Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Family Tree DNA Summer Sale

Anxious to get a DNA test for genealogy? It's a competitive business and sales come around regularly. The latest from Family Tree DNA is for the month of August.

There are discounts on other tests too, including upgrades at www.familytreedna.com

This Week's Online Genealogy Events

Choose from online events in the next four days. All times at ET.

🇨🇦Tuesday 04 August, 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from OGS Ottawa Branch and The Ottawa Public Library. Join here.

Tuesday 04 August, 10 pm: Tracing Australian and New Zealand World War One Ancestors, by Helen V. Smith. Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Register here.

Wednesday 05 August, 2 pm: Using DNA to Solve Adoption and Unknown Parentage Mysteries, by Michelle Leonard. Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Register here.

Wednesday, 05 August, 11 am: Wills & Probate Records Q&A, with Steve Rigden and Ellie Overthrow-Jones.  www.facebook.com/findmypast

Thursday, 06 August, 8 pm: Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist®, by Angela Packer McGhie, Legacy Family Tree Webinars for BCG, Register here.

Thursday, 06 August, 8 am: ?,with ???. Commonwealth War Graves Commission presentation. https://www.cwgc.org/our-work/projects/cwgc-live/ 

🇨🇦Thursday, 06 August, 7 pm: Using ScotlandsPeople for ALL your Scottish Genealogy needs, by Bruce Durie, Ontario Genealogical Society, via YouTube

Thursday, 06 August, 6:30 pm: Ancestry.com DNA 101, by Sara Allen. Allen County Public Library. Register here.
Friday 07 August, 11 am: Friday Live, with Jen Baldwin. www.facebook.com/findmypast

Friday 31 July - 30 September: Celtic Connections Virtual Conference. 25 pre-recorded presentations and 10 live chat sessions with Fiona Fitzsimons, Maurice Gleeson, John Grenham, Chris Paton for $99US. http://www.celtic-connections.org/ccc_register.html

Monday, 3 August 2020

MyHeritage Updates Search

An announcement from MyHeritage about improvements to the user experience with a redesigned search engine.

  • Faster performance to allow users to run more searches in less time
  • Edit the search while viewing the search results, and run it again.
  • Display more results on each page.
  • Unifying simple search and advanced search into one search form.
  • Automatically suggest typical filters in global searches and more relevant filters that will facilitate narrowing down searches within the current category or collection. 

More improvements are in store including for mobile devices.

Find out more at https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/08/the-myheritage-search-engine-for-historical-records-just-got-better/

YouTube: City of Westminster Parish Records on Ancestry

Having taken advantage of a rainy day to take a closer look at the Church of England Parish Records made available on Ancestry on 30 July 2020 for the City of Westminister here's a quick video overview of what's available.

FreeBMD Second July Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Friday 31 July 2020 to contain 276,053,272 unique records (275,618,339 at previous update).

Years with major additions, greater than 5,000 records are: for births 1982, 1985-89; for marriages 1969, 1986-89; for deaths 1980, 1984-86, 1988.


Sunday, 2 August 2020

Ancestry adds Westminster, London, England, Church of England records

Over 4.4 million records are new on Ancestry from the City of Westminster Archives Centre in the heart of London.

Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1558-18122,206,507
Births and Baptisms, 1813-1919969,776
Deaths and Burials, 1812-1910194,940
Marriages and Banns, 1754-19351,062,855

Each has a linked image of the original record. For marriages from July 1837 the image is an uncertified equivalent to the GRO certificate.

