Wednesday, 20 June 2018

FGS Conference Myth-busting

Are you considering attending the US Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 22-25 August? It's one of the largest genealogical conferences in the US, but not so overwhelming at Rootstech. Find out about the conference here.

There are myths surrounding the conference? To counteract them FGS issued a myth-buster.

What isn't a myth is that by attending Canadians help support the present US administration. You might want to do so to show how much you are in favour of their policies on immigration, trade and firearms, especially as Indiana voted for the President in the 2016 election.

Canadians could show their support even more by ignoring just how much more expensive it will be for them as the US dollar has strengthened against the Loonie.

Halifax NS Ancestry? The HPL can help

The Halifax Public Libraries has a new fresh look for Local and Family History on its website. There are blog posts, a virtual archives and much more including advertising the popular Obituary Search Service: https://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/blogs/post/obituary-searches-ask-a-librarian/.

Here's a great service. Staff will conduct a search, for free, three names per email request, and mail out hard copies, for free, (but not email) of obituaries found in either the Chronicle Herald/Mail Star/Daily News, plus a handful of Dartmouth newspapers.

Thanks to Joanne McCarthy from the HPL for the tip.

For those of us in Ottawa, Library and Archives Canada has microfilms of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, and prior to that the Chronicle, with self-service open access, no need to order in advance of a visit. Sadly no online version, even for the Morning Chronicle (1864-1927).

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

FreeBMD June update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Sunday 17 June 2018 and to contain 268,252,090 distinct records (there were 267,753,711 records at previous update).
Years with updates of more than 5,000 records are for births 1963-64, 1978, 1980-83; for marriages 1966, 1980, 1982-83; for deaths 1859, 1981-83.

More Canadian content at Newspapers.com

Don't get too excited but newspapers.com has now placed online a few issues from Canadian newspapers not included before: the Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal.
Why not excited? They're for a handful of days in April and May this year. Will there be more to come?
Also the Montreal Gazette coverage is updated to April this year. There are now 2,027,632 pages in the collection going back to 1857.
How much better would the situation be if Library and Archives Canada had exercised the type of leadership displayed by its peers internationally for a coherent national program of newspaper access and digitization?
For LAC people who see this mention as akin to a continuing toothache, it will not go away without treatment.

Changing of the Guard at the Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives

It was a surprise to learn at Saturday's Voices from the Dust event that Laurie Dougherty has retired from the Archivist position at the Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives as of the end of May. I found Laurie to be most helpful on the occasions I sought her advice. She was a progressive influence. I wish her well.

Her replacement is Emma Carey, a graduate of McGill University who subsequently studied and worked in Scotland and Toronto. Naturally it will take some while for her to find her feet. All the best Emma.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Ancestry's Scottish Electoral Registers

There's a new collection, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1832-1976 with 3,219,223 records on Ancestry.
Sourced from the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives the originals are usually printed and the index based on text recognition software. I did find some early volumes handwritten and available for browsing but not indexed for searching.
Search boxes available are first name, last name, event year, keyword and residence year.
There are no registers for the war years 1916, 1917 and 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1944.
Information available is typically first and last name, occupation (not found in later years), place of abode, and nature of qualification to vote (also not found in later years).
The collection is indexed for every fifth year, other years require visually scanning images available.

Ancestry has also updated the collection Fife, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1914-1966 with 1,071,893 entries.

Gordon Burleigh Carling: CWGC Beechwood

CARLING, GORDON BURLEIGH

Rank: Captain
Date of Death:18/06/1918
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Canadian Army Service Corps
Grave Reference: Sec. 53. 1. 7-8.
Additional Information: Son of Fred W. and Eva C. Carling, of 354, Sparks St., Ottawa, Ont.; husband of Annie C. Carling, of New Westminster, British Columbia.

See his entry in the Canadian Great War Project.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week

Ancestry Updates U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

Venture into any library with a serious genealogical collection and you'll find volumes referenced as Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. They're in both the Ottawa Main and Centrepointe libraries.

Early passenger lists are rare. Filby gleaned records from books, journal articles and original records to provide bibliographic entries indexed by family names. This Ancestry update incorporates 5,444,446 records.

Filby's original publication was in 1981, 37 years ago. It's still valuable although much of the content is legacy. For example, it includes many entries for Ontario citing Bruce Elliott's Index to the 1871 Census of Ontario; and the Ancestry listing makes it look as if those people arrived in 1871! Beware!

Who was P(ercy) William Filby? According to this biographical sketch Filby was born in Cambridge, England, on 10 December, 1911. He joined the staff of Cambridge University Library while taking German courses at the University. During the Second World War he was a member of the cryptographic team at Bletchley Park where Germany's ULTRA code was broken. On marriage in 1957 he moved to the US working at the Peabody Institute Library in Baltimore and subsequently as director of the Maryland Historical Society. He died at his home in Savage, Maryland, on 2 November, 2002.

BIFHSGO "Best of" Certificates

President Barbara Tose presented awards, "Best of" certificates, to the following recipients at the BIFHSGO AGM on Saturday 9 June 2018:

Best Before BIFHSGO talk by a member to Sheila Dohoo Faure for her presentation on the No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.

Best BIFHSGO talk by a member – or members – goes to Susan Davis, Darrel Kennedy, Brian Laurie-Beaumont and Marianne Rasmus for their talk on Salem, “Where were you in 1692?” An honorary mention goes to Glenn Wright for his part in that presentation.

The above awards were voted by the membership. The following was selected by a committee empanelled by ACR editor Jean Kitchen.

Best ACR Article winner for the 2017 year is Christine Jackson for her article “The Queen’s Coachman: Our Only Claim to Fame!”

Saturday, 16 June 2018

NEW Canadian Webinar Series

Kathryn Lake Hogan has a new initiative—a weekly webinar called Genealogy with a Canadian Twist. 
She writes on her website Looking4Ancestors that "every Thursday (or almost every Thursday) at 1:00 pm ET I'll be hosting and moderating a free weekly webinar about Canadian genealogy, and genealogy from a Canadian perspective. There'll be other topics too, like history, and special events."
You can read more at the link above. For bragging rights to say you attended the first in the series this coming Thursday register at https://zoom.us/webinar/registerAA/N_0FkYKjFjRUq7Tkb1SBoeuA/. A limited number of spots are available during the live webinar. It will be recorded and made available for 48 hours afterwards.

