Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Family History Daily

Tony Bandy, a librarian from Ohio whose presentations I've enjoyed at both BIFHSGO and OGS conferences, has written an article in Family History Daily.
Absolutely Free Genealogy Research Sites for Every Single U.S. State is beyond the normal geographic scope of this blog.  The Family History Daily site, broader than US, may be of continuing interest.
Thanks to Ann Burns, getting ready to return from a stay in Ireland, for the tip.

MyHeritage Delay

If you've transferred DNA results to MyHeritage, as I did a couple of weeks ago, you might have wondered why the results don't show anything for ethnic origins. I transferred my results when I saw an example posted by Daniel Horowitz.
I mentioned this to a sales rep and was advised to call technical service. After spending an hour on hold with the company I was told those results for DNA transfers would only become available in five weeks, although the company has the results internally. Be aware.

Historical Society of Ottawa: March meeting

The HSO meeting this Friday 31 March 2017 at 1 pm sees George Shirreff speaking on Crawley Films of Ottawa.

"Long before the term “Hollywood North” came to reflect the growing importance of an emerging film industry in Canada, Ottawa was home to a movie institution of great importance. Often overlooked, first by the National Film Board of Canada then later by the bright lights of the Toronto International Film Festival (T.I.F.F) and large scale television series production of Vancouver, this organization claimed many firsts in the motion picture industry. Crawley Films of Ottawa and its colourful and often controversial owner, producer, director, writer and camera aficionado Frank Redford Crawley blazed a trail for Canadian cinema unlike any other in their time. This is their story."
Meeting place is Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

London Picture Archive

Warning:  Go away now if searching over 250,000 images of London from the collections at London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery is likely to make your time evaporate today.

Search for buildings, cemeteries, occupations, schools, streets, transport . . . use your imagination. I found a video from 1929.

Start at

Monday, 27 March 2017

Visitation for Elizabeth Lapointe

There will be a visitation for Elizabeth Barclay-Lapointe this Wednesday, 29 March from 7-8 pm at the Cadieux Tubman Funeral Homes and Cremations, 322 rue Buckingham (rue Principale) Gatineau, QC J8L 2G5.

All welcome to attend. A memorial celebration of life is planned for the coming months.

Thanks to Mario Lapointe for the notice,

FreeBMD March Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Sunday 19 March 2017 to contain 260,466,571 distinct records (260,010,700 at the previous update).

Years with major updates (more than 5,000 entries) are for births: 1963, 1976-79; for marriages: 1966, 1969, 1977, 1979-81; for deaths 1976-80.

TheGenealogist Launches Various London Educational Records

News from TheGenealogist on a batch of London school and university records just added.

"This release covers the names of those who graduated from the University of London
between 1836 and 1926 - while for King’s College London, it also provides a list of Fellows
from 1847 to 1920, registered students for 1920-1921 and those awarded degrees in 1920
and 1921 as well as the prizes given at King’s.

With a number of school records, joining this London release, researchers can also find old
boys who served in World War I. For example it is possible to track down men serving with
the colours in the Great War in the case of the Old Wilsonians, as listed in The Wilsonian
Magazine. For those Old Alleynians and Old Haberdashers, who perished in the war, their
names and often a photograph are recorded in the First World War Roll of Honours for both
Dulwich College and the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School.

Records included in this release are:

● University of London Historical Record 1836-1926
● The Skylark Magazine from Haberdashers' Aske's Hampstead School 1918
● The Wilsonian Magazine April 1914-April 1919
● University College School, London Register 1831-1891
● Royal College Of Chemistry, Royal School Of Mines And Royal College Of Science
Register Of Associates
● Record of Old Westminsters Vols 1 and 2 earliest times -1927
● King's College, London Calendar 1921-1922
● Dulwich College War Record 1914-1919"
A tip of the hat to Nick Thorne who regularly sends me updates on developments at The Genealogist, even though I'm selective on the ones I blog.

Irish (and others) in the American Civil War

Jane E. MacNamara wrote to draw to my attention the website Irish in the American Civil War. In particular she pointed to a post that goes beyond the Irish, Mapping Mainland Europe’s American Civil War Widows & Dependent Parents: An Online Resource. 
That post is part of a project based on those listed in the 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll.
While I don't normally cover US or mainland Europe resources there is a bit of information of Canadian and Scottish, as well as much of US/ Irish interest on the site.
The easiest way to find it is using the search facility labelled SEARCH OVER 480 ARTICLES ON THE IRISH IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR on the right-hand-side of the main website.
Additional posts covering other areas, perhaps including the UK, Ireland and Canada, are promised.
Thanks to Jane for the tip. Jane will be speaking at the OGS conference in June -- a reminder that you have only until the end of the month to get in on early bird conference registration pricing.

Book Review: Genealogy, Psychology and Identity.

