Thursday, 18 January 2018

FreeBMD January Update

The FreeBMD database was updated on Wednesday 17 January 2018 to contain 265,866,842 distinct records, 265,463,493 at previous update. That's 403,349 added, 17,537 per day.

Years with updates of more than 5,000 records are, for birth 1963-64, 1978-82; for marriages 1966, 1979-80, 1982-83; deaths 1979, 1981-82.

Forthcoming Canadian Family History Events

The following list of Canadian conferences, one-day and longer seminars compiled from various sources including links to some where further details are yet to be posted. Please let me know of any similar events I didn't find.

Saturday 10 March
BIFHSGO - Tracing Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors
www.bifhsgo.ca

Saturday 7 April
OGS Toronto Branch - Art of Genetic Genealogy Investigation with Blaine Bettinger
https://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/genetic-genealogist-workshop/?instance_id=1286

Friday 13 April through Saturday 14 April
OGS Ottawa Branch  - Gene-O-Rama
http://ogsottawa.on.ca/

Friday 20 April through Saturday 21 April
Qualicum Beach FHS - Unlocking the Past
www.qbfhs.ca/workshops/unlocking-the-past-2018-conference/

Friday 20 April through 22 April
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society - Your Family History: Finding
and Assembling the Pieces - Saskatoon
http://genealogysaskatoon.org/links/blogs

Friday 18 May through Sunday 20 May
Quebec FHS - Roots 2018
www.qfhs.ca

Friday 1 June through Sunday 3 June
OGS - Annual Conference -  Guelph
https://conference2018.ogs.on.ca/

Monday 4 June through Friday 8 June
OGS Toronto Branch - Genealogy Summer Camp
https://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/summer-camp/?instance_id=1282

Friday 28 September through Sunday 30 September
BIFHSGO - 24th Annual Family History Conference
www.bifhsgo.ca

Friday 28 September through Sunday 30 September
Kelowna & District Genealogical Society - Harvest Your Family Tree Conference 2018
www.kdgs.ca/

Quinte Branch OGS January Meeting

Bob Dawes is the presenter for the 2018  Crouse Wanamaker Lecture“Making English Connections: Using Free & Pay Websites to Find your English Ancestors". Bob will use a case study to demonstrate the limits of tracing your English ancestry on the internet.
Bob is a retired tech industry executive and management consultant, and a long-time member of Quinte Branch.
This presentation takes place at 1 PM, Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at the Quinte West Public Library
7 Creswell Drive, Trenton, ON

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

30% Discount on British Newspaper Archive Annual Subscription

I've only seen it at Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News, so you'll need to go there and click on the image to get the discount. You'll find the promotion code is already entered when you arrive at the subscription page.

The discount gives one year unlimited access for £55.97 (about $96 Cdn) for the year. The offer expires at 11:59pm on Sunday 28 January.

Genealogical Miracles

Miraculous things found in compiled family trees.

  • Time travelers: Children born before their mother, or after their mother died.
  • Mis-conception: Alive in records before birth.
  • The man who never was: Dying before birth.
  • The well preserved: Aging less than 10 years per decade.
  • The Keener: Women having children in their 60s, and older.
  • Resurrection: Alive in records after death.
  • Scratching on the coffin lid: Buried before death.
  • The Methuselah Effect: Dying at an extremely old age.

Kingston Branch OGS January Meeting

It's an early start on Saturday, 20 January for one of my favourite Canadian genealogist-presenters, Marian Press will give two talks to OGS Kingston Branch:

Are You Really Finding it All When You Search?: Mining Databases For Every Nugget of Information,
Do not just search for information with simple keywords or a relatively random choice of words. Get the information buried deep in a database or help a search engine really find what you want by knowing both the general principles of online searching, as well as database-specific methodologies. Concepts such as Boolean operators, truncation, wildcards, synonym searching, word order and simple versus advanced search will be explained.
and
Putting Your Family Tree Online: Making Use of Modern Technology to Share What You Know.
There are now many choices for how to put your family information online for others to find, well beyond what was available in the early years of the Internet. This presentation covers the various options available for family historians to choose from: the use of major genealogy sites like familysearch.org, Ancestry or MyHeritage; wiki sites, such as WikiTree; blogs; or building your own web site. The simpler and free options will be emphasized, along with the huge benefits family historians can reap from sharing their research. There will also be discussion of what will happen to your family information online when you die and the planning you should do now for this eventuality.

