Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Family Tree Magazine: June 2018

Highlights of the UK Family Tree magazine for June, omitting regular columns, with a few comments.

Beyond the official record: rediscovering lost family papers
The official records can only take you so far in your research. Michael Heafford shows how it is well worth investigating whether more personal papers from the past might have survived the passage of time.
Comment: Personal records can be those remaining within a branch of the family, those in a public archive, those in private archives, those destroyed.
Disappointing as it may be the reality is we'd all be bankrupt just in the cost of storing everything our ancestors wrote or were mentioned in. We've probably all contacted close relatives, finding the second and more distant cousins is the most likely further source unless the ancestor was in touch with someone prominent when exploring archives and collectors may be fruitful.  

Locked up! A life of crime
Pat Chrisfield was shocked to discover a great-uncle who was in and out of gaol all his life, simply trapped in a difficult circle of poverty.

Taken a DNA test? Now what?
DNA tests are becoming evermore popular as a research tool for family historians, but the results can seem bewildering. Help is at hand to demystify DNA in our brand new series with Karen Evans.
Comment: Still puzzled by DNA results? Perhaps this advice from a former primary school teacher will help. Family tree also has a section on DNA under How-to-guides.

Spotlight on Wharfedale Family History Group
Steve Miller introduces a family history society that has been helping people find new routes to their roots, using traditional and modern methods.

Cemetery & graveyard research: expert guide
There is something intrinsically rewarding about standing on the spot where your ancestor is buried. Celia Heritage’s guide will help you track down these final resting places of your family.
Comment: This 6 page expert guide will help manage your expectations in burial records and gravestones. There are sections for Scotland and Ireland and a longer section for when you venture out to attempt to locate a headstone.

Finding Irish church records
Chris Paton provides a handy summary of sources and steps to help you locate Irish church records.
Comment:  Despite the destruction of 1922 not all is lost and more has become available online in recent years. Chris squeezes his best advice into four pages.

Preserving our past
It’s well worth family historians exploring heritage and living history groups to see the light they can shed on the daily life, work and experiences of our forebears in times gone by. Rachel Bellerby has gathered together an inspiring directory to pull out and keep.
Comment: There are about 50 groups mentioned, each with a brief on its activities and a web address. The first is the Railway and Canal Historical Society, the last the Families in British India. Society. Even OGS and the Toronto Cornish Association get a mention.

Researching the life of a ship
With hope in their hearts, many people took a chance, and emigrated across huge oceans in relatively small wooden vessels. Suzanne Hirst looks into the history of one such ship and those who sailed in her.
Comment: Research on a ship built in Quebec in 1834 is used to explore the how to do ship research and the issues when more than one ship went by the name.

Hitching a ride: exploring travel journals
Melody Amsel-Arieli turns back the pages to the past for a contemporary view of the world that was.

A treasure trove of Army records
See how the National Army Museum website can show new aspects to your soldier ancestor’s service with Julie Goucher.

The feel of fashion: 1850s to 1870s
Explore the wardrobe of your ancestors in the age of crinolines and bustles - with Jayne Shrimpton.

Explore the War Memorials Register online
Family historians can now search more than 30,000 war memorial photographs on the web. Ian Hook of the Imperial War Museum reveals how.
Comment:  Over one million names are also in the database, mostly only with initials. I found a relative on three different memorials.

Gaol time
Simon Wills learns about a fascinating project to capture a century of the stories of convicts.

Library and Archives Canada Access to Information Request Response January - March 2018

You're likely heard of Reclaim the Records, the US not-for-profit activist group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates who identify important genealogical records sets that ought to be in the public domain but which are being wrongly restricted by government archives, libraries, and agencies.  To find out about their work listen to Drew Smith's interview with Brooke Schreier Ganz, the group Founder and President.

Is Canada's Access to Information (ATI) system being used to obtain genealogical related information from Library and Archives Canada?

In the first three months of the year responses to a total of 138 applications to Library and Archives Canada under ATI are reported.

There were 36 applications for which responses were issued in January, 51 in February and 42 in March. There was no report for April available as "All institutions subject to the Access to Information (ATI) Act are required to post summaries of completed ATI requests within thirty calendar days after the end of each month."

Based on the Request Number it would appear eight of these applications dated back to 2016 with the remainder for 2017.

Full disclosure was made for 50; partial disclosure for 53; for 11 nothing was found or the record requested does not exist; for 22 nothing was disclosed (excluded) and for 2 nothing was disclosed (exemption).

The median response had 225 pages; the most voluminous 9,755 pages—a request for "Construction and administration of Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Carp; including all materials relating to Project EASE..."

The only application I could find with an obvious genealogical connection is:

Request Number: A-2017-01212
Organization: Library and Archives Canada
Disposition: Nothing disclosed (excluded)
Year: 2018
Month: March
Number of Pages: 0
Request Summary: 1881 Canadian Census Vancouver Island
Make an informal request for: A-2017-01212 (LAC)

The application would be excluded as the 1881 census is published and the Act does not apply to "published material or material available for purchase by the public". See chapter 13 of the Access to Information Manual. Unfortunately that means that ATI won't help in gaining online access newspapers and directories held by LAC.

There are other ATI applications that may be of family history interest such as "Reports of Candidates attending Officers' Training Centre, Brockville. 1941-1944." for which full disclosure was given in 228 pages. I'm investigating this further; look for more when LAC gets back to me.

Search for ATI applications at https://open.canada.ca/en/search/ati?_ga=2.40172386.1396726045.1526693558-1587750151.1525102889/.

Monday, 21 May 2018

16% of Canada's physical artefacts and records converted to digital

With the approach of International Archives Day on 9 June the following extracts from the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions: 2017 report are noteworthy.

(Canadian) heritage institutions have a combined total of over 7.7 million linear meters of textual records— (about the length of the main route of the trans-Canada Highway.) Archives house the bulk of these records (approximately 72%), followed by museums (27%).  (It's not clear whether that includes LAC's holdings of publications)

There are over 113 million items of graphic material (i.e. photographs, drawings, cartographic maps, architectural and technical drawings etc.) held in heritage institutions all over Canada. Archives house the majority (69%) followed by museums (29%).

Canada's heritage institutions preserve and protect over 1.9 million hours of film, video and sound recordings. Archives and museums hold most of these collections at 70% and 26% respectively.

Heritage institutions house over 70 million artefacts and objects, including archeological artefacts, fine art, military objects, scientific or technical objects etc. Museums are responsible for protecting over 81% of these treasures, followed by historic sites at 17%.

There are nearly 41 million natural history and scientific specimens (i.e. plant, animal, paleontological and geological specimens) conserved across the country, allowing scientists, researchers and enthusiasts to study the natural history and phenomenon of our world.

Heritage institutions have amassed over 5.6 million gigabytes of born digital records (records that originate in a digital form). They also have over 4.7 million gigabytes from the conversion of physical objects and records into a digital format. In both instances, archives hold most of those digital records, 77% and 94% respectively.

Overall, heritage institutions have converted over 16% of their physical artefacts and records into digital format. Of that, about 10% is available online to the public.

Top Selling Genealogy Books on Kindle

These are the best sellers for the Kindle in the category they classify as genealogy, excluding fiction. Note that the ranking change fairly frequently.

1. Reich, David. Who We Are and How We Got Here: The Ancient DNA Revolution and the New Science of the Human Past. Pantheon Books, 2018.

2. Rutherford, Adam. Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007.

3. Bettinger, Blaine T. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Family Tree Books, an imprint of F+W Media Inc, 2016.

