02 November 2023

Links for OGS Memorials Webinar 2 November 2023

Ontario War Memorials, by Tim Laye

Canadian Military Memorials Database (now Military memorials in Canada) https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/national-inventory-canadian-memorials

Canadian Virtual War Memorial https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Library and Archives Canada: Personnel Records of the First World War

Library and Archives Canada: Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939-1947

Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Roll of Honour

The Edmonton Journal ($)

UK Military Service and Conflict databaseat Findmypast ($)

British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms ($)

10 August 2023

FamilySearch experimental search of handwritten wills and deeds

 A FamilySearch collection, “Wills and deed records from the United States, 1630-1975,” was recently the subject of an experimental research project. One hundred and ten million records processed by handwriting recognition technology were opened up for searching.  Several people tried it before the experiment was closed and posted about their experience and enthusiasm on Reddit,”. A YouTube post by GenealogyTechnology demonstrated using it.

If you want to know more, the RootsTech presentation Advances in Computer Assisted Indexing of Historical Records by John Alexander from FamilySearch provides a helpful backgrounder.

In Canada, we benefitted from Ancestry’s index to the 1931 census completed in 2 days. The release was delayed for quality control.

The day is coming when AI interpretation of handwritten records will be something we can apply ourselves to a collection where online images are available. What Canadian records would you want to use it for?