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.
Monday, 22 May 2017
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™.
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Sunday, 21 May 2017
Fears of unrestrained vice: Venereal disease and the First World War is the topic for a webinar starting at 8:30 am EDT on Wednesday 24 May 2017.
The Venereal Disease Act of May 1917 prohibited treatment of VD by unqualified persons. During the war, the spread of disease was crippling the British armed forces, with women’s sexuality being increasingly policed at home.Register from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fears-of-unrestrained-vice-venereal-disease-and-the-first-world-war-tickets-32464245432?aff=erelexpmlt
Find out how VD was prevented and treated during the war - as well as society’s changing attitudes towards disease and sexual practice - using original documents from our collection.
Also check out TNA's web content on the First World War at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war
Canada's Civil Service List is a fabulous resources for finding public servants. Depending on the date you'll find birthdate, religion, salary and employment details. But it ceased being published just after the Great War.
If you're interested in a later period, and the person of interest was an employee of the Canada Dept. of Public Printing and Stationery, Canadiana.ca has 16 issues of an employee directory, for 1922, 1924-1932, 1935-1940 which gives name, section and address.
A reminder that next Wednesday 24 May 24, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library there will be a presentation by Daniel Velarde, Canadiana.org Communications Officer, on Early Canadiana Online, a virtual library of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents from the 16th to the early 20th century. See https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/early-canadiana-online
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Late word is that on-line registration has been extended and now closes at midnight EDT May 21 due to problems some encountered on 19 May.
After that you will still be able to register at the conference.
It has data and images of originals from about 300 Wiltshire parishes, from Aldbourne to Yatton Keynell, including six parishes from Winterbourne.
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; 266,558 records
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916; 965,717 records
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916; 1,753,821 records
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916 ; 377,867 records.
Friday, 19 May 2017
The Robin Hood, enemy of the Sheriff of Nottingham, may be legend but there's no fable, just mystery in the namesake to be found in the Nottinghamshire records just added at Findmypast.
Look in the Nottinghamshire baptisms index 1538-1917 Transcription collection, over 580,000 records added to make that collection 1,432,639 strong, and find Robin Hood's baptism on 25 January 1863 at Sneinton to Samuel and Mary Hood.
The Nottinghamshire Banns Index 1600-1812 has no entry by that name. It only has about 800 records.
The 984,960 records of the Nottinghamshire Marriages Index 1528-1929 include no Robin Hoods. There are 10 hits for Robert, a variant of Robin, each with a repeat with slightly different information, mainly spelling differences.
Nottinghamshire Burials Index 1596-1905, with 678,819 entries also has no entries for Robin. There are seven for Robert with two duplicating the same event.
What happened to Robin? The GRO birth index gives his mother's maiden name as Blyton. Findmypast has him in the index to the register of births in 1855 and the 1861 census. He is on a tree at Ancestry but with no additional information. Did he fade into the mists of Sherwood Forest?
There is an alphabetical directory and the ability to search the full text of all the entries.
Most entries lack genealogical information.
The project to compile the information was funded and supported by The Cromwell Association.
Search from http://www.british-history.ac.uk/no-series/cromwell-army-officers
The exhibition tells the story of the CWGC’s creation through to modern day, using historical objects and artefacts from the CWGC archive and collections. Many of the exhibits have never been publicly displayed before. They include an original First World War grave marker and a petition from the 1920s addressed to then CWGC President, HRH The Prince of Wales. The petition contains more than 8,000 signatures – predominantly from mothers who had lost sons in the Great War – asking the Commission to reconsider the use of a uniform marker in favour of a cross. These and other objects tell the sometimes difficult story of how one man’s vision came to forever change the way we remember the war dead.
The exhibition will be supported by a series of special events during its first week – with talks from CWGC staff and guest speakers on topics from horticulture to history. The exhibition will be open for six months.
Thursday, 18 May 2017
A reminder about the free Family History Conference, Voices from the Dust, organized and hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ottawa Family History Centre.
The program starts this Saturday, 20 May at 1 pm.
The presentations are:
Online Family Trees through the Ancestry and FamilySearch Partnership,
by Lesley Anderson and Shirley-Ann Pyefinch
Ontario: Settlers and Settlement, 1791-1867, by Glenn Wright and Lesley Anderson
Placing Ancestors in a Historical Context, by Gloria Tubman
Plan for Research Success, by Gloria Tubman
Social Media and Family History, by Shirley-Ann Pyefinch
Using Ancestry DNA and How it Can Help You With Your Family History Research,
by Lesley Anderson
Using the FamilySearch.org Wiki, by Jean Brown
There are also session recorded from RootsTech
You Found it Where? -finding Unusual Records, by Rory Cathcart, D. Taylor, and Rich Venezia
Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy, by Katherine R. Wilson
Family History is Anything but Boring, by Crystal Farish, and Rhonna Farrerg
The location is 1017 Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa.
The product of four years work, and continuing, it now contains 2.7 million individual pieces of information and will help you discover the story behind each loss.
Search from http://internationalbcc.co.uk/history-archive/losses-database/
via a Facebook post by Debbie Kennett.
On Wednesday morning I was interviewed on CKCU on genetic genealogy. Go to http://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/82/32407.html and click on Listen Now. My part starts at 1:31:40
I was pleased to be able to mention of the OGS conference, particularly the presence of four DNA testing companies and that entry to the marketplace is free even for those not registered for the conference..
