Even if August is a quiet month in the family history world there has been some movement.
Familysearch.org has added or updated record collections for a total of 1,804 (1,794). Census & lists account for 159 (154); birth, marriage, & death 1,057 (1,049); probate & court 182 (184); military 123 (124); migration & naturalization 124 (124); and with a change in categories, other 142 (142); miscellaneous 17 (16). Familysearch.org edged up in Alexa rank 4,239 (4,242).
Ancestry sites all advanced in rank: the .com site 651 (688); the .co.uk site 6,138, (7,827) and the .ca 22,127,(23,618). The number of datasets in the collection grew to 32,375 (32,363); including 1,981 (1,981) for Canada, 1,811 (1,806) for the UK, 141 (139) for Australia and, 25,679 (25,674 ) for the USA.
MyHeritage.com's Alexa rank declined to 7,666 (6,400).
Findmypast.co.uk slipped further in Alexa rank to 18,625 (15,997) while .com made another healthly gain to 69,406 (75,169).
Alexa rank for canadiana.ca rose to 401,780 (429,924).
Family Tree DNA slipped again in rank to 32,161 (29,479) while claiming a total of 696,851 (693,810) records. 23andMe at 15,923 (15,285) continued its decline since the FDA halt to its personal genetics health business.
GenealogyinTime.com ranked 26,466 (30,307) ; Mocavo.com 27,594 (29,429) and, eogn.com 31,460 (31,239).
Britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk contains 8,572,037 (8,412,982) digitized pages, an average addition of 5,131 (5,062) pages per day. Alexa rank 110,925 (131,799).
Newspapers.com contains 3,289 (3,252) newspapers including 669,469 (669,141) pages for England and 1,672,744 (1,611,611) pages for Canada. The Alexa rank continued a rapid advanced to 17,321 (21,001).
Cyndislist.com claims 332,447 (332,819) total links in 204 (204) categories, with 990 (990) uncategorized; Alexa rank continued to advance to 30,076 (33,336).
FreeBMD.org.uk quietly added records mid-month, now with 240,217,566 (238,293,287) distinct records. Years will more than 5,000 records added in 2 months were, for births 1940, 1943, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964-66, 1969-73; for marriages 1962, 1964-66, 1968-73; for deaths 1970-71, 1973. Alexa rank 51,004 (49,360).
CanadianHeadstones.com has 948,000 (920,000) gravestone photo records from across Canada. Alexa rank is 455,376 (443,628). Deceasedonline.com crept up in rank 566,691 (568,964). The Canadian Gravemarker Gallery (gravemarkers.ca), with over ------ (849,000) photographs from across Canada, declined to 6,748,685 (6,655,434) on Alexa.
Among Canadian family history societies bifhsgo.ca ranked 2,455,914 (3,694,712), qfhs.ca 6,716,891 (-), and ogs.on.ca 448,063 (417,298).
In the US, ngsgenealogy.org ranked 474,862 (458,128), americanancestors.org ranked 82,246 (98,663), scgsgenealogy.com tumbled to rank 877,999 (591,619).
In the UK, sog.org.uk ranked 546,878 (632,638).
And in case you're curious, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections has 5,877 (5,807) posts; on Alexa the .ca site ranked 249,917 (285,046).
Did I miss something significant? If so please post a comment with statistics if applicable.
Monday, 1 September 2014
Even if August is a quiet month in the family history world there has been some movement.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
There's a new way to access New Brunswick, County Birth Registers, ca. 1812-1919, through FamilySearch. These browse images, not as extensive as the title suggests, cover the counties of Gloucester (1851-1907) , Northumberland (1888), Restigouche (1888-1917), Saint John (1888-1905), Victoria (1888), Westmorland (1888) and York (1888). They are from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
Don't overlook the new records added to the PANB site in August: City of Fredericton Burial Permit Listing with 1,497 records and; County Council Marriage Records, 1826-1887 with 41,062 records.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
What do Australia, Finland, Russia, Vietnam and the United States have that Canada doesn't? The answer, according to this blog post, historic/old digitised newspaper sites that offer public text correction/transcription. Pioneered by the National Library of Australia on the Trove site crowd-sourcing OCR correction is catching on.
Meanwhile OCR capabilities for old newspaper digitization are improving slowly. A paper from UC Berkeley claims to achieve a word error rate of 25.6 compared to 49.2 for ABBYY Fine Reader a widely used commercial product.
Debbie Kennett who is coming to the BIFHSGO conference, 19-21 September writes a blog characterized as "The day-to-day activities of the Cruwys/Cruse one-name study with occasional diversions into other topics of interest such as DNA testing and personal genomics."