Marian Press, MLS, MA, is a retired academic librarian in Toronto. Born in New Zealand, she has been researching her Scottish, English, Irish and Portuguese roots for over 35 years, sharing the results online and in articles in family history journals. Much of this research involves travel to the places where her ancestors lived and worked. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical workshops and conferences and a writer on family history topics. She teaches courses on various aspects of the use of online resources for genealogy for the Toronto Branch of OGS. In 2011, Dundurn/OGS published her book Education and Ontario Family History: A Guide to the Resources for Genealogists and Historians, the result of her years at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. SHARP at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St.
Visitors always welcome.
Further details at www.kingston.ogs.on.ca

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

William E Browne: CEF Beechwood

According to his military file Quartermaster Sergeant William Egbert Browne, was born in August 1871 in Newport, Wales. A saddler by occupation he enlisted on 13 August 1915 joining the 32nd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Service No: 300023, and shipped to England. He was listed as gassed and returned to Canada in October 1917 and the Mowat Sanitarium in Kingston where he died on this date, age 47 years.
He was buried on 18 January with full military honours at Beechwood Cemetery in military lot 13, West part. 14. Plot 29. The Beechwood Cemetery register gives his birthplace as Barbadoes.
Newspaper reports of the funeral, which list his middle name as Edward, are that he had service in South Africa and the Northwest Frontier of India. Four children, Ada Minto, Herbert Archibald, Aileen Eleanor and Leslie Harold are named.

On the war service gratuity form in his service file Mrs Mary E. Browne is listed as widow at 430 Clarence St., Ottawa.  of 21, Adelaide St., Ottawa.
Her death notice in the Ottawa Journal of 5 October 1971 under surname Browne lists her as Mary Ellen Dwyer, widow of W. E. Browne with four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Civil records for the family before his death and in the 1921 census are elusive.

Monday, 15 January 2018

CEF Service Files Update for January 2018

As of today, 15 January 2018 there are 543,142 (532,447 last month) of 640,000 files available online in the LAC Personnel Records of the First World War database. That's according to a Library and Archives Canada Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service blog post.

The latest box digitized is 9247 (9059) and last name Staunton    (Smith).

At the last month's rate, which is not typical owing to the holiday period, the project will be finished by mid-October 2018.  The previous month estimate was July.




New from Pen & Sword Family History

A new UK release, as of 14 December 2017, is Tracing History Through Title Deeds: A Guide for Family and Local Historians.

The company blurb describes it:
Property title deeds are perhaps the most numerous sources of historical evidence but also one of the most neglected. While the information any one deed contains can often be reduced to a few lines, it can be of critical importance for family and local historians. Nat Alcock's handbook aims to help the growing army of enthusiastic researchers to use the evidence of these documents, without burying them in legal technicalities. It also reveals how fascinating and rewarding they can be once their history, language and purpose are understood. A sequence of concise, accessible chapters explains why they are so useful, where they can be found and how the evidence they provide can be extracted and applied. Family historians will find they reveal family, social and financial relationships and local historians can discover from them so much about land ownership, field and place names, the history of buildings and the expansion of towns and cities. They also bring our ancestors into view in the fullness of life, not just at birth, marriage and death, and provide more rounded pictures of the members of a family tree.

A notice in Family Tree, February 2018
Although a major source of information about field and place names, property history and the growth of towns and cities, these documents are some of the most neglected. Useful reading for beginner and experienced family and local historians, Dr Nat Alcock, of the University of Warwick, aims to put this right by demonstrating how these records can be found, analysed and interpreted. With information presented in a series of concise and easy-to-read chapters, it reveals how fascinating and rewarding title deeds can be once their history, language and purpose are understood.

The release date for the paperback in Canada, according to Amazon.ca, is 19 February. A Kindle edition is listed at CDN$ 9.99.

Perth & District Historical Society: 100th Anniversary Review of the Halifax Disaster

The following is a meeting notice from the Perth & District Historical Society.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
100th Anniversary Review of the Halifax Disaster
History’s Largest Man-made Non-Nuclear Explosion

Our society launches its New Year meetings, on January 18, 2018, with a presentation by committee member, Ellen Dean, on the devastating ‘Halifax Explosion’, of December 6, 1917, one of Canada’s worst disasters, and the world’s largest man-made non-nuclear explosion.

Although our society’s main objective is to examine historical events of Perth and surrounding district, the Halifax Explosion was one of the most tragic events in our country’s history.  Coming at the time of national, and often personal, distress from WWI, it was felt across the country.  On that December 6th morning, two ships collided in Halifax Harbour.  The ensuing fire on one of the ships led to a man-made explosion of a magnitude never before seen, literally obliterating a large area of Halifax and the companion community of Dartmouth.  The effect of the blast and the resultant fires created an unimaginable horror that could only be compared to a battlefield scene.  The shock wave was felt hundreds of kilometres away.

This past December 6, 2017, marking the 100th anniversary of that fateful day, Canadian news organisations effectively related the story of the disaster.  For our meeting, we will examine some of the relevant facts:  the reasons this completely preventable accident happened; the event’s human element, including racism; the aftermath and the stories of witnesses.  We will also consider the legacy of the disaster, many elements of which continue in Canada to this day.

Ellen Dean and her husband, who was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy, spent their early married life in Greater Halifax.  They moved to Ottawa in 1990, until retirement from their respective careers, and relocated to Perth 12 years ago.  In addition to her many appreciated duties with the historical society, Ellen volunteers at the Perth Museum and Visitor Information Centre.  She is also a member of both the Lanark County Quilters’ Guild and the Perth Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Please join us for this month’s presentation at Perth's Royal Canadian Legion,
home of the Hall of Remembrance, 26 Beckwith Street E., Perth, 7:30pm (Toonie Donation)

Our January Notices
Several interesting new articles have been added to our website, in the history section - including ‘The Perth Railroad Station’ and an ‘Early Log Driving’ video – and, also, in the ‘Mysteries’ Page.   Viewable at www.perthhs.org

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Perth & District Historical Society is dedicated to studying and popularising our area’s rich history and culture, and providing a forum for discussion and celebration of our
heritage.  Our meetings are open to the public, usually on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:30 pm.  For more information, call 613-264 8362 or 264 0094 – or visit our website at www.perthhs.org .
To contact us by e-mail or to unsubscribe from our mailings, kindly address your e-mail to: perthhs@gmail.com

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP)

A reminder that the deadline for submitting completed application packages for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program is 7 February, 2018, before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The DHCP provides financial assistance to the Canadian documentary heritage community, including genealogical and family history societies, for activities that:

  • increase access to, and awareness of, Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
  • increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage.

Applications may be for small or large projects with $15,000 the boundary between them. The documentation requirements in proposals for small projects are considerably less than for the large.

I'm hoping the program will receive more projects this round that align with The National Heritage Digitization Strategy.

Boxes, Bodies, and Backhoes: Excavation and Analysis of the Forgotten Dead of Early Bytown

What's the story of the bones disturbed by excavation for Ottawa's LRT at the former Barrack Hill Cemetery?
Find out from Janet Young, Curator, Physical Anthropology at the Canadian Museum of History. She will address the January meeting of the Ottawa Historical Association.

7 pm, Tuesday 16 January 2018 at Library and Archives Canada. All welcome!!