Monday, 22 July 2019

New on MyHeritage

27,612,119 new records from four new collections are added to the MyHeritage SuperSearch™:

Australia Electoral Rolls, 1893-1949;
Québec Marriage Licenses, 1926-1997;
Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger Lists, 1900-1953; and
Baltimore, Maryland Passenger Lists, 1891-1943.

There are 7,901,481 records in the Québec marriage collection which contain bride and groom name, age, birthdate, birthplace, marriage date and location. Many records have additional information, such as parents name, date and place of birth, on a linked original form image. It may be in French or English. The source is a provincial government form which appears to have been completed at the time of marriage.

Read about all these collections newly added this month in the MyHeritage blog post.

The Essex Record Office on newly available parish registers online

In an Essex Record Office blog post, Edward Harris, Customer Service Team Lead, takes a look at some of the unusual stories found in the pages of their parish registers. Also information on accessing the county BMB records through an index on Ancestry, and also Findmypast.

Access to original record images for Ancestry users is simple, a click-through from the index to Essex Archives Online in order to buy a copy of the indexed image. Images are emailed out automatically on payment; each one costs £2.99 including VAT.

The British do buy passes for a conference with classes

RootsTech London is not your average family history show. It has a lot to offer although I for one get stopped in my tracks when I read "3 huge days with over 150+ classes"

But "A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Brits watch US TV (I grew up watching Jack Benny, the Lone Ranger and Perry Como), US films and even American football. So why not admission (or tickets) for conferences (or shows) that offer excellent presentations?

RootsTech London has a number of different tracks including sessions on DNA; English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh research; Jewish research; German research; research in France; as well as research in Spain/Portugal. And I'm told Canada is to be announced! You can see them all so far here, reformatted in a way you may find more convenient than on the RootsTech London website — courtesy of Paul Jones.

Don't let "class" prejudice stop you from enjoying all that's on offer at RootsTech London, much more than presentations.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Pinhey's Point Event: 22 July

Whether or not you choose to take advantage of this conducted tour, Pinhey's Point Historic Site on the Ottawa River is a favourite place for a quiet getaway.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

MyHeritage Theory of Family Relativity Update
Combining your DNA matches and their family trees, this updated MyHeritage service provides "theories" about possible common ancestors. If you have DNA results at MyHeritage and have posted an associated family tree check for an update. The total number of Theories has increased from 6 to 14 million and more than 46% have at least one Theory. Sadly I'm in the majority — no Theories. Check out Roberta Estes blog post to learn more.

Advance Notice: Book Donations
If you're coming to the OPL free 8 August DNA and Online Resources for Discovering Your Lost Family History event BIFHSGO and Ottawa Branch suggest you consider bringing a surplus non-fiction or fiction book in good condition from your collection as a thank you donation. More later.

Scotland and Maps
What's with Scotland and maps? The NLS continues a major project of map digitization. Now there's a book Scotland – Mapping the Islands reviewed on Paul Milner's blog about which he writes "The knowledgeable authors present the rich and diverse story of Scottish islands from the earliest maps to the most up-to-date digital mapping in engaging and imaginative ways. This book is an informative delight to read and view."

The NYT Privacy Project

Public Library Virtual Reality
"Virtual reality library programs give local residents the opportunity to explore the emerging technology and to let them see its potential uses as an educational tool."

Fake News in Canada's Election
Have you seen the hashtag #TrudeauMustGo on Twitter? According to this post much of the activity surrounding the hashtag, which has seen it periodically appear in the top ten most tweeted here, was driven by accounts tweeting at non-human rates, including about two dozen accounts created in the past 48 hours.”
Be careful about what you read and believe.

Why this man became a hermit at 20

A Plea For Shade
In summer we walk in the shade; in winter the sunny side of the street. In a changing climate, how can we favour an urban design that optimizes comfort?

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Family Tree Live 2020 call for presentation proposals

The second Family Tree Live is being held at Alexandra Palace on 17 & 18 April 2020.

Family Tree has issued a call for papers - lectures and workshops.

We are seeking talks and workshops on subjects that will help people on the first steps of their genealogy journey, through to more advanced record sets and search skills and strategies. We are interested in topics that are educational, but entertaining and inspirational approaches are very welcome too! This is your chance to come and share your knowledge and passion for family history with others at Family Tree Live.

Find information on how to apply at

50 Years On

This fifty-year-old newspaper hangs on the wall in my office, a reminder of where I was on that memorable weekend.

For me, the weekend was notable as a family history event as well as the moon landing.

I'd driven south from Montreal, where I was studying at McGill. It was my one and only visit with my first cousin twice removed, Sidney Cohen who had a summer home near Peekskill, New York.

He was eight years younger and much more robust than my grandfather, his cousin. Soon after I arrived we went swimming in a nearby lake. Just as Apollo 11 was guided by a computer no more powerful than today's smartphones, a box-like protrusion under the skin on his chest marked the presence of an early implanted pacemaker.

I have the vaguest memories of the other relatives I met. They must have included his wife Rosalind, likely their two daughters and their families.

After a good steak dinner, we stayed up late into the evening to watch the events televised from the moon.

My return journey on the east side of Lake Champlain took me through Rutland, Vermont where I picked up the newspaper.

Sidney died in New York a year later, only 3 months older than I am today.

What do you remember about that weekend?

Friday, 19 July 2019

Free Access

There's free access from 19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Registration is required.

After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid membership. Click here.

Additions to Findmypast this week: Essex

Over 5 million Essex BMB transcript records sourced from the Essex Record Office are now at Findmypast.

Essex Baptism Index 1538-1920
Search a brand new collection of more than 2.3 million Essex baptisms. Spanning over 350 years of the county's history and 532 parishes, these transcripts of original parish register entries may reveal date and place of birth, parents' names, father's occupation, residence, baptism date and the church in which they were baptized.

Essex Marriages and Banns 1537-1935
Explore more than 1.4 million transcripts of original Essex marriages and banns to discover marriage date, marriage place, residence and occupation as well as the names of the father, spouse and witnesses.

Essex Burial Index 1530-1994
Containing over 1.5 million records, this newly-released transcript collection of Essex Burial records will reveal a combination of your ancestor's age at death, birth year, marital status, burial date and burial place.

