If you haven`t done a backup to your hard drive in the past month it's overdue. Do it now.
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Join author Monda Halpern, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario, for a talk and signing, Thursday, September 17th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa. Please RSVP to email@example.com by September 15th.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Nominations are open for the 2015 edition, the 4th year, of Rockstar Genealogist. Below is a list of those nominated based on previous years. The list is open for further nominations until noon EDT 6th September. Voting should start on the 7th.
Rockstar genealogists are those who give "must attend" presentations at family history conferences or as webinars. Who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. Who you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter?
Anyone on the list who would prefer not to be ranked please let me know at johndreid at gmail dot com. Your name will appear, so voters will understand it isn't an omission, with an indication that any votes will not be tabulated.
Here's advice for those wanting to make additional nominations. Each year nominations are received for local genealogy heroes who don't gather very many votes. Feel free to nominate them, just be aware that only those with an international or national profile are likely to make the final rankings. Frivolous nominations will be rejected at my sole discretion. It's a good idea to ensure you nomination can be found through a Google search using the name and the word genealogy.
Jana Sloan Broglin
John Philip Colletta
Lisa Louise Cooke
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Richard M Doherty
Jean Wilcox Hibben
Kathryn Lake Hogan
Hank Z. Jones
Thomas W. Jones
Michael J. Leclerc
J. Mark Lowe
Brenda Dougall Merriman
Elizabeth Shown Mills
George G. Morgan
Stephen P. Morse
Dianne Seale Nolin
Gena Philibert Ortega
Elissa Scalise Powell
Judy G. Russell
Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Helen V Smith
Steven C. Smyrl
Louise St. Denis
D. Joshua Taylor
James F.S. Thomson
Curt B. Witcher
There were 14 gainers, 15 losers in Alexa rank of key genealogy websites this past month. The colour coding indicates in green those that have gained in rank, becoming more popular; in red are those that have declined. Changes of more than 10% in Alexa rank are bolded.
The top rankings of all websites on Alexa are unchanged: Google.com, Facebook.com, Youtube.com, Baidu.com, Yahoo.com Amazon.com, Wikipedia.org, qq.com, Twitter.com, Google.co.in
Monday, 31 August 2015
You can now search a collection of 753,759 records for Wales, Glamorgan(shire), Parish Registers, 1538-1912 at FamilySearch.org. The records are partial transcriptions sourced from Findmypast with links to see original record images ($).
Taverns & Troublemakers
The City of Ottawa Archives invites visitors to drink in the history of Ottawa’s taverns and explore their battle with the Temperance Movement, the troublemakers who had a different plan for society.
Please join us for the opening reception: Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:30pm. RSVP: Archives@ottawa.ca
Sunday, 30 August 2015
There's a wealth of digital microfilms available free online through the Heritage project of Canadiana.ca. Many of them are strong in genealogical content. Unfortunately they're not well well known or well publicized.
Of interest if you have a post WW1 Home Child in your ancestry are the eight films, about 12,000 pages, of Canada. Immigration Branch. Juvenile inspection report cards, 1920-1932. They were created by Immigration officials as they regularly inspected children brought to Canada by various organizations, including Barnardos.
Unlike some of the other films in Heritage, they are not too difficult to search as they're arranged alphabetically by surname. Included are name, age or date of birth, date of arrival, name of ship, name of Home/Union, dates and results of inspections, name and address of employer(s) and comments.
HOWEVER, THE FIRST REEL, T-15420, IS NOT ONLINE!
Access the others from http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_161388
List of Juvenile Inspections Reports
|Microfilm reel number||First name on reel||Last name on reel|
|T-15420||ANDERSON, Newton and ABBOTT, Auber||CARDNO, Leslie|
|T-15421||CARDWELL, Andrew||EVANS, Arthur E.|
|T-15422||EVANS, Arthur L.||HENDERSON, Ann F.|
|T-15423||HENDERSON, Charles H.||LOCK, Annie|
|T-15424||LOCK, Herbert||O'BRIEN, Samuel|
|T-15425||O'BRIEN, Thomas||SHAW, Victor|
|T-15426||SHAW, Walter A.||WEALE, Walter|
|T-15427||WEALLS, Eric||ZYCZYNSKI, Leon|
It's the climax of an opportunity to binge watch seven previous episodes.
