Sunday, 30 August 2015 has most Juvenile inspection report cards, 1920-1932

There's a wealth of digital microfilms available free online through the Heritage project of Many of them are strong in genealogical content. Unfortunately they're not well well known or well publicized.

Of interest if you have a post WW1 Home Child in your ancestry are the eight films, about 12,000 pages, of  Canada. Immigration Branch. Juvenile inspection report cards, 1920-1932. They were created by Immigration officials as they regularly inspected children brought to Canada by various organizations, including Barnardos.

Unlike some of the other films in Heritage, they are not too difficult to search as they're arranged alphabetically by surname. Included are name, age or date of birth, date of arrival, name of ship, name of Home/Union, dates and results of inspections, name and address of employer(s) and comments.


Access the others from

List of Juvenile Inspections Reports

​Microfilm reel number​First name on reel​Last name on reel 
​T-15420​ANDERSON, Newton and  ABBOTT, Auber ​CARDNO, Leslie
​T-15421​CARDWELL, Andrew​EVANS, Arthur E.
​T-15422​EVANS, Arthur L.​HENDERSON, Ann F.
​T-15423​HENDERSON, Charles H.​LOCK, Annie
​T-15424​LOCK, Herbert​O'BRIEN, Samuel
​T-15425​O'BRIEN, Thomas​SHAW, Victor
​T-15426​SHAW, Walter A.​WEALE, Walter
​T-15427​WEALLS, Eric​ZYCZYNSKI, Leon

Binge Watch WDYTYA on Sunday.

If TLC lives up to its advertised schedule, Tom Bergeron "American television personality and game show host" is the subject of the new WDYTYA episode at 9 pm on cable channel TLC. It's of particular Canadian interest as he investigates his French-Canadian roots on his father's side.

It's the climax of an opportunity to binge watch seven previous episodes.
2 pm: Christina Applegate
3 pm: Jessie Tyler Ferguson
4 pm: Angie Harmon
5 pm: America Ferrera
6 pm: Alfre Woodward
7 pm: Gennifer Goodwin
8 pm: Bryan Cranston

Starting at 11 pm there's another opportunity to watch the Bergeron episode followed at midnight by the Goodwin episode.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Ancestry adds West Yorkshire records

Leeds research interest?  Check out the newest British database Leeds, England, Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987. It has 187,851 records

"This collection contains burial registers for the years 1845-1987 and inscription grave registers for the years 1907-1938 from the Beckett Street Cemetery in West Yorkshire, England. Both types of registers contain information that includes name, age at death, and grave number but, depending on the register, may also contain other information, including address of the deceased, description of the deceased (i.e., wife, son, etc.), death date, or burial date.
Also known as Burmantofts Cemetery, or Leeds Burial Ground, the Beckett Street Cemetery was founded in 1842 and opened in 1845. One of the oldest, if not the oldest, municipal cemeteries in England, it sits on 16 acres, and the remains of an estimated 180,000 people are buried within it.
The cemetery and its burial registers are split into two sections: Anglican (consecrated) and Non-conformist (unconsecrated). The burial registers and inscription grave registers, and many more records relating to Beckett Street Cemetery, are located in the Leeds office of the West Yorkshire Archive Service."

Also from the area, West Yorkshire, England, Select Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866
"The records include examinations and settlement inquiries, registers of settlement, orders of removal, and other documents.
Details included in these records vary widely, depending on the document. An order of removal may contain a name, age, current parish, and parish being removed to. A settlement register may note number of children and marital status. Documents from inquiries and examinations can be even more extensive. In the end, you may be able to uncover some of the following information:
  • name
  • age and birth information
  • parish
  • date
  • places and dates of residence (both current and former)
  • spouse and marriage details
  • children’s names, birth dates and places, and legitimacy
  • professional information and apprenticeships
  • other family members’ names and residences
  • summary of the situation and grounds for settlement or removal
Some of the cases include multiple documents, so be sure to use the arrows on the screen to browse surrounding pages to make sure you find all the records for your ancestor."