Note that in May this year Ancestry added the following transcript records
Essex, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1994, 730,118 records
Essex, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1935, 1,968,439 records
Essex, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1918, 3,937,941 records
Essex, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, 4,389,173 records

Although Ancestry's total number of records is larger than Findmypast's it includes many duplicates.

Derbyshire Births and Baptisms
Just under a thousand additional records from 15 non-conformist parishes have been added to FMP's collection of Derbyshire Births and Baptisms. Mainly covering Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians, the full list of new additions has been highlighted in our Derbyshire parish list.

International Records Update - Belgium
Explore two indexes, Belgium Marriages 1563-1890 and Belgium Deaths & Burials 1564-1900, containing more than 212,000 records.

News from TheGenealogist

The first in the new BBC series of WDYTYA? airs on 23 July. The subject is Daniel Ratcliffe. I'm hoping to view it later. In the meantime, there's a spoiler post from TheGenealogist.

TheGenealogist has just released over 658 War Memorials with 75,973 new individuals. This means that there are now a total of over 568,000 individuals that are fully searchable in TheGenealogist’s War Memorial records.The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:
  • close to 76,000 individuals recorded on War Memorials
  • 658 War Memorials from England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada
These fully searchable records are transcribed from images of the tributes put up to honour the war dead from various conflicts including the Boer War, the First World War and World War II. This latest release from TheGenealogist covers war memorials from many parts of the UK, as well as some further afield monuments in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

LAC Co-Lab Update

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

Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 is 18% complete

Legendary Train Robber and Prison Escapee Bill Miner is 97% complete (92% last month).
War Diaries of the First World War: 1st Canadian Division is 94% complete (92% last month).
Rosemary Gilliat (Eaton)’s Arctic diary and photographs is 39% complete (38% last month).
The Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters is 85% complete (77% last month).

New France and First Nations Relations is 33% complete (was 39%!).
Japanese-Canadians: Second World War is 61% 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.

The article Crowding the Library: How and why Libraries are using Crowdsourcing to engage the Public makes reference to Co-Lab.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

MyHeritage updates Theory of Family Relativity

The following is an announcement from MyHeritage.

The Theory of Family Relativity™ scans billions of family tree profiles and historical records to craft detailed theories of how DNA Matches on MyHeritage may be related to each other. Since launching the feature in February, our DNA database has grown significantly, the number of family trees on MyHeritage has reached 45 million, existing trees have grown, and more historical records have been added to SuperSearch™.

A new notification system has been created to update MyHeritage users about new theories as they are discovered, one theory at a time. This email will be sent periodically, as of this week.

We hope that MyHeritage DNA users will enjoy the current update, which has more than doubled the number of theories available.

Read more about this update and some key facts and figures in the blog post.

More Wexford and Limerick Records coming to

Irish Genealogy Matters, the newsletter of and the Irish Family History Foundation carries news that Roman Catholic registers for the parish of New Ross, County Wexford, as well as more Limerick records are coming to It also lists additions already made this year.

via a post on IrishGenealogyNews.

Ontario Civil Registration

A reminder, you don't need an Ancestry subscription to research some Ontario civil BMD registrations.

FamilySearch has
Ontario Births, 1869-1912 with 2,081,426 records
Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 with 1,382,652 records
Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 with 2,050,112 records

There's also free access to associated images.

Some later Ontario BMD records can be accessed through Ancestry, including the Library edition for free at many public libraries and other institutions, which now hosts births to 1913 births, marriages to 1937 marriages and deaths to 1947.

If you want to research beyond these official records check out the Ontario section at 320 Birth, Marriage, and Death Record Collection Links from Canada on The Ancestor Hunt.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Prof (Retired) Bruce Elliott

At Sunday's Westboro Beach Meetup Bruce Elliott confirmed that not only was he retiring from Carleton University, but has retired as of 1 July.

Read about his many academic achievements at

Touching genealogy and local history, he started his leadership with the Census of Canada, 1871, Ontario, heads of household name index, an early census index project of its scale. It became available in the mid-1980s.

In 1991 he published The city beyond : a history of Nepean, birthplace of Canada's capital, 1792-1990 .

Honorary life membership of the Ontario Genealogical Society in 1992.

In 2005 to the BIFHSGO Hall of Fame for “long and varied contributions to the Society and to the field of genealogy”

I'll stop. This isn't an obit. Bruce tells me he has plans for completing books and projects after he meets the challenge of moving mountains of paper out of this long-time office.

Top Ten Genealogy Websites

According to worldwide statistics compiled by SimilarWeb in their category Hobbies and Leisure > Ancestry and Genealogy these are the top-visited websites. The figure in brackets is the rank for visitors from Canada.

RankWebsiteAvg. Visit DurationPages / Visit (2)0:13:4626.21 (3)0:17:2030.07 (4)0:04:437.24
5geneanet.org0:09:5513.52 (5)0:06:057.71
7geni.com0:06:236.51 (1)0:10:4326.36

In Ottawa, if you'd like to learn more about three of these most popular sites attend the free DNA and Online Resources for Discovering Your Lost Family History presentations on 8 August at Nepean Centrepointe (Ben Franklin Place).

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

548 Volumes of U.S. Navy Muster Rolls now digitized

USS Rattler from U.S. Naval Historical Center.
Volumes of 19th-century,1861 to 1879, US naval muster rolls are now digitized accessible to the public through the National Archives Catalog.  That's according to a NARA press release.
The muster roll data provide the names, birthplaces, ages, discharges, and physical description of enlisted seamen — and more.
At present, you need to know the name of the ship — search the catalog by ship name and the word muster.
A citizen volunteer transcription project is pending.

Summertime Reading for the Family Historian

UK magazine Family Tree published a list of 5 books all family historians should take on holiday.

While I dislike "should" the suggested book are mostly ones I'd not read. The first two on the list are more light poolside or beach-reading fare than the others.

Dadland, published in 2017 by Keggie Carew is described as "part-family memoir, part-war story ... a loving tribute to her extraordinary father who, as he began losing his past to dementia, she was fighting to retrieve it." Read The Guardian review.

