30 May 2006


The web site at < www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/ > contain information on 261 Wiltshire communities compiled by Wiltshire Libraries & Heritage. Every community page already has certain basic information, such as early maps, local administrative bodies, population from 1801, newspapers for its area, lists of local maps, the registration district, and links to other sites of interest. More is being added.

29 May 2006


If you have Glasgow-area ancestors check out <> for Ebooks on Glasgow, including Who's Who in Glasgow in 1909, The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry, Curiosities of Glasgow citizenship, Memoirs and portraits of one hundred Glasgow men, Glimpses of old Glasgow, The origin and history of Glasgow streets. There are also a few Ebooks on Scotland in general.

27 May 2006

Ontario Genealogical Society - Seminar 2006

Before heading off to the OGS banquet this evening a note that the best presentation I heard today was by Marian Press - "New Internet Technologies for Genealogy: Using Web Alerts, Intelligent Agents, Blogs and RSS Feeds, and Wikis. Find links to some of the resources she mentioned here.

24 May 2006

Lt Col John By RN

While in England I found time to stop at the churchyard in Frant to see the grave of Lt Col John By, RN, who was responsible for the building of the Rideau Canal. Ottawa was previously named Bytown in his honour.

The church at Frant is well situated away from the fumes and noise of the main road, a few minutes south of Tunbridge Wells. A lady doing maintence on the churchyard directed me to By's grave, and told me she had visited Ottawa some years ago. I was surprised that By takes second place on the stone on the plot, in the centre of the picture. You can see the plaque placed by the Ottawa Historical Society, now a little the worse for wear but still servicable, beneath his memorial inscription. I was told they believe By is buried in front of the monument -- the centre bump that shows as the mower shaved the grass more there. There is also a plaque to By in the church.

20 May 2006

Back ,,, and changed

This blog has served it's original purpose of allowing me to experiment with daily blogging. For the time being I will switch to less frequent updating with items to be included in the British Isles Family History Society's monthly eNewsletter.