Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Monday, 30 May 2016
Genealogy events at the Ottawa Public Library are winding down for the summer. Just two events, both drop-in sessions, no need to register, are advertised for June.
There's a Genealogy Drop-In at the Cumberland Branch on Wednesday, 1 June, 2016 at 2:45pm
Another Genealogy Drop-In will be at the Main Branch on Wednesday, 8 June, 2016 at 2:00pm
In 1941, according to Statistics Canada historical statistics, the population of Canada was 11.51 million.
The same source shows that between 1861 and 1941, the period during which the vast majority of home child immigration occurred, there were 5.84 million immigrants to Canada. The ratio of the two figures above, 11.51/5.84, is 1.97.
Applying that same ratio to the number of home child immigrants, taken as 120,000, gives an estimate of the population of home child descendants of 236,000. That's about 2% of the population in 1941. Taking a more frequently quoted figure of 100,000 child immigrants they and their descendants would account for an estimated 1.7% of the population in 1941.
Since that time the number of people coming to Canada has ballooned while the natural increase due to births in Canada has declined. One would expect the present day percent to be substantially less.
Sunday, 29 May 2016
Would you like to join the party, including some returning members, taking advantage of the organization and experience Jane has after her more than 20 trips?
Find prices and more details about the trip at http://wherethestorytakesme.ca/slc-in-september/.
While at the site take the opportunity to look around at Jane's blog posts. You can also catch three talks Jane will be giving this coming weekend at OGS Conference 2016 , you'd be welcome to register as a walk-in, and read about her presentation The Search for Alban Leaf to OGS Toronto Branch on Monday, 27 June at 7:30 pm.
Back last summer, just before the election, I was one of 28 people consulted by Nanos Research for Library and Archives Canada, 19 in focus groups, 9 by telephone consultation. Genealogists accounted for 11 of those involved, the others were described as walk-ins.
The purpose of the qualitative research was to gain insight from clients concerning the products and services offered by LAC, as well as clients’ impressions and recommendations, to aid in the organization’s future planning.
All involved were clients of LAC who use the facility at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. Another much more extensive online survey addressed the views of the larger community of users.
The bottom line, as summarized by Nanos, was:
Satisfaction – The qualitative research suggests that users were satisfied with the overall quality of their recent interactions with LAC. Regarding LAC services, the research suggests that they met or exceeded users’ expectations.
LAC’s Primary Responsibilities - Users believe that LAC’s primary responsibility should be to acquire new materials, followed by ensuring access to collections (ranked second and third place).
New Fonds Priorities - In terms of priorities for future funding to acquire and preserve new fonds to add to the collection, users believe that fonds relating to Aboriginal Peoples (ranked first and second place) are the top priority followed by fonds relating to Atlantic, Western, and Northern Canada.
Digitization Priorities - Finding aids were users top priority when it comes to future digitization efforts by LAC, followed by military information, and genealogical information.
In addition Nanos choose to highlight the following individual comments:
“I am very satisfied; however, there is some work to be done in terms of teaching individuals outside of Ottawa about LAC. Given the current funding of the services offered, I think it is normal to have the quality of services we have.”
“The LAC charges the same to a multimillion dollar company as it does for civilians. I know the LAC is all about access; however publishers can afford to pay more.”and the following as top user comments
- LAC should make digitization a top priority (4 of 22)
- There should be better parking and access to the facility (3 of 22)
- Awareness of LAC services, especially outside Ottawa, is a priority (3 of 22)
- Make things simpler for researchers to quickly access materials (2 of 22)
- Collaborate with other libraries and archives (2 of 22)
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Click on any of the links to take you directly to the collection.
Got a smartphone? If so find out if your accent is regionally characteristic with the English Dialects App (free for Android and iOS). I tried it and found that, Norfolk born and bred, I have an accent characteristic of 180 Km to the south-southwest. That's what 50 years away will do for you.
Read about it and find the link at http://phys.org/news/2016-05-app-decline-regional-diversity-english.html
Friday, 27 May 2016
Here are a few discounts currently on offer.
AncestryDNA has a Father's Day special at 20% off. That's $119 rather than $149 until June 19. I'm told if you purchase at the OGS conference you'll also save on shipping.
Ancestry will also offer 20% off the regular price for new and renewing subscribers at the OGS conference.
UK database TheGenealogist are currently offering 15 Months for the price of 12 on their Diamond package, along with a free Discover Your Ancestors Periodical subscription! That's a 15 month subscription for £119.45. The company announce 37,450 individuals in Worcestershire Parish Records have been added to the two million plus that are already online at TheGenealogist. As of 1 June there will be a new release of the 1907 Post Office National (UK) Telephone Directory.
Not to be left out, but ending today 28 May, Findmypast.co.uk is offering 50% off a 1 Month World subscription using the code TREE50. They also have 20% off a 12 Month subscription with offer code TREE20.
This new collection which has 38,931 records has been specially created from various service records from The National Archives. The largest part, 29,865 records, is from series ADM 188. Find details about those TNA records at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1897 Other series used are ADM 159: Royal Marines, service records, ADM 196: Royal Navy officers, service records, ADM 240: Royal Naval Reserve officers, service records and, ADM 377: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, ratings’ service records. The collection also uses transcripts created by Naval and Military Press.
Also new this week, of Irish interest, are 5,000 additions to the Ireland, Poverty Relief Funds 1821-1874 collection, and Irish micro-credit scheme which now totals 690,724 records as well as additions to the Irish newspaper collection.
A week's time will see hundreds of genealogists and family historians gathering at the International Plaza Hotel, near Toronto International Airport, for the Ontario Genealogical Society annual conference. What will they hear? I've taken the titles and summaries of all the presentation and submitted them to word and phrase analysis.
Omitting stop words here are the most frequently appearing words in the titles and in summaries, with number of mentions:
|Rank||Title Words||Rank||Summary Words|
|1||genealogy (16)||1||family (56)|
|2||new (12)||2||records (45)|
|3||research (9)||3||research (43)|
|3||family (9)||4||genealogy (43)|
|5||dna (8)||5||dna (33)|
|6||history (6)||6||history (29)|
|7||records (5)||7||online (23)|
|8||tools (4)||8||genealogists (20)|
|8||genetic (4)||9||resources (17)|
|8||digital (4)||9||information (17)|
Here are the most mentioned two word phrases in the titles and summaries:
|Rank||Title Phrases||Rank||Summary Phrases|
|1||what's new (9)||1||family history (22)|
|2||family history (6)||2||genetic genealogy (10)|
|3||new at (5)||3||social media (7)|
|4||your family (4)||3||autosomal dna (7)|
|4||new in (4)|
Notice the prominence of DNA and genetic genealogy, along with the word new, in keeping with the theme of genealogy at the cutting edge. The lack of the words Ontario or Canada, is surprising even though a large majority of the presenters are Canadians, including many Ontarians.