Check out Researching family history at the Archives Centre for a 7-page list of Anglican Parish Registers with dates for records available in Information Sheet 1. You may want to refer to some other of the 14 information sheets from the City of Westminster Archives Centre.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Flight shaming: how to spread the campaign that made Swedes give up flying for good

Advice from Maeve Binchy on the 8th anniversary of her death
"Learn to type. Learn to drive. Have fun. Write postcards. [Letters take too long and you won’t do it, a postcard takes two minutes.) Be punctual.
Don’t worry about what other people are thinking. They are not thinking about you. Write quickly. [Taking longer doesn’t usually make it better.) Get up early. See the world. Call everybody by their first name, from doctors to presidents. Have parties. Don’t agonize. Don’t regret. Don’t fuss. Never brood. Move on. Don’t wait for permission to be happy. Don’t wait for permission to do anything. Make your own life.”
via a tweet from Eimear McGovern

New Register Transcriptions from Lancashire Online Parish Clerk
32 parish registers have new entries in a 24 July update. Records for the Church of St Peter, Liverpool added baptisms from 1852 to 1854 for a total of 255,473 and additional marriages for 1864
brought the total to 37828.

Saskatchewan Archives Annual Report
A refreshingly factual annual report for 2019-20 notes that service delivery progress included:

  • Approximately 120 microfilm reels of newspapers including the Maple Creek News, Maple Creek Ranching News, Maple Creek Signal and Achimoowin papers were digitized, consisting of 106,000 images. 
  • In addition, the digitization of paper newspapers took place with our digital overhead camera, adding 18,675 digital images to Saskatchewan Historical Newspapers Online. Other digitization projects included the photo collection, poster collection, panoramic photographs and fire insurance plans.
A post on mudlarking on the Thames from BBC Travel site Unearthed on newly discovered archaeological sites and other hidden at few people have ever seen.

Malcolm Gladwell: How I Rediscovered Faith

Survey of the great and important River of St. John, &c; and of the British settlements of New Brunswick
The US National Archives blog post RG 76: Maps and Records Pertaining to the Northeastern Boundary of the United States – An Artistic Glimpse of Past includes a link to an 1812 map that "contains a great deal of information not only about navigating the St. John’s River, but also about the settlements along the river’s banks.  In some places, individual landowners are even identified by name."

Thanks to this week's contributors: Anonymous, Brenda T., D-Hugh Reekie, Gail B., Kenneth R Marks, Mike More, Unknown.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

How to Create and Manage Digital Family Documents

An article from PC World is aimed at ensuring the preservation of copies of important documents such as birth certificates; adoption papers; marriage, divorce, domestic partnership certificates; immigration certificates and forms, passports, driver's licenses, and identification cards ... and many more. It suggests handling historic family documents like photos at a higher resolution.


News from AncestryDNA

AncestryDNA has extended the timeline to save your 6-8 cM matches to late August.


More accurate number of shared segments (beginning early August)

See the length of your longest shared segment (beginning mid August)

Find these update announcements at the top of your DNA Matches page with further details in the FAQ.


Communities now have 20 Southeast Asian, 9 East Asian, 14 South Asian, 31 Oceanian, 2 African and 1 Central Asian & Russian community.  Read more on the blog.

Comment. Losing the small cM matches will be no handicap to most people but,  I understand, should clear out a whole lot of false matches.

Internet Genealogy: August/September 2020

Here are the contents of the issue becoming available on 10 August.

Finding Everyone and Their Mother
Joe Grandinetti embarks on a maiden (name) voyage to research female ancestors

Speakeasies & Our Ancestors’ Entertainment
Sue Lisk looks at online sources help you to understand your ancestors’ lives during Prohibition

Genealogy Podcasts
Julie Cahill Tarr shows us how to keep up with the latest news and learn from experts through podcasts

Genealogy Software Round-Up
Tony Bandy looks at an overview of the available genealogy software programs on the market

Dealing with Family Stories and Legends
George G. Morgan looks at ways to gather new clues to jumpstart your research

Genealogical Resources for the War with Mexico
David A. Norris goes on a hunt for records that are often overshadowed by other conflicts

Filae – French Genealogy Records
Diane L. Richard looks at a source for French genealogical records with an English language interface

Wanted: Black Sheep or Jailbirds
Sue Lisk highlights online resources for locating ancestors who may have spent time behind bars

From Stranger to Familiar Face
Carol L. MacKay explores identifying family photographs using online resources

Internet Genealogy looks at websites and related news that are sure to be of interest

Back Page: No-Travel Genealogy
Dave Obee looks at how some things we take for granted may no longer be possible.