Common People: The History of an English Family by Alison Light – a wonderful family-cum-social history featuring Victorian ancestors with incredible warmth and insight into human behaviour through the generations. The Guardian review ends "Light's final wish for her book is that it will encourage others to write their family history as a public history ... However, it is possible to finish her book wishing the opposite: that a historian and critic of her rare gifts would leave family history to the dabblers, and write us, for instance, a literary and cultural history of the workhouse, with her personal passion as background, not foreground."

The other books on the list seem out of place as summer reading. The presence on the list of Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy by Dr. Penny Walters motivates me to attend the panel session she will be part of at RootsTech London.

Adding my own suggestion, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
by Dani Shapiro I borrowed from the OPL and devoured unusually quickly. It's another example of discovery using DNA. Read the New York Times review.

What do these people have in common?

Easy. They're genealogists.

They're all speaking at RootsTech London.

As far as I know, four of them have another thing in common. What would that be, and which four?

Hint. One of them, bottom left, is Daniel Horowitz who will be in Ottawa on 8 August speaking at the DNA and Online Resources for Discovering Your Lost Family History event. A month later Daniel is speaking at MyHeritage LIVE 2019 taking place on the weekend of 6-8 September 2019 at the Hilton Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
To close the circle, that Amsterdam event also features talks by Blaine Bettinger and Cyndi Ingle who will be speaking later in September at the BIFHSGO 25th Anniversary conference.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Ancestry Updates Obituary Collections and indexes — how useful?

Ancestry has posted these updates.

Caribbean, Obituary Index2003-201196,557
Canada, Obituary Collection1898-20188,507,085
UK and Ireland, Obituary Index2004-20184,855,799
U.S., Obituary Collection1930-Current178,827,618

Let's look at Canada. According to Statistics Canada in 2018, there were 279,936 deaths reported in Canada. As the population increases and ages, the number has increased. It was 217,000 in the year 2000, so about 4,719,000 deaths since 2000.
If you search year by year the Ancestry Canada, Obituary Collection includes 1,096,540 entries since 2000. That's 23% of all deaths.
It's less than that as the database includes many duplicates. In a sample, I found 24 unique entries out of 42. That means coverage of a bit over 10% of all deaths.

I was suspicious of the claim of 8.5 million entries in the Canada collection. As a check, there are 11,451 deaths in the database for people named Smith which typically accounts for 1 - 2 % of  all events. For the 10 years around 2005 Smith accounts for 1.1% of entries which would suggest a bit over 1 million entries in the Canada Obituary collection, not over 8 million.

Where are the other 7 million?

Beechwood CWGC Burial: James Dyer

Under the headline COMRADE DYER'S FUNERAL the Ottawa Journal reported on Friday 18 July 1919 that:
The funeral of Jamaa Dyer of the Ordnance Corps who was killed by an A.S.C. truck at Westboro' on Tuesday morning was held from the residence of his son-ln-law. Mr. Albert Parkinson, Stratheona Avenue. Westboro yesterday afternoon.
According to an article in the 15 July Journal he was struck by a truck when he stepped out from behind a parked car while hurrying to cross the road to catch another vehicle. An inquest found he died of internal injuries and returned a verdict of accidental death.
James Dyer was a native of Bristol, England born on 13 May 1869. He had lived in Westboro for about 7 years, enlisted in 1916 giving his birth year as 1874 but was not allowed to go overseas owing to age. Survived by his wife, Florence who was on her way to England at the time of the accident, two daughters (Ada and Lily) and one son (James), he is buried at Beechwood Cemetery in the Military Section 29. Lot 13-14 West part G20.

Did You Know:  Beechwood Cemetery isn't only for the dead. There's a program of live events this summer. See

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Short Deadline: LAC seeks NCR nominees for Youth Advisory Council

Imagine a young person being able to put on their resume that they served on a Library and Archives Canada Advisory Committee.

The deadline for nominations to serve of LAC's Youth Advisory Council is noon 16 July, 2019. If you know of a young person with an interest in gaining such experience check out whether there's a fit and how to apply at

A makeover for BIFHSGO's unique databases

BIFHSGO's website has a "new look" Research & Projects menu. The number of projects with databases grew so large that Director John McConkey decided to categorize them so they're easier to find.

The "Home Children" category has four databases; "Military" has four, "Migration" two, and there's an "Other" category.

If you have a suggestion for a new project or are interested in volunteering, please send an email to the Director of Research and Projects.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

A reminder about today's Westboro Beach Meetup.

Anglo-Saxons deserve reparations for the Norman Conquest
Where do you draw the line?

Agnes Chamberlin’s Flower Prints
Agnes Chamberlin, daughter of Susanna Moodie, and niece of Catharine Parr Traill who were well known for their now classic descriptions of pioneer life in Ontario, was a prolific artist of Canadian wild flowers. LAC blog post.

Two items from Europeana
Reporting from the trenches: newspapers in World War I
Mining and exploring 200 years of newspapers: the impresso project

The Amber Alert system on phones is already annoying people, and that’s dangerous
The Amber Alert, which sounded on my phone six times early on Thursday, left me fatigued all day. If alerting me in Ottawa to a situation in York Region/Toronto was going to be helpful I wouldn't object. So far nobody has given an explanation of why warning to such remote areas is necessary. Weather warnings using the same technology are more targeted. Why not the same for Amber Alerts?

The Anti-Vaccine Chronicles
From The Pudding, the story about the pernicious claims borne out of a single, discredited scientific paper in 1998. But it’s also a story of how this belief has persisted among a growing number of Americans, despite its scientific foundations crumbling in the years following its origin.

Flying in the Time of Climate Emergency
“I don’t like harming others, so I don’t fly” climate scientist Peter Kalmus explained, noting that airplane emissions heat the planet, imperilling humans and non-humans alike. From

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Latest Irish Lives Remembered magazine

The free summer issue of online magazine Irish Lives Remembered includes:

  • Croagh Patrick (County Mayo): The Sacred Mountain of the Sun God by Eamonn 'Ned' Kelly;
  • Linking your DNA to Ireland's Ancient "Kings and Queens" by Maurice Gleeson;
  • The Kavanagh/Cavanagh Surname and its relatives, Kinsella and Redmond by Paul MacCotter;
  • An Irishman Abroad: David Tynan O'Mahony [Dave Allen] by Nathan Mannion;
  • A concise guide to tracing your Irish Ancestors using US, Canadian, Australian and British Records by Maura Flood;
  • Money, Mountain Dew, and Murder: Illicit Potin Distillation in Ireland during the 1920s - a four-part series, part 2 "Children going to and coming from school are reeling round the roads drunk with poteen" by Stephen Pierce. 
  • Gone With the Wind. A Southern US Reflection of Hierarchy, Power and Essentialism in Ireland [Film Discussion] by Brigit McCone

Canadians in The Journal of One-Name Studies

The quarterly publication of the Guild of One-Name Studies is not where I expect to find a lot of Canadian content, Volume 13, Issue 7 for July - September 2019 is an exception.

