Saturday, 23 September 2017

Ottawa War Bride Couple Death

The death of English war bride Jean (Tubbs) Spear and her Canadian husband of 72 years George Spear a week ago made news on the BBC and CBC as well as in the Ottawa Citizen. They died less than six hours apart.
Jean had arrived in Ottawa on 21 December 1944, one of eight (?) war brides and six children who arrived on the same train at the Union Station. The Ottawa Journal reported their arrival under the headline British Brides Arrive in Snow Storm, Get Warm Welcome.
Weather records show that storm dumped 9.4 cm of snow.

Does anyone know the story of the other war brides arriving on that train:

Margaret I. Coller
Patricia Dudman, with daughter Barbara
Joan Fee
Ethel Large, and daughter Jennifer Street
Joyce Ryan, and son Patrick
Phyllis Mahoney, and son John
and two children of Major S. G Gamble, Margaret and Jean (mother deceased).

Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Sussex additions at Findmypast

Gloucestershire, Bristol Baptism Index
With the addition of over 139,000 records the Gloucestershire, Bristol Baptism Index now has 551,100 records covering 116 Bristol parishes.

The earliest is from 1518, the latest 1914.

The database was created using original records held at the Bristol Archives and transcripts from FamilySearch's International Genealogical Index (IGI).

Each transcript includes a combination of baptism date, baptism place, parents' names and a reference number.

Gloucestershire, Bristol Marriage Index
More than 80,000 additional Bristol Marriage Index records are now available to search. The earliest records are four marriages in 1518 from Bitton, St Mary, the latest from 1939. This transcript collection includes both parish and non-conformist registers and now contains a total of 354,787 records.

Gloucestershire, Bristol Burial Index
An additional 96,000 records expands this index to 273,182 transcript records covering more than 70 parishes.

Records usually reveal age at death, birth year, burial year, father's name, residence and provide you with a Bristol Archives reference number.

Hertfordshire Baptisms
Over 6,000 records covering the town of Cheshunt have been added to Findmypast's collection of Hertfordshire baptisms bringing the total for the county to 831,117.

Each record includes a digitised image of the original record book and a transcript for the individual entry. That makes it easy to check for transcription errors such as baptisms 100 years before birth. It's a reminder not to entirely trust transcription records.

Sussex Monumental Inscriptions
Over 1,800 additional records covering churchyards in Chiddingly and East Dean have been added to FMP's Sussex Monumental Inscriptions collection which now totals 23,102 records from 1513 to 2007.
Each includes a transcript that lists the deceased's birth year, age at death, death year, burial location, the number of individuals buried in that plot, details of the inscription on their headstone or memorial and a reference number.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Findmypast adds Dublin Electoral Rolls

Findmypast just made available electoral rolls, over 427,000 records, with the names of those eligible to vote between 1908 and 1915 in Dublin.

Voting eligibility for local elections was restricted to men over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30 who either resided in the city or owned property there.

The original electoral registers are held by the Dublin City Library & Archives.

Act today:Sign the Petition to Update Crown Copyright

Canadians paid for it. We should have access.

Royal Commissions, Parliamentary reports, statistical publications…are the raw materials of good journalism and history in a democratic country. As it is these publications can be changed or removed without warning, especially if the content is not supportive of government policy or otherwise embarrassing.

If they’re deleted, you might still be able to find them via web harvesters like the Wayback Machine. Or they might be gone forever. It’s hit and miss.

The solution is to address Section 12 of the Copyright Act legal scholars have labelled a “legislative monstrosity” and called for its abolishment. It dates from 1911 and British legislation which has long since been superceded -- but not in Canada.

Open up the material we paid for.

Act now. Sign the petition to bring Canadian legislation in line with other democracies .

The online petition closes on September 23 so act now. Sign it at

WDYTYA UK on YouTube

Several episodes from the most recent British TV series of Who Do You Think You Are? are new on YouTube.

They are supported by advertizing.