4. Jacobs, A. J. It’s All Relative: Adventures up and down the World’s Family Tree, Simon & Schuster, 2017.

5. Elder, Diana and Nicole Dyer. Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide. Amazon Digital Services, 2018.

6. Bojs, Karin. My European Family. Bloomsbury Sigma, 2017.

7. Bettinger, Blaine T. and Debbie Parker Wayne. Genetic Genealogy in Practice. National Genealogical Society, 2016.

8. Hendrickson, Nancy. Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com.  Family Tree Books, 2014.

9. Mills,  Elizabeth Shown.  Evidence Explained. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2017

10. Jones, Thomas W. Mastering Genealogical Proof. National Genealogical Society, 2013.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

New Season of Who Do You Think You Are? USA Starts Monday

Two episodes in the new series of WDYTYA (USA) are scheduled on Monday on TLC Canada

9:00 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Jon Cryer
Jon Cryer travels from America to Scotland as he uncovers the dramatic tale of an ancestor. This relative survived a catastrophic battle, endured horrific conditions as a prisoner of war and was forced to come to America as an indentured servant.

10:02 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Laverne Cox
Actress and activist Laverne Cox learns about the inspiring life of her African American ancestor, who challenged societal norms and bravely pushed the boundaries just years after Emancipation.

Others scheduled for the new season are: Hilary Duff, Jean Smart, Megan Mullally, and Molly Shannon.

If you're into binge watching episodes are scheduled from previous seasons.

3:00 AM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Aisha Tyler
Aisha Tyler's journey reveals an ancestor who, as a politician, struggled to keep his illegitimate son a secret. Against all odds, her 2x great-grandfather exemplifies bravery and determination during one of America's most tumultuous eras of racism.

4:00 AM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Katey Sagal
Katey Sagal has an emotional and insightful meeting with her mother's friend and fellow USO performer. Katey also finds a surprising link to the Amish and uncovers the harrowing story of her relative's daring escape from attackers.

4:00 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey discovers much more about the grandfather she thought she knew as she uncovers how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community, and discovers a great-grandmother whose devastating tragedy stopped her from making it to America.

5:00 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Liv Tyler
Actress Liv Tyler unravels the mystery of her father Steven Tyler's maternal family line, uncovering ancestors who took part in famous American battles. She also learns shocking truths that change the way she will see herself, and her family, forever.

6:00 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel hunts for the truth behind family lore surrounding the death of an ancestor. She also makes two shocking discoveries that shake everything she knows about her heritage to the core.

7:00 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Smokey Robinson
Motown legend and icon Smokey Robinson tracks down a grandfather tangled in a swirl of controversy. He connects to a relative's familiar struggle with oppression while coming face-to-face with the gruesome history he knew was inevitable.

8:00 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? John Stamos
Actor John Stamos explores his Greek heritage for the first time and discovers an explosive feud that shattered his grandfather's childhood. He also meets a relative he never knew and hears firsthand about his family's enduring strength.

And the new ones are repeated too

11:04 PM EDT
Who Do You Think You Are? Jon Cryer

12:04 AM
Who Do You Think You Are? Laverne Cox

Canadian Veterans Death Cards: First World War

Did you know that Canadian veterans who survived the First World War and died up to the early 1960s may have information about them recorded at death in a collection of approximately 130,000 cards available online from Library and Archives Canada? I mentioned them in June 2012 but the information is worth resurfacing.

Each death card includes some or all of the following details:

Regimental service number
Unit, Battalion or Regiment
Date and place of death
Cause of death
Place of burial
Name and address of next-of-kin

Arranged alphabetically and available as images in batches of approximately 1,300 cards the name on the first card is the title of that batch. Find further information and a link to start the search at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/veterans-death-cards-ww1/Pages/veterans-death-cards.aspx

Panel Discussion on DNA Results

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Missed the Royal Wedding?

Don't worry. There'll be another along soon.

FreeBMD has index entries for 2,215 weddings where one of the parties had surname Royal. That's every year since 1837.

There were another 705 where the first name was Royal.

In another 20,927 weddings there was a surname Prince, and in another 796 that was the first name.

You might want to explore King and Queen!

GDPR kills ysearch.org and mitosearch.org

Family Tree DNA confirms information that has circulated for some weeks.

"On May 24th, 2018, our free, public genetic-genealogy databases, ysearch.org and mitosearch.org, will no longer be accessible as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25th."

Read the notice.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Ancestry.ca Victoria Day Weekend Open Access

Ancestry.ca is opening up its UK for free access, with registration, from May 18 to May 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. That's nearly 2,000 record sets and publications, and including at least some from Ireland.

Findmypast adds recent British death index records

UK deaths 2007-2016 from Findmypast includes 2,511,604 transcripts of those who died in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Jersey. Just under two million records are for the years 2007 to 2013, the rest for the years 2014 to 2016.
You can search by first and last name, with check boxes for variants, birth year, death year, and location.
Initial search results, presented in tabular form that can be sorted, are: first name, last name, birth year, death year, place, county and country.
Fields available for the individual results are: first name(s), last name, title (e.g. Mr), sex, age, birth year, birth date, death year, death date, place and other geographic information.

Would anyone know why the database has the large bulge in deaths peaking in 2009?

Statistics that can be obtained will be of interest to one-names and those who study surnames. For example:
3,591 people named Reid died during the period.
2,172 were in Scotland
1,120 in England
258 in Northern Ireland
30 in Wales
11 in Jersey
None in the Isle of Man

Bad Archaeology

Shawn Graham, Carleton University associate professor of history, is organizing this year's Shannon Lecture Series. The theme: Bad Archaeology - the use and abuse of archaeological knowledge and ways of knowing.
No details yet but lots of potential! From badarcheology.com: bad data, out-of-place artifacts, conspiracy theories, old maps, lost civilizations, extraterrestrials, controversies, other dimensions, religious delusions, frauds and hoaxes, in the service of politics (a good one for Ottawa), dubious methodologies.
Information on the Shannons, including the now public information on the donor, are at https://carleton.ca/history/shannon-lectures-history/

Kingston Branch OGS May Meeting

The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, May 19th at 9:45 a.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St.  James Brownell, president of The Lost Villages Historical Society, will speak on "Through the Lands of the Lost Villages".  Visitors always welcome.  Further info at www.kingston.ogs.on.ca

Thanks to Margaret MacDermaid, Branch Publicity Co-ordinator for the information.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

FamilySearch updates England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

When last mentioned back in December there were 379,189 Devon records in this database. Now, as of 16 May, there are 736,890 records with links to 93,511 images sourced from the Devon Record Office in Exeter (Devon Heritage Centre). There's a coverage table by parish.

Again, a reminder that Devon has Online Parish Clerks, unpaid volunteers willing to help others with their genealogical research. They collect, collate and transcribe records for various parishes within their respective areas. Find information at http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/OPCproject

No Ottawa Branch OGS Meeting in May ... other opportunities

Owing to the conflict with the Victoria Day long weekend there is no May meeting of OGS Ottawa Branch.

If you're suffering withdraw there are several other family history opportunities coming up.

On Thursday 24 May at 6:30pm Kyla Ubbink of Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation will present Photograph Detective: Identifying and Dating Historic Photographs at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Register here.

Ottawa Branch is cooperating with the OPL at a Saturday Special Local History & Genealogy Drop-In event at Nepean Centrepointe, 101 Centrepointe, Room 1B on Saturday 2 June, 10 am to 12 noon. If you think you might go register here to ensure it doesn't get cancelled.

Also with the OPL, on Wednesday 6 June, 2018 at 6:30pm, Shirley-Ann Pyefinch, Director of the LDS Ottawa Family History Centre, will speak on Digging Up Your Roots with FamilySearch at the Carlingwood Branch of the OPL, 281 Woodroffe. Register here.

Shirley-Ann informs me the annual Voices from the Dust event at the Ottawa Family History Centre will be on 16 June from 1pm to 5pm. That's a week after the BIFHSGO AGM and Great Moments in Genealogy meeting.

