Findmypast.co.uk has today, 30 September 2014, published online for the first time almost 4 million parish records in partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. The Yorkshire Collection comprises beautiful scanned images of the original handwritten registers held by six Yorkshire archives and spanning the years 1538 to 1989. Fully searchable transcripts of the originals enable anyone to go online and search for their Yorkshire ancestors by name.
The first phase of this landmark project, released today, includes nearly a million parish records from North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies, as well as over 3 million parish records and Bishop’s Transcripts from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York), which cover the whole of Yorkshire including West Yorkshire.
As the provenances of the records are defined by historical, rather than modern boundaries, areas now outside of today’s Yorkshire are also covered, such as County Durham. On completion this will be the most comprehensive online repository of Yorkshire family history records anywhere in the world.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
As with her previous books, Lucille has scoured archives in Canada and the UK for material that allows her to illustrate general patterns with anecdotal material bringing out personal stories, all carefully documented in nearly 100 pages of notes and bibliography.
In the census of 1921 Canadian residents born in England outnumbered the Scots and Irish-born combined. But the English in Canada didn't go about trumpeting their Englishness in parades and banquets. The Irish, Scots and Welsh retained homeland patriotic societies and traditions. St George's Societies enjoyed a transient existence but have virtually disappeared as the English chose to integrate into the Canadian mainstream. The English soon saw themselves as Canadians of British origin. Yet, Lucille writes, the English retained an allegiance to their home town, county or region, an interesting observation worth debating.
This book can be recommended to anyone seeking an overview of English migration to Canada and a guide of the many sources for in-depth research.
Ignored but Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants, published by Dundurn, is available in paperback from various booksellers and in eBook formats.
Monday, 29 September 2014
September 26 saw browse images of various Durham Diocese records added to FamilySearch:
England, Durham Diocese, Renunciations, 1767 and 1794
England, Durham Diocese, Original Will Strays, 1743-1900
England, Durham Diocese, Registered Wills 1526-1858
England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Stray Probate Bonds, 1732-1768
England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Administration Bonds and Inventories,
England, Durham Diocese, Probate Inventories, 1676-1846
All are linked to an index on Durham University's website at: http://familyrecords.dur.ac.uk/nei/data/advanced.php
October is an active month for genealogy at the Ottawa Public Library.
October 2 sees part 1 of Genealogy on the Internet being offered at the Greenboro branch at 10 a.m. - noon.
October 7 has Using Ancestry Library at the new Beaverbook branch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
October 25 brings outreach officer Stewart Borden from the Archives of Ontario discussing the archives website and interlibrary loan service at the Main Library - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
October 29 sees part 2 of Genealogy on the Internet offered at the Main Library at 9:30 a.m. - noon.
There are other presentations offered in French.
As always you can book an appointment with one of the OPL's genealogy specialists:
Johanne Chesnichesky at the Cumberland Branch, 613 580-2954 *39884
Diana Hall at the Main Library. 613 580-2424 *32139
Patricia Barlosky at Centrepoints Nepean. 613 580-2424 *41481
Find out more on these and opportunities in November at http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program?f=taxonomy_vocabulary_21%3A241
Speaker opportunity notice.
Toronto Branch OGS and the Canadiana Department of the North York Central Library will be co-sponsoring a one-day workshop on pre-Confederation Ontario family history and local history research. Speakers are sought.
Please submit your lecture proposals by e-mail. Keep them brief and informal, at this point. (We may ask for more details later.) Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and a brief bio with your proposal.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
To submit proposals or ask questions about the event, please contact Jean McNulty at email@example.com.
To learn more about the Toronto Branch OGS, please go to the home page of our website at www.torontofamilyhistory.org.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
UPDATE: Find additional photos from the event at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154634701600557&set=pcb.10154634705730557&type=1&theater
A date for your diary:
Sunday, November 2
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Woodroffe United Church, Banquet Hall, 207 Woodroffe Ave.
UK Rockstar Genealogist Kirsty Gray will deliver two lectures:
Searching for Names: Challenges, Pitfalls and the Downright Ridiculous
Solving Problems Through Family Reconstruction.
This event is sponsored by OGS Ottawa Branch and BIFHSGO. Admission is $10 per person at the door. A break with light refreshments will be served between the two lectures.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
On September 19 Findmypast announced:
Every Friday from now on, we will be bringing you thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page.One week later the "announcement" is about a school admission dataset released days earlier! Was it released prematurely? Or was something else not delivered on time? Just asking.
Friday, 26 September 2014
The Athens and Area Heritage Society in collaboration with the Ontario East British Home Child Family are hosting a full day of activities dedicated to British Home Children.
The Home Boys who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force to fight in World War I will be honoured. The medals, including the Victoria Cross, awarded to Private Claude J.P.Nunney for his
service will be on display.
Events will be held in various locations in Athens. The Joshua Bates Centre and
the Athens Museum will open at 9 am for the day with various displays all relating
to Home Children.
The opening ceremonies will commence at 10 am in the park.
The Baptist Church will host various presentations throughout the day. One
speaker will be the daughter of a Home Child, Joan O’Malley, who sewed the first
Canadian flag. Other activities include walking tours, assistance with genealogical
searches, children’s activities, music, and refreshments. The day will conclude
with a dinner at the Cedar Valley Restaurant.
activities at Black Creek Pioneer Village on Sunday, include:
- Book launch of Belonging, Sandra Joyce's sequel to The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child
- Performances by members of Barb Perkin's HOMECHILD Musical, Folk Singer Marion Parsons, as well as Highland and Irish Dancing - and of course, there will be bagpipes and drums!
- Author Marjorie Kohli will give a presentation on the contribution British Home Children made in the First World War.
- Rose McCormick Brandon will host an open mike session with British Home Child stories including two British Home Children.
- A multi-media installation inspired by the lost childhood of British Home Children by international artists Nerea Martinez de Lecea and Michele Woodey
- MP Judy Sgro, York West, former Minister of Immigration, will also be on hand to help in the celebrations
- This day will culminate in a SPECIAL DINNER to be held in the Village: reserved tickets, including parking, admission and a three course meal. Please see below for more details.