Friday, 20 September 2019

Findmypast adds Cumberland records, and more

New on Findmypast this week.

Cumberland Parish Records
Baptisms (76,042), marriages (37,687) and burials (61,515) for the Cumberland parishes of Dacre, Dalston, Great Orton, Holme Cultram, Kirkoswald, Lamplugh, Lanercost, Millom, Penrith, Skelton, Whicham and Wigton. These collections provided by the College of Arms, are taken from printed registers, which are linked, covering the mid-16th century to the start of civil registration in 1837.

Scotland, Forfarshire (Angus), Dundee, D C Thomson Staff War Album 1939-1945
A collection of vivid portrait images of men and women employed with DC Thompson in Dundee, who volunteered to serve during the Second World War. DC Thomson is the parent company of Findmypast. The photo album contains each employees date of enlistment, name, notable details, and most have an accompanying photograph, many in uniform. A number of those listed were captured, went missing or killed.

Ohio Directories & Almanacs
110 Ohio directories, dating from the 1700s to the 1900s, have been added to the collection of United States directories & almanacs.

International Records – Ukraine
Over 14,000 transcripts of births and baptisms spanning the years 1784 to 1879 sourced from the International Genealogical Index.

LAC Co-Lab update

Here's an update on Co-Lab projects since last month.

PROGRESS

Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 is 36% complete (29% last month).

Rosemary Gilliat (Eaton)’s Arctic diary and photographs is 40% complete (39% last month).

NO CHANGE OR REVISED

Legendary Train Robber and Prison Escapee Bill Miner is 98% complete

War Diaries of the First World War: 1st Canadian Division is 94% complete.

The Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters is 85% complete.

New France and First Nations Relations is 28% complete.

Japanese-Canadians: Second World War is 61% complete.

Personal Diary of the Baroness Macdonald - Lady Macdonald is 94% complete.

COMPLETED

The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918–1919.

Correspondence between Sir Robert Borden and Sir Sam Hughes.

Letters from Wilfrid Laurier to Zoé Lafontaine/Laurier.

COMMENT

One of the indicators for the LAC Three-year plan 2019-2022, released earlier this month, is the number of records enhanced by user contributions in the Co-Lab crowdsourcing tool. The indicator is to be released quarterly as is the indicator number of images digitized via DigiLab.

OGS Quinte Branch September meeting

The topic for the 21 September Quinte Branch meeting is

Discovering the Humanity in the History

Jennifer DeBruin, UE uses her research and writing to journey with her ancestors in an effort to “discover the humanity in the history.”

The meeting is at 1 pm at Quinte West Public Library in Trenton
https://quinte.ogs.on.ca/2019/07/30/discovering-the-humanity-in-the-history/

QFHS Open House


Thursday, 19 September 2019

ScotlandsPeople adds more Presbyterian Church Records

Find more than 3,000 baptism records for 1752–1855, new on ScotlandsPeople, covering Presbyterian congregations in Ayrshire, Fife, Dundee Renfrewshire, Aberdeenshire and Midlothian.
Read the announcement from ScotlandsPeople.

OGS is building a photo collection of Ontario churches

Sometimes the only existing connection you have to a place where an ancestor lived is a building, often a church no longer functioning as a place of worship. Visit and it's where you gravitate.
When you can't visit OGS has a project to post photos of Ontario churches. To contribute go to https://ogs.on.ca/church-locator/.
So far only nine churches labelled Ottawa are in the collection, Britannia United, Carsonby United, Christ Church Anglican at Burritt's Rapids, Holy Trinity Anglican at Metcalfe, Our Lady Of The Visitation Roman Catholic at Gloucester, Southminster United, St. Andrews Presbyterian at Kars, Trinity Anglican at Bearbrook, Trinity United at Kars.
Search for a church photo at https://ogs.on.ca/databases/ontario-church-photo-collection/.

Often an internet search of the church name will surface photos too.


Kingston Branch: September Monthly Meeting

The OGS Kingston Branch meeting on 21 September has Judy Neville speaking on “Giving British Home Children a Voice.” The presentation gives a voice to over 100,000 children who came to Canada between the 1860s and 1940s and most often never revealed what growing up was like in that era.

More info on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingstonBranchOGS/ or website https://kingston.ogs.on.ca/.

Kingston Branch usually meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 9:30am to noon at 56 Francis St, Kingston, Ontario. Visitors are always welcome.  There is no fee to attend.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

RootsTech London app

The RootsTech London conference app is now available for download for Android or Apple phones.

https://www.core-apps.com/dl/rtlondon19?utm_campaign=qr

This is the same RootsTech app used for SLC - now with London content in it. If you are already in the app and looking at content from a past SLC event, simply click 'Exit to Show List' where you will see a list of all conferences and you can select 'RootsTech London 2019'

Registration opens for RootsTech 2020

Here's a press release from RootsTech.

SALT LAKE CITY (18 September 2019)—FamilySearch International has announced that registration for RootsTech 2020 Salt Lake City is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, share, and preserve their family roots, heritage, and stories. The 2020 conference will be held February 26–29, 2020, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit rootstech.org/salt-lake. Discounts are available for early registrations.

In 2019, RootsTech attracted over 20,000 attendees from 38 different countries and all 50 states.

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary and the distinguished honour that it is the largest genealogy conference of its kind in the world. The conference will feature a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers, over 300 informative sessions, including hands-on computer workshops taught by industry professionals; interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall; and entertaining events—all designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries.

Conference Details

The theme for RootsTech 2020 will be “The Story of YOU.” Many of the classes, keynote address, and venue décor will reflect this theme.

“At RootsTech, we believe that the stories we’re creating and preserving today are just as important as the stories of our ancestors,” said Jen Allen, event director. “Reflecting on and celebrating each of our personal journeys is an important part of family history that we are excited to explore at the 2020 conference.”

RootsTech 2020 will also introduce learning forums—new class sessions covering a variety of specialized topics including: records access and preservation, innovation and technology, and DNA. One of these forums will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

RootsTech 2020 will officially begin on Wednesday, February 26 with class sessions beginning at 8 AM MT. Wednesday’s general keynote session will begin on the main stage at 4:30 p.m. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the featured keynote speaker.

General keynote sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will begin on the main stage at 11 AM MT and will lead directly into the lunch hour.

Read more about what’s new at RootsTech 2020.

Pricing

Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $169 (a $130 discount on regularly priced passes). Single day RootsTech passes are also available for $99. Both one-day and full conference passes include access to the popular expo hall and keynote sessions. Early bird pricing ends October 11, 2019.

Family Discovery Day

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, February 26, 2020, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free 1-day event includes inspiring messages from Church leaders; engaging classes for families, youth, and young single adults; and evening entertainment to inspire and help families make family history connections. Family Discovery Day attendees will also have access to all the interactive activities and exhibitors found in the RootsTech expo hall. Event details, including speakers and class sessions, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org. The event is free, but registration is required.

Updated London, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records

Updated on 16 September, Ancestry's London, England, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records, 1738-1930 now contains 321,589 records.

Sourced from the London Metropolitan Archives, the collection includes a huge variety of different records such as:

Admission and discharge books of workhouses
Registers of individuals in the infirmary
Creed registers
School registers
Registers of children boarded out or sent to various other institutions
Registers of apprentices
Registers of lunatics
Registers of servants
Registers of children
Registers of relief to wives and children
Registers of inmates
Registers of indoor poor
Registers of deserted children

The background information given by Ancestry includes "Because the records haven’t yet been transcribed, it’s not possible to search for your relatives automatically." That's legacy text — at least some of the files are indexed. Others are available as images of the original document to browse.

They’ll help you identify which members of your family were considered poor, find out what help they received, and discover details of their everyday lives.

Checking a random sample I noticed a creed register with the notation "To Canada". I was unable to find the two young people mentioned in the home child database at Library and Archives Canada. Nothing's done and dusted!

RootsTech London anticipation builds: SOG extra

This date next month I'll be starting out on the trek from the plane to immigration at Heathrow airport and then on to my first sleep. That's well before the start of RootsTech London. Like many friends, I'll be combining the trip with family visits and some research.

The Society of Genealogists is taking the opportunity to help RootsTech visitors make the most of the trip with a series of free events.
Two free lectures by the society Genealogist Else Churchill:
Tuesday, 29 October, 2-3pm, I'm Stuck! Some Ideas for Solving Genealogy Problems.
Wednesday, 30 October, 2-3pm, Surname Searching & Finding Pedigrees Online and at SoG.
 and
Tours of the society library each day from Monday to Wednesday.

Find out more and book at http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/calendar-month/2019/10/

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Third annual virtual conference on Scottish Genealogy Research

PRESS RELEASE

Genealogy Tours of Scotland announces the third annual virtual conference on Scottish Genealogy Research. This is the only virtual conference dedicated to Scottish research topics.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2020

The ViC (virtual conference) will launch on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 8:30 am Eastern

The line-up of talks and speakers for the day:

Glasgow’s Role in the Slave Trade on Plantations in the West Indies presented by Stephen Mullen
Using Wills and Testaments for Scottish Genealogy Research presented by archivist Margaret Fox
Using Prison Records for Genealogy Research, presented by genealogist Emma Maxwell
Using Asylum Records for Genealogy Research, presented by genealogist Emma Maxwell
Using the Records Generated Upon Death for Genealogy Research, presented by archivist Irene O’Brien
Researching Your Scottish Ancestors in British Newspapers presented by Aoife O’Connor
Canada: Land and Opportunity presented by genealogy educator Christine Woodcock

 Registration fee is just $99.99 (cad) and allows unlimited access to the talks, handouts and marketplace until midnight (eastern) on February 1st, 2020.

 *** Virtual "Seats" are limited!*** For more information or to register: http://www.genealogyvic.com/

 For questions: genealogytoursofscotland@gmail.com

 All presentations are pre-recorded and released on a timed basis throughout the day, just like an in-person conference. The live Q&A will only happen on January 25th when the presenters will be available following their presentation to answer any questions.

Comment:  I don't research in Scotland and don't know most of the presenters. Aoife O’Connor I recall giving a good webinar on the British Newspaper Archive.  Christine Woodcock is well known in the Ontario genealogy community having spoken at a BIFHSGO conference.
The cost is $99.99, or $14 per recorded presentation. The benchmark is an annual subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars at $50 (US) per year with a library of nearly 1,000 presentations and new presentations added weekly.

DNA.Land is closing

Kudos to those behind DNA.Land for choosing the ethical high ground.
No ifs, ands or buts ... DNA.Land with its 163,237 genomes is closing as an academic research project. All accounts and contributed data will be permanently deleted and erased from the DNA.Land servers on September 30th, 2019.
That's in contrast to the situation with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation database which was acquired in 2012 along with GeneTree.
The scientists behind DNA.Land announce their intention of relaunching it as a commercial initiative, DNA.Land 2.0.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Northern Ireland Tithe Applotment Books

On his British Genes blog, Chris Paton reported "some very exciting news" from the latest stakeholder meeting at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

In particular Tithe Applotment Books (Northern Ireland) from PRONI will be imminently (perhaps not my November) available online to browse as large scale PDF documents, via a 'View digital object' button on the catalogue entries.

PRONI will be adding to its site a how-to user guide to explain how to work through the collections.

Gene-O-Rama 2020 announcement

In recent years Ottawa Branch's Gene-O-Rama has featured Ontario-based keynote speakers as befits an OGS/Ontario Ancestors organization.
At Saturday's branch meeting I learned that, as it gets ready to celebrate its 50th-anniversary, Gene-O-Rama will be going beyond the borders — the keynote speaker will be Chicago-based internationally known Thomas MacEntee.
Thomas is a frequent speaker and webinar presenter. He consistently ranked in the top ten in my Rockstar Genealogist poll and was a popular speaker at the 2015 BIFHSGO conference.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

BIFHSGO History: 2002 Conference

As I wasn't able to be at Susan Davis's presentation 25 Years of Storytelling at Saturday's BIFHSGO meeting I don't know whether she mentioned what is possibly the most quirky event in BIFHSGO history which happened at the 2002 conference. Many may not remember or have been involved in the Society at the time. Here's the way it was reported in The Citizen of 22 September 2002.

First, the writers tried to steal some of the genealogists’ cheese slices. Then, the genealogists grabbed handfuls of the writers’ Timbits. The war is not over.
The unusual food fight is taking place this weekend at 395 Wellington St.
That is the home of the National Archives of Canada, the National Library of Canada and considerable confusion.
The 6th annual Ottawa International Writers Festival had booked meeting room space this weekend with the National Library. The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa had booked meeting room space this weekend with the National Archives.
The problem is the library and archives share the same meeting room spaces. And as every neophyte physics student knows, two bodies can not occupy the same space at the same time. The genealogists and the writers are, however, trying. But with mixed success.
The only near casualty came Friday evening when, according to witnesses, a 10-year-old girl attending the writers festival reached for a genealogical cheese slice. Someone the writers nicknamed “the catering Nazi” was reported to have almost slapped the child. But cooler heads prevailed.
A sort of uneasy truce has been called between the two groups as they both try to salvage their respective gatherings from disaster. Arrangements were made so some competing events of each group would be held in hallways and foyers as well as the official meeting rooms.
That meant that yesterday afternoon, for example, a writers festival discussion on gay marriage in the foyer of the auditorium was invaded by scores of genealogists moving into the auditorium. Most of the invading genealogists tried to be quiet as they tiptoed toward the auditorium, making detours to hit the Timbits. But some were extremely noisy.
“Holy (expletive deleted)!” Sean Wilson, the writers festival’s artistic director, exclaimed at one point when a group of elderly British descendants, with extremely healthy vocal chords, stood on the sidelines interrupting the gay marriage discussion.
Mr. Wilson stood up, grimaced and made a beeline for the British descendants. They retreated down a hallway.
Mr. Wilson used such adjectives as “disruptive,” “disheartening” and “frustrating” to explain his festival’s dilemma.
His language was stronger than that used by a panel of high-profile international writers yesterday afternoon, discussing everything from the bombing of “Palestine” to China’s persecution of Falun Gong. Egyptian writer Mohammed Salmawy criticized the bombing. Chinese writer Jiang Zilong defended the persecution on the grounds Falun Gong practitioners have become “too political.”
Some of the history society people interviewed said they were coping well with the double booking, but unanimously added, with just a hint of venom: “We booked this place a year ago.”
The writers festival booked several months ago and, Mr. Wilson said, checked three times since then with the archives to ensure the space was not double booked. Festival organizers were worried about such an eventuality because it happened to them last April, when author Rohinton Mistry was scheduled to give a reading at the National Library and the National Archives booked the same space for the same time. Mr. Mistry and hundreds of fans were forced into the foyer. Mr. Mistry was not pleased.
Actually, anyone who is a regular attendee at library-archives events knows this is a problem that has existed for several years. It’s always blamed on a computer glitch. Apparently, no one at 395 Wellington has figured out all you need to avoid confusion is a calendar and a pen. When someone calls to book, you write down the name on the calendar. End of confusion, as long as there is only one calendar.
The writers festival was given the space from the National Library for free, so organizers can’t demand a refund. All previous writers festivals were held at the National Arts Centre without this kind of glitch. The National Library was expected to become the new festival home for many years. That, Mr. Wilson says, is now in doubt.
The confusion at 395 Wellington should be over by tomorrow. The British descendants wrap up their gathering today. The writers continue until next Saturday.

Two riled BIFHSGO members wrote to the Citizen about the article.

Food-fight article ignored compromise and common sense
Re: Food fight erupts as two festivals collide, Sept. 22.
The article by Paul Gessell was an opportunity missed. In line with the Law of Parsimony — report only what is supported by the facts — the following are the facts:
1. Neither the Ottawa International Writers Festival (OIWF) nor the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), nor the National Archives of Canada (NAC) was informed of the double-booked spaces by the National Library until two weeks before the events.
2. I was informed by a number of members who are writers and were planning to attend both events.
3. When informed, BÎFHSGO was told there was no problem except for one room (154) — we were asked by the NAC to use room 129 — a compromise that we accepted.
4. When we set up our exhibitors’ space in the auditorium foyer (as we have done for the past three years), we found out from the organizers of OIWF that it had events planned for that space and the auditorium.
5. Neil Wilson, director of the OIWF and his organizing staff, Gabrielle Blais, the NAC director-general of client services and her staff, myself and the BIFHSGO conference planning group worked out a number of practical options, supported by Ian Wilson, the national archivist.
6.     These compromises, by both OIWF and BIFHSGO. with the support of NAC staff and the
commissionaires on duty, resulted in few complaints by attendees of both events, except for a few small incidents when members of both groups were unaware of the compromise arrangements.
And what did Mr. Gessell focus on? An attention-getting headline in, if you will pardon the pun, poor taste. What an opportunity missed. Instead of the negative journalism, he could have emphasized the common sense, co-operation and compromise which both organizations practised when a difficult situation was thrust upon them. At no point was I approached for my reaction as the “other offended party.” And I was on site all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I would also note that the Citizen, along with other media, is going to have to search for better descriptions of those over the age of 65 than “elderly British descendants” — an offensive adjective for an active, growing part of the community.
Gerry Glavin, Ottawa, Co-ordinator, BIFHSGO conference 2002

Negative focus
As a member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, I attended our annual fall conference where we shared space with the Ottawa International Writers Association. Hundreds of writers and genealogists behaved with grace and co-operation in the difficult situation of being required to share space and relocate events at short notice, through no fault of their own. The National Archives and National Library staff did everything possible to remedy the booking error and accommodate everyone’s needs.
The writers’ association invited the genealogists to attend its events at the price designated for its own members, and our society was very happy to sign up a new member from the writers’ group. Good humour and goodwill predominated through the stress of the space sharing. That was the important news, and it was completely ignored in your reporter’s negative and mean-spirited article which focused on a greatly exaggerated and isolated incident.
Ruth Kirk, Ottawa

Google the Citizen journalist's name and you'll find that Paul Gessell "For the last three decades while based in the Ottawa area, he has focused on the collision of art and politics."

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Three Outstanding Collections Added to the Canada Memory of the World Register

Visualising newspaper data
Here's the type of initiative LAC could well learn from.

Restless Sleep With Age
Can’t sleep? Don’t worry. It’ll probably be worse when you’re older (but worrying won't help)!

Good Luck Professor Spiegelhalter
A 56-minute podcast from BBC Radio 4. In Good Luck Professor Spiegelhalter, the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University looks at notions of luck in gambling, traces the origins of how we think about fate and fortune, the religious and psychological view of luck and how the emergence of theory of probability changed our view of it. "Luck is chance taken personally."

Saturday, 14 September 2019

RootsTech London full schedule

The full schedule of talks, filling in 19 slots previously gaps, is now posted at https://www.rootstech.org/schedule/.
Genetic genealogy is well catered for with one or more talk in every session including five by Debbie Kennett, four by Maurice Gleeson, three each by Michelle Leonard and Jonny Perl, and two each by John Cleary, Ugo Perego, Donna Rutherford and Diahan Southard.

TheGenealogist expands School and University Register collection

The record sets named in following press release from TheGenealogist includes those for Upper Canada College.

New School and University Registers

As children go back to school, TheGenealogist has just released a diverse batch of school and university records to join its ever-growing education collection.

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments between the 1830s and 1930s. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons, deans, visitors, professors, masters in the case of universities and the principles and governors in the case of schools.

Use these records to add colour to a family story and glean important information from the biographical details to use in further research.

The list of records included in this release are:

St. Lawrence College Ramsgate Register, 1879 to 1911
Upper Canada College Address List 1829-1929
The Report Of The President Of Queen's College Belfast 1896-1897
The Glenalmond Register 1847-1929
Clifton College Register 1862-1912
Edinburgh Institution 1832-1932
King Williams College Register 1833-1904
The Bradfield College Register 1850-1923
The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1915
The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1916
The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1917
The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1918
The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1919
Isle of Man, King William's College Register 1833-1927
Ireland, The Campbell College Register 1894-1938
Eton College, Easter 1862
Keble College Register, 1870-1925
Rathmines School Roll, 1858-1899
Charterhouse Register 1911-1920 Vol. III
Cheltenham College Register 1841-1927
Alumni Carthusiani, 1614-1872

This expands our extensive education records collection.

Read our article:
https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/find-ancestors-in-education-records-1180/

These records and many more are available to subscribers of TheGenealogist.co.uk

Friday, 13 September 2019

Correction for Cream of the Crop

The latest issue of BIFHSGO's Anglo-Celtic Roots, Volume 25, Number 3, arrived in my mailbox yesterday. It's not yet online. There's incorrect information in my Cream of the Crop column. When written it was correct.
Global Genealogy will not now be selling copies of Blaine Bettinger's latest book, the second edition of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.
Amazon has it at $33.58, plus tax and shipping. There's a Kindle edition at $14.99.

Findmypast Berkshire, Derbyshire and International Records

New this week on Findmypast

Berkshire Marriages Index
Over 63,000 additional records added for 16 parishes across the county for a total of 378,772 records. The additions consist of transcripts provided by the Berkshire Family History Society that may reveal age, marital status, residence, occupation, father’s name and spouse’s details. Some records may also include the names of witnesses and additional notes.

Berkshire marriages cover more than 156 parishes in Berkshire between 1538 and 1933.  The transcripts were created by both Findmypast and the Berkshire Family History Society using original marriage registers and bishop’s transcripts held by the Berkshire Archives. A further set of records originates from the Phillimore Marriage Registers with links to the original publish images — also available through archive.org/.

Derbyshire Deaths and Burials
Over 23,000 Derbyshire Family History Society transcripts have been added for 12 cemeteries around the county. The collection now totals 626,050 records from 1538 to 1998 and many without a burial year. As well as revealing the final resting place, these records may also reveal their age at death, birth year, death year, burial date and if they died paupers. Some records may also list next of kin.

Irish Boundary Commission Records 1924-1925
Just in time for BREXIT, these are records for The Irish Boundary Commission set up to determine the boundary between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland. Findmypast has digitised this collection of more than 47,000 records from The National Archives which include the Commission’s minutes, papers, correspondence and report of the Irish Boundary Commission, and records of oral and written evidence submitted to it.

British In Ceylon Parish Records
From 1815 until 1948, Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, was a British colony. The 4,500 records in this collection span that period and have been collected and transcribed by the Kabristan Archives. They include the names of those who were serving in Ceylon and were married, died, or had children there. Over a thousand names of those who served in Ceylon during the First World War are also included.

International records update - Russia
Does your family tree have Russian roots? Search for your Russian ancestors in more than 325,000 baptisms, marriages and burials. These three indexes from FamilySearch will provide essential names, dates and locations.

GEDMatch Notifications

Did you receive the following message from GEDMatch?

The purpose of GEDmatch is to provide tools to our fellow genealogical researchers.

However, we also wish to remind our members of another use that we believe is especially important.

That use is to bring a sense of closure to families who have suffered deeply because a violent crime was perpetrated on them or a member of their family. Here is a story one family victim placed on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlbfAYVtnq8&feature=youtu.be

Some people feel there may be good reasons for not making their information available for this use. We understand and make it easy for them to protect their information from being compared to criminal cases. All they have to do is make sure the police badge icon on their GEDmatch home page has a red “X” through it. If the red “X” is missing, see below.

We recommend and encourage opting-in. For those who wish to make their information available to solve violent crime cases, get perpetrators off the street and give closure to victims, this is done by ensuring that the police icon on their GEDmatch home page does not have a red “X” over it. A simple click on the icon will add or remove the “X”. This should be done for kits that are yours or for which permission has been given or for deceased persons whose information you manage.

Many of these families have suffered for decades. They need your support. We hope you will encourage others who have been genealogically DNA tested to also add their information.

We believe it is the caring thing to do.

GEDmatch Management

I admit to being torn. While I believe in the value of DNA matching for catching criminals I am not in favour of the death penalty and would not want my DNA to be the evidence that resulted in an execution.

What do you think?

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The Theses Canada Collection

For time-to-time, the blog looks at theses and dissertations relevant to family history. While Library and Archives Canada has a consolidated collection of Canadian theses the newest are from 2016.

Additions have been in abeyance pending implementation of a new harvesting and archiving system. The Theses Canada website has long had a notice that harvesting will resume in 2019.

This week I've been able to confirm that they hope (expect?) to begin harvesting again within the next couple of months. When new theses are available there will be a notice on the website.

In the meantime, newer theses may be found in the individual university repositories. A list of the 59 institutions, with links, is available at  http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/theses/Pages/obtain-thesis-dissertation.aspx  (See the bottom of the page for the Canadian university theses repositories.)

Ploughing through 50 institution listings, each with its own format and organization is, to say the least, a chore.

This Saturday: rare back-to-back BIFHSGO and OGS Ottawa monthly meetings

It's time to reconnect with friends, and learn about building out your family tree, as both major Ottawa societies hold their first monthly meeting of the new genealogical year.

The BIFHSGO meetings start on Saturday, 14 September at 9:00 am at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Early Immigrants, Co-Lab and Collection Search: New and Updated Tools at Library and Archives Canada 

Emily Potter, a Genealogy Consultant at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), will discuss recent improvements to the help page of the Immigrants Before 1865 database, and discuss other upcoming changes to the immigration section of LAC’s website. As well, she will offer a brief introduction to the new Collections Search and Co-Lab tools.

Emily Potter has been a Genealogy Consultant at Library and Archives Canada for over four years and enjoys helping clients uncover family mysteries. Emily’s genealogy includes Scottish, Romanian, Acadian and Indigenous ancestry. She holds a bachelor of arts in Art history and History from Mount Allison University, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Museum Studies from Algonquin College.

At 9:30 am - BREAK - reconnect.

At 10:00 am
25 Years of Storytelling 

When Wayne Walker hit a brick wall, it was a voice in his head that led him to a special find. “Go see Uncle Ted,” said the voice. He listened and flew to Halifax. From there, he and his father drove three hours to the old family home to see Uncle Ted. “Go look in the writing desk,” said the voice. Uncle Ted had cleaned it out. “Look in the box,” said the voice. Wayne found the box, but it was empty. “Lift the tray,” said the voice. There he found a piece of paper that had been tucked away since 1884.

During her talk, Susan Davis will reveal what Wayne found written on the paper. She will also share some other memorable stories written by our members over the past 25 years; stories that can be found in our the Anglo-Celtic Roots (ACR) archive.

Susan Davis is BIFHSO’s communications director, when she is not digging through the ACR archives. Her day job is leading a team of web and social media advisors for Environment and Climate Change Canada. Some day she might even get around to submitting stories to the ACR about her Irish, Scottish and British ancestors.

At 11:30 am
End of BIFHSGO meeting. Make way toward the Ottawa City Archives building at 100 Tallwood for Ottawa Branch OGS events.

Genealogy Lunch Bunch
Heather Oakley will talk about some of the FREE ways to upgrade your knowledge about genealogy and the various aspects of research. If you are new to family history research or need a refresher, come out and join us! Sessions are free and open to all.
You are invited to bring a “brown bag” lunch to eat while we hold a presentation or a Research Workshop. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the sessions.

At 1:00 pm
Normal monthly presentation social time, with cookies.