When it come down to it the companies want traffic. If they get it they are more likely to return in following years.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Ancestry updates two Irish databases Ireland, Courts Martial Files, 1916-1922 and Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions, 1873-1925
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions, 1873-1925, with 130,318 records, comprises and index images of pay sheets with information on monthly pension paid. The format varies. Expect to find name, rank, county, date of authority, date of commencement, pension per annum, where paid and various additional information depending on circumstance.
Ireland, Courts Martial Files, 1916-1922, with 1,913 records, comprises an index and images of documentation surrounding proceedings, sometimes extensive, under the Defence of the Realm Act.
Both datasets are from records at the (UK) National Archives.
The branch will meet on 20 May 2017.
Richard Hughes will present "Hastings County 1866", looking at life leading up to Confederation July, 1, 1867.
Also, John Carew will offer insight into the Canada 150 project of the contributed family histories. Everyone welcome, bring a friend. Quinte West Public Library, 1-3 pm. Visit www.roostweb.ancestry.com/~canqbogs
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
The latest digitized is from Box 7452 (7260 last month) and last name Oliver (Nelles). Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order.
11,082 (10,902) files were digitized in the last month. At that rate the project would be complete in 18.1 months, by November 2018. Federal buildings were closed for two days in Gatineau interrupting processing due to extensive flooding the last month.
The segment, from 8 - 9 am, part of the Special Blend program, is at a general, DNA-for-beginners level. Regular host Mike Houston has his results from 23&me. He will be joined in the studio by guest host Carolyn Brown, a writer/editor on medical issues -- genetics and health.
I'll be joining them for perhaps 10 minutes after 8:30 on how DNA helps the family historian, and increasingly gets people interested.
If you're not within range of the over-the-air signal you can listen live or archived for a few weeks at www.ckcufm.com/
Monday, 15 May 2017
OGS conference registrations are closing in on 600. Using Ancestry Day on Monday 19 June is over 250.
Contrary to rumour rooms are available at the Algonquin College Residence from Friday to Monday.
This week is the LAST week to register online for pre-conference pricing. After Friday, May 19th registration will be at the door only.
There will be NO meals available to purchase on demand at the site. You can still pre-purchase meals even if you have already registered by registering again just for meals. There are a few other restaurant, fast food, a supermarket (with wine), LCBO and Beer Store outlets close by. See the map here,
At Saturday's BIFHSGO meeting Dr Jonathan F. Vance speaking on Was Your Ancestor at Vimy?: Making Sense of the Battle on the Ground mentioned that when British General Julian Byng took command of the Canadian Corps he replaced many of the senior officers who held their positions through patronage with experienced British officers.
Vance gave special note to Brigadier-General Deputy Adjutant & QMG George Jasper Farmar (sometime Farmer) who ensured that the Corps got all their share of weapons and ammunition, and perhaps a bit more.
I went looking for information on him. Ancestry had a little, but the best source was an item in British Brigadier-Generals, Major-Generals, Lieutenant-Generals who held Senior Positions in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. (pdf). There are 11 born in Great Britain, one in India.
For Farmar and others it gives, birth, marriage, children and death information, plus honours and a detailed military history.
The same file also lists Canadian Born General Officers in the British Army in World War One, there are 15.
I may not be popular for mentioning as a side-note that, just as the Ottawa Senators hockey team is made up of players and coaches and owner with no Ottawa roots, the iconic Canadian battle of Vimy Ridge had a commander, many of his subordinate officers and the majority of the rank and file being British-born.
The file mentioned above is just one at Canadian Orders Decorations and Medals (6th Edition), a promising resource for Canadian genealogists. The contents are:
Royal Canadian Navy Citations
Royal Canadian Air Force Honours List
Current Canadian Honours
British Orders to Canadians
Foreign Honours to Canadians
Canadian Meritorious Service Decorations Citations
Mentioned in Despatches Citations to Canadians 1993 on
General & Flag Officers 1964 to Current
General & Flag Officers WWI and WWII
12 (Vancouver) Field Ambulance History
Prime Ministers of Canada
Royalty - Canadian Military Connections
A shout out for an international conference coming up next November on Canada before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping.
The specialist conference, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Halifax, Nova Scotia is 13-14 November.
Details on the program and presentations are at https://www.academia.edu/32425596/Canada_before_Confederation_-_A_Sneak_Peek_at_the_Programme
A reminder that also coming up in Halifax in the fall, 13-15 October, is the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit.
This Wednesday, 17 May there's an open house from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the QFHS Heritage Centre, 173 Cartier Avenue, Suite 102, Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
Staff will be on hand to help you find out about the 20 Billion Family History Records for Quebec, Canada, the United States, the British Isles, and many other parts of the world that are available in the Q.F.H.S. Library.
Everyone is welcome to this free event.
Information at 514-695-1502 or www.qfhs.ca
Sunday, 14 May 2017
With Leah Larkin, as the new editor and a new advisory board consisting of Blaine T. Bettinger, Turi King, Doug McDonald, Steve C. Perkins, David A. Pike and, Ann Turner, the journal will be again a welcome resource for the serious genetic genealogist.
The major articles in this issue are:
Y-DNA Testing of a Paper Trail - The Fox Surname Project, By: Joseph M. Fox III and David E. Fox
Evidence of early gene flow between Ashkenazi Jews and non-Jewish. By: Doron Yacobi and Felice L. Bedford.
The FreeBMD Database was updated on Fri day 12 May 2017 to contain 261,459,855 distinct records (260,984,786 last update).
Years with major updates (more than 5,000 entries) are: for births: 1964, 1966, 1976-80; for marriages: 1966, 1969, 1977,1979-83; for deaths 1978-80.
