Monday, 23 April 2018

Findmypast adds Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, and Somerset Registers & Records

For Northumberland you can now explore:
Early Deeds Relating to Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1100-1600;
records of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials in:
Parish Registers of Alnham, Ceadnell, Chatton & Ilderton, 1688-1812;
and baptisms, marriages and burials in
Parish Registers of Edlingham, 1658-1812
Parish Registers of Halton, 1654-1812
Parish Registers of Ingram, 1682-1812.

For Nottinghamshire five publications covering parish registers from the parishes of Gedling and Warsop, Archdeaconry Court Marriage Licenses and Parish Register Transcripts from the Peculiar of Southwell, the history of the county and its highways and byways.

Records for Rutland are augmented by Registers of North Luffenham, 1565-1832 containing baptisms, marriages, burials and monumental inscriptions.

Somerset adds material from volumes of the publication Dwelly's Parish Records;
Bishop’s Transcripts from Wells Diocesan Registry, Parish Registers from Chipstable, Raddington, Kittisford, Pitcombe and Wilton, as well as Wells Cathedral Monumental Inscriptions and Heraldry.

All are transcriptions sourced from the collection of the Anguline Research Archives which is well worth browsing, especially for your English counties of interest.


Celebrate St George's Day

Join me in celebrating English heritage with these tributes to ancient and beloved traditions.





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Tongue in cheek.
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

A Blast from the Past - Ottawa’s Weather at its Worst

My next talk is for the Gloucester Historical Society on Sunday, 29 April following a brief Society AGM.
Society President Glenn Clark arranged for some publicity with Erin McCracken, reporter for the local paper, Community Voice of 12 April, 2018.
Here, with permission from Erin, is the text of the article.
There’s something about extreme weather that gets people talking.
“Its something they’ve got experience with. Weather means things to people. It affects their lives,” said John D. Reid, a retired weather expert, author and local historian. “And it keeps on delivering.”
The long-time Hunt Club resident will share his research on some of Ottawa’s extreme weather events during a presentation hosted by the Gloucester Historical Society.
During his upcoming talk at the Greenboro Community Centre on April 29, at 2 p.m., called A Blast from the Past - Ottawa’s Weather at its Worst,’ Reid will delve into:
the ice storm of 1998-99,
the snow storm of 1970-71,
the deadly hurricane-force winds of 1888 that wrought damage across the city and blew down the Roman Catholic Church in Billings Bridge, and 
• the Great Fire of 1870 that devastated the Ottawa Valley and parts of Gloucester Township. “This had almost died down by the time it got to Gloucester and then a big wind storm came up,” Reid said. “It fanned the flames.” 
Reid has been blending his passion for historical research with aspects of his former career as a weather forecaster, then as an atmospheric research scientist before eventually serving as director of policy and international affairs for the Meteorological Service of Canada.
In his upcoming presentation, he will go back as far as the days
of Samuel de Champlain to talk of the first mention of weather in the Ottawa Valley, as well as share the warmest and coldest recorded days in Ottawa and photos of major events, such as the ice storm of 1942.
One key source of historical weather information was William Upton, whose farm is where the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club is today in the Hunt Club community. He kept diaries, which included weather and temperatures.
Late in the winter of 1869, Upton described extreme snowfalls and impassable roads.
“He talks about having to dig a trench to get his cow in the bam,” Reid said, adding there was flooding when milder weather finally arrived in late April and the snow melted.
Glenn Clark, a Blossom Park resident and president of the Gloucester Historical Society, which has its headquarters in Leitrim, said his own family was impacted by some of Ottawa’s most severe weather events.
His great grandfather, Timothy Cutts, was moving his family in 1869 from Ottawa to Gloucester Township. That winter, the area was hammered by blizzard after blizzard.
Cutts got caught up in one especially severe snow storm and had to find shelter in a home at Bank Street and Hunt Club Road.
“That’s part of our family lore,” Clark said. “He got stopped in his tracks by this horrendous blizzard.”
In 1888, a storm with hurricane-force winds whipped across much of Ottawa and the township. The former Ellwood school was damaged and some of the schoolchildren sought refuge at the Cutts’ home, half a block away in what is today the Banff-Ledbury area.
“One of my earliest memories is weather-related,” Clark recalled of a bad storm that hit in June 1958.
His mother got Clark and his brother ready to flee their Blossom Park home when a barn across the street was struck by lightning and caught fire.
“There was hay in the loft and it was blowing across Bank Street onto the roof of our house,” he said, adding his father and uncle were on the roofs of their homes with hoses to douse any hot spots.
Weather events unique to each generation offer a deeper connection to community, said Reid.
“As you live here and start researching things, you realize there’s some interesting history here,” he said.
His free presentation, which begins with the historical society’s annual general meeting, takes place at the Greenboro Community Centre, located at 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.

The weather predicted for the 29th is far from its worst with temperatures a bit below seasonal.

Ottawa Electors' Lists

Tucked away in a corner of the Ottawa Public Library's Ottawa Room are a series of oversize bound volumes of municipal electors' lists. According to the OPL catalogue they are for 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1988, and 1991. The books, organized by ward, poll, street and house number, give first and last name.
A more limited selection of lists for Kanata are at the Beaverbook library.
These nicely compliment the collection Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980 provided by Ancestry.ca where the lists for 1979 and 1980 are in most cases unusable owing to text bleed-through on the image.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Sale Prices for DNA Day

The week of DNA Day, 25 April, is one of the best times of the year to buy a test for genetic genealogy. Check your preferred service provider. Prices are in USD and shipping is extra.

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Advance Notice: Toronto and Montreal Welcome the Great Famine Voices Roadshow

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow is a series of open house events in the United States and Canada that bring together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards.
the event will be in Toronto on 22 May and Montreal on 27 May. Find our more at http://www.strokestownpark.ie/great-famine-voices-roadshow/

Friday, 20 April 2018

Findmypast adds British Army Officers' Widows' Pension Forms 1755-1908

Each result for these 13,150 records from The (UK) National Archives series WO 42: War Office: Officers’ Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers provides a transcript and images of the original records.

Transcripts usually includes the soldier's name, wife's first name, his birth year, their date of marriage, regiment, his death date, and more. The images include an application form and often certificates or letters showing marriage and death.

Based on a sample of 500 cases their median year of marriage is 1812 and median year of death 1832.

Most served with the various numbered Regiments of Foot and Veteran Battalions also in the sample were those whose service was with the King's German Legion, Galway Militia, Six Nations Indian Dept, Royal Waggon Train, Bengal Staff Corps, Newfoundland Fencibles, and Nova Scotia Fencible Infantry.