At 1:30 pm
Quebec Notarial Records-An Underused Resource
Gloria Tubman & Brian Glenn will discuss what the notarial records are, some examples of different records one can find - land sales, will, inventories (estate), donations, bankruptcy; how one can use these records in genealogical and family history research & how to access these records using BANQ.
All Ottawa Branch monthly presentations are open to the public at no charge. Regrettably, due to ongoing technical difficulties broadcasting the Ottawa Branch presentations, webcasting has been discontinued.

At 3:00 pm
Computer Special Interest Group


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

RootsTech London: advice for getting around

I was planning how to get from Heathrow airport to the site of RootsTech London (without breaking the bank).

One of the resources mentioned in Your Road Map to London: Tools to Get Around, Citymapper and Google maps would both seem to do the trick.

Next on the planning schedule is getting an Oyster Card.

LAC goes quiet

With the start of the federal election campaign on today (Wednesday) expect to see little if any news coming from Library and Archives Canada until after election day on 21 October 2019.

During the election LAC along with all federal departments and agencies is under a news embargo, with a few exceptions. Regular operations, such as weather reports and forecasts and information on ongoing programs and services continue.

Expect a flood of news after the election.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

New MyHeritage videos

Go to YouTube and search for My Heritage. There are lots of videos, some from the company and others telling of their experience with the company DNA test.

The latest "The Missing Piece" tells the story siblings, both abandoned as children in Korea, discovering who they are, where they come from and the emotional bond they established. They connected through a MyHeritage DNA test.

According to the video there where 200,000 such children migrated from Korea, twice as many as the number of British Home Children, but with parallel experience only century or decades later.



At its recent conference in Amsterdam, MyHeritage announced an educational initiative. I found three short instructional videos already posted.

How to Get Started with Your DNA Matches
How to Change the Name of Your Family Site and Family Tree
How to Use Record Matches

Before and after DNA test study

"The UBC Genetic Connections study is looking for individuals who are considering purchasing or have already purchased but not yet seen the results of a genetic test kit.
The study involves completing two anonymous surveys, one before and one after receiving your genetic test results.
Our aim is to capture the numerous social and individual factors that go into the decision to pursue at-home genetic testing as well as the impact of receiving genetic test results."

Find out more.

DNA test experience comments

18 of the 61 responses to the survey left comments which are sometimes more instructive that the survey question responses (results here).

DNA test strongly suggests a previously unknown NPE in my ancestry.

I was surprised to find out that my great-grandmother was Jewish, hence the endogamy which confuses my results on MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA but not as much on Ancestry. DNA testing has been fun and challenging but I have been very disappointed in the response rate from DNA matches. I could flog a dead horse and say that I wish that Ancestry would provide a chromosome browser but their other tools and huge database have been very helpful.

Ancestry's "Shared Matches" are useless on my endogamous branch (only chromosomal triangulation will help there, sadly), but are very helpful for my non-endogamous lines. While the MyHeritage experience has been overall very worthwhile, I'm finding too many false positives, the latest one with a 20 -cM "matching" segment. And there's no mistake, it is definitely a false natch, and that shakes my confidence in their matching algorithm.

Not much new discovered, but it's interesting.

DNA testing coupled with "records" has proven to be very useful; Y-DNA testing not so much with FTDNA - appears to have "daughter-out".

Ancestry's power comes from the sheer size of its database and its matching algorithm. Downsides: the numbers of DNA matches only interested in their ethnic roots and our inability through Ancestry to analyse these matches by chromosome.

Moderate knowledge, greatly assisted by a more expert wife.

My level of satisfaction is based on the number of relatives I have that have tested at each site.

Have had some good luck with finding relatives. My 2x times great grandmother came to Canada with her sister Jane and her brothers. 

Thanks to DNA I now know the names of her brothers.
It was very interesting with a few small surprises, but ties in perfectly with my research.

My results and experiences were as I expected.

French Canadians - lots of endogamy.

It's all been good in general, ancestry has the most accurate model for my autosomal admixture (at least with 8 generations).

I would have liked Ancestry to offer more tools to investigate DNA matches although gedmatch somewhat fills the need.

DNA analysis works well with uncommon surnames but very poorly with very common ones such as Davies, Jones, James.

I've had the most fun with Gedmatch's research tools, being able to compare my gene segments with people who tested with many different testing companies.

I was required to delete or add estimated dates for all my ancestors before Thruline would work, was quite onerous. I also cannot understand why "unlinked" are listed as potential cousins. Finally probably like other users, private and very small tree numbers add to the difficulty of finding a potential cousin.

Gobsmacked. Discovered I was adopted - and I have been researching for years!

Monday, 9 September 2019

Exploring HMS Terror

Parks Canada last month released, and I missed until now, film taken inside of the wreck of the HMS Terror from the Franklin Expedition.
A remotely-operated vehicle explored the interior of the ship, recording high-definition video of the cabins and the astonishingly well-preserved artifacts still in place. Note the mention of the possible preservation of documents.

RootsTech London Promo Video

DNA test experience survey results

The survey was completed by 61 people.

Responding on places your great-grandparents and following generations lived?


This is as expected, heavily weighted toward Canada and UK/Ireland — the survey was not publicized beyond the blog.

35% reported endogamy or pedigree collapse in their ancestry, 50% none, and the remainder responded maybe/don't know.

Those responding had experience with 181 tests from the five companies. AncestryDNA's latest ads now claim 20 million members so it's not surprising that 89% mentioned testing with AncestryDNA. Others in order were Family Tree DNA at 80%, then MyHeritage DNA 51%, Living DNA at 43% and 23andMe at 35%.

Overall 77% reported being somewhat satisfied or very satisfied (combined) with the test.

AncestryDNA led the pack with 94% combined satisfaction, followed by Family Tree DNA (81%), 23andMe (81%), MyHeritageDNA (77%) and, trailing, Living DNA (31%).

Comment
AncestryDNA leads in terms of both the number of times mentioned and combined satisfaction.
23andMe had the fewest test-takers those that did were fairly satisfied. They might also be happy that unlike the other companies, except LivingDNA, they also got a read in their mitochondrial and Y-DNA (if male) in the same test.
Living DNA has likely suffered in not having a database in which to find individual matches.  The company now has a Family Networks feature which predicts relationships between clients "with groundbreaking detail" but for me, there are no matches.



Sunday, 8 September 2019

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

What do we lose when records are digitised?
John Grenham contemplates the dark cloud accompanying every silver lining.

Introducing: MyHeritage Education
"If you think education s expensive, try ignorance" was a sign in a former workplace. The new online resource center for enhancing your understanding of MyHeritage’s tools, products and services, and to help you make the most of your family history research isn't expensive — it's free. Visit here.

Do Influencers Need to Tell Audiences They’re Getting Paid?
Interesting findings published in the Harvard Business Review in view of the comments to my post Should I experiment with affiliate marketing?

UK Diplomatic countdown to war

A guide to Ottawa’s forbidden wineries
There are quite a few. Who knew?