A Fishy Story: The Mitchelmores of Green Island Cove, by Michael Micthelmore, explores the reason why in this small Newfoundland community 67% were named Mitchelmore and 32% McLean. That's according to the 1945 census.

My Gillespie World-Wide Research, by Norma Gillespie caught my attention as her ancestors owned the land where (or nearby where ) I live. Gillespie Crescent is part of my route any time I go out. The family is traced back to Ireland and Scotland.

Should you start a One-Name Study if there is no one to take it over?, by Wayne Shepheard is this Calgary genealogist's musings. I ask, does it matter? I expect to have more to say in a forthcoming post prompted by this thought-provoking article.

Finally, an article that's not Canadian, The Incidence of Non-Paternal Events (NPEs) in Men of Manx Origin by John A Creer. His study estimates the NPE rate in the Isle of Man as 0.4% per generation, much lower than the 1 - 2 % typically quoted. I suspect 0.4% is an underestimate as it doesn't account for cases where a male from the same bloodline as the supposed father was actually the genetic father.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Additions to Findmypast this week

Huddersfield Baptisms
Over 52,000 transcript records covering 14 new parishes, Adwalton, Armitage Bridge, Batley Carr, Battyeford, Berry Brow, Birchencliffe, Birstall, Bradley, Chickenley, Cleckheaton, Cowms, Crosland Moor, Cumberworth, and High Hoyland have been added to the 10 already in the FMP collection of Huddersfield Baptisms. Each record includes a transcript of an original parish register entry giving a combination of baptism date, parent's names, father's occupation and address.

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions
Over 5,000 additional records covering 14 Anglican churchyards across the York area (West Riding, North Riding and Ainsty) have been added to the collection, mainly covering the years of the First and Second World War. There are now 201 locations included with nearly 138,000 entries. Rawmarsh, Kimberworth and Masbrough each have more than 5,000 inscriptions included.

Middlesex Baptisms
Over 64,000 new records have been added to existing parishes within this collection. These transcripts of original parish register entries will reveal a combination of baptism date, parent's names, father's occupation and address. The collection also covers parts of London, Surrey, and Hertfordshire.

United States, Passenger and Crew Lists
Containing more than 100 million records, this new and improved national collection of US passenger lists is a blend of all FMP's existing US lists as well as more than 2 million new additions covering Boston, Texas and South Carolina. Spanning 165 years of travel (1800-1965), the collection includes ship manifests kept by shipmasters, crew lists, flight manifests, passenger arrival lists, and more.

This extensive collection of migration records includes ship manifests kept by shipmasters, crew lists, flight manifests, passenger arrival lists, and more. The numerous lists document the arrival of millions of immigrant from Europe, Asia, and South America into America, where most created a new life for themselves and their descendants.

Transcripts will reveal birth year, birthplace, place of arrival, arrival year and ship name. Within the images, you might discover travelling companions, occupation, last permanent residence, and the lists also recorded the names of those who died during the voyage. On crew lists, you may discover occupation on the ship, whether they were able to read or write, length of service, as well as a physical description.

International Records Update – Czech Republic
Two new Indexes, Czech Republic Births & Baptisms 1637-1889 and Czech Republic Marriages 1654-1889 are now available to search. These transcripts will provide you with vital dates and locations as well as the names of parents and spouses.

Beechwood Cemetery CWGC: John Taylor (1877 - 1919)

Private John Taylor (219492) was another of the British-born who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Born in Reading, Berkshire on 19 March 1877, the second son of William a hairdresser and Sarah, he had 12 years experience including serving in South Africa before emigrating to Canada.

Enlisting at Picton with the 80th Overseas Battalion in May 1915, a time when a married man needed his wife's consent, he went to England in August but was discharged in May 1917 as physically unfit. He was able to reenlist in November 1917 serving with the Canadian Army Corps of Military Staff Clerks. He died on 12 July of enteritis/influenza leaving his wife Edith a son and a daughter.

His grave is at Beechwood Cemetery in Section 29, Lot 15. S.W.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Society of Genealogists RootsTech London Extra

If you're going to RootsTech London, 24-26 October, you may want to take advantage of an extra genealogy day being offered by the Society of Genealogists.

There are two free lectures on Wednesday 23 October being presented by Alec Tritton, a RootsTech London 2019 featured speaker.

The Old Poor Law Before 1834, being offered at 2 pm
The Tudor poor laws limped on, administered by the church in its civil capacity, until it was replaced in 1834. The resulting records produced an amazing amount of information about those who did or who might become a burden on the parish.

Finding the Wills of your Ancestors, being offered at 4 pm 
This talk will help you to understand the genealogical value of Wills, be able to use them in compiling Family Histories, understand the differences in probate administration and records (before and after 1858) and to be able to navigate the various systems.

Free tours of the society library are also being offered on the same day starting at either 11:15 am or 2:15 pm.

Space is limited.

Further information and booking at

Optimising your Privacy with DNA tests

Seven suggestions from Maurice Gleeson, starting with don't test and ending with deleting your account.
You can't have your cake and eat it too. Optimizing privacy means NOT optimizing the benefit from a DNA test.
Read Maurice's suggestions here.

Updates to the #1 CCCS Project

Soldiers and a nurse at No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
George Metcalf Archival Collection, CWM 19920044-385.
Courtesy of Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.
The following are the names for bios most recently added to the BIFHSGO No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station database which totals 879 names. Nearly half also include biographies.