Casting call for Canadian DNA Diners

The following opportunity is from Ancestry.ca

Know someone who is curious about their roots?

Do they want to know what makes them unique? Have they always wondered where their ancestors came from? They can explore their cultural origins through the magic of DNA analysis on Gusto’s new culinary adventure show.

Ancestry in partnership with Gusto Worldwide Media and Bell Media Inc. is pleased to announce a groundbreaking new tv series about discovering your roots and exploring them through food.

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, at least 19 years of age as of April 1, 2018 and must be available for up to 7 consecutive days for filming this year. To apply, click here. Application terms and conditions here.

Food for thought?

Tomorrow in Ottawa: Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair

All welcome at 101 Centrepointe
Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, Nepean on Saturday, 21 April, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Here's what's happening.

10:00 – 3:00 in the Atrium:  Exhibitors’ Hall
10:00 – 3:00 in the Library 2nd floor, Resource Room: Genealogy specialists on hand to answer your questions!

Presentations:

10:00 – 10:40 in the Chamber:    Discover Your Roots: Getting Started
Have you ever wondered about your family's history?  Where did they come from?  How did they live?  This talk by Barbara Tose and Glenn Wright will help you get started, find information online and organize your results.  It will also tell you where to get help along the way.  Everything you need to get started - all in one place!

10:40 – 11:00 in the Chamber: Finding Your Roots with DNA
The DNA inherited from your parents in trillions of cells of your body has a story to tell.  You've seen the TV ads showing people surprised at their DNA test results and maybe heard people casting doubt on the reliability.  In this short talk by John D Reid find out about the reality of DNA testing, which has revolutionized family history research, its amazing capabilities and its limitations.

11:00 – 11:30 in the Chamber: Question and Answer Session
Genealogists are here to answer your questions!

11:00 – 11:45 in Room 1B: Building and Sharing Your Family Tree
There are many options for building and sharing your family tree: paper or electronic forms, family tree software, online family trees on sites like Ancestry or MyHeritage, and collaborative family tree websites such as WikiTree.  Leanne Cooper explores the key features, pros and cons of each, along with things to consider when making the choice.

11:45 – 12:30 in Room 1B: “I have my DNA results.  What do I do now?”
Your inherited DNA links you to potentially thousands of new cousins - some closer than others.  Susan Courage helps you find out about what you will learn from different DNA tests; how to determine where to start when you get your results back; and the resources and tools available to you to decode the science and apply in practice.

12:30 – 1:00 in Room 1B: Patrimoine familial francophone (en français)
Francine Gougeon, présidente de l’Association du patrimoine familial francophone de l’Ontario (APFFO), qui discutera l’Association et l’importance de préserver le patrimoine familial.

1 :30 – 2 :30 in the Chamber: Ottawa’s Most Lost
Join David McGee, creator of the popular Lost Ottawa Facebook group, for an entertaining tour of the top ten things that people miss in our fair city, as voted by you the people – think malted milks at Freiman’s and you’ve got the idea!

All activities are free. Registration not required.  Offered by the Ottawa Public Library in partnership with British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

TheGenealogist adds another 64,920 War Memorial records and 13,487 new headstone records.

A press release from TheGenelogist gives information on an eclectic mix of 64,920 War Memorial records just added:
- a complete roll of honour for both WW1 and WW2 for Shetland, with men's units and the Shetland village in which they had resided. - other war memorials including the Abercarn Tinplaters Memorial Institute in Wales.
- plaques and monuments in Bedford, Bolton, Lancashire, London, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and even further afield.
- a fascinating, but sadly very worn, WW2 memorial from Calgary that names 227 aircrew from Australia and New Zealand who died while training in Canada.
- from the USA WW1 and WW2 war memorials from New York, including a fine one in Battery Park, a roll of those men and women who lost their lives in the Atlantic coastal waters in WW2 and had no known grave as a result of U-boat action. The war memorial gives researchers the ranks, units and the US state from which they had come.
- a number of Boer War memorials - for example the tribute within Blackpool Town Hall that commemorates the 74 Blackpool men who volunteered to join various units for service in South Africa.

These new records and more are available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist.


Using DNA with Your One-Name Study

If like me you missed Maurice Gleeson's webinar presentation on Tuesday 17 April 2018, I did owing to a timing problem, it's now available for review.
Using DNA with Your One-Name Study, dealing mainly with Y-chromosome DNA, is available to everyone free for a limited time after which it will go into the Guild members only area, Don't miss the opportunity to view it.

OGS Kingston Branch April Meeting

The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, April 21st at 9:45 a.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. in Kingston.  Kyla Ubbink, professional archival conservator from Ottawa, will speak on "Preservation of Documents and Photos".  Visitors always welcome.  Further details at www.kingston.ogs.on.ca

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Ottawa's New Library - "We're not building a box here"

Good news on a dreary day was a quote from the City of Ottawa Library Board Chair, Councillor Tim Tierney:
"We're not building a box here." 
His comment, which hopefully extends to a collection of boxes, came as the city released a list of five teams in the running to design the joint Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada superlibrary at 557 Wellington Street.

Here's the list with links where you'll find showcase projects they have been involved with:

Bing Thom Architects (Canada) – GRC Architects (Canada)
Diamond Schmitt Architects (Canada) - KWC Architects (Canada)
Mecanoo International b.v. (Holland) - NORR Architects & Engineers Ltd (Canada)
Patkau Architects (Canada) - MSDL Architects (Canada) – GRC Architects (Canada)
Schmidt/hammer/lassen/ architects (Denmark) - KPMB Architects (Canada) - Hobin Architecture Inc. (Canada).



Library and Archives Canada Departmental Plan 2018-19

Tabling of the 2018-19 Estimates for the Government of Canada, including Departmental Plans, was delayed from previous years, until Monday 16 April.

Here's the bottom line for LAC. Spending drops in 2018-19 from the previous year, still above the 2016-17 level, then increases with the start on the new archival facility in Gatineau.
As a client and genealogist I'll focus here on the Providing Access to Documentary Heritage component of the plan. That's not to downplay the vital "behind the curtains" parts of the mandate that are essential if there is to be something to access now and for the future.
Librarian and Archivist Guy Berthaiume's opening message highlights:
"First, for client service and access to our collection, we are implementing an agreement with the Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) co-operative to create a new union catalogue that will provide Canadians with easier access to the resources of hundreds of the country’s libraries. The digitizing of some 640,000 Canadian Expeditionary Force records, which we expect to complete in 2018, will also increase access to our documentary heritage."
"To showcase our collection, we will move ahead with two major new projects to preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures. See Our History will digitize records in our collection relating to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, while Hear Our Voices will help Indigenous communities to record their oral histories."
To support its Indigenous languages and cultures initiative LAC receives a spending increase of $4.3 million.