Findmypast adds British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

934,145 records are in FMP's version of the National Archives' collection of medical records from the First World War newly available.
The records are admission and discharge registers from various medical facilities. There's one line per soldier with initials rather than first name(s), last name, age, birth year, service number, rank, company / squadron, corps, hospital, admission date, discharge or transfer date and archival information.  Additional information in linked images of the original includes number of years of service, nature of the affliction—from sore feet to gunshot wound, religion and brief observations.
The records are a representative selection of the original collection; others are believed to have been destroyed.

Ottawa Immigrant Heritage Walking Tours – 2018

Take a journey through some of Ottawa’s most interesting neighbourhoods. As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week, June 18 to 30, 2018, the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Heritage Ottawa, City of Ottawa and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada have joined together to host a series of guided walking tours to Chinatown, Little Italy, Lowertown West, Lowertown East and Vanier.

I took the Little Italy tour last year. It was interesting enough I'll likely try another this year.

Find more information and links to register here.

Friday, 15 June 2018

CEF Service Files Digitization Update for June 2018

As of 15 June 2018 there are 601,736 (592,203 last month) of about 640,000 files available online in the LAC Personnel Records of the First World War database.

The latest box available is 10,331 (10,117) and last name Whitte (Waterous).

The pace was down by more than 1,100 from the previous period. At the last month's rate the last file would still be online by the end of September.


BIFHSGO Certificates of Recognition

President Barbara Tose awarded two Certificates of Recognition at the BIFHSGO AGM on 9 June 2018.

Cliff Adams in appreciation of his ongoing and significant contributions to the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa as Conference Treasurer, and his invaluable assistance to (and as) Treasurer of the Society.

Father Edward J.R. Jackman in recognition of his life-long interest in and encouragement of family history and genealogy and with special appreciation of his generous sponsorship and support of our Society and its activities.

Identifying and Recovering WW2 Aircraft

On Sunday, 17 June at 7pm, Dirk Decuypere will speak at Ottawa's Pinhey's Point National Historic Site about his research identifying and recovering WW2 aircraft including three Canadians commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium in 2017.

One was Lieut. Lindsay Drummond a descendant of the Pinhey family who was shot through the heart on the evening of May 18,1917 while attacking a German observation balloon.

Dirk Decuypere, co-founder of the aviation archaeology group Huyghe-Decuypere in West Flanders, undertook a five year project to obtain their CWGC recognition.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Congratulations to Jane Down

At last Saturday's AGM of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa President Barbara Tose announced that Jane Down's appointment to the Society Hall of Fame.
"Jane Down, a BIFHSGO member since 1997, has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the Society and for genealogy in general. She has volunteered in many capacities, serving eight years as BIFHSGO Program Director and several years on the Program committee for our annual conference. Her most recent contribution has been to take on the duties of Administration chair for the 2018 conference. Jane has also been an active member of the Ontario Genealogical Society and served as the Program chair for the OGS 2017 conference in Ottawa.
Jane has lectured on research organization and authored a Researchers Aid on the topic. Through the years Jane has enthusiastically researched her family’s history and has presented her findings at monthly meetings, in Anglo-Celtic Roots and in other journals. From her first award at Gene-O-Rama in 1994 for her book on her Bradford line to winning the Alan Neame Award from the Kent FHS in 2017, Jane has always striven for quality in her research and writing. Her many contributions make her a well-qualified and deserving candidate for BIFHSGO’s Hall of Fame."

OGS Quinte Branch June Meeting

The Saturday 16 June 16, 2018 meeting is a "Genealogy Workshop, Open Forum, Getting Ready for Summer."
It's an opportunity to ask questions and share basic tips to sharpen your research skills. Come prepared to learn, share and take home some suggestions on how to tackle your next research project. 

Held at  Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton 1-3 pm. Everyone welcome, bring a friend.
Visit www.quinte.ogs.on.ca and  facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS

Voices from the Dust 2018


Perth & District Historical Society June (Un)Meeting

The following is an announcement from the Perth & District Historical Society.

For the meeting of Thursday, 21 June join the Committee and the historical society in a very different event – a ‘Meet & Mingle’ at Maximilian’s Restaurant, 99 Gore Street East, Perth (7:30pm).

The June event is an enjoyable opportunity to meet the committee and other ‘friends’ of the Society, in one of Perth’s most prominent historic buildings, celebrate the restaurant’s 45th anniversary, and, not least, commemorate the Summer Solstice – marking one of our most ancient traditions.

Enjoy a special selection of sweet and savoury finger foods from Maximilian’s kitchen, learn the Maximilian story, and be introduced to the history of this beautiful 1850 heritage building,
And a number of draws provided by our local supporters:
                  Maximilian’s
                 The Book Nook, and
                 Computers Plus.

For this occasion, there will be a small charge ($10.00; alcoholic beverages extra).  Advance tickets (preferred, please, to help with our planning) may be obtained at The Book Nook, 60 Gore St. E., Perth or by contacting Ellen Dean at (613) 264 8362.  (If you have food allergies or sensitivities, kindly advise Maximilian’s Restaurant in advance at 267 2536.)

For further information on this event, please call 613-264-8362.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

FFHS Recent Book Reviews

The (UK) Federation of Family History Societies offers a page of reviews of recent genealogy books. The reviews are fairly short, typically around 300 words.

The Half-Shilling Curate; A Personal Account of War and Faith 1914-18; by Sarah Reay
Explore History | Landscapes | Family; Published by: Worcestershire Council
Tracing your Georgian Ancestors 1714-1837; by John Wintrip
Weavers, Wanderers, & Wigneys; by Tim King
The Oldest House in London; by Fiona Rule
Nannau, A Rich Tapestry of Welsh History By Philip Nanney Williams
The Victoria Crosses of the Crimean War - The Men Behind the Medals; by James W Bancroft
Records of Holton Park Girls’ Grammar School (1948-1972); Edited by Marilyn Yurdan
Victorian Policing; by Gaynor Haliday
Tracing History through Title Deeds; by Dr N Alcock
One Family, Six Names; by John and Anne Hercus
Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past; by Marian Burk Wood
Penny Lane and All That - Memories of Liverpool; by Ann Carlton

Find the reviews here.

Genealogy Books are Popular at OPL

You need to be patient to borrow recent genealogy books from the Ottawa Public Library. Looking at the most recently acquired:

Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com: How to Find your Family History on the #1 Genealogy Website, Second Edition, By Nancy Hendrickson has 32 holds on 6 copies. BTW: The Toronto Public Library has 6 copies and no holds.

Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young, By Peter Higginbotham has 7 holds on 4 copies.

