09 May 2021

Are Your Incoming Gmails Being Diverted to PROMOTIONS?

A couple of folks who use Chrome with gmail have let me know they found the daily email notifications for the new blog diverted to a Promotions inbox category.

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01 May 2021

New site reminder

A start of month reminder that there is no longer regular posting at this site. Daily posts are now made at the new site.


As 388 others have done, go there to find the subscription box, either on the sidebar on a desktop or laptop computer or near the bottom of the page on a smartphone or tablet.

26 April 2021

CEF Beechwood Burial: Herbert Kitcheman

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire on 30 November 1869, son of Robert (John?) and Mary Ellen nee Limbert. In the 1881 census, he was in the home of his uncle Edward and aunt Mary Kitcheman. They came to Ottawa in 1883.

He was in the Active Militia in Ottawa in 1886; a civil servant with the Ottawa Post Office as of 13 April 1889. Herbert Kitcheman married Harriet Wilson in Ottawa on 31 October 1892.

Continuing service as a letter carrier, he enlisted for service in South Africa with the Royal Canadian Field Artillery from December 1899 to January 1901 receiving three clasps to his Queen's Medal.

For the Great War, he enlisted from his home at 161 Arlington Avenue with the 69th Battalion Canadian Forestry Corps, Service Number: 2157329. Serving in Canada, England and France he was injured when a tree fell on him and subsequently discharged as unfit. 

He died at Davisville Hospital in Toronto on 26 April 1921 of carcinoma of the neck and cardiac failure and is interred in Sec. 41. Lot 35. South part at Beechwood Cemetery.

Don't miss the other post today at www.anglocelticconnections.ca

25 April 2021

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week — the post is now on the new blog site


Be sure to subscribe when you get there, either in the side column. or beneath the posts if you're using a tablet or smartphone, so you don't miss out.

24 April 2021

Did you miss yesterday's posts?

If so it's likely because I'm no longer regularly posting at this site. Daily posts are now made at the new site.


Go there to find the subscription box, either on the sidebar on a desktop or laptop computer or near the bottom of the page on a smartphone or tablet.

21 April 2021

Fix FamilySearch Placename Frustrations

See this post at the new site.



Thank you if you're one of the 147 people who subscribed to the new Anglo Celtic Connections website up until 7 pm yesterday.

I received messages from two people who had problems. I regret I made an error in one of the three links posted. 

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20 April 2021

The NEW Anglo Celtic Connections is Here


That's the address for the new website for this blog. New host company. New design. New content every day as before.

Content has been duplicated on both sites for most of April and will be linked for a few more days. 

If you want to receive a daily email, with snippets of the new posts, you will need to subscribe in the sidebar of the new site. It's via MailChimp which in my experience is quite reliable. You should receive the daily update around 7 am - in time for breakfast reading. One of the reasons for the change is that the old email delivery was proving unreliable. It's being phased out.

If you subscribe and don't receive the daily email check your Spam folder. If you have other folders, like Promotions, check those too. The technology is too smart by half. Add the email address to your contacts or white list, or click that it's "not spam."

With 15 years of content that can be searched the old site will remain. I often find information to help a failing memory. You'll find a link to the old site on the new page.

This Week's Online Genealogy Events

 Find This Week's Online Genealogy Events at the new site.

FTDNA — DNA Day Sale

Do you need a DNA test? Check out the savings at Family Tree DNA until 26 April. Prices are in USD and shipping is extra.

19 April 2021

BIG Discount on Legacy Family Tree Webinar Subscription

Legacy Family Tree Webinars membership for just $25 — a  50% discount for new members only, expiring on 25 April 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Here's the information

You'll get one full year of anytime access to all 1,500+ classes and 5,000+ syllabus pages. Viewers call Legacy Family Tree Webinars the "best resource for knowledge on genealogy and DNA anywhere!" I agree.

Hundreds of topics are covered, including help on how to organize your genealogy data, how to interpret your DNA results, how to find your immigrant ancestors, and how to use the Genealogy Proof Standard - all from genealogy's best educators.

