there to be ready for workshops that start at 9:30 am on Friday morning, the 2nd of May.
- Richard M. Doherty: Irish Oral Tradition: Seeking, Analyzing and Proving
- Tony Bandy: Leaping into Genealogy
- John D. Reid; Exploring Autosomal DNA for Genealogy
- Glenn Wright: Over the Top! Digging Deeper for Your First World War Ancestor
- Daniel Horowitz: Building a Family Tree on line using MyHeritage.com
- Stephen Young: Research Using Family Search
- James F.S. Thomson: Google Earth and Maps Engine Lite, for Genealogists
- Marian Press: Digital Newspapers
- Rick Roberts: Using Family Tree Maker Software to Record and Share Your Family History
- Ruth Burkholder: Starting out in Genealogy