As things get quiet on the family history front we'll resort again to British and a mix this year of Canadian culture.
Sunday, 21 December 2014
|Birth date||02 Jan 1726|
|Baptism date||11 Jan 1726|
|Father's first name(s)||Edward|
|Father's occupation||Colonel in Military|
|Mother's first name(s)||Henrietta|
|Mother's last name||-|
|Notes||Hero of Quebec|
|Record set||North West Kent Baptisms|
|Category||Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)|
|Record collection||Births & baptisms|
|Collections from||United Kingdom|
Comprises 2,706 transcripts of North West Kent marriages from the Parish of Westerham have been added to our collection of UK marriage records. Information in the transcripts can vary, but most records will list the couple’s names, place of marriage, date of marriage, marital status, any additional notes and whether married by banns or licence.
Other marriage transcripts for the area at Findmypast include Bromley, Darenth and Greenwich, numbering15,081 in total.
North West Kent, Westerham Burials 1686-1981 and Greenwich Burials 1748-1937
5,545 North West Kent burials from the Parish of Westerham and just under 36,997 burials for Greenwich have been added to Finfmypast. The records consist of a transcript of the original burial registers.
Information in the transcripts can vary, but most records will list the deceased’s name, residence, place of burial, date of burial, age, description and any additional notes.
There are now a total of 149,243 burials for Noeth West Kent in the database for Beckenham, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Charlton, Chelsfield, Chislehurst, Cudham, Darenth, Dartford, Downe, Farnborough, Gravesend, Greenwich, Hayes, Keston, Northfleet, Orpington, St Paul's Cray and,
Want to understand the techniques and background of the various photos you may have in your collection? You'll need a bit more than an hour to view all twelve of videos showing major photographic processes spanning from before the Daguerreotype all the way up through digital photography in this series from George Eastman House.
Saturday, 20 December 2014
Transcripts of records of over 200,000 officers and men of the Cavalry, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Guards, Infantry and Colonial units serving in Britain and elsewhere in the British Empire are in the new Findmypast database 1871 Worldwide British Army Index - British Army Other Ranks & Locations
The information contained may include: Name; Service number; Rank or description; Regiment or unit and ; Location of regimental headquarters for those serving in the second quarter of 1871. You will not usually find age or service location at the time.
See the full description at http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/1871-worldwide-british-army-index---british-army-other-ranks-and-locations?_ga=1.144387964.898347840.1353033172
Three databases new to Ancestry and an update to the Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1945, are now available through Ancestry.
These "Web" databases are incorporated into Ancestry for convenient one-stop searching. The same information is available without an Ancestry subscription by going to the website references, which may be more up to date.
Web: UK, Coal Mining Accidents and Deaths Index, 1700-1950 has 102,978 records scraped from the The Coalmining History Resource Centre at http://www.cmhrc.co.uk/site/disasters/index.html which is "the UK's largest and most comprehensive website concerning the history of coalmining - including a searchable database of over 164,000 recorded accidents and deaths."
Web: United Kingdom, Women's Royal Air Force Index, 1918-1920 has 31,086 records derived from a The (UK) National Archives at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/airwomen-ww1.htm
Web: Gloucestershire, England, Overseers Index, 1615-1888 contains 44,943 records from Gloucestershire Archives Genealogical Search. Gloucestershire County Council. at http://ww3.gloucestershire.gov.uk/genealogy/Search.aspx. Check out the other Gloucestershire Archives databases at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives/article/107400/Genealogical-database
Ancestry also updated the 14,507,979 record database Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1945, an addition for 4 million additional records since December 2013.
Friday, 19 December 2014
Scotland is first out of the gate with the top baby names for 2014. National Records of Scotland (NRS) announced Jack was the top boys’ name for a seventh consecutive year, and Emily rose from third to replace Sophie as the most popular girls’ name. Read the announcement here.
Meanwhile Ontario is lagging. A media push, including an interview on the CBC Ottawa morning show does not mention they're announcing the list for 2013! If Scotland can do it why not Ontario?
Here's a shout-out to one of the genealogy blogs I'm subscribed to. Almost every week Helen Billing puts out a blog/newsletter from the Toronto Family History Centre; she's smart enough to take an occasional week off over holiday periods.
Much of the content is not specific to Toronto. You'll find good coverage of developments in British resources, and beyond, as well as genealogical advice of all kinds.
