30 April 2019

The Genealogist adds Criminal Records

The following is a press release extract from The Genealogist

Press Release: New Records Reveal Those Imprisoned for Debt
The Genealogist is expanding its Criminal Records collection with the release of over 146,000 individuals who were listed in prison records. Sourced from the PRIS 10 & PRIS 11 collections held at The National Archives, these documents contain records from 1697 to 1862 and reveal those jailed for debt or bankruptcy.  

These records will give family historians details of those imprisoned in debtors prisons including the King's Bench Prison, Queen's Prison, Fleet Prison and Marshalsea Prison. They contain commitment and discharge records, giving details of names of the debtor, creditor and attorney, along with the amount of debt. 

Use these records to:
Find ancestors who were imprisoned for debts and bankruptcy
Discover to who debts were owed
See when individuals were discharged

DNA Testing in the UK

The following is extracted from an Ancestry.co.uk press release.

London, 25 April 2019: To mark DNA Day, Ancestry – the global leader in family history and consumer genomics – has unveiled a report into the rise of DNA testing, and the UK’s search for meaningful personal connections. 

The research, commissioned with YouGov, found that an estimated 4.7 million Brits have already discovered their genetic ethnicity through DNA testing with an additional 60% of the population interested in taking a test.

In the past year, Ancestry has seen over four million messages be sent to previously unknown family members through its platform, as people look to form closer bonds through a greater understanding of their backstory. In the UK alone, there’s been a 159% increase in messages sent, with conversations peaking during the Christmas period.

The report findings reveal 40% of the UK adult population – an estimated 20.9 million Brits - are looking for more meaningful personal connections in their day-to-day life, with those aged between 18-34 the most likely age group to crave deeper social bonds (59%).

With 57% believing that being connected to family is a key factor in driving wellbeing, the rise of DNA matching is becoming more prevalent. Over a third of those that have used a DNA testing service have gone on to explore the connections they uncovered, with almost 1 in 5 in current communications. 

The report also uncovers a link between DNA testing and wellbeing, with around a third of those who have taken a DNA test (32%) agreeing that discovering their genetic ethnicity has increased their sense of wellbeing. 

Those aged 18-24 are most likely to believe that making meaningful connections is a key factor in driving wellbeing (63%) yet are most likely feel lonely in their day to day life (34%). This suggests that the trend for consumer DNA testing and connecting with genetic family could be particularly powerful for the younger generation who are increasingly taking breaks from traditional social media channels. 45% of those aged 18-34 have decreased their time on social media as a result of it having a negative impact on their wellbeing.

British Newspaper Archive additions for April

The British Newspaper Archive and sister database FindMyPast now has a total of 31,675,134 pages online (31,216,068 last month). 99 papers (35 last month) had pages added in the past month. Dates range from 1820 to 1998, mostly 20th century with an unusual prevalence of single year additions — for 1872 (17 titles), 1912 (34 titles) and 1959 (19 titles)! There were 17 new titles, mostly from the London area and Ireland.

Major additions, with more than 10,000 pages, were:
Crawley News1992-1993, 1995, 199717196
Ealing Leader1986-199226504
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer1888-1892, 1894-1903, 1929-1951, 1953-195927762
Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette1985-1986, 1988-1989, 1993-1996, 199831422
Harrow Observer1921, 1945-1962, 1966-1973, 1975-197939580
Hayes & Harlington Gazette1987-1992, 1994, 199727968
Mansfield & Sutton Recorder1985-1988, 1993-199820888
North Down Herald and County Down Independent1898-1929, 1931-193814994
Reading Evening Post1965-1975, 1977-1979, 198685450
Staffordshire Sentinel1920-1929, 194224874
Staines & Ashford News1986, 1992, 1996, 199813112
Thanet Times1976, 1978-1980, 1988-198911452
Ulster Examiner and Northern Star1868-188112512

29 April 2019

Canada-wide Obits at Genealogy Quebec

One of the gems Gail Dever, well known for her blog Genealogy à la carte, dropped during her presentation in Ottawa on Saturday was the free obit database from Genealogy Québec. It boasts "You are looking for an obituary in Canada? It's here !"
You can search by last name, first name, year, month and day and text. I found three people originating from my home town in England by searching its name in the text field. However, the search balks at phrases like "Grande Prairie".
While a few obits go back as far at 1990 most are much more recent.

Add Audio to Your Photos at FamilySearch

You can now add up to five minutes of audio to any photo you have stored at FamilySearch. Tell the story behind the photo, or add actual audio captured at an event. It will be preserved by FamilySearch, hopefully for a long time.
Imagine a future generation being able to hear the voice of their ancestor relating the events surrounding the picture.
Find out more and step by step instructions at this FamilySearch blog post.

28 April 2019

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Google Earth Timelapse
A global video that lets you see how the Earth has changed over the past 35 years. Zoom in to see how an area has changed — pause and move for year-to-year focusing on an area of interest.

Jewish Journeys – Stories of Immigration from the Treasures of Library and Archives Canada
A free evening event at the Canadian Museum of History on Thursday, 9 May 2019

Margaret Atwood interviewed

Striving for happiness could be making you unhappy
Happiness is not simply about a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure, but a meaningful engagement with life.

27 April 2019

Ottawa Morning: Genealogy and DNA

Leanne Cooper becomes the most recent Ottawa genetic genealogy radio star in this interview from Friday morning billed as how commercial DNA testing kits can be a boon and a bane for family tree researchers. The interview was a promo for the Ottawa Public Library/BIFHSGO event at Nepean Centrepointe on Saturday 27 April starting at 10am.

Ancestry Updates

Major or minor? Ancestry doesn't say, only that the following databases have been updated this week.

Canada Historical Postcards, 1893-1963; 26,085 records
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007; 49,722,465 records
Midlands, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1955; 6,275,582 records
UK, Absent Voter Lists, 1918-1925, 1939; 156,687 records

Break a Leg Christine Jackson

Family Tree Live is on at Alexandra Palace, London with a first-class line-up of speakers. Included, at 2.30pm London time today, is BIFHSGO member Christine Jackson presenting "Researching the life of a royal servant―from Ag Lab to the Queen’s coachman"
I expect at least one other BIFHSGO member will be in attendance; for the rest of us, a published version of the presentation is The Queen’s Coachman: Our Only Claim to Fame! in the Fall 2017 issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots, Volume 23, Number 3.

Sign the Petition to stop the cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service - North

As a result of the Ontario budget and a decision by the Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service - North (OLS-North) have announced they are facing cuts to their budgets of 50 percent or more. These cuts represent a clear threat to library service in Ontario.