Saturday, 13 May 2017
City Of York Apprentices and Freemen 1272-1930
73,337 records spanning 658 years record those who were freemen of the City or trained as an apprentice.
Each record includes both a fully searchable transcript and a scanned image of the original handwritten document with birth date, baptism place occupation, residence, employer, father's name and more.
City Of York Calendars of Prisoners 1739-1851
24,628 records, fully searchable transcript and a scanned image of the original handwritten document, for prisoners held at York castle. Find everything from petty crimes to murders. Transcripts give date of arrest, where & when they were tried, their age and address. Images will often provide additional details of the offence, sentencing and details of victims.
City Of York Hearth & Window Tax 1665-1778
16,765 tax records documenting living conditions and wealth through how many hearths and windows the dwelling.
City Of York Militia & Muster Rolls 1509-1829
16,619 entries for those who served in the York militia. Records the date of the event, the location of the property and the name and occupation of the owner. Images will often include additional details pertaining to the indenture, or land transaction, such as names of buyers and sellers and specific details of the property.
City of York Deeds Registers 1718-1866
26,084 deeds document property in York. Each records gives date of the event, the location of the property and the name and occupation of the owner. Images will often include additional details pertaining to the indenture, or land transaction, such as names of buyers and sellers and specific details of the property.
Britain, Directories & Almanacs
Over 19,000 images and 48 new trade directories and county guides to almanacs and general directories are added for the City of York to the collection of Directories & Almanacs.
They can include topographical accounts of towns, social statistics and comprehensive guides of local areas as well as full listings of gentry, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more.
England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932
Over 39,000 records covering the City of York are added to our collection of England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932. Each entry will include an image of the original register and a transcript of name, place at which registered, the district and the year registered. Images provide additional information address and the type of property owned or rented. Remember that the right to vote was very restricted in the early part of the period and didn't extend to women until after the First World War.
National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914
Over 34,000 York School records, fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books, have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 collection.
Log-books include attendance records, reasons for absence, visitors to the school and the daily activities of school life. Admission registers provide many including birth date, admission year and the school attended. You may also find parents' names, father's occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.
LivingDNA calls it family ancestry, others ethnicity, admixture, biogeographical ancestry analysis, etc.
Today my numbers changed from those I received in February.
The detailed assignments within the British Isles are shown in the diagram for February and May 2017. The percentages are expressed to the nearest whole number.
There are changes as large as six per cent.
My proportion assigned to South Wales Border is doubled to become the largest component. There's a substantial increase for Northwest England.
The largest decreases are for South Central England, Ireland and Devon.
For Northwest Scotland it was four per cent before, zero now.
It's worth remembering there are several reasons why admixture results may not agree with your genealogical research. Your genealogical record probably doesn't go back to the founder population on all lines, which LivingDNA suggests is about 10 generations ago. Also you only inherit half your parents DNA. Successive generations fade out so you only have DNA from about half of your 10th generation ancestors. Then there's NPEs.
So put an uncertainty of at least five per cent on any value, including zero, just due to changes in the reference database.
The type of change I saw happened without announcement. You might want to check your results from time to time.
Friday, 12 May 2017
On 18 May at 11 am EDT a free Webinar: Making the Most of the BNA is being offered, BNA's first ever webinar.
The presenter is Aoife O’Connor, a PhD Candidate at the University of Sheffield, a a regular speaker on a wide range of topics including industrial history, the history of childhood, juvenile crime and the impact of digitisation.
Promised content is expert search tips and tricks, special features of the website, and how to break down brick walls in your research.
The webinar will be recorded and available later on the BNA website. Sign up for the webinar live here.
Here are a couple of LiveCasts via YouTube.Mags Gaulden from Grandma's Genes is offering in the coming days.
May 13, 2017 at 3pm EDT
If you have taken a DNA test for genealogy and you have matches, and you have added your limbs to WikiTree you may be able to mark some of your ancestors as "Confirmed with DNA" . We'll tell you how to work with WikiTree to follow the paper trail and the genetic trail to DNA confirmation.
May 20, 2017 at 3pm EDT
Putting WikiTree to work for your genetic Genealogy and for your DNA related Projects. Whether tracking migration and haplogroup distribution, a One Name Study or any other creative genetic, idea, we will show you how to make WikiTree's massive database work for your genetic genealogy.
Mags tells me she has presented LiveCasts every Saturday for about 5 months for WikiTree. She also does QuickCasts from time to time to answer questions. They are live as well and if someone follows Grandma's Genes YouTube Channel they will get a notification that these are on the go. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC0BbBW6BzW6AmaT_WPSyutg
Mags is a member of the OGS Conference 2017 social media team and plans to do a LiveCast from the Conference.
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Given the slightest opportunity companies involved in genetic genealogy will offer discounts. Mother's Day is just such an opportunity.
MyHeritage is offering their autosomal test for $69 US until 15 May.
FamilyTreeDNA is offering their Family Finder test for same price.
23andMe has a $50 Cdn discount on their test for both ancestry and health, that's $199 Cdn.
LivingDNA are offering $10 Cdn off, now $189 Cdn although it's not linked to Mother's Day which is earlier in the UK.
There is no advertised special for Mother's Day from AncestryDNA (yet) but bound to be something soon including at the OGS Conference 2017.
I have occasionally been surveyed as a client of Library and Archives Canada. In recent years I've remarked on the exceptional turnaround in the organization reflected in staff morale, initiative and active outreach.
But so far LAC has not asked for my views on their website.
Admittedly, there's nothing in the Constitution that requires LAC seek or take my advice.
