"Cognitive dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. This stress and discomfort may also arise within an individual who holds a belief and performs a contradictory action or reaction." I had to look this definition up, but it seems to fit the symptoms presented by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In his recent speech in a maternal health conference in Toronto he was quoted as saying “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” and announced funds will be provided for "statistics-gathering technology to register the births and deaths of millions of babies every year, most of which go undocumented."
Could this be the same person who heads a government that eliminated the long-form census, insisted that the eventual release of census data be made optional, and bases policy more on dogma than fact? Could it be the same man who starves Library and Archives Canada of resources depriving it of the ability to fulfil it's mandate in the same way as peer organisations in other G7 countries?
Saturday, 31 May 2014
"Cognitive dissonance is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. This stress and discomfort may also arise within an individual who holds a belief and performs a contradictory action or reaction." I had to look this definition up, but it seems to fit the symptoms presented by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Friday, 30 May 2014
UK, Electrical Engineer Lists, 1871-1930, with 164,887 entries and UK, Electrical Engineer Membership Forms, 1871–1901, with 7.849 entries are the latest Ancestry additions. Elecytocal engineers includes telegraph engineers.
The lists include date of first membership, name and address, often a corporate address. You can follow a member, or associate member, through the period of their membership. Members are found not only in the UK.
The membership forms are a single page with minimal genealogical information.
Newsroom is used to signal that they have more than newspapers. Web, radio and TV news content are also available.
You enter through an open access area, no pass necessary. Facilities there were being enjoyed by a younger crowd, mostly using laptops, than through the Newsroom doors.
As yet you don't have access to other archival newspaper resources, that's coming next fall but will involve ordering in advance so that the materials can be transported from the modern storage facility in Boston Spa. With the growing collection on the British Newspaper Archive the idea is to have all legacy material available online, something it will still take many years to accomplish at the present rate of digitization. I had to make a trip to Norfolk to view the Yarmouth Mercury.
The Newsroom facility cost £33m but as the British Library chief executive Roly Keating is quoted as saying the newspaper collection "is a vital part of the memory of the nation - recording every aspect of local, regional and national life."
Does the management of LAC, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Minister Shelly Glover not believe the same applies in Canada? Does Minister Glover even care about the state of neglect in which Canada's newspaper collection languishes?
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Saskatchewan university history professor Bill Waiser in an opinion piece printed in the Ottawa Citizen explains why it's important to have access to the census.
If you recall there was a battle royal over access ten years ago and a compromise reached. Part of the deal was, and is, a clause (2.1) in the 2005 Act to amend the Statistics Act (S.C. 2005, c. 31) that requires "a review of the informed-consent question "no later than two years before the taking of the third census of population (2016) … by any committee of the Senate, the House of Commons or both Houses of Parliament that may be designated or established for that purpose." Clause 2.2 requires a report on the matter."
I've been puzzled as I couldn't find these conditions in the consolidated version of the act provided on the Statistics Canada website.
It's an interesting omission, if I was of a suspicious turn of mind I might imagine someone is trying to bury something.
Read Waiser's article at:
At the Ottawa Branch meeting this Saturday, 31 May, Heather Oakley will present on
Are You a "Trust Me" Genealogist? - Citation of Sources: The Why and How. This meeting will be simulcast for those who can't join in person.
The presentation is followed by a meeting of the Computer SIG.
Details at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/
Today, 29 May 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking in the Saint Lawrence River of the RMS Empress of Ireland. She sank following a collision with the SS Storstad, a Norwegian collier. 1,012 people were lost. A passenger list may be accessed through www.empress2014.ca/
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
A new beta version of the Booth poverty maps from late 19th century London is now available and it's a huge improvement on the previous version.
Go to phone.booth.lse.ac.uk (cute address) and you'll find the Booth maps overlaid on either the OpenStreet map or various versions of Google maps, with a slider so you can move between the two. You can also see selected police notebooks indicated as a dot on the map.
A modern day equivalent of the Booth map, the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010, may also be viewed.
Monday, 26 May 2014
Sunday, 25 May 2014
Saturday, 24 May 2014
The following is from an announcement by the Southern California Genealogical Society.
"Jamboree is offering a record number of streamed sessions this year -- fourteen sessions over the three days. More important, these sessions are being offered absolutely free of charge.
Our gratitude goes to Jamboree's Diamond Sponsor Ancestry.com who is underwriting a portion of the cost of the streamed videos. We are very grateful for the commitment that Ancestry has made to support our effort to deliver genealogical education to SCGS members and nonmembers.