Genealogy for Dummies, eBook, By Matthew L. Helm has 10 holds on 2 copies.

The Street-wise Guide to Doing your Family History, By Mary Teviot has 23 holds on 5 copies.

Tracing Your Georgian Ancestors : A Guide for Family and Local Historians, By John Wintrip is on order with 5 holds on 1 copy.

Scottish Genealogy, By Bruce Durie (featured speaker at the BIFHSGO conference in September) has no holds but 5 of the 6 copies in the OPL system are borrowed and the other is for reference at the Main Branch.




Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The World Cup and MyHeritageDNA

Enthusiasm is mounting among football (soccer) fanatics for the FIFA World Cup and MyHeritage is catching the wave.
"Eight "legendary" players reunite on the pitch to discuss national rivalries, reminisce and laugh together — and see their ethnicity breakdowns revealed through the MyHeritage DNA test."
See the resulting 13:38 minute video from MyHeritage.

Correcting the Irish Census

John Grenham has been nose to the grindstone for the best part of a year tackling the backlog of census corrections suggested to the Irish National Archives.

In a blog post he writes he will have processed around 50,000 of the 100,000 emails by the end of June which includes about a quarter of a million suggested changes. Half are turning out to be accurate, a third are duplicates (corrections suggested more than once), and only 15% are downright inaccurate.

Corrections are incorporated in monthly batches on census.nationalarchives.ie/. They do not get included in the census versions on commercial sites.

Family Tree: July 2018

The email linking the online version of Family Tree's July issue arrived on 6 June. It happens earlier each month as the magazine publishes both December and Christmas issues.
There's fresh information throughout the issue, but will leave aside details of the regular columns: Family history news, Dear Tom, Family Tree Academy, The lunch-hour genealogist, Taken a DNA test? Now what?, Techy tips for family historians, Twiglets, Family Tree Subscriber Club, Books, Your Q&As: advice, Diary Dates, Mailbox, Your adverts. There's a focus this month on women marking the centenary of women (over 30 with some property rights) getting the vote.

Until you actually live there’
In the wake of the Windrush, 10-year-old Edwin Joseph came to Britain. Flere his wife Jane Joseph traces his ancestry back to British Guiana and ultimately Africa, from where his 3x great-grandparents had been sold into slavery themselves.
Comment: NOT first world issues—"Until you wage a daily battle to prevent termites eating away the insides of the books on your shelves and the pictures in your frames before moving on to eat away your wooden house, you don’t really understand why parish churches or schools in the tropics rarely have registers dating back more than a generation."

Exploring ancestors’ ages
Don’t assume your ancestors all married and died young. Dr Edward Dutton has some surprising news.
Comment: My 2-times great grandfather lived to be older than his son my great-grandfather. That's more likely than not according to the statistics in this article. If you like to put your ancestry in the context of the times read this article to better understand why lifespan decreased.

The sum of all parts
Chris Paton describers how pursuing the stories of his female ancestors may often be difficult, but never any less important.
Comment: Chris always has something worthwhile and often new to me in his articles. This time it's The Army Children Archive.

Celebrating centuries of women
To mark the centenary of the vote being granted to some women, and the 90th anniversary of full equal franchise, Rachel Bellerby takes a tour through centuries of female history, looking at achievements in fields including medicine, industry, the military and entertainment.
Comment: The article is crammed with useful links.

The feel of fashion
This issue Jayne Shrimpton reflects on the changing attire of the early 1800s. Just what did our late Georgian and early Victorian ancestors wear?

Tracing your family tree is something for everyone! Start today
If you have a computer and access to the internet then you have what you need to start tracing your family tree. June Terrington is a huge fan of online research and has been finding ancestors and making family history connections for years!
Comment: Another article crammed with links—for the beginner.

Two remarkable people
There’s nothing like a written record of the past is there? This issue Julie Goucher looks at the correspondence material left by two outstanding Victorian women.

The real EastEnders: sharing women’s history
Passionate to see the history of women remembered, campaigner Sarah Jackson has set about creating an East End Women's Museum. Simon Wilis pays a virtual visit.
Comment: You can too.

Spotlight on the Sussex Family History Group
Roy Winchester would like to warmly welcome you to this large and successful family history society.

‘She burned too bright for this world’
Ruth A Symes reminds us how there is so much to interest family historians in Emily Bronte’s work as we mark 200 years since her birth.

There’s something about Mary
Researching your female line can be a real challenge, especially as maiden names can get lost or over time. Charlotte Soares took up the cause to help a fellow reader solve just such a problem.

Thoughts on...
‘What follows are probably the saddest in my whole family history’ - Diane Lindsay relates a tragic tale.


Monday, 11 June 2018

Online: Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

Aimed at the beginner to intermediate level FutureLearn and the University of Strathclyde offer a free MOCC to help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history.
The course covers:

  • A consideration of the differences between primary, derived primary and secondary sources.
  • An understanding of the importance of knowing who made a document and why and how they were created. *A key challenge of genealogy – finding the right person among a number of possible candidates, with ever-changing spellings of surnames – will be considered.
  • Lateral ways to approach research including the FAN/cluster technique and mind mapping.
  • Primary source databases including searching techniques to deal with name change or spelling differences; these include the use of wildcards.
  • An introduction to main source types including civil, church, census and military records to give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them.
  • Review the content of major international and selected local and specialised databases and consider ways to evaluate databases.
  • The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard including how to establish proof and how to evaluate evidence.
  • The use of DNA testing in genealogical research with a focus on autosomal (‘cousin-matching’) and Y-testing techniques.
  • An exploration of secondary and primary sources which provide historic and social context, considering their quality and how to find them.
  • The importance of providing evidence of the sources used in family history research and an exploration of the various systems of referencing in use.
  • A consideration of tools used to store, track and analyse genealogical data; various types of family trees and reports including paper based resources, software programs and online tools.
  • What are the best ways to begin writing a family history?
  • Ways to protect and preserve physical records and digital data.
Although the course is described as not geographically specific it is given in English and there is likely to be a UK perspective.
Learn more and register at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy#section-overview



Ernest Clifton Arnoldi: CWGC Beechwood

ARNOLDI, ERNEST CLIFTON

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Date of Death:11/06/1918
Age:56
Regiment/Service:Canadian Garrison Artillery No. 2 Artillery Bde.
Grave Reference: 21-10. C.11. W.C.
Additional Information: Son of Elizabeth Douglas Arnoldi, of 647, Lothrop Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A., and the late Lt.-Col. Ernest Clinton Arnoldi; husband of Elizabeth D. Arnoldi, of 2, Queen Mary Apartments, Elgin St., Ottawa, Ont.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

How to search this blog

If you're looking at this item on the website you may notice a search box has been added in the left hand column. I thought there had been one there before but didn't see it when I checked so added it.
With over 9,000 posts dating back to 2006 you can use the blog search as a resource for finding all kinds of information which has been posted over the years ... if you're not careful!