Findmypast database additions

Manchester Electoral Registers Browse 1832-1900

Over 330,000 Manchester electoral registers for the period 1832-1900 for Ardwick, Bradford, Beswick, Cheetham, Chorlton-Upon Medlock, Harpurhey, Hulme, Newton, Salford, Broughton and Manchester are now available to browse. There is no name index.
Registers included are for local government elections; Citizens’ Rolls and Burgess Rolls, and the registers for Parliamentary Elections; Parliamentary Electoral Registers. Electoral Registers are annually compiled lists of all adults eligible to vote and typically list a person’s name, address and the type of property they owned or rented that qualified them to vote.
The records are scanned copies of microfilms held at the Manchester Archives Central Library.

Derbyshire Hospital Admissions & Deaths

Nearly 4,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913.
Each record includes a transcript produced by the Ancestral Archives of Derbyshire. Records can include the patient’s admission date, reason for admission, condition after admission, marital status, residence, rank or profession, date of discharge or death and cause of death.

Additions to the Irish Newspapers Collection
Now included are the Belfast Commercial Chronicle, Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser, General Advertiser For Dublin and All Ireland, Northern Standard, The Enniscorthy News and County of Wexford Advertiser, The Pilot, Tuam Herald and Westmeath Independent. Substantial additions have also been made to three existing titles; The Belfast Morning News, Freeman’s Journal and the Cork Examiner.
Findmypast’s entire Irish newspaper collection now holds over 9.7 million fully searchable articles, covering an impressive 231 years of Ireland’s history (1719-1950).

New Zealand, Nelson, Petition After The Wairau Incident 1843
A transcript taken from the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle on 15 June, 1844 of the names their occupations and any additional notes for nearly 600 settlers who signed a petition calling for action to be taken by the Governor of New Zealand following the Wairau incident that occurred on 17 June 1843.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Hidden treasurers at EThOS

Gail Dever has been writing about Canadian university theses as a resource -- My latest genealogical distraction — University theses.

What about British theses?

EThOS, the Electronic Theses Online System allows you to search over 340,000 theses records, freely download the full text of any UK thesis that has been digitised (more than 100,000), and order for downloading (may take some time) any thesis from one of the participating institutions, 131 of them.

Here are just some available online with a Canadian connection:

The promotion in Shropshire of emigration to Canada to 1914, with particular reference to the period from 1890.

Imperial nationalism : nationalism and the Empire in late nineteenth century Scotland and British Canada

Leaving the world : narratives of emigration and frontier life written by women in Upper Canada and the Old Northwest.

A history of publishing in Toronto, 1798 to 1841, with a descriptive bibliography of imprints.

A comparative study of pre- and post-famine migrants from north-west Ireland to North America.

Dutiful daughter : fashionable domestic embroidery in Canada and the British model, 1764-1911.

Rescue or bondage? : a case study of four voluntary agencies involved in child emigration to Canada 1870-1925

The Protestant-Catholic divide on Prince Edward Island, Canada : its creation, growth and resolution

A study of the factors that assisted and directed Scottish emigration to Upper Canada, 1815-1855

' Land of rape and honey' : settler colonialism in the Canadian West

Thy children own their birth : diasporic genealogies and the descendants of Canada's Home Children

The Holiness Movement in the Canadian Maritime Region, 1880-1920

Aliens en route : European transmigration through Britain, 1836-1914

mtDNA Full Sequence Sale at Family Tree DNA

I received an email about a limited time sale on full sequence mitochondrial tests at Family Tree DNA.  It's until the end of the month.
If you're already a FTDNA subscriber the discount is 25%, if not 20%. That's off the regular $199 US price.
mtDNA is inherited through the maternal line so this test is likely to be useful if you have issues to resolve regarding your maternal inheritance, or if you're "just interested."

ScotlandsPeople adds Seamen Death Records

The following is from a ScotlandsPeople press release
Complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 is being made available online for the first time through ScotlandsPeople.
Among the 14,000 new records available through ScotlandsPeople are monthly returns of the Deaths of Seamen,  which list Scots along with other crew members of all nationalities who were serving on British-registered vessels between 1897-1974.
The records were compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. Only the Scots can be searched for by name.
Other Marine Returns released online are the Returns of Deaths at Sea, 1902-1905. All the Marine Returns can be searched within the statutory registers by using the "Marine Returns" option under Minor Records
Read the full press release here.

