Find your Geordie ancestors in this collection of electoral registers from the Tyne and Wear Archives via Ancestry.
The registers list names and residences of people in Newcastle upon Tyne, who were eligible to vote. They are year-by-year, with gaps. No registers were produced during the war years 1916, 1917 and 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1943. The years 1960-1964 are missing.
The indexing was performed by text recognition on the printed registers.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Find your Geordie ancestors in this collection of electoral registers from the Tyne and Wear Archives via Ancestry.
Today "40 countries celebrate Right to Know Day, which aims to raise awareness of an individual’s right to access government information, while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance." Who knew?
Library and Archives Canada is part of the celebration with the launch of launch a new web page dedicated to the proactive opening of government records under the Block Review Initiative. It links to a "listing of the first 100 projects for which records are now open and more easily available to researchers."
When I looked there were 94 projects listed, not 100. What happened to the other six? The total pages in the 94 items is 7,535,135 which is the number claimed to be in the 100.
- 130,000 Veterans Affairs Canada, Death Cards (1921-1963). They have been online for a few years, not indexed but arranged in alphabetical order, and can be accessed at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/veterans-death-cards-ww1/Pages/veterans-death-cards.aspx/.
- 50,500 Department of Veteran's Affairs, War Service Records Division, RG 38, Ban. No. 2009-00126-5, Boxes 1-101. MIKAN 3912956, There's a finding aid, lacking in much detail, at https://goo.gl/bLNJoR. Many of the boxes hold statistical information, but not all. For example:
9. Nominal Roll and Documents for the Royal Canadian Machine Gun Corps. 1939/03/15. File.Thanks to Glenn Wright for advice on these military files.
RG38-D-10. Volume/box number: 432.
30. Alphabetical Nominal Rolls - Faber - Hyvonen. N.D. File. RG38-D-10. Volume/box number: 427.
The hot topic this Friday, 30 September 2016 for the Historical Society of Ottawa is The Fire of 3 February 1916 that Burned Down out original Centre Block, to be presented by Don Nixon.
"The Centre Block we have today is not the original one, There used to be another one in the same spot, but it burned down in a horrible fire the night of February 3, 1916. In this presentation, Don Nixon will provide an overview of the fire, focussing in particular on its early stages, and on possible causes. Was it careless smoking as Prime Minister Borden maintained, an electrical fire, or spontaneous combustion? With World War I raging, many believed it deliberately set by a German saboteur. We will never know for sure. But, with the evidence presented, you can decide; spoiler alert: Don believes the fire was deliberate."
Don Nixon retired in 2006 after a long career in Public Works and Government Services Canada. For the last 19 years before retirement, he was a project manager on Parliament Hill. There, he worked on a wide range of interesting projects including the stabilization of chimneys, towers, turrets and rooftop masonry, the conservation of the Peace Tower and the front of the Centre Block, the statues on Parliament Hill, the conservation of the War Memorial, the making of the Queen Elizabeth stature on the Hill, and the installation of the "Evolution of Life" series of stone carvings in the House of Commons chamber. After retirement, he wrote an off-beat history of Parliament Hill titled "The Other Side of the Hill"
The meeting strats at 1 pm at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street in Ottawa.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Have you been puzzled by your admixture results from Family Tree DNA, 23andMe or AncestryDNA? Perhaps you've seen the much higher geographic resolution in the People of the British Isles project results and wanted to see your DNA analysed with their techniques and database. You'll soon have the opportunity.
Debbie Kennett's post Living DNA – a new genetic ancestry test providing comparisons with the People of the British Isles dataset on her Cruwys news blog is the the first I've heard of this exciting new development from a British company. I recommend reading Debbie's blog for details.
Who are Living DNA from Living DNA on Vimeo.
According to the company website your DNA will be broken down across up to 80 regions of the world and you can see your family ancestry at different points in history. If you have ancestry from the British Isles analysis will break down your origins in up to 21 regions, such as Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk or North Wales.
The company will use a new DNA chip, technical details are at http://www.glimdna.org/assets/gsa_datasheet_2016.pdf, which will provide information for 638,000 autosomal SNPs, 17,800 X-chromosome SNPs, 22,500 Y-SNPs, 4,700 mtDNA SNPs.
The company also intends to accept information from other company tests - details pending.
Be aware that the company will not provide a database to permit one to one comparison with other tester's results, but the data will be downloadable for subsequent upload to compatible third-party sites.
Remember, a fundamental limitation is that you only inherit half of each parent's DNA. The random nature of the selection process means that you have no genetic inheritance from many of the distant ancestors in your genealogical tree.
The test sells for $199 Cdn (£120) with shipping starting in mid-October. Order at www.livingdna.com/
The Wall Street Journal is reporting the acquisition of the archive of British Movietone News. The Movietone archive includes thousands of reports of international news events from 1929 to 1879 including World War II, the first recorded speeches by Gandhi, film of the “British Invasion” of America by the Beatles and the only 35mm footage of Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles.
