Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Local newspapers from LAC

A blog post Local newspapers at the heart of Canadian life mentioning acquisition of microfilm copies of newspapers from Fort McMurray and Lac-Mégantic documenting their well known disasters is too good an opportunity to pass up.
Of course LAC is adding these to its collection. But why on microfilm, an outdated technology?
If LAC is only acquiring government records in digital format why access these born digital newspapers on microfilm?
Yet another sad example of how far behind the times LAC continues to be when it comes to the newspaper collection.

"In the Footsteps of our Irish Palatine Ancestors" Tour

The Ontario Genealogical Society Irish Palatine Special Interest Group announces a new tour, to take place September 13 – 23, 2018, following the footsteps of the Irish Palatines who left Ireland in 1760 to go to the New World. Settling in New York City and then the Camden Valley, with the American Revolution in 1776 those who fought for the British fled to Quebec when Burgoyne was defeated. The tour will briefly explore some later Irish Palatine settlements in Quebec.

Find further information here including a link to the detailed tour brochure.

Historical Society of Ottawa February Meeting

Friday 23 February, 2018 - J. Andrew Ross -- The Story of How the First Ottawa Senators Went South

Details: Despite being the most successful of the early National Hockey League teams, with the most Stanley Cup wins in the 1920s, the Ottawa Senators often struggled to attract fans. This presentation discusses how the building of a new rink, the Ottawa Auditorium, was seen as the solution to Ottawa's woes, but could not fight the economic tide that was pulling NHL hockey to larger American markets.

Biography: J. Andrew Ross holds a PhD in history from the University of Western Ontario, and taught economic history at the University Guelph before joining Library and Archives Canada as an archivist in 2015. He is the author of Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 (Syracuse University Press, 2015).

The meeting is at 1:00 pm in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

City of Victoria Archives Online Search

The following is a press release.
The City of Victoria Archives is pleased to announce the launch of its new Online Search, available at<>.
Powered by Access to Memory (AtoM), the Online Search contains hundreds of descriptions of City Government and community records held by the Archives, as well as nearly 10,000 digital photographs.
We invite you to explore Victoria's rich documentary heritage and learn how Victorians have lived, worked, and governed themselves for the last 150 years.
We welcome your comments and feedback. Please be in touch with us at<>.

Free access to records

Get ready to take advantage if you don't have a paid subscription. featured collections will be free to access starting on 23 February 2018 until 25 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT.
To see a full list of the records in the featured collections click here.
To view these records you will need to be registered for free with with your name and email address.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

GGI Belfast 2018

Speakers for the Genetic Genealogy Ireland sessions at Back to Our Past Belfast 2018 pose of the replica Titanic staircase at Titanic Belfast.

Get access to (almost all) the videos of the presentations by joining the +4K members of the closed Genetic Genealogy Ireland Facebook group.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

FreeBMD February Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Thursday 15 February 2018 to contain 266,393,467 (265,866,842 last update) distinct records. Major additions are, for births 1963-4, 1978-83; for marriages 1966, 1979-80, 1982-3; for deaths 1979, 1981-2.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Recognition for Paul Milner

Congratulations to Paul Milner, who returned by popular demand to speak at the BIFHSGO conference 2017, for this recognition by the Utah Genealogical Association.

Findmypast adds Yorkshire Parish Records

Added to the FindmypastYorkshire parish record collection for the East Riding are
Baptisms : 73,749 new records for a total of 5,371,218.
Banns : 16,788 new records, total 625,724
Marriages  : 57,936 new records, total, 3,025,288
Burials : 18,205 new records, total 4,812,550

And 21,941 new Parish and Bishop's Transcripts browse records.

Open access to Canadian Immigration Records from Ancestry, including Passenger Arrivals, Passports, Border Crossings on Ancestry

From 16 to 19 February offers free access, with registration, to their immigration records –just for Family Day.

Included are Canadian passenger arrivals, passports, border crossings and more.

Quinte Branch OGS February Meeting

The Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society presents
"All About Quinte Branch"
on Saturday 17 February, 2018 - highlighting the Branch structure, annual program for education and research. Also, the Library catalogue, finding aid, surname interest list, branch facebook and website.
Held at  Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton 1-3 pm. Everyone welcome, bring a friend.