03 May 2020

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

In the new normal will OCTranspo be fit for purpose?

COVID-19 and the Blitz

In London the most recent four week period had as many deaths as the worst four weeks of the Blitz, and will exceed it when the next weekly figures are issued next Tuesday.

It could take two years for the economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic

Literally, letting off some steam (audio)

Ancestry Extra

On Tuesday, 5 May at 10:00 a.m. EDT
Researching Your WWII Commonwealth Ancestors
Ancestry ProGenealogist Simon Pearce will share advice and guidance on how to tackle your WWII research, highlighting resources available to discover the stories of your ancestors that served in the Canadian military and across the Commonwealth. He’ll then be conducting a live Q&A. This session is free and no registration is required.

On Thursday, 7 May at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Finding the Unknowable
Jewish families often think that records of their Eastern European families prior to the Holocaust, or prior to their emigration from Eastern Europe were all destroyed during World War II. Although many records did not survive, many did, and can, with diligent searching be found. Janette Silverman will be discussing some research techniques and resources available digitally and visiting ancestral towns to find out more about your family before they emigrated.

Find these on the Ancestry Canada Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/AncestryCA/)

Problem, Opportunity ... both?

Some have spent the time sequestered at home on the couch binge-watching Netflix and BritBox.

Some have seized the opportunity to work on their family history, taken advantage of resources opened up for free for a limited time, contributed to online indexing, learned from the increasing number of educational opportunities (webinars) and got down to writing up aspects of their family history.

Some genealogical and family history societies have laid back: annual conferences cancelled without any thought to a replacement; monthly and special interest group meetings cancelled or replaced half-heartedly with online presentations.

Some genealogical and family history societies have seized the opportunity: opened up what would have been branch meetings free to all online; promoted online indexing and other opportunities to contribute productive time. Layers of London has the Tracing Charles Booth's poverty maps project involving no transcription.

The pandemic is leaving many people with time on their hands. Societies that present meaningful opportunities to fill the void stand more chance of thriving. Those that sit back will likely see the result when the time comes for membership renewal and people consider whether they get value for money.

Family Tree Webinars
Otherwise, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, are seeing a huge leap in attendance in their free genealogy webinars. I wonder why!  Here's what on tap in May:

Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy by Thomas MacEntee
Crčme de la crčme: Targeted Autosomal DNA Testing to Isolate Pertinent Genetic Cousins by Paul Woodbury
Fridays in May: Your Questions Answered LIVE—Tech with Thomas by Thomas MacEntee
Leveraging MyHeritage's German Resources Effectively by James M. Beidler
The Ultimate Family History Interview by Nicka Smith
Fridays in May: Your Questions Answered LIVE—DNA with Diahan by Diahan Southard
Discover the Holdings of German Archives by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG
Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists by Lisa Alzo
Fridays in May: Your Questions Answered LIVE—Legacy software with Geoff by Geoff Rasmussen
Enlightened Design with the MyHeritage Chart Creation Tool by Janet Hovorka
Mistrust Transcriptions: And Here's Why by Dr. Bruce Durie
Fridays in May: Your Questions Answered LIVE—More Tech with Thomas by Thomas MacEntee

Sale of defective parrot

Thanks to this week's contributors
Anonymous, Bruce Elliott, Bryan Douglas Cook, BT, Btyclk, Carol Graham, Celia Lewis, delynnpar, Gail Benjafield, Jane Down, Jenna Bruno, Kenneth R Marks, Romaine Honey, Wayne Shepheard

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