BIFHSGO Changing of the Guard

Congratulations to Duncan Monkhouse acclaimed as the new President of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa at The Society Annual General Meeting on Saturday.

Immediate Past President Barbara Tose and Duncan took advantage of the lunch venue following the AGM and Great Moments session to discuss transitional issues like changing email address linkages.

The remainder of the Board continue in their previous roles except for Glenn Wright who relinquishes the past president role while remaining as society archivist.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Beating writer's block - ten top tips for genealogists

The Family Tree blog has inspiration for those considering entering a family history writing contest, like the 25th anniversary one BIFHSGO is holding for its members.

Members are encouraged to write a story related to their British Isles family and submit it to the competition. There's more information here (pdf).

Entries must be received by midnight on 31 May 2019.

Friday, 8 June 2018

MyHeritage Adds Two-Factor Authentication

A couple of days ago I wrote about MyHeritage's security breach (here).

The company has now moved to implement two-factor authentication (2FA) which they claim makes them among the first in the genealogy and DNA industry to do so. It's designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password.

If you're a MyHeritage member follow the instructions here to take advantage of the greater security available.

LAC Main Estimates: Committee Hearing

On Thursday the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage held its first hearing on the 2018-19 Main Estimates. Minister Melanie Joly made an opening statement and took questions from three committee members, each for a seven minute period. All questioners were members from Quebec. The video record is here.

In her opening statement the Minister made reference to the funding request for the new joint LAC - Ottawa Public Library facility, the only mention of an LAC initiative.

The session was cut short as the bells rang for a vote in the House of Commons.

As the committee typically meets on Tuesday and Thursday the continuation of the hearing will likely occur next week. Will nearly $109 million of tax expenditures for LAC be approved by the committee on the nod?

Advance Notice: Identifying and Recovering WW2 Aircraft.

On Sunday, 17 June at 7pm, Dirk Decuypere will speak at Ottawa's Pinhey's Point Historic Site about his research identifying and recovering WW2 aircraft including three Canadians commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Belgium in 2017. 
One was Lieut. Lindsay Drummond a descendant of the Pinhey family who was shot through the heart on the evening of May 18,1917 while attacking a German observation balloon.
Dirk Decuypere, co-founder of the aviation archaeology group Huyghe-Decuypere in West Flanders, undertook a five year project to obtain their CWGC recognition.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

1926 Census News: wait some more

The following information was provided by Johanna Smith, Director General, Public Services Branch at Library and Archives Canada.
The preparation and digitization of the original (1926 census) microfilm began a few months ago, and we are currently developing the index and contextual material. As soon as these are ready and the interface is translated and the content is linked and prepared for the web, we will make the data and images from the census available on the LAC website. In the coming months we will be in a better position to estimate a release date.
We’ll be making updates to our website periodically as work progresses, at the following link: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/Pages/census.aspx#after_1921

Comment:  The reference to "in the coming months" is not good news. 
The microfilm has been in LAC possession for months prior to the official transfer date. Digital microfilm could have been quickly produced and made available online as soon as the transfer date arrived. Why was this not done allowing public release as soon as possible and various indexing initiatives, including crowdsourcing, to occur?

TheGenealogist augments 1921 census substitute collection

TheGenealogist has added directories for Nottingham, Glasgow, Leicestershire & Rutland, Derby, Shropshire, and Kent to its 1921 census substitute collection.
These are added to those already available for Aberdeen, Bath, Berkshire, Bradford and Surrounding Districts, Bristol and Suburbs, Brixton and Clapham, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Channel Islands, Cheshire, Cumberland, Dorset, Durham, Hessle, Hull, Lincolnshire, London, London County Suburbs, Middlesbrough, Norfolk, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.
The total collection is now 1.75 million heads of household. The total population for England, Scotland and Wales was 43.7 million.

BIFHSGO AGM and Great Moments

This Saturday, 9 June, come to The Chamber at Centrepointe Nepean for all the excitement and suspense of the BIFHSGO Annual General Meeting, starting at 9 am.

As an additional attraction, starting at 10 am, four society members present in the semi-annual Great Moments in Genealogy session.

Was my Great-great Uncle David Jeanes a Murderer?
David Jeanes' great great uncle, David Jeanes, a coachbuilder in Cathays, Cardiff, left Britain mysteriously and suddenly in the 1880s. The family never spoke of him, and David only heard sketchy mentions of him by his grandfather and a cousin of his father. Searching ship passenger lists, South African church records, and finally the wonderful new resource, Welsh Newspapers Online, revealed a sensational story.

About the speaker
David Jeanes is a BIFHSGO member, president of Heritage Ottawa, and member of the executive of the Ottawa Welsh Society.

Who’s Crazy?
What happened in the 19th century when your husband died leaving you with three small children to support?  When those children proposed moving away in search of a better life?  Mary Oliver Brydon emigrated to Ontario from Scotland as a child around 1830. Dianne Brydon will tell the tragic story of Mary's life, a case study in women's limited options and how 19th-century society dealt with mental illness.  A great moment happened when two 4th cousins found each other and compared documents they had each unearthed.

About the speaker
This is Dianne Brydon's second Great Moment presentation. In June 2017 she talked about research with her father for their book, The Stalwart Brydons: From Scotland to Galt to Portage La Prairie. The book also includes the story of Mary Brydon's early life. During a book tour through southern Manitoba, Dianne met Carol Bray, Mary's descendant, and co-president of the Beautiful Plains branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society. Carol had discovered the details of Mary's later life, which had been elusive for many years. Together, they crafted the story which Dianne will present.

A Great Little Great War Story
A lonely Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone standing at Czar, Alberta marks the resting place of the first CEF soldier to die in the First World War. Born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, like many volunteers he was a recent immigrant; unlike most he had an unusual amount of military background. John D. Reid will share his family history story.

About the speaker
John D. Reid, a proud son of Norfolk, is a Society past president and member of the BIFHSGO Hall of Fame. Best known of his blog, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections, he writes a regular column in BIFHSGO's Anglo-Celtic Roots.

