Friday, 2 December 2016

Irish Soldiers' Records

The 16 soldiers listed below were members of five units of the British Army which were disbanded following the establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922. They each had a Canadian connection; born, address of next of kin, or address on discharge.

JohnHillsoldier06/03/1919MaymyoEnlistment Scans linked to deed
Cyril JosephLeesoldier28/07/1919CorkEnlistment Scans linked to deed
ThomasShearersoldier27/01/1903GalwayEnlistment Scans linked to deed
PatrickDolansoldier12/08/1915DublinEnlistment Scans linked to deed
ErnestDaysoldier10/03/1910Stratford E.Enlistment Scans linked to deed
JohnCodysoldier29/04/1915WexfordEnlistment Scans linked to deed
William SamuelCollinssoldier25/10/1919Whitehall S.W.Enlistment Scans linked to deed
John Basil TrelawneyButtonsoldier21/06/1921PlymouthEnlistment Scans linked to deed
AlbertMulhollandsoldier04/04/1919Rugeley CampEnlistment Scans linked to deed
FrankO'Sullivansoldier03/10/1921CorkEnlistment Scans linked to deed
JohnMuldoonsoldier15/12/1919DublinEnlistment Scans linked to deed
FrancisO'Flynnsoldier05/02/1920CorkEnlistment Scans linked to deed
John Joseph PatrickCashinsoldier02/11/1910KilkennyEnlistment Scans linked to deed
JamesRodgersoldier11/03/1919MaymyoEnlistment Scans linked to deed
HenryHarrisonsoldier26/07/1909DublinEnlistment Scans linked to deed
Alfred GeorgeWatlingsoldier14/07/1920LondonEnlistment
The units disbanded were the Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Munster Fusiliers.

Listed with links to images of original records, this information is from a database of 11,981 recordsfrom the National Army Museum at

Some of these list address or discharge with the notation "Comm. Of Emigration". I'm curious about that organization. Any information to share?

Scotland Church Records at FamilySearch

On 13 November I noted the partially completed database at FamilySearch UK, Scotland—Church of Scotland Synods, Presbyteries, and Kirk Sessions, 1658—1919.

Now available in the main catalogue is Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records, 1658-1919 with 302,484 records.

Find out more details on this dataset here.

December Backup Reminder

Time for the monthly backup nag. If you didn't do so on the 1st it's now past time to make a backup of your hard drive.
If you don't have an external hard drive, or a cloud backup plan, maybe Santa will be kind. Drop a hint.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

OGS Conference 2017 Registration now open

As of 1 December you can register online for the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference, 16-18 June 2017 at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Read all about it at After you've stopped salivating over the program register at Click on Register Now from the drop down menu.

Manchester Parish Registers at Family Search

England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 has 1,741,621 records for the area around Manchester, Lancashire. 

The Lancashire parishes are listed here, to which are added Staleybridge, Ashton-under-Lyne in Cheshire and the Yorkshire parishes of Dobcross, Holy Trinity; Lydgate, St Anne; Saddleworth, St Chad; Saddleworth, St Thomas.
These parish registers at FamilySearch. many with linked images, contain births, christenings, burials, marriages, and mixed church records.
Ancestry and Findmypast also have Manchester area records.

Genealogy Websites Benchmark Update for November

For the third month in a row downwards trends in popularity of many genealogy websites were evident, according to Alexa. Even top ranked sites and recorded declines in rank of greater than 20 per cent. The average decline was 16.5 per cent.

This blog saw the largest declines. Strangely the address is now recording a higher ranking 2,150,002 than the ,ca site, with the site better than that, 964,235 and the site better yet 941,531.,,,, recorded improved rankings.

Here, for the record, are the results, remembering that a positive trend in the table indicates an improvement in popularity.

Site30-Nov31-OctTrend (%)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hampshire Interest?

The following is from a press release by TheGenealogist.