The 12 Best How-To Sites That Everyone Should Bookmark

CWGC Beechwood Cemetery Burials: James Henry Weedon

Shared on Ancestry by 
creinke1330
Pte. James Weedon, No. 145766 C E F., was born in Hendon, Middlesex, England in 1867. He had served with the 14th Hussars (Cavalry) before emigrating.

Prior to enlisting he was employed at Russell Shaw Brick Yards, attested in Ottawa on 6 January 1916, sailed from Halifax with the 77th Battalion in June that year. He was hospitalized with arthritis in March 1917 and returned to Canada the following June.

He died early Monday morning, 8 September 1919 in St. Luke’s Hospital, following an illness of six weeks duration. He is buried at Beechwood Cemetery in section 29, lot 15.

His wife, Alice Louisa lived at 347 Arthur Street, Ottawa and they had four children: Florence Ann, aged I3: Alice Edith, aged I2; Henry John James, aged 8. and Edward Russell, aged 6 years.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

MyHeritage continues to grow acquiring Promethease and SNPedia

At it's MyHeritage Live conference in Amsterdam the company announced a move described as "expanding our intellectual property in medical genetics."

This is the company's first consumer health acquisition and10th acquisition since MyHeritage’s founding. Promethease will be made free through the end of 2019 and SNPedia will remain a free wiki resource for academic and non-profit use.

Read the news at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/09/myheritage-acquires-promethease-and-snpedia/


Ancestry adds Pembrokeshire Electoral Registers

The new Ancestry collection Pembrokeshire, Wales, Electoral Registers, 1740-1978 contains 1,045,222 entries. It's compiled from 11 different types of registers and lists, the major ones being the 68 Registers of Electors with dates after the 3rd Reform Act, from 1885 to 1978 and, 35 Names of  Person Entitled to Vote after the First Reform Act from 1834 to 1887.

The index was created using text recognition software. The index might show, typically, name, residence date, street address, electoral division with a link to the printed original page.

The originals are from the Pembrokeshire Archives, Haverfordwest

Advance notice: Discover Your Quebec Roots: QFHS one-day conference

The Quebec Family History Society is offering a one-day conference on Discovering your Quebec Roots with speakers Kelley O’Rourke, Gary Schroder and Deborah Waddell who will guide you through Quebec records.

Join fellow researchers for a day of discovery, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Quebec Family History Society Heritage Centre “Simon Fraser House”, 153 rue Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

I'm informed that limited space is available so reservations are a must. See full details and registration information at www.qfhs.ca

Cost is $40.00 for QFHS Members and $50.00 for Non-Members

Friday, 6 September 2019

Ancestry adds Bristol BMB records

Over 5 million new "Bristol" Church of England Parish Registers and Bishop Transcripts from the Bristol Record Office are now available to search and browse on Ancestry. They include parishes from Gloucestershire and a few from Somerset.

Bristol, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; 1,915,478 records
This database includes records with dates ranging from 1538 up until 1754 for marriages
and 1812 for baptisms and burials, after which Hardwicke's Marriage Act and George Rose’s
Act respectively called for separate preprinted registers.

Bristol, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1918; 1,847,025 records 

Bristol, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935; 1,045,461 records
These include images of the record in the same format you would get from the GRO after mid-1837.

Bristol, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1994; 284,422 records


Findmypast adds Scotland Catholic and Yorkshire School Records

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Over 236,000 additional records covering 146 parishes have been added to our collection of Scottish Catholic baptisms. The total is now 857,561 records.
Each result includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal a combination of birth date, baptism date, baptism place and parents' names. Images may also reveal the names of godparents or sponsors as well as additional comments.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
A further 129,000 Scottish Catholic marriages are also available to search, the total is now 405,062 records.
These transcripts and images reveal when and where the marriage occured as well as the names of their spouse and father. Images will often reveal additional details such as the names of witnesses and couple’s residences.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Burials
Discover where your Catholic ancestors were laid to rest with over 16,000 additional burial records.
All of this week’s Scottish Catholic additions are exclusive to Findmypast and cover 124 parishes across the country from 1745 to 1969. As well as birth year, death date, burial date and location, images may reveal their marital status, cause of death or additional comments.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records
Last but not least, a further 114,000 congregational records are now available to search, a total of 456,022 in the collection.
Covering all eight Scottish Catholic dioceses, this collection includes registers of confirmations and communion recipients, as well as parish lists, seat rentals, and lists of people who converted to Catholicism.

Yorkshire School Logs
Records of those attending or teaching at Yorkshire West Riding schools in Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden between 1862 and 1959. This new and exclusive collection of 137,940 transcripts allows you to explore their school records to find the year and the school they attended.

International records update – Portugal
From the IGI, Portuguese records from 1570 to 1910 of more than 570,000 transcripts of baptisms, marriages and deaths.

Beechwood Cemetery Annual Historical Walking Tour

This Sunday, 8 September 2019, starting at 2 pm, come to learn about Unsung Heroes in the 1.5 to 2-hour walking tour at Beechwood National Cemetery. The weather forecast is sunny.

"Join us, as we honour 4 Canadians, who despite their impact in life, have faded into distant memories. They protected the city of Ottawa, helped combat racial issues, fought for the rights of veterans, and were leaders in their communities. Beechwood refuses to let them remain nameless any longer. Share in the stories of real men and women who will be brought to life by actors from Ottawa School of Theatre as we celebrate the unsung heroes."

Thursday, 5 September 2019

MyHeritage Live presentation feed this weekend, and more

There is a cornucopia of speakers and presentations at the MyHeritage Live event being held in Amsterdam this weekend. After an opening plenary with MyHeritage founder Gilad Japhet there are two tracks: genealogy with Liza Alzo, Maarten Fornerod, Yvette Hoitink, Daniel Horowitz, Denie Kasan, Maya Lerner, Mike Mansfield, Geoff Rasmussen, Mike Stangel, and James Tanner; DNA with Blaine Bettinger, Alon Diament Carmel, Roberta Estes, Yaniv Erlich, Leah Larkin, Ran Snir and Diahan Southard.
The presentations will be live-streamed on the MyHeritage LIVE website and on the MyHeritage Facebook page.
The program outline (pdf) indicates the first presentations start at 9 am Amsterdam time, which is 3 am ET. The early bird gets ...

A reminder that on Friday there are six webinar presentations by BCG speakers, mention previously.

And with your spare time, I can recommend two Legacy Family Tree webinars presented earlier this week and available free for a few days: Paul Milner on "Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research"; and Michelle Leonard on "Combining DNA and Traditional Research - In-Depth Case Studies."

More digital promised at LAC

Here's how Librarian and Archivist of Canada Leslie Weir responded to the question "What is your primary aim as Librarian and Archivist of Canada during your four-year term?"

My primary aim is to raise the profile of Library and Archives Canada through enhanced digital presence, responsive services and public programming, and engagement with the public in our new buildings and spaces.