Neither is there anything that prohibits me from giving it -- all I want -- if I feel so moved.
And I do.
Like most of us, when I go to the LAC website I do so for a purpose. I'm looking for specific information.
But as I write LAC uses just about all the website real estate above the fold to inform:
- Library and Archives Canada releases its latest podcast episode, “Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power, Part 2”
- Literary Censorship in Quebec: Books under Pressure Exhibition, May 8 to 12, 2017
- Running on Empty: Canada and the Indochinese Refugees, 1975–1980
- DigiLab: A space to digitize your favourite Library and Archives collections!
- What's new in the collection: the spring 2017 edition is out!
- Signatures Series: Interview with Raymond Chrétien
- Subscribe to our mailing list for events and activities
Up front there are links to catalogue, help files and access to digitized collections. There are also other quick ways above the fold into the collection.
It's a site offering the help and information I came to find.
LAC's site makes finding those non-intuitive, a challenge even for the frequent user.
The organization website is its window to the world, why not make it world class?
Jonathan F. Vance, Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at Western University, returns to BIFHSGO giving two presentations this Saturday, 13 May.
At 9:00 a.m. he will give the Before BIFHSGO Education Talk — They Didn't Write Names on These!: Decoding the Postcard. Using images from his own own collection of 30,000 postcards, he will go through a few of the 'trade secrets' for getting information out of often anonymous photos.
At 10:00 a.m., following announcements, the presentation is Was Your Ancestor at Vimy?: Making Sense of the Battle on the Ground. Prof Vance will talk about Vimy Ridge and what the genealogist can do to locate an ancestor on that hill in April 1917. The digitization of records has been a great help, but there are still many mysteries to be solved in military records. As Canada's most famous battle, Vimy Ridge has been the subject of more history books than just about any other battle. But that one battle was made up of tens of thousands of individual stories.
BIFHSGO monthly meetings, open to all with free admission and parking, are held at The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
The following records, name indexed with images of the originals linked and browse files, are now updated on Ancestry.
Liverpool, England, Church of England Confirmations, 1887-1921, 5,355 records - gives date, name. age and address.
Liverpool, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1970, 422,965 records - gives name, date of burial, age, abode and by whom service performed.
Liverpool, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, 1,141,858 records - with the linked image giving all the information you would get by buying a certificate from the GRO.
Liverpool, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1659-1812, 295,581 records.
Liverpool, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1906, 1,913,014 records, with date, Christian name(s), parents names, abode, occupation and by whom the ceremony was performed.
Original records are from the Liverpool Record Office.
At the BIFHSGO May meeting next Saturday you will have the opportunity to vote for best talk by a member over the past year. The choices are:
- Mostly at Sea: Captain Harry Grattidge, by Gail Roger
- From Famine to Prosperity to the Longue Pointe Asylum: the Varied Life of John Patrick Cuddy, by Gillian Leitch
- The Queen’s Coachman — Our Only Claim to Fame, by Christine Jackson
- Lanes, Trains & Parliament Hill, by Marianne Rasmus
- First in, Last out: But What Came between 1914 and 1919?, by Irene Ip
- Did Lucy and Isaac Actually Marry? And the Importance of Dying in the Right Sequence, by Brian Laurie-Beaumont
Members who can't get to the meeting can cast their ballot using a form in the Members Only section of the society website and email it to the secretary.
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Floods in the National Capital Region will disrupt service from Library and Archives Canada for a second day on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.
Points of service at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa will be open but service delays or a lack of some specialized service may occur.
Library and Archives Canada locations in Quebec will remain closed along with all other federal buildings.
Access to online databases appeared unaffected on Monday.
While water levels are expected to fall slowly on Tuesday, depending on location, I wouldn't be surprised if some service disruptions continued for another day.
There's plenty of time to register although some Friday pre-conference half-day sessions have limited registration so it is best to register early if you want one of those.The price you will pay increases in August when early registration ends.
BIFHSGO members logon before registering to get the discounted member rate.
"God bless you, Section 80 of the Local Government Act, 2001" is John Grenham's verdict on the results of this Irish government initiative for the proper management, custody, care and conservation of local records and local archives.
He points to:
Galway Archives with some wonderful online collections, including 1775 tenants’ lists from the Headford area;
Mayo Library's superb collection of estate maps online, including details of tenants from 1811 in Balla, Kilcolman and Mayo parishes;
Tipperary Studies extraordinary set of 130 Tipperary rate books from the 1840s and early 1850s, predating Griffith and created in parallel with his Valuation.
See the complete list on John Grenham's blog at https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/05/08/a-network-of-new-irish-record-holding-institutions/.
Monday, 8 May 2017
The Ottawa Historical Association in collaboration with Library and
Archives Canada presents a lecture:
What We Leave Behind War Memory, Vimy Ridge, and the British Commonwealth
Robert Engen, Assistant Professor, Royal Military College of Canada
and Andrew Horrall, Senior Archivist, Library and Archives Canada
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. | 395 Wellington Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario | Library and Archives Canada
Please register at Lac-bac.gc.ca/events
This lecture is free and all are welcome
"Robert Engen is an assistant professor of history at the Royal
Military College of Canada. He received his PhD from Queen's
University in 2014 and is the author of two books: "Canadians Under
Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War," and "Strangers
in Arms: Combat Motivation in the Canadian Army."