No matter where you live, you can experience the skill, knowledge, and expertise of some of the best speakers in today's genealogical community.
To register for a session, click on the link for the desired session(s) below and follow the directions. You will receive an emailed confirmation.
Please help us spread the word about our free live-streamed sessions. Tell your cousins, society members, post it on Facebook and share it on Twitter. We would like to have as many people as possible take advantage of this opportunity.
Friday, June 6
FR009 - Friday 1:00PM - Judy G. Russell JD, CG, CGL - "Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans"
FR018 - Friday 2:30PM - Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD - "DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard"
FR027 - Friday 4:00PM - Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA - "Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records"
FR034 - Friday 5:30PM - F. Warren Bittner, CG - "Proof Arguments: How and Why"
Saturday, June 7
SA003 - Saturday 8:30AM - F. Warren Bittner, CG - "Elusive Immigrant!"
SA019 - Saturday 10:00AM - Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL - "Staying out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today's Genealogist"
SA027 - Saturday 11:30AM - Michael Leclerc - "Researching Your New England Ancestors"
SA037 - Saturday 2:00PM - Bennett Greenspan - "The Future of Genetic Genealogy"
SA039 - Saturday 3:30PM - Dr. Maurice Gleeson - "Researching Your Irish Ancestry"
SA053 - Saturday 4:00PM - Cyndi Ingle - "The Internet: A Genealogist's Printing Press"
Sunday, June 8
SU009 - Sunday 8:30AM - D. Joshua Taylor - "Resources of the DAR: Beyond Revolutionary War Soldiers"
SU012 - Sunday 10:00AM - Dawn Thurston - "How to Write a Personal History that Captures your Interesting Life"
SU020 - Sunday 1:00PM - Dr. Maurice Gleeson - "Ireland and the Slave Trade"
SU036 - Sunday 2:30PM - Denise Levenick - "Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin"
Friday, 23 May 2014
The following came in from the British Newspaper Archive. I've had some recent interesting finds in collection.
There are now over eight million pages online, with more added every week.
We've just added our first national publication… and there are more to come!
You can explore over 200 years of history, spanning from 1710-1954. That's nearly 90,000 days of history!
You never know who might pop up in these pages. It's not uncommon to find a relative photographed in a local paper – or uncover some accomplishment or noteworthy deed you hadn't been aware of before.
Family rumours might find their proof in these pages. Scandals, suicides, attacks, and affairs were all printed without qualms, and you might discover the truth behind those Chinese whispers.
You'll learn more about your ancestors' lives. What was the major news of the day? What were the popular fashions? Knowing more about the world your family lived in can add a whole new layer of colour to your investigations.
You might already have access to them! The newspapers are available to search at The British Newspaper Archive and findmypast. So if you have a Britain or World subscription, you'll already have access to this wonderful resource.
Thursday, 22 May 2014
The next Scottish Genealogy Group meeting will be held at on Saturday 24 May at 10:00 AM in Room 226 at the Ottawa City Archives located at 100 Tallwood Drive, off Woodroffe Avenue.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
A DAY-LONG WORKSHOP FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS ABOUT THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EFFECTS OF ENGLAND’S INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
NORTH YORK CENTRAL LIBRARY AUDITORIUM 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library will be co-hosting a one-day workshop on the above theme of “Industrial England”. The time period we are particularly interested in is 1750 to 1870 although later times could also be relevant.
We are looking for speakers who would like to be part of this workshop. We want to receive proposals from professional genealogists, historians, family historians, librarians and archivists.
You are invited to submit proposals for lectures on topics such as migration to the cities, changes in occupations, effects of industrialization on rural communities, and changes in social organizations, cultural life, religion and education. Lectures can be about a family, an industry or about a place in England (e.g., Manchester), a county (e.g., Cornwall), a region (e.g., the Midlands) or relevant to the whole country.
Workshop attendees will be most interested in lectures emphasizing sources and research techniques that might be useful in their own family history research. We need lectures suitable for all levels of experience.
Each lecture session will be an hour or half-hour long, including 10 or 5 minutes for questions. Presentations should be illustrated; we will provide a computer projector or an overhead projector. Speakers will be expected to provide a handout of supporting material (up to four pages), which we will photocopy for all registrants.
Speakers will be paid an honorarium of $100 per lecture hour ($50 for a half-hour lecture). Speakers living in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Toronto will receive an allowance of $35 for travel and incidental expenses. For speakers living further away, modest travel expenses, accommodation and incidental expenses will be reimbursed on an individual basis.
Please submit your lecture proposals by e-mail. Please keep them brief and informal at this time. Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and a brief biography.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
Proposals must be sent to: email@example.com
For more information about the Toronto Branch of the OGS, please go to http://torontofamilyhistory.org
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Monday, 19 May 2014
John Grenham has advice for the descendants of emigrants looking to "heal the generations-long breach in their family by researching forward to find living relatives. But it is one of the most difficult tasks possible, going right against the grain of time."
Read Grenham's Irish Roots blog post at http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/irish-roots-1.1798413
A note from Daniel Horowitz
"In honor of Memorial Day, MyHeritage is offering FREE access to millions of US military records, which will be available to search from May 23 to May 26.
Military records are valuable resources that provide insight into the lives of those who have served in the armed forces, as well as their families. With these records, users can learn about their ancestors and honor their memory and service to their country.
Please see our special search page for the military collections that will be free over the Memorial Day weekend: www.myheritage.com/memorialday
The link is already live, but the collections will be free starting on Friday, May 23."
Sunday, 18 May 2014
Congratulations to the Oxfordshire FHS, overall winner of the Elizabeth Simpson Award 2013 of the Federation of Family History Societies as the Journal making the best contribution to family history.Oxfordshire would seem to be the place to have ancestors. BIFHSGO member Brenda Turner was recently researching at the Oxfordshire History Centre, which is in a converted church, and spoke highly of the new facility and records which include over 80% of the county's MIs.
Saturday, 17 May 2014
The following is a notice from the Quebec Family History Society
Celebrating Our Female Ancestors
Female ancestors are often difficult to find. Come to the Quebec Family History Society on May 20th to chat about your experiences searching for grandmothers and aunts, to pick up some tips from fellow genealogists, and to see what resources are available in the library. There will be a special focus on suffragettes and on finding French Canadian women.
Please bring along any memorabilia or books on finding women ancestors or on women’s lives that you would like put on display. Men are more than welcome to this event.
Tea, coffee and baked goods will be served.
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 from 13:30 to 16:00
at the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library,
173 Cartier Avenue, Suite 102, Pointe Claire.
Friday, 16 May 2014
The Ottawa Little Free Library on Featherston Drive, Alta Vista neighbourhood, is "open for caring and sharing" beginning at 4:30 on Friday, May 16th, 2014. Come by and "Take a Book - Return a Book"
1621 Featherston Drive.
Feel free to visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OttawaLittleFreeLibrary
The following is from findmypast.
"We've just added over 4 million new records making our collection of British Army Service records the largest available online.
Start exploring these new records, also known as the 'burnt records' after being damaged or destroyed in a World War 2 bombing raid. These records include multiple images per person and contain fascinating details such as a list of the personal effects of men who died at the front.
Whilst scanning these records we have found over half a million men whose details were buried deep within other records, so you won't have found them before.
Now that Public Works and Government Services Canada have taken over operation of the ground floor at 395 Wellington Street, the public building the houses Library and Archives Canada there's change underway. Some of the space is being renovated with more light entering. Murals now grace the wall on the east side of the sunken lobby.
Names are replacing numerals and letters to identify the rooms. The auditorium where BIFHSGO holds it's monthly meetings will be known as the John McCrae Auditorium. Others room names are more obscure
Room 154 = Sheila Watson Room
Room 156 = Leslie McFarlane Room
Exhibition Room A = Margaret Avison Room
Exhibition Room B = Winifred Bambrick Room
Exhibition Room C = Morley Callaghan Room
Boardroom inside Salon C = Matt Cohen Room
Room 129 = Mordecai Richler Room
Room 128 = Yvon Normand Room
via Glenn Wright
Thursday, 15 May 2014
London's Bunhill Fields Burial Ground records, new on Deceased Online, comprise scans of burial registers for approximately 71,000 interments and span the period 1713 to 1854. They are from The National Archives collection RG4, item references 3974 to 4001 plus 4288, 4289, 4290 and 4291.
Among many well known names included is that of Thomas Bayes: with how much certainty can we say he's buried there?
Speakers, well known locally, are: Sandra Adams, Doug Gray, Diana Hall, Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, Carol Reid, Gloria Tubman and Glenn Wright.
Find more information at http://www.ottawastakefhc.on.ca/
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
I'm off for a couple of weeks vacation. There may be days when no now posts appear on the blog, a few are scheduled to keep things going. If desperate for something to read over breakfast you could always try the links in the left-hand column
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
There's a new website www.claudenunney.co.uk/ dedicated to one of Canada's Victoria Cross winners. Born Stephen Sargent Claude Nunney in Hastings, England he came to Canada as a home child.
