Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Genetic Ancestry Test from Living DNA

Have you been puzzled by your admixture results from Family Tree DNA, 23andMe or AncestryDNA? Perhaps you've seen the much higher geographic resolution in the People of the British Isles project results and wanted to see your DNA analysed with their techniques and database. You'll soon have the opportunity.

Debbie Kennett's post Living DNA – a new genetic ancestry test providing comparisons with the People of the British Isles dataset on her Cruwys news blog is the the first I've heard of this exciting new development from a British company. I recommend reading Debbie's blog for details.


Who are Living DNA from Living DNA on Vimeo.

According to the company website your DNA will be broken down across up to 80 regions of the world and you can see your family ancestry at different points in history. If you have ancestry from the British Isles analysis will break down your origins in up to 21 regions, such as Cornwall, Devon, Norfolk or North Wales.

The company will use a new DNA chip, technical details are at http://www.glimdna.org/assets/gsa_datasheet_2016.pdf, which will provide information for 638,000 autosomal SNPs, 17,800 X-chromosome SNPs, 22,500 Y-SNPs, 4,700 mtDNA SNPs.
The company also intends to accept information from other company tests - details pending.

Be aware that the company will not provide a database to permit one to one comparison with other tester's results, but the data will be downloadable for subsequent upload to compatible third-party sites.

Remember, a fundamental limitation is that you only inherit half of each parent's DNA. The random nature of the selection process means that you have no genetic inheritance from many of the distant ancestors in your genealogical tree.

The test sells for $199 Cdn (£120) with shipping starting in mid-October. Order at www.livingdna.com/


Associated Press Acquires British Movietone Film Archive

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the acquisition of the archive of British Movietone News. The Movietone archive includes thousands of reports of international news events from 1929 to 1879 including World War II, the first recorded speeches by Gandhi, film of the “British Invasion” of America by the Beatles and the only 35mm footage of Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles.

So far, about 85% of the archive—or roughly 2,200 hours of film—has been digitized.

Since 2015 some of collection has been available on YouTube.

Dick Eastman and John Grenham, could they both be wrong?

In his most recent blog post under the title Dick Eastman is wrong John Grenham starts:
"On second thoughts actually no, Dick Eastman is right. The other title is just grabbier.
On third thoughts, maybe he’s both right and wrong."
Grenham is reacting to a presentation The Future of Genealogy Research Eastman gave to The Third International family history conference of the Claire Roots Society, Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way, which took place on 23rd to 24th September 2016.

Where they agree is on the importance of collaboration online. Where Grenham differs is in hoping it will not occur through subscription sites such as Ancestry.  Que sera, sera --- if people find the commercial sites good value they'll use them, and it's not just the collaboration they offer but also convenient access to digitized records. While Ireland may have free access to many records (of those not destroyed) wasn't it the commercial companies that produced an name index to the Catholic parish records. Wasn't it Ancestry that indexed most of the Canadian census records which now, after an embargo period, are freely available at the Library and Archives Canada website.

What's most surprising in both Eastman's slides, and Grenham's blog post, is ---  no mention of genetic genealogy. Adding DNA evidence to genealogical research is the biggest advance of the past few years and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. The demonstrated potential to tumble down brick walls we have seen to date is nothing compared to what will happen when a critical mass of the population's DNA, especially outside the USA, is tested and available in a database for comparison. It should not be overlooked in any discussion of the future of genealogy research.

Shannon Lecture: Friday 30 September

Trials of Madness: Civil Law and Lunacy in a Trans-Atlantic World
James Moran
University of Prince Edward Island
Friday, September 30, 2016, 2.30-4pm
Discovery Centre, Room 482 Library.

James Moran is lead author of the chapter Mad Migrants and the Reach of English Civil Law in the recently published book Migration and Mental Health, Past and Present.

The lecture is followed by a reception and viewing of an exhibit Remedies, Elixirs, and Medical Men in the History Department at Carleton University which explores health care in nineteenth-century March Township and Bytown, drawing on documentation and artifacts from Ottawa’s Pinhey family and their circle. More information at carleton.ca/history




Monday, 26 September 2016

Dictionary of Occupational Terms

Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921 provides a description of what that occupation involved — sometimes a brief single phrase, in other cases running to several hundred words. There is extensive cross referencing, with listing of synonyms and similar occupations in related spheres of employment, and it includes a considerable number of purely regional terms. In all, it provides 16,837 definitions for 29,106 terms.

Originally compiled by the British Ministry of Labour and published by HMSO in 1927 it was based on the classification of occupations used in the 1921 Census, this edition was scanned and formatted for the web by Peter Christian, author of The Genealogist's Internet and co-author of Census – The Family Historian's Guide

This digital edition of the Dictionary includes the complete set of definitions, the prefatory material, and an independent index not based on the index of the original volume.

This description is based on a post on the Society of Genealogists Rootsweb mailing list.

