Monday, 21 April 2014

Our (Ottawa) Heroes in The Great World War

While researching WW1 soldiers buried at Beechwood Cemetery last week at the Ottawa City Archives Harriet Fried drew "The Blue Book" to my attention.
The content is well described by the extended title "Our Heroes in (of) The Great World War: Giving facts and details of Canada's part in the greatest war in history,  including photoengravings of Officers, Nurses, Non-commissioned Officers  and Men from Ottawa, Ontario, and vicinity. Compiled by J. H. Dc Wolfe the history of the war is interspersed with pages of photos and mini-bios of many from the area who served. It's not comprehensive, a few war causalities buried at Beechwood are not included.

You don't have to go the City Archives to read it. Find a digitised copy, not nearly as good resolution as the hard copy I viewed, on the Internet Archive at

Top centre in the image is Nursing Sister Minnie Gallagher, a wartime fatality who will be one of those featured in the Beechwood Cemetery Historical Walking Tour in June.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Do you know?

Recognize these?

The Holy Boys
Pontius Pilate's Bodyguard
The Elegant Extracts
The Vein-Openers
The Devil's Own

What do they have in common?

Free admission to the Ottawa Zoomer show

BIFHSGO, the Ontario Genealogical Society, and the City of Ottawa Archives will share a booth at the Ottawa Zoomer Show on April 26 and 27 at the Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive.

250 free tickets are allocated to society members. Below is the link to get a free ticket. CARP members will have received notice of free admission.

Print off the tickets for free admission to the show at:

For more information on the show:  Scroll down to see a floor plan and a list of the other exhibitors.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Primrose Day and a census odditity

April 19 was for many years unofficially commemorated as Primrose Day in Britain. Lord Beaconsfield, (Benjamin Disraeli,) died that day in 1881. Primroses, his favourite flowers, were placed on his grave, at his statue in Parliament Square, and worn by admirers.

His name was coupled with that of Sir John A Macdonald, both were considered outstanding Conservative leaders. Although Disraeli was not yet Prime Minister when the British North America Act which founded Canada was approved by the British Parliament, he was the leader of the government in the Commons and so must surely have had a substantial role.

Disraeli appears in the 1881 census, taken not long before his death, listed by his title, The Earl of Beaconsfield, with occupation ex-Prime Minister. Someone in the census office was obviously an admirer. When in genealogy class they tell you the 1881 census didn't recorded deaths show them this curiosity - a snippet from the census document with a R.I.P. scrawled beside the entry.

WW1 Beechwood Burials: Calvin Bezley

On this date in 1920 Private Calvin Bezley, serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, passed away from scarlet fever.

According to an Ottawa Journal article from 20 April 1920 he had recently undergone an operation on his spine following a shrapnel wound at Cambra(i) where he laid for two days before being brought in. The shrapnel was removed but he was paralyzed.

He was born in Toronto on 17 (18) October 1883 the son of George and Annie (Neil) Bezley. Prior to enlisting on 22 January 1918 he had been a clerk in the forestry industry.

He had three brothers and seven sisters including Mrs A Wall whose address, 559 King Edward Avenue, is in the Beechwood register. His aunt, Mrs T Bezley lived at 92 Wilbrod Street in Ottawa.

Friday, 18 April 2014

FamilySearch adds England, Lancashire, Parish Register 1538-1910

This release contains 913,314 baptism, marriage and burial transcription records sourced from the Lancashire Record Office. Accrington, Blackburn and Preston are prominent among communities covered.
This release would appear to complement the collection England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 sourced from the Central Library, Manchester.

LAC Access to Information and Privacy requests can now be made online

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching a form that will enable Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) requests and payments to be made online. Processing of credit card payments will be made through the Government of Canada’s secure Receiver General Buy Button (RGBB). The request form is located on the LAC website under Transparency. With this feature, LAC joins 25 other federal government institutions who can now accept ATIP requests online.

The above is from an LAC blog post.

WW1 Beechwood Burials: Frederick Alexander Mitchell

On this day, 18 April, in 1918 Private Frederick Alexander Mitchell died of typhoid fever and pneumonia at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. He was attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment. No attestation paper is available online.

His age is given as 23 years, the son of John Mitchell of 505 Cooper Street, Ottawa. 
A Toronto birth registration gives a birth date of 28 September 1893. 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

FamilySearch adds England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911

You can now find 454,798 transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials in the collection "England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911", new on FamilySearch. The transcripts are linked to image originals, over 100,000 of them which are only viewable at Family History Centres or to "signed-in members of supporting organizations."
Find My Past have been diligently working on Kent parish records; this appears to be another resource available through a cooperation agreement.

Mrs Brown's Sticky Situation

This one is too good to leave until the end of year Yuletide R&R collection.
Be aware, it comes with a SOME STRONG LANGUAGE warning.