2nd Lieutenant Earl Henry Mulley
2nd Lt Guy Maddison Vaisey
Corporal Cecil James Richard Paterson
Corporal Henry Percy Carr
Corporal John Charles Buck
Lance Corporal William Albert Pavett
Private Aloysius Paul O'Connor
Private Archibald McIlquham Hendry
Private Ernest Edwin Gumbrell
Private Ernest Rogerson
Private Frederick William Mounteney Winks
Private George Reid Atkinson
Private George William Simpson
Private Norman Francis Staples
Private Quincey Sutherland
Private Reginald Burrows
Private Robert Ricketts
Private Roy Louis Woodward
Private Tauetuli
Private Thomas Simmonds Harvey
Private Wilfred Carter
Private William Charles Gibson
Private William Creed
Private William Ernest Charles Woods
Private William John Pride
Gunner Percy Henry Card
Rifleman Middleton Beckett
Sapper Thomas Arnold Clayburn

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 now on FamilySearch

866,311 transcripts of Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts are now available in this updated collection from FamilySearch. An estimated 85% of the records are for the years 1750 to 1850.

All the detail is here on the FamilySearch Wiki.

Westboro Beach Genealogy Meetup

Join us at noon on Sunday, 14 July, for the annual Ottawa informal genealogy meetup. Folks look forward to it.

The forecast is sunny with a high of 29 C, probably a bit cooler by the water. Sunscreen and hats recommended.

Find out about the Westboro Beach Cafe, and remember the Parkway is closed to vehicles on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm. If driving there's free parking on Kirchoffer and Lanark Avenues and an underpass to the beach.

Hearth Tax Digital

Hearth Tax Digital
Via Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine: A large collection of 17th-century tax records has come back online and is set to grow over the next few years.

BTW, did you know that the 2 July issue of WDYTYA? Magazine is available through PressReader? It's accessible free with your library card through the OPL and likely through the digital resources of many other public library websites.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

And the Winner is ...

Who will be getting a complimentary admission to RootsTech London?

Tickets for all entrants who answered the skill-testing question correctly were put in a hat and the winner was drawn out of the hat by Glenn Wright while we were meeting for coffee at Second Cup. He was evidently pleased with having met that challenge!

The winner is Angela Meyer from Florida.

Angela is the spouse of Miles Mayer who will be speaking on Thursday at RootsTech on Tour of Online European Archives.

Several other RootsTech Ambassadors still have their competitions going so there are more chances.

Sylvia Valentine has a Wacky Word Competition.

The Rules of Competition

What is the wackiest word you have come across whilst researching your family tree and which had you reaching for the dictionary?
Explain the circumstances where you found it and its meaning.
Cite your source.
The judge’s decision if final.
Closing date for Entries is 4 August 2019.
Send your entry by email to:

Heather Nowlan's competition is at

You can likely find others by Googling.

Podcast: Ottawa Synagogue History

Perhaps like me, you've passed this building without giving it a second look.

Every building has a story. From the Ottawa Jewish Archives Podcast - The King Edward Shul, otherwise Adath Jeshurun Synagogue — Ottawa's second synagogue.

Monday, 8 July 2019

A Month from Today: DNA and Online Resources for Discovering Your Lost Family History

Don't miss a rare August opportunity, a month from today, 8 August for an Ottawa family history event. Organized by the Ottawa Public Library, in partnership with the Ottawa Branch the Ontario Genealogical Society and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, come learn about

DNA and Online Resources for Discovering Your Lost Family History

in The Chamber at the Nepean Centerpointe Library.

Here's the program:

Daniel Horowitz: MyHeritage Treasure Trove: An overview of features for family research, and Integrating DNA and Family History Research at MyHeritage

Daniel Horowitz is expert genealogist at MyHeritage, the world's fastest-growing genealogy social network. Daniel is a Venezuelan-born genealogist living in Israel. Computer engineer and linguist, he applies his training to his genealogical passion as one of the first to join MyHeritage.

Leanne Cooper: The Wonders of WikiTree: Collaborative Genealogy and DNA

Leanne Cooper is a frequent local speaker with roots mostly in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, and back to the UK.

Lesley Anderson: Secrets & Shenanigans: How AncestryDNA was used in an unexpected mystery

Lesley Anderson has worked for for over 11 years as their Canadian Spokesperson and has been involved in the personal research of her family tree for over 50 years.

 Register for this free event running from 9:30 am -4:00 pm at Eventbrite here.

More than 100 people are already registered.

New: Ottawa Directories and Newspapers Online:

Joy! Thanks in part to a grant from the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society the following resources are newly digitized and searchable online through the Ottawa Public Library website.

City directories
For the years 1927, 1926, 1924, 1923, 1922, 1921, 1920, 1918, 1917, 1910, 1908, 1907, 1906, 1905, 1904, 1903, 1880, 1879, 1878, 1877, 1876, 1874-75, 1872-73, 1870-71, 1866-67, 1864-65, 1863

The Ottawa Times for 1865-1877
Courrier d'Ottawa for 1861-1864

They are not yet announced. Recognize that this is a work in progress; OPL is working on an update to its Local History Collections page which currently refers only to directory and newspaper resources to view on microfilm.

The online versions can currently be viewed and searched through the OPL catalogue. You do not need to be logged in. Here's how to find them.

For directories, from  search "Ottawa Directory" and then narrow to "eBook" format. For the newspapers, search by title "The Times" or "Courrier d'Ottawa" and then narrow to ‘Website or Online Data’ format. In each case click on the required resource.

As mentioned, this is a work in progress. The subsequent search forms appeared to me in French. Choose to search within the title < Recherche dans ce titre> or a general search < Rechercher> which produces results across the whole corpus of digitized directories and newspapers.

Results appear highlighted in red on an image of the original.

Expect changes as the system develops.

Library and Archives Canada has a collection of digitized Ottawa directories that fill the gaps (mostly) at

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Last Day for RootsTech London Admission Draw

Tomorrow, Monday, I'll be conducting the draw for the complimentary RootsTech London 2019 3-day pass (a £149 value) including the following:

• Over 150 presentations
• Keynote / General sessions
• Expo Hall
• Evening entertainment event

A reminder that if you already purchased a RootsTech London pass you can still enter and will receive a refund if you're the winner.

Here's how to enter.

Send an email to with title RootsTech London. Include your name, email address and the full title of the presentation by Dave Annal that starts with "My Ancestors ..." scheduled for RootsTech London on Saturday.