Noel Clarke
Fearne Cotton
Charles Dance
Lisa Hammond
Ian McKellen

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ancestry adds England, Extracted Parish and Court Records, 1399-1795

New to Ancestry is this collection of 93,495 early parish records. All entries I could find were sourced from a publication Musgrave's Obituaries Prior to 1800. They are index entries with name and death date (sometimes just year), and relate to the more well to do in society. There is no link to further information in the original publication.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

O ...Tops Baby Names in England and Wales 2016

Olivia was the most popular for girls replacing Amelia, which has been the most popular since 2011.

Oliver remains as the most popular first name for boys as it has since 2013.

The top ten names for boys were:
Oliver (6,623), Harry (5,284), George (5,263), Jack, Jacob,  Noah, Charlie, Muhammad, Thomas, Oscar. 

For girls:
Olivia (5,017), Alemia (4,777), Emily (3,551), Isla, Ava, Isabella, Lilly, Jessica, Ella, Mia.

The number of different baby names registered in England and Wales in 2016 was 28,274 for boys and 35,645 for girls.

Find the top 100 names and details of the names through history from the Office of National Statistics release at

Heritage Ignite! at OPL

In the Auditorium at OPL Main (120 Metcalfe) on Wednesday 27 September, 2017 at 6:30pm Ottawa’s local history enthusiasts will share their passion for our past!  Speakers are local history experts from: Lost Ottawa, Today in Ottawa's History, Workers' History Museum, Ottawa Free Tour, Black History Ottawa, City of Ottawa Archives and Museums, and Heritage Ottawa who will have 5 minutes each to tell you why they’re passionate about Ottawa’s history.

Register here.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Signatures: Paul Martin

A reminder of the forthcoming interview of former Prime Minister Paul Martin by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, before a live audience. It's the next event in the Signatures Series which features prominent Canadians who have fonds in the LAC collection. The event starts at 12:15 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., 2nd floor, Ottawa. 

More at

Monday, 18 September 2017

Discovering Print Resources for Genealogy

The Ottawa Public Library offers a 90 minute session on the types of print resources you can use to do basic genealogy research or add depth to your family history, and introduce the resources available in OPL’s collections.

Monday 25 September, 2017 at 2:00pm at Nepean Centrepointe.

Registration Required.

Advance Notice: Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives Genealogy Day

The program is now available for this 14 October 2017 event at the Nick Smith Centre

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Explore Marketplace 
9:00 – 9:10 Introduction and Welcome
 9:15 – 10:00 1st Speaker 
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Explore Marketplace
10:30 – 11:30 2nd Speaker
11:30 – 11:45 Comfort Break
11:45 – 12:30 3rd Speaker 
Noon Break 12:30 – 1:45 Lunch Break and Explore Marketplace - Raffle Draws at 1 pm
Afternoon 1:45 – 2:45 4th Speaker 
2:45 Closing Remarks
Till 3:00 Explore Marketplace

Further information at

Hazards of Researching Family History: Skeletons in the Closet

Some people think it's only DNA testing that reveals genealogical surprises. Not so. In my own case it was digitized newspapers. If you're not prepared for surprises it's best not to look.

Lifespan and Causes of Death in Britain

In 100 years the average lifespan has increased by 30 years in Britain. An article from the (UK) Office of National Statistics at presents the trends and details the causes.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

News from FFHS Workshop

The photo of John Wesley's gravestone below has nothing to do with this news, except that I learned it at a Federation of Family History Societies event at the grave location, Wesley's Chapel and Lysian Mission, across from Bunhill Burial Ground, in Saturday.

The FFHS announced they will be present at Roots Tech 2018. Three members are travelling there, have offered to staff a stand, and Roots Tech have offered a deep discount price for the booth.

Also, although nothing is signed and sealed yet the Federation is working with a commercial organization to mount a replacement for Who Do You Think You Are? Live sometime toward the end of 2018. Expect a announcement by the end of the year.

Friday, 15 September 2017

TheGenealogist adds over 1.1 million records to their Sussex Parish Record Collection

TheGenealogist has added over 1.1 million individuals to its parish record collection covering the county of Sussex. Published In association with The Parish Record Transcription Society, this first tranche of records will be followed by more releases in the near future.

This New release covers individual records of:

717,000 Baptisms
213,000 Marriages
208,000 Burials

CEF Service Files September Update

As of today, 15 September 2017 491,373 (467,521 last month) of 640,000 files are now available online in the LAC Personnel Records of the First World War database. That's according to a LAC Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service post
The latest box digitized is number 8363 (8101) for last name Robertson (Rasmess).
If my calculations are correct at last month's rate the project will be finished by May 2018. Maybe LAC can then move on to another major digitization project. Newspapers anyone?

Findmypast adds Herefordshire BMB Transcripts

This week there are over 650,000 new transcript records available to search on Findmypast. Most are from the IGI of FamilySearch.

Baptism transcripts are as far back as the early 1500s and cover 240 parishes, notably Hereford and Ross on Wye.

Marriages transcripts are for 1538 to 1936 and 236 Herefordshire parishes.

37,306 Burial transcripts from 37 parishes are also included.

In addition find Herefordshire Wills, 1517-1700 from the British Record Society, an  alphabetical handwritten index from records at the Herefordshire  Archive and Records Centre.

Robert N. Wilkins presentation to Quebec Family History Society September Meeting

Montreal in 1909 is the topic of a free public lecture hosted by the Quebec Family History Society on Saturday, 16 September, 2017 at 10;30 a.m.

Robert N. Wilkins will explore Montreal in the year 1909. Learn about the day-to-day lives over a century ago, what they experienced in their daily routine – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Get a clear sense of what Montreal was like 108 years ago in a testimony to the delights of family history. Robert will also have a book signing of his book Montreal 1909.

The meeting is at Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, Qc.

No reservations required, guests welcome. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Paul Martin in conversation at LAC

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) invites you to an hour of lively conversation with the former Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Paul Martin.

Paul Martin will be the guest of Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, as part of the Signatures Series, which features interviews with people who have donated their archives to LAC.

Reserve your spot now for this event, which will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa.

The presentation will be in English, with simultaneous translation in French.

Places for this free event are limited, so be sure to register at:

New CEOs for Ancestry and Findmypast

News via Gail Dever's blog

Gail Dever to speak at OGS Kingston Branch September Meeting

The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, September 16th at 10 a.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St., Kingston.  Gail Dever, well-known genealogical blogger from Montreal will speak on "The Creme de la Creme of Online Resources for Quebec Research".  This talk will cover English and French records.  Visitors always welcome.  Further information at

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Presentation: A glimpse into the past: Using historical censuses to research Canadian families

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 2nd floor, Rideau Room, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Cost: Free
Statistics Canada invites all to attend A glimpse into the past: Using historical censuses to research Canadian families, the second of a four-part speaker series organized to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
The guest speaker, Lisa Dillon, Full Professor, Department of Demography from the Université de Montréal, will showcase highlights of historical research beginning with the 1666 enumeration of Québec by the first Intendent of New France, Jean Talon, and she will discuss her early research findings from a new project on the 1831 Census of Quebec and the 1852 Census of Canada. She will also present research on intergenerational relations and living arrangements from the late 19th-century and on single persons' residential autonomy in the 1921-1951 Censuses of Canada.
Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from various fields. At the end of the discussion, participants will be invited to ask questions. Joining us on the panel are:
    • Johanna Smith, Director General, Public Services Branch, Library and Archives Canada
    • TBC, Professional Genealogist
    • Rosemary Bender, former Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada (moderator)
The presentation will be mainly in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French. Participants will be invited to ask questions in the official language of their choice.
Please register no later than September 19, as space is limited.

Another reason not to object to a DNA test for Genetic Genealogy in Canada

Perhaps like me you missed that Canada has joined the rest of the G7 in preventing insurance companies from using results of any genetic tests to determine coverage or pricing. That has been a concern of those asked to take a test for genealogy. But insurance companies had objected to the law raising the spectre of general insurance  rate increases.

There's an interesting article "Why insurers are wrong about Canada's genetic non-discrimination law" —

Betty Kidd RIP

The death of Betty Kidd, former head of National Map Collection at LAC, is recorded in today's Citizen:  

via Bruce Elliott who mentions that her husband Jim, also an Archives employee, died in 2015.

OGS Quinte Branch September Meeting

On Saturday 16 September, 2017 The Quinte Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society presents "Tales of the Script: Old handwriting styles from 19th century" by Carol St Clair, Master Graphologist.

Carol took Handwriting Analysis courses in high school and ultimately became a Certified Master Graphologist and Document Examiner with an interest in her family history after discovering the handwriting of her great-great grandfather.

The meeting is at the usual location: Quinte West Public Library, 1-3 pm.

Everyone welcome, bring a friend.

Branch information at

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Leicestershire and Rutland parish records updated on Findmypast

The East Midlands counties of Leicestershire and Rutland are featured in this week's update at Findmypast.

New records: 54,804
Total records 1,196,243

New records: 22,271
Total records 694,117

New records: 39,483
Total records: 835,595

Parish Records Browse 
New records: 13,090
Total records389,967


Call for Speakers: OGS 2018 Webinar Series 

The Ontario Genealogical Society invites proposals for their monthly 2018 Webinar Series. 

Topics of particular interest are:

Technology and Tools
Research and Methodology
Organization and Storage of Research, Documents and Heirlooms
Research in the Country of Origin (i.e. England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France, etc.)
Comparison of Genealogical Websites
Writing and Publishing Family Research

Proposals on any other topic likely to be appeal to OGS members would be welcome.

Selected speakers should be prepared to provide Ontario and/or Canadian specific examples in their presentations (where applicable).
Speakers may submit up to 3 proposals for consideration.  All submissions will be reviewed but only those who are chosen will be contacted.

Deadline for Submissions:15 October 2017

For more information, follow this link. To submit your proposal, click here!

DNA Clouds

As a former meteorologist with an interest in genetic genealogy here's one I couldn't resist.

Credit a tweet from Science Magazine.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Advocacy for body armour and deficiency of Canadian newspaer digitization

While visiting the UK National Archives on Thursday I attended a presentation by Philip Abbot from the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's campaign for better armour for soldiers in the First World War.

I was struck by the use Abbot had made of evidence from digitized newspapers, and not just those from the UK. Trove, the Australian newspaper digitization project and the corresponding project in New Zealand also provided sources.

No Canadian newspapers were mentioned. When will Canadian libraries, most notably LAC, stop handicapping history studies and rectify years of neglect of digitization of Canadian newspapers?

An unusual genealogical record

On a tour of Salisbury Cathedral it was mentioned that in the Royal Navy a ship's bell would be used for baptizing the child of a crew member. The bell, inverted with the clapper removed was used to hold the holy water. After the ceremony the child's name would be engraved on the rim; not a genealogical record I'd heard of previously.

The Financial Health of Canadian Genealogical Societies 2016

Each year organizations federally registered as charities in Canada for tax purposes are required to file returns with the Canada Revenue Agency including financial information. You can search for individual society reports at

Of 11 societies with information currently available for 2016 eight had a surplus of revenue over expenditure. For the previous period only three had a surplus. Most with a deficit had it well covered by assets.

Below is a summary of reports for 2016 with comparative figures for previous years in parentheses where available.

Alberta Genealogical Society
Total assets of $612,912 ($595,845, $558,845, $606,312, $540,282), and liabilities of  $229,017 ($251,116, $213,134, $257,883, $200,592). The total revenue was  $263,331 ($294,466, $208,033, $229,344, $254,380). Expenditures totaled  $225,165  ($295,448, $210,752, $250,276, $218,231). The individual annual membership fee remains at $50.