Millions of New Parish Records added to the TheGenealogist
     Released in partnership with the Hampshire Genealogical Society there are over 2.1 million new fully searchable records of individuals released online for the first time
     With these records those searching for ancestors from Hampshire can discover almost 1.8 million people recorded within the baptisms from this area in the south of England as far back as 1538 up to 1751
     Family researchers can also discover the details of over 212,000 individuals from marriages between 1538 and 1753 and nearly 143,800 people listed in the burials of Hampshire from 1838 to 1865
Hampshire Genealogical Society worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online, making 2,135,878 individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable. Dolina Clarke, Chairman of Hampshire Genealogical Society said:
“The Hampshire Genealogical Society have decided to put the remaining data from their parish register indexes for Hampshire, which are not already on line, with FHS-Online and TheGenealogist (S & N). We looked at various different online sites and felt that S & N were able to offer us a very fair deal. Furthermore they are a British company with whom we have had a very good relationship for over 20 years.”
Dolina Clarke, Chairman HGS
Mark Bayley, Head of Online Development at TheGenealogist, welcomed Hampshire Genealogical Society to the growing number family history societies on both TheGenealogist and FHS-Online saying: “We’re delighted that HGS chose to publish their records through TheGenealogist and FHS-Online. This release adds to the ever expanding collection of parish records on both websites. These partnerships help societies boost their funds whilst bringing their records to a much wider audience, through online publication.”

This release joins TheGenealogist’s already published Hampshire parish records, sourced from the Phillimore Registers, and soon we will also be adding further transcriptions that will fill in any gaps to provide an even more comprehensive coverage of this important county.
Example: The last Briton to die in a duel on English soil.
James Alexander Seton was the last British person to be killed in a duel on English soil and he is buried in his family’s vault at St Mary’s Fordingbridge, Hampshire.
During the early 1840s James Seton, and his wife Susannah, rented some rooms in Southsea on the outskirts of Portsmouth, Hampshire. Seton was a man of means, inheriting wealth, and so had no need to work. The son of a Colonel, he had spent a brief spell in the Army as a junior cavalry officer though his short career never found him being promoted any higher than the rank of cornet. The Setons were of Scottish ancestry, their forebears being descended from the Earls of Dunfermline and Seton’s grandfather was Vice-Admiral James Seton, governor of St Vincent in the Caribbean.

In May 1845 James Seton met Isabella Hawkey, whom he set about pursuing even though he was a married man. She was the wife of Lieutenant Henry Hawkey, an officer in the Royal Marines. When the coast was clear, and her husband was away, Seton began paying visits to Isabella at her lodgings bearing gifts. Lt. Hawkey began to hear the rumours of this and forbade his wife from seeing Seton again. On 19 May 1845, however, there was a ball held in the King's Rooms, Southsea, which the Hawkeys as well as James Seton attended. When Isabella danced with Seton this caused a quarrel in which Lt. Hawkey called Seton a "blaggard and a scoundrel". Having been insulted by this, Seton decided to challenge the Royal Marine Officer to a duel. The next evening, on the beach at Browndown near Gosport and after the seconds had measured out fifteen paces, the duelists took their pistols and fired. James Seton's shot missed his opponent; Henry Hawkey's pistol was half-cocked and failed to fire. Under the rules of dueling, that could have been an honorable end to it but Lieutenant Hawkey insisted on a second exchange of shots and this time Seton fell when he was struck by a bullet entering his lower abdomen.

Suffering from his wounds, the wounded man was taken by boat to Portsmouth where he was operated on by the eminent London surgeon Robert Liston. The surgery at first appeared to go well, but then infection set in and Seton quickly went downhill. He died of his injuries on 2nd June 1845 and was buried eight days later. His funeral procession through the town saw most of the shops closing in respect and he was laid to rest in a tomb outside the east front of the church next to his father. A search finds his burial on the 10th June 1845 in the Hampshire records on TheGenealogist.

Warwickshire Parish Records on FamilySearch, and elsewhere

As of 29 November 2016 FamilySearch is listing 1,383,157 new of updated records for England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984. Find a list of parishes included here.

Births -- Baptisms (639,036 results)
Marriages (443,137 results)
Deaths -- Burials (411,485 results)

The records are free to access. While transcripts are open, to see or browse original record images you may need a free FamilySearch account or to be at a LDS Family History Centre.