Genealogy (genealogists) are mentioned three times; two are repeats with virtually the same wording.

Again this year there is no mention of newspapers or newspaper digitization. Considering the value of newspapers as an historical resource for all sectors of society this is a continuing blind spot in an otherwise admirable program. Why the neglect?

Something new. To increase online access to its collection "LAC will experiment with a crowdsourcing web platform where the public can transcribe and describe contents of the collection to make them findable and accessible." This follows the two crowdsourced transcription projects run in the last two years judged as successful. LAC introduced this capability, call Co-Lab, on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

This is part of the content of one of the two highlights boxes included. The other most welcome one is: "The “Dragon’s Den” activity in 2017–18 as part of Blueprint 2020 was a great success. LAC will repeat it in 2018–19, to take advantage of its employees’ creative skills and to use their ideas. Employees are invited to present innovative projects to the LAC’s “dragons.” Projects selected have resources allocated for their development ($25,000 per project)."

This table shows two of the performance benchmarks included which have a history, there are others with none. We will have to wait to see how the target compares with the achievement in the fiscal year just ended. I'd hoped for more ambitious targets.

There is no mention of the initiative of a co-located service facility with the Ottawa Public Library.


OGS Quinte Branch April Meeting

The Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society meets on 21 April, 2018 when Peter and Angela Johnson UE present "United Empire Loyalists - applying for UEL standing".
At Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton 1-3 pm. Everyone welcome, bring a friend.
Visit www.quinte.ogs.on.ca and  facebook.com/QuinteBranch.OGS


Frederick Alexander Mitchell: CWGC Beechwood

Drafted on 12 March 1918 Frederick Alexander Mitchell, posted to Canadian Infantry 1st Depot Battalion (Eastern Ontario) in Kingston, reported sick on 13 April 1918. Admitted to Hotel Dieu Hospital he was diagnosed with typhoid fever and pneumonia and died 5 days later.
He was born on 15 August 1895, occupation tailor, the son of John and Lucy Mitchell, of 505 Cooper St., Ottawa according to his military and death records.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Book Review: Children's Homes

Children's Homes: a history of institutional care for Britain's young. By Peter Higginbotham. Published by Pen and Sword (Oct. 17 2017)
ISBN-10: 1526701359; ISBN-13: 978-1526701350
Paperback $26.73 Cdn on Amazon
Kindle $18.58 Cdn.

Peter Higginbotham is best known for www.workhouses.org.uk/, a goldmine of information for anyone with ancestors who were in or connected to a British workhouse.

Most of us have a workhouse connection. We may not know it. Apparently UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had a great-great-grandfather who was "the despotic master of the Farnham workhouse." Even more have a connection to a children's home.

From 1552 and the founding of Christ's Hospital in London, to 2016 when its final chapter was written, Peter Higginbotham's latest book recounts the story of the means by which society dealt with orphaned and indigent children, and those abused by parents or guardians.

The first three chapters deal with the evolution of the "system"—the  term giving the impression of more organization than existed. Many children would have fallen between the cracks, especially in earlier times.

The heart of the book is chapters on the various organizations. Barnardo's, National Children's Homes, Waifs and Strays familiar because they migrated many children to Canada, merit their own chapters. Others relate to various specialized homes. The is a separate chapter on Emigration Homes covering some of the less prominent organizations who emigrated children.

If researching a particular child the chapter Children's Home Records will be one to turn to. To learn about their likely experience read the chapter Life in Children's Homes.
Some of the other material is detailed and more useful as reference for the family history researcher once they are able to narrow their interest.

There's also food for thought for the social historian interested in the way society ideas on the best way to deal with children who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances have evolved.

The book concludes with 10 pages of references and notes, an 6-page bibliography and 8-page index.

This blog post is based on a review copy received from the publisher.

Britain from Above

Over 95,000 images taken from the air dating from 1919 to 1953 are on the website Britain From Above. It includes urban, suburban, rural, coastal and industrial scenes. Chances are there's something of interest for locations in your family history.

With England, Scotland and Wales the focus it's easy to overlook the images for the island of Ireland and other nearby jurisdictions.

On the topic of geography, don't overlook the massive collection of maps for all areas available through Old Maps Online

Monday, 16 April 2018

Stephen Harper: LAC's million dollar man

According to the Main Estimates for 2018–19 tabled in Parliament on Monday Library and Archives Canada is proposed to receive a net increase of $4.5 million over the 2017–18 Main Estimates.  The changes are:

An increase of $4.3 million for the revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures initiative;
An increase of $2.3 million for negotiated salary adjustments;
An increase of $1.1 million for the private records of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper;An increase of $0.5 million for adjustments to the contributions to employee benefits plans; and
A decrease of $3.7 million for the implementation of the Long Term Real Property Plan.
The full LAC Departmental Plan 2018-19 which might have further details is yet to be posted.

MyHeritage expands DNA Quest

More than 10,000 applications have been submitted so far to receive free MyHeritage DNA kits to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. They are all from the USA which was the initial target.
Now MyHeritage is opening the offer internationally until the quota of 15,000 kits is filled, or the end of April, whichever come first.
Find out more and apply at www.dnaquest.org/


Casualty Identification at DND

Were you one of the Ottawa genealogists, and others, who missed the main presentation Identifying the Remains of Canadian Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars by Dr. Sarah Lockyer at the BIFHSGO meeting on Saturday 14 April 2018?

If so you can review much of the material presented at the the Casualty Identification section of the DND Directorate of History and Heritage website. It includes information on more cases than there was time to present at the meeting.

I was impressed by the achievement given that Dr Lockyear revealed she is the sole full-time staff member, assisted by part-time staff, and operates with a budget of $100,000.

There was a lively question period following the presentation.

Asked about the budget she replied that any increase would have to come from funds for more immediately pressing DND responsibilities.

There is a backlog of (30?) unresolved cases. Puzzlement was expressed that more is not being done to solicit the help of the public in solving these cases, such as by presenting what is known, including DNA profiles, in a public database.

I was surprised that only mitochondrial and Y-chromosome STR DNA data is being employed when there is now the capability of extracting much more from degraded samples. That could lead to improved probability and more definitive identification.

I was also surprised that in one of the recent cases presented DNA evidence was not obtained. A review panel judged the other evidence was sufficiently conclusive, apparently without any quantitative assessment of the confidence in that conclusion.