It will be interesting to see what "enhanced digital presence" means. Is it more exhibit type social media — Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc? Hopefully, it's more than that. In the LAC 3-year plan published in May a goal was "We will increase access to our collection and expand opportunities for the public to enhance LAC's holdings." LAC clients will look forward to news on how that will be accomplished with digitization at a pace above that already achieved.

The drought of 1846

In the midst of the Irish Potato Famine, exacerbated by damp conditions, Ottawa was in a drought.

From the Bytown Packet for 5 September 1846

Intense Drought —The oldest inhabitant does not remember a dryer year, taken altogether, than this.  All the small streams have been dried up long since; and the farmers up in the inland townships of Goulbourn, Huntley, &c., are suffering much for water to feed their cattle. The Ottawa is lower than it was in any part of 1842 when it was lower than ever it was previously known to be.— 
This great river is actually fordable at the rapids above the Chaudiere — in fact a boy, with safety, can wade across the river.

Although far from being amongst the worst droughts it was not localized. The New York Herald, 26 August, 1846, reprinted the following from the Rochester American:

The dry weather now prevailing is very remarkable and oppressive. We have had next to no rain for three weeks. The sky is brass, and the earth iron. On Saturday a few drops of rain fell, scarcely enough to lay the dust. Gardens suffer, and not gardens alone—corn, potatoes, and spring crops generally, will be most seriously injured unless we shall be favoured with an immediate supply of rain. In the south part of the county it has been even more intense and long-continued than here. Streams are low to a degree nearly unprecedented. 

There are no weather records for Ottawa and vicinity. In Toronto June was 30% drier than normal, July 18% wetter. August 1846 had only 56% of normal rainfall.


Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Change in RootsTech London Keynote Speakers

I'm pleased to see Kadeena Cox in the list of RootsTech London keynote speakers.

If like me you don't know of her, she is a British parasport athlete competing in T38 sprints and C4 para-cycling events. She was part of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships and the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, in which she won world titles in the T37 100m and C4 500m time trial respectively. Cox competed in a variety of sports since an early age. In 2014, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) but did not let that stop her from achieving excellence in her life. Cox went on to win two gold medals and a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics. These medals made Cox the first Briton in 32 years to take gold in two sports at the same Paralympics games. Cox has broken records, won medals on the world stage, and made her country proud. Her inspiring story of determination, perseverance, and drive for success will be a fitting message for the RootsTech audience.

Kadeena is replacing Nick Barrett although, for members of the Nick Barrett fan club, he remains listed as a speaker and may have an additional MC role.

Forthcoming "Genealogy" books

A search for genealogy on Amazon.co.uk lists the following as to be published before the end of the year. Information is from the publisher.

How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors 3rd Edition: An Essential Guide to Researching and Documenting the Family Histories of Ireland's People
by Ian Maxwell | 5 Sep 2019
The purpose of this book is to highlight the most important documentary evidence available to the family historian wishing to research their Irish ancestry. It is aimed primarily at researchers whose time in Irish repositories is limited, and who want to know what is available locally and online. It covers more than eighteen individual sources of information, making it simpler to organise your search and easier to carry it out both locally and on the ground.
This books covers:
- Where to begin
- Researching online
- Civil registration
- Making sense of census returns, wills, election records
- Migration, emigration
- Local government and church records

The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Ancestors in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
by David A Fryxell | 8 Oct 2019
Highlights include:
Strategies for identifying immigrant Scandinavian ancestors, plus how to trace them back to Europe from North America
Methods for locating Swedish genealogy records, Norwegian genealogy records, or Danish genealogy records within your family's town of origin
Detailed guides to finding and decoding common Scandinavian records, including: church records, civil registration records, census returns, property deeds, military records, and many more
Quick guides to Scandinavian history, geography, and language
Historical timelines, sample records, and resource lists that will bring your family history to life

Tracing Your Ancestors in Lunatic Asylums: A Guide for Family Historians
by Michelle Higgs | 30 Oct 2019
How can you trace forebears who were patients in lunatic asylums and find out about their lives? What sources can you consult to discover their personal histories and gain an insight into their experiences? In this concise, accessible handbook, Michelle Higgs answers these questions. She provides a fascinating introduction to the subject and gives readers the means to explore the records for themselves. She concentrates on the period from the eighteenth century through to 1948 when the National Health Service was founded and looks in particular at the Victorian era which is the most popular period for research. Using original records, contemporary accounts, photographs, illustrations and case studies of real individuals, she brings the story of the asylums and their patients to life. Different types of institution are described such as private madhouses, county lunatic asylums, facilities for idiots and imbeciles, and military mental hospitals. Chapters look at the admission procedures and daily routine of patients, plus different kinds of mental illness and how they were treated - for instance, those with depression or mania, criminal lunatics, mothers with puerperal insanity, epileptics and soldiers suffering from shell shock. There are sections on the systems in Scotland and Ireland, as well as England and Wales. Information is provided on all the relevant sources, from wills and the census to casebooks and admission and discharge registers.

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry through Church and States Records: A Guide for Family Historians
by Chris Paton | 30 Nov 2019
Despite its Union with England and Wales in 1707, Scotland remained virtually independent from its partners in many ways, retaining its own legal system, its own state church, and its own education system. In Tracing Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, genealogist Chris Paton examines the most common records used by family historians in Scotland, ranging from the vital records kept by the state and the various churches, the decennial censuses, tax records, registers of land ownership and inheritance, and records of law and order. Through precepts of clare constat and ultimus haeres records, feudalism and udal tenure, to irregular marriages, penny weddings and records of sequestration, Chris Paton expertly explores the unique concepts and language within many Scottish records that are simply not found elsewhere within the British Isles. He details their purpose and the information recorded, the legal basis by which they were created, and where to find them both online and within Scotland's many archives and institutions.


RootsTech London: Canada meetup

If you're Canadian and going to RootsTech in London please drop me a note at johndreid@gmail.com. Perhaps we can find a time to get together as a group, possibly on Wednesday 23 October in the evening.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

DNA test experience survey

To limit fake responses you must be logged on to a Google account to participate.



Thank you for your participation.

Carleton University Shannon Lectures

Lecture topics for the 2019 Shannon Lecture series are now posted.

This year's topic is Rebooting Biography with Charlotte Gray as Convenor:

"Historical biographies have always been a popular avenue into the past, but with the facts about the famous and not-so-famous available at the tap of a keyboard, today’s historians and biographers are reshaping the genre.
The conventional steady hike through the chronology of a life is giving way to group biographies, to micro-histories which turn a spotlight onto a limited period of an individual’s life, and to previously unheard voices. Writers continue to use biography as a vehicle for wider social and cultural histories, while assessing the past in ways that resonate with contemporary audiences. Increasingly, authors who want to take life-writing outside the cradle-to-grave frame are embracing the freedom offered by digital publishing.
Lecturers will speak about the subjects of their recent biographies, but also about the choices they made in how they presented their material.
All lectures start at 1:00pm followed by a reception from 2:30-3:30pm."
The schedule is:

Friday, October 4, 2019: “New Vehicles for Old Stories: Canadian mining history in a True Crime frame” by Charlotte Gray.
Friday, November 1, 2019: “Challenging the “White Man’s Country” Narrative: How Black railway porters fought for civil rights, equality and inclusion, by Dr. Cecil Foster
Friday, November 8, 2019: “Feminism and the Supreme Court: How the first two women appointed to our Top Court widened judicial debates” by Dr. Constance Backhouse
Friday, November 15, 2019: “Historical Biography and the Larger Context: The global outlook of Joseph Conrad” by Dr. Maya Jasanoff
Friday, November 29, 2019: “As I remember it: Building digital space to share the life history and teachings of an Indigenous elder” by Davis McKenzie & Dr. Paige Raibmon

Monday, 2 September 2019

Looking back a century: Labour Day 1919 in Ottawa

As far back as 1919, as reported by the Ottawa Citizen, the city had a reputation at the town that fun forgot. But a century ago the paper reported an exception.