Considering the impact on Inter-library loan and other services please sign this change.org petition asking that the cuts be reconsidered and rescinded.

26 April 2019

New this week from Findmypast

Scotland, Shetland Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices 1872-2018
Search over 47,000 marriage and anniversary notices printed in the Lerwick-based Shetland Times between 1872 and 2018.  These are transcription without links to the original entry which could have additional information, such as father's name, and is available for most of the period in Findmypast British newspapers.

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions
Over 23,000 additional records covering Aberdeenshire & Kincardineshire have been added to the collection of Scottish monumental inscriptions.

Also this week

Queensland Soldier Portraits, 1914-1918
A collection of over 24,000 Australian military photographic portraits from the First World War. Source from the John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland and  The Queenslander.

Queensland, Hospital Registers
Over 58,000 assorted Queensland hospital records from hospitals across Queensland including Brisbane, Croydon, Dalby, Mackay, and Wallagarra.

Panama BMDs
Three new indexes containing just under half a million vital records from the Republic of Panama spanning the years 1750 to 1950.

Far From Home in Canada

Thanks to GlennWight for the photo of Diana Beaupré and Adrian Watkinson following receipt of their Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division).

If you're curious about the significance it's explained in yesterday's post.

Late breaking --- the War Museum has agreed to acquire the Far from Home records which are all about Canadian soldiers and will now be here in Canada for research purposes.

Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair

Gail Dever of the Genealogy à la carte blog will be in Ottawa on Saturday as part of the Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair at Nepean Centrepointe.

Offered by the Ottawa Public Library in cooperation with BIFHSGO the event starts at 10am this Saturday 27 April 2019 at 10:00am.

Gail's talk is "Free Online Resources for the Frugal Genealogist". Leanne Cooper will present on "DNA: What do the matches mean?" and Stuart Clarkson from the City of Ottawa Archives on "Researching the History of Your House"

There will also be displays from local museums, historical and genealogy societies and consultation with genealogy specialists in the Resource Room.

All activities are free.  Registration is not required.

25 April 2019

Recognition for WW1 Researchers

Diana Beaupré and Adrian Watkinson of Canterbury, Kent were undaunted by the challenge of finding, photographing and producing profiles for the 3,902 First World War Canadian service men and women commemorated in graves and memorials in 872 locations throughout Great Britain.

Over the past 10 years, the couple has travelled the country to identify, photograph and record these lost or forgotten tombstones and memorials. Their meticulous research has inscribed those names onto previously incomplete pages of Canadian military history.

Today at a ceremony at Rideau Hall they will be recognized by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, with the Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division).

Read the press release and visit the project website Far From Home.

Ottawa Branch OGS April Meeting

There's a lot going on this Saturday 27 April on the Ottawa family history scene. In choosing what to attend don't overlook the Ottawa Branch OGS meetings being held in the Ottawa City Archives Building.

10:30 – 12:00 noon — Genealogy: Back to Basics - Evaluating Your Evidence
13:00-13:30 — Networking and Refreshments
13:30-15:00 — Copyright, presented by Theresa Sorel, City of Ottawa Archives
15:00 - 17:00 — Computer Special Interest Group


On 25 April 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid. Today marks the 66th anniversary.

This Saturday, 11:00 am at Nepean Centrepointe during the Ottawa Public Library Discover Your Roots 2019: Genealogy and Local History Fair, Leanne Cooper will present DNA: What do the matches mean?

The next DNA Special Interest Group at the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood, is on Saturday 4 May. Susan Courage will share a Great Moment: A Disappearance in NYC 1924.  I will show a case study with DNA Painter's WATO, and there will be an “Ask the Expert” Q&A session.

And, just listed at Global Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy, Techniques and Case Studies
Editor: Debbie Parker Wayne.

24 April 2019

Shaking Your Family Tree Conference

If you're in the Belleville - Trenton area this Saturday, 27 April there's an interesting looking one-day conference being organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at their location, 135 Palmer Road in Belleville.

Featured speakers are Glenn Wright, who will give the opening plenary on Documenting Your First World War Ancestors, Gabrielle Blaschuk, Bob Dawes, Kathryn Lake Hogan, Cheryl Levy and Randy Saylor.

Find out more at https://shakingyourfamilytree.weebly.com/.

Ancestry adds Kent, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1914

Sourced from the Kent Archives Office, Maidstone, England comes the Ancestry collection of 1,318,564 baptisms, marriages and burial records. They are transcriptions with no linkage to an image of the original.

You'd be wise to look further.

FamilySearch has England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911 with 576,558 records. It supposedly has linked images although they were not available when I checked.

Your best bet is Findmypast with 2,781,062 Kent Parish Baptisms, 2,290,608 Marriages and Banns, 2,328,436 Burials and 150,258 events from earlier years recorded in parish registers. Many have images of the original record linked.

Small Irish Sources

Go to www.ancestornetwork.ie/index-to-50-blogs/ for links to 50 blog posts for small Irish sources — lists of names too small for the big indexing companies to put online.
There are now over 5,000 individuals included for time periods range from 1712 to 1856, mainly tenant farmers (with information on residence etc),  but also servants,  tradesmen,  labourers, schoolchildren,  paupers and flax-growers. Also included are baptismal and marriage records for  Gorey, Co. Wexford in the period 1783-1807.

Thanks to Ann Burns for the tip.

Archives Lanark Event: Saturday 27 April 2019

HSO April Meeting

On Friday 26 April the HSO presentation is Renaming and Reconciliation, by Betsey Baldwin

Abstract: In recent years, there has been a movement to rename landmarks in order to better reflect our history, and to remove names of those considered unworthy of commemoration. This effort is particularly focused on honouring Indigenous people, and removing commemoration of those who systemically mistreated Indigenous people. This has been broached at all levels of government, with the federal renaming of the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council (formerly the Langevin building); demands of the province by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario that Sir John A. Macdonald’s name be removed from public schools; and local renaming of LeBreton to Pimisi Station. This talk will discuss how history is used in these cases for reconciliation and to honour Indigenous people and cultures; whether this is effective; the basis of historical accuracy; and how the practice of renaming may be contested. We will also broach the practical fact that one group’s commemoration may come – or be perceived to come – at the expense of another. The purpose of the talk is to raise examples and pose questions and options, without presenting a solution or prescriptive conclusion. Discussion encouraged following the presentation.