Paul Milner reviews Manorial Records for Family Historians by Geoffrey Barber

Book reviews are a staple of Paul Milner's blog/website although it's a staple that would leave one famished, he doesn't post often. The previous review was in January.
This time Paul reviews Manorial Records for family historians. By Geoffrey Barber, published by UnlockThePast Publications.
Read the review here.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

CEF Service Files Update for April 2018

As of 15 April 2018 there are 581,553 (568,203 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 9,926 and last name Venables (Timson).

At the last month's rate the last file will be online in September.

Don't dismay, spring is on its way

Thankfully we mostly dodged the snow bullet at Gene-O-Rama and BIFHSGO's event on Saturday. Attendance was down, expected with two simultaneous genealogy events and the dismal forecast. 
Signs of spring; birds are singing—and shivering.
Get through another couple of miserable wet days then enjoy a nice warming trend with double digit temperatures predicted for the end of the week by the North American Ensemble Forecast System and continuing to warm.

Remittance Men

My short article Canada's Silver Spoon British Migrants is published on the site for the Secret Lives conference, 31 August - 2 September 2018.

Titanic Anniversary


William W Louttit: CWGC Beechwood

William Wallace Louttit was born 12 July 1891 in Castleford, Ontario.
He was single, son of William Louttit, a ticket agent for the CPR with paternal origin in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. His occupation was accountant (Assigned Pay Branch of the Militia Dept) and residence 86 Elm Street in Ottawa which was his father's address.
Having received an exemption the previous November until men in category B2 (fit for base units of the medical service, garrison, or regimental outdoor duty) were call up, he enlisted on 25 March 1918. In Ottawa he was quartered at Lansdowne Park while attached as a Gunner to the 74th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. Admitted to St Luke's Hospital on 9 April with a temperature of 105F he died of pneumonia, age 25, on 15 April 1918 having served less than one month.

George M Atchison: CWGC Beechwood

Honorary Captain George Milton Atchison died on this date of  epidemic cerebo-spinal meningitis.
Age 40, a bookkeeper prior to the war, he was employed with the audit branch of the Militia Department.
He was survived by his wife, Lena Maud Atchison (nee Whittaker), of 30 Euclid Avenue, and his father Joseph Atchison, of Woodbury, Conn., U.S.A. His mother was the late Adelaide Amelia Atchison (nee Tough).


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Maurice Gleeson Free Webinar: Using DNA with Your Study

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018 at 2:00 pm EDT (7:00 pm GMT) the Guild of One Name Studies invites you to the fifth in their webinar series—free and open to the public—both members and non-members welcome.
Popular genetic genealogist Maurice Gleeson will discuss Y-DNA projects and how they can be a very useful addition to a One-Name Study or Surname research.
Non-members will be able to attend the webinar live and/or watch the recording for one week after the webinar broadcast.

Register using this link.

Findmypast adds Waterford Registers & Records

The largest addition to Findmypast this week is 137,384 records comprising transcriptions from:
Freemen pre-1700 (1662-1700)
Freemen (1700-2006)
Freedom petitions (1824-1842)
Burgess list (1879-1893)
Langable rental (1832) – a langable was a term used for a rent roll
Register of electors – Waterford city (1900)
Register of electors – Centre Ward (1903)
Rate books (1906-1907)
Rate books – Centre Ward (1912)
Rate books – South Ward (1912)
Register of electors – Centre Ward (1913)
Register of electors – Custom Ward (1913)
City Council Members (1889-1895)
Trade directories (1824-1910)
Grave memorials/inscriptions
Lismore estate papers emigration record database (1815-1905).
The indexes are © Waterford City & County Council

Friday, 13 April 2018

Forthcoming: Referencing for Genealogists: Sources and Citation

Is there a particularly British way for a genealogist to cite a source?
Publisher The History Press Ltd must think so as they will release this new book on 1 May.
A paperback of 144 pages the author is Ian G. Macdonald, BSc. PhD MSc.(Genealogical Studies) PGCE CITP CEng FBCS MIoD. The postnominals are from his listing at Chair of The Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG).
As the organization's mission is "to improve standards of professional genealogical practice and deliver these improvements to customers for genealogical and family history services" this book is most appropriate.
According to this post "fees from the book will go directly to the Journal of Genealogy and Family History so buying a copy will be doubly beneficial to RQG."
The book is listed on Amazon.ca here.

FreeBMD April Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Wednesday 11 April 2018 to contain 267,316,381 distinct records (266,897,565 at last update).
Major additions, more than 5,000 entries, this month are: for births 1963-4, 1978-83; for marriages 1965-6, 1980, 1982-3; for deaths 1858, 1981-2.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Five feet to the mile map of London, 1893-6

From the National Library of Scotland, a fabulously detailed map of late Victorian London.
What was the exact location and layout of the Royal Mews?
Where was the nearest public urinal to your ancestor's house?
What was on the site of The (UK) National Archives - this year celebrating its 40th year at its Kew location? It's all here.

BIFHSGO April Meeting

Saturday, 14 April
Identifying the Remains of Canadian Soldiers from the First and Second World Wars
10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Sarah Lockyer, from the Directorate of History and Heritage at the Department of National Defence, will talk about the Casualty Identification Program and its aims to identify the newly discovered skeletal remains of Canadian service members. The process involves many disciplines, including archaeology, history, forensic anthropology, genealogy and DNA analysis. She will explain the process, as well as the recent successful identification of Sergeant James Alexander Milne, who was laid to rest on August 25, 2017 alongside his fallen comrades in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Orchard Dump Cemetery near Arleux-en-Gohelle, France.

Dr. Lockyer will also discuss a recent case where identification was not possible: remains were buried on August 23, 2017 in CWGC’s Canadian Cemetery No. 2, in Neuville-St. Vaast, France as “A Canadian Soldier of the Great War. Known Unto God.” She will talk about the limits encountered by the Program, as well as its practices for inconclusive cases in the hopes that identification may be possible in the future.

Sarah Lockyer has a BSc in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal, an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London, and a PhD in Bioarchaeology from Bournemouth University. She is the casualty identification coordinator for the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of History and Heritage and the Casualty Identification Program’s forensic anthropologist.

ICYMI: Recent identification of 9 more WW1 Australian soldiers. from the 1916 Battle of Fromelles.

The Before BIFHSGO presentation is:

No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station
9:00 am to 9:30 am
No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station was a medical unit of the Canadian Army Medical Corps located a few miles from the Front in World War I. It provided medical services to all soldiers wounded nearby, but the majority were British and Canadian soldiers. The chaplains stationed at No.1 CCCS kept journals of all deaths at the station. BIFHSGO volunteers transcribed the diaries and, as a WWI centenary project, decided to honour these soldiers by writing a short biography for each soldier. Sheila Dohoo Faure will explain how this research, almost exclusively based on public records, is done, how the biographies are written, and she will highlight a few interesting examples of soldiers’ lives.



