Fertility and Longevity

Higher fertility has a significantly negative effect on longevity for both women and men. That’s from an article Examining the trade-offs between human fertility and longevity over three centuries using crowdsourced genealogy data published in PLOS One earlier in the month.

It’s based on a sample of 81,924 women and 103,642 men born between 1601 and 1910 across 16 European countries. The negative effects are stronger among the older cohorts and have reduced over time.

AmericanAncestors Discount Membership

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, otherwise known as American Ancestors, offers a $20 discount on membership until the end of the month. That’s $10 better than the continuing new NEHGS membership offer for OGS members.

A regular individual annual membership, which includes access to 1.4 billion online records, is $94.95 US. To take advantage use the discount code 08AUG2021.


Secrets of Land Records in Ontario Revealed

Over the past 18 months, Ken McKinlay has written a series of posts on his Family Tree Knots blog about how to access Ontario land records. It’s a specialist subject into which he has made a deep dive.

Now he’s compiled those in a blog post Finding on the Ground: Wrap Up linking to them all in a logical order. It’s not a simple topic. It sometimes seems like he’s pulling a rabbit out of a hat when helping during Ottawa Branch OGS regular Tuesday afternoon sessions. If land records can be helpful in your Ontario research check out Ken’s guidance. Dollars to donuts it’s sure to help.

Ancestry adds Cardiff, Wales, Workhouse Registers, 1850-1920

There are 882,724 records in this Glamorgan Archives collection on Ancestry, from Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd. Checking in 10-year segments only 470,076 entries were found, 28% in the first decade of the 20th century.


UPDATE: The dataset is now renamed to replace Cardiff with Glamorgan. Ancestry may not always be sensitive to geographical niceties. In this instance they reacted quickly.

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 or recommended. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed.

Tuesday 24 August, 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 24 August, 2 pm: The New Family Tree and Relationship Diagram, by Uri Gonen for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Tuesday 24 August, 2:30 pm: Victor Henry’s Headstone, by April Lynne Earle for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Wednesday 25 August, 11 am: Your Ancestors’ Military Photographs, by Paul Nixon for Findmypast. www.facebook.com/findmypast.

Wednesday 25 August, 2 pm: Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census: Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold, by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Thursday 19 August, 6:30 pm: Beginning Your Family History Journey, by Elizabeth Hodges for Allen Country Public Library Genealogy Center. https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5421018

Friday 20 August, 2 pm: 10 Ways to Find Your Native American Ancestor Using Y, Mitochondrial and Autosomal DNA, by Roberta Estes for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.


Tuesday, 31 August, 7:30 pm. Discussion with Terry Fallis about his latest book, Operation Angus. Organized by the Ottawa Public Library and Ottawa Writers Festival.

19 – 26 September 2021: BIFHSGO Conference. Irish Lines and Female Finds: Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy. www.bifhsgo2021.ca/.

Recovering the lost collections of the Public Record Office of Ireland’

If you can spare 72 minutes I recommend viewing the YouTube video ‘Malignant destiny? Recovering the lost collections of the Public Record Office of Ireland’.

It tells the story of the buildings and collections at the Four Courts in Dublin destroyed in 1922, and also the work of the archivists before and after that tragic event. As genealogists and family historians, it’s easy to overlook the generations of effort and expertise that lie behind the production of a document requested from an archive or online.

TNA Webinars for September

They’re very popular. I missed one this month as I was too late trying to register. Here’s the programme for September for which registration is scheduled to open today.

Friday, 3 September, 9 am EDT: Recovery from the Black Death in late-medieval Britain and Ireland, by Paul Dryburgh, TNA Principal Records Specialist (Medieval Records).

Wednesday, 8 September, 2:30 pm EDT: Writing John of Gaunt, The Red Prince: a conversation with Helen Carr.

Friday, 10 September, 9 am EDT: Recovery and Regeneration after the Great Fire of London (1666), by TNA Early Modern Record Specialist Philippa Hellawell.

Tuesday, 14 September, 9 am EDT: Top Level Tips: Wills and other Probate Records before 1858, by Ruth Selman, TNA Principal Early Modern Records Specialist.


Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

British Comedian Sean Lock RIP

Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth Index
Findmypast this week updated this collection of “the good and the great”, notable knights and dames with the latest entries from the Queen’s Honors lists.

UK Ministry of Defence record transfer

(MOD) began the transfer of just under 10 million personnel records to TNA for all three services, Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, where the individual has a date of birth prior to or up to 1939. The records will be transferred to Kew in batches over the next 6 years.

Historical Society of Ottawa September Zoom Presentations
Wednesday 15 September 7 pm. Rockin’ on the Rideau: Ottawa’s Golden Age of Rock & Roll, by Jim Hurcomb
Wednesday 29 September 7 pm. Tunney’s Pasture – The Story Behind Ottawa’s Field of Dreams, by Dave Allston

Repairing ozone layer is also reducing CO₂ in the atmosphere – new study

For Margaret:   CIHM = Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions.

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous, Gail B., Judy H., Margaret Dougherty, Teresa, Toni, Unknown.

Ancestry Updates Find a Grave Index

Since the end of March, a median of 6.2% of records have been added to the Find a Grave Index on Ancestry. Leading in increases, nearly 20% more index records, is the UK and Ireland. Canada’s total is up by 5.2%. An updated figure for the US is not yet available.

Country Dates 18 August 2021 31 March 2021
U.S. 1600s-Current ? 161,058,083
Global 1300s-Current 18,108,373 17,547,571
UK and Ireland 1300s-Current 13,076,152 10,918,486
Australia and New Zealand 1800s-Current 9,342,735 8,986,286
Canada 1600s-Current 8,528,651 8,104,545
Germany 1600s-Current 1,647,357 1,507,399
Italy 1800s-Current 232,222 216,616
Norway 1800s-Current 204,100 197,584
Brazil 1800s-Current 130,664 129,786
Sweden 1800s-Current 115,898 106,588
Mexico 1800s-Current 48,638 44,507

The actual Find a Grave website shows fewer records available than advertised by Ancestry.