Findmypast Adds to Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions Collection

Last week FMP opening a poll on which records to add next. With three choices Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions was the most favoured. This week there are 43,824 additions to that collection, now totalling 297,613 items. 17,593 of the additions are from Halifax with entries from 1614 to 2003. 


Here’s the complete list of additions from 18 communities.

Riding Place Year from Year to Records
North Haxby 1784 1994 437
North Newton on Ouse 1735 1994 877
North Rufforth 1726 1992 307
North Slingsby Cemetery 1889 1992 312
North Sutton on the Forest 1689 2001 154
North Sutton on the Forest 1852 2012 941
North Thormanby 1798 1991 174
North Thorp Arch 1280 2016 585
North Welburn 1806 2007 428
West Cotton Stones 1833 1994 1574
West Halifax 1614 2003 17593
West Heptonstall 1897 2016 1511
West Heptonstall 1607 2008 6503
West Southowram 1806 2005 1953
West Sowerby 1658 2018 8345
West Soyland 1819 2000 637
Ainsty & City of York Copmanthorpe 1740 2008 497
Ainsty & City of York Dringhouses 1798 1992 996

Findmypast adds Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers

Exclusive to Findmypast, a huge collection of Roman Catholic records, mainly from the Glasgow area.

Over 307,000 new Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms.
Over 158,000 new Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages.
Over 15,000 new Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Burials.
Over 164,000 new Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records.

From the Glasgow region there are 255,329 baptisms for 24 parishes, typically from 1855 to 1921; 130,771 marriages ty[ically from 1869 to 1946; 9,642 burials for 14 parishes typically from 1923 to 1959; and 138,678 congregational records typically from 1891 to 1935 for 22 parishes.

The complete list of parishes with detailed information on coverage is at

London Bills of Mortality, and Newspapers

On Wednesday at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Conference I was able to catch some of three presentations in a session on Epidemics, Pandemics, and Public Health Responses. Interrupted several times, one of the disadvantages of being online at home meant I didn’t get the full benefit.

A presentation by Caroline Michaud : “Plague in the Public Eye: English Reactions to the Marseille Plague of 1720-1723” leant heavily on her August 2020 Master’s thesis Public Health and Public Discourse: Contesting the London Bills of Mortality, c. 1603-1836 at Dalhousie University.  I need to find more time to read the thesis. Bills of Mortality I’ve wanted to investigate more. They were widely read. I’d also like to know why we don’t routinely get this type of current statistics today. It can be done as we’ve seen for COVID reporting.

Another presentation, “Households Large and Small: The Prominence of
Women’s Work in Edmonton’s Conceptualisation of the 1918 Influenza
Pandemic” by Suzanna Wagner drew heavily on newspaper reports in the Edmonton Bulletin.

During the question period, I asked about the value of digitized newspapers for the research. Both of those presenters said they couldn’t have done the studies they did without them. The third presenter, Adama Aly Pam spoke in French about yellow fever experience in Senegal. That limited my ability to understand. He agreed that digitized newspapers are vital. LAC please note.


Coming to Ancestry

Here are the new and updated collections expected from Ancestry this month.

Canada, Western Canada, Land Grants, 1870-1930, and Upper and Lower Canada Land Petitions, 1870-1930 (NEW)

Montreal, Québec, Canada, Property Tax Evaluations, 1847-1987 (NEW)

Canada, Obituary Index, 1800s-current (UPDATE)

Westminster, London, England, Cemetery Registers, 1855-1990 (NEW)
Exclusive to Ancestry
281,988 records total
58,147 images

Worcestershire, England, Electoral Registers, 1837-1974 (NEW)
7,306,656 records total
87,364 images

Web: UK and Allied Countries, Index of International Bomber Command Losses, 1936-1968 (NEW)
58,440 records total

Ireland, Casey Collection Indexes, 1545-1960 (NEW)
541,915 records total
13,884 images

Web: Dundee, Scotland, Poor Law Indexes, 1854-1878 (NEW)
14,263 records total

Bedfordshire, England, Workhouse and Poor Law Records, 1830-1920 (UPDATE)
Exclusive to Ancestry
305,293 records being added

Canadiana adds 340 New Serials

340 new serial publications since the start of May, 74 of them this month. COVID is now no match for Canadiana.

Prominent, as shown by the wordcloud, are annual reports and various directories for Ontario and Quebec.

There were eight titles placed online yesterday, 2 June:

Case’s directory of Fort William, Port Arthur and district of Thunder Bay for 1894
Chatham directory for 1876-77
Contractors’ and builders directory, embracing an alphabetical list of all architects, contractors, builders 1890-91
County of Brant gazetteer and directory for 1869-70
County of Perth gazetteer and directory for 1882-6
County of York gazetteer and directory 1881
Nova Scotia temperance almanack for the year of our Lord 1835

See what’s new and of interest for your family history at or

Ottawa Archives Reopening

The City’s Central Archives will resume in-person appointments for residents wishing to visit the Reference Room, starting Tuesday, 8 June.
Clients may make reservations for that week beginning Wednesday, 2 June by emailing or by phoning 613-580-2857.

via a Facebook post by Mike More.

WDYTYA Magazine: July 2021

It’s the beginning of June and already the July issue of WDYTYA magazine is available.

It’s a special one … for me. Look at this list of the three feature articles.

Parish Registers: Jonathan Scott presents our updated seven-page region-by-region guide to online parish registers

Sent to Canada: John D Reid reveals how thousands of British women married Canadian servicemen during the Second World War and emigrated to live with their new husbands.

Boxing and Wrestling: Sarah Elizabeth Cox climbs into the ring and grapples with the history of 19th-century boxing and wrestling.

As usual, there’s a lot more, and free as long as your Canadian public library subscribes to magazines via PressReader or Overdrive Magazines.

Europeans in East Africa

Many Europeans chose a warmer climate than Canada’s when they emigrated from 1880 to the start of the 2nd World War.  East Africa was a popular choice, especially for those from the UK. Europeans in East Africa is a free website, at, with information on thousands who chose to move to Kenya (mostly), Uganda or Tanzania. 

There are 210 Smiths so likely up to 20,000 entries in total. You can search by surname or use a detailed advanced search. You can also browse lists by surname. Many of the entries are rich in detail. Give it a try for someone who disappears from your family tree.

I found out about this site in a “new” newsletter from the Guild of One-Name Studies. The new global e-newsletter, only for Guild members, produced by Jean and Ken Toll, builds on one they have published locally for several years. It will be available monthly in February; March; May; June; August; September; November; and December. This issue has a list of resources including for various European countries — useful if you have ancestry from Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Iceland and more.


This Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from free online events in the next five days. All times are ET except as noted. Those in red are Canadian, bolded if local to Ottawa. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed.

This is OGS Conference Week. See the program at

Tuesday 1 June, 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 1 June, 2 pm: Technical aspects of oral history, by Patrick Daglaris, Archivist, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, OSU Library

Tuesday 1 June, 2:30 pm: Treasure Awaits: The Genealogy Center’s Digital Collections, A virtual tour of Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center..

Tues, 1 June, 7:30 pm:  Successful Collateral & Cluster Searching, by Thomas MacEntee for Durham Branch OGS.

Wednesday 2 June, 2 pm: Solving Family Mysteries with mtDNA Projects, by Mags Gaulden for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Wednesday 2 June, 7:30 pm: Secrets of Radar and Huron Co, by Maya Hirschman for Huron County Branch OGS.

Thursday 3 June 2 pm: Coming out of the pandemic: Onomastic research 2021 and beyond. The Deirdre Flanagan memorial lecture 2021 from the Ulster Place Name Society.

Thursday 3 June: 6:30 pm: The Basics of MyHeritage DNA, by Sara Allen for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Thursday, 3 June, 7 pm: Treasures in the Miscellaneous Collection. by Linda Corupe for OGS.

Friday 4 June. 8 am: Celtic Crosses, Identity and Symbolism in late 19th and early 20th Century Belfast, by Bronagh Patricia Murray. Part of the annual HeroNI Lecture Series. Host: DfC Historic Environment.

Saturday 5 June, 12:30 pm:  Lucille Campey will present to the BC Genealogical Society via Zoom. These are the same presentations given to BIFHSGO in February. Free to BCGS members. $25 to non-members!


19 – 26 September 2021: BIFHSGO Conference. Irish Lines and Female Finds: Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy.


Internet Genealogy: June/July 2021

Here’s the table of contents for the new issue.

Researching English Criminal Ancestors
Michelle Dennis presents the evidence used to reveal the life and fate of her criminal ancestor

Written in Stone: Accessible Online
David A. Norris looks at online sources for locating gravestone inscriptions for ancestors who served

Research on the Run? Try MobileFamilyTree!
Tony Bandy reviews Synium Software’s mobile app for family research

Searching For Florida Ancestors?
Leslie Michele Derrough recommends online
resources available at the State Library and Archives

A Web of Oral History
Sue Lisk looks at online collections of oral histories and why they can be valuable to family historians

Immigrant Colonies of North Carolina
Diane L. Richard examines the period of the late 19th and early 20th century

Exploring City Directories Online in England and Wales
Ed Storey offers suggestions for researching your ancestors from across the pond

The Stories of General Stores
Sue Lisk suggests online sites that help you understand how general stores played a role in our ancestors’ lives

Deciphering Elusive Surnames
David A. Norris looks at coping with troublesome handwriting and smudged letters

Internet Genealogy looks at websites and related news that are sure to be of interest

Back Page: Perils of Deciphering Old Handwriting
Dave Obee says be flexible in interpreting the results of document translations

Go to where you can click an underlined heading to preview the first page of an article (except one-pagers)!


The Canadian Historical Association Annual Conference

The 2021 CHA conference is different this year in so many ways. It is entirely on-line. It occurs over eight days, and spans two months. None of the sessions are concurrent.

This isn’t in time for the first day. Here are my top three pick sessions for the remainder of the week:

2:15 – 3:30 pm. Settler Colonialism, Immigration, and Empire in Western Canada
3:45 – 5:00 pm: Residential Schools in History and Memory

4:15 – 5:30 pm: Epidemics, Pandemics, and Public Health Responses

Find out more and register at Attendance is free with a donation request.

See the full schedule, including the sessions in July, at