Sunday, 16 September 2018

Ancestry updates British Death Indexes

England and Wales Death Index, 2007 - 2017
Scotland and Northern Ireland Death Index, 1989 -2017
we're added at Ancestry on the 6th.

A reminder that there is no relationship requirement to obtain official copies of these certificates.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Online Canadian Historical Images

A useful overview of sources from the Unwritten Histories blog.

Thanks to Ann Burns for the tip.

LAC Preservation Centre Open House

While it's not a BIFHSGO conference pre-event Library and Archives Canada is offering tours of their Preservation Centre in Gatineau, the crown jewel of documentary preservation in Canada, on Friday 28 September from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to tour this modern-day Parthenon at 625 Boulevard du Carrefour in Gatineau. Come and admire the archival treasures stored within its walls. Stroll through its vaults, discover the works of Canadian artists, and find out what our experts are doing every day to preserve Library and Archives Canada's vast collection.

48 storage vaults
The Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre, which opened in June 1997, was built to preserve the country's documentary heritage. Everything is designed to guarantee optimal conservation conditions. The building has 48 storage vaults, over three floors, with each vault measuring 350 m2. The vaults were built to protect the collection from every type of threat and include a sophisticated fire detection and suppression system.

The three stories of vaults are topped by preservation laboratories, which are arranged in a village-like setting. Featuring architecture inspired by the Canadian Prairies, the Preservation Centre brings Library and Archives Canada preservation experts together in an environment perfectly suited to their work.

The onr-hour self-guided tours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 625 Boulevard du Carrefour, Gatineau

Admission is free. Children are welcome but must be under constant parental supervision.

For security reasons, bags (backpacks, purses, diaper bags, etc.) are not allowed inside the Preservation Centre.

Library and Archives Canada in numbers
250 km of textual records
More than 30 million photographs
More than 22 million books
More than 3 million maps
More than 550,000 hours of audio and video recordings
4.5 billion megabytes of digital content
More than 425,000 Canadian works of art.

For those not attending the BIFHSGO conference there's the same opportunity on Saturday 29 September.


Friday, 14 September 2018

Irish Lives Remembered: Summer Issue

The Summer Edition of Irish Lives Remembered is available to view now. This issue, Fiona Fitzsimons and Stephen Peirce look at the Family History of John Cusack. There are lots more fantastic articles for you to enjoy, such as:
Paul McCotter on the O'Mahony surname;
Dr. Maurice Gleeson on genetic genealogy;
Ned Kelly on the Inauguration Stone of Mac Aonghusa;
Patrick Roycroft attends the Cambridge History of Ireland book launch;
Nathan Mannion on Sporting Royalty - the Casey's of Kerry;
Catherine McAuley lets us know what tales are in her attic;
Reader Ann Shelley tells the story of her Great-Great-Grandmother;
Niall Cullen from Findmypast lets us in on 6 unique FMP resources for finding your Irish Ancestors;
Writer Patricia O'Sullivan on Newmarket (Cork) and the Foundation of the Hong Kong Police Force; 
Review of the Journal of the Medal Society of Ireland's 100th issue;
Jayne Shrimpton's Photo-Detective; 
Patrick's Page with Patrick Roycroft; and
Ask Genie, our family history agony aunt.
Read the latest free edition at


Findmypast Friday 14 September

England & Wales Electoral Registers 1920-1932

Over 53 million indexed England and Wales Electoral Registers covering the 1920s and early 1930s are now available to search. Improved access to these important documents will enable you to bridge the vital gap left by the destruction of the 1931 census of England & Wales. Combined with the 1911 Census and 1939 Register, today's release means that Findmypast is now able provide you with unrivalled record coverage for early 20th century Britain, helping you to trace ancestors across a period of history that has traditionally been problematic for many researchers.

The new collection, England & Wales Electoral Registers 1920-1932, has been created by reprocessing the original documents in order to improve image quality. Findmypast has also developed a new process for picking out individual names, allowing this vast bank of records to be searched with greater accuracy than ever before, in a similar way to other indexed collections currently available on the Findmypast.

Searches now also cover all of England and Wales electoral registers,  listings of all those registered to vote in a particular area. These newly indexed records were taken from Findmypast's wider collection of British Library Electoral Registers, over 220 million of which are also available to search in PDF format.

Jersey, German Occupation Identity Cards 1940-1945

This collection has over 62,000 transcripts,  taken from originals documents housed at Jersey Archives created under instruction from the German occupying authorities, through the Registration and Identification of Persons (Jersey) Order, 1940. 

Jersey, German Occupation Prosecutions 1940-1945

Discover details of their accused crimes and sentences in this collection of more than 800 transcriptions from original court documentation. Punishment varied and was undertaken by the German military authorities. Many who were given long sentences were deported to the continent, some of these people never returned.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

FamilySearch adds England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

During the week of 10 September FamilySearch added more than 1 million index civil probate records for England and Wales.

To view the calendar images you need to go to a Family History Centre or affiliate library, or find them on a commercial site.

You can also search free year by year at 

TheGenealogist adds 1910 Valuation Office Survey of Brent

Here is a press release from TheGenealogist announcing addition to the Lloyd George survey.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Kingston Branch OGS September Meeting

The Kingston Branch will meet on Saturday, September 15th at 9:30 a.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. in Kingston.  

Shirley-Ann Pyefinch from the Ottawa Family History Centre will speak on "Making the Most of FamilySearch".  Visitors always welcome.  Further info at

LAC Blog Post on the Spanish Flu Centenary

John Hay RIP

To mark the death of long time champion for genealogy and local history in Ottawa John Douglas Hay who passed age 81 on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

John was a long time member of BIFHSGO and OGS.