Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

14-15 May 2021 – 31st Canadian Military History Colloquium
This year’s CMHC is free online, but registration is required. For more information visit

How’s LAC doing?  The response to the poll on the letter grade you’d give to LAC in fulfilling the aims stated by Librarian and Archivist of Canada Leslie Weir 20 months ago wasn’t huge. The median response was letter grade D, the most frequent F.

This past week Ancestry added a collection of 19th-century census records for Denmark, including for Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

The Francis Frith Collection website has added 1,097 new photos of Cornwall, Gloucestershire and 614 cities, towns and villages.

A Meta-Scientific Perspective on “Thinking: Fast and Slow”
“… if Kahneman wrote a second edition, it would be very different from the first one. Chapters 3 and 4 would probably just be scrubbed from the book.” Long.
Don’t believe everything you see at the Oscars. Everyone is a paid actor.

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous,  gail benjafield, Glenn Wright, Keith Hanton, Kris, Lynne W., Mike, Teresa, Unknown.

London Parish Records Updated on Ancestry

A few days ago Ancestry announced they would be adding 374,498 London parish baptism and marriage records with 26,033 images in May

Jumping the gun London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936 was updated on 29 April to contain 13,530,740 records. There’s a name search and the ability to browse records by the parish.

How many records have been added for marriages and banns? For which parishes and time periods? It’s not specified but must be substantial and likely for later years.

You may find two entries one for banns, the other to the marriage. For one of my ancestral marriages, the index showed the banns being read well after the marriage – a transcription error. Fortunately, the indexes are linked to images so the conflict was easy to resolve.

Your Genealogy Today May/June 2021

Contents for the new issue which will be available on 10 May.

Treasured Connections to Your Past
Joe Grandinetti says those keepsakes can add important context to your family history

When One is Enough
Sue Lisk looks at concentrating on an individual in a family tree when doing research

The Cleveland Connection
Richard H. Goms Jr. recounts a search for living cousins descended from Prussian ancestry

“For It’s a Jolly Good Song …”
David A. Norris looks at traditional special songs for special occasions

Honoring Your Ancestors: Veterans Societies
Karen L. Newman looks at lineage societies for ancestors who served and were honorably discharged

Why Didn’t I Learn Sooner….and Better?
Donna Potter Phillips offers her regrets on not being a better genealogist

“Colored News” – Part II
Diane L. Richard continues on with this hidden, though, invaluable goldmine

Tracing Paths of Divorce
Sue Lisk says there are many ways to approach the puzzle of a divorce in a family tree

Center For American War Letters
Leslie Michele Derrough looks at the importance of preserving our ancestors’ wartime correspondence for future generations

Notes From Across the Pond
Steve Ward looks at postcards and how they were the favorite communication method of the early twentieth century

Getting a Better Read on Your Ancestors
Lauren A. O’Hagan shows how book inscriptions can help you further your family history research

The Back Page: Please… Show Me the Proof!
Dave Obee needs your help in tracing an ancestor. Are you up for a challenge