Biography: Betsey Baldwin is one of the owners of Public History Inc., a historical research firm in Ottawa. She has a Ph.D. from uOttawa, and has been a part-time professor at that university since 2002. Her course offering includes Public History and Indigenous History in Canada. In her work at Public History Inc., Betsey provides historical research that informs Indigenous claims related to treaties, reserves, education, and other matters, for First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, provincial and federal Crown clients. She believes that a shared basis of historical knowledge can aid grievance resolution, and she hopes that her career serves that purpose.

1:00 pm in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.

23 April 2019

St George's Day: BREXIT Version

St George's Day Google Doodle

There will be no celebration of St George and Shakespeare here this year given the stew the British government and Parliament has made of BREXIT. Benny Hill seems more appropriate.

22 April 2019

Living DNA Discount for DNA Day

Until Saturday 27 April British DNA testing company Living DNA is offering its test for 30% off –  reduced from $149 to $99 for Canada. That does not include shipping.
Go to https://livingdna.com/ and select your country top right.

Earth Day

David Leonhardt, New York Times op-ed writer quotes the final paragraph of Nathaniel Rich’s new book, “Losing Earth” in today's column:

“Everything is changing about the natural world and everything must change about the way we conduct our lives. It is easy to complain that the problem is too vast, and each of us is too small. But there is one thing that each of us can do ourselves, in our homes, at our own pace — something easier than taking out the recycling or turning down the thermostat, and something more valuable. We can call the threats to our future what they are. We can call the villains villains, the heroes heroes, the victims victims and ourselves complicit. We can realize that all this talk about the fate of Earth has nothing to do with the planet’s tolerance for higher temperatures and everything to do with our species’ tolerance for self-delusion. And we can understand that when we speak about things like fuel-efficiency standards or gasoline taxes or methane flaring, we are speaking about nothing less than all we love and all we are.”

We are all complicit. This day take a few minutes to think about your environmental impact. That frequent flyer status you qualify for is also testimony that you contribute much more than your fair share to climate change.

YouTube: Genome-wide study identifies ~600 loci associated with risk tolerance and risky behaviors

What's being done with autosomal DNA test results beyond genealogy? This study uses results from 23andme as well as the UK Biobank study to look at risk.

If you struggle with the more technical blog posts you may want to skip this one; I found the first part is quite understandable.

From last January, University of Toronto Economics Assistant Professor Jonathan Beauchamp presents his research focused on the emerging field of "genoeconomics" - who knew!

Book Review: The Roots of Ireland's Troubles

Venturing where wise men fear to tread Englishman Robert Stedall, educated at Marlborough College and McGill University, opines in the preface to his new book:
"It may seem unfathomable that tempers have continued to run so deep with friction remaining stubbornly close to the surface. Yet the protagonists have been slow to forgive and forget, jeopardizing continuing efforts to secure a lasting peace."
As I write the shooting death of journalist Lyra McKee by dissident republicans in the Creggan area of Londonderry is just the latest episode in that long history.

If like me your knowledge of Irish history had been previously informed by Flanders and Swann "blame it on Cromwell and William the Third" and the famine of the 1840s this lengthy book aims to give a perspective on the deeper historical roots.

The 322 pages of the body of the book are divided into 32 chapters grouped into nine parts:

Part 1 The Reformation and its impact on British efforts to dominate Ireland
Part 2 Events leading up to the English Civil War
Part 3 The Restoration and the Williamite wars
Part 4 The development of Dissenters theology in the cause of republicanism
Part 5 Britain's determination to retain control over Irish government.
Part 6 The seeds of revolution to establish republicanism in Ireland
Part 7 Events leading to Union and emancipation.
Part 8 Famine, destitution and agitation for independence.
Part 9 Parliamentary agitation for Irish Home Rule

Had the Reformation not happened at least one source of discord would have been avoided, perhaps only temporarily. Blame it on Henry VIII.

Although no expert I was surprised there's no mention of the 1601 Battle/Seige of Kinsale described elsewhere as "the ultimate battle in England's conquest of Gaelic Ireland" and "one of the most important battles in Irish history. It finally brought success to England in its fight to conquer Gaelic Ireland."

Although the famine of the 1840s is well known I was not aware that the period 1739 - 1744 famine caused a greater proportional fall in the Irish population than in the 1840s.

Frequent references to absentee English landlords made me wonder if they were so much worse than those of us with investments in stocks, mutual funds, and even pension assets who don't know the social implications of our investment. How many are employed on a minimum wage or one that's inadequate to house, clothe and feed the family? Are the companies you're invested in socially and environmentally responsible?

Regarding a previous book by Stedall one reviewer commented that it quoted at length from earlier books —  musing as to when quotation, even if given a citation, calls into doubt the originality of the work. I don't think that's entirely fair. There's nothing wrong with presenting material that may have been written for an academic readership or is now dated, for a general audience. For example, in chapter 29 on The Rise of Charles Stewart Parnell 1874-1882 all but 11 of 45 references are to T.P. O'Connor, but the version referenced is from 1891. The same cannot be said for the extensive references to Jonathan Bardon's 2011 book on the Plantation of Ulster.

There is a single map showing the provinces and counties of Ireland and eight pages of b/w portraits and photos grouped following page 184. Rounding out the volume are a 9-page bibliography, 29 pages of references and a 37-page index. And strangely, there's not a single reference to a website!

The Roots of Ireland's Troubles (Hardback)
By Robert Stedall
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 396
ISBN: 9781526742186
Published: 27th February 2019

21 April 2019

Facebook's role in BREXIT — and the threat to democracy

Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair

25 Years of Anglo-Celtic Roots
The Ottawa Public Library’s second annual Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair, presented in partnership with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is taking place Saturday, 27 April, 10 am to 3 pm, at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive. 

Here's the schedule.

Resources for Genealogy Research – 10 to 11 am
Library and Archives Canada, BIFHSGO, and OPL

DNA: What do the matches mean? – 11 am to 12 noon
Leanne Cooper shows you how to manage the results of your DNA test.


Free Online Resources for the Frugal Genealogist – 1 to 2 pm
Gail Dever, author of the popular blog Genealogy à la carte

House History: Researching Your Building or Property – 2 to 3 pm
Stuart Clarkson, Archivist, City of Ottawa Archives.

Throughout the day, you can visit displays from local museums, historical, and genealogy societies; or bring your questions to the genealogy specialists from OPL and BIFHSGO in the Resource Rooms.

Sunday Sundries

25Years of Anglo-Celtic Roots
Happy Easter. Happy Passover.

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

IGRS adds 13,300 New Records to its Early Irish BMD Indexes
The Irish Genealogical Research Society Early Irish Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes are augmented by 8,325 births and 5,000 marriages drawn from lesser known or underused sources. The total number of names noted among the births is now 70,000 and for marriages 213,000.

Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair
The Ottawa Public Library’s second annual Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair, is taking place Saturday, 27 April, 10 am to 3 pm, at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centerpointe Drive. Discover Your Roots is presented in partnership with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).

Blitzed: forthcoming Liverpool Lives exhibition

Upload an image and see what Google thinks

Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply

John Oliver on Scientific Studies

Tim Minchin's "Three Minute Song" - Ruth Jones' Easter Treat

Ontario Government Cuts Library Funding
In the 2019 Ontario Budget the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Michael Tibollo is Minister) received a budget cut that is being implemented heavily on the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) budget — just over a 50% budget cut in the current 2019-20, fiscal year. There will be a similar cut to the Ontario Library Service-North.
While the full impact is unclear SOLS interlibrary loan delivery service will permanently cease effective 26 April 2019.

20 April 2019

OPL Beaverbrook Digitization Lab

OPL cardholders now have free access to equipment for DIY image scanning (scan and digitize photographs, slides, negatives and save them to USB or to the cloud, VHS conversion (record DVDs of old VHS cassette tapes; and conversion of 8mm and Super 8 films to SD card.
I ventured out to Beaverbrook (Kanata) to try the image scanning of slides and film negatives using the equipment in the photo. After a brief training session from Jennifer, the OPL staffer in charge, I was able to successfully digitize both types and save to my USB drive. The trickiest part was getting accustomed to how things are done on a Mac. Quality of the digitized image was excellent.
Depending on the resolution set, I chose 600 dpi, scanning can take a while. It's a good idea to carefully select the material you want to digitize before you arrive. There are limits on how much time you can reserve and how often.
There were two others in the room using other equipment while I was there. If it continues to be so popular I'd imagine other branches might also acquire similar equipment.

Read an OPL blog post about the official opening of the facility.

Interpreting Shared DNA as Relationship

One result of a genetic genealogy test is the amount of DNA shared with another tester expressed in either centimorgans (cM) or percent.

How does that amount of shared DNA translate into the relationship? Sadly it's not unique and the smaller the amount shared the broader the range of possible relationships it implies. The relationship can only be expressed as a probability.

Suppose based on the amount of shared DNA, say 200 cM, there's a probability the relationship could be second cousin. It's a conditional probability which statisticians write as P(A|B) where A is the second cousin relationship and B the 200 cM of shared DNA.

To help the interpretation Blaine Bettinger's Shared Centimorgan Project compiled statistics of the distribution of shared cM for a given relationship. Using the same terminology, it's expressed as the conditional probability P(B|A).

P(B|A) is not necessarily the same thing as P(A|B). If it were the probability that a black animal is a dog would equal the probability a dog is a black animal.

Bayes Theorem tells us how P(A|B) and P(B|A) are related. P(A) and P(B) are the probabilities of observing A (the relationship) and B (the amount of shared DNA) independently of each other; known as marginal probabilities. Only if P(A) = P(B) will P(A|B) = P(B|A).

How do you determine the marginal probabilities? You establish an unbiased domain which is the same for both P(A) and P(B). A community known to dogs that are black would not be unbiased.

The domain could be the world. How many second cousins do you have? Perhaps 100? With a world population of 7.7 billion the marginal probability P(A) = 100/7.7 billion = 1.3 x 10E-7. But with how many people in the world do you share 200 cM? As only a few tens of millions of people have taken a DNA test, and a large fraction of those are in the USA  how do you know the worldwide figure? You don't.

You might choose a domain such as all people who have taken a DNA test or tested with a particular company. In theory, you might know how many of those match at 200 cM (within a narrow range) but how would you know how many second cousins tested?

You might choose the domain of all those who responded to the Shared cM Project call. Everyone who did so was able to confirm the shared cM for a particular relationship. For a second cousin, the average was 233 cM with a range of 46 to 515 cM. The project found 18 other relationships where 200 cM was within the range of shared cM values found.

However, there's evidence that the Shared cM Project dataset is not an unbiased domain. The average amount of DNA for a given relationship is higher than would be expected from theory. That's shown by comparing the fourth and the final column in the table. And in terms of percent, the difference becomes more significant the more distant the relationship. That's what would be expected if one failed to establish a link when it existed. The capability, and maybe motivation to establish it is less for less shared DNA, especially for cases where the relationship is more distant and possibly obscured behind a genealogical brick wall or hidden by misattributed parentage.

Another factor is endogamy. Specific results in Table 3 at https://thegeneticgenealogist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Shared_cM_Project_2017.pdf show that people from an endogamous population share more DNA than would be expected from the closest relationship as they are also more distantly related. The Shared cM survey shows that for a fourth cousin, where the expected shared DNA is 13 cM, those from non-endogamous populations share an average of 33 cM while endogamous populations share an average of 53 cM.

While looking further into this I noticed the ratio of the number of endogamous to non-endogamous cases reported changes systematically as the relationship becomes more distant. For 1st cousins, endogamous cases are 15% of the total, for 2nd cousins 12%, 3rd cousins 10% and 4th cousins 9%. Why would endogamy decrease for more distant relationships? Likely people don't know about endogamy for more distant relatives.

If you read this far — congratulations. The bottom line is the marginal probabilities P(A) and P(B) are not equal, although for larger amounts of shared DNA they may be close enough that the difference is insignificant. Moving to smaller amounts of shared DNA relationships are likely more distant than the assumption P(A|B) = P(B|A) often applied to the Shared cM Project sample implies.

19 April 2019

Findmypast adds Durham Bishop's Transcripts and to NBI

FamilySearch captured images of original Diocese of Durham Bishop's Transcripts held in the Durham University Library are now available linked to transcriptions by Findmypast.
The Diocese of Durham has seen changes over time — this collection includes records from modern-day Cumberland, Northumberland, and Yorkshire. A full list of the available parishes is available within the Durham Bishop's Transcripts parish lists.

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Baptisms
741,689 records have been added in the collection of Bishop's transcripts, contemporary copies of parish registers usually contain baptism place, baptism date, residence, parent's names and father's occupation.

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Marriages
291,166 transcripts of marriages are now available and include both images and transcripts providing marriage date, marriage place, father's name, witness's names and corresponding details for their spouse.

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Burials
539,504 new burial records have been added providing evidence of burial place, year of death and religious denomination. The records are copies of original parish registers and contain records of both Anglican and Quaker burials.


National Burial Index for England & Wales
The NBI adds over 410,000 additional records. This latest update includes new records covering a variety of locations across Essex, Bradford, Durham and North Yorkshire. Each record consists of a transcript with birth year, death year, burial date, burial place and denomination.

Caribbean Records
A collection of Jamaica records is added: five new sets encompassing over 2.4 million parish and civil register entries for births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials dating back to the mid-17th century.

Findmypast is a commercial site. Free access is available at LDS Family History Centres.

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies DCHP Funded Project

"Scrapbooks: Preservation and Increased Access" is a newly funded Documentary Heritage Communities Program project. It might be of interest to some in the family history community.

I enquired to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies for further details. 

What is the source of the scrapbooks?
The scrapbooks can be found in 48 different fonds in the archival holdings of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Specific scrapbooks were selected due to their informational significance to the local and national community that the Museum supports and serves. You can see some descriptions of scrapbooks by searching “scrapbooks” in the Word or Phrase field of the Finding Aid here: http://archives.whyte.org/Finding%20aids.htm

What time period do they cover and for what communities or notable people?
The scrapbooks are representative of the Canadian Rocky Mountain community from upper and middle-income families from the 1800s to 1970s covering topics such as ‘pioneer’ life in Banff, travels on the Canadian Pacific Railway, political events, scientific and anthropological studies, family life and events in various communities in and around the Canadian Rocky Mountains etc.

How much material - pages, books?
160 scrapbooks from 48 fonds – a total of ~6197 pages for this specific project, and an ongoing focus on rare books, newspapers, photograph albums.

What will the preservation work involve?
The Bookeye 4V1A book scanner will allow for the digitization of oversize or bound items without disassembling them. They will be preserved in a digital format and described and the originals will benefit from the reduction in physical handling. Scrapbooks present a multitude of preservation challenges due to the quality of papers used, adhesives, acidic newspaper clippings and the book's bindings. Each scrapbook will be assessed separately to determine the appropriate preventative care needed. Preventative conservation may include interleaving with acid-free paper and/or mylar for loose pages and providing supports.

How will that work be carried out - in-house, contract, volunteers, new staff? 
This project provides funding to hire a Digital Imaging Technician for approximately 174 days of scanning, 22 days of embedding metadata in the digital files, 25 days of preventative conservation, and 124 days of metadata description and 1 day to upload digital images to the website for digital access. This technician will follow the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies Archives & Library digitization and preservation workflow to ensure digital archival standards are followed and met.

How will increased access be achieved?
This project will increase access to records of significant historical value both locally and nationally by creating digital surrogates that are placed on the web to be freely accessible to a wide public audience to increase the knowledge of history, encourage research and enhance the user's knowledge and understanding and preserve the original document for future generations. Free digital access allows for individuals and organizations in remote areas to utilize primary materials that would have been previously inaccessible and unknown sources. Scrapbooks are a combination of textual and visual materials that may be useful for those of official language minorities who can gain context and knowledge through visual materials.
The digital surrogates of the scrapbooks will be available on a new online database (coming soon), as well as the Archives Society of Alberta’s database Alberta on Record as searchable pdf’s with associated descriptive metadata and will be featured on our Digital Vault and social media platforms.

Thanks to Lindsay A. Stokalko, Whyte Museum Reference Archivist/Librarian for the information.

LAC Co-Lab Update

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


Legendary Train Robber and Prison Escapee Bill Miner is 58% complete (56% last month).

The Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters is 74% complete (72% last month).

Rosemary Gilliat (Eaton)’s Arctic diary and photographs is 35% complete (34% last month).

New France and First Nations Relations is 39% complete (22% last month).


War Diaries of the First World War: 1st Canadian Division is 92% complete.

Japanese-Canadians: Second World War is 64% complete.


The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918–1919.

Correspondence between Sir Robert Borden and Sir Sam Hughes.

Letters from Wilfrid Laurier to Zoé Lafontaine/Laurier.

18 April 2019

Family Tree DNA — DNA Day Sale

Up to 30% off Family Tree DNA tests.

Includes $200 US off the BigY 700 test which examines 700 short tandem repeats and 100K SNPs on the Y chromosome.
Now $449 US, for a limited time.

Town Plans for 1820s Scotland

The National Library of Scotland has placed online a digitized collection of over 60 town plan maps of Scottish towns by mapmaker John Wood (1780-1747).

If your ancestor set sail from Stornoway for Canada the Plan of the Town and Harbour of Stornaway, Island of Lewis, from actual survey. 1821 might be of interest.

From 1822 there's Map of the ten parishes within the Royalty and the parishes of Gorbals Barony of Glasgow

Each map is linked to a description from an 1828 publication Principal Towns of Scotland to Accompany Wood's Town Atlas from the Internet Archive.

Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives DHCP Funded Project

The following is an extract from a 16 April AMBA press release giving details on one of the 12 Ontario Documentary Heritage Communities Program projects funded by the LAC for 2019-20.

ARNPRIOR, ON— The Ottawa Valley has a deep and rich history linked to the lumbering industry and one of the most influential people from that era was Daniel McLachlin. McLachlin was a lumber baron, entrepreneur and politician. He is considered by many to be the true founder of the Town of Arnprior.

As part of its mandate to acquire, preserve and make accessible important historical documents relating to our local region, the Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives (AMBA) is launching a new project to explore McLachlin’s legacy. The project will digitize and provide online access to the historic letters, ledgers, maps, plans and images from that era. From shanty accounts to personal correspondence, we will shed light on the life and activities of one of Arnprior's most influential residents.

Funding for this project comes from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The DHCP provides $1.5 million annually to support projects by archives, libraries and documentary heritage institutions throughout Canada. AMBA will receive $49,568 in 2019-2020 for its project Daniel McLachlin's Legacy: Exploring the Lumber Era of the Ottawa Valley.

Work will begin shortly with the goal to finish in Winter/Spring 2020. A launch date for the online material will be announced closer to the completion of the project.

I spoke to Emma Carey, AMBA Archivist to find out more details. The project will digitize and provide online access to the historic letters, ledgers, maps, plans and images from approximately 1852 to 1929. Besides protecting the delicate originals from further handling, it will provide access to rare documents of the timber industry. These include a 1890/91 shanty accounts ledger; a circa 1900 manuscript on life in the lumber camps with 80+ images; timber limit maps; and plans of piers, mills, railways, and a log slide. McLachlin’s 600+ letters from 1834 to 1857 provide insight into both the business and personal life of this community leader.

While some of the digitization will be outsourced much of the delicate and oversize material will be processed within the archives by community volunteers using newly purchased equipment. The AMBA website will be updated to create more dynamic user experiences. This will include an image zoomer (for looking closely at large digitized maps); a map feature to link photographs and documents with geographical locations and, a flipbook viewer for more easily viewing the manuscript and ledger books.