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Advance Notice: Jane's Walk Ottawa

I've enjoyed participating in at least four Jane's Walks over the years. They're a great way to get to appreciate local history, and the environment in which your local ancestor lived.
Set aside time on Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6 for the 2018 edition of Ottawa's Jane's Walk. The program is yet to be set although I'm told there will be one on Saturday morning about the Old Bowesville Road.

Ancient DNA

Recent advances in ancient DNA analysis are exciting. Why?  An item from the BBC this morning explains.

How ancient DNA is transforming our view of the past

A second BBC item is specifically British.

Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

These both highlight the work of David Reich and his lab at Harvard Medical School. I'm hoping to read his book Who we are and how we got here  and have suggested it as an acquisition for the Ottawa Public Library.

Pat Horan Memorial Lecture

Friday evening is the occasion for this annual named lecture of the Ottawa Branch of OGS, held as part of the opening session of Gene-O-Rama (pdf).

This year well known Ontario genealogist Ruth Burkholder will speak on What’s at the Archives of Ontario.

The event gets underway at 7:30 pm with opening remarks and a short LAC Update—New and Noteworthy by Lisa Tremblay-Goodyear.

The event is at the Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue in Ottawa (Corner of Hunt Club & Woodroffe).

As in previous years there is no charge to attend this lecture.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Coming to OGS Conference 2018 in Guelph

One of the speakers at the next OGS Conference I'd not heard of is Melanie McComb.
Melanie is the Social Media Coordinator for the non-profit NextGen Genealogy Network; OGS recently became a funding partner. I know little about NextGen beyond the name—perhaps as its a community of young genealogists.
I'd expected Melanie, who lives in Syracuse, NY, to be speaking on social media, so the topic of her first talk, Prince Edward Island Repositories and Records with a focus on Irish immigrants came as a surprise. It turns out her father's Irish family came through the province.
Her second talk is How to Incorporate NextGen Tech Into Your Research.
Find out more at her blog The Shamrock Genealogist.

WW2 Bombing Maps

In both world wars the Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston-on-Sea, my childhood home town, was a target for German bombing. By the time I came along the bomb sites had been cleared— much of the land was vacant. Overgrown bomb sites and abandoned pill boxes made for informal play areas. There were still notices about bombs that might be washed up on the beach.

Like many communities Great Yarmouth has a variety of online resources on local history, one being Our Great Yarmouth. What I had not expected was a reproduction of a post war publication by the Borough Council commemorating the town's role containing day-by-day lists of air raids, photos of the damage, and a table showing 217 were killed and 588 injured.

At the end of the publication are maps of where the bombs fell. Given the number of bomb sites near where I lived I shouldn't have been surprised at the number than fell in the one square mile area shown.

Still in Norfolk, the Norfolk Record Office have detailed images of the bomb map for Norwich available to buy on CD.

The (UK) National Archives has a research guide to the Bomb Census survey records 1940-1945 which points to their archival resources. It reference a London map at http://bombsight.org/. You can likely find maps for other areas by Googling—examples are Birmingham and Liverpool.




Monday, 9 April 2018

LAC Preservation Centre Virtual Tour, and more

Those of us living in the National Capital Region are fortunate to have the benefit of Federal facilities at hand. It's one of the reasons international diplomats actually choose to retire here. They, and we, don't stay for the weather!
I mentioned last week that I took (another) tour of the LAC Preservation Centre and was again impressed. If you've not had the chance for a tour the next best thing is a comprehensive podcast A Look inside the Preservation Centre (the source of the image of the exterior) together with a series of photos on Flickr.
Before the project it finished LAC should not overlook documenting the work going on in the Preservation Centre on digitization of the CEF service files. If asked I'd advise to do so in a short video made available on YouTube. In these days of limited attention spans people look for information in bite sized chunks, 5 minutes is ideal, and as videos.



Ottawa-born who died at Vimy, 9 April 1917

Today marks the 101st anniversary of the start of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Here is a probably incomplete list of those born in Ottawa who died on that day.

FIRST NAMESLAST NAMEAgeRegiment
JOHN DOUGLASARMSTRONG28Canadian EngineersCanadian
CHARLES ANDREWBUTLER19Canadian InfantryCanadian
ALEXANDER ALLENHALKETT29Canadian InfantryCanadian
GORDON RUTHVENHERON33Canadian InfantryCanadian
FRANK CAMERONJAMIESON26Canadian InfantryCanadian
GEORGE GEOFFREYMAY23Canadian InfantryCanadian
ALBERT EDWARDMOSS32Canadian Machine Gun CorpsCanadian
GEORGE EDGARRUSSELL28Canadian InfantryCanadian
REGINALD LAWRENCESLADEN19Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
GEORGE ARTHURTHORNE21Royal Canadian RegimentCanadian

A total of 2,400 Canadian troops died on the day, according to CWGC.org, and 4,386 UK troops. Fighting at Vimy Canadians captured about 4,000 Germans while the UK troops fighting simultaneously at Arras captured 5,600 Germans.

Kingston United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada Banquet

Kingston and District Branch, UELAC invite one and all to their annual Banquet, to be held on Wednesday, 30 May, 6:00 pm for 6:30, at Minos Village Restaurant, 2762 Princess Street, Kingston. Plenty of free parking. Displays, door prizes, and a wonderful meal with your choice among three entrees.
Speaker is author Jennifer DeBruin who will discuss “The History of Slavery along the St. Lawrence River”. (Yes, plenty of Loyalists did arrive with human as well as material property.)
To see the menu and order form, go to http://www.uelac.org/Kingston-Branch/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-banquet-flyer.pdf

via a note from Nancy Cutway.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Advance Notice: Jean Wilcox Hibben at Watertown and the storm of March 1888

Those within striking distance of Watertown, New York, should consider attending a talk by genealogist Jean Wilcox Hibben on Thursday 19 April.

Jean is on the board of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and West Representative of the International Society of Family History Writers & Editors, on the APG board and was lead researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow.

She is also half of the duo of Genealogy Journeys; a semi-monthly podcast on social history. The other half is Gena Philibert-Ortega who I met in Edmonton a year ago.