Friday, 31 July 2020

5,345 Free Online Canada City Directories

The amazing Kenneth R Marks has finished a section on his website The Ancestor Hunt presenting links to free online Canada city directories. It's a collaborative effort with Miriam Robbins, who for years has made available the Online Historical Directories website.


British Newspaper Archives Additions for July

The British Newspaper Archive now has a total of  38,109,702 pages online ( 37,517,070 last month).

55 papers (24 last month) had pages added in the past month. There were 26 (12) new titles. Dates ranged from 1803 to 1982. The Dail Mirror with 199,626 pages and more being added daily is the major addition.

The list of additions of more than 10,000 pages during the month:

Daily Mirror1996261903-1913, 1919-1920, 1922-1937, 1980-1982
Cork Daily Herald415621858-1860, 1863, 1865-1867, 1872-1894
Leicester Chronicle593341915, 1924-1979
Jersey Evening Post124201899, 1901-1909
Nantwich Chronicle126701945-1958, 1976, 1978
North Wales Weekly News323241956-1980
Rochdale Times161141872-1879, 1896, 1898-1899, 1910-1912, 1914-1923
Westmeath Guardian & Longford News-Letter114481841-1860, 1862-1896
Richmond & Ripon Chronicle10361857, 1859, 1865, 1889
Hampshire Independent404301836-1852, 1858-1895, 1898-1910, 1912-1923
Clonmel Chronicle201761848-1896

Edward Cohen: Passchendaele

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge, the opening attack of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), occurred on this date, 31 July 1917.

Edward Cohen, my great-uncle, serving with the 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was mortally wounded in the advance on Bodmin Copse. He was one of 6,525 who died on that day, including 91 from his battalion according to www.cwgc.org. Like 70 others of his battalion, his body was not recovered and his name is on the Menin Gate.

He was awarded a posthumous Military Cross which was donated to Queen's College, Cambridge, where he had been a student.
The Third Battle of Ypres eventually cost a quarter of a million British Empire lives.
Read more about Edward Cohen at http://theyserved.wikia.com/wiki/Edward_Cohen

CWGC Beechwood Cemetery: Goldwin Otter Kemp

Goldwin Otter Kemp was born in Ottawa on 6 May 1885

Ottawa Journal, 2 August 1920

As a result of physical infirmities contracted while on active service with the Canadian expeditionary force in France, Lieutenant Goldwin Otter Kemp, youngest surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Kemp, Westboro’, passed away yesterday afternoon (31 July 1920) in Spadina Hospital, Toronto. Since his return to Canada in the autumn of 1918, Lieutenant Kemp had suffered with an acute affliction of the heart and, during the early months of the present year, was forced to abandon his business and enter hospital for treatment.
Lieutenant Camp was very well known in the capital, where he received his early education, later graduating from the Ottawa Collegiate Institute. In pre-war days he was employed by the Bank of Ottawa and later left his position there to enter government Service in the Department of Customs. Upon the outbreak of the war, he joined the Canadian militia and assisted in the work of recruiting the 130th Battalion, with which unit he sailed to England. Following its disintegration, Lieutenant Kemp proceeded it to France and joined the 38th Battalion, serving with distinction with them until he was severely wounded during the desperate Canadian assault on the city of Cambrai, September 1918.  He was invalided to England and, after spending several months in the hospital, was evacuated to Canada in the late months of 1918.
Lieutenant Kemp upon discharge from the Army ... was placed in a responsible position under the Department of Customs in Toronto, which position he was forced to forgo when he entered Spadina Hospital early this year.
The late Lieutenant Kemp leaves to mourn his loss his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kemp, Westboro’; his widow, formerly Miss Edna Raper, daughter of John Raper; two young daughters Mavis and Beatrice; one brother Mr. D S Kemp, principal of Cambridge Street School, Ottawa. 
The funeral will be held from Rogers and Burney’s Chapel, Laurier Avenue West at 3 this afternoon.