For a long while his story was a mystery -- his CEF attestation paper was inaccurate (putting it politely.) His true history was unearthed by English researcher Peter Silk who took 10 years to discover that Nunney was born in St Leonards in 1892, not Dublin in Ireland as he claimed. He died on 18 September 1918, having served as Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney, at Mingoval, France.
Here's an announcement of a meeting I would very much like to attend, but travel commitments won't allow:
World War II and Canada’s Major Role in the Development of Radar
To most of us in today’s world, the application of radar as a defensive tool would be assumed. However, the evolution of radar was still a work-in-progress prior to World War II, continuing throughout the war. For our presentation on May 15, 2014, we welcome James (Jim) Sands who was among those who were actually involved in the development of radar and its application in the Battle of Britain and, ultimately, success by the Allies in the war itself.
While the principles of using radio waves to detect far-off objects were known long before World War II, it wasn’t until the 1930s that serious work began to perfect such systems. While several countries were working each in secret, it was the British who most appreciated the application and benefits of such a system for defensive purposes. As was learned later, they were leaders in the development of the system they called Range and Direction Finding or RDF. The system could be used by the army, air force and navy, and was especially valuable during the bombing raids over Britain for early warnings of approaching attacks. However, it was from American naval terminology that the name RADAR came to us (from RAdio Detection And Ranging).
F/O James Sands (Ret’d) will give us a presentation based on his own personal experiences and knowledge from his years of active participation in the development of radar and its place in winning World War II. From high school, he joined General Electric’s apprenticeship program, but then went into the RCAF, receiving his commission. He became involved in the early use of radar in aircraft, night fighter radar, and navigation bombing gear. While with the RCAF, he was posted to Britain, serving as Station Radar Officer at RAF Winthorpe, RAF Bottesford and 5 Group Bomber Command. After his return to Canada at war’s end, he had a varied career in industry, doing among other things, helping to train people how to repair TVs. Retirement not being in his vocabulary, he became a car salesman – he achieved the distinction of being the top Cadillac salesman in Ontario. He remains a tinkerer, inventor and builder at heart, including model steam engines and an organ. He and his wife Evelyn have been married for over 60 years.
Please join us at Perth Royal Canadian Legion, 26 Beckwith Street E., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:30pm (Toonie Fee).
Monday, 12 May 2014
The following is from the Association of Canadian Archivists
An ACA member since the Association's inception in 1975, he served the ACA in a variety of roles, including serving on the Publication Committee (1982-1984), the Conference Programme Committee on three occasions, the Electronic Records Committee (1991-1992) and the Aboriginal Archives Special Interest Section (1997-1998). He also acted as the ACA President's Special Advisor on Public Policy from 1998-2006, a role in which he wrote briefs, appeared before Parliamentary Committees, published newspaper articles, and lobbied various bodies on legislation and policies that affected the archival community, such as copyright, privacy and access, and the historical census. He served similar roles in the Society of American Archivists and other organizations. In addition to authoring over 80 articles appearing in leading international journals, he also served on the editorial board for Archivaria (1981-1996 and 1999-2006) and American Archivist (1991-2001). He was named a fellow of the Association in 2009.
From 1975 to 1998, he worked at the Public, later National, Archives of Canada, leaving as the senior manager responsible for directing the appraisal and records disposition program for all media. In his long and distinguished career there, he was responsible for the development of policies and methodologies which dramatically altered the national archival system. Among his many vital contributions, it was at the National Archives where he conceived and implemented macroappraisal and since its implementation in Canada, it has gained wide international acceptance. Leaving the National Archives in 1998, he founded an archival consulting firm, Clio Consulting Inc., and worked for national, municipal, and academic archives, as well as archival associations, around the world. He also served as an Associate Professor for the Archival Studies Program in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba from 1998-2012. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2010.
BIFHSGO President Glenn Wright, who was hired by the Public Archives on the same day in 1975 as Terry, lauded him as inspiring generations of archivists.
The following is a seminar notice from the Quebec Family History Society:
How Do I Discover Information on My Ancestors in Quebec From 1621-2014?
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014 (corrected date)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: QFHS Heritage Centre and Library
Address: 173 Cartier Avenue, Pointe-Claire, Que
Lecturer: Gary Schroder
This seminar will examine all the major resources used in Quebec genealogical research, whether your ancestors were from France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, United States or other countries in the world.
Come to the Quebec Seminar and find out about the exciting new developments on the website of the
Drouin Genealogical Institute.