Quinte Branch OGS May Meeting

The Quinte Branch meeting on May 19, 2018 features a digital presentation:

"Introduction to GEDmatch" by Blaine Bettinger

The DNA website GEDmatch can be intimidating, so this lecture will start at the beginning and look at some of its basic but very important tools that genealogists can utilize in their research. We will look at the ethnicity tools, the One-to-Many tool, the One-to-One tool, and the X One-to-One tool.  

Held at  Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton 1-3 pm, everyone is welcome.

Visit www.quinte.ogs.on.ca and  facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

OGS/NEHGS Collaboration

The press release below highlights a new collaboration agreement between the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

An early benefit for members is that each society will offer the members of the other a $10 discount on new memberships. 

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)  and the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS)  Announce Collaboration 
May 15, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts— The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) have announced an historic marketing collaboration between the two organizations.  As a result of an agreement made between the two societies, NEHGS—the oldest and largest genealogical organization in the United States— and OGS—the largest in Canada—will offer memberships, products, and services at attractive discount prices to members of the collaborating organization.  Original publications of the two family history institutions—as well as research projects, online courses, webinars, and professional consultations—will also be made available at special pricing to members. 
The crossover of genealogical interests between Canada and the United States is a result of years of shared immigration history between the two countries. While moving from one country to the other raises many hurdles today, it was not always so. Cross-border migration was easy and common place in the 1800s, whether by road, railroad, or by way of the frequent lake crossings made by passenger steamers across the Great Lakes. It was common to move from Ontario to the United States, and vice-versa. During the 1870s and 1880s, an estimated 825,000 “British-Americans” left for the United States. The reasons for this migration were multiple, including opportunities for land or employment, family reunification, escaping problems with the authorities, or for many other reasons. 
The Statistical Review of Immigration, 1820-1910 and Distribution of Immigrants, 1850-1910 published by the United States Immigration Commission in 1911 shows that 1,179,807 persons reported their birthplace as Canada in that time period. By some conservative estimates, these individuals could have 50 million living descendants in the United States today. 
Similarly, migration from New England and other states into Quebec and Ontario was prevalent. The 1901 Canadian federal census shows that some 100,000 reported their birthplace as the United States. Those individuals could easily have more than 3.2 million living descendants today.
This historic collaboration between NEHGS and OGS took effect on May 1, 2018. 

Eric C. G. Steele: CWGC Beechwood

Corporal Eric Charles Gore Steele, age 25, son of Evelyn and Helen Steele, died on this date in an automobile accident.  He was smothered under water when the car in which he was a passenger left the road near Gananoque.
Corporal Steele, a bookkeeper by profession and sometime on the staff of the Ottawa Evening Journal, had enlisted with the Canadian Army Service Corps on 18 August 1916. 
He was buried on 20 May in Lot 31. North-East. Sec. 28 at Beechwood Cemetery.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

CEF Service Files Digitization Update for May 2018

As of 15 May 2018 there are 592,203 (581,553 last month) of about 640,000 files available online in the LAC Personnel Records of the First World War database.

The latest box available is 10,117 (9,926) and last name Waterous   (Venables).

At the last month's rate the last file would be online by the end of September.

Read the LAC blog post at https://thediscoverblog.com/2018/05/15/digitization-of-the-canadian-expeditionary-force-personnel-service-files-update-of-may-2018/

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

FamilySearch show the transcription database Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 with 9,413,910 records was "recently added or updated." — on 15 May.
Information is that "only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality." I wasn't lucky with the searches I conducted for Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Mugshot Mayhem

The non-profit Vancouver Police Historical Society which operates the Vancouver Police Museum and Archives was awarded $14,478 in the most recent round of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program. Seven projects in British Columbia received funding.

The project, entitled Mugshot Mayhem, will digitize two volumes of police mugshot books from 1900 to 1918. That's about 1,600 individuals. Each photo is accompanied by a description which may include name, address, description of the person including identifying marks, description and date of the event and any past convictions.

Library and Archives Canada DHCP funding is expected to be augmented by support through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Young Canada Works program offering summer jobs and internships in museums and related organizations for Canada’s youth.
All work for Mugshot Mayhem will be done in-house.
Thanks to Rosslyn Shipp, Museum Director, for the information.

Perth & District Historical Society May Meeting

The Perth & District Historical Society meeting on Thursday 17 May, 2018 is "For Crying Out Loud": Perth's Town Crier - the Tradition and History, presented by Brent McLaren.

“For Crying Out Loud” will present the history of the Town Crier and some of the stories that are part of Perth’s local history.  Brent will pose questions such as: ‘Where the first references to Criers are found?'; ‘What were the many functions of the bell ringer, if indeed they were using a bell, in their communities?’; ‘Was this a solo or a position with several Criers and specified duties?’.  From ceremonial to simply functional, the Town Crier has added to the rich tapestry of towns and villages throughout the world.  Perth’s current Crier, Brent McLaren, continues the “Loud and Proud” traditions that have been part of our story since the settlement was formed.

In the early days of the Town of Perth, it is likely that a local Crier performed a useful service to the community, but, whatever form it took, the custom apparently ceased without any mention of a Crier during the 1900s.  However, in 2005, the Town revived the tradition, in keeping with its heritage image, and, following a competition, Brent was appointed by the Town Council.  Since then, Brent, accompanied by his wife and consort, Shelley McLaren, regularly carries out his Town Crier duties at special and community events that take place in Perth throughout the year.  He is also known to assist Father Christmas during the Yuletide season.

Brent is a long-time resident of Perth.  Following his retirement from teaching at PDCI, he has been involved in a wide variety of community activities, in addition to his Town Crier duties.  Brent presently chairs the Town of Perth’s Heritage Management Committee, and was Chair of the Perth 200 Anniversary Committee.  He is a Member of the Men of the Tay Men’s Chorus; participates in community musical and dramatic theatre; a Member of the Ontario Guild of Town Criers; a Member of the Perth Citizens' Band; and assists local students with their participation in the local Heritage Fair."

The presentation is at Perth's Royal Canadian Legion, home of the Hall of Remembrance, 26 Beckwith Street E., Perth, 7:30pm (Toonie Donation)

Monday, 14 May 2018

Mining Durham's Hidden Depths'

Find 225,164 names in an index to the Durham Miners' Association trade union records. A major project from 2009 to 2010 at the Durham County Record Office, produced by over 100 volunteers, Mining Durham's Hidden Depths' is a still growing collection.

With records from over 300 collieries, the earliest I could find were from 1875, the latest 1973.

You can search Durham's Hidden Depths by keyword, or select from options to search by name/age/occupation/colliery/lodge/other location/date/event/document reference. There is also a link on the search page to browse by name.
If you find a name in the database you can purchase a copy of the original document. However, many of the records indexed are simple lists of workers' names, often with initials rather than full names. The original document may not contain much more information than the index. Other records give a surprising amount of detail about individual miners, their injuries and their dependents. The union records include accident compensation records. 

via a tweet from Jackie Depelle.

St. Peter's Cathedral Archives, Charlottetown, DHCP Grant

St Peter’s Cathedral in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island received funding from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program of Library and Archives Canada in 2016 to produce a strategic plan (pdf) for its archival operations, covering a 3- to 5-year time horizon.
As announced on Thursday the Cathedral Archives was awarded $99,558 DHCP funding to implement the plan for "Processing and Providing Access to 150 Years of Archives"
Digitization is part of the plan, a small part.  Priorities for digitization will be identified based on strategic needs, such as the Cathedral anniversary in 2019, and procedures developed, implemented and incorporated for ongoing digitization activities as a continuing archival task.
Congratulations to the Archives for the deliberate approach which undoubtedly helped in gaining the DHCP funding.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Ancestry adds new Cheshire and updates Somerset ... and more

Cheshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1564-1837 is newly added to Ancestry. "Created from various publications of parish records" its likely you will already have found records of interest through other sources such as FamilySearch.