Interment at Beechwood Cemetery is in Section 19, S-E part. 154

Thursday, 30 July 2020

What’s New in the Canadiana Collections

A long list of new titles is showing at https://www.crkn-rcdr.ca/en/whats-new-canadiana-collections. There are about 170 serials, most annotated as coming soon.  Three are "recently added."

Directory of the city of Kingston, and the villages of Waterloo, Portsmouth, Williamsville and Barriefield, 1855. http://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_00139
Montreal almanack for the year of our Lord ... ,1831, 1833, 1837, 1840, 1841, 1842. http://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_00397
Toronto World Jan. 1, 1913-Dec. 31, 1915. http://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.N_00367

There are no new items in the Héritage collection "due to the COVID-19 pandemic, digitization services at Library and Archives Canada are currently suspended which has paused the growth of the Héritage collection. Once digitization services resume, this table will be updated."

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

August Allsorts Web Seminar

The Guild of One-Name Studies will be opening up several presentations from its archives for two weeks, to start at 5 am on Saturday 1 August.

The provisional programme is:

  •   The Royal Navy in Malta [March 2017] – Kim Baldacchino 
  •   Using TNG to Create a Website [July 2016] – Jim Benedict
  •   Genetic Genealogy [April 2019] – Debbie Kennett
  •   Life in the Asylum [May 2019] – David Scrimgeour
  •   C19th Boom and Bust – Trade Directories [May 2017] – Jackie Depelle 

The National Brewery Centre Archive

The UK National Brewery Centre in Burton on Trent is "home to an unrivalled array of historical collections that relate to brewing. This includes an extensive archive of ledgers, books, plans, photographs and film from the breweries around the UK; a library containing brewing-related books and journals and objects that include paintings, ceramics, glass, bottles, cans, beer mats and Inn-signs."

Online find many of the more popular items in the collection, such as photos of historic pubs, breweries, brewing equipment, packaging and advertising. Items are continually being added.


Tuesday, 28 July 2020

The Week's Online Genealogy Events

Choose from online events in the next four days. All times at ET.

🇨🇦Tuesday 28 July, 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from OGS Ottawa Branch and The Ottawa Public Library. Join here.

Tuesday, 28 July, 2 pm: Fabulous Photo Discoveries™ at MyHeritage by Lisa Louise Cooke. Register here.

Wednesday, 29 July, 11 am: Ask Me Anything with Myko Clelland. www.facebook.com/findmypast

Wednesday, 29 July, 2 pm: Researching a Loyalist Soldier by Craig R. Scott, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Register here.

Thursday, 30 July, 8 am: Passchendaele ( The Third Battle of Ypres). https://www.cwgc.org/our-work/projects/cwgc-live/ with Alexandra Churchill and Bethany Moore of The Great War Group and CWGC's Max Dutton.

🇨🇦Thursday, 30 July, 1 pm: Oh, Canadiana!: the offerings on the Canadiana.org website, with Kathryn Lake Hogan. Register here.

Thursday, 30 July, 6:30 pm:  Navigating the (Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center) Catalog: Locating the Resource You Need. Register here.