Finding the Fennells, with a Bonus Surprise
One of Ann Burns' most frustrating brick walls had been her great-great-grandfather Patrick Fitzpatrick and his wife Annie Fennell. All Ann knew were their names and the counties in Ireland they came from. While Patrick remains elusive, a combination of detective work at home, release of the Irish parish records, expanded searchable databases, some friendly help in Ireland, and a bit of Irish luck, allowed Ann to go back two more generations, not only to the Fennell ancestors, but the very place they came from.

About the speaker
Ann Burns started researching her family history in 2003 and joined BIFHSGO in 2004. Inspiration for this pursuit had a long build-up, but retirement made it much easier. A trip to Ireland in 2008, where a connection was made with living relatives, has been followed by nine more trips. During these sojourns, of two weeks to three months duration, other than visiting relatives, Ann spends as much time as possible following paper trails and winding roads, tracking down clues about her Irish ancestors.

Election Day in Ontario

Nobody should tell you how to vote. Be alert for fake news.
Depending on the riding you have a choice of 28 parties, and independent.
Proceed to the poll now, and vote.















Thank you if you already voted.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

MyHeritage Security

You are advised to change your password for MyHeritage.

The background to the security breach of 92 million accounts is on this MyHeritage blog post.

It's shocking there's been no notice directly to subscribers!

Hillary Duff episode of WDYTYA

An interesting story. Good television and the first episode this season that didn't start with an AncestryDNA test.

In the cold light of dawn did anybody explain that 21 times great-grandfather ancestor Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) was one of about 16.8 million ancestors that far back?

Did they mention that the population of the UK in 1300 was about 4.7 million so she is likely connected to Robert, and everyone else on both sides at the Bannockburn battlefield, multiple ways?

And that the chances of her having inherited any of Robert the Bruce's DNA are slim to none.

Vancouver Island Newspaper Digitization

Wfm vancouver islandSouthern Vancouver Island is already well served by fully searchable issues of the British Colonist from its first issue in 1858 to December 1950. Now the initiative is moving up-island.

A project is underway to digitize editions of the Nanaimo Daily Free Press (1874-1928) and the Cowichan Leader (1905-1928).

That's thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia supported by the Nanaimo Archives, the Nanaimo Historical Society and the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The issues will be freely available online.

Find out more here.

via http://documentary-heritage-news.blogspot.com/

A few other Vancouver Island newspapers are linked in http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/british-columbia-online-historical-newspapers-summary

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

AncestryDNA Updates Ethnicity Estimates

With a five-fold increase in the number of reference samples, now 16,000, AncestryDNA has changed ethnicity estimates. There are 17 new regions. The new estimates are based on stretches of DNA rather than individual letters (A, C, G or T) at particular bases. 
If you're like me your new estimates will likely be more aligned with your expectations before DNA results were available.
My new estimate is more British. England and Wales 44%, an increase of 25%;  Ireland and Scotland 34% an increase of 4%.
There are decreases. A 4% reduction in European Jewish, 11% Scandinavian becomes 3% Norwegian and no longer any estimates for Europe West, Caucasus, Europe East or Iberian Peninsula.

What's your experience?

Speakers at THE Genealogy Show

I previously mentioned that two new genealogy events are planned for the UK in 2019.

Coming on a year before the event I received an email from organizers THE Kirsty Gray and Sylvia Valentine drawing my attention to an addition to the line up of speakers at their event in Birmingham next year, THE Genealogy Show (also Facebook link).

The most recently announced speaker is Lisa Louise Cooke. Add Lisa to the list of US Rockstars already announced — Judy Russell and Blaine Bettinger.

The event is scheduled for 7-8 June 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham which is where the late lamented WDYTYA? Live event most recently was held. It's a super convenient location for air and train travel.

OGS June Webinar: Peter Krogh

Thursday, 7 June, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Presentation: Camera Scanning your photographic archive
Presenter: Peter Krogh

The need to digitize photo collections is shared by families and companies alike. This is an essential to both preserving history, and sharing it with others. Peter will share his reasons why using your own digital camera is the fastest, easiest and most economical way to achieve a digital archive. Professional photography skills are a plus, but by following the recipe approach, Peter makes such experience not necessary by any means.

The link to register is on the OGS website.




Monday, 4 June 2018

So long Guelph, hello London

All good things must come to an end. OGS Conference 2018 is over.

Congratulations to the organizers and helpers. No matter how much you feel gratified about a conference's success it's always a bit of an anticlimax knowing that everything you worked toward for so long is now history.

The next lap for OGS conferences is announced as 21-23 June, 2019, at the London Convention Centre, London, Ontario with the theme"Breaking Down Genealogical Barriers".

Ireland Illustrated, 1680-1860

A database of images drawn from travel accounts is newly online with over 500 images of Ireland – woodcuts, water colours, engravings and other illustrations. Complete with related text, drawn from more than 50 manuscript and printed works, it highlights several neglected or rarely accessible sources.
The online database, a work in progress, is hosted by NUI Galway’s Moore Institute with the support of libraries in Ireland and abroad, in particular that of the National Library of Ireland and the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway.

Find out more in this article from Galway Daily.

via http://documentary-heritage-news.blogspot.com/

Alberta Genealogical Society Conferences

There's a call for presentation proposals out from the Alberta Genealogical Society for their 2019 conference in Edmonton on April 26-28. Guess what the theme is!

More immediately, the AGS Medicine Hat & District Branch will celebrate 40-years of genealogical research from 12-14 October 2018 with a fall conference featuring DNA specialist Diahan Southard and blogger Gena Philibert-Ortega. They were both speakers as the 2017 AGS conference in Edmonton, and Diahan is coming to the BIFHSGO conference.

Co-Lab Progress

Co-Lab, a facility to allow transcription, tagging, translation and description of digitized (imaged) records found in Library and Archives Canada’s collection, has been active for about a month.

As of Friday, 1 June there have been 1,450 transcription contributions, 40 translation contributions, 9,181 tags and 197 description contributions entered.

191 images have been enabled for Co-Lab contributions directly from the Collection SearchBETA interface 74 of which have active contributions. Many are simple tags and description. Topics of interest include Louis Riel, Vimy, The William L Mackenzie King diaries, a page from a diary of a FWW soldier travelling east by train, the Cape Bear Lighthouse on PEI and more—a eclectic mix.

Thanks to project manager Alexandra Haggert for the information.


Sunday, 3 June 2018

OGS Conference YouTube Videos

The opening session and Saturday morning plenary presentation by Jonathan Vance from OGS Conference 2018 are now archived and available on YouTube.

