Millions of Jewish Records from JewishGen on MyHeritage

Here’s one I’ve been waiting for, 5.8 million records from 28 historical record collections of Jewish historical records as detailed in this blog post.

For the UK, there’s an index of death and burial records from 1733 to 2012 totalling 78,904 records.  I already discovered the burial of a g-g-uncle and verified others.

For Ireland, there’s a birth index with 61,503 records.

The single largest part of the collection is BMD records for Hungary, 2,266,404 records.


Canadian records in the MyHeritage Filae Family Trees

Filae Family Trees is a collection containing 269,472,549 records, new and the 11th largest database on MyHeritage. It’s a compilation of lineage-linked trees submitted by users. The content comes from further afield than France.

Records typically include first and last names, dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths. Individuals in this collection are linked to parents, spouse(s), siblings, and children and each record links back to the same individual on Filae.

The collection is living, not that information on living people is displayed, but it’s updated automatically to reflect changes made to the original trees by their respective submitters.

What’s not in France? A search for death place Canada yields 1,295,060 results. Search for death place England and find 731,292 results. 

There’s a lesson there that bears preaching more often — don’t judge the relevance of a database by its title.

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 22 Feb. 9 am: Top Level Tips: Using Discovery, by Sarah Castagnetti for The  (UK) National Archives.

Tuesday 22 Feb. 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 22 Feb. 2 pm: Printing Charts and Books on MyHeritage, by Uri Gonen for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and MyHeritage.

Tuesday 22 Feb. 2:30 pm: Finding Periodical Articles about Your Geographic
Area of Interest Using PERSI, by Curt Witcher for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Wednesday 23 Feb. 10 am: Maps for Family History, by The National Library of Scotland.

Wednesday 23 Feb, 2 pm: From Piles to Files: Organize Your Genealogy, by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Wednesday 23 Feb, 7 pm: The Barber Family: Our Proud Place in Ottawa’s History, by Thomas Barber for Historical Society of Ottawa.,17,19,21/the-barber-family-our-proud-place-in-ottawa-s-history

Wednesday 23 Feb, 7 pm: Pluriverse Rising: Ingenious Design, by Wanda Dalla Costa for Heritage Ottawa.

Thursday 24 Feb. 6:30 pm: The Voice of the People: African Americans in the Early 20th Century, by Tim Pinnick for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Thursday 24 Feb. 7 pm: The 1921 Census of England and Wales, by Jen Baldwin for New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Saturday 26 Feb, 1 pm: How to Research from a Distance, by Penny Allen for Ottawa Branch OGS.


Reminder. RootsTech is coming. 3–5 March 2022.

BBC History Magazine: March 2022

Here are the feature articles in the new issue available on PressReader.

Witch-hunters Marion Gibson considers whether sadism was the prime motivator behind the terrifying witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Nixon in China Rana Mitter reveals how the US leader’s diplomatic mission 50 years ago augured China’s entrance onto the global stage.

Lodging with Mozart Gillian Williamson chronicles the craze for renting rooms in Georgian London.

Digging for victory John Martin charts Britain’s battle to stave off starvation in the Second World War.

Secrets of Stonehenge Mike Pitts answers the biggest questions on the construction of this astonishing Neolithic monument.
A most interesting article addressing the questions, where on Earth did the stomes come from; how were the stones transported to their current site; how did the sarcens get their distinctive shape; how did Neolithis engineers erect these huge stones; how long did Stonehenge stake to build?

Captivating children In thethird part of ourseries on the BBC’s history, David Hendy recalls how Blue Peter captured children’s hearts in the 1960s and 70s.

A space menagerie Stephen Walker tells the story of the animals sent into space to pave the way for human exploration beyond Earth.

HistoryExtra has a variety of themed newsletters you might enjoy —

Military Monday: 3 videos on WW2 Canadians in Normandy

Juno Beach: D-Day
As a percentage of the landing force, Canadians at  Juno Beach suffered more than any other Allied nation. This episode shows a few of the areas along Juno Beach where men of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed on June 6th.

The 12th SS Massacre in Normandy
In the days after D-Day, the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division found themselves up against the German 12th SS Panzer Division and victims of one of the battle’s worst atrocities at a place called Abbey Ardenne.

Retribution at Normandy
The 3rd Infantry Division, Regina Rifles, and the Germans of the 12th SS Panzer Division were locked in a battle at Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse.

