Tuesday, 23 May 2017

OGS Conference 2018: Call for Speakers

OGS Conference 2017 in Ottawa is still a few weeks away but the call for proposals for the 2018 conference in Guelph is now out.* The deadline for proposals is 5 August 2017 so you've plenty of time to cogitate.

Here's the call

The Board of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) are delighted to announce
that the 2018 annual conference will take place on June 1 - 3. The Committee are
already hard at work behind the scenes, planning an inspiring event under the
banner, “Upper Canada to Ontario - The Birth of a Nation”.
OGS continues to boast the largest membership of any Canadian family history
organization with its conference attracting speakers and attendees from across
the globe. This year’s theme is designed to continue the thread from the 2017
conference, “Building a Nation”, and the Program Committee invite proposals
for presentations on:
(1)Migration to Ontario - Where did they arrive from, how did they get here,
why did they choose Ontario?
(2)Sources available to trace Canadians in their country of origin
(3)The importance of using maps in your research: changing Ontario districts
and counties, Canada and beyond
(4)How can new technologies assist our research back in history?
(5)Methods to document and preserve our research for future generations
Speakers will receive an honorarium alongside appropriate expenses and
complimentary Conference registration.
Please submit your proposals by email. Include your full name, mailing address,
telephone number, email address, website address (if applicable) and biographical
information, including recent speaking credits. For each proposal, please provide
a unique title and a summary of at most 250 words and identify the intended
audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and specific A/V requirements.
Multiple proposals are encouraged. DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 5 August
To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2018
Program Committee at: program.conference2018@ogs.on.ca.
For more information about OGS, please visit: http://ogs.on.ca.

* The deadline this year is much more reasonable than the one imposed for the 2017 conference where the program was fully settled by the time of the 2016 conference. Good to see the powers that be have come to their senses.

Free Live-streaming of SCGS Jamboree Sessions

The next time you're tempted to grumble about Ancestry, we all do, bear in mind that the company is underwriting The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Live Streaming. The brings 14 hours of high-quality family history education, 9 - 11 June, to your home free of charge.
The speakers include Thomas MacEntee, Peggy Clements Lauritzen, Gena Philibert-Ortega, Drew Smith, Christine Woodcock, Lisa Alzo, and Michael John Neill.
You don't have to watch live as the presentations will be recorded aand available until 10 July.

Find our more about Jamboree and live streaming at http://genealogyjamboree.com/

Monday, 22 May 2017

MyHeritage Collection Catalog

With 6,503 main collections until now targeting a specific one to search has been a challenge at MyHeritage. Now, new, under the research tab, is a Collection Catalog to MyHeritage's SuperSearch™.

The catalog lists for each collection the number of records in it and the date in which it was added or last updated, and indicates with a special icon which collections are new or recently updated. Small collections of under 500 entries are not yet incorporated.

The collections can be searched by keyword, filtered, and sorted by the number of records they contain, the date they were last updated, or by collection name.

I was unaware there are 135 collections with 34,320,311 records for Canada and 384 collections with 440,959,880 records for England including censuses to 1911.

MyHeritage expects to add more than 300 million international records within the next 2 months bringing the total to more than 8 billion.

British Newspaper Archive has strength in Scotland and Ireland

LocationPopulation (2011)PapersPages
Ireland & Nrn Ireland6,451,8631442647473
England has the most newspapers and newspaper pages in the British Newspaper Archives database; unsurprising as it has the largest population. Ireland (combined), Scotland and Wales follow. 

However, on a population weighted basis BNA coverage of England and Wales lags that of Ireland and Scotland. For every 100 people in the population there are 46 pages available for Scotland, 41 for Ireland (combined), 27 for England and 12 for Wales.

The low coverage for Wales is likely because the National Library of Wales has done such a good job digitizing their newspapers and making them available free at http://newspapers.library.wales/. Add the 1.1 million pages digitized at that site and coverage per capita is on a par with Scotland.

Which leaves England lagging. I wonder why?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Momondo - The Dna Journey

Just posted on YouTube, another episode in a series on 67 people from all over the world who take a DNA test.
This episode has a surprise for Ellaha who self-identifies as a Kurd.

VIce at Breakfast

Next Wednesday The (UK) National Archives is aiming to spice up your breakfast with vice.