Questions and comments on the project may be forwarded to:
Emma Carey
Consulting Archivist
Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives

Quinte Branch OGS April Meeting

For its meeting on 20 April, 1-3 pm, Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society presents
"Early Loyalist Roots of the Lower Hudson River Valley and New York" presented by Brian Laurie-Beaumont.

Everyone welcome, bring a friend to Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton.

Additional information at www.quinte.ogs.on.ca and facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS

17 April 2019

Many Families, Issue No. 4

I've been following progress on Tad and Terry Findlay's project to produce magazine format books on their family histories. The first issue came out in 2015 with the objective of producing one a year. Three came out on schedule, No. 3 in June 2017. Then life got in the way!

Last weekend Terry slipped me a copy of No. 4 which I insisted on paying for, they're that good. The contents in this issue are 11 articles on the Mason and four on the Girling families, 12 on the First World War and nine on Researching. That's 36 articles in 144 pages. About half the space is taken up with photos, maps and other visual material so the average article is two pages, many in the Research section are just a single page. Even with much white space narrow margins means there's no skimping on textual substance.
Some of the longer articles are: No Ordinary Story, Fraternal Societies in Early Ottawa, Go West Young Man, Canadian Expeditionary Force: A Primer, He Never Talked About It (26 pages including images), The Raid That Saved His Life,  Casualty Evacuation: From the Western Front to Blighty, 1918, Writing about Ancestors with Unknown Military Service, He Fought at Passchendaele.

In posts on previous issues, I've commented on what I like, and that hasn't changed:

The articles are a model of research and writing;
The thrill of discovery is shared;
The layout is superb, an inspiration;
The content is more than just about the families.

In reading some of the articles on the Mason family I was struck by how there was more than one instance where no conclusion about a genealogical fact could be drawn. Many of us would be deterred from writing, insisting more research is needed. Terry demonstrates the thrill that draws readers in is the chase.

Another thing demonstrated near the start of the volume is that the very best way to find an error in your writing is to publish. It's minor but would grant someone an extra two months or life.

Posts on the previous issues are:

Comments and queries to Terry and Tad at manyfamilies@rogers.com

StatsCan Publishes Historic Data on Seniors Internet Use

Extract from Statistics Canada Infographic
An infographic on seniors internet use just published by StatsCan is based on the General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home), 2016 and General Social Survey (Social Identity), 2013. Three-year-old data!

It's not as if StatsCan isn't aware of the importance of timely information as indicated in the recently tabled Departmental Plan 2019–20.

The Minister mentions the organization is working toward timely information:
The agency is also modernizing to keep pace with today’s data-driven economy and society, aiming to provide more timely, detailed and high-quality data and insight. 

The Chief Statistician notes the organization has a reputation for timeliness:
Statistics Canada has earned its reputation as a world-renowned statistical agency that provides high-quality, timely and credible data that responds to the information needs of Canadians. 

Three-year-old data! The Chief Statistician should stop deluding himself about timeliness at StatsCan. Just look at the UK Office of National Statistics, for example. They publish estimates of deaths weekly, the latest is for the week ending 29 March 2019. StatsCan publishes deaths by month, the most recent being for December 2017.

Sadly, despite the word timely appearing in the Departmental Plan nine times not one of the departmental result indicators refers to timeliness.

16 April 2019

YouTube: The Rise of Genetic Genealogy as a Citizen Science

From Maurice Gleeson, ISOGG Educational Ambassador, a short lecture presented at the Personal Genomes: accessing, sharing & interpretation conference, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK on 11-12th April 2019.


The Great Migration Parish Web Mapping App

Source: https://www.americanancestors.org/specials/great-migration-parish-map
Why am I mentioning this web mapping app showing the last-known parish for all 1,795 emigrants whose origin is confirmed, about a third of the nearly 5,700 emigrants who left England (and a few other places) for New England between 1620 and 1640?
It would be interesting to see a similar map for, say, British home children, war brides, those interred in a particular cemetery.

Perth & District Historical Society April Meeting

The following is a notice from the Perth & District Historical Society.

Thursday, April 18, 2019- 7:30pm

Architectural Conservation of Wooden Heritage Buildings

Presented by Jack Hollinger.

Although our Society’s mission is primarily to learn about our local history, culture and heritage, we sometimes take a circuitous route to it. For this month’s meeting, we will go beyond our local borders to a wider world of heritage buildings of our area, of Canada and abroad.
All too often, the focus of the study of our heritage, and activities to protect it are on the old stories and records, and we overlook the physical structures in which it all took place – and which have their own stories to relate. Unfortunately, this aspect is, at times, forgotten until it is too late, and the cost of restoring too high. For many reasons, stone buildings usually receive a higher priority for restoration (note the present work on Parliament Hill). Wooden structures, despite being equally significant to our heritage, are often overlooked, because they are more susceptible to the ravages of time and neglect. Consider the old wooden barns of this area or the traditional wooden grain elevators of the Prairies. The restoration of such structures requires different technology, as well as a more sensitive approach.
Jack Hollinger, our guest for this month, grew up in Ferguson’s Falls and attended PDCI. His post-secondary education includes two undergraduate degrees from Queen’s University, plus programmes in Heritage Carpentry and Joinery at Algonquin College – Perth Campus. At the Perth Campus, he has been teaching the Heritage Carpentry and Joinery programme for the past 10 years and overseeing it for the past four years. He admits to a passion for trees, wood and the things we can make with it, with a special interest in traditional methodologies. Hollinger and his wife of 15 years, Donna Klassen, have two sons.
Jack’s work experiences have taken him to The Northwest Territories, the Laurentians of northern Quebec, Lanark County and Colorado. Further afield, he has been to Norway to study wood architectural conservation, especially their unique stave churches, most recently as a guest instructor on traditional wooden building techniques for ICCROM in Oslo Norway. In addition to the Norwegian experience, he was chosen to be a member of a group of heritage carpenters and professionals from around the world for a course on wooden architectural preservation focussing on the restoration of the most iconic Church if the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island, Karelia in northwestern Russia.
Jack Hollinger will talk to us about traditional craftsmanship in the Russian North, Norway and Canada. He will review the differences between these locations, what we can learn, where the field of heritage carpentry can contribute to preserving our history, and lessons that can be applied to looking after our own neighbourhood. Such are the benefits of having a world-class heritage carpentry professional in our midst!

Please join us at Perth's Royal Canadian Legion,
26 Beckwith Street E., Perth, (Toonie Donation).