Friday 31 July, 11 am: Tracing Catholic Ancestors by Brian Donovan. www.facebook.com/findmypast

Friday 31 July - 30 September: Celtic Connections Virtual Conference. 25 pre-recorded presentations and 10 live chat sessions with Fiona Fitzsimons, Maurice Gleeson, John Grenham, Chris Paton for $99US. http://www.celtic-connections.org/ccc_register.html

Monday, 27 July 2020

Advance Notice: OGS Troronto Late Summer Lecture Series: Online

Four lectures about online Ontario research

Tuesday 18 August: Ontario Records on FamilySearch — Jane E. MacNamara
Wednesday 19 August: Upper Canada Sundries: An Under-used Genealogy Goldmine— Janice Nickerson
Tuesday 25 August: The Heir & Devisee Commissions of Upper Canada— Linda Corupe
Wednesday 26 August: Enhancing your Research with Find-a-Grave—Ruth Burkholder

Find out more and register at https://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/late-summer-lecture-series-online/?instance_id=1427

The Second World War, Solving the Franklin Mystery, and more

The 1 August 2020 issue of Canada's History magazine features two articles by Canadian military historian Tim Cook.

A shorter one On All Fronts reviews Canada's role in the war.

After Victory: The Second World War led to fundamental changes to Canada shows how it stimulated "the emergence of the social-security state to advances in culture, from being more intensely tied to the United States to a new willingness to engage with the world. Canada moved forward as a wealthy nation, more certain of what it meant to be Canadian."

Solving the Franklin Mystery has Ken McGoogan speculation on the cause of death of crew members.

Canada's History is one of the many magazines available to read free online through PressReader if your local public library subscribes.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Latest Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine

The Summer 2020 issue of this free magazine is now available!

Fiona Fitzsimons – Senator Joe Biden's Irish Roots
Paul MacCotter – The Surnames of County Tipperary: A Brief Overview
Maurice Gleeson – The Future of Ancient DNA and Red Hugh O’Donnell
Niall Roycroft – How a 1954 Traffic Accident Revealed Medieval Athboy (County Meath)
Deirdre Powell – Matilda Cullen Knowles (1864–1933): A Pioneer of Irish Botany
Aisling O’Brien and Lorna Moloney – Brian Boru and the World of DNA
Nathan Mannion - Mary Mallon – Better Known as ‘Typhoid Mary’: A Lesson for Our Time?
Eamonn ‘Ned’ Kelly – The God of Wisdom and the Origins of the Legendary Hero Fionn mac Cumhaill
Maurice Gleeson – Select Academic Publications Relevant to Irish Genetic Genealogy on the ISOGG Website
Patrick Roycroft – New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy (4th Edition; by Brian Mitchell) [Book Review]
Brigit McCone – Book Essay on Michael Davitt’s Life and Progress in Australasia
Brian Mitchell – New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy (4th edition, 2020) [Book Excerpt]

Regular columns: 
Dear Genie (Our Genealogists help you with your research block)
Photodetective (Jayne Shrimpton analyses one of your family photos)
Patrick's Page (Patrick Roycroft deals with a client at the Irish Family History Centre)
FMP Roundup (Niall Cullen lets us know of the new Irish genealogy records that have been added to Findmypast)


Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

OGS Copyright Consultant
Librarians are Genealogists' best friends, so the OGS announcement that Elise C. Cole is joining the OGS team to ensure that the Society is informed and compliant with copyright law and copyright best practices is welcome. Elise in her role with the Oakville Public Library blogged at the no longer active Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists Climb Family Trees.

Links to 2,275 Free Online Ontario City Directories
Kenneth R Marks does it again. https://bit.ly/3jHMDm3

Reimagining Searching in Chronicling America
A blog post that raised my blood pressure in thinking about the lost opportunities owing to Library and Archives Canada's failed leadership.

Libraries have been bringing older books to digital learners: Four publishers sue to stop it
Do you use the Internet Archive? A blog post by Brewster Kahle on the threat from commercial publishers to the availability of orphan works.

TheGenealogist adds Australian Records

Thanks to this week's contributors: Anonymous, Brenda Dunne, btyclk, Gail B., Ian Barker, Jon, K, K P,  Leslie Weir, M.Anne S., Nick Thorne, Unknown.