You may well find this reference useful for occupations in earlier censuses, 1921 is not yet available at the individual level. Statistical compilations are available online such as at www.visionofbritain.org.uk/census/census_page.jsp?yr=1921

Ancestry updates Dorset records

There are updates to Ancestry's collection of Dorset records which mostly first became available  in 2011. Except for the "Se;lect" collection sourced from FamilySearch the databases are from records of the Dorset History Centre.

Dorset, England, Poor Law and Church of England Parish Records, 1511-1997, 253,219 records
England, Select Dorset Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1999,  4,506,989 reccords
Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, 2,084,464 records
Dorset, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906,  1,177,816 records
Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010,  356,848 records
Dorset, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921, 576,745 records


Sunday, 25 September 2016

BIFHSGO Conference Videos Online

Now available, to members only, are videos of 11 presentations from the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa conference 2016. By alphabetical order of presenter they are:

Kyle Betit
Advances in Irish Research Over the Last Five Years
Irish Land Records
Irish Sources You May Never Have Considered
Using Canadian and US Records for Your Irish Research

Leanne Cooper
Adventures in Genetic Genealogy: Who Were Charlotte Richardsons Parents?

Maurice Gleeson
A Sense of Place; A Sense of Self
Connecting with Cousins Through Autosomal DNA
DNA and Genealogy: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Researching Your Irish Family History from the Comfort of Your Home

Niall Keogh
Easter 1916, a Family Affair

Rick Moody
Adventures in Genetic Genealogy: Moody DNA – Irish Glenns?

Handouts or copies of slides for some conference presentations are at the same members only location.

Thanks are due to John McConkey for organizing capturing and editing of the videos.

Glenn Wright speaks to Ukrainian Genealogy Group September Meeting

"The Ruryk Family in Canada: Research Challenge, Research Success” is the topic for BIFHSGO past president Glenn Wright's presentation to the Ukrainian Genealogy Group of the National Capital Region on Tuesday 27 September.
This presentation will describe both the challenge and success that he has had in researching his Ukrainian ancestors. He feared that his inability to speak or read Ukrainian would be an insurmountable obstacle, but using traditional genealogical resources, he has been able to document, in considerable detail, the story of his Ruryk family who emigrated from Galicia to rural Alberta prior to the Great War. Glenn will demonstrate his successful use of archival and published resources in his search for his Ukrainian roots..
This meeting will takes place at 7:30 pm at the St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Hall, 952 Green Valley Drive, Ottawa. All welcome.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

World Wars and naming patterns

Rockstar Genealogist, #1 in England. Scotland and Wales, Kirsty Gray has picked up on a Skype conversation we had a few days ago to look at some unusual first names, something she has an amusing lecture on.
Read her blog post at http://family-wise.co.uk/world-war-naming-patterns/

Toronto Branch OGS September Meeting

Cutting edge Toronto genealogist Paul Jones is the speaker for the Monday 26 September branch meeting main presentation  I’m not a Jones, but what am I?
The story of researching two successive generations of patrilineal illegitimacy to identify the hitherto unknown fathers and my “true” surname. This account involves a 25-year research odyssey and uses family oral history (and misinformation), all the usual and some not-so-usual documents, the patient advice of the late Ryan Taylor, a remarkable but puzzling Y-DNA test, and the power of autosomal DNA testing and segment matching.
The meeting starts at 7:30 pm at Eglinton St George's United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd, Toronto. Unfortunately it will not be live steamed.

There is also a mini-presentation by Ann Brown & Beth Adams: Indomitable Granny Brown/Auntie Belle

Check out the Toronto Branch website for other activities this fall.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Findmypast adds Cheshire Vital Records Browse 1500-1991

Over 584,000 records of baptisms, marriages, and burials are in this browse collection for the English county of Cheshire churches and chapels. It's not just Church of England. Records available include: Baptist, Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society Of Friends, Unitarian, United Methodist, United Methodist Free Church, United Reformed, Wesleyan Methodist, and Zion Primitive Methodist; that's not quite A to Z for 511 separate places of worship.

Picking one at random, there are four registers for Chorley (Alderley Edge), St Philip.
Baptisms, 1853-1900,  134 images
Baptisms, 1853-1924, 146 images
Combined Register, 1866-1892, 104 images
Marriages, 1866-1914, 255 images

News from Ottawa City Archives

Grace Lewis is leading what she anticipates will be a two year project to amalgamate the BIFHSGO and Ottawa Branch OGS libraries. Culling collections of newsletters from other organizations so that only the most recent five years are retained has already reduced shelf space needed. A volunteer has offered to take change of the Scottish collection amalgamation and, later, the same will be undertaken for other parts of the collection. Three volunteers start next week working on amalgamating the catalogs.

While the City Archives is not a library all archives hold publications. An example of why is the most recent addition to the archives collection, Marion Dewar: A Life of Action by Deborah Gorham of the Department of History at Carleton University was launched on Wednesday at the Ottawa's Writer's Festival at a standing room only event at Ottawa City Hall. The City Archives was a major resource for the research behind this biography of a highly respected former mayor.