So far, about 85% of the archive—or roughly 2,200 hours of film—has been digitized.
Since 2015 some of collection has been available on YouTube.
"On second thoughts actually no, Dick Eastman is right. The other title is just grabbier.Grenham is reacting to a presentation The Future of Genealogy Research Eastman gave to The Third International family history conference of the Claire Roots Society, Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way, which took place on 23rd to 24th September 2016.
On third thoughts, maybe he’s both right and wrong."
Where they agree is on the importance of collaboration online. Where Grenham differs is in hoping it will not occur through subscription sites such as Ancestry. Que sera, sera --- if people find the commercial sites good value they'll use them, and it's not just the collaboration they offer but also convenient access to digitized records. While Ireland may have free access to many records (of those not destroyed) wasn't it the commercial companies that produced an name index to the Catholic parish records. Wasn't it Ancestry that indexed most of the Canadian census records which now, after an embargo period, are freely available at the Library and Archives Canada website.
What's most surprising in both Eastman's slides, and Grenham's blog post, is --- no mention of genetic genealogy. Adding DNA evidence to genealogical research is the biggest advance of the past few years and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. The demonstrated potential to tumble down brick walls we have seen to date is nothing compared to what will happen when a critical mass of the population's DNA, especially outside the USA, is tested and available in a database for comparison. It should not be overlooked in any discussion of the future of genealogy research.
University of Prince Edward Island
Friday, September 30, 2016, 2.30-4pm
Discovery Centre, Room 482 Library.
James Moran is lead author of the chapter Mad Migrants and the Reach of English Civil Law in the recently published book Migration and Mental Health, Past and Present.
The lecture is followed by a reception and viewing of an exhibit Remedies, Elixirs, and Medical Men in the History Department at Carleton University which explores health care in nineteenth-century March Township and Bytown, drawing on documentation and artifacts from Ottawa’s Pinhey family and their circle. More information at carleton.ca/history
Monday, 26 September 2016
Originally compiled by the British Ministry of Labour and published by HMSO in 1927 it was based on the classification of occupations used in the 1921 Census, this edition was scanned and formatted for the web by Peter Christian, author of The Genealogist's Internet and co-author of Census – The Family Historian's Guide
This digital edition of the Dictionary includes the complete set of definitions, the prefatory material, and an independent index not based on the index of the original volume.
This description is based on a post on the Society of Genealogists Rootsweb mailing list.
You may well find this reference useful for occupations in earlier censuses, 1921 is not yet available at the individual level. Statistical compilations are available online such as at www.visionofbritain.org.uk/census/census_page.jsp?yr=1921
Dorset, England, Poor Law and Church of England Parish Records, 1511-1997, 253,219 records
England, Select Dorset Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1999, 4,506,989 reccords
Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, 2,084,464 records
Dorset, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, 1,177,816 records
Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010, 356,848 records
Dorset, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, 576,745 records
Sunday, 25 September 2016
Now available, to members only, are videos of 11 presentations from the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa conference 2016. By alphabetical order of presenter they are:
Advances in Irish Research Over the Last Five Years
Irish Land Records
Irish Sources You May Never Have Considered
Using Canadian and US Records for Your Irish Research
Adventures in Genetic Genealogy: Who Were Charlotte Richardsons Parents?
A Sense of Place; A Sense of Self
Connecting with Cousins Through Autosomal DNA
DNA and Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Researching Your Irish Family History from the Comfort of Your Home
Easter 1916, a Family Affair
Adventures in Genetic Genealogy: Moody DNA – Irish Glenns?
Handouts or copies of slides for some conference presentations are at the same members only location.
Thanks are due to John McConkey for organizing capturing and editing of the videos.
This presentation will describe both the challenge and success that he has had in researching his Ukrainian ancestors. He feared that his inability to speak or read Ukrainian would be an insurmountable obstacle, but using traditional genealogical resources, he has been able to document, in considerable detail, the story of his Ruryk family who emigrated from Galicia to rural Alberta prior to the Great War. Glenn will demonstrate his successful use of archival and published resources in his search for his Ukrainian roots..This meeting will takes place at 7:30 pm at the St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Hall, 952 Green Valley Drive, Ottawa. All welcome.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Rockstar Genealogist, #1 in England. Scotland and Wales, Kirsty Gray has picked up on a Skype conversation we had a few days ago to look at some unusual first names, something she has an amusing lecture on.
Read her blog post at http://family-wise.co.uk/world-war-naming-patterns/
The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year research odyssey and uses family oral history (and misinformation), all the usual and some not-so-usual documents, the patient advice of the late Ryan Taylor, a remarkable but puzzling Y-DNA test, and the power of autosomal DNA testing and segment matching.
There is also a mini-presentation by Ann Brown & Beth Adams: Indomitable Granny Brown/Auntie Belle
Check out the Toronto Branch website for other activities this fall.