British Columbia Genealogical Society
Total assets of  $ 211,006, ($209,347, $206,451, $203,542, $203,016) and liabilities of  $ 8,641, ($7,600, $7,810, $9,268, $10,085). Total revenue was $41,331, ($34,030, $33,923, $27,625, $24,783). Expenditures totaled $45,355,($30,925, $29,555, $24,991, $22,502). The individual annual membership fee remains at $45.

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa 
Total assets of  $ 112,343 ($98,897, $121,878, $104,683, $90,374) and liabilities of  $ 21,160, ($14,120, $20,170, $32,716, $30,607). Total revenue was $70,112, ($59,872, $71,443, $70,738, $54,675). Expenditures totaled $65,587 ($66,583, $63,844, $55,000, $50,366). 73% (91%) of expenditures were categorized as "Other". The individual annual membership fee increased $5 to $45 for 2017.

Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc
Total assets were $ 24,346 ($25,523, $29,166, $43,130) and liabilities $10,701 ($14,098, $16,072, $15,867).  Total revenue was $29,331, ($34,368, $29,729, $35,226) and expenditure $26,107, ($36,037, $44,364, $32,525). The individual membership fee is $42.

Manitoba Genealogical Society
Total assets of  $ 44,954, ($47,734, $37,118, $55,341, $50,743) and liabilities of $ 6,029, ($7,927, $7,208, $19,157, $22,458). Total revenue was $ 48,219, ($41,899, $47,388, $47,727, $60,780). Expenditures totaled $ 47,543,($32,060, $49,679, $48,942, $59,162). The individual annual membership fee remains $50.

New Brunswick Genealogical Society
No report for 2016 is yet posted.

Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
GANS had total assets of $ 285,518 ($281,182, $307,796, $303,274) and liabilities of  na ($1,553, $0, $0). Total revenue was $88,023 ($42,800, $45,693, $32,549). Total expenditures were $ 82,134 ($69,858, $44,703, $30,717). 

Ontario Genealogical Society
OGS had total assets of $1,771,728 ($1,730,483, $ 2,398,885) and liabilities of $252,635 ($220,434, $253,590). Total revenue was $701,406 ($ 694,265, $557,053). Total expenditures were $709,792 ($ 711,897, $626,736). The society had a financially successful annual conference in Toronto in 2016.

Québec Family History Society
Total assets of $36,128, ($48,701, $50,072, $53,800, $65,742)  Liabilities totaled $ 5,895, ($8,529, $7,304, $5,111, $7,899). Total revenue was $38,714, ($42,468 $42,545, $44,095, $60,623). Expenditures totaled $ 48,653, ($45,064, $49,054, $50,878, $47,420). The annual fee remains at $75.

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
Total assets of $141,278, $114,170, $86,875, $106,334, $46,921). Liabilities totaled $123,279 ($135,921 ($127,116, $125,662, $65,054). Total revenue was $280,227 ($237,391, $239,577, $256,667, $261,767). Expenditures were $244,704 ($252,436, $260,490, $268,140, $262,316) Basic annual membership remains $50.

Société généalogique canadienne-française
Total assets of $ 374,826 ($363,189, $373,417, $339,405  $347,834). Liabilities totaled  $58,001 ($63,648, $67,351, $39,685, $68,013). Total revenue was $190,530 ($231,117, $202,946, $215,399  $248,240). Expenditures were $173,516 ($195,137, $202,782, $201,759, $220,556.) 

