Monday, 3 August 2015

Worst Prime Ministers of Canada: Results

Here are the results based on 57 people voting:

1. Stephen Harper: 93%
2. Brian Mulroney: 56%
3. Kim Campbell: 28%
4. John Diefenbaker: 23%
5. R B Bennett: 19%

Thanks to the blog readers who took time to vote.

It's not surprising that there's not a lot of love expressed for Stephen Harper. Most genealogists I monitor on Facebook and elsewhere, and who read this blog, are ever ready to link to items in opposition to the prime minister and his policies such as here, here and here (pdf).

The PM job requires winning a mandate, unless you inherit what is often a poison chalice, pursuing your vision and accept that along the way you'll alienate others with different visions, and suffer for your inevitable human failings. Brian Mulroney, ranked second, who won the largest parliamentary majority in Canadian history is an example of the latter; Kim Campbell of the poison chalice.

Interesting -- all conservatives!

English Ancestry Updates

Ancestry snuck in a few collection updates at the end of July. You can never be sure how major or minor these are - no guarantee you'll find anything new.

London, England
Electoral Registers, 1832-1965, now 179,071,664 records

Gloucestershire, England
Burials, 1813-1988, now 821,305 records
Confirmations, 1834-1913, now 14,295 records
Baptisms, 1813-1913, now 1,073,126 records
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813, now 2,257,535 records
Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938, now 1,058,28 records

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Worst Prime Ministers of Canada: vote

Inspired by a list of the 9 worst monarchs published by History Extra, the calling of the Canadian general election, and looking to do a short trial before voting for the best Canadian genealogy websites, here's a quick poll. It won't be open for long.

Of Canada's 22 Prime Ministers which do you consider the worst. Before voting refresh you memory with the Wikipedia List of Prime Ministers of Canada. Select as many as you want.

This survey is now closed.

JK Rowling on WDYTYA

TLC, which airs the JK Rowling episode this evening at 9pm, writes that she sets off on a journey to uncover her maternal French roots. She stumbles upon a family mystery, and uncovers a harrowing tale of wartime heroism, then discovers the actions of a brave ancestor.

There's a repeat of last week's Ginnifer Goodwin episode at 8pm.

August Backup Nag

My laptop overheated and shut off on July the 31st just before my regularly scheduled monthly backup. Fortunately the laptop restarted after it cooled down so nothing was lost. It made me wonder if monthly backup is frequent enough.
In the meantime if you haven`t done a backup to your hard drive lately do it now.

Kingston Upon Thames and Surbiton Burial Registers

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames operates two cemeteries:

  • Kingston Cemetery and Crematorium at Bonner Hill Road, 27 acres, opened in 1855, includes 163 in CWGC plots.
  • Surbiton Cemetery at Lower Marsh Lane, 11 acres, opened in 1918, includes 63 burials in CWGC plots.
Burial records are now updated to 2004 for both and free online, including images of the original register entry, at

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Col By Day 2015

Monday's Civic holiday is named Col By Day in Ottawa. You are invited to stop by the Bytown Museum site, right by the Rideau Canal Locks, where various heritage organization will be gathering .
This year the event is extended with a variety of activities detailed here that include a free beginning genealogy session presented by Mike More at 1pm on Sunday.

TheGenealogist to offer Norfolk Parish Records

TheGenealogist and the Norfolk Record Office announce that they have signed an agreement to make Norfolk parish registers and other historical records available online for the first time.
The registers from the Diocese of Norwich include baptisms, marriages, burials and banns of marriage feature the majority of the parishes in Norfolk and some Suffolk parishes in and near Lowestoft that fall into the deanery of Lothingland and also, various parishes from the deanery of Fincham and Feltwell, that part of the Diocese of Ely that covers south-west Norfolk.

On release searchable transcripts will be linked to original images.

Findmypast recently added these same records without transcriptions so it looks like non-exclusive licences are being granted. Can Ancestry be far behind?

Benchmarks Update for July

There were 16 gainers, 13 losers in Alexa rank in genealogy websites the past month. The colour coding indicates in green those that have gained in rank, becoming more popular; in red are those that have declined. Changes of more than 10% are bolded.

Alexa Rank.

Website        30-Jul        30-Jun
myHeritage.com4,3174,661,22416,774          55,802          59,222

cyndislist.com65,67160,029          55,126          53,383
qfhs.ca2,808,3842,442,911        416,724        444,406
ngsgenealogy.org314,065 275,832

The top rankings of all websites on Alexa are:,,,,,,,,

Friday, 31 July 2015

Deceased Online adds Camberwell Cemeteries

Camberwell Old  and New Cemeteries have been added to the Deceased Online collection bringing to a total of 700,000 the number of records for Southwark in the company database.

The Southwark area covers Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Borough, Walworth, Peckham, Camberwell, Peckham Rye, Nunhead and Dulwich.

Camberwell Old Cemetery opened in 1856 originally as a burial ground for St Giles Camberwell and was expanded in 1874 to help Nunhead Cemetery cater for the demand for burial space for the whole area. It is still an active cemetery part of which is a nature reserve.

Camberwell New Cemetery was opened in 1927 to cater for the huge demand for burial space. All the records are now available to search online.

There are over 300,000 people buried in Camberwell Old and Camberwell New cemeteries and a total of 700,000 for Southwark including the "Magnificent Seven" Nunhead Cemetery.

... based on a press release from Deceased Online.

Lost Cousins Newsletter

Peter Calver just issued his latest Lost Cousins newsletter. It's a worthwhile read for genealogists with British interest. Find it at and subscribe if you like it.

Findmypast weekly update adds Norfolk Parish Registers and more

Look at the huge list of parishes in Findmypast's new browse collection of Norfolk parish records and you'll see there's a bonus, quite a few parishes from East Suffolk. There are more than 5,300 pages of baptism, marriage, bans registers and burial records from Church of England parishes. I recommend searching the Norfolk Transcription Archive first which may well save some time. Do look at the image of the original to check that the transcription is good.
Acle, Alburgh, Aldborough, Alderford, Anmer, Arminghall, Ashby (Suffolk), Ashby St Mary, Ashill, Ashmanhaugh, Attleborough, Attlebridge, Aylmerton, Aylsham, Baconsthorpe, Bagthorpe, Bale Alias Bathley, Banningham, Barford, Barmer, Barney, Barnham Broom, With Bickerston, Kimberley & Carleton Forehoe, Barningham Town Alias Winter, Barton Turf, Bawburgh, Bawdeswell, Bedingham, Beeston Next Mileham, Beeston Regis, Beeston St Lawrence, Beetley, Beighton With Moulton, Belaugh, Bergh Apton, Bessingham, Besthorpe, Bexwell, Billingford With Thorpe Parva (Near Diss), Binham, Bintry, Bittering Parva, Blakeney, Blickling, Blo Norton, Blofield, Blundeston With Flixton, Bodham, Bodney, Bradwell, Bramerton, Brampton, Brandiston, Brandon Parva, Bressingham, Brettenham, Bridgham With Roudham, Briningham & Briningham Benefice, Brinton, Brisley, Briston, Brockdish, Brooke, Broome, Brunstead, Burgh Castle, Burgh Next Aylsham, Burgh Parva, Burlingham St Andrew, Burlingham St Peter, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy, Burnham Sutton & Burnham Ulph, Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Westgate, Burston, Buxton, Bylaugh, Bylaugh & Foxley, Caister By Yarmouth, Caistor St Edmund With Markshall, Cantley, Carbrooke, Carleton Forehoe With Crownthorpe, Carleton St Peter, Carlton Colville, Castle Acre, Catfield, Cawston, Claxton, Cley Next The Sea, Cockley Cley, Cockthorpe, Colby, Colkirk With Oxwick, Colney, Coltishall, Colton, Congham, Corton, Costessey, Coston, Cranwich With Didlington & Colveston, Cranworth With Letton, Crimplesham, Cringleford, Cromer, Crostwick, Crostwight, Crownthorpe, Denton, Denver, Deopham With Hackford, Dersingham, Dickleburgh With Langmere, Didlington With Colveston, Dilham, Diss, Ditchingham, Docking, Downham Market With Bexwell, Drayton, Dunton With Doughton, Earlham St Mary & Earlham With Bowthorpe, Earsham, East Barsham, East Beckham With West Beckham, East Bilney, East Bradenham, East Carleton, East Dereham, East Harling, East Lexham, East Raynham, East Rudham, East Ruston, East Walton, East Winch, East Wretham With West Wretham, Easton, Eaton (St Andrew & Christchurch), Ellingham, Elsing, Fakenham, Felbrigg, Felmingham, Felthorpe, Feltwell, Field Dalling, Filby, Fincham, Fishley, Forncett St Mary, Forncett St Peter, Foulden, Foulsham, Foxley, Framingham Pigot, Freethorpe With Wickhampton, Frenze, Frettenham, Fring, Fritton (Norfolk), Fritton (Suffolk), Fulmodeston With Croxton, Garboldisham, Garveston With Thuxton, Gateley, Geldeston, Gillingham, Gisleham, Gooderstone, Great Bircham With Bircham Newton & Bircham Tofts, Great Cressingham, Great Dunham, Great Ellingham, Great Fransham, Great Hautbois, Great Hockham With Little Hockham, Great Massingham, Great Melton, Great Plumstead, Great Ryburgh, Great Snoring, Great Walsingham, Great Yarmouth Borough, Great Yarmouth, St Nicholas With St Peter, St John, St Andrew, St James, St Paul & St Luke, Gresham, Gressenhall, Guist, Gunthorpe, Gunton (Suffolk), Gunton With Hanworth, Hackford Near Wymondham, Hackford With Whitwell, Hainford, Halvergate With Tunstall, Hanworth, Happisburgh, Hardingham, Hardwick, Hargham, Harpley, Haveringland, Hedenham, Helhoughton, Hellesdon, Hellington, Hemblington, Hempnall and The Hempnall Group Of Parishes, Hempstead By Holt, Hempstead With Eccles and Lessingham, Hempton, Hemsby, Herringfleet, Hethel, Hethersett, Hevingham, Heydon With Irmingland, Hickling, Hilborough, Hilgay, Hindolveston, Hindringham, Hingham, Hockwold Cum Wilton, Hoe, Holkham, Holme Hale, Holme Next The Sea, Holt, Honing, Hopton, Horningtoft, Horsey, Horstead, Houghton , On The Hill, Houghton St Giles, Houghton-Next-Harpley, Hoveton St