One entry per person.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

LAC holdings on D-Day and the Normandy Campaign, June 6 to August 30, 1944
Part 2 of a blog post series by LAC Military Archivist Alex Comber.

British Jews trace Iberian heritage to retain EU citizenship
From The Economist. "Who might help Remainers keep EU passports? Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition."

Parenting practices around the world are diverse and not all about attachment
Parenting is diverse and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all model. Child-rearing values are a reflection of culture and are vulnerable to generational changes. Higher maternal death rates increase the importance of having many caregivers to look after children:

Most 20th Century Books Unavailable to Internet Users – We Can Fix That
Brewster Kahle from the Internet Archive penned this blog post showing the gap in the availability of 20th-century books online. While most are no longer in print many are in a library - often far from a potential patron. A 21st-century version of interlibrary loan, controlled digital lending through digitization, could again make them available to library patrons.

Beyond LAC Artist in Residence
Although the deadline for applications for this particular initiative Artist in Residence initiative is past the "in residence" idea is one that could be beneficial in other areas. How about "digital historian in residence"?

Experience Stonehenge
Skyscape invites visitors to enjoy the changing Stonehenge sky merely through a website, including the sunrise and sunset, and experience the virtual journey of the stars and the moon from within the stone circle.”

How to move from Chrome to another browser
The Chrome browser is the most popular but not the most secure.

Should we ban bicycles in major urban areas?
Undoubtedly those who insist on dedicated "bike" lanes without paying a dime in road tax would object.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

FreeBMD July Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Friday 5 July 2019 to contain 270,691,539  unique records (270,304,784 at previous update).

Years with major additions at this update, greater than 5,000 records, are: for births 1964, 1978, 1982, 1984-87; for marriages 1965, 1980, 1984-86; for deaths 1984-86.

Since the start of the year, 2,506,136 net entries have been recorded comprising 1,143,098 births, 969,392 marriages, and 393,646 deaths. Net entries account for records deleted as errors are corrected, notably a decrease of 6,472 births for 1854.

Ancestry updates Nova Scotia, Canada, Land Petitions, 1765-1800

This updated database contains an index of details extracted from petitions made for grants of land in Nova Scotia. It's unclear how much is updated. 

The original records include licenses of occupation, warrants to survey, grants, surveyors' reports and certificates, petitions for land grants, boundaries and descriptions of land and lots, receipts, protests against petitions, and similar documents related to land grants. Petitions sometimes asked for other items to assist in settlement as well: tools, ammunition, clothes, and building materials.

The following details have been extracted from the petitions for this database:
place of land record
record year
names on land record

Records for New Brunswick, which was part of Nova Scotia until 1784, are included.

Images of the petitions are available on the Nova Scotia Archives website.

Friday, 5 July 2019

TheGenealogist adds Norfolk BMB Records - plus

I love Norfolk records 👍

Here's a press release from TheGenealogist.

TheGenealogist has released over half a million new parish records for Norfolk into their Parish Records collection. In addition to containing the uniquely transcribed records of Baptism, Marriages and Burials with images for over 250 parishes, these records also include some fascinating Bastardy bonds, Examinations, Warrants and Orders. With this release family historians will be able to find the details of ancestors baptised, married and buried as well as those that had children born out of wedlock in this East Anglian county. 

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

Over half a million individuals in records
Names of parents of illegitimate children 
Images also reveal the names of people standing guarantor for the father
The baptism, marriages and burials of ancestors in Norfolk

These fully searchable records are transcribed from the original records and linked to the images from the Norfolk Record Office. This release covers the parishes of:
Acle, Alby, Antingham, Ashby with Oby, Ashby With Oby and Thurne, Ashill, Ashwellthorpe, Ashwicken, Aslacton, Babingley, Bacton, Banham, Barton Bendish All Saints & St Mary, Barton Bendish St Andrew, Bawsey, Beechamwell, Beighton, Billingford, Billingford with Thorpe Parva, Billockby, Bixley, Blickling, Booton, Boughton, Bracon Ash, Bradfield, Brancaster, Braydeston, Breccles, Bressingham, Brinton, Brundall, Buckenham, Bunwell, Burgh next Aylsham, Burgh St Peter, Burlingham St Edmund, Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Westgate, Caister St Edmunds & Trinity, Caistor St Edmunds, Calthorpe, Carleton Rode, Castle Rising, Caston, Catton, Chedgrave, Cawston, Chedgrave, Clippesby, Colney, Congham St Andrew, Corpusty, Croxton, Denton, Dersingham, Diss, Dunston, Earlham, East Bradenham, East Carleton, East Dereham, East Harling, East Lexham, East Tuddenham, East Walton, East Winch, Eccles, Edgefield, Edingthorpe, Elsing, Erpingham, Felthorpe, Fersfield, Flitcham, Flordon, Fordham, Forncett St Peter, Foulsham, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Fundenhall, Gayton, Gayton Thorpe, Gaywood, Gimingham With Trunch, Gissing, Glanford, Great Bircham with Bircham Newton and Bircham Tofts, Great Dunham, Great Fransham, Great Poringland, Great Snoring, Great Witchingham, Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth St Nicholas, Grimston, Griston, Guestwick, Haddiscoe, Hales, Hapton, Hardley, Hardwick, Hassingham, Heacham, Heckingham, Heigham, Hellington, Hethersett, Hilgay, Hingham, Hockering, Hoe, Holkham, Honingham, Horning, Horsford, Horsham St Faith, Howe with Little Poringland, Hunstanton, Ingoldisthorpe, Ingworth, Itteringham, Kempston, Kenninghall, Ketteringham, Kilverstone, Kirby Bedon, Knapton, Lammas with Little Hautbois, Langley, Limpenhoe, Lingwood, Little Barningham, Little Walsingham, Little Witchingham, Loddon, Ludham, Marham, Marlingford, Mattishall, Merton, Metton, Mintlyn, Morton on the Hill, Moulton, Moulton All Saints & St Michael, Moulton St Mary, Mulbarton, Mundesley, Narborough, Needham, New Buckenham, Newton Flotman, North Creake, North Elmham, North Lopham, North Pickenham, North Tuddenham, Northwold, Norton Subcourse, Norwich Lakenham, Norwich Pockthorpe St James, Norwich St John de Sepulchre, Norwich St Margaret and St Swithin, Norwich St Mary in the Marsh, Norwich St Peter Parmentergate, Old Buckenham, Oulton, Pakefield, Paston, Postwick, Pulham St Mary the Virgin, Quidenham, Redenhall with Harleston & Wortwell, Ringland, Ringstead St Andrew, Rockland St Mary with Hellington, Runcton Holme, Runton, Saham Toney, Salhouse, Sandringham, Saxthorpe, Sedgeford, Sharrington, Shelfanger, Shelton with Hardwick, Shingham, Shipdham, Sidestrand, Skeyton, Snetterton, Snettisham, Somerleyton (Suffolk), Southrepps, Southwood, Sparham, Sporle With Palgrave, Starston, Stiffkey, Stoke Holy Cross, Stow Bardolph, Stow Bedon, Stradsett, Stratton Strawless, Strumpshaw, Swaffham, Swannington, Swanton Abbot, Swanton Morley with Worthing, Swanton Novers, Swardeston, Tacolneston, Tasburgh, Tharston, Thetford St Cuthbert, Thetford St Mary, Thetford St Peter, Thompson, Thorpe By Haddiscoe, Thorpe Episcopi, Thorpe Market, Thurlton, Thwaite, Tibenham, Titchwell, Toft Monks, Toftrees, Tottenhill, Tottington, Trowse, Trunch, Tuttington, Upper Sheringham, Wacton, Warham, Watlington, Watton, Weeting St Mary With All Saints, Wereham, West Newton, Westacre, West Tofts, Wheatacre All Saints, Wickmere, Wighton, Winfarthing, Witton, Wolferton, Wolterton, Wood Norton, Wood Rising, Woodbastwick, Wormegay, Worstead, Worthing, Wreningham and Wretton.

