Canadiana Serials Update

I count 114 items added to Canadiana serials so far this month.

Most are niche. The titles of 31 start with “Annual”, 24 with “Report(s),  8 with “Minutes.”  Those are mostly for religious and charitable organizations.

Some of more general interest:

Evening Gazette (Saint John, N.B. ) [January 1, 1889-December 31, 1891]
Fredericton Globe [June 6, 1891-December 16, 1893]
Guardian (Bay Roberts, NL) [January 28, 1910-December 24, 1925]
Star, and Conception Bay Journal [January 1, 1834-October 7, 1840]
The Herald (Saint John, N.B.) [July 14, 1877-Dec. 14 1878]
Victoria weekly times [April 14, 1893-March 30, 1894; April 13, 1894-August 2, 1895]

Shift Change at Canadian Heritage


Welcome incoming, and returning Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, MP for Honoré-Mercier since 2004 – with one break. He previously served as Heritage Minister from July 2018 to November 2019.






I’m sure we all wish Minister Guilbeault well as he takes on the responsibilities of Minister of Climate Change and Environment, one which fits his background far better than Canadian Heritage.

On Facebook

The following was posted on ResearchBuzz, one of my daily go-to sites, on Monday.

I wanted to let y’all know that while I will continue to index articles relating to Facebook’s controversies, I will no longer include articles that are primarily about Facebook features or updates. This includes WhatsApp and Instagram. (Articles that mention them briefly or as a small part of a larger whole will still be included.)

I try to maintain a healthy sense of my own importance in this world (minimal) and consequently this is not intended as A Gesture. Instead I want to make sure I am not encouraging anyone to use Facebook or any of its affiliates. The company is far, far worse than I imagined.

Deciding to completely ignore such a huge part of the Internet was not easy, but it was the only solution that would answer my conscience. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Despite the inconvenience, I hope more of us decide to follow this path. Activity, and the consequent profits, are the only languages Facebook understands.

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 26 Oct. 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 26 Oct. 2:30 pm: The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692: History and Sources, by John Beatty for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Tuesday 26 Oct: 7 pm: How Do I Know What I Don’t Know: Fast Tracking Your Genealogy Education, by Thomas MacEntee for Wellington County Branch OGS.

Wednesday 27 Oct. 2 pm: Building Family Trees for Your DNA Matches, by Mary Eberle for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Wednesday 27 Oct, 7 pm: Grandpa Jack – British Home Child, by Emma Kent for the Historical Society of Ottawa.,17,19,21/grandpa-jack-british-home-child/

Thursday 28 Oct. 6:30 pm: Brick Walls and Busting Through Them, by Staff of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Friday 29 Oct. 2 pm: Tech with Thomas, by Thomas MacEntee for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.




Military Monday

Here’s a perspective on UK and Canadian newspaper coverage of the First World War.

From the British Newspaper Archive, 1911 to 1919, counting occurrences of the terms Ypres, Somme and Vimy. Ypres was dominant in 1914 and 1915, Somme thereafter. Vimy gets its most mentions in 1917 with more in 1919 than 1918. Summed over the period Somme is mentioned more than Ypres.

Canadian newspapers digitized by shows Ypres dominating in 1915, Somme in 1916, Vimy showing strongly from 1917, leading in occurrences in 1919. The absolute numbers are less for Canada than the UK reflecting population and the extent of the database.

The validity of these data depends on the quality of the OCR.


Advice to LAC

Did you know Library and Archives Canada has a Youth Advisory Council? It has 22 members, age 19 to 25 with the current terms running from February 2021 to June 2022. According to the LAC information on the Council, “members discuss a variety of topics related to Canada’s documentary heritage and contribute to LAC management decisions by providing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas.”

This word cloud derived from the individual members summary gives a window on the Council member’s background and interests.

There’s no information on the LAC website about any recent Youth Advisory Council meetings.

Other advisory committees and mechanisms are:
Acquisitions Advisory Committee, most recent information on meetings is December 2018;
Indigenous Advisory Circle, no information on meetings;
LAC Forum with University Partners, last meeting March 2019;
LAC foundation, the latest information is September 2021;
Official Language Minority Communities, mentions a conference in 2021 – no further information;
Services Consultation Committee, last information May 2019;
Friends of Library and Archives Canada – no recent information.

Is LAC just not updating the website, or maybe management has lost interest in these mechanisms for accessing external advice?

RQG Conference

You have until the end of the month to view the presentations given at the Register of Qualified Genealogists conference.  Don’t miss the free opportunity.

What genealogists and social historians can learn from each other.
Caroline Gurney

Finding your ancestors at home: researching the history of houses.
Melanie Backe-Hansen

Business histories putting our ancestors into their commercial communities.
Elizabeth Walne

Who was Kastian Richardson? From family story to theatrical social history.
Diana Nicoll

Researching criminal ancestors.
Prof. Helen Johnston and Prof. Heather Shore

Dusting and Digging: The work of women, 1796-1829.
Valerie Brenton

Life of the Early Victorian Deaf and Dumb (A Yorkshire Study).
Anne Sherman

Hidden history: Tales of everyday life in Newspaper Advertisements.
Audrey Collins

Jilted! Or the insights offered in a breach of contract of marriage cases.
Kate Keter

Lying Bastards: the impact of illegitimacy on family history research.
Dave Annal

Glenn Wright presentation to OGS Ottawa Branch

Today, Saturday 23 Oct 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Title: Silent No More: Researching Our Great War Dead

Speaker: Glenn Wright

Details: Documenting fatal casualties was an enormous undertaking during and immediately after the Great War. One of the first illustrated guides to the cemeteries in France and Belgium was Sidney C. Hurst’s Silent Cities, published in 1929. Now, more than a century after the war ended and with easy access to personnel records, we can break the silence and tell the story of our ancestors who served and died in the war. With the proliferation of online information, including death and burial documentation, newspapers and community-based research, we can document our war dead as never before. This presentation will look at the development of memorials and cemeteries and, more importantly, will review the major resources, well-known and not so well-known, that are available online and elsewhere, for researching Canada’s Great War dead.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

Register in advance for this meeting:

All Ottawa Branch monthly presentations are open to the public at no charge.

FreeBMD October update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Friday 22 October 2021 to contain 282,373,129 unique entries, increased from 281,999,667 at the previous update.

Years with changes of more than 10,000 records since the last update are: for births 1886-87, 1990-92; for marriages 1986-87, 1989-91; for deaths 1988-90.

Findmypast Weekly Update

This week FMP added new records for the Plymouth Diocese and thousands of additional records from the Southwark Archdiocese to the England Roman Catholic Parish Records collection. 

These records for 1781-1921 include:

Over 55,000 baptism records
Over 16,000 marriage records
Over 15,000 burial records
Over 15,000 congregational records

There are now 2,584,958 records in the Catholic collection for England.