Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Findmypast adds 4 million Yorkshire records

The following is from Findmypast:
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.

Book Review: Ignored but Not Forgotten: Canada's English Immigrants

Lucille Campey's eleventh book is her third on English immigration to Canada following a series on Scottish immigration. It extends coverage in her previous books in the English series Seeking a Better Future: The English Pioneers of Ontario and Quebec and Planters, Paupers, and Pioneers: English Settlers in Atlantic Canada across the Prairie Provinces to the West Coast while summarising the previous works on the East. Additional chapters focus on the 20th century exodus, as a percentage of Canada's population immigration just before World War One far exceeded today's levels, child immigration, the perception of the English immigrant and, the journey to the eventual destination in Canada.
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

Durham Diocese records at FamilySearch

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

Genealogy at the OPL in October

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[0]=taxonomy_vocabulary_21%3A241

Workshop on Upper Canada & Canada West Research: Call For Speakers

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.

The topic is broad but lectures should emphasize sources, research techniques, or historical background that will be helpful in research — or a combination of the above. Workshop attendees will all be active  researchers. You are invited to submit proposals for lectures on any aspect of pre-1867 genealogical or local history research that fits the above criteria.

We need lectures for audiences at all levels of expertise. Each session will be one hour long, including five to ten minutes for questions. Lectures should be illustrated – we will provide a computer projector and a laptop for use in the sessions. Speakers will also be expected to provide a 
handout of supporting material (up to four pages), which we will photocopy for all registrants.

Speakers will be paid $100 per lecture hour, plus modest expenses for travel and accommodation.

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.


To submit proposals or ask questions about the event, please contact Jean McNulty at courses@torontofamilyhistory.org.

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

British Home Child Day

Today, Sunday 28 September is British Home Child Day in Ontario. Jumping the gun the Ontario East British Home Child Family,Township of Athens & Athens Heritage Society jointly sponsored a commemoration event in Athens on Saturday, 27 September.
Following a opening event with local dignitaries attended by about 65 people activities took place in three locations. The role of British Home Children in World War 1 was remembered.
Local organizations, which included BIFHSGO and OGS, mounted displays at the Joshua Bates Centre. In this photo you can just see a corner of the British Home Child quilt. John Sayers was on hand to help people with their research.
There were several home child trunks on display. I had forgotten that being so close to Brockville many of the children settled in the area came from Scotland with the Quarriers organization. Also on display were miniatures of medals awarded to Home Child VC winner Claude Nunnery.
A special display mounted at the Athens Museum included this list of some home children settled in the Athens area.
I didn't have the opportunity to visit the third venue, the Baptist Church, where a series of set presentations and an open mic opportunity were featured.
The total attendance likely exceeded 100.

UPDATE:  Find additional photos from the event at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154634701600557&set=pcb.10154634705730557&type=1&theater

Kirsty Gray in Ottawa

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

Remains of WW1 Canadian soldiers identified

Eight years after they were discovered mitochrondrial DNA from the remains of four soldiers of the 78th Battalion, Clifford Neelands, Lachlan McKinnon, William Simms and John Oscar Lindell, has enabled them to be identified.
Another body is thought to be that of Albert Edward Ahmed, a Barnardo's home child.

Three additional soldiers remain unidentified. All eight are believed to have died during the Battle of Amiens in 1918.

Friday promise doesn't last

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.

Did Your Ancestor Play Cricket?

CricketArchive aims is to provide "a comprehensive archive of cricket scorecards and player information. We aim to include the details of as many matches, players, grounds, leagues, tournaments as possible."
Much of the content is current. Historical material, which may contain information on cricket matches that have been played in a community of interest (including Ottawa) or on a cricket-playing ancestor, is included. Search from http://cricketarchive.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi

Friday, 26 September 2014

British Home Child Day 2014

It looks like a fine fall, even summer-like day so I'm heading to Athens, Ontario on Saturday. If you're nearer Toronto there's a parallel event at Black Creek Pioneer Village on Sunday

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.

British Home Child Day 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.