"Nation Builders You’ve Never Heard Of" , the opening session presentation, was watched by about a dozen people live online, 47 had watched as of 10 am on Saturday. If you just want to hear the presentation skip the ado of the opening 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
https://youtu.be/f9HCrDRir_4.

The Saturday morning plenary "Who was the Canadian Soldier of the First World War?" was watched by half a dozen live online and 28 had viewed as of 10 am on Saturday.
https://youtu.be/JSqGxK-HRzI

Vance was an excellent choice for this audience—substantive content well presented. While in both videos the audio is distorted the ear become accustomed after a while. Also several slides which are copies of original documents are not visible in the second presentation.

A History of Norwich ;-)

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Database of Canada’s Early Women Writers

Some 4,500 authors who published their first work, in English, in or before 1950 are included in the Database of Canada’s Early Women Writers.

As Carole Gerson writes in a short article on the database "Most Canadians know surprisingly little of their country’s literary past, even though many of their great-grandmothers or great-aunts were active participants in Canada’s print culture as poets, journalists, novelists, travel writers and biographers."

Searchable by title, name, place and publisher it's a rich and growing resource. A search for place Ottawa, ON found 18 writers born there, 42 who died, and 120 residents.

Perhaps the best known wrote:

The Immigration Problem for Canada, 1924
Social Work at the League of Nations, 1936
Social Work and the People's Health: An Expansion of an Address Given at the Annual Meeting of District 8, Registered Association of Ontario, 1936
God's Good Tide, 1941
Canadian Women in the War Effort, 1942
The Dawn of Ampler Life: Some Aids to Social Security, 1943
A Hundred Years a-Fellin': Some Passage from the Timber Saga of Ottawa in the Century in which the Gillies Have Been Cutting in the Valley, 1842-1942, 1943
Baby Bonuses: Dollars or Sense?, 1945
The Commons, 1950
By Command of the Queen, 1953

Who was she? Hint: It's not her photo above—that would make it too easy!

Ontario Genealogical Society Finances

As a federally registered non-profit corporation the Ontario Genealogical Society provides an annual report, including finances, to the government.
At the end of 2017 OGS had total assets of $1,711,219 ($1,771,728, $1,730,483, $ 2,398,885 for 2016 back to 2014) and current liabilities of $226,778 ($252,635, $220,434, $253,590).
Total revenue was $702,238 ($701,406, $ 694,265, $557,053). The society had an unusually successful annual conference in Ottawa ($68K surplus).
Total expenditures were $744,150 ($709,792, $ 711,897, $626,736).
The initiative of a 50% reduction in membership dues for those bringing in a new member at the same reduced price must be counted as a success as there was only a 0.47% overall reduction in membership dues revenue.
A narrowing deficit for two years increased again in 2017. While large increases in some elements of expenditures demand the attention of the new OGS Board the large asset based means there is scope to continue to pursue investments to revitalize the society.

Friday, 1 June 2018

OGS Conference Live Streaming

Here are the links for OGSConf2018 sessions that are being live streamed.

Opening Event on Friday 6/1 @ 7 pm EST
https://youtu.be/f9HCrDRir_4 (archived)

Saturday Morning Plenary on Saturday 6/2 at 8:30 am EST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSqGxK-HRzI

There's more information here.

Findmypast adds Irish School and Scottish MI records

While the major additions to Findmypast this Friday were Catholic parish records for Chicago additions to two other collections may be of interest.

Ireland National School Registers sees 43,772 additions for County Mayo for a total of 186,116. The period covered is from 1860 to 1922. Find out where and when the person went to school, their attendance, parents’ occupation, the classes they attended, exam results and more.
Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index adds 33,916 new records for a total of 293,113 records for 14 Scottish counties including the Isle of Skye. The index entries usually include name, birth year, death year, burial ground and sometimes additional notes.

1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces

This is the day when the 1926 census is officially transferred to Library and Archives Canada. Conducted on 1 June, 1926, 92 years ago today.

From 1901 to 1926 the three provinces were growing rapidly, the increase in population was more than 393 per cent since 1901. Statistics from the census are in this publication (pdf).

The information on the LAC website is that "Due to the extent of the work involved in preparing the data, we do not yet have a date for when it will be made available to the public."

Look for an update soon (I hope).

Internet Genealogy, June/July 2018

Here's the line-up in the latest issue of Internet Genealogy from Moorshead Magazines.

Inklings, Hunches, and Sneaking Suspicions 
Sue Lisk shows you how to deal with those strange notions that present themselves during your online family history research
Comment: Another well written article by Sue Lisk inspired me to think differently about an upcoming presentation.

Crowdsourcing 
Diane L. Richard looks at why crowdsourcing has become such a valuable benefit to the genealogy community
Comment: A four page tabulation of crowdsourcing transcription (mainly) projects, both current and completed. It's acknowledged to be incomplete and there are Canadian projects not included that immediately come to mind—Project Naming and Co-Lab from Library and Archives Canada and TONI from the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Who Were Those Brave Young Men? 
Constance R. Cherba highlights online sources used to research the lives of five WWII soldiers who sacrificed all for their country

Did a Meteorite Land Near Your Ancestor’s House?
David A. Norris examines how meteors may have played a part in your family history
Comment: An example of David Norris' knack of writing articles on offbeat genealogical topics.

Scottish Tax Rolls 
David A. Norris looks at a comprehensive substitute for census rolls when researching Scottish ancestors

Lineal Links 
Joe Grandinetti investigates Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury: Beyond 2022
Comment: Can they put Humpty Dumpty together again?

Topsy-Turvy To-Dos 
Sue Lisk offers five quick tasks to do when you need a break from the more challenging aspects of research
Comment: Save on pain killer, and pain, by stopping banging your head on the brick wall.

REVIEW: Scrivener 3 
Lisa A. Alzo reviews the new and improved features of Scrivener 3 for Mac

NetNotes 
Diane L. Richard looks at websites and related news that are sure to be of interest

REVIEW: TSOLife! 
Tony Bandy reviews an online service that allows users to upload media, write stories and share them easily
Comment: Free basic level service. Check out TSOLife on YouTube for inspiration.

A Look at Genlighten 
Diane L. Richard looks at a unique and affordable family history service
Comment: One source for finding independent research professionals. Very limited outside the US—you're probably better off searching lists of professional society members in the country of interest.

Back Page 
Dave Obee looks at getting the most from online newspapers

Thursday, 31 May 2018

British Newspaper Archive additions for May

The British Newspaper Archive now has 25,613,154 pages (24,974,993 pages last month).