Somerset, England, Marriage Registers, Bonds and Allegations, 1754-1914 has been updated to contain 1,521,727 records.

Also updated this month are various national Find A Grave indexes, web databases Saskatchewan, Death Index, 1889-1916Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915Northern Ireland, Will Calendar Index, 1858-1965, and the Canadian Headstone Index, 1840-2017.

YouTube: Maurice Gleeson: DNA & Irish Genealogy - where to now?

There's a recent presentation by Maurice Gleeson on YouTube. Part refresher, part update to discuss items in the news like Gedmatch and the Golden State Killer.

The talk was to an Irish audience so there's an Irish slant but much of the content is broadly  applicable. Be sure to listen to the Q/A period at the end.

Book Notice: Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests

Calgary-based family historian Wayne Shepheard sent me a note last month about his new book Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests.
As a former atmospheric scientist, now family historian of British origin it's one I'd like to read. The pressure of other commitments has not made that possible and likely won't for a while. So before too much more time passes here is the notice about the book.

It relates many examples of situations observed in nature – primarily from the British Isles, but applicable everywhere – to the lives of families who experienced or endured them during the past several centuries. Descriptions of many types of natural phenomena are presented along with numerous references to publications in which readers may find much more information as to their origin and impact on people.

The table of contents is:


The Parameters of Climate Change
 - Determining Whether Climate has Changed
 - Controls on Climate
 - Pre-Holocene Warm and Cold Periods

Epochal Changes: The Holocene
 - Warm and Cold Periods of the Holocene
 - The Rise and Fall of Civilizations
 - Summary

The Last Millennium
 - Medieval Warm Period
 - Little Ice Age
 - Changed Farming Methods
 - Enclosure
 - Land Abandonment
 - The Age of Enlightenment
 - The Industrial Revolution
 - Modern Warm Period
 - Summary

Slow-Developing Events
Rivers and Estuaries
 - River Bolin, Cheshire
 - River Trent, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire
 - Humber Estuary, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire
Shoreline Processes
 - Culbin Foreland and Findhorn Estuary, Morayshire, Nairnshire
 - Firvie, Aberdeenshire
 - Holderness, East Yorkshire
 - The Broads, Norfolk, Suffolk
 - Dunwich, Suffolk
 - Romney Marsh, Dungeness Foreland, Kent, Sussex
 - Hallsands, Devon
 - Kenfig, Bridgend
 - Morfa Harlech, Gwynedd
 - 1540 Drought in Europe
 - 1887-1910 The Long Drought
 - 1315-1317 Great Famine
 - 1623 Uplands Famine
 - 1740-1741 Irish Famine 'Year of the Slaughter'
 - 1845-1852 Irish Potato Famine
Volcanic Eruptions
 - 1258 Indonesia
 - 1783 Laki
 - 1815 Tambora
 - 1883 Krakatau

Rapidly-Developing Events
Major Storms
 - 1287 South England Storms: Kent, Norfolk and Sussex
 - 1638 Lightning Strike: Widecombe, Devon
 - 1694 Culbin Sands Disaster: Morayshire and Nairnshire
 - 1703 The Great Storm: Southern England
 - 1824 The Great Gale: Cornwall to Sussex
 - 1839 Night of the Big Wind
 - 1848 Moray Firth
 - 1881 Eyemouth Disaster
 - 1607 Bristol, Channel Flood
 - 1771 Tyne, Tees, Wear and Eden Rivers Flood
 - 1852 Oxford (Duke of Wellington) Flood
 - 1866 Pennine Flood
 - 1920 Louth Flood
 - 1953 North Sea Flood
Earthquakes and Landslides
 - 1771 Solway Moss Irruption
 - 1839 Bindon, Dorset
 - 1884 Colchester Earthquake
Diseases and Epidemics
 - 1347-1351 Black Death
 - 1665-1666 Great Plague
 - 1831-1866 Cholera Epidemics
 - 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Genealogical Information
 - Information from Parish Registers
 - Other Information Available in Historical Records
 - Summary

Summary and Conclusions


It's a paperback of 182 pages. Publication is by Australian company Unlock the Past.  For international purchases the publishers have established a price of AUS$59.95 which includes shipping charges which is about Cdn $58.00 today.
A pdf version sells for $29.95 AUS. I could find no Canadian retailer.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Findmypast adds Norfolk Browse Records

Five browse record sets from the Norfolk Record Office are newly added to Findmypast.

The largest is Norfolk Parish Chest Records 1300-1990 with 227,419 records from 67 different types of event record. Many event categories are unique such as an 1831 census book for the Norwich parish of St John de Sepulchre. Others, such churchwardens accounts, are found for the majority of parishes a few of which are in northeast Suffolk.

Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts 1600-1812 Image Browse, with over 78,000 records, is also available free on FamilySearch (their count is 76,589 images).

Norfolk Land Tax Assessments 1665-1837 Browse, over 60,000 records for 99 parishes for land, poll and window tax.

Norfolk Borough Records 1317-1981 Browse includes 44 different types of record covering apprentices, freeman, courts, churches, petitions, sessions, poor rates and more. They are from Colgate, Eaton, King's Lynn, Norwich and nine jurisdictions within Great Yarmouth. Comprises over 58,000 records.

Norfolk Parish Registers Browse comprises over 17,000 records (9,623 volumes), some back to 1538, for 553 parishes including a few in northeast Suffolk. Some are individual registers for baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, others (before 1747) combined.

I suggest checking the Norfolk Transcription Archive, FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage and The Genealogist which all have some of the same parish BMB records if more accessible for you.

QFHS - Roots 2018

Looking for a genealogy break next weekend? Quebec ancestry? A final reminder about the Quebec Family History Society conference, Roots 2018, being held Friday 18 May through Sunday 20 May at McGill University.
The speakers are: Steven L. Cameron; Luc Lepine; Christopher Lyons; Kelley O’Rourke; Laurie Pratt; Tom Quinlan; Mario Robert; Gary Schroder; Gloria Tubman; and Deborah Waddell Robertson.
Refreshingly these are mostly not the "usual suspects."

Find out more here.

Friday, 11 May 2018

FreeBMD May Update

The FreeBMD database was updated on Friday 11 May 2018 to contain 267,753,711 distinct records (267,316,381 at last update).
Major additions, more than 5,000 entries, this month are: for births 1963-4, 1978, 1980-3; for marriages 1965-6, 1980, 1982-3; for deaths 1981-2.

Halifax, Nova Scotia City Directories Online

The Nova Scotia Archives has made available free online pdf digitized copies of McAlpine's Nova Scotia Directories from 1900 - 1901 to 1926 - 1927. They extend the time-frame of those available from Library and Archives Canada—1869 - 1870 to 1899 - 1900.
There's convenient access to both sets, and information on other copies available at the NSA, at https://novascotia.ca/archives/directories/list.asp/.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

MyHeritage adds Health Family Tree in Beta

"The Health Family Tree is a private and secure area on your MyHeritage family site, intended to help you document the health conditions of your close family members, both living and deceased, in one convenient place. It's a new feature in beta mode."

The purpose as stated by MyHeritage is to summarize information in a convenient list format to be shared with your physician or healthcare professional, so they could learn about health conditions that run in your family.

People get concerned about privacy of health information. MyHeritage states "To assure maximum privacy, nobody but you can see the Health Family Tree. Not even your own family members on your family site."

"You can optionally privatize the list so that no names appear; this way, the relationships of the relevant family members to you – the most critical information for your healthcare provider – will be used to identify them instead."

Read the MyHeritage blog post at https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/05/introducing-the-health-family-tree/

Documentary Heritage Communities Program Awards 2018-19

Library and Archives Canada launched the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) in June 2015, with a five year-renewal period and a mandate to award $1.5M each year to eligible organizations. Three funding cycles are complete with $4.5M in funding awarded to approximately 140 projects.