John, Hoveton St Peter, Hunworth, Ickburgh, Illington, Ingham, Ingoldisthorpe, Intwood With Keswick, Irstead, Kelling, Kenninghall, Kessingland, Ketteringham, Kettlestone, Kimberley, King's Lynn, St Margaret With St Nicholas, Kirby Cane, Kirkley St Peter & St John (Suffolk), Kirstead With Langhale, Knettishall, Lammas With Little Hautbois, Langford, Langham, Larling, Lessingham, Letheringsett, Limpenhoe & Southwood, Litcham, Little Cressingham, Little Dunham, Little Ellingham, Little Fransham, Little Massingham, Little Melton, Little Plumstead, Little Ryburgh, Little Snoring, Little Walsingham, Loddon, Longham, Lound, Lowestoft, St John, Lowestoft, St Margaret, Ludham, Lyng, Marham, Marlingford, Marsham, Matlaske, Mattishall Burgh, Mautby, Melton Constable, Methwold, Metton, Middleton, Mileham, Morley St Botolph With St Peter, Morningthorpe With Fritton, Morston, Morton-On-The-Hill, Moulton St Mary, Mundford, Mundham, Mutford, Narborough, Narford, Neatishead, Necton, Needham, Newton By Castle Acre, Newton Flotman, North Barningham, North Barsham, North Creake, North Pickenham, North Runcton, North Walsham, North Wootton, Northrepps, Northwold, Norwich, St Andrew, Norwich, St Augustine, Norwich, St Benedict, Norwich, St Clement & St Edmund, Norwich, St Etheldreda, Norwich, St George Colegate, Norwich, St George Tombland & St Simon & St Jude, Norwich, St Giles, Norwich, St Gregory, Norwich, St Helen, Norwich, St James With Pockthorpe, Norwich, St John De Sepulchre, Norwich, St John The Baptist At Maddermarket, Norwich, St John Timberhill With All Saints & St Michael At Thorn, Norwich, St Julian, Norwich, St Lawrence, Norwich, St Margaret & St Swithin, Norwich, St Martin At Oak, Norwich, St Martin At Palace, Norwich, St Mary Coslany, Norwich, St Mary In The Marsh, Norwich, St Michael At Plea, Norwich, St Michael Coslany & St Martin At Oak, Norwich, St Peter Hungate, Norwich, St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, St Peter Parmentergate, Norwich, St Peter Southgate, Norwich, St Saviour, Norwich, St Stephen, Norwich, St Swithin, Old Buckenham, Old Catton, Old Hunstanton (St Mary's), Old Lakenham (St John With All Saints), Ormesby St Margaret With Scratby, Ormesby St Michael, Oulton (Suffolk), Overstrand, Ovington, Oxborough, Oxnead, Oxwick, Pakefield, Panxworth, Pentney, Plumstead By Holt, Potter Heigham, Pulham St Mary Magdalene Alias Pulham Market, Pulham St Mary The Virgin, Rackheath, Ranworth, Reedham, Reepham With Kerdiston, Repps With Bastwick, Reymerston, Riddlesworth With Gasthorpe, Ridlington, Ringland, Rockland All Saints With St Andrew, Rockland St Mary With Hellington, Rockland St Peter, Rollesby, Roudham, Roughton, Roydon Near Diss, Roydon Near Lynn, Runhall With Coston, Runham, Runton, Rushall, Rushford, Rushmere, Ryston With Roxham, Saham Toney, Salhouse, Salle, Salthouse, Saxlingham By Holt, Saxlingham Nethergate With Saxlingham Thorpe, Scarning, Sco Ruston, Scole, Scoulton With Wood Rising, Sculthorpe, Sea Palling, Sedgeford, Seething, Sharrington, Shelton With Hardwick, Shereford, Shernbourne, Shimpling, Shipdham, Shotesham, All Saints, Shotesham, St Mary & St Botolph With St Martin, Shouldham, Shouldham Thorpe, Shropham, Sisland, Skeyton, Sloley, Smallburgh, Snetterton, Snettisham, Somerleyton, South Creake, South Lopham With North Lopham, South Lynn, All Saints, South Pickenham, South Raynham, South Walsham, St Lawrence With St Mary, South Wootton, Southacre, Southburgh, Southery, Southwood, Sparham, Spixworth, Sprowston & Beeston St Andrew, Stalham, Stanfield, Stanford, Stanhoe With Barwick, Starston, Stibbard, Stiffkey, Stockton, Stody, Stoke Ferry, Stokesby With Herringby, Stratton St Mary, Stratton St Michael With St Peter, Stratton Strawless, Strumpshaw, Suffield, Surlingham St Mary & St Saviour, Sustead, Sutton, Swaffham, Swafield, Swainsthorpe, Swannington, Swanton Morley With Worthing, Swanton Novers, Swardeston, Syderstone, Tasburgh, Tatterford, Tattersett, Taverham, Thelveton, Themelthorpe, Thetford, St Mary, Thornage, Thornham, Thorpe Abbotts, Thorpe Episcopi, Thorpe Hamlet, Threxton, Thrigby, Thurgarton, Thurning, Thursford, Thurton, Thuxton, Thwaite St Mary, Tibenham, Titchwell, Tittleshall With Godwick, Tivetshall St Mary & St Margaret, Topcroft, Trimingham, Trowse, Tunstall, Tunstead, Tuttington, Twyford, Upper Sheringham, Upton With Fishley, Wacton, Walcot, Warham, Waterden, Watton, Waxham, Weasenham All Saints & Weasenham St Peter, Welborne, Wellingham, Wells Next The Sea, Wendling, West Barsham, West Bilney, West Bradenham, West Dereham, West Harling, West Lexham, West Lynn, West Raynham, West Rudham, West Somerton, West Tofts, West Winch, Westacre, Westfield, Weston Longville, Westwick, Weybourne, Whinburgh, Whissonsett, Whitwell, Wickhampton, Wicklewood, Wighton, Wilby, Winterton With East Somerton, Witton (Near North Walsham), Wiveton, Wood Dalling, Wood Norton & Swanton Novers, Wood Rising, Woodbastwick, Woodton, Worstead, Wramplingham, Wretton, Wroxham, Wymondham, Yaxham, Yelverton With Alpington