The 64 papers (57 last month) with new pages online this month include 25 (22) new to the collection.

Papers with more than 10,000 pages added are:

Bournemouth Graphic, 1902-1920, 1931-1937
Buckingham Express, 1865-1868, 1870-1895, 1898-1912
Cheltenham Examiner, 1839-1913
Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette, 1825, 1827-1868
County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire, 1856-1907
Croydon's Weekly Standard, 1873-1911
English Lakes Visitor, 1877-1888, 1890-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1908, 1910
Lakes Chronicle and Reporter, 1876-1895, 1898-1910
Liverpool Daily Post, 1875-1876, 1882, 1887, 1905-1906
Liverpool Mercury, 1874-1875, 1889, 1893, 1900
Luton Reporter, 1874-1924
Music Hall and Theatre Review, 1889, 1891-1895, 1897-1899, 1901, 1904-1907
Newcastle Journal, 1875, 1878, 1882, 1884-1885, 1889, 1893, 1898, 1910-1911, 1964-1979
Penrith Observer, 1860-1878, 1880-1902, 1907-1958
Stroud Journal, 1854-1889, 1893-1894
Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser, 1867-1880, 1883-1910
The Referee, 1877-1911
The Tewkesbury Register, and Agricultural Gazette, 1858-1967
Worthing Gazette, 1889-1897, 1899-1958



Ancestry updates Somerset (BMB) and Wiltshire (Wills)

Ancestry post that their parish record collections for Somerset have been updated, as follows:

CollectionEntries
Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1531-18124,459,402
Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-19142,943,017
Somerset, England, Marriage Registers, Bonds and Allegations, 1754-19141,521,727
Somerset, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1914585,287

Also their collection of 102,570 Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probate, 1530-1858 is updated.

Doors Open Ottawa

2-3 June 2018 is the weekend for the annual Doors Open Ottawa event, the opportunity to get to know the city.
Over 140 unique buildings are open to visit ... all free.
Some of the most popular require reservations, a few are fully booked. There's enough of a selection for all tastes.

Yes, there's a smartphone app for that too.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Two South Dublin Cemetery Registers Online

Interment registers of Deansgrange and Shanganagh Cemeteries are now at DiscoverEverAfter.com

According to a post by Claire Santry headstone photos and mapped locations are available for some, but certainly not all, of the individual graves.

Deansgrange's records date back to 1865. The cemetery, in Blackrock, covers an area of 65 acres and its records hold details of more than 140,000 people. Search its register here.

The first burial in Shanganagh (Shankill) took place in 1984 and there have been nearly 16,500 burials in the Cemetery. Search its register here.

Wondering exactly where the cemeteries are? See the map here.

Book Review: Surviving Mother Nature's Tests

We are all products of the challenges successfully faced by our ancestors. Whether they were natural, the topic of this book, man-made like war and willful neglect, or often a combination, we only exist because of the web of thousands upon thousands of forebears making up our family tree who came through the adversities they faced.

The heart of the book is two major chapters delving into specific examples of how climate and other natural phenomena have impacted society which comprise more than half of Surviving Mother Nature's Tests text. The focus is on the British Isles and especially England.

"Slowly Developing Events" are described as affecting wide areas and thousands of people, often for periods extending over many years and to which "people almost always adapt well."

"Rapidly-Developing Incidents" of storms and floods, earthquakes and epidemics are more localized in space and time, and more likely to hit the headlines.

It's a rough division by time. Was the multi-year localized Irish Potato Famine of the mid-19th century really something people adapted to? How about the global 1918-19 influenza pandemic in the same rapidly developing incident category as a local lightening strike and tornado? Nature doesn't rigidly respect these categorizations set up to aid understanding.

Wherever in the British Isles your ancestry is from you'll likely find new information about conditions in your region, county or even town. I was delighted to find my home town of Great Yarmouth included with five entries in the index.

The earlier chapters set the stage. The introduction explains the book's ambition for the family historian, that readers "gain knowledge about how such processes (natural events) significantly affected individuals and communities during the past several centuries." Although the emphasis is on climate change mention is also made of earthquakes and landslides.

There follows a chapter on "The Parameters of Climate Change"—the most technical with diagrams, graphs and even an equation covering how we know about past climate and the factors that influence it. There's good information on Ice Ages and the Milankovitch Theory and other natural phenomena that have influenced climate epochs over the millennia.

There is one problem with the chapter, the statement, referencing a study nearly 20 years old, that "high CO2 levels actually lag temperature increases, by from 400 to 1,000 years, indicating that high concentration of the gas is a consequence of temperature change not a cause." While the first part of the statement is correct based on Antarctic ice cores the conclusion is not.

Through epochs and millennia atmospheric CO2 concentrations changed in response to its natural exchange between the oceans, biosphere and atmosphere. A warm ocean can hold less CO2 so warming due to other causes means CO2 release from the oceans, with a lag, with the resulting increased greenhouse effect reinforcing the warming. Emissions of CO2 from fossil fuel carbon combustion, a third to a half of which is absorbed by the oceans, lead directly to enhanced greenhouse warming.

In a 1963 speech to the US National Academy of Sciences US President Kennedy noted that we can now “irrevocably alter our physical and biological environment on a global scale.” Sadly fifty years later we still see denial of human influence.

The book's author Wayne Shepheard, a professional geologist who serves as an online parish clerk, was previously editor for two family history society journals, and who blogs at https://discovergenealogy.blogspot.com, has done a considerable service by drawing his interests together in this book. It will open eyes and add perspective on the many ways changes in the natural environment may have affected our ancestor's lives. The thorough table of contents, references and index are hallmarks of the care with which the book was prepared.

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher.

Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The Effects Climate Change and Other Natural Phenomena have had on the Lives of our Ancestors
Author: W. Shepheard
Year: 2018
Publisher: Unlock the Past
182 pages
ISBN: 9781925781465
$45.21 (paperback, outside Australia)
webpage


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

WDYTYA and DNA testing

Each of the three episodes of the new series of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?  running on specialty channel TLC has started with the subject's DNA test results. It's a not so subtle message from Ancestry, the sponsor, that it's a good place to start your investigation of your family history.
I agree. A surprise finding may set you off in an entirely unanticipated direction and save following false leads. And the more people test the more links will likely be found—true even if there's no family tree attached.
So far this season the DNA results are dismissed after the first couple of minutes with mention of the admixture results. Let's hope at least one episode will take it further showing how the test can reveal connections to previously unsuspected relatives and break through barriers to understanding ancestry unresolved by traditional paper-based genealogy.

