Wednesday, 20 September 2017

O ...Tops Baby Names in England and Wales 2016

Olivia was the most popular for girls replacing Amelia, which has been the most popular since 2011.

Oliver remains as the most popular first name for boys as it has since 2013.

The top ten names for boys were:
Oliver (6,623), Harry (5,284), George (5,263), Jack, Jacob,  Noah, Charlie, Muhammad, Thomas, Oscar. 

For girls:
Olivia (5,017), Alemia (4,777), Emily (3,551), Isla, Ava, Isabella, Lilly, Jessica, Ella, Mia.

The number of different baby names registered in England and Wales in 2016 was 28,274 for boys and 35,645 for girls.

Find the top 100 names and details of the names through history from the Office of National Statistics release at

Heritage Ignite! at OPL

In the Auditorium at OPL Main (120 Metcalfe) on Wednesday 27 September, 2017 at 6:30pm Ottawa’s local history enthusiasts will share their passion for our past!  Speakers are local history experts from: Lost Ottawa, Today in Ottawa's History, Workers' History Museum, Ottawa Free Tour, Black History Ottawa, City of Ottawa Archives and Museums, and Heritage Ottawa who will have 5 minutes each to tell you why they’re passionate about Ottawa’s history.

Register here.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Signatures: Paul Martin

A reminder of the forthcoming interview of former Prime Minister Paul Martin by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, before a live audience. It's the next event in the Signatures Series which features prominent Canadians who have fonds in the LAC collection. The event starts at 12:15 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., 2nd floor, Ottawa. 

More at

Monday, 18 September 2017

Discovering Print Resources for Genealogy

The Ottawa Public Library offers a 90 minute session on the types of print resources you can use to do basic genealogy research or add depth to your family history, and introduce the resources available in OPL’s collections.

Monday 25 September, 2017 at 2:00pm at Nepean Centrepointe.

Registration Required.

Advance Notice: Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives Genealogy Day

The program is now available for this 14 October 2017 event at the Nick Smith Centre

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Explore Marketplace 
9:00 – 9:10 Introduction and Welcome
 9:15 – 10:00 1st Speaker 
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Explore Marketplace
10:30 – 11:30 2nd Speaker
11:30 – 11:45 Comfort Break
11:45 – 12:30 3rd Speaker 
Noon Break 12:30 – 1:45 Lunch Break and Explore Marketplace - Raffle Draws at 1 pm
Afternoon 1:45 – 2:45 4th Speaker 
2:45 Closing Remarks
Till 3:00 Explore Marketplace

Further information at

Hazards of Researching Family History: Skeletons in the Closet

Some people think it's only DNA testing that reveals genealogical surprises. Not so. In my own case it was digitized newspapers. If you're not prepared for surprises it's best not to look.

Lifespan and Causes of Death in Britain

In 100 years the average lifespan has increased by 30 years in Britain. An article from the (UK) Office of National Statistics at presents the trends and details the causes.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

News from FFHS Workshop

The photo of John Wesley's gravestone below has nothing to do with this news, except that I learned it at a Federation of Family History Societies event at the grave location, Wesley's Chapel and Lysian Mission, across from Bunhill Burial Ground, in Saturday.

The FFHS announced they will be present at Roots Tech 2018. Three members are travelling there, have offered to staff a stand, and Roots Tech have offered a deep discount price for the booth.

Also, although nothing is signed and sealed yet the Federation is working with a commercial organization to mount a replacement for Who Do You Think You Are? Live sometime toward the end of 2018. Expect a announcement by the end of the year.

Friday, 15 September 2017

TheGenealogist adds over 1.1 million records to their Sussex Parish Record Collection

TheGenealogist has added over 1.1 million individuals to its parish record collection covering the county of Sussex. Published In association with The Parish Record Transcription Society, this first tranche of records will be followed by more releases in the near future.

This New release covers individual records of:

717,000 Baptisms
213,000 Marriages
208,000 Burials

CEF Service Files September Update

As of today, 15 September 2017 491,373 (467,521 last month) of 640,000 files are now available online in the LAC Personnel Records of the First World War database. That's according to a LAC Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service post
The latest box digitized is number 8363 (8101) for last name Robertson (Rasmess).
If my calculations are correct at last month's rate the project will be finished by May 2018. Maybe LAC can then move on to another major digitization project. Newspapers anyone?

Findmypast adds Herefordshire BMB Transcripts

This week there are over 650,000 new transcript records available to search on Findmypast. Most are from the IGI of FamilySearch.

Baptism transcripts are as far back as the early 1500s and cover 240 parishes, notably Hereford and Ross on Wye.

Marriages transcripts are for 1538 to 1936 and 236 Herefordshire parishes.

37,306 Burial transcripts from 37 parishes are also included.

In addition find Herefordshire Wills, 1517-1700 from the British Record Society, an  alphabetical handwritten index from records at the Herefordshire  Archive and Records Centre.

Robert N. Wilkins presentation to Quebec Family History Society September Meeting

Montreal in 1909 is the topic of a free public lecture hosted by the Quebec Family History Society on Saturday, 16 September, 2017 at 10;30 a.m.

Robert N. Wilkins will explore Montreal in the year 1909. Learn about the day-to-day lives over a century ago, what they experienced in their daily routine – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Get a clear sense of what Montreal was like 108 years ago in a testimony to the delights of family history. Robert will also have a book signing of his book Montreal 1909.

The meeting is at Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, Qc.

No reservations required, guests welcome. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.