Friday, 26 May 2017

Ancestry adds two new Irish databases

Ireland, School Masters and Mistresses, 1826; 13,265 records

Indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project (WAP) contributors, for each Master or Mistress found within the report, you may be able to find:

  • Their Name
  • The County in which they taught
  • The Parish in which they taught
  • The location of the school in which they were employed

Ireland, Poor Law Union Removals From England, 1859-1860; 1,898 records

A small printed volume, indexed by the WAP, records the names of the poor persons involved, the parish from which they were removed, date of the removal warrant, number in the family being removed and the parish to which they were to be removed.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Free the Records

From the CBC "Government accused of hoarding Canadian history in 'secret' archives"

If you're in a position of authority in a genealogical organization consider having them support the petition to transfer hordes of records in federal departments to Library and Archives Canada.

Also sign on your own behalf.

Ottawa Branch OGS May Meeting

Friends, Romans and Countrymen. Here's one I especially hope you'll attend.

Come to the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood, at 1pm on Saturday 27 May when I'll be speaking about "Researching Second World War British Child Evacuees to Canada"

If your children were in danger how far would you go to protect them?
That was a question faced by parents in England, Scotland and Wales in June 1940 when the opportunity came to have children in vulnerable areas evacuated overseas, away from bombling and likely invasion. What was the impact on the children, and on Canada?

If unable to attend in person you may be able to attend via webinar. Check out the details here.

Make a day of it.
The Scottish interest group will get together at 10am when Pam Cooper will speak on Scottish City resources, concentrating on Glasgow
At 10:30 am in the educational Back to Basics session Gloria Tubman will speak on "Quebec Records."
The Computer interest group will meet at about 3 pm.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Archived webinar: Making the Most of the British Newspaper Archive

If you missed Aoife O Connor's webinar last week Making the Most of the British Newspaper Archive you can view it with online registration here.

Historical Society of Ottawa: May meeting

This Friday, 26 May, exceptionally at 1:30 pm, in addition to the HSO Annual General Meeting, Stuart Clarkson will speak about the society contribution of historical books, documents and artefacts to the City of Ottawa Archives.

For over a century, through its mandate to promote the archival preservation of Ottawa's historical material, the HSO collected and catalogued a large number of books, documents, and artefacts. These materials help us today to describe and contextualize the people and places of Ottawa's past. They also help trace the development of this area's archival initiatives -- the very work to preserve that history -- as HSO has gradually given over this work to other heritage and archival institutions. Fortunate to have received a substantial portion of HSO's collections, the City of Ottawa Archives has made great strides in continuing HSO's work to collect local historical materials and to present Ottawa's past to its citizens. The Archives will gratefully commemorate its legacy with a talk by Stuart Clarkson, spotlighting a few transferred items of interest.

Stuart Clarkson is the Community Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives, helping Ottawa's citizens connect with private historical documents. Stuart took a Masters of Arts in Scottish history in his hometown of Guelph before proceeding to Halifax to obtain a Masters of Library and Information Science at Dalhousie and can draw upon a heterogeneous background of work in libraries, archives and museums. With his wife, great-great-granddaughter of an asthmatic keeper of the Stewarton tollgate on Bank Street, Stuart has raised three children in Ottawa since arriving in 2009.

The meeting is at the usual location, the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

OGS Conference 2018: Call for Speakers

OGS Conference 2017 in Ottawa is still a few weeks away but the call for proposals for the 2018 conference in Guelph is now out.* The deadline for proposals is 5 August 2017 so you've plenty of time to cogitate.

Here's the call

The Board of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) are delighted to announce
that the 2018 annual conference will take place on June 1 - 3. The Committee are
already hard at work behind the scenes, planning an inspiring event under the
banner, “Upper Canada to Ontario - The Birth of a Nation”.
OGS continues to boast the largest membership of any Canadian family history
organization with its conference attracting speakers and attendees from across
the globe. This year’s theme is designed to continue the thread from the 2017
conference, “Building a Nation”, and the Program Committee invite proposals
for presentations on:
(1)Migration to Ontario - Where did they arrive from, how did they get here,
why did they choose Ontario?
(2)Sources available to trace Canadians in their country of origin
(3)The importance of using maps in your research: changing Ontario districts
and counties, Canada and beyond
(4)How can new technologies assist our research back in history?
(5)Methods to document and preserve our research for future generations
Speakers will receive an honorarium alongside appropriate expenses and
complimentary Conference registration.
Please submit your proposals by email. Include your full name, mailing address,
telephone number, email address, website address (if applicable) and biographical
information, including recent speaking credits. For each proposal, please provide
a unique title and a summary of at most 250 words and identify the intended
audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and specific A/V requirements.
Multiple proposals are encouraged. DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 5 August
To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2018
Program Committee at:
For more information about OGS, please visit:

* The deadline this year is much more reasonable than the one imposed for the 2017 conference where the program was fully settled by the time of the 2016 conference. Good to see the powers that be have come to their senses.

Free Live-streaming of SCGS Jamboree Sessions

The next time you're tempted to grumble about Ancestry, we all do, bear in mind that the company is underwriting The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Live Streaming. The brings 14 hours of high-quality family history education, 9 - 11 June, to your home free of charge.
The speakers include Thomas MacEntee, Peggy Clements Lauritzen, Gena Philibert-Ortega, Drew Smith, Christine Woodcock, Lisa Alzo, and Michael John Neill.
You don't have to watch live as the presentations will be recorded aand available until 10 July.

Find our more about Jamboree and live streaming at

Monday, 22 May 2017

MyHeritage Collection Catalog

With 6,503 main collections until now targeting a specific one to search has been a challenge at MyHeritage. Now, new, under the research tab, is a Collection Catalog to MyHeritage's SuperSearch™.

The catalog lists for each collection the number of records in it and the date in which it was added or last updated, and indicates with a special icon which collections are new or recently updated. Small collections of under 500 entries are not yet incorporated.

The collections can be searched by keyword, filtered, and sorted by the number of records they contain, the date they were last updated, or by collection name.

I was unaware there are 135 collections with 34,320,311 records for Canada and 384 collections with 440,959,880 records for England including censuses to 1911.

MyHeritage expects to add more than 300 million international records within the next 2 months bringing the total to more than 8 billion.

British Newspaper Archive has strength in Scotland and Ireland

LocationPopulation (2011)PapersPages
Ireland & Nrn Ireland6,451,8631442647473
England has the most newspapers and newspaper pages in the British Newspaper Archives database; unsurprising as it has the largest population. Ireland (combined), Scotland and Wales follow. 

However, on a population weighted basis BNA coverage of England and Wales lags that of Ireland and Scotland. For every 100 people in the population there are 46 pages available for Scotland, 41 for Ireland (combined), 27 for England and 12 for Wales.

The low coverage for Wales is likely because the National Library of Wales has done such a good job digitizing their newspapers and making them available free at Add the 1.1 million pages digitized at that site and coverage per capita is on a par with Scotland.

Which leaves England lagging. I wonder why?