"There has never been in the annals of Ottawa such a memorable holiday as the one yesterday. Statutory and legal holidays in the city are as a rule rather prosy and unexciting, but yesterday was indeed an exception. It was a day crammed full of red letter doings, a day filled with the stuff of which history is made. It was all due to the visit of the Prince of Wales, that popular young heir to the throne, who, by his charm and personality, by his tact, consideration, courtesy and his smile has melted the noted rather adamant exterior of folk hereabout and found beneath it a heart pulsating with warmth and affection, eager to give expression and demonstration to its feelings." 

Did you know that one of the duties the Prince of Wales performed that day was laying the cornerstone of the parliament tower (Peace Tower)? The inscription on the stone included letters with dots underneath that are roman numerals summing to the year 1919.
A plaque with the french translation was added at a later date, but without the coding which is known as a chronogram.

FamilySearch offers UK and Ireland webinars

From 23 to 27 September FamilySearch is offering a week of webinars on British and Irish genealogy at the intermediate level.
Monday the 23rd is on Irish records, Tuesday Scottish. Wednesday and Thursday have a mix of presentations on English and more general UK records while Friday is for Wales. The presenters are not named.
Note the times are for the Mountain Time Zone, ET is two hours later.

Date/Time (MDT)Topic
Mon, Sep 23, 9:00 AMIrish Research on the Internet
Mon, Sep 23, 10:30 AMGriffith's Valuation and Other Valuation Office Records
Mon, Sep 23, 1:00 PMIrish Estate Records
Mon, Sep 23, 2:30 PMIrish Land and Property Records
Tue, Sep 24, 9:00 AMScottish Clans and Naming Patterns
Tue, Sep 24, 10:30 AMUsing the Wiki and Scotland's People for Scottish Research
Tue, Sep 24, 1:00 PMScottish Nonconformists
Tue, Sep 24, 2:30 PMTracing Ancestry in Scotland's Heritable Land Records
Wed, Sep 25, 9:00 AMThe Impact of British History on Family History Research
Wed, Sep 25, 10:30 AMResearch before 1837 in England & Wales
Wed, Sep 25, 1:00 PMFive Strategies for Tracing Your British Immigrant Ancestors
Wed, Sep 25, 2:30 PMMembers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Britain
Thu, Sep 26, 9:00 AMThe Parish Chest: Beyond Christening, Marriages, and Burial Registers
Thu, Sep 26, 10:30 AMUnderstanding Handwriting, Abbreviations, Dates and More
Thu, Sep 26, 1:00 PMJewish Research in England
Thu, Sep 26, 2:30 PMI Give and Bequeath' English Probate Records
Fri, Sep 27, 9:00 AMGiven Names, Patronymics and Surnames in Wales
Fri, Sep 27, 10:30 AMSuccess Strategies for Tracing Welsh Families
Fri, Sep 27, 1:00 PMNonconformity in Wales
Fri, Sep 27, 2:30 PMWelsh Language and Culture

Find out more at https://media.familysearch.org/free-family-history-classes-and-webinars-for-september-2019/

Free Legacy Family Tree Webinars this week

Stay up late, 10 pm ET on Tuesday 3 September for Paul Milner's presentation Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research. "Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in the British Isles. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved." Register here.

At a more usual time, 2 pm on Wednesday 4 September, Scottish genealogist Michelle Leonard , who will also be presenting at RootsTech London, will present Combining DNA and Traditional Research - In-Depth Case Studies. "DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy scene in recent years and is now one of the most important tools available to advance family tree research. In order to successfully use DNA testing for genealogy, however, it's essential to combine it with traditional research. This presentation will concentrate on several in-depth case studies that demonstrate what can be achieved when you combine long-established research methods with DNA test results. These case studies will cover verification of family tree lines, the breaking of brick walls, the testing of hypotheses and the solving of hitherto unfathomable mysteries." Register here.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Your Genealogy Today: Sept-Oct 2019

Cemetery Secrets and Grave Matters
In the lead article of the issue, Robbie Gorr looks at strategies to help maximize your research. While some are fairly well known the use of an iron rod to probe for open spaces, and grave dowsing said to be able to identify whether the grave is of a male or female, adult or child, I'd not heard of before.

The Mysterious Consul
Helene Munson, a creative non-fiction writer, recounts researching her great-grandfather and his time as Consul for Austria, Hungary in the British colony of Rangoon at the British Library.

Quips, Passions and Quirks
Sue Lisk says learning what makes our relatives and ancestors seem unique may be as simple as studying their peculiarities, be it "porcupines, possums, or peacocks."

Jewish Genealogy In New York City: Discovering Cultural Survivals
Michael Chaplan wanders the streets of the Lower East Side to revisit the places where his immigrant ancestors lived, worked, played and prayed.

Genealogy for Lunch
Gail Clifford takes a break from a conference to visit an archive and gather valuable family information

Irish Research: Finding Lost Children
Kevin Cassidy researches the genealogy and missing children of a family who emigrated in the late 19th century through census, baptismal and other records in New York and Ireland.

When Memories Linger
Stimulated by her father's passing Sue Lisk looks at how that of a relative may provide you with opportunities to illuminate and expand your family history in unexpected ways.

Saving Harrie and Nellie
Stephen L. W. Greene and Monica Schirmer Eshelman recount their efforts to save treasured family films and the understand the events recorded.

No Girls Allowed!
Judy G. Russell looks at the long road to equality in the jury box pointing out that the genders weren't represented in anywhere near equal numbers until recently. Judy reviews the situation in some US states, Canadian provinces and England. While the inequality is true there are precious few jury lists, nine collections on Ancestry for a total of some 627,000 entries, two English counties accounting or 87% of those. And even then many men were excluded because of the property ownership qualifications needed to serve.

Making a Gift of Your Genealogy Collection
Dave Obee suggests with the right planning, archivists will welcome your offer. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. Sometimes we don't appreciate what's of value — like my grandmother's stepfather who left her his "valuable collection of corks." And let's face it if you had material handed down from every 15 times great grandparent and the subsequent generations you'd go bankrupt just funding a place to store it all.