2 pm: Christina Applegate
3 pm: Jessie Tyler Ferguson
4 pm: Angie Harmon
5 pm: America Ferrera
6 pm: Alfre Woodward
7 pm: Gennifer Goodwin
8 pm: Bryan Cranston
Starting at 11 pm there's another opportunity to watch the Bergeron episode followed at midnight by the Goodwin episode.
Saturday, 29 August 2015
Leeds research interest? Check out the newest British Ancestry.co.uk database Leeds, England, Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987. It has 187,851 records
"This collection contains burial registers for the years 1845-1987 and inscription grave registers for the years 1907-1938 from the Beckett Street Cemetery in West Yorkshire, England. Both types of registers contain information that includes name, age at death, and grave number but, depending on the register, may also contain other information, including address of the deceased, description of the deceased (i.e., wife, son, etc.), death date, or burial date.
Also known as Burmantofts Cemetery, or Leeds Burial Ground, the Beckett Street Cemetery was founded in 1842 and opened in 1845. One of the oldest, if not the oldest, municipal cemeteries in England, it sits on 16 acres, and the remains of an estimated 180,000 people are buried within it.
The cemetery and its burial registers are split into two sections: Anglican (consecrated) and Non-conformist (unconsecrated). The burial registers and inscription grave registers, and many more records relating to Beckett Street Cemetery, are located in the Leeds office of the West Yorkshire Archive Service."
Also from the area, West Yorkshire, England, Select Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866
"The records include examinations and settlement inquiries, registers of settlement, orders of removal, and other documents.
Details included in these records vary widely, depending on the document. An order of removal may contain a name, age, current parish, and parish being removed to. A settlement register may note number of children and marital status. Documents from inquiries and examinations can be even more extensive. In the end, you may be able to uncover some of the following information:
Some of the cases include multiple documents, so be sure to use the arrows on the screen to browse surrounding pages to make sure you find all the records for your ancestor."
- age and birth information
- places and dates of residence (both current and former)
- spouse and marriage details
- children’s names, birth dates and places, and legitimacy
- professional information and apprenticeships
- other family members’ names and residences
- summary of the situation and grounds for settlement or removal
Manchester Electoral Registers Browse 1832-1900
Over 330,000 Manchester electoral registers for the period 1832-1900 for Ardwick, Bradford, Beswick, Cheetham, Chorlton-Upon Medlock, Harpurhey, Hulme, Newton, Salford, Broughton and Manchester are now available to browse. There is no name index.
Registers included are for local government elections; Citizens’ Rolls and Burgess Rolls, and the registers for Parliamentary Elections; Parliamentary Electoral Registers. Electoral Registers are annually compiled lists of all adults eligible to vote and typically list a person’s name, address and the type of property they owned or rented that qualified them to vote.
The records are scanned copies of microfilms held at the Manchester Archives Central Library.
Derbyshire Hospital Admissions & Deaths
Nearly 4,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913.
Each record includes a transcript produced by the Ancestral Archives of Derbyshire. Records can include the patient’s admission date, reason for admission, condition after admission, marital status, residence, rank or profession, date of discharge or death and cause of death.
Additions to the Irish Newspapers Collection
Now included are the Belfast Commercial Chronicle, Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser, General Advertiser For Dublin and All Ireland, Northern Standard, The Enniscorthy News and County of Wexford Advertiser, The Pilot, Tuam Herald and Westmeath Independent. Substantial additions have also been made to three existing titles; The Belfast Morning News, Freeman’s Journal and the Cork Examiner.
Findmypast’s entire Irish newspaper collection now holds over 9.7 million fully searchable articles, covering an impressive 231 years of Ireland’s history (1719-1950).
New Zealand, Nelson, Petition After The Wairau Incident 1843
A transcript taken from the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle on 15 June, 1844 of the names their occupations and any additional notes for nearly 600 settlers who signed a petition calling for action to be taken by the Governor of New Zealand following the Wairau incident that occurred on 17 June 1843.