If you have an Ancestry account covering England you already have access to the following listed as new or updated as of early October:

Warwickshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1910, 760,552 records
Warwickshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1910, 277,236 records
Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1910, 1,515,334 records
Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 , 2,562,810 records 

Findmypast lists Warwickshire records:

Warwickshire Banns (1,516 results)
Warwickshire Baptisms (621,133 results)
Warwickshire Burials (1,108,300 results)
Warwickshire Marriages (458,085 results)
Warwickshire, Birmingham, St Martin In The Bull Ring Parish Registers 1554-1929 (images only)

TheGenealogist lists many Warwickshire parishes here but lacks record counts.

Don't overlook FreeReg which has 383,390 Warwickshire record transcripts:

186,543 baptisms
127,044 burials
69,803 marriages

British Newspaper Archives additions for November

The British Newspaper Archive now has 16,572,215 pages (15,926,840 pages last month) from701 (693) titles online. Norfolk isn't overlooked this update with more than 30 years of the Norfolk Chronicle added, now more than 6200 issues, and more than 3,000 issues of the Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal now available. More than 12,000 issues of the Globe, a London evening paper, are now online. The full list of additions this month is:

Army and Navy Gazette1884-1918, 1920-1921
Ayr Advertiser, or, West Country Journal1880
Belfast News-Letter1901, 1907-1910, 1916-1918, 1921, 1928-1929, 1931-1948, 1955-1956
Birmingham Daily Gazette1871
Bolton Evening News1868, 1870-1878, 1880-1882, 1884-1886, 1890-1891, 1893, 1895, 1901-1909
Brighton Guardian1832-1833, 1866-1869
Buxton Herald1842-1862, 1869-1879, 1881, 1888
Carlisle Patriot1872-1873, 1877, 1885
Cornish & Devon Post1877, 1880, 1882-1885, 1891, 1893, 1895-1896, 1900-1909
Coventry Evening Telegraph1943
Coventry Standard1872
Coventry Times1876
Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal1901-1905, 1907, 1909-1910, 1917, 1920, 1924-1930
Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette1873, 1878-1882, 1884
Dorset County Chronicle1879-1880, 1882, 1884
Dunfermline Saturday Press1890, 1892
Durham County Advertiser1847
East & South Devon Advertiser.1881, 1885
Evening Star1897
Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette1904, 1914-1915
Fifeshire Advertiser1947-1948, 1951
Globe1807-1810, 1834, 1836-1837, 1843-1847, 1852-1860, 1869-1870, 1879-1881, 1883-1886, 1893-1895, 1897, 1903
Grantham Journal1955-1956
Hamilton Advertiser1871-1872
Hampshire Advertiser1831
Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail1956
Hereford Times1878
Herts Advertiser1904
Illustrated Police News1903
Illustrated Times1871-1872
Irish Times1896, 1898, 1901, 1906
Kendal Mercury1871, 1875-1880
Kentish Gazette1871-1872
Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser1871-1872
Lancaster Guardian1877, 1894, 1937-1939, 1941, 1943-1950, 1952-1956
Launceston Weekly News, and Cornwall & Devon Advertiser.1856-1857, 1862, 1875-1877
Leicester Journal1915
Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser1878, 1881-1896, 1898-1914
Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser1877, 1898, 1952
Mayo Constitution1852-1871
Monmouthshire Beacon1922, 1924-1928, 1932-1933, 1944-1945, 1947-1950
Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service1833-1846, 1860-1886
Newcastle Journal1871
Norfolk Chronicle1870-1882, 1884-1886, 1888, 1890-1892, 1894-1897, 1899-1907
Northern Daily Telegraph1892, 1898
Northern Whig1897-1899
Oban Times, and Argyllshire Advertiser1871-1872
Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser1873, 1876, 1880
Pall Mall Gazette1938
Penny Illustrated Paper1871-1873
Perthshire Advertiser1872, 1943-1945
Police Gazette1880, 1898, 1916-1918
Reading Mercury1879, 1898
Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette1851, 1874
Salisbury and Winchester Journal1877, 1889
Sheffield Weekly Telegraph1884-1885, 1887-1889, 1897-1917
Shipley Times and Express1898-1909
Sligo Champion1897-1900, 1902-1909
Somerset County Gazette1877, 1883, 1888
South Bucks Free Press, Wycombe and Maidenhead Journal1879, 1882
Southern Echo1889
Sporting Times1865-1866, 1871-1872, 1875, 1877-1879, 1882, 1884-1888, 1890-1892, 1895-1896, 1900-1901, 1904-1909, 1916-1917, 1920-1921, 1927-1929
St. Andrews Citizen1907-1956
Surrey Comet1871-1876, 1880
Surrey Mirror1939
Sussex Advertiser1879
Sussex Agricultural Express1955-1956
Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle1861, 1868-1869, 1873, 1876, 1883, 1888, 1890, 1892-1893, 1903-1909
Thanet Advertiser1862, 1866, 1876-1886, 1888-1903, 1915-1950
The Graphic1909
The Stage1880
Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal.1914-1916, 1919, 1925-1931, 1935-1937, 1939-1948, 1951, 1953-1954
Totnes Weekly Times1902-1909
Tyrone Constitution1890, 1897, 1901-1909
Tyrone Courier1885, 1888-1889, 1891-1898, 1900-1902, 1904-1909
Ulster Gazette1908-1909
Waterford Mirror and Tramore Visitor.1869-1870, 1873, 1875, 1889-1890
Waterford Standard1918, 1951-1953
Watford Observer1871
Weekly Freeman's Journal1919
Wellington Journal1898
West London Observer1872
West Surrey Times1858, 1861, 1869
Western Morning News1911
Westmorland Gazette1872, 1877, 1879, 1889, 1909
Wiltshire Independent1842
Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser1948
Worcester Herald1879, 1890
Y Goleuad1878
Yorkshire Evening Press1885, 1887, 1889-1891, 1893-1896, 1898
Yorkshire Gazette1877