"Andrew Horrall is a senior archivist at Library and Archives Canada,
where he works with private military collections. He holds a doctorate
in History from the University of Cambridge. He has written three
books, and has served as the NATO Archivist at NATO headquarters in
Brussels, and as an adjunct professor of History at Carleton
Daniel is also speaking at the OGS Conference on Sunday 18 June in the early afternoon but you may have difficulty choosing, the other presentations in that timeslot are: Irene Robillard on The WI Tweedsmuir Community Histories: A Social History of Rural Ontario Ontario; Sharon Callaghan on Quebec Notary Records—Primary Resource for Ancestors’ Documents and; D. Joshua Taylor on US/Canadian Immigration Pathways, 1800s–1900s.
Register for Daniel's OPL presentation at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/early-canadiana-online
Sunday, 7 May 2017
On Sunday afternoon Guy Berthiaume's account tweeted out "LAC staff: stay tuned, info to come about the flood situation in Gatineau" and later "Only staff living on the Ontario side and working at 395 (Wellington) have to report for work." All federal buildings in Gatineau are closed for the day.
Owing to the flood situation don't be surprised if you encounter service interruptions. As I write this on Sunday evening the online service from LAC is working as usual.
Speaking to a long time resident at Westboro Beach he said he hadn't seen the water in the Ottawa River so high in 50 years. It was lapping close to the wall of the cafe where we hold genealogy meetups.
Alphabetical listings typically contain:
Surname of person (usually the head of household) or name of businessNote that you must enter a country through the drop-down menu, but if you try to enter a county as well the country selection disappears and the search fails. Instead enter the county in the location box.
Exchange (up to 1968)
Bill Arthurs spoke on recent progress on his Titus one name study finding German and Dutch lines have a common origin.
Arthur Owen explained the intricacies of visual phasing and recommended the explanation available through the ISOGG Wiki.
I spoke on the Living DNA test. There are five reasons why admixture test results and ancestry from traditional genealogy differ. Results from 30 tests showed that in all cases where the percent from a sub-region was over 30% that confirmed the paper genealogy. In the 30 tests there was more Cornwall DNA than would be expected based on population density and less Lancashire DNA. A larger sample is needed.
A donated AncestryDNA kit was raffled with the proceeds going to sponsor a DNA talk at the OGS conference. Thanks to those who purchased raffle tickets and to Susan Courage and Bill Arthurs who organise the program for the group.
Saturday, 6 May 2017
From the Devon Archive and Local Studies come more than 459,000 records in over 4,500 handwritten volumes of parish baptisms, marriages, and burials. Included are 24 Exeter and 8 Torquay parishes.
An additional 33,000 baptism, marriage and burial records in 900 original volumes come from the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. The collection includes 20 Plymouth and 10 Devonport parishes.
Also these UK additions this week from Findmypast:
- for the City Of London, Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923, 4,698 new records bringing the total to 17,822;
- additions to the Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions collection, now with over 100,000 indexes to memorial inscriptions from 1500's until 2014 from over 150 parishes.
- over 6.7 million US marriages from 18 states;
- 4,698 new articles in the Queensland School Pupil Index, now totaling 1,698,381 titles from 1,022 schools between 1864 and 2003;
Friday, 5 May 2017
I've not read Cheese Stakes, Lanark County's Mammoth Cheese and its Place in Cheesemaking History. The promo explains that it explores the nineteenth century story of the Lanark County Mammoth Cheese in the context of its place in a long tradition of oversized cheeses, and examines the remarkable, never to be repeated, achievement it represented in the annals of the cheesemakers' art. On April 25, 1893, the largest cheddar cheese ever manufactured anywhere in the world arrived on the grounds of the World's Columbian Exhibition at Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois. Pressed seven months earlier in a Canadian Pacific Railway Company freight shed at Perth, Ontario, as it travelled to Chicago its massive 22,000 pounds weight snapped the railway car truss rods four times, its casing attracted a mass of graffiti and, as it was dragged into its exhibit space, the 'Canadian Mite' crashed through the floor of the Dairy Pavilion. Purchased by Britain's most prominent cheesemongers, it was transported to England and paraded through the streets of London, cut with a garden spade, and eaten by English consumers. Cheese Stakes is an essential read for those with an interest in the agricultural roots of Ontario; cheesemaking history, and in the individuals who were among the cast of characters who played a role in the great adventure of the Lanark County Mammoth Cheese.
Published by Global Heritage Press, the book may be ordered online at http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/ontario/eastern-ontario/resources/101476.htm
Here's the table of contents:
Part 1: Linking Your Family Tree to Ireland
Chapter 1: Discovering Your Irish Heritage
Chapter 2: Jump-Starting Your Irish Research
Chapter 3: Identifying Your Immigrant Ancestor
Part 2: Getting to Know the Old Country
Chapter 4: Understanding Irish History
Chapter 5: Understanding Irish Geography
Chapter 6: Deciphering Irish Names and Surnames
Chapter 7: Civil Registrations
Chapter 8: Church Records
Chapter 9: Census Records
Chapter 10: Land and Property Records
Chapter 11: Printed Sources
Chapter 12: Probate, Law & Order, Military, and Occupation Records
Part 3: Using Advanced Sources and Strategies
Chapter 13: Putting It All Together: Case Studies
Chapter 14: What to Do When You Get Stuck
Appendix A: Latin in Irish Catholic Parish Registers
Appendix B: Irish Genealogy Research Societies
Appendix C: Irish Graveyard Research
Appendix D: Archives, Libraries, and Other Repositories in Ireland
Appendix E: County and Heritage Genealogy Centers
Appendix F: Publications and Websites
Thursday, 4 May 2017
On Saturday come to the Ottawa City Archives, 100 Tallwood, for a meeting of the BIFHSGO sponsored DNA Group.