Fee: $30:00 for members $40:00 for non-members
Reservations are required: 514.695.1502
Sunday, 11 May 2014
This image, taken from near the back of the auditorium at the start of James F S Thomson's "before BIFHSGO" educational presentation shows one of the reasons for the success. The screen is large. Also the speaker can be seen on the raised platform.
Nothing can substitute for quality presentations, amply demonstrated by James and his colleague Elizabeth Kaegi who for the feature presentation told an amazing story of research perseverance and success which would not have been possible without DNA evidence. Neither would it have been possible without traditional records familiar to the genealogical researcher.
Saturday, 10 May 2014
Every manager knows the path to gaining a reputation is slow and to losing it is precipitous. Regaining a reputation takes time too yet managers know it costs less to reenlist a previous member than to win a new one. We're now seeing findmypast moving to repair the damage caused by recent changes.
The latest company weekly update summarizes what they're doing:
Unfortunately, when we moved our record set forms to new findmypast, some of them gained or lost search fields. We received lots of feedback on this issue, so we’re working through each of our record sets. We’re reviewing the search screens, results fields, order of results and transcriptions and fixing any issues we find. It’s a big job, but we’ve prioritised the sets that are most important to you (births, marriages and deaths records, and census records first) and we’re pushing them live as we go. I hope that you may have already noticed some improvements.In a previous weekly update company CEO Annelies van den Belt, CEO admitted "some mistakes were made. This resulted in a less than perfect experience, especially for our expert users. I sincerely apologise if we let you down."
When the service is restored, and with addition of new databases, I'd expect social media to reflect the improvements. The company is surely monitoring to judge perception of when that happens, it won't happen quickly. I expect to also see incentives to regain lost customers.
You'll find 108,427 entries in this TNA index database newly added to Ancestry. I wasn't going to mention it until I discovered that an Ancestry search now easily finds an index record for my father, and it gives his date of birth. I don't know that its accurate but it is the one he always celebrated.
There's information on this TNA collection, in BT 395, which lists the medals awarded to merchant seamen for their service in the Second World War (1939-1945). "The medals were claimed and issued from 1946 to 2002. Medals were not automatically issued, but had to be claimed by the merchant seaman. You can find out whether a medal was issued by looking at the markings on the records."
"To coincide with the centennial observances of the Great War, the first stage of the project will focus on the papers published during the years of World War One (1914-1918). This initial stage will see the digitization and web deployment of almost 300,000 pages of newspapers from communities across the province, providing researchers with unique insight to Saskatchewan communities during that fraught period of history."
Friday, 9 May 2014
According to TNA at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/seamens-wills.htm the wills usually provide the following information:
- the man's name
- the date the will was made
- the man's rank
- the last ship he served on
- details of his effects
- the name (and sometimes the address) of the person who was to receive the effects in the event of his death (usually his next of kin)
These wills also hold details such as the name, address and occupation of the executor.
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Register your estimate at http://app.fluidsurveys.com/polls/jdr/bifhsgo-may-meeting/
More on the program at http://www.bifhsgo.ca/eventListings.php?nm=127
When the US Food and Drug Administration issued an order last year prohibiting 23andMe from offering a health-related DNA services I suggested they might look to relocate outside the US. It wasn't taken seriously at the time but this report (23andme casts eyes abroad after U.S. regulatory hurdle) mentions the possibility of moving to Canada.
It would be an easy move, and the spit sample collection kit the company uses is purchased from a Canadian (Ottawa) company.
As mentioned in a previous post the presentation I most valued at the recent Ontario Genealogical Society conference was Determining how much confidence you should have in your genealogical inferences by Paul Jones.
Early on Paul mentioned that a practical problem faced by genealogists, and everyone else, is scarce resources. Time and funds are limited. It's all well and good to say you should turn over every stone in your genealogical search but in practice you need to choose what to do and what to left undone. How do you decide?
We make decisions day in and day out relying on experience and judgement and we take increasing care as the implications of those decisions are important and soak up time and money. The probabilistic approach using Bayes Theorem proposed and illustrated in Paul's presentation is a formal way to make the allocation decision which complements the Genealogical Proof Standard.
Hopefully Paul will publish or otherwise make available his paper in the OGS syllabus updated to include an illuminating example he gave in the presentation.
In the meantime consider Paul's list of objections & misperceptions regarding the probabilistic approach and his responses.
• My great-grandfather wasn’t 60% Harry. Either he was Harry or he wasn’t.
A probability is not a result. It’s a measure of the degree of our belief in the result.
• Statistics cannot replace research rigour.
No one has suggested that we forgo the precepts of the GPS.
• Words will do as well. If something is unlikely, just say so.
Does unlikely mean “1 in a million”, “1 in a thousand”, “1 in a hundred”, “1 in 10”? It makes a
huge difference in determining a future course of action.
• What about the researcher who gives every hypothesis a 99% prior probability of truth?
You can’t reject a tool because people use it badly. Otherwise we’d close down the Internet.
• No genealogist can say a finding is 68.45% certain.
True. And no statistician would either. We’re talking ballpark estimates.
• You can’t do experiments in genealogy so the use of statistics is invalid.
You can’t do experiments in astronomy either. But it’s empirical in that you can make
probabilistic predictions that are or are not subsequently confirmed by observation.
• Nothing in genealogy is certain and adding numbers won’t make it so.
The words of a math-phobe. In this case numbers are being used to describe uncertainty,
not prescribe certainty.
• There is absolutely no objective basis for applying numbers to hypotheses.
We have reasonable estimates of probability of various events, e.g. naming patterns, false
paternity and so on. Bayes Theorem was proved in the 17th century.
Paul was kind enough to reference my blog posts of July 23-24 & Sept. 4-6, 2012.
Before BIFHSGO Education Talk
"Six Thoughts About Autosomal DNA Tests" by James F. S. Thomson and Elizabeth A. R. Kaegi
Browse our Discovery Tables including DNA Items hosted by Bill Arthurs
What Really Happened? A Genetic Genealogy Success Story
Using several traditional genealogical techniques in conjunction with new genetic genealogy tests, Elizabeth A.R. Kaegi and James F.S. Thomson have been able to solve a six-decade old mystery, and have the findings conclusively confirmed. The drama and its resolution ranged across seven countries and finding the answers consumed many hours, especially in the last five years. The end result was very satisfying and Elizabeth acquired seven close family members, including two very new ones.
Open to members and visitors. Free admission. Free parking in lots east of the building which is at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Looking for a stray, someone who disappears from from the British records? Perhaps they emigrated to New Zealand. These index files, new on Ancestry, may now come up on a search.
New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1980; 1,507,722
New Zealand, Marriage Index, 1840-1950; 1,402,153
New Zealand Birth Index, 1840-1950; 2,250,215
Ancestry is listing the following updates to it's collection
Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812; 1,028,460 records
Warwickshire, England, Burials, 1813-1910; 277,236 records
Warwickshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1910; 576,830 records
Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1910; 510,984 records
As usual, the company doesn't mention what's updated and the counts are much as they were the previous time they were mentioned!
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Having now returned from the Ontario Genealogical Society conference at Brock University I'm starting to contemplate the event.
With six or seven parallel presentations we all experience the conference differently. Chris Paton has summarized his experience on British GENES as did Kirsty Gray at Family Wise. Search for various Facebook and twitter posts.
For me, as far as new substance is concerned, the highlight was the presentation Determining how much confidence you should have in your genealogical inferences by Toronto genealogist Paul Jones. It deserves a separate blog post, and a lot more.
Four others I enjoyed were:
- Chris Paton, who in delivering the J. Richard Houston Memorial Lecture, once again showed why he won Canada's Superstar Rockstar Genealogist in 2013. I understand he already has another speaking engagement in Ontario booked.
- Stephen Young speaking on FamilySearch mentioned Canadian databases expected to be added in the coming months. He gave but "didn't want to be quoted" on the exact schedule. It will include a new indexing of the 1881 Canadian census with the addition of pages missed from PEI previously, BMDs from Ontario, New Brunswick records and censuses from Newfoundland.
- Kirsty Gray's talk on Publishing and Publicising your Records showed how to use family history blogs, websites, gedcom-based websites, print on-demand, slideshows, social networking, publishing platforms, books and eBooks. Each utility was categorized by ease of use and cost. Kirsty will be back in Ontario, in Toronto, for an event on 1 November.
Marian Press on Local History Online: Adding Social Context to Your Family Tree with a cornucopia of resources.
There was conference bling too, including a personal collapsible water bottle, and a wrist-strap USB key from lead sponsor FindMyPast.com.
Congratulations to the conference committee
Secretary: Bev Craig
Treasurer: Bob Smith
Program: Sherry Bell, Rod Craig, Robert Halfyard, Lois Johnson
Registration: Marilyn Gomme
Marketplace: Jennifer Marcoux
Website: Steve Fulton
Banquet: Dianna Fulton
Syllabus: Jennifer Marcoux
Volunteers: Dianna Fulton
Wall of Ancestors: Lillian Santesso
Door Prizes: Lynn Butler
Steve is shown wearing a blue techie shirt and was everywhere, ably assisted by a group of fimilarly attired youngsters which included his kids.