Note that this is not a comprehensive list of Norfolk parishes. More to come?

Quick Photo Tips - How to Remove Glue From Your Old Photos

Advice from The Ancestor Hunt. This is one I hesitate to post as there's a BIFHSGO member, sometimes reader of Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections, who knows more about adhesives than I ever will.

Don't miss the RootsTech London 3-day admission give-away.

Additions to Findmypast this week

British Officers Serving In Early America, 1614-1787
Six 19th-century publications that record names, rank, regiment and other details of British Army Officers serving in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War. Each record is in a PDF format.

Pennsylvania Immigrants, 1727-1776
Explore this 1856 publication 'A Collection of Upwards Of Thirty Thousand Names Of German, Swiss, Dutch, French And Other Immigrants In Pennsylvania From 1727 To 1776: With A Statement Of The Names Of Ships, Whence They Sailed, And The Date Of Their Arrival At Philadelphia, Chronology.'

Pennsylvania, Oath of Allegiance
This records hold the names of thousands of male immigrants who arrived in Pennsylvania between 1727 and 1775 or between 1786 to 1808 and who were required to take an oath of allegiance to the British Crown and the Province of Pennsylvania as well as immigration lists between 1786 and 1808. Within these pages you will find name, the ship they arrived on, there and arrival ports, and arrival date. Names are organised by vessel.The lists of arrivals after 1786 includes the names of wives and children. An index to surnames begins on image number 675.

British Army Records & Regimental Histories
The CIV and the War - Illustrated Souvenir of the City of London Imperial Volunteers, deals with service in South Africa.

International records update – Austria
Three indexes of Austrian births, baptisms, marriages and burials with more than 165,000 names and covering nearly three centuries of the country's history between 1651 and 1940.

Don't miss the RootsTech London 3-day admission give-away.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Book Review: Tracing Your Female Ancestors

After reading the long list of errors identified in Peter Calver's Lost Cousins review of this book I put my review on the back burner. However, having now taken it off the review pile my impression is much more positive —Peter did it an injustice in tone if not detail.
To be fair, Peter did add toward the end of his review "Although I've given the author quite a hard time in this review, you mustn't think that it's a bad book - it isn't, and there are lots of useful tips, some of which were new to me." With that, I can wholeheartedly agree.
Within its six chapters: birth, marriage and death; education; crime and punishment; daily life; a hard day's work; and emancipation Adéle Emm uncovers numerous sources new to me that made me set the book aside to explore them further, many as applicable to the male of the species as the female.
One such was which, despite the UK in the web address includes a list of those executed in Canada.
Find out about theatres and the music hall, libraries, medicine and hospitals, housing, schools, the time value of money, maps, and so much more.
The final chapter, on emancipation, gives a detailed history of challenges and advances in the movement toward equality made from the beginning of the 19th century.
Not quite every page has a web address for additional resources and each chapter a bibliography and list of further reading. An 11-page timeline and 5-page index round out the book.

Anyone with British ancestry is sure to find material of interest and relevance.

I notice the Ottawa Public Library has the book on order and there are already 21 holds on it.

Title: Tracing Your Female Ancestors: a guide for family historians
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Author: Adéle Emm
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword Family History (22 May 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1526730138
ISBN-13: 978-1526730138
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

This review is based on a copy provided by Pen and Sword.

Don't miss the RootsTech London 3-day admission give-away

Sources in the Basement

Looking to clear out surplus possessions that have languished in my basement for more than 30 years I came across a suitcase, one that had come across the Atlantic with me when I emigrated in 1966. Battered after moves between Ottawa, Toronto, Trenton, Halifax, Toronto (again), Winnipeg, Fort Collins (Colorado), Toronto (yet again) and finally back to Ottawa but still usable if sufficiently desperate, it had this ripped sticker with the name of the ship, which I remembered, the departure date, which I was vague about, and even the cabin number.

Now, with the aid of a diagram of each level of the ship I found at the Museum of Science and Technology, I'll be able to find out where I spent days in my bunk attempting not to be seasick.

How do you cite a suitcase, one you're about to throw out?

Happy Fourth

All the very best to my US friends celebrating today. Liberty and justice for all.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Ancestry 50% Discount for New and Returning Subscribers

Can you take advantage of this offer? From Ancestry for the 4th of July -- very limited time -- the offer ends on Thursday. Prices are US dollar and not good for existing subscribers.