One of the recent Genealogy Journeys episodes that attracted me was about the Blizzard of 1888, northward from Chesapeake Bay from 11-13 March 1888. You get to hear the first part for free, the remainder is by subscription.
I wondered whether the storm hit Canada. Yes. Ottawa recorded 22.9 cm of snow. Train travel, the measure of weather disruption at the time, was halted. Montreal received 39.9 cm. Toronto escaped with 3.8 cm and Quebec City on the northern edge 5.6 cm.
Newspapers reported 300 fatalities along the US Atlantic coast with snowfall of 2 feet (61 cm) in New York City. It was mainly a rain event in Nova Scotia.

News about CanadianHeadstones.com

As announced in September last year CanadianHeadstones.com is now under the umbrella of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
While CanadianHeadstones.com continued to grow, there are now 1,905,422 gravestone photo records in the database, its previous status was an issue for some.
This week OGS announced that Canada Revenue Agency has approved the application of CanadianHeadstones.com for registered charity status. All donors, individuals and organizations, will now receive a charitable donation tax receipt. CRA lists that status as effective 7 November 2017.
Also this week Findmypast added an index to CanadianHeadstones.com to its collection—1,881,403 items. A search there will link to a transcript of the information. To see the headstone image follow the link to CanadianHeadstones.com where you repeat the search.
Ancestry.ca also includes information from the CanadianHeadstones.com collection, 1,460,310 items which were current as of September 2012.

Celebrate Scottish Heritage

I'm sadly lacking the celebratory spirit of Scottish heritage—my birthright as a Reid—not yet traced north of the border.

Just missed celebrating Tartan Day on 6 April.

International Bagpipe Day on 10 March slipped by with nary a skirl to enliven that dreary time of year.

25 January saw me nowhere near a portion of haggis, neeps and tatties accompanied by a recital of Address to a Haggis.

No celebration of the birthday of Canada's Founding Father and first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald on 11 January.

I did go to the Hogmanay celebration at Lansdowne Park on 31 December, in time to see the New Year in at midnight (Edinburgh time.)

St Andrew's Day on 30 November alas passed uncelebrated.

You notice these all occur during the darkest dankest, and in Ottawa bitterly coldest time of the year.

Mind the gap! With the exception of Highland Games, this year the Glengarry version at Maxville is on 3-4 August—May to October remain bereft of an occasion to rejoice in Scottish heritage.

Six months is a long time to go with only that single break.

There's plenty to celebrate. May I suggest to competent authorities:

Sporran Day
Harris Tweed Day
Thistle Day
Shortbread Day
Arbroath Smokies Day

Other suggestions, or did I overlook something?

In 2018 BIFHSGO is helping fill the gap with its annual conference theme "Scottish Family History, DNA—an' a' that !" 28-30 September. Find out more here.



Saturday, 7 April 2018

LAC - DHCP Experience

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to be involved as a volunteer member of the external review committee for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program of Library and Archives Canada.

The day before the committee meeting we were treated to a tour of the LAC Preservation Centre—something I've done before—every time I learn something new.

In the room where CEF Service Files are digitized were boxes of processed files, some marked for additional attention, and with a small box beside each large one to account for additional processing material added. Digitization is running about 6 weeks ahead of the date on which the files are posted online. There's more material than originally thought. Files for 30 (?) additional soldiers have been found and the round number of soldiers often mentioned 640,000 is actually closer to 642,000.
It's clear that LAC staff have a lot of work to do in relation to materials sent on loan to other institutions—in preparation, shipping and returning items to the collection. Shown is one of a collection of boxes used for shipping and constructed to ensure the materials are well protected in transit.

I can't say much about the committee meetings—the final decision on projects to be funded is made by the Librarian and Archivist and committee recommendations are confidential.

Two committee members scrutinized each qualified proposal strictly against the evaluation criteria and benefited from a written review by an LAC subject expert. To be successful organizations making proposals need to be scrupulous in ensuring they clearly address the criteria, project timelines are reasonable and that budgets are well justified.

Over lunch the external review committee for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program was privileged to meet with Librarian and Archivist of Canada Guy Berthiaume.
(Photo credit David Knox).

Belleville School Records 1900-1940

A recent accession to the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is a mine of information about the students who attended two Belleville schools between 1900 and 1940. It contains student registration cards for young people who attended the Belleville High School (built in 1874) and its successor, the Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School (BCIVS or BCI for short).
The cards give the address of the student, the names of their parents and the date the student entered and left the school.
The Archives is at 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville ON K8N 3B1, 613-967-3304, archives@cabhc.ca

Friday, 6 April 2018

Findmypast adds England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920

Findmypast promotes the 6,775,052 entries in the new England & Wales, Electoral Registers database as a 1920 census substitute. These indexed records, which can be searched by name, year, constituency, polling district and keyword, contain voting age men and women. 
While the population in 1920 was over 37 million many were underage or otherwise ineligible to vote.
The geographical coverage is incomplete. Included are records from 27 of the more populous counties: Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Glamorganshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland,
Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Sussex, Yorkshire.
Missing are Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Huntingdonshire, Monmouthshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and all Welsh counties except Glamorganshire.
Also the database includes more than one enumeration for the year, spring and autumn, so the vast majority of people in samples I explored are included twice.
Overall there's perhaps a one in ten chance of finding a person who was living in England and Wales in 1920.




Ancestry adds Ireland, Index to the Prerogative Wills, 1536-1810

Although original wills held by the Church of Ireland were victims of the 1922 Four Courts disaster an index to 38,829 of them survives.
Ancestry has made this available, as published by the Genealogical Publishing Co., 1989, and originally in 1897 by Sir Arthur Vicars in Dublin. The surviving index information includes both men and women.
A free searchable copy of the original publication is in the Internet Archives at https://archive.org/details/indextoprerogati00vica/.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

CRKN and Canadiana.org Merge as Combined Organization

If you have used Early Canadiana Online, part of Canadiana.org, this merger announcement may be of interest. The organizations will be stronger together.

Here is the text of the announcement at www.canadiana.ca/crkn-canadiana-merge/.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Canadiana.org (Canadiana) are pleased to announce a merger of the two organizations, which will now be under the leadership of CRKN. The merged organization began combined operations on April 1, 2018. As a merged organization, CRKN will continue its core licensing activities for scholarly journal content, while expanding support for the digitization, access and preservation of Canadian heritage content through the services of Canadiana.

“This a milestone in our respective organizations’ histories and a significant step in Canada as we move forward together to leverage the opportunities of the emergent global, networked research environment,” says Jonathan Bengtson, President, Canadiana. “This merger will expand and accelerate Canadiana services and programs that ensure the long-term viability of digitized documentary heritage for all Canadians and generations to come,” continued Mr. Bengtson.

