10 May 2020

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

VE Day as reported by British newspapers
"The Guardian paid particular attention to neutral Ireland, where only days earlier the Taoiseach, Eamon de Valera, had called on Dr Hempel, the German ambassador to express condolences for Hitler who had committed suicide on April 30."

Ancestry Extra Presentations

Researching British Home Children 
Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT
Where: Ancestry Canada Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/AncestryCA/)
Description: From the late 1860s right up to 1948, over 100,000 children of all ages were sent to Canada from the United Kingdom. Known as the British Home Children, they are the ancestors of an estimated 10% of Canada’s current population. Join us as genealogist Gloria Tubman shares her advice and guidance on identifying the British Home Children in your family tree, and walks us through the resources available for uncovering their stories. 
We Must Have Swam Over - Research Strategies, Tips and Tricks for Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors 
Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Ancestry Canada Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/AncestryCA/)
Description: Finding your immigrant ancestors can be tricky. Join us as Cara MacDonald, Manager of Reference Services at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, shares her research process and tips for locating those hard to find immigration records. From the "why" behind being unable to locate difficult records to effective wildcard searching and gathering information from non-immigration sources, this workshop will help take your genealogy skills to the next level.
Debutantes at the St Andrew's Ball in Montreal, 1897-2019
Archivist Gillian Leitch has compiled this list of 2131 debutantes and 111 escorts.

The Preparation of Records for Deceased Online

Why Are More Men Than Women Dying Of COVID-19, except in Canada?
An in-depth study of 5683 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in England and Wales (unrefereed) found that death from COVID-19 was strongly associated with: being male (hazard ratio 1.99, 95%CI 1.88-2.10). Data for 48 countries reporting at Global Health 50/50 show only Canada with more COVID-19 deaths for women than men. Why? See also FiveThirtyEight.

Thanks to this week's contributors
Brenda Dunne, David Thompson, Glenn Wright, Jenna Bruno, John McConkey, K. Clifford, Sophronia, Unknown.


K said...


Good thing you posted about the Home Children webinar happening on the 12 or else I would not know about it. Ancestry's Facebook page makes no mention of it and I wasted a lot of time on that page looking for it. Really, it should be the first or second thing that comes up when you go to the page, AND, there is no place to even leave a comment. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

My grandfather, Henry Likely Bustard, (1878-1963) joined the Northwest Mounted Police in Regina Saskatchewan,and went to the Yukon in 1899. He would doubtless have met or seen the likes of Mr. Trump. Born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, he had seen the effects of excessive drinking in his family, likely due to depression. So, he was a teetotaler. I do have photos of him smoking cigars. In a recreated bar in Skagway, Alaska, I saw that they sold cigars, so that may have been where he began this occasional cigar smoking pastime.
M. Anne Sterling