Plus you'll get to enjoy the 100+ videos in the TechZone. And you'll have access to all the new webinars that will be released in the coming year. Take advantage of the big discount and get your membership now.

BBC History Magazine: May 2021

Feature content this month.

The Peasants Revolt
A new research project has revealed who the insurgents of 1381 really were.

Prime Ministers
Sir Anthony Seldon on how the office has changed over the past 300 years, in the face of rivalries, scandals and war.

The Great Pretender
Nathan Amin explores the threats Henry VII faced from those who tried to capture his throne.

Napoleon in Objects
Emma Butcher and Nicole Cochrane examined 10 objects that show a different side of the French emperor.

Festival of Britain
Harriet Atkinson highlights the international roots of the post-war celebration of Britishness.

John of Gaunt
Helen Carr charts his hard and obsession with seizing the throne of Castile.

Slimming Clubs
Katherine Moseley shines a light onto the social history of weight-loss groups.

Also there's news, anniversaries, book reviews and answers to questions like, why strange sea creatures on old maps, who stole George Washington's wallet, and why are money boxes shaped like pigs?

Check it out free from your public library on PressReader.

Co-Lab Updates for April

Here's a report on progress with Library and Archives Canada's Co-Lab Challenges since last month.

John Freemont Smith is 72% complete, 2% complete last month

War Diaries of the First World War: No. 2 Construction Battalion is 79% complete, 38% last month.

Canadian National Land Settlement Association remains 94% complete.

Molly Lamb Bobak is 88% complete, 86% complete last month.

Diary of François-Hyacinthe Séguin remains 98% complete.

George Mully: moments in Indigenous communities remains 2% complete.

Correspondence regarding First Nations veterans returning after the First World War remains 99% complete.

Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains 96% complete.

Legendary Train Robber and Prison Escapee Bill Miner remains 99% complete.

Japanese-Canadians: Second World War, remains 61% complete.

The Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters remains 93% complete.

Projects that remain 100% complete are no longer reported here.

18 April 2021

National Volunteers Week


This week reach out to thank a volunteer. 

Imagine how different the family history scene would be without those who serve genealogy and family history societies, transcribe records so they can be put online from projects like TONI, FreeBMD, LAC Co-Lab ... and many more. 

Imagine that in the many other aspects of the community — local, provincial, national and international.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

TNA Podcast: Trials: Ordeal and combat
The first instalment of a three-part series examining the history of trials by ordeal and combat. This episode has witch trials, defamation lawsuits from accused witches, myth-busting, strong-men for hire, Irish landowners fighting to the death in a castle, and some facts about duels.

UK House History Show

Coming soon. As mentioned last month, Canada's Anglo-Celtic-Connections is switching to a new bright and shiny WordPress blog. It will launch in the next few days. The old site will be phased out. If you want to receive daily emails about new posts you will need to subscribe again on the new site. Watch for the announcement. 

Thanks to this week's contributors: Anonymous, btyclk, Daniel Horowitz, D-Hugh Reekie, Heather McTavish Taylor, Rick Roberts, Unknown.

Loyalist Cemeteries of Eastern Ontario

Sacred Ground, Loyalist Cemeteries of Eastern Ontario, Volume One by Stuart Lyall Manson describes six notable loyalist cemeteries situated in the Eastern Ontario counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. 

They are: Trinity Anglican (Cornwall); St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic (St. Andrew’s West); Iroquois Point (Iroquois); Knox-St. Andrew’s United (Bainsville); Maple Grove (Cornwall), and the Pioneer Memorial (South Dundas).

A chapter for each gives a historical overview and chronicles the life and times of many pioneer men and women who laid the foundation for future settlements in the loyalist townships and counties of Eastern Ontario. 

Even if you don't have Loyalist ancestors the information gleaned from this book could enrich a history-themed visit to the area—when we're able to make trips again.

Published this year by Global Heritage Press, this is the first in a planned series.

Find out more at