British Newspaper Archive October additions

The British Newspaper Archive now has a total of 45,747,098 pages online (45,139,078 last month).

This month 88 papers had pages added (118 in the previous month). There were 45 (67) new titles. Dates range from 1726 to 1997

Those with more than 10,000 pages added are:

Bury Free Press 1995-1997
Edinburgh Evening Dispatch 1886-1892, 1894-1895, 1897
Flintshire Observer 1857-1895, 1897, 1904-1911, 1913-1914
Grantham Journal 1960-1967, 1981-1983, 1994-1996
Illustrated Times 1853-1854
Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 1726-1733, 1735-1741, 1743-1764, 1767-1768
Lynn Advertiser 1989, 1991-1992, 1994
Newark Advertiser 1931-1957, 1991-1992
Newmarket Journal 1976-1977, 1994-1997
Scottish Leader 1888, 1890-1893
Spalding Guardian 1881-1884, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1903-1911, 1913-1918, 1920-1930, 1932-1934, 1944-1946, 1948-1952, 1957-1964, 1976, 1978-1979, 1982, 1985, 1995-1997
Stamford Mercury 1916, 1954-1985, 1987
Warminster Herald 1857-1893
Westerham Herald 1883-1889, 1893-1896, 1898-1935
Wolverton Express 1901-1954

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week

Sophisticated English humour

At the Main Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library in the curved part of the ceiling above the entrance.

It reads, “You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that’s been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.”

It’s from episode 10 of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Your Town’s Future Climate

Am I Normal? with Mona Chalabi
A new podcast from the TED Audio Collective

Thanks to this week’s contributors. Anonymous, Dalcy, Dianne, Gail, Glenn W, Judith, Karen, Norm, Sheila, Susan, Unknown.

TheGenealogist releases Richmond 1910 Property Records

The latest release from TheGenealogist is 49,552 owner and occupier records from the Lloyd George Domesday Survey — the 1910 Land Survey records for the areas of Barnes, Hampton, Richmond upon Thames, Teddington and Twickenham.

These occupier and ownership records can be searched for using the Master Search at TheGenealogist or by clicking on the pins displayed on TheGenealogist’s MapExplorer™.  Only available online from TheGenealogist, these records enable thoroughly investigating a place in which an ancestor lived even if the streets have undergone massive change in the intervening years.

Findmypast Weekly Update

Scotland, Names of Witches 1658
In this small but spooky collection, you’ll find details on some of those accused of witchcraft in early modern Scotland. 117 results.

Scotland, Court & Criminal Database
Unlock criminals and victims in your Scottish family tree with this detail-rich collection. The records include names, occupations, addresses and information about the crimes. Most results are from the latter part of the 18th century and later. 473,288 results.


Newspaper Marriage Index Updates

Ancestry has made one of its periodic updates to its Canadian and US newspaper indexes, this time for marriages.

The US index, now with 261,346,523 entries, runs to 2020 while the Canadian with 6,996,403 ends in 1999 according to the title but does include later announcements.

1921 Census for England and Wales to be published online on 6 January 2022.

TNA, the UK National Archives, and Findmypast announce that the 1921 Census for England and Wales will be published online by Findmypast on
6 January 2022.

As with previous releases, the census will first be made available on a pay per vire basis at a cost of £2.50 for every record transcript and 

£3.50 for every individual image. A 10% discount will apply for Findmypast’s Pro subscribers. Visitors to TNA’s facility at Kew will likely receive free access.

Find out more at


Who will you be rushing to research?

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.