Accessions to the City Of Ottawa Central Archives

In June 2013 this blog carried lists of fonds transferred, and to be transferred, from Library and Archives Canada to the City Of Ottawa Central Archives.

The majority of the records transferred from LAC are now described and available online through the Ottawa Museums and Archives Collections (OMAC) website,  Those that were on the "to be transferred list" came to the City in January this year

Alastair Napier fonds
Centre Amusement Co. Ltd. fonds
Gloucester Environmental Advisory Committee fonds
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees loca1 95 fonds
Niven's Woods Conservancy fonds
Ottawa Agricultural Society
Ottawa Allied Printing Trades Council fonds
Ottawa and District Labour Council Ottawa Civic Employees' association
Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club
Ottawa Horticultural Society fonds
Ottawa Presbyterial Women's Missionary Society fonds
Ottawa Stewardship Sector Project fonds
Religious Society of Friends in Canada. Ottawa Group fonds
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church fonds (Ottawa, Ont.)
St. Hyacinth Church fonds
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America fonds

Process for the following material is not complete

Accession 2015.0196.3 – March Township fonds
Accession 2015.0196.5 - Ottawa Canoe Club fonds (MG029, described but not loaded up to the OMAC)
Accession 2015.0196.13 – Fitzroy Township fonds
Accession 2015.0196.19 – Charlotte Elizabeth Whitton fonds (RG007-06-09, described but not loaded to the OMAC)
Accession 2015.0196.28 – Nepean Township, Ottawa, Ont. fonds
Accession 2016.0005.3 – Gloucester Environmental Advisory Committee fonds
Accession 2016.0005.8 – Ottawa and District Labour Council fonds (MG566, described but not loaded to the OMAC)
Accession 2016.0005.15 – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church fonds (Ottawa, Ont.) (MG223, described but not loaded to the OMAC)

In summary, 37 of 45 fonds are described and available through the OMAC.  An additional four fonds are described and immediately available to researchers.  Outstanding are 4 fonds that require arrangement work.

Of interest for genealogy may be membership lists for the societies, some of which go back to the 19th century.
The Nepean Township fonds, which include assessment rolls, are undergoing conservation as they were received with mold. It's unclear whether the March and Fitzroy Township Finds also contain assessment rolls.
A few fonds may have limited access where they are more recent or require a confidentiality agreement be signed.

Thanks to John D. Lund, Digital Records Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives, for the updated information.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Genetic Genealogy Ireland presentation: The genetic identification of the 1916 Cork Rebel, Thomas Kent

Take a 99 year old body buried in a shallow grave in rainy Cork Ireland. Find that conventional CSI type genetic testing, known in North America as CODIS marker testing, doesn't work. Sad. Then apply the combined power of research grade investigation. The result: identification of the person to a probability better than one in the whole human population of the earth who ever lived. Impressive.