Victoria Genealogical Society
Total assets of NA, (NA, NA, NA, $24,786) and liabilities NA, (NA, NA, NA, 0). Total revenue was $42,261, ($34,048, $40,412, NA). Expenditures totaled   $41,054, ($44,502, $42,629, $35,790). Individual annual membership remains $50.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Official Word from

After a bit of a false start yesterday find the official word about and the Ontario Genealogical Society at:

BIFHSGO September Meeting: The Sinking of the SS Portsdown

The main event at 10 am for the Saturday, 9 September BIFHSGO meeting is The Sinking of the SS Portsdown.
John McConkey will talk about the sinking of the SS Portsdown. Many British ships were sunk by Hitler’s navy during World War II. Most of these sinkings occurred on the high seas far from land. No one thought that an inland ferry might be subject to danger so an explosion on the 20th September 1941 on a paddle steamer sailing from Portsmouth to Ryde was a devastating shock. The event had an overwhelming effect on several Isle of Wight families, but details and, in particular, the names of casualties were kept under wraps by the Government. As a 75th anniversary memorial to victims – in particular two family members – John McConkey recently took on the task of researching the disaster and documenting his findings in an article for the Isle of Wight Family History Society. The article won first prize in the 2016 best article competition. This talk gives details of the event, lists the victims and explains the research process John followed.
The 9 am educational session is Questions & Answers. Bring your questions and experts from BIFHSGO will have a stab at answering them.

The venue is The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive Nepean, Ontario

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Poets’ Pathway Final Unveiling, Sept. 9, 2017

Everyone is invited to the unveiling of the fourteenth and final plaque on the Poet's Pathway.  The Pathway has been a work in progress for well over a decade,

Celebrate the completion of the Pathway. With its monuments and poems, it is a truly significant recognition of Ottawa’s (and Canada’s) literary history and culture.

This unveiling is to honour William Pittman Lett, Ottawa's first City Clerk, an editor and family man, the Bard of  Bytown, and for decades the most important official of the City.

The unveiling will take place at 12:30pm., just outside the front door of the Archives building at 100 Tallwood, at the corner of Woodroffe Avenue. There will be a reception after the unveiling, with a poetry reading hosted by Chief Archivist, Paul Henry.

Guests will include Mayor Jim Watson, Councillors Mark Taylor and Rick Chiarelli,
Centrepointe Community Association President Ron Benn, William Pittman Lett lll,
Poets Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Andree Lacelle, Jamaal Jackson Rogers, and distinguished poets Armand Garnet Ruffo, and Susan McMaster.  Head Archivist Paul Henry will also speak and our present City Clerk, Rick O’Connor will attend the unveiling and read one of Lett’s poems.

There will be a display for the Poets' Pathway and for William  Pittman Lett inside the building.

Also, the biography Introducing William Pittman Lett, by Bryan D. Cook, will be available to buy inside the Archives.


Blogging Reduced

I'm taking a couple of weeks away, and won't be taking a laptop computer. A few meeting notice items are ready for posting. Any other posts made will be via smartphone. Expect some days without posts.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Weather and The Talk Genealogy Podcast

Malcolm Noble is a British crime writer with a long time interest in family history.
His recent article Answers in the wind: using local weather studies for family history research in the Journal of Genealogy and Family History caught my attention. After all, I am a former meteorologist.
Surfing around I stumbled on his blog The Talk Genealogy Podcast which he advertises as "the podcast for genealogists with too much time on their hands." Sure! It's especially for English genealogy and periods prior to civil registration and the census.
In a year's worth of monthly episodes he tackles topics like the Hearth Tax and Pipe Rolls in an approachable manner. Worth checking out.

Monday, 4 September 2017

FreeBMD Second August Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Thursday 31 August 2017 to contain 263,317,856 distinct records (262,812,210 previous update).

Years with major updates (more than 5,000 entries) are: for births: 1965, 1966, 1969, 1977-1981; for marriages: 1965-66, 1969, 1977, 1979-83; for deaths 1977, 1979-81.

Ancestry's Genetic Communities and LivingDNA's Sub-regions

How do Ancestry's Genetic Communities correlate with LivingDNA's sub-regions?

The 300 Ancestry Genetic Communities are grouped by region and subregion. Six regions are in Europe. In the subregion in the United Kingdom & Ireland the following genetic communities are in England,Wales and Scotland. The counties listed under each genetic community are based on eyeballing the AncestryDNA maps.