Aircrew Remembered

The objective of this British site is "to present researchers worldwide with as much valuable data as we can manage, in the most useful ways we can find. Our hope is that researchers worldwide will benefit and that this might also lead to the development of more family histories and stories which we would be pleased to add to the site."

Of most interest at are the databases:

RAF Bomber Command Operational Losses Database 73,000+ entries
Royal Australian Air Force Losses 1939 - 1945  11,000+ names
Runnymede Commemorations 20,000+ entries
The Kracker Archive 30,000 + individual Luftwaffe pilot records
Sites of Luftwaffe War Graves in England
Deutsche Kreuz im Gold Awards 6300+ entries
Paradie Archive: RCAF Personnel 1939 - 1945  45,000+ entries
Battle of Britain Roll of Honour  2918 entries
Polish Air Force Honour Roll 2200+ entries

Deceased Online adds four Lancashire cemetries

Now available at Deceased Online, nearly 35,000 digitized burial records for cemeteries managed by Wyre Council ( the area between the River Wyre and the Irish Sea including Cleveleys, Fleetwood, Garstang, Poulton-Le-Fylde and Thornton) in mid/north Lancashire. They are:

  • Fleetwood Cemetery, Beach Road, Fleetwood, opened 1841; nearly 27,000 burials
  • Poulton New Cemetery, Garstang Road, Poulton le Fylde, opened 1929; 2,552 burials
  • Poulton Old Cemetery, Moorland Road, Poulton le Fylde, opened 1895; 3,660 burials
  • Preesall Cemetery, Cemetery Lane, Preesall, opened 1856; 3,000+ burials

The records comprise burial register scan, grave details showing all occupants in each grave and
maps indicating the section in cemeteries for all graves.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Griersons of Torbolton

The Historical Society of Ottawa has issued #96 in its Bytown Pamphlet Series. In 36 pages Doris Grierson Hope recounts the Grierson family history, starting with Lieutenant John Grierson, Royal Navy (1780-1850) and his brother Commander James Grierson (1782-1856)  who settles in March and Torbolton Townships ca 1822.

There are three pages of endnotes but no index. Related surnames I noted are: Baird, Bell, Bernard, Bick, Bredin, Bridwell, Brown, Cole, DaSilva, Dickson, Dorval, Ferguson, Hedley, MacLeod, MacMillan, McLaurin, Penny, Roriston, Scarlett, Stevenson, Styles, Sullivan, and Taylor.

A reminder that anytime searching Ottawa valley history the indispensable website is

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Free access to this weekend

Access to more than 1 billion UK records from, and a first chance to try out new features such as LifeStory, Facts View and Gallery, will be free from 28 August until 11:59 p.m. GMT on 31 August 2015.
To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address. You will receive a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here.

WDYTYA in Montreal

If you watched last Sunday's WDYTYA episode with Bryan Cranston you may be interested in the follow-up research Gail Dever did on local expert Janice Harvey who guided Cranston at Notre-Dame Basilica.
Harvey's thesis The Protestant Orphan Asylum and the Montreal Ladies’ Benevolent Society: A Case Study in Protestant Child Charity in Montreal, 1822-1900 has lots of good content if you're interested in that time and place. You can read it online at
It's an example of the many historical studies available online, if you know it exists and where to look.

Post-war Dutch Immigrants

Canada and U.S., Dutch Emigrants, 1946-1963 with 19,083 records will be an Ancestry database of interest for those with a Dutch connection. These are derived from the Archives at Calvin College in Heritage Hall, Christian Reformed Church of North America, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Of these 12,050 came to Canada and 7,645 to Ontario.
The records are transcripts. You may find: name, birth date, place of origin, arrival year, destination, sponsor year, religion, relation to head, family size.

That Camera Icon at FamilySearch

The FamilySearch catalog at is the way to find out of a particular collection is available. Here's the list for the censuses of England and Wales.

They're all available, from 1841 to 1911. FamilySearch just updated the 1901 collection as highlighted by the asterisk against the date under Last Updated.

The other icon shown is the camera, in two styles with, or in the case of 1871 without, a black frame background. Do you know the difference?
The answer is at the FamilySearch Blog in a post from May this year.
"When an image of the original record is on, you see a small camera icon. When the image is on a different website, there is a small web page box behind the camera."
Who knew?