LAC announced the recipients for 2018-19 on Thursday, 10 May, 2018 at the McCord Museum in Montreal. The 39 projects funded, including nine that previously received multi-year funding, are:

British Columbia:

At Risk: Preserving our most vulnerable fonds (Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre), Burnaby, $67,196;
Blitzing the Backlog (Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society), Mansons Landing, $14,856;
Indigenous and Community Capacity Building: Archives Regional Training and Development Clinics (Archives Association of British Columbia), Port Coquitlam, $41,098;
North Pacific Cannery Archival Collection Improvement Project 2018 (Port Edward Historical Society), Port Edward, $14,920;
Collections Accessibility Project - Stage 2 (Bulkley Valley Historical and Museum Society), Smithers, $16,940;
Archives Accessibility Project (Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia), Vancouver, $14,922;
Mugshot Mayhem (Vancouver Police Historical Society), Vancouver, $14,478.

Western Canada and Yukon:

Photo Negative Digitization and Online Access (Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $33,560;
Description and digitization of photographs from the 100 Nons fonds (La Société historique de Saint-Boniface), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $12,215;
Break on Through the Backlog: Processing Records of the United Church of Canada Archives (The United Church of Canada Archives), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $14,982;
Classification and training for Fransaskois community organizations (Société historique de la Saskatchewan), Regina, Saskatchewan, $12,905;
Geraldine and Douglas Moodie Collection (Glenbow-Alberta Institute), Calgary, Alberta, $20,000;
JHSSA Archival Collections Accessibility Project - Phase 2 (Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta), Calgary, Alberta, $15,815;
CYFN Archives Arrangement and Description Project (Council of Yukon First Nations), Whitehorse, Yukon, $96,432.


The Brittain Archives: Digitization, Spatial Referencing & Preservation (Oil, Gas & Salt Resources Library), London, $22,110;
Digitization of Lost Villages Residents Interviews 1977–1978 (The Lost Villages Historical Society), Long Sault, $3,200;
The WI Historical Documents: A Legacy to Canada (Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario), Stoney Creek, $100,000;
Digitizing the Formative Years of the Stratford Festival (Stratford Festival Archives Trust), Stratford, $80,916;
Increasing Access to Finnish Language Archives (Thunder Bay Finnish Canadian Historical Society), Thunder Bay, $11,600;
CLGA Backlog Reduction - Part 2 (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives), Toronto, $40,696;
Increasing access to irreplaceable records of our histories of migration and ethnicity (Multicultural History Society of Ontario), Toronto, $97,677;
Weston Historical Society Digitization Project (Weston Historical Society), Toronto, $28,608;
Virtual Exhibits of Sarnia-Lambton’s Italian-Canadian Community Narratives - Phase 1 (Italian-Canadian Archives Project), Toronto, $11,980.


Archival processing project of photographs from the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais fonds (Centre régional d'archives de l'Outaouais), Gatineau, $26,183;
Computerization of holdings and collections and transfer of archival operations to management software and servers for a better service offering (Centre d'archives régional des Îles), Îles-de-la-Madeleine, $86,020;
Preservation and Digitization of Brome County Historical Society Great War Collection (Brome County Historical Society), Knowlton, $12,412;
Preservation through technology transfer and development of the Lanaudière archives multimedia collection (Corporation du centre régional d'archives de Lanaudière), L’Assomption, $82,554;
Retrospective digitization of the magazine Documentation et bibliothèques, from 1973 to 1988 (Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation – ASTED), Montréal, $14,051;
Canadian Architectural Fonds Processing Initiative (Canadian Centre for Architecture), Montréal, $56,792;
Digitizing and Preserving the V. Taboika Panoramic Photograph Collection (Canadian Centre for the Great War), Montréal, $8,714;
Showcasing works on paper from the Inuit Art Collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), Montréal, $70,843;
Shared Sensitivities (McCord Stewart Museum), Montréal, $71,983;
Investing in Eeyou Istchee Archival Heritage (Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute), Oujé-Bougoumou, $82,979;
Contributions of religious communities to the Diocese of Sherbrooke (Regroupement des archives du Séminaire de Sherbrooke et de l'Archidiocèse de Sherbrooke), Sherbrooke, $44,771;
Bilingual audio guide for the King mine historic centre (Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines), Thetford Mines, $89,693.


Loomcrofters Studio Archives and Library (Queens County Heritage), Gagetown, New Brunswick, $9,911;
St. Peter’s Cathedral: Processing and Providing Access to 150 Years of Archives (St. Peter's Cathedral Archives), Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, $99,558;
Mahone Bay Area Business, School, and Church Related Archival Project (Mahone Bay Museum), Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, $19,118;
Labrador Image Identification and Dissemination Initiative – Phase 2 (Them Days Incorporated), Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, $28,999.

A consolidated list is at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/documentary-heritage-communities-program/Pages/Funding-history-2018-2019.aspx

Comment: As a member of the external advisory committee that reviewed the projects I have agreed not to reveal any information that came to me in that capacity. The allocation of funds by province is notable.

BIFHSGO May Meeting

The main presentation on Saturday, May 12, an auspicious day, is Were You in Salem in 1692? 

In 1692, 24 people died in the hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials. On September 22, Margaret Scott and Samuel Wardell were among eight people hanged after being found guilty of witchcraft. Ann Putnam and her family played a leading role as accusers in these tragic events. Three of their descendants — Susan Davis, Darrel Kennedy, and Marianne Rasmus — will share their stories and examine the life and times of their Puritan ancestors in the 17th-century Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Susan Davis has discovered that her 7x great aunt Ann Putnam Jr was one of the afflicted girls. Ann accused and testified against 62 people, 17 of whom were executed. 

Darrel Kennedy's 9th great-uncle Samuel Wardwell/Wardell was a victim of the Salem witch trials. In the next century, members of his family would move to Ontario as Loyalists.

Marianne Rasmus has discovered that her husband’s nine times great grandmother, Margaret Scott, an elderly widow, was hanged as a witch.

The presentation is preceded by a 30 minute Question & Answer Session starting at 9 am.

It all happens at The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

All welcome to this free session.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Car parking at The National Archives’ site in Kew

A TNA blog post on Thursday 3 May 2018 announced that:

"Due to continuing operational issues, charges in the visitor car park have been further delayed. We apologise for any inconvenience and will provide an update, in due course, regarding the new date for the introduction of these charges."
Charging was to have started on 3 April. Is there more to it than "operational issues"?

Health reports from raw DNA

Janine Adams on her blog Organize Your Family History points to a very time-limited offer from Promethease, a company that generate health reports based on your autosomal DNA results. The offer, for a free account and free, downloadable report, expires Thursday, May 10, 2018. The regular price is $5 US.

Read Janine's blog post here. Then consider whether this is information you want. Realize that "most published reports about DNA variations explain only a small part of the heritability of a trait, and they also don't take into account how different variants might interact. In addition, published reports typically ignore environmental, dietary, microbial, medical history and lifestyle factors, any or all of which may well affect my true risk for any trait or disease."

Please do read the company privacy policy before proceeding with the test.

Thanks to Jane Down for the tip.

Ancestry adds 1939 National Register for England and Wales

One of the big reasons to subscribe to Findmypast since 2 November 2015 has been the 1939 England and Wales Register of the population complete with indexes, transcripts and linked images of the original register. With the new release of the register on Ancestry on 8 May 2018 with indexes, transcripts and linked images that advantage disappears.
The Register, data collected on 29 September 1939 with more than 45 million records, is important as it helps fill in the gap between the 1921 census, which will be released after the 100 year embargo period, and the 1951 census. The 1931 census was destroyed and no census was taken in 1941.
Findmypast still has advantages. Ancestry's field on its search form for keyword in which one can enter address does not appear to be as effective as the Findmypast specialized address search.
And Findmypast still has the massive advantage of digitized newspaper searches through a link to the British Newspaper Archive.
MyHeritage have had access to an index and transcripts of the Register, but without images, since early March.