English Newfoundlanders
Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, London.

Southern English: English in the Southwest Peninsula
Cornwall, Devon.

Southern English: English in the Southeast
Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Middlesex, London, Essex, Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire.

Southern English: English in East Anglia and Essex
Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex.

Northern English
Lancashire, Yorkshire, Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland.
Adjacent Scotland - Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire. Isle of Man.

English Midlanders & Northerners: English in the East Midlands
Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Warwickshire.

English Midlanders & Northerners: English in the West Midlands and Northwest England
Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Shropshire.

The Welsh & English West Midlanders: English in the West Midlands
Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire. Adjacent mid-Wales

The Welsh & English West Midlanders: North Wales
Flintshire, Denbighshire, Caernarfonshire, Anglesey, Merionethshire, Montgomeryshire. Adjacent England.

The Welsh & English West Midlanders: South Wales
Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan, Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire, Pembrokeshire, Monmouthshire (and other adjacent English counties).

Scots: Scots in Central Scotland the Ulster Ireland
Wigtownshire, Ayrshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, Dumfriesshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dumbartonshire.

Scots: Scots in Northeast and Central Scotland
Orkney, Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire and Cromartyshire, Nairnshire. Morayshire, Banffshire, Aberdeenshire, Kincardineshire, Angus, Perthshire, Fife, Kinross-shire, Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire, West Lothian, Lanarkshire, Dumbartonshire, Renfrewshire

Scots: Scots in the Highlands and Nova Scotia
Nairnshire, Inverness-shire, Ross-shire and Cromartyshire, Argyllshire

Scots: Scots in the Highlands and Eastern Nova Scotia
Inverness-shire, Ross-shire and Cromartyshire, Sutherland, Caithness.


LivingDNA divide Great Britain into the following regions with the approximate counties given by the company.

(approximately Aberdeenshire, Angus, Fife, Moray areas)

Central England
(approximately Warwickshire/Bedfordshire/Leicestershire/ Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire, Northamptonshire/ Staffordshire areas)


(approximately Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway areas)


East Anglia
(approximately Norfolk/Suffolk/Cambrigeshire/Essex areas)

(approximately Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire areas)

North Wales
(approximately Powys/Ceredigion/Gwynedd/Conwy/Anglesey/Wrexham areas)

North Yorkshire
(approximately North Yorkshire/East Riding of Yorkshire areas)

North West England
(approximately Lancashire/Merseyside/Cheshire/Staffordshire areas)

North West Scotland
(approximately Highland/Argyll and Bute/Stirling/Perth and Kinross areas)

(approximately Northumberland/Tyne and Wear/Durham/Scottish Borders/Fife areas)


South Central England
(approximately Somerset/Wiltshire/Oxfordshire/Berkshire/Gloucestershire/ Warwickshire areas)

South East Central England (approximately Surrey/Sussex/Kent/London/ Hertfordshire/Essex)

South England
(approximately Dorset/Wiltshire/Hampshire and surrounding areas)

South West Scotland
(approximately Northern Ireland/Dumfries and Galloway/Ayrshire/Lanarkshire and surrounding areas)

South Wales Borders
(approximately Herefordshire/Worcestershire/Shropshire/W Midlands and surrounding areas)

South Wales
(approximately Pembrokeshire/Carmarthenshire/South Powys/Swansea/Glamorgan/Monmouthshire areas)

South Yorkshire
(approximately South Yorkshire/West Yorkshire areas)

Based on the counties here's how the two should correlate. If you've taken the tests with both companies does  any genetic community you have fall into the corresponding LivingDNA sub-region as indicated by an X?

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Norwich Archdeaconry Marriage Licence Bonds

The Norfolk Record Office has made available a 20,250 entry index of Norwich Archdeaconry Marriage Licence Bonds on their catalogue.
Use the advanced search at Put the name of interest in the Any text box and the phrase Marriage licence bond in the Title box.
Click the result of interest showing the bride and groom names to see their parishes, the parish of intended marriage and microfiche number of the record.