Webinars for this week

One of two of the blog regular readers may be interested in this week's Legacy Family Tree Webinar:

The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online, to be presented by Luana Darby

Discover how to track your Palatine ancestors who traveled from Germany to the colonies in the 1700s, using techniques that will assist you in determining their place of origin. Use migration patterns of their family and friends to help you in your research. Learn more about online sources of original records for this area that you can research from home.
If that's outside your field of interest, consider reviewing some of the archived presentations from Rootstech, those of British and Irish interest are linked:

Thursday
RootsTech General Session Sponsor 2018: MyHeritage

Source Citations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Diana Elder

Reconstruct Your Ancestor’s World with Google: Lisa Louise Cooke

Day One: Capture Life as You Live It: Adam Daly

RootsTech General Session 2018: Brandon Stanton

Unlocking Roman Catholic Records: Brian Donovan

Choosing Details: The Secret to Compelling Stories: Laura Hedgecock

MyHeritage DNA 101: From Test to Results: Yaniv Erlich

A Gift of Life: Who's Writing Your Story?: Deborah Abbott

Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve and Share: Michelle Goodrum

Friday
RootsTech General Session Sponsor 2018: findmypast

How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind: Amy Johnson Crow and Curt Witcher

Search All the Jurisdictions and Find More Records: Laurie Castillo

findmypast’s British and Irish Hidden Gems: Myko Clelland

Hidden Treasures in the Library of Congress: Byron Holdiman

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch: Robert Kehrer

Online Genealogy for Beginners and Beyond: Lisa Alzo

Finding the Right DNA Test for You: Jim Brewster

RootsTech General Session 2018: Scott Hamilton

Saturday
RootsTech General Session 2018: Natalia Lafourcade

RootsTech General Session Sponsor 2018: Ancestry

Pain in the Access: More Web for Your Genealogy: Curt Witcher

RootsTech General Session 2018: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales: Audrey Collins

Online Does Not Equal Free: Copyright Issues for Genealogy: Janice Sellers

You CAN Take It With You: Mobile Genealogy: Judy Muhn

Use FaceBook and FREE Apps to Engage Family: Jamie Wade and Kelli Shipp

Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA: Anna Swayne

Virtual Genealogical Society: Call for Presentation Proposals

A month ago, here, I posted about the formation of the Virtual Genealogical Society.

Now they've opened a call for presentation proposals, a great opportunity for those with fresh ideas, and evergreen advice, to reach a global audience online and get paid for it.
Deadline for proposals is 31 August.

Thanks to Christine Woodcock for the tip.


Monday, 28 May 2018

Ancestry updates Canadian Passenger List database

Ancestry announce that the Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 has 7,276,372 entries. As usual, no indication how much has been added or changed.

BIFHSGO Conference

A gentle remainder that registration for the BIFHSGO conference is now open, with early bird rates in effect.
Start here.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

New and updated Norfolk parish records from Ancestry

Ancestry is going one up on Findmypast which earlier this month by added Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts from 1600-1812 as searchable, not just browse-able records.  Ancestry also updated other Norfolk parish records.
TitleRecordsActivity
Norfolk, England, Bishop and Archdeacon Transcripts of Parish Registers, 1600-19355,930,500NEW
Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-18124,939,287UPDATED
Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-19152,010,794UPDATED
Norfolk, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-19401269762UPDATED
Norfolk, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1990447,008UPDATED

The Findmypast collection includes other types of Norfolk records as posted here.

The free Norfolk Transcription Archive and FamilySearch sites, and commercial sites MyHeritage and The Genealogist, all have some of the same parish BMB records.

Ireland (military), Lancashire (POW), Worcestershire (probate) and records added to Findmypast

The following is from the Findmypast weekly press release

Ireland, British Army Officers 1914-1918
Discover military ancestors in this index of over 1,500 records obtained through the (free) Our Heroes website. Our Heroes provides photographs and biographical notes of the officers of Irish regiments as well as Irish officers of British regiments who were killed in action or who were mentioned for distinguished conduct between August 1914 and July 1916.

Transcripts reveal a variety of details including the officer's birth year, rank, regiment, death date, age at death, burial plot, whether or not they were killed in action and a link to their portrait on the source's website. Many will also include additional notes revealing details of their service and next of kin.

South Lancashire Regiment Prisoners Of War 1914-1918
Discover South Lancashire Regiment ancestor in this index of over 2,800 prisoners of war from 1914 to 1918. This collection has been obtained through the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Each result will provide you with a transcript of some or all of the following fields: last name, soldier number, rank, regiment, year, where held and any additional notes. Some records may even contain details of the soldier's "adopter" as the Regimental Care Committee for Prisoners of War of the South Lancashire Regiment encouraged individuals to sponsor prisoners. Sponsors would then take on the responsibility of paying for their adopted soldier.

Comment: The original database, free here, has 2,847 entries. There's a second database of 655 South Lancashire Prisoners of War Public Sponsors.

Worcestershire probate index 1600-1858
Over 11,000 additional records are added to the Worcestershire probate index. There are four types of records in this index: grants of administration, administrations with will annexed, limited (where the entire estate of the deceased is not covered), and wills. The Bishop's Court had jurisdiction over all the probate in the diocese, which covered part of Warwickshire as well as Worcestershire, until 1858.

More on LAC and Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions: 2017 report

As a follow-on to the earlier post 16% of Canada's physical artefacts and records converted to digital I sought clarifications from Heritage Canada. Here are the abbreviated responses.

Q. In which province, or provinces are responses for LAC included?
A. Data for (all of) LAC was captured under the province of Ontario, as the address of LAC headquarters are located at 395 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4.

Comment: The survey is not representative of the actual situation with the allocation to Ontario of the large component of LAC resources expended and holdings associated with facilities in Gatineau, Quebec.

Q. As libraries are not mentioned as heritage institutions do responses from LAC exclude the library component of the organization, especially regarding the statistics under Artefacts and records and Digitization of artefacts and records?
A. For LAC, the survey has captured the archival (primary) and library (secondary) functions, which means that all of the artefacts and digitization of artefacts would have been included.

Comment: The report should make clear that library (secondary) functions are included. Some libraries have archival functions as secondary but hold much the same type of material as those for which the library function is secondary. As galleries, libraries, archives and museums are increasingly working together the separation is this report is archaic.

Thanks to Ken Amaral of Heritage Canada for the clear responses to the questions.