OGS Families: May 2018

The May issue of Families has just been posted for members on the OGS website. It runs to 30 pages. Guest editor for this issue, her second, is Heather McTavish Taylor.

Here's the table of contents, with a few comments:

Hiring Records of the Mond Nickel Company in Ontario, By Ellen Heale
Comment: The story of 10,174 employment cards now available in a searchable database from the Sudbury District Branch of OGS, and of the company later known as INCO and now Vale.

Will Essentials: What Happens to Your Tangible and Digital “Stuff” When You Die?, By Breanna Olaveson
Comment: An article originally published in FamilySearch. It is written from a US perspective. 

The Pioneer MacLeods: The Story of Margaret MacLeod and Robert Belcher, By Dolina Smith
Belcher’s Cape and Riel’s Cross, By Gail Benjafield
Comment: Two perspectives on NWMP officer Robert Belcher, his family, his career and artifacts that he possessed.

How to Be an Internet Detective, By Robbie Gorr
Comment: Robbie Gorr, a frequent contributor to Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle (now Your Genealogy Today) explains the techniques he has used in finding lost relatives.Originally published in the newsletter of the Leeds & Grenville Branch.

Not Just One Library Catalogue but Two: The Society Library Catalogue and the Toronto
Public Library Catalogue, By Fran Murphy

Collection SearchBETA and Co-Lab at LAC

Thanks to Alex Haggert, project manager, for giving me a guided tour of these two resources last week and to Dino Roberge for facilitating it.

Have you tried the new LAC search? It’s called Collection SearchBETA at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/collectionsearch/Pages/collectionsearch.aspx/. Search the catalogues of Archives, Genealogy, Library, Co-Lab content and Images, either separately or in a combined search. While the search does not have boolean search capability that will be coming. There’s detailed help.

The Co-Lab item is new—it contains items from a crowdsourcing tool allowing users to transcribe, translate, describe and keyword tag items available as images in the LAC collection. See http://co-lab.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/. There’s a short tutorial to learn how to contribute to Co-Lab either through “challenges” LAC has put together, or from any of LAC’s digitized images.  If you’d like to transcribe, translate, describe or tag an image item found found while researching on Collection SearchBETA you can request it be made available through Co-Lab; I was told 100 people already have. Here’s the great thing, not only you can work on it, so can others—ideal for group projects.

During the tour many of my questions were answered. Additional capabilities I would like were noted, in particular the Co-Lab facility would be more useful if material not available as digitized images could be placed online free on demand, especially material already on microfilm. That was something the Australians did years ago.

Also it would be desirable if LAC would issue monthly statistics on Co-Lab (and other) progress, just as has been done for the CEF service file digitization project and the National Library of Australia does with TROVE -  https://trove.nla.gov.au/system/counts?env=prod&history=y

Monday, 7 May 2018

Ontario Making the Largest Investment in Public Libraries in a Generation

Just in time for the election the Ontario government announces a library initiative. With the sub-head "Province Boosting Access to Technology, Digital Library Resources" the relevant press release reads:

Ontario is making the largest investment in public libraries in a generation, and improving access to technology, digital services and training opportunities at public libraries in towns, cities and Indigenous communities across the province. 

Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at the Kitchener Public Library today to announce new support for Ontario's libraries through the 2018 Budget.  

A new provincial Digital Public Library will be created that will make digital library services such as e-books, audiobooks, digital databases and learning resources available for free to people across Ontario, regardless of where they live. In total, 300 public libraries across the province will be supported, including those in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

In addition the province is also boosting annual funding for libraries by $51 million over three years, to ensure that public libraries can continue to be essential spaces for people to access cultural experiences, technology and community life. These new investments will support libraries across Ontario as they continue to respond to the needs of their residents with innovative services, no matter the size of the community.

The provincial Digital Public Library, a $28-million commitment over three years. There's no further detail and the whole initiative is presumably contingent on the Liberals returning to government.

Inspiration from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

One of the most inspiring presentations I've witnessed was given recently by Gilad Japhet, founder of MyHeritage. He is not only a genealogy entrepreneur, he's also a skilled family history researcher. The combination is powerful.  I liked that he said:

The most precious resource for genealogy, and the most perishable, are people. The most important task for a genealogist is to meet your family members and document their stories while you still can. Every relatives that dies takes with them a treasury of memories that is lost forever.
The presentation was billed as "Special Appearance by the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage". I hope you'll find it as enjoyable and information as I did, https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=791

At 8 pm ET Wednesday 9 May Cyndi Ingle, of Cyndi's List renown, will present The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper
When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web  sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.
Register to attend at https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=729

Sunday, 6 May 2018

What! No Parish Registers!

A shout out to the most recent podcast by Malcolm Noble, episode 23 of the Talk Genealogy Podcast: the podcast for genealogists with too much time on their hands.
In What! No Parish Registers! he discusses the sources available to help searching English family history before parish registers suggesting three books and four websites.
Starting at https://talkgenealogy.blog/ click on the link to the episode to get the show notes. There's a link to the podcast which wouldn't work for me. Find it instead at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0G20zmd6DI where you can click on the ... icon to get an auto-generated transcript.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Then there were two: The Genealogy Show

No sooner had the notice about the Family Tree Live conference, 26-27 April 2019, come in yesterday when a notice arrived from Kirsty Gray about another UK conference. Now instead of the one Who Do You Think You Are? live conference there are two!

The Genealogy Show, being held in Birmingham, 7-8 June 2019, is led by Kirsty and Sylvia Valentine (Show Directors).
Board members include an international consortium, many widely known through social media: Jill Ball (Australia), Ruth Blair (Canada), John Boeren (Netherlands), Liv Birgit Christensen (Norway), Mags Gaulden (Canada), Pat Richley-Erickson (US, aka Dear Myrtle) and David Walsh (UK).
According to the notice received: The Board members are dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities through talks and stands, as well as creating an environment where family historians from beginner to expert can network together. Even at this early planning stage, many international genealogists are making travel plans to attend the event. 

You can follow developments at www.thegenealogyshow.uk/, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/THEGenShow2019 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/THEGenShow/

Findmypast adds Lancashire, Staffordshire, and Shropshire Registers & Records

FMP is making available searchable and browseable publications, most from reproductions of 19th and early 20th century publications. Each country collection can be searched as a whole with the result pointing to a page where you find the desired entry. New this week:

For Lancashire the registers and records are:

Miscellanies Lancashire and Cheshire vol. III, 1487-1662
The Manchester Historical Recorder: History of Manchester, Chronologically Arranged, 1066-1874
Preston Guild Rolls, 1397-1682
Oldham Chapelry, published 1906
Parish Registers of the Parochial Chapelry of Burnley, 1562-1653
Lancashire & Cheshire Wills, 3 vols, 1477-1807
Parish Registers of Liverpool, 1660-1704
Court Leet Records of the Manor of Manchester, 1586-1602
Court Rolls of Thomas Earl of Lancaster, 1323-1324
Parish Registers of Whalley, 1538-1601
Parish Registers of the Cathedral Church of Manchester, 1573-1653
The Rise & Progress of Wesleyan Methodism in Accrington, published 1883
Historical Gleanings of Bolton & District, published 1883
Lancashire Marriage Bonds, 1648-1710
Parish Registers of Newchurch in the Township of Culcheth, 1599-1812
Parish Registers of Tunstall, 1626-1812
Parish Registers of Melling, 1625-1752
Manchester Constables' Accounts, vols I, II & III, 1612-1776
Court Rolls of the Honor of Clitheroe, 1377-1567
Court Leet Records of Manchester, vols I to XI, 1552-1846
Court Leet Records of Salford, Vols I & II, 1597-1669
Parish Registers of Preston 1611-1635 & Broughton 1653-1804, 1611-1804
Lancashire Nonconformity: The Congregational & Old Presbyterian Churches in the County, published 1891
Parish Registers of Ribchester vol I, 1598-1695
History of the Parish of Rochdale, published 1889
Lancashire Fines, pts I & II, 1196-1377
Parish Registers of Radcliffe, 1557-1783
Parish Registers of Walton-le-Dale, 1609-1812
Parish Registers of Rochdale, 1617-1641
Parish Registers of Stalmine, 1583-1724
Parish Registers of Rochdale - Marriages, 1701-1801
Parish Registers of Bury, vols I to III, 1590-1698.