Moving beyond basic genealogy, the names, dates and places of ancestors, we get an urge to understand what made them tick. Enter psychology, the scientific study of the way the human mind works and how it influences behaviour.
Paula Nicolson, emeritus professor in the Department of Social Work at Royal Holloway College, University of London, is both knowledgeable and articulate. Her book uses branches of her and her husband's family trees to tease out how various people have been impacted by their past and their ancestor's pasts.
The book is in two parts.
Part I: Developing Contexts starts with a chapter establishing the theoretical background -- the relationship between genealogy and the construction of self-identities, developing ideas from theories of psychology and social development. There is also a short chapter dealing with genealogical research methodology.
Part II: Psychological and historical process applies the theory to the experiences of people in the family trees. We see the approach to understanding the impact of the death of a parent, sibling or relative, family discord, immigration to a different culture, change in family circumstances and more. It's fascinating material.
But, as a physical scientist I'm uncomfortable with the qualitative approach based on case studies, albeit rooted as academic discipline and in psychiatric practice. There are so many factors at play, and people react to stresses so differently, that I question how confidently one can ascribe an individual's behaviour, likely deceased and not someone you can talk to, to his or her deceased ancestor's experience. Perhaps a psychologist could tell me the deeper reason for my discomfort!
The book is certainly thought provoking. I wondered, for instance, about the influence of physical geography on behaviour. What if any is the influence of living by the ocean, in a mountainous or prairie landscape, or a cold or highly variable climate? We've all experienced the depression of a string of cloudy dreary days, and felt invigorated by bright sunshine. Do sunny ways prevail for those raised in sunny climes?
The paperback has 132 pages which includes a 7 page index, 9 pages of references and 12 blank pages. I  borrowed the book from the Ottawa Public Library where, as I write, there are 13 holds on 2 copies. listing
Publisher: Routledge (December 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1138998672
ISBN-13: 978-1138998674
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
Kindle Edition
CDN$ 57.95

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Ontario Genealogist and Family Historian

Between July 1898 and April 1901 12 issues of The Ontario Genealogist and Family Historian were published under the editorship of Edward Marion Chadwick. Issues averaged 16 pages.
The volumes contain compiled genealogies and occurrences (marriages and deaths), mainly for those in the upper ranks of Ontario society.
While it would not likely be productive to read each issue, because they are scanned as part of the Early Canadiana Online collection those with access, including Ottawa and Toronto Public Library cardholders, can search the whole collection at one time free of charge. A limited number of pages can be viewed without subscription.
A Google search for Edward Marion Chadwick gives his dates as 1840-1921. Several other genealogical publications of his are free online.
The usual caution is to be observed, such published genealogies are clues, to be accepted only after skeptical evaluation.

Christine Jackson is Rollin' on the River with Captain Dan in Pembroke

On Wednesday 29 March Christine Jackson is the guest speaker at the AGM of the Ottawa Valley Historical Society.
 "The 400th anniversary in 2013 of Samuel de Champlain’s voyage up the Ottawa River prompted Christine Jackson’s research into a pioneering Canadian family with deep roots in England, who gave their name to the Champlain Park (Ottawa) street on which she has now lived for 30 years―Cowley Avenue."
In Rollin' on the River with Captain Dan: The Ottawa Valley's Pioneering Cowley Family, Christine will trace the early Ottawa Valley history of the entrepreneurial and pioneering riverboat captain, Captain Daniel Keyworth Cowley (1817–1897)—or “Captain Dan” as he was to become known.
She will recount what she has learned about the life and experiences of Capt. Cowley and his family in the Clarendon/ Bristol, Arnprior and Nepean areas. Included will be his brush with what is now thought by some to be Champlain’s lost astrolabe and the family’s role in the history and economic development of the Ottawa Valley—plus their great contribution to our national winter game! ("Cowboy" Bill Cowley 1912–1993).
A long-time family historian and active member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa and the Historical Society of Ottawa, Christine Jackson is a retired federal public servant (Elections Canada) and former freelance editor and writer. She has previously presented and published her research on the Ottawa Valley’s pioneering Cowley Family, as well as her own family history from deep in the English County of Sussex."

The meeting starts at 7pm at the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village, 1032 Pembroke St. East, Pembroke, ON  K8A 6Z2 (Ph: 613-735-0517)  -  

If you're not able to get to that presentation it will be given again, somewhat modified, at OGS Conference 2017.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Ancestry updates Ontario, Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1802-1967

Ten days ago I drafted a post regarding an update to this Ontario Catholic database. Ancestry announced an update to 1,604,863 records, up from 1,327,293 records when last mentioned here in January 2011.
However, the update broke the access to images. Good news, the images are back.

BCGS Canada 150 Seminar

The British Columbia Genealogical Society is "Celebrating our Canadian Ancestors" from Friday, 9 June to Sunday 11 June at various locations around Vancouver -- a movable feast!  

There are presentations by Claire Smith-Burns, Mary Read, Xenia Stanford and Susanne Sulzberger. The keynote speaker is Dave Obee.

Find out more here.

Findmypast adds Manitoba Probate Browse

The latest addition at Findmypast is Manitoba probate records 1871-1930 browse, 289 volumes and
289 volumes and 802,000 images of original estate files, application books and indexes.

These are browse files so no name indexing, just like those available from Ancestry. The source for both companies in FamilySearch which does have a (complete?) searchable name index at

Home Child Presentation in Arnprior

William Price, Arnprior town Councillor, Reeve and proprietor of the Canadian Tire Store, was a British home child. He was one of 100,000 who arrived in Canada between 1870-1940.

On Monday, 27 March Arnprior (formerly Patrick's) Family History Group is hosting Gloria Tubman presenting Researching British Home Children: An Education. Gloria will provide an overview of British Home Children, She will also provide an example on how to research a Home Child.

The meeting starts at 7 pm at Arnprior Public Library meeting room. Admission is $5.00 for non-members. For more information call 613-623-0001 or visit website