The topics this meeting is DNA Great Moments and Technical Updates
Bill Arthurs — “How YDNA test results have recently revolutionized the Titus One Name Study and opened up new great questions.”
Arthur Owen — "Visual Phasing for Grandparents using Cross-over Events."
Arthur will briefly discuss the theory behind the methodology, show the required steps to reconstruct a chromosome, how to use existing 2nd cousin matches to assign segments to the four grandparents, and discuss some of the problems you may encounter.
John D. Reid — "Living DNA."
British company Living DNA offers a combined SNP test of mitochondrial (Motherline), Y-chromosome (Fatherline) and autosomal (Family Ancestry) DNA for $199. A selling point is 21 sub-regional resolution of autosomal genetic ancestry within the UK and Ireland in recent times (originally 4-5 generations, now 10 generations). How well does the service live up to the promise?
There will be a draw for an AncestryDNA test. Proceeds will support sponsorship of a DNA session at the June OGS conference. Tickets are a toonie each, three for $5.
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE will close its doors after a ten-year run.At the same time The Society of Genealogists announced it will be looking to see if it can once again run its own Family History Show for the benefit of family historians.
Immediate Media, the organisers of the annual event, reached the difficult decision earlier this week due to financial reasons.
The UK’s largest family history show celebrated its tenth anniversary in April this year, when over 13,000 family historians and more than 100 specialist exhibitors attended the three-day event at the Birmingham NEC.
The first WDYTYA? LIVE was launched by Brand Events in May 2007 at the Olympia in London. It incorporated The Society of Genealogists Family History Show and genealogist Nick Barratt acted as a consultant. Immediate Media then took over in 2011.
Marie Davies, director of WDYTYA? LIVE, explained that the event was “running at a considerable loss” at the time of the takeover.
“We have done our best over the years to bring it into profit,” she said. “Unfortunately, the show has continued to make a loss for Immediate Media and we have had to bring it to a close.”
WDYTYA? LIVE has showcased talks from a wide array of speakers and celebrities over the years, alongside hundreds of specialist exhibitors from the world of family history.
Crucially, it has also enabled thousands of amateur researchers to break down their brick walls through one-on-one sessions with some of the UK’s leading genealogists.
Davies added: “We are currently undergoing a period of consultation with our events staff and I would like to thank them for all their hard work in making WDYTYA? LIVE a show to be proud of.
“I would also like to thank all the businesses, archives and societies who have supported us in this venture over the years.
“I’m sure all the family historians who have visited over the past ten years will agree that it was a very special event and we are sorry to see it go.”
Sue Moncur, UK country manager of Ancestry, a regular exhibitor and former sponsor of WDYTYA? LIVE, said the company was sad to hear of the event's closure.
"Ancestry is proud to have been involved with the show since the beginning," she added. "During that time we have enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with everyone from long-term genealogists to those simply curious about who they are and where they come from.
"It is the end of an era, but the legacy of the show is that interest in family history in the UK has never been stronger and I am sure it will continue to thrive into the future."
Comment: I'm disappointed, but not surprised. I've found there wasn't enough new to warrant a trip to the show each year. The DNA sessions organised recently by Maurice Gleeson and Debbie Kennett were the main attraction for me.
Undoubtedly the Society of Genealogists will look at other show models, besides the Genealogy Show they organised prior to WDTYTA? Live, including the successful BTOP Ireland event where genealogy is a substantial but not the major component of an event attracting other like-minded interests.
Now updated to 1,851,245 items, the collection has entries, in some cases with links to images of the original register, for:
West Sussex (Arun Region), England
Arundel Cemetery, Bognor Regis Cemetery, Chalcraft Lane Cemetery, Findon Cemetery, Littlehampton Cemetery
Hampshire (Winchester), England
Magdalen Hill Cemetery
Headington Cemetery, Rosehill Cemetery, Wolvercote Cemetery, Botley Cemetery
Yarmouth Old Cemetery, Yarmouth New Cemetery, Great Yarmouth Crematorium, Caister Borough Cemetery, Magdelan Cemetery, Gorleston Old Cemetery, Caister Village Cemetery
Abney Park Cemetery, Greenford Park Cemetery, Acton Cemetery, Ealing & Old Brentford Cemetery, Havelock Norwood Cemetery, Hortus Cemetery, South Ealing Cemetery, Queens Road Cemetery, Chingford Mount Cemetery
Manchester General Cemetery, Philips Park Cemetery, Gorton Cemetery, Blackley Cemetery, Southern Cemetery
Brenzett Cemetery, Cheriton Road Cemetery, Hawkinge Cemetery, Lydd Cemetery, New Romney Cemetery, Spring Lane/Horn Street Cemetery
Annan Cemetery, Applegarth Cemetery, Auchencairn Cemetery, Caerlaverock Cemetery, Canonbie Cemetery, Carruthers Cemetery, Closeburn Cemetery, Cummertrees Cemetery, Dalton Cemetery, Dornock Cemetery, Dumfries High Cemetery, Dunscore Cemetery, Durisdeer Cemetery, Eskdalemuir Cemetery, Ewes Cemetery, Gamerigg Cemetery, Glencairn Cemetery, Gretna Cemetery, Gretna Green New Graveyard, Half Morton Cemetery, Holywood Cemetery, Hutton and Corrie Cemeteries, Irongray Cemetery, Johnstone Old Church, Johnstone Bridge Cemetery, Keir Cemetery, Kirkbean Cemetery, Kirkmahoe Cemetery, Kirkpatrick Fleming New Cemetery, Kirkpatrick Fleming Old Cemetery, Kirkpatrick Juxta Cemetery, Langholm Cemetery, Lochmaben Cemetery, Middlebie Cemetery, Moffat Cemetery, Morton Cemetery, Mouswald Cemetery, New Abbey Cemetery, Nithsdale District Council Cemetery, Penpont Cemetery, Rigg Cemetery, Ruthwell Cemetery, Sanquhar Cemetery, St Andrews Cemetery, St Blanes Cemetery, St Conals Cemetery, St Michaels Cemetery, St Mungo Cemetery, Staplegordon Cemetery, Terregles Cemetery, Tinwald Cemetery, Torthorwald Cemetery, Troqueer Cemetery, Tundergarth New Churchyard, Tynron Cemetery, Tyron Cemetery, Wamphray Cemetery, Wanlockhead Cemetery, Wauchope Cemetery, Westerkirk Cemetery