“Academic libraries in Canada have a long history of working together to the benefit of their communities. Merging CRKN and Canadiana is yet another example of the strength of this community in both leveraging and understanding the complexity of the digital landscape and seeking opportunities to facilitate alignment,” says Alan Shepard, Chair of the CRKN Board of Directors. “Expanding CRKN’s portfolio through this merger builds on the organization’s strength and ability to collaboratively, and collectively, make significant and meaningful contributions to scholarship in Canada,” continued Dr. Shepard.

Merger discussions began in June, 2016 in recognition of a changed research environment and with the goal of building on the strengths and complementary activities of two of Canada’s most impactful content-based national organizations serving Canada’s digital research infrastructure. This merger allows CRKN and Canadiana to cohesively pursue a united and coordinated strategy that is envisioned and directed by member libraries, and works in partnership with research and memory institutions, funders, and other partners, broadening and expanding Canada’s vision and impact in digital scholarship.

Quick Facts

CRKN has worked with Canadiana since 2006 to provide subscription access to the Early Canadiana Online (ECO) collection, which is a large collection of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, magazines and government documents.
Currently, 54 CRKN members have subscriptions to Canadiana Online or the ECO collection. CRKN members provide the bulk of Canadiana’s funding through subscriptions and membership fees.
In 2013, CRKN and Canadiana collaborated on the Heritage Project, a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 40 million pages of primary-source documents. This project was funded by 46 CRKN members.
The merger will leverage Canadiana’s certification as a Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) to support members in their own institutional digitization work.
As part of the merger, CRKN will propose By-Law changes at its next Annual General Meeting that would allow Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Toronto Public Library (TPL) to qualify as CRKN institutional members.
The merger allows CRKN and Canadiana coordinated representation as part of the Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy, which outlines a way for Canadian memory institutions to work together to digitize, preserve and make accessible Canada’s documentary heritage.
The merger allows for CRKN and Canadiana to pursue activities that further the preservation, digitization, access, and discoverability of content, as well as goals in the development of open access to Canadian content.

Are you mitochondrial DNA U5b2b5?

The FBI extracted DNA from a highly degraded 4000-year-old Egyptian Mummy head, in the interests of testing and improving forensic technique.
In yet another demonstration of advance in ancient DNA extraction and analysis the authors determined the mitochondrial DNA haplogroup as U5b2b5, and it was from a male.
If that's your haplogroup you could have a new ancient relative—the Great Overlord Djehutynakht.
Read more on The History Blog and the original article in the journal Genes.

Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project Update

Clare Santry reports an update to the project bringing the total number of entries in the free index to 268,752. They come from 29,859 memorials of deeds, all contributed by volunteers.


23andMe update: We're Italian ... mangia

23andMe have delivered the promised Ancestry Composition update, now showing connections to 151 populations around the world.
My continental scale results, shown in the table with a blue background, are unchanged from previously.
0.4% has been reassigned from Broadly Southern European to Italian. The change isn't surprising—my brother's results already showed some Italian.
A line has been added for United Kingdom below British and Irish, and for Germany below French and German but with no percentage indicated. The information under "See all tested populations" shows a Match Strength of 5/5 for United Kingdom and 2/5 for Ireland. Germany and the Netherlands show 1/5 Match Strength. Everything else is 0/5.
A display of "Your Ancestry Timeline" shows most of my ancestry, except the British & Irish and Jewish, dates from before 1800. There's a hint of Sephardi ancestry somewhat later consistent with paper genealogy.
These 23andMe results continue to provide a realistic portrait of my ancestry as far as they go.
It would be nice to see greater regional resolution along the lines provided from the People of the British Isles and Irish DNA Atlas projects.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Advance Notice: Discover Your Roots: Ottawa Genealogy and Local History Fair

Save the date: Saturday 21 April, 2018 at 10:00am.
Free, no registration required. The Ottawa Public Library and BIFHSGO are cooperating in an event at Nepean Centrepointe for those who enjoy genealogy and local history.

Find out more at
https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/discover-your-roots-genealogy-and-local-history-fair.

Here's detail of the presentations being given by BIFHGO members.

Discover your Roots: Getting Started – Barbara Tose & Glenn Wright (Basic level) Approx. 40 minutes
Have you ever wondered about your family’s history? Where did they come from? How did they live? This talk will help you get started, find information online and organize your results. It will also inform you of where to get help along the way. Everything you need to get started – all in one place!
Finding Your Roots with DNA – John D Reid (Basic level) Approx. 20 minutes
The DNA inherited from your parents in trillions of cells of your body has a story to tell. You’ve seen the TV ads showing people surprised at their DNA test results and maybe heard people casting doubt on the reliability. In this short talk find out about the reality of DNA testing, which has revolutionized family history research, its amazing capabilities and its limitations.

Building and Sharing Your Family Tree – Leanne Cooper (Basics+ level) Approx. 45 minutes
There are many options for building and sharing your family tree: paper or electronic forms, family tree software, online family trees on sites like Ancestry or MyHeritage, and collaborative family tree websites such as WikiTree. This session will explore the key features, pros and cons of each, along with things to consider when making the choice.
 “I have my DNA results. What do I do now?” – Susan Courage (Basics+ level) Approx. 45 minutes

Your inherited DNA links you to potentially thousands of new cousins-some closer than others. Find out about what you will learn from different DNA tests; how to determine where to start when you get your results back; and about the resources and tools available to you to decode the science and apply in practice. 

Seeking Toronto History Lecturer

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is now inviting proposals for the eighth annual Toronto History Lecture, to be held on the evening of Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the City of Toronto Archives.

Proposals are sought for an interesting, innovative and well-presented lecture on any aspect of Toronto's history. For details, download the full Call for Lecture Proposals (pdf).

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018.

For information about past Toronto History Lecture topics and speakers, please visit this website.


LAC Proactive Disclosure 2015 - 2017

Library and Archives Canada is subject to Government of Canada requirement of proactive disclosure of senior management expenses.
Total expenditures for both travel and hospitality in 2017 were less than for the previous year.

Travel201720162015
Berthiaume, Guy46,106.5642,498.4142,344.93
Déry, Hervé07,691.039,548.86
Charbonneau, Normand13,977.6923,458.8212,108.96
Ouellette, Anick9,392.14
TOTAL69,476.3973,648.2664,002.75
Hospitality201720162015
Berthiaume, Guy3,393.333,316.651,511.54
Déry, Hervé163.5253.45170.28
Charbonneau, Normand1,353.541,602.15694.87
Ouellette, Anick20.67
TOTAL4,931.064,972.252,376.69

Find these stats, and back to 2012, here.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

PRONI Canadian Usage

Tucked away in the report Digest of statistics for the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland 2016/17 (pdf), published 28 March, is a pie chart showing that 8 per cent of PRONI onsite users are Canadian, that's the fourth highest, nearly 1,300 people.