Jens Carlsson explains the project in this YouTube video from Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2016.

Shannon Lecture: Friday, 2 December, 2016

The final Shannon Lecture of the 2016 series sees Thomas Laqueur from UC Berkeley talking about his new book The Work of the Dead, focusing on the struggle for cremation.
Laqueur was interviewed about his book by Steve Paquin on TVO on Halloween:
The lecture starts at 2:30 pm. Exceptionally, in anticipation of a large audience, it will be given in room 282 in the University Centre, commonly known as the Unicentre, easily reached from the O-train and adjacent bus stops. Best be early to get a seat.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Great Canadian Genealogy Summit 2017: Call for Presentation Proposals

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit will hold its 2nd annual event at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia on Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017.

CanGen Summit is now accepting proposals for CANADIAN FAMILY HISTORY TOPICS OF INTEREST in particular:
German Canadian research
African Nova Scotian or African Canadian research
Acadian research
British Home Children research

The GREAT CANADIAN GENEALOGY SUMMIT was created as a way to showcase the talents and expertise of Canadian genealogists.

Our first event was held 21-23 October 2016 in Brampton, Ontario. It was a great success with our attendees who came from as far away as New York, Oregon, Utah Massachusetts, Michigan, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.


We are looking for original and new presentations that will help our attendees learn and grow in their research of their ancestors in Canada, or Canada and their homeland. Presentations should not have been presented other than at the local level prior to CanGen Summit 2017.
Individuals who submit proposals must reside in Canada.
Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations.

Presentation proposals will be for one-hour sessions (45-50 minutes presentation with 10 minutes Questions and Answers period).

Submit proposals by email to no later than Friday, January 20, 2017.
Proposals must include the following:
Title of the Presentation and the topic of interest as listed above
Name, address, phone number and email address of speaker
Brief description of presentation (50 words)
Detailed description of presentation (100 words)
Audience level: beginner / intermediate / advanced
Detailed overview of what will be presented and what the attendees can expect to learn (not more than 500 words)
Biography of Speaker (not to exceed 100 words)
List of speaking engagements in 2015 and 2016 only: include title of presentation (topic), audience, date and location
Submit one PDF file per proposal. Give each file a unique title that includes your surname.


Speakers giving presentations will receive:
Complimentary registration to the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit 2017
Copy of digital CanGen Summit 2017 syllabus
One half page advertisement in the CanGen Summit 2017 syllabus
Complimentary breakfast and lunch on day of presentation(s)
$125 for a one-hour presentation, and $25 for syllabus material
1 Complimentary night at the Lord Nelson Hotel for each day of presentations.
One free vendor table in the market place

**Great Canadian Genealogy Summit does not pay travel costs.


Deadline for proposals is 20 January 2017

Update on LAC Genealogy Room Renovations

A note from Claire Banton, Chief, Orientation Services in the Public Services Branch at Library and Archives Canada informs that the dates of the interruptions to Genealogy Room service, previously posted here, have changed.
Work must be proceeding well. The room will now close early for only one night: November 30. The computer interruption will now be November 30-December 1.  

Unique Histories from the 18th and 19th Centuries

I stumbled across Geri Walton's site while looking for information on umbrella menders. Google found the post Second-Hand Umbrella Sellers and Menders. It was one of the items categorized under Occupations (scroll down) at

Take a look at Common Ailments, Complaints, and Diseases and many more topics.

Janet Few to give OGS Webinar

Last time she gave an OGS webinar Rockstar Genealogist Janet Few mentioned it was midnight where she was and she'd calculated the time difference in reverse.
On Thursday, 1 December Janet is giving another OGS webinar at 7pm EST, again midnight for her.
This time the topic is Til Death Us Do Part: a look at the history of medicine 1300-1948. It's described as:

A look at likely causes of death for our ancestors from 1300-1948, together with sources that can help reveal how a British ancestor died.
Register to attend here. It's free.

Janet published a short book in 2015 by the same title with Unlock the Past, Australia which is available from Global Genealogy.