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


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 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 and

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:
                 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 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 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

Ernest Clifton Arnoldi: CWGC Beechwood


Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Date of Death:11/06/1918
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:

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.


A few other Vancouver Island newspapers are linked in

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.


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.

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.

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 (archived)

Saturday Morning Plenary on Saturday 6/2 at 8:30 am EST

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.

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

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

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