Ancestry’s Marriage Index Updates

The title Canada, Marriage Index, 1800s-1999 which Ancestry introduced on 15 January is now expanded to 6,927,942 records. The index entry, based on OCRd text, is fairly basic: name, name of spouse, date and sometimes a bit more. For the colourful details of the bride’s wedding dress, where they honeymooned, etc you’ll need access to the original newspaper at It may be available through your public library,

Also updated is U.S., Marriage Index, 1800s-1999  with 254,970,138 records.

Who Do You Think Are The Top Tweeters – Update

Here is the latest survey of top tweeters for #genealogy and #familyhistory in the past few days.

Rank #genealogy Count #familyhistory Count
1 FamilyTreeTips2 41 FamilyTreeTips2 88
2 Heirs2U 21 Heirs2U 55
3 GeneaStudies 20 CaroleParkes1 55
4 skcgs1 18 chiddickstree 45
5 chiddickstree 16 ConfKeep 41
6 sillymummyft 15 FederationFHS 37
7 GenealogyWise 15 BeyondBrickWal1 29
8 marksology 11 MarianBWood 26
9 ClioVis 11 geneastories 24
10 BgrgSeattle 11 STTBooks 23
11 BeyondBrickWal1 11 GenesBlog 23
12 MarianBWood 10 GenealogyWise 22
13 KentuckySociety 10 karendebruyne 21
14 karendebruyne 10 GeneaStudies 19
15 bonavacantia1 10 YFH_genealogy 18
16 WSGSociety 9 LynnsWPics 17
17 pennysresearch 9 HouseHistoryHr 17
18 ConfKeep 9 GenealogyBank 16
19 AmericanCousin1 9 ClioVis 16
20 CranesfootLance 8 FamilyHistoryUK 14

As previously in April, FamilyTreeTips2 retains the top spot. It promotes items from which appears to be out of Brighton, England. Topics on that blog are : British Research, DNA Tips, Dutch Research, Freemason Research, French Research, General Tips, German Research, Italian Research, Military Tips, Photographs, Preservation Tips, Researching on a Budget.

Remaining in second place is Heirs2U, a genealogist out of Cramlington, UK (near Newcastle Upon Tyne).

Third is chiddickstree from Paul Chiddicks, who writes a regular column for Family Tree magazine (UK). It replaces ClioVis which drops to 7th overall.

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A post yesterday on additions to the serials collection was inadvertently deleted. Here are those items again and some additions to the Heritage collection this month.

For the serials collection, which are OCRd:

Evening times star (Saint John, N.B.)  for 2 May 1910 to 15 January 1927, That’s a run of 2,177 issues with a few issues missing from the paper’s launch and, no doubt, gaps internally.

Union Publishing Co.’s farmers’ and business directory for the counties of Carleton, Dundas, Glengarry, Grenville, Lanark, Prescott, Russell and Stormont, for 1894. There are now 9 issues from 1885 to 1899.  The is a good source for finding rural land lot and concession numbers.

The additions this month to the Heritage archival collection are:

Canada. Department of the Interior : Letters patent (Western Land Grants) 1907. Microfilm C-6146 and Mikan 156853.

Directorate of Movements : Marine files 1945 . Microfilm C-5635 and Mikan 135140. The file includes information on the military voyages of the Ile de France that arrived in Halifax on 21 October 1945 with 9900 passengers and the Lady Nelson arriving Halifax on 6 November 1945 with 500 passengers.

Nominal rolls and paylists for the Volunteer Militia 1855-19141879-1897 . Microfilm T-16674 and Mikan 194987.


WDYTYA Magazine: August 2021

Headlining the August WDYTYA issue is Sporting Ancestors by Keith Gregson, author of a book by the same title. He explains how football, rugby, cricket and tennis among others exploded in popularity in the UK in the Victorian period, culminating in the re-establishment of the Olympic Games. Look to digitized newspapers as a major source for finding family members competing, as I did to find a relative playing cricket for Rokeby, Saskatchewan. You may be lucky and find preserved ephemera such as scorecards, club programs, magazines and annual reports.
Nick Peers writes in Photo Books on how you can bring your photos together in a professionally printed book to be treasured down the generations (perhaps)!
Felix Rowe writes about The Packet Service, the way mail was transported outside Great Britain before being contracted to private companies like Cunard around 1850,

Other content is how to get more out of trade directories and a masterclass guide to Prairie Province’s censuses of 1906, 1916 and 1926.

A reminder that the issue is available free online through Press Reader at the Ottawa Public Library website and many other Canadian public libraries for their subscribers.

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.

Tuesday 27 July, 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 27 July 2:30 pm: Using Maps for (US) Genealogy Research, by Philip Sutton for Allen Country Public Library Genealogy Center.

Wednesday 28 July, 2 pm: Specialized Lineage Societies – more than just DAR, Dames and Mayflower, by Kimberly Ormsby Nagy for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Thursday 29 July, 6:30 pm: The 21st Century Bookshelf:
Books, Manuscripts, & Documents in the World of Bytes: Finding Your Ancestor’s Five Senses, by Curt Witcher for Allen Country Public Library Genealogy Center.


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

Military Monday; Canadian CWGC Commemoration

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records 2,856 locations in Canada where they have memorials to 18,851 war dead.