Ontario Genealogy Conference 2015 will be held 5-7 June at Georgian College in Barrie.
Peter Higginbotham, creator of the Workhouse website has a new one http://childrenshomes.org.uk/
It aims to "provide information on all of the many and varied institutions that — for whatever reason — became home for thousands of children and young people in Britain. They include a wide variety of establishments ranging from orphanages, homes for those in poverty, and children with special needs, through to reformatories, industrial and approved schools, training ships, and hostels."
I found a nice description of Edmonton (North London) Chase Farm School where my grandfather was a an inmate after his father died in 1899.
Thanks to Gail Dever for the tip.
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Just added at FamilySearch, 14,886,274 indexed entries, with links to the printed record, for the London electoral registers, 1847-1913.
Saturday, 3 May 2014
We addressed the questions:
1. How do social media enter your genealogical life in both your personal research and for marketing and promotion? What is your preferred social medium, and why?
2. On balance do you think social media have been good or bad for family history, and why? Give an example.
3. What technological or other developments in the past year do you see as most significant for family history (not just in social media)?
4. What developments and trends will be most significant for family history in the next five years?
5. Libraries, archives and genealogical societies are being stressed by economic and technological factors. which there are also opportunities. Tell us about an institution that's adapting well.
6. Is family history destined to always mostly be an interest of seniots? If not why will it change? If so should much effort be made to attract younger people?
Finally panel members were given a one-minute opportunity for "Shameless self-promotion"
You can catch up on YouTube, including my gaff in the introductions.
Friday, 2 May 2014
Bruce Elliott sent along a note on the correct times for Brian Gilchrist's visitation and memorial service: are as listed on the funeral home website
http://turnerporter.permavita.com/siteContent/memorial.html?personId=252941&source=memlist, Sun. 2-4 and 7-9, with funeral at St James Cathedral Monday at 11:00 am. , Sun. 2-4 and 7-9, with funeral at St James Cathedral Monday at 11:00 am.
I woke early and drove to Brock University with Lesley Anderson, Tony Bandy and Glenn Wright. After wandering the halls of the university we finally found registration, then off to find the room where I was giving a pre-conference workshop on autosomal DNA. Lots of interaction and folks enjoyed the simulation exercise with playing cards to explore the variability of autosomal DNA inheritance.
Managed to meet all the members of the Saturday morning social media panel, Tony Bandy, Daniel Horowitz, Chris Paton and Marian Press - except Kirsty Grey yet to arrive.
After lunch wandered the marketplace before returning to rest for the evening session.
770,864 BMB transcription records for various Sussex parishes for 1538-1910 are now on Ancestry. There are no linked images of the originals.
For Dorset Ancestry has 1,285,789 BMB transcription records for 1538-1936. Images of the original are supposed to be linked although when I tried the message "Please try again later." was shown. There's also the facility to browse images for records from the parishes of: Aff-Puddle; Allington; Beaminster, St Mary's; Bellchalwell; Bere-Regis; Blandford-Forum; Bradford-Peverell; Bradpole; Bridport; Buckland-Newton; Burton-Bradstock; Chideock; Clifton-Maybank; Corfe-Castle; Cranborne; Crichell-Moore; Fifehead Neville; Fifehead-Magdalen; Fifehead-Neville; Fleet; Folke; Fontmell; Fordington, St. George's; Frampton; Froome, St. Quintin; Froome, Vauchurch; Langton-Matravers; Little Bredy; Lytchett-Matravers; Lytchett-Minster; Marnhull; Motcombe,; Netherbury; Shaftesbury, Holy Trinity; Swanage; Wareham, St. Mary's; Wimborne-Minster; Wootton-Glanville.
Does your genealogy or family history society have a plan for recruitment of new members? If they don't have a plan, one supported by a budget, your society is likely living the consequences.
I recall reading that Ancestry spends something like $80 to recruit one new subscriber. In absolute terms that's out of the range of possibility for any family history society, but what would it be proportionately considering that a typical society annual membership, doesn't cost anything like an Ancestry subscription.
One rule of thumb is that you should expect to spend on promotion about 20% of what you make on a product. Multiply 20% of the cost of annual memberships totaled over the expected time a person stays a member, then multiply by the number of people you expect, or would like, to recruit and you have a rule of thumb estimate of a reasonable annual expenditure on new member recruitment.
If your annual membership is $50, you expect a person to remain a member for 5 years, and you aim to recruit 100 new members that comes to $5,000. Do you think that`s enough, too much?
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Sad to learn of the passing of highly respected Ontario genealogist J Brian Gilchrist. More information at http://genealogyalacarte.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/canadian-genealogist-j-brian-gilchrist-passes-away/
Just in time for the OGS conference, a new website is now in place for the Ontario Genealogical Society.
Elizabeth Lapointe comments on Facebook that "it is poorly organized, and has lost its focus - Ontario genealogy."
It may have been implemented a bit too hastily. I went looking for a link to the various branches but couldn't find one. Checking the sitemap I found it but there was no obvious link.
Then in mousing around I found a hidden set of drop-down menus just above the three images and all was revealed. With the menu made visible I think Elizabeth's concerns will be addressed.
West Yorkshire, England, Prison Records, 1801-1914 are indexed images of 336,448 records for Wakefield prison which served all of West Yorkshire.
West Yorkshire, England, Police Records, 1833-1914 are indexed images of 32,666 records for police employees of Bradford (city), Halifax (borough), Huddersfield (borough), Leeds (city), Wakefield (city) and West Riding (county subdivision). The collection includes a wide variety of registers that recorded appointments of regular and special constables, promotions, disciplinary actions, transfers, lists of applicants, injuries sustained in the line of duty, and physical descriptions. In some cases, the records list the marital status, names of spouses, and birth dates and places.
West Yorkshire, England, Reformatory School Records, 1856-1914 has 9,093 entries, the later ones very complete with photos, addresses, parents and even relatives mentioned.
Also released by Ancestry is a small collection, 2,665 records, of West Yorkshire, England, Militia, 1779-1826
Here is a slightly abbreviated collection of statistics for April, limited as I put the final touches on presentations for the OGS conference.
Familysearch.org has added or updated record collections for a total of 1,762 (1,729). Census & lists account for 156 (156); birth, marriage, & death 1,037 (1,028); probate & court 173 (163); military 123 (121); migration & naturalization 118 (110); and with a change in categories, other 149 (149); miscellaneous 6 (3). Familysearch.org has Alexa rank 4,451 (4,617).
Ancestry fell in rank on the .com site 710 (666); the .co.uk continuing to advance 8,485 (8,953) while .ca continued to slide to rank 27,485 (26,240). The number of datasets in the collection grew to 31,775 (31,673); including 1,979 (1,972) for Canada, 1,781 (1,766) for the UK, 136 (133) for Australia and, 25,237 (25,194) for the USA.
MyHeritage.com's Alexa rank declined to 6,893 (6,534)
Findmypast had another good month with .co.uk jumping in Alexa rank to 21,453 (24,595), while .com continued to advance to 84,684 (95,310).
Family Tree DNA declined in rank to 29,227 (27,253) while claiming a total of 672,703 records. 23andMe ranks 12,777 (11,845) continuing the decline with the FDA halt to its personal genetics health business.
GenealogyinTime.com at 32,960 (33,452) continue a drift up the rankings; Mocavo.com gave back half its gain from the previous month 28,751 (34,446), while eogn.com slipped to rank 23,384 (22,734).
Britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk contains 7,894,131 (7,671,039) digitized pages, an average addition of 7,436 (6,701) pages per day; Alexa rank 127,378 (128,875).
Newspapers.com contains 3,061 (2,737) newspapers including 668,385 (668,227) pages for England and 1,523,074 (1,408,575) pages for Canada with more than 47,000 pages from the Brandon Sun added in April. The Alexa rank declined to 24,228 (23,998).
Cyndislist.com claims 331,043 (330,692) total links in 205 (205) categories, with 1,285 (1,524) uncategorized; Alexa rank continued to advance to 46,142 (49,117).
FreeBMD.org.uk has 237,672,737 (236,907,482) distinct records, the Alexa rank jumped to 63,126 (74,109).
Deceasedonline.com gained in rank to more than make up the previous month loss 679,593 (789,721).
Family history societies had a good month: bifhsgo.ca climbed again to rank 1,508,466 (1,637,661), qfhs.ca also climbed to rank 3,794,396 (3,978,180), and ogs.on.ca inched up to rank 396,009 (396,335). In the UK sog.org.uk gained rank to 541,620 (626,707).
And in case you're curious, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections has 5,584 (5,510) posts; on Alexa the .ca site had yet another fall to rank 478,971 (454,497).
Statistics for CanadianHeadstones.com Canadian Gravemarker Gallery (gravemarkers.ca) are deferred.
Did I miss something significant? If so please post a comment with statistics if applicable.