Anwoth Cemetery, Balmaclellan Cemetery, Balmaghie Cemetery, Buittle Cemetery, Carsphairn Cemetery, Colvend Cemetery, Kirkpatrick Durham Cemetery, Machermore Cemetery, Parton Cemetery, Southwick Cemetery, Tongland Cemetery, Twynholm Cemetery
Bargrennan Churchyard, Borgue Cemetery, Castle Douglas Cemetery, Crossmichael Cemetery, Dalbeattie Cemetery, Dalry Cemetery, Girthon Cemetery, Kells Cemetery, Kirkcudbright Cemetery, Kirkgunzeon Cemetery, Kirkmabreck Cemetery, Lochrutton Cemetery, Rerrick Cemetery, Urr Cemetery
Cairnryan Cemetery, Glasserton Cemetery, Glebe Cemetery, Glenluce Cemetery, Glenjorrie Cemetery, Inch Cemetery, Kirkcolm Cemetery, Kirkcowan Cemetery, Kirkinnery Cemetery, Kirkmaiden Cemetery, Leswalt Cemetery, Leswalt New Cemetery, Leswalt Old Cemetery, Mochrum Cemetery, New Luce Cemetery, Newton Cemetery, Old Luce Cemetery, Portpatrick Cemetery, Sheuchan Cemetery, Sorbie Cemetery, Stoneykirk Cemetery, Stranraer Cemetery, Whithorn Cemetery, Wigtown Cemetery, Wigtown Park Cemetery, Wigtown Top Cemetery.
A couple more handouts have been added since last mentioned. Here's the complete list to date from the Society of Genealogists website.
On 29 March I was told that MyHeritage would be posting admixture estimates for those who transferred autosomal DNA test results to the company in five weeks.
That day is today.
Daniel Horowitz now informations me they will instead be available later this month.
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Here is a list of the five most popular posts on Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections for the last month. Is there anything you missed?
- Why Are Your DNA Ethnicity Results Unexpected: Recombination
- Ancestry adds Dorset, England, Poor Law Settlement and Removal Records, 1682-1862
- CEF Service Files Digitization: April Update
- Speaker Handouts from WDYTYA? Live 2017 from the Society of Genealogists
- Advance Notice: Secret Lives – Hidden Voices of our Ancestors
The Battle of Cut Knife, on 2 May 1885, was an engagement during the North West Rebellion (Resistance) between volunteer militia answering the call of their country and Cree and Assiniboine warriors of Poundmaker's Reserve at Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, protecting their traditional way of life.
Government forces under Col. William Otter, advancing from North Battleford in what he described as a reconnaissance in strength, included a detachment of the Ottawa Company of Sharpshooters. Otter took the exposed high ground where there was no cover from the aboriginal warriors who took advantage of the trees lower down to fire on Otter's forces and move position unseen.
Two young men of the Ottawa Sharpshooters, Privates William B. Osgoode and John Rogers, were among those killed.
After several hours Otter withdrew his troops to Battleford seeing no prospect of advancing. Under orders from Chief Poundmaker Otter's troops were not pursued; it may also be ammunition was virtually exhausted.
I visited the site, which is on the Poundmaker Reserve and commemorated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, on 24 April 2017 and made this video panorama.
The thumbnail image is from the collection of Library and Archives Canada.
Monday, 1 May 2017
On Friday a bumper crops of more than three million indexed English parish records, some linked to images of the originals viewable at authorised locations such as Family History Centres, became available at FamilySearch.
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984, 1,394,384 records
England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997, 188,222 records
England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910, 1,744,620 records
Also placed online, viewable at authorised locations, a collection of browse images
England, Essex, Bishop's Transcripts, 1779-1892
England, Northumberland, Non-conformist Records, 1708-1982
England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950
Home children had drawn the short straw when it came to living conditions in which they were raised, and the ability (or willingness) of their parents to support them.
Canada was a new opportunity.
Many were young adults expected to be in the workforce. Less than half were younger than age 14, the school leaving age, not the bedraggled kids so often shown. As farm hands they had to work hard; so did the farmer's own children. And remember conditions in Canada were not what they are today. Charlotte Gray describes in The Promise of Canada that at the time of Confederation, just 2 years before the first home child landed on our shores, Canadians were living "narrow, hardscrabble and often illiterate lives, four out of five of them settled on isolated farms and in villages."
While some young immigrants did draw the short straw again, sadly finding themselves exploited and in abusive situations, were the majority worse off than they likely would have been in Britain? For those who believe they were ask them to describe what the children's prospects would have been left without help in the UK and without the assistance of the philanthropic organizations that operated immigration programs.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Tower Hamlets Cemetery, 33 acres, mainly served London's East End. Many were pauper burials lacking a monument. One of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries, Tower Hamlets cemetery records have been available at the London Metropolitan Archives for years but only a limited range of years had been transcribed. Now they're at Ancestry.