15 April 2019

Passing the Gloucester Chain of Office

On Sunday afternoon a bit of history was made when the green and gold mayoral chain of office for the former City of Gloucester was passed from the last Gloucester mayor, Claudette Cain, to Ottawa mayor Jim Watson.
The ceremonial chain, which had been in the custody of the Gloucester Historical Society, joins those of the other municipalities amalgamated with Ottawa in the care of the Ottawa City Archives. City Archivist Paul Henry was present to take custody at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Ancestry updates UK Death Indexes

Sourced by Ancestry from the company Wilmington Millennium, West Yorkshire, these updated records give you a 50/50 chance of finding an entry for the event during the time period.

Scotland and Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2017 has 526,913 records covering approximately 45% of the total deaths that occurred in this time period.

England and Wales, Death Index, 2007-2017 includes 2,194,898 records covering approximately 55% of the total deaths that occurred in this time period.

Each entry gives name, gender, age, birth date (from age), death date, last residence (town), postal code (the first part giving better resolution than the last residence).

FreeBMD April Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Friday 12 April 2019 and to contain 269,607,959 unique records (269,239,094 at previous update).
Years with major additions, greater than 5,000 records, are: for births 1964, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984-87; for marriages 1965, 1980, 1984-85; for deaths 1983-86.


14 April 2019

Library and Archives Canada Departmental Plan 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Departmental Plans, including that for Library and Archives Canada, were tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday 11 April 2019.

LAC's 2019-2020 Main Estimates expenditure is $94 million. That compares to $60 million for 2018-2019. Spending increases because of almost 35 million dollars dedicated to substantial completion of construction of a new facility for the preservation of analogue documents in Gatineau, Quebec.

Focusing on the part of LAC's activity of most interest to genealogists "Providing access to documentary heritage", Main Estimates expenditure for 2019-2020 is $31 million, unchanged from the previous year and maintained in the following year forecast after which it increases by $9 million to support the LAC - Ottawa Public Library new joint facility at 555 Albert. The 2019-2020 human resources of 287 FTEs, up from 243 FTEs in 2018-2019 is planned to decrease in subsequent years because of the discontinuation of funding for the Indigenous languages and culture preservation initiative announced in Budget 2017.

What do we get for the money? For 2019–2020, while many ongoing initiatives will continue such as loans to organizations outside the NCR:

- LAC will begin developing a virtual reading room and will digitize the finding aids and reference tools held at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa.

- LAC will continue to develop new tools to enhance access to its collection. It will improve the online search experience by indexing additional databases.

- Co-Lab builds in new functionalities and proposing new (transcription and description) challenges to its users (and) restores full value to digitized documents by making them more searchable and accessible; for example, for clients who use a voice synthesizer or screen reader.

- We Are Here: Sharing Stories will see the digitization of hundreds of thousands of documents, photographs, maps and other material of importance to Indigenous communities as well as the creation of online content.

Listen, Hear Our Voices will continue to provide Indigenous communities with the support required to preserve their oral recordings. To this end, LAC will provide services to communities, such as digitization, deposit preservation, and the development of a catalogue of existing expressions.

- LAC will test a new way to increase the visibility and accessibility of its collection. It will conduct two pilot projects to develop an augmented reality application, i.e., a virtual interface that can enrich reality by superimposing complementary information on it. One relates to the Dominion Textile collection and related LAC material, and the other to the Proclamation of the Constitution Act.

Comment:  As in the bottom right of the word cloud, continue is a theme this year. Indexing additional databases is mentioned without any detail. Major or minor? I was surprised to find digitization of Vernon directories from the LAC collection being undertaken by FamilySearch is not mentioned. In fact no mention of OCR initiatives at all. One file I processed through DigiLab into a pdf was then OCRd, nothing like a perfect transcription of course. No indication of whether this will become available in a searchable format when LAC makes it available online. If not why not? And why not for other files?

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Ancestry Improves Public Profile and Messaging
If you have a public profile for your Ancestry account, and if you use the messaging application to communicate with matches you'll find changes, mostly improvements being made in the next few days, if not already.

Book Review: Orphans of Empire
"The spirit of William Hogarth runs vividly through Orphans of Empire, Professor Helen Berry’s latest book, which explores the story of what happened to the orphaned or abandoned children of London’s Foundling Hospital ... the brainchild of Thomas Coram."

Rage Against the Machines (pdf)
A study of the Swing Riots of the 1830s in England using digitized newspapers brings new insights to the diffusion of the threshing machine and severe labour unrest in wheat-growing areas which was mitigated in parishes where more generous Poo Poor Law support was provided.
The pdf was a very slow download.

Methodist History
Links at www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/, www.mywesleyanmethodists.org.uk/ and www.mymethodisthistory.org.uk — a tip from Jane MacNamara who was impressed with the content and usability. BTW: check out Jane's blog Where the story takes me… for well researched Ontario posts back to 2012.

Google Search Refinement
You can now limit your results from a Google search by adding before:yyyy and/or after:yyyy, or get more precise using dd/mm/yyyy.

Google's Amnesia
Google seems to have stopped comprehensively indexing the internet for its Search. Certain old websites — those more than 10 years old — may not show up through Google search. Lifehacker suggests alternatives. BTW, if you're concerned about the lack of privacy on Google try DuckDuckGo — not as good as Google but pretty good.

Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds
From the New Yorker. It's from 2017 so some of the "current" references are dated.

13 April 2019

Findmypast Focus on Devon

A relatively modest addition this week, over 23,000 new records from the English county of Devon.

Devon, Port Books
This new collection covers ships administered in the Devon ports of Appledore, Barnstaple and Bideford between 1595 and 1705. The 7,764 records reveal:

The names of the ship's masters and merchants
The ship's name and the year it was entered in the port book
The ship's cargo, tonnage and trade type
The ship's registry, administration, departure and destination ports

Devon Baptisms
Four early Devon parish registers, from the 1500s to 1750 are added:

Appledore, Independent Chapel
Appledore, Ebenezer Baptist Chapel
Appledore, Methodist Chapel
Bideford, Methodist Circuit

With these additions, the total Devon Baptisms collection is 2,706,855 records from 1529 to 1999.

Devon Burials
Devon burial records are augmented with those from the parish of Northam. The collection now totals 2,110,592 records from 1320 to 1988.

Devon, Land Tax and Valuation Records
Records from Northam and Clovelly have been added to this collection giving information on:

The land owner's and occupier's names
The year or year range that the events were recorded
The year the valuation took place
The sum of money paid on the property.

There are now 259,054 records from 1777 to 1910.