Wait for it: Ireland's Registry of Deeds going online

Ireland's Registry of Deeds holds over 5 million memorial records in 17,000 bound volumes; a source of property transactions in Ireland from 1708 to present day. It's arguably the biggest substantially untapped resource for genealogists in all of Ireland.
Now The Property Registration Authority has a long term vision to make these historical records of the available and discoverable online for research and the enjoyment of all.
Read about it in this Property Registry Authority news release, and in Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News blog.

Don't miss the RootsTech London 3-day admission give-away.

Tameside Borough Burial and Cremation Registers

Tameside, a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester incorporates the towns of Ashton-under-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Mossley and Stalybridge plus Longdendale.View Larger Map

The borough has placed online a database of the Boroughs Burial and Cremation Registers with over 300,000 records from Dukinfield Crematorium and Cemetery (opened 1866) and the cemeteries of Ashton (opened 1891), Audenshaw (opened 1905), Denton (opened 1895), Droyslden (opened 1894), Hyde (opened 1894), Mossley (opened 1877) and Mottram (opened 1861). The opening dates are from Tameside Local and Family History.

Don't miss the RootsTech London 3-day admission give-away.

Edward Lloyd: the father of English tabloid journalism

If you enjoyed Nigel Lloyd's talk A Dark Chapter in a Successful Life at the BIFHSGO Great Moments session in June you may want to follow up with this article from The Conversation.

If you missed that meeting BIFHSGO members can catch it in replay through a link in the Members Only section of the Society website. You'll also find the other Great Moments presentations A Poor Racine by Michael Jaques; Finding Frances by Gillian Leitch and Family Fiction, Facts Found by Bobby Kay. And a massive collection of recordings and handouts from monthly meeting and conference presentations back to 2011.

Don't miss the RootsTech London 3-day admission give-away.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Ancestry moves ThruLines, MyTreeTags and New & Improved DNA Matches out of beta

The BETA icon has disappeared from these recently added or improved Ancestry products. The company now considers them stable.
For ThruLines this goes along with the retirement of DNA Circles.
Find information about these products.

Backup Nag

Even if you don't have a habit of backing up your key files from your hard drive on a monthly basis how about semi-annually?

Now we're into the second half of the year is there's anything you've done so far you'd hate to lose?

With technology prices continuing to drop backing up your family history files on a USB drive and storing them away from your computer is really simple and cheap insurance.

Don't miss the RootsTech London 3-day admission give-away.

Scent from the Past

Smells trigger strong emotions and memories.

On Sunday, reading In The Lavender Fields Of Surrey on the Spitalfields Life blog, I was stopped in my tracks by this image of a can of Yardley's talc powder.

It immediately brought to mind my beloved grandmother, my mother's mother. Buying a gift for her was always easy — she used copious quantities of Yardley's talc and always appreciated more.

Except I knew immediately that although the can was similar it wasn't the Lavender scent she used. Aromas are so redolent that I soon came up with the right one — April Violets. Yardley's is still selling that talc so I have another nostalgia item on my list to buy while I'm in England in October for RootsTech London.

What about the aromas from your past?

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Monday, 1 July 2019

RootsTech London 3-Day Admission Give Away

Enter now to win a complimentary RootsTech London 2019 3-day pass (a £149 value) including the following:

• Over 150 presentations
• Keynote / General sessions
• Expo Hall
• Evening entertainment event

If you already purchased a RootsTech London pass you can still enter and will receive a refund if you're the winner.

Here's how to enter.

Send an email to with title RootsTech London. Include your name, email address and the full title of the presentation by Dave Annal that starts with "My Ancestors ..." scheduled for RootsTech London on Saturday.

One entry per person.

The opportunity will be open until the end of the day (EDT) on 7 July to accommodate those who may be away on and around Canada Day.

Your Genealogy Today: July - August 2019

Ghost Town Genealogy
David A. Norris looks at how to find records for ancestors who may have lived in towns or villages that no longer exist.

Compiling a Cemetery Guide
Karen Dustman details how small groups can leave a legacy for their communities by creating guidebooks for local cemeteries.

Taking a Vacation? Discover Your Ancestors
Gail Clifford finds a rainbow and discovers an ancestor on a trip to Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin inspires learning about a grandfather's job as a cooper. 

Passive vs. Active Genealogy
John M. Hoenig advocates using both of these basic strategies and gives examples from his own research which include a contact made because he published an article in a magazine.

The Lady Nurses of Armory Square Hospital
Constance R. Cherba looks at sources that can be used to trace the lives of a dedicated team of Civil War nurses with examples Amanda Akin Stearns  – 1827-1911; Emma Dexter Southwick Brinton – 1834-1922; Anna Lawrence Platt  – 1820-1898; Helen M. Griggs  – 1830-1913; Dr. Nancy Maria Hill  – 1833-1919; Susan Ellen Marsh  – 1838-after 1911; Harriet Hayden Ripley  – 1822-1917; Mary Sullivan Felton  – 1839-1896; Sarah Low  – 1830-1913; Anna Lowell Woodbury  – 1833-1906; Abby Bradford Francis  – 1827-1886.

Hassle Free Heritage Travel
Lisa A. Alzo shares tips on how to plan the ultimate ancestral journey — the emphasis is on planning. Don't overlook the time it takes to get a passport and a visa if required.

Everyday Rural Life Saved with a Kodak
Lynn Cassity looks back at the success of the Kodak Brownie camera and how it helped to record history - and family history.

Preserving Old Family Letters
Melissa Barker offers tips on how to organize and store those treasured family letters. Before doing so ask if it's worthwhile. Will they be viewed as treasures by the next generation? Would it be better to give them to a museum or archive, perhaps retaining a digital copy?

Book Review: From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City
Joe Grandinetti tells us why we should read Carl Baehr's history of the Irish in Milwaukee.

Family History Writing: The Power of Pianissimo
Sue Lisk offers a few suggestions as to how you might approach writing about your ancestors; select details that are meaningful to you — poignant, funny or sad they become meaningful as part of a human story of relationships; avoid using a slew of adjectives; appeal to the senses and the imagination.

Measuring Your Success as a Genealogy Speaker
Lisa A. Alzo discusses how to assess your speaking "Return on Investment"

The Back Page
Dave Obee looks at genealogy, music, and movies and how it all ties together.

Your Genealogy Today