Ancestry's Tower Hamlets collection brings together the daybooks and registers of burials, and the register of private graves. There are 764,378 indexed entries which includes the same person in different documents.
A typical entry has name, abode, when buried, age and by whom the ceremony was performed.
While free is good in the long run you get what you pay for. Ancestry's arrangement with the LMA, which has brought many London records online, shows the power of money again in bringing indexed records linked to images of the original burial records online.
The site. closed to burials since 1966, is now a cemetery park and nature reserve with multiple uses. See a YouTube video on the present (2016) situation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUd_IPqSt24.
Deceased Online includes four of the Magnificent Seven in it's inventory of 65 London Cemeteries, Brompton, Highgate, Kensal Green, and Nunhead. Transcripts for Abney Park are free with registration online at www.devsys.co.uk/ap/. That leaves West Norwood without comprehensive online access to burial records.
To inspire searching London cemetery records Coldplay has some appropriate music.
The British Newspaper Archive now has 19,300,046 pages (18,909,558 pages last month) from 756 (750) titles online.
Major additions are highlighted.
|John Bull||1822-1825, 1834-1842, 1845-1857, 1862-1892|
|Boston Guardian||1929, 1937|
|Northern Whig||1872-1873, 1876-1882, 1889|
|Nottingham Journal||1879, 1887, 1890-1891, 1898-1902, 1905-1909, 1913-1925, 1931-1950|
|Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser||1873-1899|
|Ballymena Weekly Telegraph||1904, 1906-1916, 1921-1929, 1931-1957|
|Yarmouth Independent||1862-1863, 1868, 1871, 1876-1877, 1879, 1882, 1885, 1889-1893, 1901, 1903, 1906-1910, 1913-1914, 1916-1927, 1932-1937|
|Todmorden & District News||1871-1895, 1898-1932|
|Rugby Advertiser||1853-1854, 1856-1871, 1874-1889, 1915-1931, 1934-1957|
|West London Observer||1894-1915|
|Shields Daily News||1898|
|Western Daily Mercury||1912|
|North London News||1871-1892, 1894-1895|
|John o' Groat Journal||1887-1888|
|East Anglian Daily Times||1890-1893, 1895, 1901, 1903-1904, 1906, 1908-1909|
|Surrey Comet||1881-1887, 1890-1891, 1893-1896, 1898, 1900-1910|
|Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette||1880-1881, 1894-1898|
|Shipping and Mercantile Gazette||1870, 1873, 1875-1879|
Also added are records covering 35 different registers of people who were entitled to vote in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and other constituencies situated in Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and New Westminster in Canada. These have been added to the Poll and Electoral Roll collection covering millions of records.
To search these and many other records on TheGenealogist, go to: www.thegenealogist.co.uk
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Look for help in this week's transcript additions to Findmypast.
- over 18,000 baptisms
- 3,000 banns
- 312,000 marriages
- 18,000 burials
Also in North West Kent there are transcript additions of 23,000 baptisms, making more than 50,000 baptismal records for Bexley, Chelsfield, Crayford, North Cray, Westerham, Stone, Darenth, Longfield, Meopham, Southfleet and Greenwich; and an addition of 15,000 burials at St Mary in Bexley, St Martin of Tours in Chelsfield, St Margaret in Lee and St John the Baptist in Meopham.
Friday, 28 April 2017
The theme: Celebrating Our Canadian Ancestors.
Speakers include Dave Obee, Claire Smith-Burns, Mary Read, Xenia Stanford and Susanne Sulzberger.
Central, accessible location: Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre, 319 North Road, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V8
Tickets available on-line or by e-mail, phone or mail.
See the BC Genealogical Society website for details. http://www.bcgs.ca/?page_id=2511
Thanks to Diane M. Rogers for the information.
If you're coming from away don't stop with the conference.
Important for any Canadian researcher, genealogical or historical, is Library and Archives Canada.
A flood of researchers is expected at LAC. If you plan on being part of it preparation is essential.
1. You will need a reader card which can be ordered using an online form, see the procedure at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services-public/Pages/Registration-Intro.aspx/.
2. Get advice before your trip from an LAC expert. see http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services-public/ask-question/Pages/ways-ask-question.aspx/.
3. Material not available on open shelves needs to be brought to the building from another location. That can take a day or even a week so ordering in advance is essential.
4. Public transit is a good option for getting to and from the LAC building at 395 Wellington Street which is at the north end of Bay Street from the Algonquin College conference site. Take advantage of the travel planner at http://www.octranspo.com/travelplanner/travelplanner or on Google maps.
5. There is no restaurant or cafe in the LAC building. On the ground floor there are food and drink vending machines near the lockers and a few places to sit.
6. Check out the amazing collection of city directories on open shelves on the 2nd floor, through the doors to the left as you exit the elevators. Also on the 2nd floor is the reader registration area and consultation for non-genealogical queries..
7. On the 3rd floor, to the right off the elevators, is the genealogy consultation area; to the left is the document consultation area.
Finally, don't overlook Using Ancestry Day being held at the Algonquin College site on the Monday after the conference with well known Ancestry expert speaker Crista Cowan and Ancestry’s DNA product manager Anna Swayne.
BTW. If you've not made plans yet, and don't have family or a friend to stay with, I'm told accommodation is still available at the residence at the Algonquin College conference site.