Row Labels FWW Casualties SWW Casualties Total Casualties
Alberta 432 644 1076
British Columbia 751 740 1491
Manitoba 669 553 1222
New Brunswick 328 287 615
Newfoundland and Labrador 131 347 480
Nova Scotia 1013 3469 4482
Ontario 2741 3556 6298
Prince Edward Island 85 100 185
Quebec 956 1055 2011
Saskatchewan 367 632 999
Yukon Territory 0 2 2
Grand Total 7473 11385 18861

For both wars, Ontario has the most commemorations, followed by Nova Scotia and Quebec.

The Halifax Memorial commemorates 3,141 Canadian and Newfoundland sailors, merchant seamen, soldiers and nursing sisters who lost their lives at sea, and also bears the names of men of the Canadian Army stationed in Canada who have no known grave, most from the SWW.

The Ottawa Memorial commemorates 820 commemorates men and women who lost their lives while serving or training with the Air Forces of the Commonwealth in Canada, the West Indies and the United States and who have no known grave.

There are 1,726 Canadian locations with a single burial.

896 locations in Ontario have CWGC commemoration, 622 for the First World War, 541 for the SWW.

Cemetery First World War Casualties Second World War Casualties Total Casualties


In Their Own Write: The Testimony of the Victorian English and Welsh Poor

Years ago at TNA I was lucky to be able to attend a memourable talk by Paul Carter. So when I saw he was giving an online talk on Friday I made sure not to miss it.  He used letters to the Poor Law Commissioners in London, archived in series MH 12 at TNA, to illustrate paupers concerns of being denied any relief, the breakup of home and family, medical care, and workhouse conditions.

Paul pointed out that the study is only possible as all material, including incoming letters from the poor, were in bound volumes, otherwise the letters would likely have been discarded as ephemera — just as happened in Canada with letters in First World War military files.

The talk, and the equally informative question period, is to be made available on TNA’s website.

There’s another opportunity to hear Paul on the Victorian Poor: In Their Own Write: Punishing the Victorian Pauper Complainer, on Friday 13 August at 9 am ET. Book tickets at

Paul mentioned a forthcoming book, In Their Own Write, to be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press next year (with luck).

The following TNA research guides are of interest:

Poverty and Poor Laws:

Workhouse inmates and staff


Ancestry Updates Welsh Anglican BMBs

Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials records,  provided in association with Archifrau Cymru: Archives Wales, are updated for:

Merionethshire, Wales,  1568-1994, now with  510,239 records
Monmouthshire, Wales, 1551-1994, now with  1,805,836 records
Montgomeryshire, Wales, 1569-1994, now with  1,205,155 records

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Climate and mountains shaped human ancestral genetic lineages

LAC Podcast Episode 67 – LAC is a gold mine!
An apt analogy!

The Time of Cholera: A Case Study about Historical Context
A reminder that if you don’t have a Legacy Family Tree Webinars subscription you have until the 27th to view Alison Hare’s presentation for free.

Finding on the Ground: Then and Now in Ontario
The latest blog post from Ken McKinlay explaining the use of Ontario land records, this post for an urban area.

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous, Family History Finds Judith H., Unknown.

Findmypast’s Weekly Update adds Scottish, Australian and Nova Scotia Records

Scotland, Modern and Civil Deaths & Burials 1855-2021
Over 62,000 additions to discover the details of death, burial, residence, occupation and next of kin in this growing national collection. It now contains 3,382,827 records.

This is a compilation from “a number of sources, including local government burial indexes held by various councils and archives, volunteer & local family history society transcriptions, modern records of funeral homes and civil registers.”

However, many entries have no name/ Lots of anomalous transcriptions may be found with no original image. If you are looking for an elusive ancestor with first name Han Ary Redd or Hee Ee Be and no last name check out the listings for Perthshire!

Australia, Inward, Outward & Coastal Passenger Lists 1826-1972
Over 25,000 additions to a collection of passenger lists and migration records that contain movement to, from and around the country appear this week. Each record includes a transcript and many also include an image of the original record. The content varies.

Canada, Black Nova Scotians 1784-1837
With 8,254 entries, find individuals who escaped slavery in South Carolina and Virginia, but also the slaves of British Loyalists. You will find those who merely passed through, living their lives for a few years before moving on elsewhere. FMP is vague about the sources.

Also added this week is a large number of newspapers, many just single years. They include The Lowestoft Journal for 1914, the first East Coast East Anglian addition in many weeks,

CEF Beechwood: Capt Percy Ronald White

Born in Islington, London, England on 17 August 1882, son of  Ernest Percy Montague White and Lizzie nee Hayden, Percy Ronald White was baptized on 5 August 1883 at Islington St Mary.

The family came to Canada in 1890. He married Florence G Plumb on 12 September 1905 giving his occupation as clerk. From April 1907 he worked as a clerk with the Department of Marine and Fisheries and served 4 years with the Governor General’s Foot Guards.

He attested on 17 March 1915 enlisted with the 39th Batallion proceeding to England in June that year. He suffered a leg injury in a motorcycle accident and subsequently transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.  While flying over German lines in May 1918 he was shot in the arm, forced to land and became a POW.  The image is from his file from the ICRC.

He died in hospital in Toronto on 24 Juy 1921 of intestinal cancer and is interred in Section 29 at Beechwood Cemetery.