Lost Ottawa Presentation

12 April 2019

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, by John Grenham - 5th edition published

Claire Santry, no mean author herself, blogs on the new 68-page paperback edition of this standard reference for Irish genealogy commenting:

There are new sections of text about Genetic Genealogy, the online arrival of the National Library of Ireland's RC Registers, an overview of the major online sites, and tips and techniques to overcome the inconsistencies of some of the search engines. 


...most of the extra 110 pages have been used is to dramatically extend Chapter 8 - Emigration and the Irish Abroad ...

The bad news  — "It will be launched in North America in due course."

The good news — "Now available via the Book Depository for €22.11/£21.60 with free postage worldwide." The Canadian dollar price — $28.20.

Event: The Story of Hazeldean

The original settlement of Hazeldean, formerly part of Goulbourn Township, in 1818 was by a group of “Loyal Protestants” and their families (15) who arrived mid-November after an arduous 45-day journey from Quebec. They had originally departed from Cork on 11 June 1818. The Hazeldean settlers were part of a group numbering 183 under leader Richard Talbot, mostly immigrants from in or near Cloghjordan, in Modreeny parish, County Tipperary.

On Saturday 13 April at 1:30 pm the Goulbourn Township Historical Society will host a presentation by Roger Young, Society Director and retired Anglican priest who has a direct family connection to the community, on The Story of Hazeldean. The location is the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

All welcome. Parking and refreshments are free.

Thanks to Patricia Barlosky for the tip.

Another good source for information and links to resources for The Talbot Settlers, 1818

11 April 2019

Documentary Heritage Communities Program Awards Announced

Word Cloud from DHCP Project Titles 2019-20
This year's round of the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program has 52 projects announced as recipients. The complete list is here.

All Provinces and Territories have projects funded, except the NorthWest Territories. Nearly two-thirds of the awards are for smaller projects worth less than $25K.

12 are for Ontario-based organizations and another from the Outaouais. Here's the complete Ontario list:
  • Daniel McLachlin's Legacy: Exploring the Lumber Era of the Ottawa Valley (Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives), Arnprior, $49,568;
  • Creating Community Access to Lobo Township Book Committee Fonds (Middlesex Centre Archives), Delaware, $13,500;
  • Digitization of the John Bertram & Sons Co. Fonds (Dundas Historical Society Museum), Dundas, $21,055;
  • Images of Ontario by George Hunter, RCA - Digitization and Preservation Project (Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation), Mississauga, $24,906;
  • Directory of Heritage Sites in Orléans (Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l'histoire d'Orléans), Ottawa (Orléans), $15,620;
  • The Wl Historical Documents: A Legacy to Canada (Federated Women Institute of Ontario), Stoney Creek, $100,000;
  • CLGA - Collection Processing Project Part 3 (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives - CLGA), Toronto, $31,697;
  • TIFF's Ontario Film Collection Assessment + Inspection (Toronto International Film Festival Inc. - TIFF), Toronto, $48,085;
  • Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre's Digital Preservation Project (Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre), Toronto, $49,920;
  • Building Stronger Communities by Building on the Past: Sharing the Histories of Toronto’s Grassroots Community Groups (Connexions Archive & Library), Toronto, $49,220;
  • Increasing Community Access to Inuit Artistic Heritage (Inuit Art Foundation), Toronto, $49,723;
  • Digitizing and Providing Online Access to Testimonies of Canadian Immigrant and Ethnic Experiences (Multicultural History Society of Ontario), Toronto, $47,839.

OGS Kingston Branch April Meeting

On Saturday, 13 April 2019 Early Quakers in the Bay of Quinte and Kingston area is the topic for a presentation by Randy Saylor to the Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Toronto-based Randy Saylor was born in Trenton, Ontario, now retired, and interested in family roots and history for many years. His website Randy Saylor: Family & Bay of Quinte Records shares genealogical research and historical records of the early families who settled in the Bay of Quinte area of Upper Canada (now Ontario) from 1783 up to the 1850's.

The meeting is in the Sir John A. Macdonald Room at the Seniors Centre East, 56 Francis Street, Kingston starting at 9:30 a.m.

A note that the collection of Kingston Branch OGS is now available for all to use at the re-opened Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The new home is on the second floor reachable by elevator. The Branch library collection is included in the KFPL catalogue with the word GENEALOGY in its shelfmark.


A milestone ... the

published on this blog.

BIFHSGO April Meeting

Saturday, 13 April
9:00 am to 9:30 am
What’s in the BIFHSGO/OGS library for you? 

Pam Cooper of BIFHSGO and Grace Lewis of OGS will describe what the holdings in the BIFHSGO/OGS Ottawa Branch library offer to genealogists.

10:00 am to 11:30 am
All My Worldly Goods: Murder Mystery & a Personal Journey into the History of British Home Children

Maggie Wheeler will talk about what she discovered about Home Children while researching her latest novel, the newest addition to her popular series of murder mysteries set in the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence Seaway,

About Maggie Wheeler
As the Seaway Valley’s “Queen of Crime,” Maggie Wheeler has spent almost two decades showcasing the social, cultural and psychological impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project on the Canadians it affected.

She is the author of the best-selling Lost Villages historical murder mystery series, which has garnered a nomination for the Ontario Premier’s Awards for the Arts, an Ontario Provincial Hansard, and Seeker’s Awards for Literary Artist of the Year in 2013 and 2018. In January 2017, Maggie was named Ottawa’s Favourite Female Author by FACES Magazine Annual Awards—and was again a finalist for the award in 2018. The Lost Villages series has been used to teach English and history from intermediate to post-secondary levels in Eastern Ontario and Upper New York State.

Since 2001, her work with the Seaway history has kept Maggie on the public speaking circuit and in the media at local, regional, national and academic levels. Her most recent contribution is the “Lost Villages” article for Historica Canada’s The Canadian Encyclopedia—the official national online resource for all things Canadiana. Maggie recently launched her fifth Lost Villages novel, All My Worldly Goods, researched and written with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Come join us at The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Open to the public

10 April 2019

British Newspaper Archive Coverage

Every time I look at the British Newspaper Archive I wonder about why there never seems to be anything new of interest for my family history.
This bar chart shows part of the reason. On the basis of pages digitized, normalized for 1901 population, there is far more content for Ireland than other parts of the British Isles — more than twice as much for Ireland as England.
Not that all of England is so neglected. Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire (including Bristol) have more pages per capita than Ireland.
Others in the top ten English counties are Northumberland, Westmorland, Devon, Warwickshire, Cumberland, Buckinghamshire, and Suffolk. London comes in at 11th.
The most neglected counties are Middlesex, Surrey, Essex and Rutland.

The year with the best coverage is 1892.