Fears of unrestrained vice: Venereal disease and the First World War is the topic for a webinar starting at 8:30 am EDT on Wednesday 24 May 2017.
The Venereal Disease Act of May 1917 prohibited treatment of VD by unqualified persons. During the war, the spread of disease was crippling the British armed forces, with women’s sexuality being increasingly policed at home.
Find out how VD was prevented and treated during the war - as well as society’s changing attitudes towards disease and sexual practice - using original documents from our collection.
Register from  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fears-of-unrestrained-vice-venereal-disease-and-the-first-world-war-tickets-32464245432?aff=erelexpmlt

Also check out TNA's web content on the First World War at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war

Employees of Canada. Dept. of Public Printing and Stationery

Canada's Civil Service List is a fabulous resources for finding public servants. Depending on the date you'll find birthdate, religion, salary and employment details. But it ceased being published just after the Great War.
If you're interested in a later period, and the person of interest was an employee of the Canada Dept. of Public Printing and Stationery, Canadiana.ca has 16 issues of an employee directory, for 1922, 1924-1932, 1935-1940 which gives name, section and address.

A reminder that next Wednesday 24 May 24, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library there will be a presentation by Daniel Velarde, Canadiana.org Communications Officer, on Early Canadiana Online, a virtual library of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents from the 16th to the early 20th century.   See https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/early-canadiana-online

Saturday, 20 May 2017

OGS Conference advance registration deadline extended

Late word is that on-line registration has been extended and now closes at midnight EDT May 21 due to problems some encountered on 19 May.

After that you will still be able to register at the conference.

Ancestry adds Wiltshire Parish Records

The baptism of perhaps the most famous son of Wiltshire, Christopher Wren, is in the new Ancestry collection of the county's parish records.
It has data and images of originals from about 300 Wiltshire parishes, from Aldbourne to Yatton Keynell, including six parishes from Winterbourne.

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; 266,558 records
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916; 965,717 records
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916; 1,753,821 records
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916 ; 377,867 records.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Robin Hood in new Findmypast Nottinghamshire Index Records

The Robin Hood, enemy of the Sheriff of Nottingham, may be legend but there's no fable, just mystery in the namesake to be found in the Nottinghamshire records just added at Findmypast.

Look in the Nottinghamshire baptisms index 1538-1917 Transcription collection, over 580,000 records added to make that collection 1,432,639 strong, and find Robin Hood's baptism on 25 January 1863 at Sneinton to Samuel and Mary Hood.

The Nottinghamshire Banns Index 1600-1812 has no entry by that name. It only has about 800 records.

The 984,960 records of the Nottinghamshire Marriages Index 1528-1929 include no Robin Hoods. There are 10 hits for Robert, a variant of Robin, each with a repeat with slightly different information, mainly spelling differences.

Nottinghamshire Burials Index 1596-1905, with 678,819 entries also has no entries for Robin. There are seven for Robert with two duplicating the same event.

What happened to Robin? The GRO birth index gives his mother's maiden name as Blyton. Findmypast has him in the index to the register of births in 1855 and the 1861 census. He is on a tree at Ancestry but with no additional information. Did he fade into the mists of Sherwood Forest?

The Cromwell Association Online Directory of Parliamentarian Army Officers

This new resource published by British History Online contains the names of over 4,000 officers who served in the armies of Parliament during the first English civil war (1642-6), and in some cases subsequently.
There is an alphabetical directory and the ability to search the full text of all the entries.
Most entries lack genealogical information.
The project to compile the information was funded and supported by The Cromwell Association.
Search from http://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/cromwell-army-officers

For Then, For Now, For Ever

To mark the centenary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s foundation by Royal Charter in 1917, an exhibition For Then, For Now, For Ever opens this Saturday, 20 May at the Canadian Records Building at Brookwood Military Cemetery – the largest CWGC site in the UK with more than 5,000 burials and 3,500 commemorations on the Brookwood Memorial.

The exhibition tells the story of the CWGC’s creation through to modern day, using historical objects and artefacts from the CWGC archive and collections. Many of the exhibits have never been publicly displayed before. They include an original First World War grave marker and a petition from the 1920s addressed to then CWGC President, HRH The Prince of Wales. The petition contains more than 8,000 signatures – predominantly from mothers who had lost sons in the Great War – asking the Commission to reconsider the use of a uniform marker in favour of a cross. These and other objects tell the sometimes difficult story of how one man’s vision came to forever change the way we remember the war dead.

The exhibition will be supported by a series of special events during its first week – with talks from CWGC staff and guest speakers on topics from horticulture to history. The exhibition will be open for six months.