For Staffordshire these parish registers are now available:

Parish Registers of West Bromwich & Stowe, 1574-1679
Parish Registers of Brewood & Pipe Ridware, 1561-1812
Parish Registers of Alstonfield, 1538-1715
Parish Registers of Rocester vols I & II, 1565-1812
Parish Registers of Croxden & Bradley-in-the-Moor (Bishop's Transcripts), 1674-1812
Parish Registers of Eccleshall, vols I & II, 1573-1656
Parish Registers of Hints, 1558-1812
Parish Registers of Blymhill, 1561-1812
Parish Registers of Rowley Regis, pts I to III, 1539-1812
Parish Registers of Berkswich with Walton, 1601-1812
Parish Registers of Stoke-upon-Trent, pts I to IV, 1629-1812
Parish Registers of Penn, 1569-1754
Parish Registers of Over Areley, 1564-1812
Parish Registers of Bucknall-cum-Bagnall, 1762-1812
Parish Registers of Norton-in-the-Moors, 1574-1751
Parish Registers of Barton-under-Needwood, 1571-1812
Parish Registers of Standon, 1570-1812
Parish Registers of Haughton, 1570-1812
Parish Registers of Barlaston, 1551-1812
Parish Registers of Tatenhill, 1563-1812
Parish Registers of Trentham, 1558-1812
Parish Registers of Castle Church, 1755-1812
Parish Registers of Milwich, 1573-1711.

For Shropshire these parish registers and other sources are now available:

Parish Registers of Wrockwardine, 1591-1812
Shrewsbury Burgess Roll, 1372-1924
Parish Registers of Stapleton, 1546-1812
Parish Registers of Pitchford, 1558-1812
Parish Registers of Smethcote, 1612-1812
Parish Registers of Battlefield, Sheinton & Cressage, 1605-1812
Parish Registers of Hopton Wafers, 1661-1812
Parish Registers of Clunbury, 1574-1812
Parish Registers of Bromfield, 1559-1812
Parish Registers of Burford, 1558-1812
Parish Registers of Shipton, 1538-182
Parish Registers of Stokesay, 1559-1837
Parish Registers of Morton Say, 1691-1812
Parish Registers of Wem, parts I to V, 1583-1812
Parish Registers of Edstaston & Newtown, 1712-1812
Shropshire Non-Conformist & Roman Catholic Registers, 3 vols, 1657-1837
Parish Registers of Chirbury, 1629-1812
Parish Registers of St Chad's, Shrewsbury, 1616-1812
Parish Registers of Donington & White Ladies, 1629-1844
Parish Registers of Alberbury, 1564-1812
Parish Registers of Buildwas & Leighton, 1659-1837
Parish Registers of Claverley, 1568-1837
Parish Registers of Kinlet, 1657-1837
Parish Registers of Dawley Magna, 1666-1837
Parish Registers of Myddle & Gough's History of Myddle, 1541-1837
Parish Registers of Bitterley, 1658-1812
Parish Registers of Llanymynech, 1678-1812
Parish Registers of Norton-in-Hales, 1572-1880
Parish Registers of Edgmond, 1669-1812
Parish Registers of Tibberton, Waters Upton or Upton Parva, & Eaton Constantine, 1547-1812
Parish Registers of Great Bolas, 1582-1812
Parish Registers of Oldbury, Church Preen & Badger, 1582-1836
Parish Registers of Kinnerly, 1677-1814
Parish Registers of Knockin & Llanyblodwel, 1599-1812
Shropshire: its Early History and Antiquities, published 1864
Parish Registers of Greete, Bedstone & Sibdon Carwood, 1583-1812
Churchwardens' Accounts of the Town of Ludlow, 1540-1600
Parish Registers of Diddlebury & Munslow, 1538-1812
Parish Registers of Pontesbury, 1538-1812
Parish Registers of Ludlow, 1558-1812
Parish Registers of Atcham, 1619-1837
Parish Registers of Montford & the Chapel of Clive, 1573-1812
Parish Registers of St Martin's, 1601-1837
Parish Registers of Sheriffhales, 1557-1812
Parish Registers of Lydham, Edgton, Monk Hopton, Chelmarsh, Neenton & Billingsley, 1557-1812
Abstract of Orders made by the Court of Quarter Sessions for Shropshire, 1660-1889
Parish Registers of Selattyn, 1557-1812
Parish Registers of Berrington, 1559-1837
Parish Registers of Onibury, 1577-1837
Parish Registers of Ford and Melverley, 1569-1812
Parish Registers of Leebotwood, 1548-1812
Parish Registers of Habberley, Ratlinghope & Longnor, 1586-1812
Parish Registers of Astley, Withington, Stirchley & Uffington, 1581-1812
Parish Registers of Oswestry, 1558-1593
Parish Registers of Hughley, Willey, Neen Sollars & Milson, 1576-1851
Parish Registers of Whittington, 1576-1812
Parish Registers of Condover, 1570-1812
Parish Registers of Worthen, 1558-1718.

If you don't have access through a FMP subscription, and can't get to the Family History Centre where it's available free, you may find an alternative source, possibly free, by searching for your parish of interest from the lists above.

John Burleigh Carling: CWGC Beechwood

Lieutenant John Burleigh Carling, the youngest of four sons of Fred W. and Eva C. Carling, of 354, Sparks St., died of scarlet fever at Shirley Park Hospital outside London, England, on May 5, 1918. He had lied on enlistment claiming to be 20 years of age; he was only 18.

He has served with the Royal Flying Corps and was waiting to return home for a three-month furlough following seven months of flying bombing missions over Germany.

According to an article After the War: Equality in death by Ottawa Citizen writer Brian Deachman, his body was one of 65 war dead from Europe returned to Canada contrary to the policy of burying the dead nearby where they fell.

John Burleigh Carling was a grandson of Sir John Carling, of the Carling Brewery.

Friday, 4 May 2018

BIFHSGO Conference Registration Opens

Registration for the BIFHSGO conference is now open.

Who's speaking?

Diahan Southard lectures and advises worldwide (I've heard her in Ireland and the US as well as Canada) about genetic genealogy.

Bruce Durie is one of Scotland's top genealogists, selected as conference speaker by the Ottawa Scottish Genealogy Group. He has written more than 30 books, including the best-selling “Scottish Genealogy,”

Read about the program and all the speakers (including Linda Reid), then start your registration at https://bifhsgo.ca/aem.php?eid=11/. BIFHSGO members should log in before completing the registration form to obtain the lower fee for members.

New UK family history show: Family Tree Live

Here is news many have been waiting for, from (UK) Family Tree magazine.


Family Tree Live is coming!

Taking place on 26th & 27th April 2019 at London’s Alexandra Palace, you can expect two jam-packed days of family history fun for ALL!

The team from Family Tree Live would love you to join them for a brand new UK family history show – two days of lectures, workshops, displays and stands – suitable for all levels of family history experience.

Family Tree Live is brought to you by Family Tree in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies and will provide visitors with a vast range of learning opportunities under one roof. From traditional lectures, to hands-on workshops, a DNA hub, advice stations, family-friendly activities and more.

