Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Signatures: Paul Martin

A reminder of the forthcoming interview of former Prime Minister Paul Martin by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, before a live audience. It's the next event in the Signatures Series which features prominent Canadians who have fonds in the LAC collection. The event starts at 12:15 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., 2nd floor, Ottawa. 

More at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/events/Pages/2017/signatures-series-Paul-Martin.aspx

Monday, 18 September 2017

Discovering Print Resources for Genealogy

The Ottawa Public Library offers a 90 minute session on the types of print resources you can use to do basic genealogy research or add depth to your family history, and introduce the resources available in OPL’s collections.

Monday 25 September, 2017 at 2:00pm at Nepean Centrepointe.

Registration Required.

Advance Notice: Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives Genealogy Day

The program is now available for this 14 October 2017 event at the Nick Smith Centre

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Explore Marketplace 
9:00 – 9:10 Introduction and Welcome
 9:15 – 10:00 1st Speaker 
MARY CAMPBELL: NEW WORLD, NEW OPPORTUNITIES, 
FAMILY SETTLEMENT (SCOTTISH THEME)
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break and Explore Marketplace
10:30 – 11:30 2nd Speaker
LESLEY ANDERSON: ANCESTRY DNA
11:30 – 11:45 Comfort Break
11:45 – 12:30 3rd Speaker 
GLORIA TUBMAN: SCOTTISH HOME CHILDREN
Noon Break 12:30 – 1:45 Lunch Break and Explore Marketplace - Raffle Draws at 1 pm
Afternoon 1:45 – 2:45 4th Speaker 
NOREEN KRUZICH: FIRST NATION AND METIS ROOTS
2:45 Closing Remarks
Till 3:00 Explore Marketplace
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Hazards of Researching Family History: Skeletons in the Closet

Some people think it's only DNA testing that reveals genealogical surprises. Not so. In my own case it was digitized newspapers. If you're not prepared for surprises it's best not to look.

Lifespan and Causes of Death in Britain

In 100 years the average lifespan has increased by 30 years in Britain. An article from the (UK) Office of National Statistics at http://visual.ons.gov.uk/causes-of-death-over-100-years/ presents the trends and details the causes.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

News from FFHS Workshop

The photo of John Wesley's gravestone below has nothing to do with this news, except that I learned it at a Federation of Family History Societies event at the grave location, Wesley's Chapel and Lysian Mission, across from Bunhill Burial Ground, in Saturday.

The FFHS announced they will be present at Roots Tech 2018. Three members are travelling there, have offered to staff a stand, and Roots Tech have offered a deep discount price for the booth.

Also, although nothing is signed and sealed yet the Federation is working with a commercial organization to mount a replacement for Who Do You Think You Are? Live sometime toward the end of 2018. Expect a announcement by the end of the year.

Friday, 15 September 2017

TheGenealogist adds over 1.1 million records to their Sussex Parish Record Collection

TheGenealogist has added over 1.1 million individuals to its parish record collection covering the county of Sussex. Published In association with The Parish Record Transcription Society, this first tranche of records will be followed by more releases in the near future.

This New release covers individual records of:

717,000 Baptisms
213,000 Marriages
208,000 Burials

CEF Service Files September Update


As of today, 15 September 2017 491,373 (467,521 last month) of 640,000 files are now available online in the LAC Personnel Records of the First World War database. That's according to a LAC Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service post
The latest box digitized is number 8363 (8101) for last name Robertson (Rasmess).
If my calculations are correct at last month's rate the project will be finished by May 2018. Maybe LAC can then move on to another major digitization project. Newspapers anyone?

Findmypast adds Herefordshire BMB Transcripts

This week there are over 650,000 new transcript records available to search on Findmypast. Most are from the IGI of FamilySearch.

Baptism transcripts are as far back as the early 1500s and cover 240 parishes, notably Hereford and Ross on Wye.

Marriages transcripts are for 1538 to 1936 and 236 Herefordshire parishes.

37,306 Burial transcripts from 37 parishes are also included.

In addition find Herefordshire Wills, 1517-1700 from the British Record Society, an  alphabetical handwritten index from records at the Herefordshire  Archive and Records Centre.


Robert N. Wilkins presentation to Quebec Family History Society September Meeting

Montreal in 1909 is the topic of a free public lecture hosted by the Quebec Family History Society on Saturday, 16 September, 2017 at 10;30 a.m.

Robert N. Wilkins will explore Montreal in the year 1909. Learn about the day-to-day lives over a century ago, what they experienced in their daily routine – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Get a clear sense of what Montreal was like 108 years ago in a testimony to the delights of family history. Robert will also have a book signing of his book Montreal 1909.


The meeting is at Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield, Qc.

No reservations required, guests welcome. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Paul Martin in conversation at LAC

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) invites you to an hour of lively conversation with the former Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Paul Martin.

Paul Martin will be the guest of Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, as part of the Signatures Series, which features interviews with people who have donated their archives to LAC.

Reserve your spot now for this event, which will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa.

The presentation will be in English, with simultaneous translation in French.

Places for this free event are limited, so be sure to register at: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/events/Pages/2017/signatures-series-Paul-Martin.aspx

New CEOs for Ancestry and Findmypast

News via Gail Dever's blog

Gail Dever to speak at OGS Kingston Branch September Meeting

The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, September 16th at 10 a.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St., Kingston.  Gail Dever, well-known genealogical blogger from Montreal will speak on "The Creme de la Creme of Online Resources for Quebec Research".  This talk will cover English and French records.  Visitors always welcome.  Further information at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston