Friday, 3 July 2015
Charles Drummond, my great uncle by marriage, was in the merchant navy. In my talk I showed an image of his Master's Ticket obtained through Findmypast and a web link through Ancestry to a WW1 medal card at The (UK) National Archives.
The newly available information is transcriptions of crew lists and agreements from the Merchant Navy for 1915. Online availability is thanks to the work of volunteers and the cooperation of the National Maritime Museum.
A search for "Charles Drummond" at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war/search-merchant-navy-1915-crew-lists/ found three entries. He was mate, age 29, born Blackpool on the Ashfield; then age 30 on the Aquilla, previous ship the Ashfield of Liverpool and; another list for the Aquilla.
Alan Campbell has written a blog post for the Ontario Genealogical Society with advice on steps to take to break down your genealogical brickwall. Even if you don't have Ontario ancestry and access to OGS publications, which you probably do through a local library, much of the advice applies.
So You Think That You Have a Brickwall- Part 1 is at www.ogs.on.ca/ogs_blog.php?p=6191
Thursday, 2 July 2015
The forecast so far is promising. Sunny. High 27. It will be cooler by the water. Bring protection from the sun.
Checkout the map at http://goo.gl/maps/01DE, If you come by car consider parking at the north end of Lanark Ave at Kirchoffer Ave and taking the tunnel under the parkway.
Historical note: Like so many streets Kirchoffer Ave is named for the developer, Manitoba Senator John N. Kirchoffer
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
There were 17 gainers, 14 losers in Alexa rank in genealogy websites the past month. The colour coding indicates in green those that have gained in rank, becoming more popular; in red are those that have declined. Changes of more than 10% are bolded.
The top rankings of all websites on Alexa are: Google.com, Facebook.com, Youtube.com, Baidu.com, Yahoo.com Amazon.com, Wikipedia.org, qq.com, Taobao.com, Twitter.com.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Archives of Manitoba has launched a new searchable index of Manitoba World War 1 casualties at www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/ww1_resources/ww1_soldier_index.html.
According to an announcement from the Archives "the index was created from index cards that make up a series entitled "Index cards identifying soldiers killed in World War I". These cards, created by the Government of Manitoba just after World War 1 (we believe to populate the Cenotaph on Memorial Boulevard just to the west of the Manitoba Archives building), identify a Manitoban soldier killed in the First World War.. Some of the entries have a fair bit of detail, and others are quite limited. We have titled the index "partial" because we know that not all Manitoba casualties were recorded in it - for instance, Manitoban George Battershill was fatally wounded at Vimy (we have his letters) and there is no card for him."
There are 1092 soldiers represented in the index which is fully keyword searchable.
What you will find is a display put on by the Canada Science and Technology Museum: Harvesting Sunlight, in collaboration with SunCentral, and Underwater Imaging, in collaboration with 2G Robotics.
While the genealogist in me would prefer to see exhibits related to the LAC mandate it's still better to have the space used rather than remain empty in the forlorn hope ...
Read about the exhibit at http://cstmuseum.techno-science.ca/en/whats-on/exhibition-technozones-highlights.php
Monday, 29 June 2015
Names of victims and witnesses as well as criminals are included. To be updated.
The take home messages from Paul Milner's review of Chris Paton's Book Down and Out in Scotland researching ancestral crisis are:
- This is definitely not a book to begin your Scottish research with.
- There is much in this volume that I have not seen in other Scottish guide or reference books, so is highly recommended for those wanting new avenues to explore.
The latest Ancestry.ca press release tells those in extreme desperation for celebrity news that Canadian tennis player, Wimbledon finalist in 2014, Eugenie Bouchard is half 11th cousin, twice removed from The Duchess of Cornwall through her father’s side of the family, a Quebec line.
In a world with three children per couple everyone would have 725.6 million 11th cousins. That's a reasonable historical estimate as more than two children surviving to have children of their own are needed for there to have been any natural growth in population, The figure is based on the equation for the number of nth cousins 2^(n+1)*c^n where c is the constant number of children per couple.
Estimates are there are 360 million people speaking English as their first language, and 80 million French speakers, in total much less than 725.6 million. With those odds the surprise would be if Bouchard were not related to royalty, and the same for us all.
What's more unusual in Bouchard's case is the ability to find the records thanks to those of Quebec and the British nobility having better survival than for the average British ag lab. Lesley Anderson discusses the records in an Ancestry blog post at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/06/26/true-tennis-royalty-eugenie-bouchards-real-life-regal-connections-revealed/.
Despite a major loss suffered on Gene-O-Rama in 2014, due to a major snowstorm on the day, and a 9% reduction in membership fee revenue, the Branch came in with a less than $1,000 loss for the year.
The Branch was able to fill all board positions for the coming year. A new editor for The Ottawa Genealogist is needed for January when Ed Kipp steps down.
Gene-O-Rama 2016 is scheduled for 1-2 April.
The AGM was followed by an excellent Home Children presentation by Gloria Tubman.