Steve Manning, education officer at the Federation of Family History Societies: ‘The Federation is delighted to be supporting Family Tree Live. A national event like this provides visitors with the opportunity to find out about their ancestors wherever they came from, with local knowledge and expertise provided by our family history societies.’

Helen Tovey, editor of Family Tree magazine: ‘There’s nothing like the buzz you get from going to a family history show and our aim is that visitors to Family Tree Live will leave brimming with inspiration, information and ideas about doing their family history. We can’t wait for April 2019!’

To receive the latest show information please sign up to the e-newsletter at www.family-tree.co.uk/.

Comment: Why not plan a trip to the UK timed to take in this event? I'm surprised the Society of Genealogists is not mentioned as a partner.

Ancestry Updates for Gloucestershire and Somerset

Heads up researchers for these two English counties. Updates can be minor, but you never know!

Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813, now with 4,855,897 records
Somerset, England, Gaol Registers, 1807-1879, now with 101,284 records.

Imperialism and the Salvation Army

Rescuing England: The Rhetoric of Imperialism and the Salvation Army, an article by Ellen J. Stockstill in The Public Domain Review, explains William Booth's, founder of the Salvation Army, ideas on colonialism and emigration for improving the lives of Victorian England’s poor.
Booth saw the imperial power of the British Empire as central to providing the “way out” of “Darkest England”.

Darkest England, the title of Booth's book, portrayed England as overrun by“prostitutes” (over 30,000 in London, 100,000 in Great Britain); “criminals” (32,000 in prison); “drink” (“There are half a million drunkards in Great Britain”) and “drink traffic” (120,000 “Licensed Drinks Shops”); “destitution” (993,000); “the poor” (100,000 homeless); and “misery” (190,000 in workhouses). 

At this time when Canadian archivists and some historians are at work in an effort to strip out the colonial perspective on Canadian history, even though it is a reality, it is worthwhile understanding the motivation of a movement that helped some 250,000 people to emigrate from the British Isles to the British Empire Dominions.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Ottawa DNA Special Interest Group Meeting

This Saturday, May 5 George Chapman will share the triumphs of his family-finding journey in his presentation, Unexpected Journey.

Susan Courage will give an update on the April 6-7 Ontario Genealogical Society Toronto Branch's all-day workshops with Blaine Bettinger, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and The Art of Genetic Genealogy Investigation.

There will be a round table discussion with remaining time.

The BIFHSGO-sponsored DNA Special Interest Group meets from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm on
Room 115, City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

TheGenealogist releases over a million additional Warwickshire Parish Records

The following is from a press release by TheGenealogist.

TheGenealogist has added to its Parish Records collections with a second batch of
Warwickshire registers in an ongoing project with the Warwickshire County Record Office.
These newly transcribed records are linked to high quality images of the original parish
register pages.
● Over 1,270,000 individuals added to the Parish Records for Warwickshire
● High quality transcripts with original images of the registers
● Additional information such as Witnesses, Father’s Name and Profession have been
transcribed where given
● Released in association with Warwickshire County Record Office
● This brings our total for Warwickshire Parish Records to over two million
● Fully searchable parish records with images enable researchers to find ancestors’
baptisms, marriages and burials

Jane's Walks: Uplands, exploring the old Bowesville Road

This weekend is an opportunity to combine some gentle exercise with exploration of local history led by knowledgeable guides. Choose from a menu of Ottawa Jane's Walks
It's good to have one this year I can walk to.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Social History for Genealogists: How They Lived

Findmypast offer occasional webinars the most recent being Social History for Genealogists presented by Manchester historian and genealogist Michala Hulme.

At the start the following key questions, not all covered in the presentation, are specified:

What was the street like where they lived? How much did they earn?
How big was their house?
What did they do to socialise?
What social class were they?
Were they political?
What did they do in their leisure time?

A major take away is the importance of newspapers.

You can skip the first two and a half minutes of introduction. The presentation goes to about minute 50 after which there's a Q/A period.

Global Greeters

Could you use a friend who knows the area where your ancestor lived?

According to their website Global Greeters are volunteers that love their city so much that they want to show you their place, for free! Not as a guide, more like a newly met friend!

Greeters can show you special places that have a personal meaning to them. They can also show things visitors specifically ask for such as parks, the best shopping spots, architecture marvels or city specific hidden treasures.

Canada has Greeters in 10 locations, Quebec has the most and Ottawa is recently added. The UK has Greeters in only three locations.

Other countries with Greeters are: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chili, China, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam.

Check it out at https://globalgreeternetwork.info/home/.

Thanks to Brenda Turner for the tip.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

OGS Conference 2018: 1 month to go

A gentle reminder that the annual Ontario Genealogical Society conference is now less than a month away. Tempus fugit—there's still time to make up your mind to attend. Find out all the details at https://conference2018.ogs.on.ca/

The DNA Day Sale is over, now it's the Mother's Day Sale!

In the competitive world of autosomal DNA testing any event prompts a sale.

For Mother's Day, 13 May 2018, MyHeritage is offering their test for  $59 US (about $76 Cdn), plus shipping. Family Tree DNA is matching that and offering deals on a mitochondrial DNA test and combo package. Will others follow?

Compared to DNA Day prices, now ended, that's $10 US lower than MyHeritage was offering, shipping not included.

If you're going to one of the major upcoming conferences, such as NGS starting later this week, you may be better off waiting for as good a deal there without any shipping cost.

OGS May Webinar: Lesley Anderson

Thursday, May 3, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Presentation: Using AncestryDNA with your Family History
Presenter: Lesley Anderson

"Do you want to know about your personal story? Where your deep roots came from? Perhaps you are just curious to know what the results might be? Whatever your starting point AncestryDNA will reveal more of your own story and it's amazingly helpful to genealogy research. 
By capturing a person's unique genetic data, AncestryDNA can provide customers with a break-down of their genetic  ethnicity, as well as find genetic living cousins, confirm existing research and relationships and overcome brick walls or dead-ends in their family history research. When coupled with Ancestry's billions of historical records, millions of family trees and strong member community, AncestryDNA will enable family enthusiasts and novices alike to discover even more about their own past!"

Webinar descriptions and links to register for this free webinar are on the OGS website.

Your Genealogy Today: May/June 2018

Here's the line-up in the latest issue of Your Genealogy Today from Moorshead Magazines.

COVER STORY: A Family Scandal In The Headlines
Robbie Gorr recounts how using newspapers helped to unravel a family secret.
Comment: A cracking good Ottawa Valley story with murder, adultery, desertion brought to light through newspapers.

Stairways to Heaven: Searching for That Old Time Religion
Sue Lisk suggests five things to help you determine the religious or spiritual leanings of your ancestors

Genealogy & the Law
Judy G. Russell looks at DNA and Life after Death
Comment: Obtaining DNA from the body, a step closer than from envelopes and similar.

The House That Once Was
George Matheson researches the home of his great grandparents
Comment: Another good Canadian story (this time Toronto) documenting the rise and fall of an immigrant through the history of his residence and property.

“Follow the Money”
Ed Storey recommends that you follow the advice of film noir era investigators when searching for asset-related records

Bank Checks and Genealogy
David A. Norris says that old cancelled checks can be a source of valuable family history

Tar Heels in Your Family Tree - Part 2
Diane L. Richard continues her look at history and record idiosyncrasies in North Carolina

The Irish in Victorian England – and How to Find Them
Joe Grandinetti offers some hints and resources to help in locating Irish ancestors who sought a better life across the Irish Sea

The Ins and Outs of Dragon Hunting
Sue Lisk offers strategies to help you slay those genealogical dragons

Advice From the Pros
Lisa A. Alzo offers advice for handling the unexpected while presenting at genealogy events

The Back Page
Dave Obee shines a light on future access to information for genealogists.
Comment: Kudos to the Canadians who fought for census release and overturned the consent provision that will limit access to the 2006, 2011 and 2016 censuses.