How To Use Ancestry Library

The Ottawa Public Library offers a 90 minute session on the content and use of this popular genealogy database. Learn some tips and tricks to improve your search results.
Thursday 7 September, 2017 at 6:30pm at Nepean Centrepointe.

Registration required.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

New Manitoba and Saskatchewan Records on Ancestry

Manitoba, Canada, Census Indexes, 1832-1856 & 1870 36,757 records
These early records are card indexes from Manitoba (Red River Settlement), Canada, from the years 1832-1856, taken by the Hudson's Bay Company, and the 1870 provincial census of Manitoba. Sourced from the Provincial Archives of Manitoba. Find name, age, residence place, ethnicity and birth place and sometimes more.

Manitoba, Canada, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1834-1959 90,290 records
These BMB records sourced from the Provincial Archives of Manitoba are from various churches in and around Manitoba, and some from present day Saskatchewan and even Minnesota. Some records are also from fur trading posts and Oblate missionaries to the First Nations some dating back to 1800.

Saskatchewan, Canada, Cemetery Transcripts, 1850-1994  164,751 records
Ten volumes of registers of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society are the source for these card images. As in this random example the information may be bare bones, but note the number in the corner which can help determine in which cemetery and municipality an individual was buried. The link to this chart shows in this case it's the Municipality of Redburn's Briercreast Municipal Cemetery.

Saskatchewan, Canada, Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1867-1932 107,581 records
Ancestry gives the source of these typical Catholic format records with images of the originals linked as Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957. Archdiocese of Regina (Saskatchewan), Archdiocese of Keewatin-La Pas (Manitoba), Diocese of Prince Albert (Saskatchewan), Diocese of Saskatoon.

September Backup Nag

It's that time of the month again. Make sure you have a secure backup of your data files.
I'm reminded by my friend Bryan Cook that Windows 10 and 8 have an a built-in automatic backup to an external hard drive which is easy to use and very powerful. You can schedule backups as frequently as you want. A suitable 1TB external hard drive is available for substantially less that $100. Restoring is convenient, but it doesn't protect you against fire or theft.
Also check that you have all system updates installed. Check your main computer and any computer you don't turn on often, perhaps an older one that you keep as a backup.

Friday, 1 September 2017 Labour Day Weekend Freebee

You can access the "occupational records" without a paid subscription this weekend.  Looks like that means the census records. Find out more at

Findmypast adds Oxfordshire marriage bonds 1634-1849 and other English Marriage Records

Find 46,145 entries in Oxfordshire marriage bonds 1634-1849, the headline collection in this week's Findmypast update. Find the marriage partners names and parishes and a year. There is no exact date and the marriage did not always occur. These are transcriptions, no original record.

Britain, Marriage Licences Browse is a collection of more than 10,000 records for Bedfordshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, London, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Worcestershire, and Yorkshire. Sourced from the College of Arms, Anguline Research Archives, and Gould Genealogy there is a mixture of handwritten and typed marriage licence record books from 1446. There are several volumes for Canterbury (1568-1750), St George Hanover Square and, St Mary Newington. There is no overall name index.

England, Clandestine Marriage Browse has more than 42,000 marriages from 1667 to 1754. Most are from London's Fleet Prison. Find name, residence, where married, the date of marriage and the name of spouse.

Ancestry adds Shropshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1812

This newly added database at Ancestry is a mishmash. As Ancestry describes it
"Original data: Electronic databases created from various publications of parish and probate records."
"The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. All of the data was converted as it was originally presented in various published registers and books."
I didn't know Agnes was a man's name, but the marriage for Wyllyam Northwood has the father's name as Agnes. Unfortunately there's no source given for a particular item so no way to check the transcription. Treat this database as leads for further research.

Dates for the 1.3 million records range from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s.