Also this week:
- over 27,000 records of British Army schoolchildren and schoolmasters 1803-1932, students and staff members at the Royal Military Asylum (RMA) in Chelsea or the Royal Hibernian Military School (RHMS) in Dublin.
- nearly 10,000 records for Royal Hibernian Military School admissions 1847-1932  pertain specifically to students enrolled at the Royal Hibernian Military School in Dublin, Ireland.
- over 92,000 new articles and two brand new titles in the Irish Newspaper Update. The new titles are the Missionary Herald of The Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Tyrone Constitution. The Irish newspaper collection now contains 74 different titles from all over Ireland and over 9.2 million articles covering 231 years of Irish history (1719-1950).

Thursday, 30 July 2015

British Newspaper Archive Additions for July

Don't overlook the thousands of pages of articles added to the British Newspaper Archive this month. Check out this list for the past 30 days. They should also be accessible through a Findmypast subscription.


WDYTYA Magazine has posted the schedule of episodes for the upcoming UK series of WDYTYA? on the BBC. Again most of these people are unfamiliar to me, which never stopped the episodes being interesting.

13 August: Paul Hollywood
20 August: Jane Seymour
27 August: Derek Jacobi
3 September: No episode
10 September: Jerry Hall
17 September: Gareth Malone
24 September: Anne Reid
1 October: Frank Gardner
8 October: Anita Rani
15 October: Mark Gatiss
22 October: Frances de la Tour

There are 10 episodes in this series, twice the number in the current US TLC series, which is the shortest they've scheduled. This US series features: Ginnifer Goodwin; J.K. Rowling (originally broadcast in the UK in August 2011); Alfre Woodard;  Bryan Cranston and Tom Bergeron.

Project Canterbury

Project Canterbury is a free archive of out-of-print Anglican texts and related modern documents online since 2003.
I stumbled on it while checking for new material on the Rangitane, a ship sunk in the Pacific in 1940 on which my father was an engineer. What I found was a transcription of "One Man's War as Remembered after 40 Years" by the Reverend Ernest Robert Ball, SSM relating his experiences accompanying children evacuated from Britain in 1940 to Australia under the CORB program, on the Rangitane and as a prisoner of war at sea and in Germany after it was sunk.
There's a collection of Canadian Anglican Resources. Use the search facility to query this extensive Project Canterbury collection.