Give it a look at http://torontofhc.blogspot.ca/
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine blog has a list of 10 things in family history to look forward to in 2015. The top three are:
1) A potential change in legislation that would enable family historians to order digital copies of English and Welsh BMD certificates at a much lower price. Fingers crossed on this one – plus the wheels of government turn so slowly, who knows when family historians will see the benefit. Still, let’s hope, if it happens, that they set the price for a digital certificate at a sensible level.
Comment: Considering where this proposal sits, introduced as an amendment to legislation in the House of Lords, and the time it typically takes the British parliamentary system to adopt most non-urgent change, the chances of seeing any change implemented in 2015 are slim.
2) Irish Catholic parish registers coming online via the National Library of Ireland. Hopefully that will help me sort out my Caldwell family (that's them above!)
Comment: As these will be page images of records, not indexed, for practical purposed you'll need a shrewd idea of where the event took place for these to be of benefit for most people.
3) The 1939 Register coming online. This will be a massive boon for those with 20th century brick walls.
Comment: Agreed. Considering there's no surviving 1931 census and the 1941 census was never taken this fills a big hole.
Read the complete WDYTYA Magazine list of 10 things in family history to look forward to in 2015
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Sad to reflect that expectations of the institution sank so low that new carpet is tweetworthy.
The room has been underused for years. Let's look forward to the space becoming more functional, not just storage for obscure open shelf reference materials as previously.
Got relatives who went south? These records on Ancestry may be of interest.
There are now 5,157,166 records in the updated Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 comprising incomplete records for:
New South Wales — 1788-1910The information available varies. Some early index records give the mother's maiden name, some later ones only the father's and give only a range of years in which the birth fell.
Northern Territory — 1870-1910
Queensland — 1829-1910, 1915-1919
South Australia — 1842-1922
Tasmania — 1803-1910
Victoria — 1836-1910
Western Australia — 1841-1905
For New Zealand there's a new database with 9,537 records from Who's Who in New Zealand and the Western Pacific, 1908, 1925, 1938 linked to images of the publication. Many of those included are originally from the UK.
Eastern Cape, South Africa, Estate Files, 1962-1971 has 425,696 records new to Ancestry sourced from FamilySearch. You can browse the files year by year; there is no name index and they don't appear to be in alphabetical order.
Go ahead and try clicking on an icon. It won't bite!
f for Facebook gets you to a page which has news items added most days. 308 people, perhaps more now, likely genealogist friends, have clicked that they Like the site.
The little bird is for Twitter, the 140 character social network. Since July 2011 when BIFHSGO started on Twitter there have been 846 posts and 306 people follow it meaning that posts, mostly in association with monthly meetings and the annual conference, automatically appear in your Twitter feed.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
An opinion piece by Anne Kingston in Macleans rehearses the familiar and sorry story at Library and Archives Canada. Few would argue with the article's view that Daniel Caron left the organization reputation shattered, its credibility in ruins. New management under Guy Berthiaume is working on restoration but can't do so alone.
Accepting recent recommendations from the Auditor General and sage advice from a Royal Society Expert Panel is encouraging. Even more so would be recognition from Minister of Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover that previous cuts went too far.
$80 million can be found for the Science and Technology Museum. $110 million is promised for the National Arts Centre. Both address structural deficiencies. The pressing deficiencies at aren't in the buildings but in the programs at LAC. A meaningful gesture toward restoring credibility in the organization's role in preserving and sharing Canada's documentary heritage would speak volumes. Not doing so would equally send a clear message about the Harper government.
There are now 8,299,563 indexed records in this predominately 19th century directory collection. Coverage reflects population.
In the West there's a single directory for Alberta, Calgary (1885), and a province wide directory for Saskatchewan (?) for 1888. The are 15 directories for Manitoba communities, mostly Winnipeg, and 25 for British Columbia with best coverage province-wide and for Victoria.
In Central Canada coverage is best: for Ontario for Toronto, Ottawa, London and Hamilton; in Quebec for Montreal and Quebec City.
Atlantic Canada has good coverage for Saint John (New Brunswick) and Halifax (Nova Scotia) with spotty coverage elsewhere. Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island are covered by six directories each.
Finally 13 are categorized as Canada and Multi-province which like the province wide counterparts are selective of high status individuals and businesses in their coverage.