If you subscribe you won't be overwhelmed with posts, just three in August so far. Two of them are DNA related; the emphasis has shifted from the Cruwys name at the start in April 2007 to genetic genealogy now. Following Debbie's blog is an excellent way to keep up with developments in genetic genealogy - with a British perspective.
Find the blog, plus information of Debbie's books and publications, at http://cruwys.blogspot.com/
Friday, 29 August 2014
Less than 5 min. into Wednesday evening's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on cable channel TLC actress Minnie Driver found her way from Los Angeles to London and the hidden story of her father's Second World War heroism while in the RAF. Researching his parents, and tracing forward to descendants of living siblings illustrated how much easier genealogical searching is in England and Wales with open access, at a price, to national BMD records than in Canada or the US where they are held on the sub-national level and subject to long embargo periods.
The BBC episode on Thursday evening took place in Ireland and featured comedian Brendan O'Carroll trying to get to the truth behind the 1920 murder of his grandfather during the civil war just prior to independence. It was a fascinating if not very typical Who Do You Think You Are? episode, more like CSI. To O'Carroll's surprise the identity of the likely murderer, according to IRA sources, was revealed. One criticism, a segment showed O'Carroll supposedly searching a newspaper on microfilm, an almost laughably casual approach, flipping through images which in most cases would lead to missing vital information.
Paul Milner who is coming to the BIFHSGO conference, 19-21 September, writes a blog which highlights British Isles research, resources and book reviews, and occasionally his own ancestors.
Recent Posts have included a three part series on search techniques for the findmypast website, the Guardian newspaper collection of Untold Stories of World War One and, a book review of Tracing your Army Ancestors. Second Edition, by Simon Fowler.
These and earlier articles, back to February last year, are found at http://www.milnergenealogy.com/?page_id=4
Despite the hype that it's a global conference, and there are many attendees from outside the US,RootsTech, like FGS, is US-dominated. There's lots that isn't county-specific.
If you need convincing check out nineteen videos from the 2014 Rootstech.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
The following is from Ancestry.ca .
"In honour of Labour Day, from August 28 to September 1, Ancestry.ca is offering free access to all FamilySearch API records, which includes 1 billion records from 67 countries (nearly 200,000 records and more than 2 million images from Canada), so Canadians can discover more about their family’s working history. Visit ancestry.ca/international.
Clara Florence Webster rarely spoke about her life during WWI, and it wasn’t until her granddaughter Laurie Marshall was an adult that she shared her remarkable story with her. Until then, Laurie had no idea how brave her grandmother was.
A young woman in her early twenties, Clara helped the war effort by working in a munitions factory. Clara along with the other women in munitions factories in England, also known as munitionettes, produced 80 per cent of the artillery shells and bombs used by the British Army. Clara was one of the 1.6 million British women to join the workforce between 1914 and 1918. In Canada it is estimated that 35,000 women entered the work force during the war in occupations that were generally the domain of men.
Clara and the other women faced many dangers while working in the factory including working with poisonous substances and regularly being interrupted by blackout protocols. During a blackout the factory would go into immediate shutdown and all lights, machinery and assembly lines would be turned off. The women would have to remain completely quiet because the German Zeppelins overhead were specifically looking for them in hope of locating and bombing the factories building artillery. A boring day at work for Clara was a good day!
“I am still in awe of my grandmother and the risks she took during the First World War. She was so brave to put herself in so much danger, but she worked in the munitions factory because it was a job that needed to be done,” said Laurie Marshall. “Ancestry.ca has helped me discover so many little details about her that I never knew such as her birth, marriage and immigration stories.”
Clara immigrated to Canada in 1927, paying her own passage and with just $150 in her pocket. Two days after her arrival she married Thomas Steele in Simcoe, Ontario."
Recent British changes on Ancestry are:
- Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 is updated to contain 1,020,588 records linked to images of the originals. That's a decrease of about 4,000 records from the update in early May! The records are from the Warwickshire Anglican Registers. Warwick, England: Warwickshire County Record Office.
- 1891 Wales Census updated to contain 1,760,678 records. The images are from The National Archives of the UK (TNA).
- a new dataset: UK, Select Cemetery Registers, 1916-2012 contains indexed data from 16,093 burials at Magdalen Hill Cemetery, Hampshire, England. Images of the original register of burials are linked. "During World War I and World War II, Winchester was home to the regimental depots of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, the Rifle Brigade, and the King's Royal Rifle Corps. The cemetery has a war graves plot, and more than 37 World War I soldiers and 65 World War II soldiers are buried in the cemetery."
- Web: UK, Campaign Medals Awarded to WWI Merchant Seamen, 1914-1925. Search these records held at TNA with link to the originals at TNA's Discovery site.