Those of us who use LAC can only drool at the statistic "In 2016/17, 98% of documents were produced within 30 minutes. The average retrieval time per order was 13.1 minutes."

Many more use PRONI's online resources, the most popular being:
1. Will calendars - Searchable catalogue of will calendar entries for the period 1858-1965 (2,696,579 views).
2. Valuation revision books - Searchable database of placename index and digitised images of the Valuation Revision Books (VAL/12/B) for the years 1864-1933 (1,885,181 views).
3. E-catalogue - PRONI’s electronic catalogue containing over 1.5 million searchable entries (1,760,425 views).

OGS April Webinar: Art Taylor

Thursday, 5 April, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Presentation: Cataloging Your Digital Images Using Adobe Bridge with IPTC Cultural Heritage Panel
Presenter: Art Taylor

An introduction to the free Adobe Bridge program (for macOS and Windows) and its free IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) Cultural Heritage Panel to add titles, descriptions, and much more metadata to digital images. The process can be used with digital (from digital cameras or scanners) photos as well as with images created in software. It also works with photographs of 3-D heirlooms, such as quilts, jewelry, and furniture. There are data fields to enter much of the known information about each digital file.

Register here.

Monday, 2 April 2018

OGS supporting The NextGen Genealogy Network

The following is extracted from an OGS media release.

The NextGen Genealogy Network (NGGN) and the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) are pleased to announce a new partnership. OGS is providing NGGN with financial support, together with promotional support in the OGS weekly online newsletter, eWeekly, together with an information page on the OGS website.
NGGN, a United States based 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization was founded in 2013 to create a community for young genealogists. Building connections and fostering engagement among young genealogists eighteen to fifty, NGGN strives to build connections between generations, and welcomes the friendship, mentorship, and support of our fellow genealogists of all ages.

Thanks to OGS Director David Thompson for the tip.

Ancestry updates London Church of England Records

There were updates to five London, England, Church of England collections in March:
Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003; 2,733,953 total records
Confirmation Records, 1838-1923; 52,837 total records
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; 17,095,256 total records
Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932; 13,305,217 total records
Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917; 21,605,324 total records.

Ancestry also added 1.6 million records in 11 new databases during the month. Yorkshire, England: Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1873 accounted for 72 per cent of them.

A quick look back at Ancestry in the first quarter.

Colloquium: Rediscovering the Scots

A one-day (actually half-day) colloquium on 6 April at McGill University, Rediscovering the Scots, inaugurates the St. Andrew’s Society/McEuen Scholarship Foundation Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies.
See further information, including the preliminary program at www.mcgill.ca/channels/channels/event/rediscovering-scots-colloquium-inaugurate-chair-canadian-scottish-studies-285515

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Deceased Online adds Norfolk MIs

Deceased Online has slowed in adding new data in recent months, and the new addition is a departure. Instead of burial records the addition is memorial inscriptions for Norfolk.
There are 91 cemeteries at present with more to come.
Read about the collection at this blog post which includes a list of the cemeteries. They're also plotted on a Google Map.




RAF Centennial

Today, 1 April 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, formed by combining the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.
By the end of the war the RAF had 291,000 officers and men and 22,647 aircraft.
The heyday of the RAF was during the Second World War with Churchill referring to the RAF and the Battle of Britain.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
The Canadian Air Force, formed on 17 May 1920 with the prefix Royal added in 1924 was integral to RAF operations in WW2.
Of 124,356 Air Force causalities 17,395 were Canadian.

The (UK) National Archives has a handy guide to RAF Personnel Records. Digitized records, all pre-WW2 are:

Ancestry
UK, Royal Air Force Airmen Records, 1918-1940, 616,118 records
UK, Royal Air Force Muster Roll, 1918, 194,814 records
Web: UK, Women's Royal Air Force Index, 1918-1920, 31,086 records.

Findmypast
British Royal Air Force, Airmen's Service Records 1912-1939, 342,825 records
British Royal Air Force, Officers' Service Records 1912-1920, 101,266 records
British Women's Royal Air Force Service Records 1918-1920, 31,090 records
Royal Air Force Muster Roll 1918, 181,625 records.

TheGenealogist
Air Force Lists for Apr 1918, Oct 1933, May 1936, Apr 1937, Sep 1938, Jan 1939, June, 1939, May 1940.
Monthly Air Force List, November 1921.

Note: More issues of The Air Force List for the WW2 period are available free on The Internet Archive.

You may be interested in the12 part Century of the RAF on YouTube.

Internet Genealogy: April-May 2018

What's in the new issue?

A Visit to the Internet Archive
Diane L. Richard writes the Internet Archive is one of her all-time favourite websites. Me too. The Internet Archive ranks 278th on Alexa, well ahead of ancestry.com. Diane takes us on a guided tour of some of its facets and recent developments, and mentions other digital book/web archives. Worth emphasizing is that new material is constantly being added, 24 items were added to the Canadian collection alone on 26 March. In case you weren't aware, you can now do whole text searches across the whole collection or in a specific volume.

Harness the Power of RootsMagic and TreeShare for Ancestry
George G. Morgan explores the benefits of using this remarkable two-way interface for updating your Ancestry family tree

Save Money on Your Genealogy!
Gena Philibert-Ortega offers key tips and online strategies for helping you keep your family history research budget under control! While specific examples are US-centric many of her suggestions are applicable globally.

Pharmacists in the Family
David A. Norris reveals where you might find records of apothecaries and pharmacists. As with the previous article the emphasis is on US experience and sources.

When the Shoe Fits
Sue Lisk suggests and illustrates weaving snippets and tales around a theme when sharing your ancestors’ stories using US and Canadian stories. This is the first of two articles by her, an author whose writing I'm increasingly appreciating.

REVIEW: Write Daily with Writely
Lisa A. Alzo reviews a new app to help you build a daily family history writing habit and concludes that "if you are looking for that extra push to build a daily writing habit , you can't go wrong with Writely".

REVIEW: MemoryWeb and Your Family Photos!
Tony Bandy looks at a new photo service to help you organize and share your family photos. It's primarily an iOS application with aspects of the service still under development at the time of Tony's review. There's a free 90 trial if you're interested.

NetNotes
Diane L. Richard looks at websites and related news.

Getting to Way Back When: A Conversation
Sue Lisk looks at why interviewing the elder members of a community can be much more gratifying than any lore gleaned from web sources.

Back Page
Dave Obee says “You can’t rewrite history”