Find a Grave on Ancestry February Update

There are 822,392 additions to Ancestry’s version of Find a Grave in the past month. Sweden had the largest percent change in entries pulling ahead of neighbouring Norway.

Country Jan 2022 Feb 2022 Percent Change
U.S. 166390138 166706930 0.190
UK and Ireland 13696805 13831839 0.986
Global 12528218 12724896 1.570
Australia and New Zealand 9571171 9616884 0.478
Canada 8740755 8797517 0.649
Germany 1734545 1752548 1.038
Italy 240830 244602 1.566
Norway 194943 195393 0.231
Brazil 130692 131120 0.327
Sweden 151112 198888 31.616
Mexico 48863 49847 2.014

You don’t need Ancestry to use Find a Grave.


Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Nominations to the Little List
Your list wouldn’t be so little if it was augmented by those who occupied Ottawa for three weeks, especially leaders P. K., T. L. and C.B., adding supporters P. P. (MP) and racist fellow travellers.

A shout out to the CBC and CTV personnel, not only those on-air, who gave thorough coverage of events in Ottawa. Also to the police forces involved who appear to have been fair in normalizing the situation. Finally, to support the idea of making Wellington Street a vehicle-free pedestrian area, extending the parliamentary precinct.

Scribd, an online reading platform, is making all its books free for 30 days in response to recent book bans

Thanks to this week’s contributors. Anonymous, Barbara Di Mambro, Brenda Turner, Gail Dever, Ian Barker, John Sayers, Sunday Thompson, Teresa, Terry Mulcahy, Unknown.

Co-Lab Updates for February

Of Library and Archives Canada’s Co-Lab Challenges significant progress is reported on one project since last month.

Women in the War, with 70 images, remains 0% complete.

First World War Posters, with 140 images, is 96% complete, 85% last month.

Arthur Lismer’s Children’s Art Classes remains 0% complete.

John Freemont Smith is 93% complete, 94% last month.

Canadian National Land Settlement Association remains 98% complete.

Molly Lamb Bobak remains 88% complete.

Diary of François-Hyacinthe Séguin is 99% complete, 98% last month.

George Mully: moments in Indigenous communities remains 0% complete.

Correspondence regarding First Nations veterans returning after the First World War remains 99% complete.

Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains 96% complete.

Legendary Train Robber and Prison Escapee Bill Miner remains 99% complete.

Japanese-Canadians: Second World War, remains 3% complete.

The Call to Duty: Canada’s Nursing Sisters remains 92% complete.

Projects that remain 100% complete are no longer reported here.

Other unidentified Co-Lab activities not part of the Challenges may have happened.

Findmypast Weekly Update: more Norfolk

Following on last week’s FMP workhouse and Nonconformist collections, this week it’s over 500,000 additions to Norfolk parish baptisms, bringing the total to over 3.5 million. Marriages and banns now total 2.4 million; and burials 2.7 million with this week’s additions.

I couldn’t resist the temptation to research my very favourite unusual name, February Backlog. He’s not in the baptism collection. There are 62 Backlog baptisms from 1723 to 1920 including his child John.

February Backlog married Mary Cross on 15 Oct 1765 at Shipdham and as a widower to Mary Harrison on 1 Aug 1797, also at Shipdham.

Among the 34 results for Backlog burials is Mary buried on 4 Jan 1789. Mary Backlog or Harison is recorded as buried at Shipdham on 8 Aug 1829. Also at Shipdham, February is buried on 12 Apr 1822 at age 89.

Norfolk newspapers are missing from a long list of the new and updated this week.


Global Heritage Press republishes Carol Bennett-McCuaig books

Researchers with roots in Ontario’s Lanark and Renfrew Counties are aware of prolific author Carol Bennett-McCuaig‘s books. Now in 2022 Global Heritage Press (GHP) is republishing some of those. Already available are Invisible Womenand Founding Families of Beckwith Township: 1816-1846.

Coming later this month will be The Kerry Chain, The Limerick Link. Rick Roberts tells me this is especially name-rich.

Others planned to be republished by GHP, likely before summer, are:

Valley Irish
In Search of Lanark
In Search of the K&P
In Search of the Red Dragon – the Welsh in Canada
Leinster to Lanark
The Bennett Family Millennium Book
Wardens of Renfrew County

These add to her popular books Peter Robinson’s Settlers and The Lanark Society Settlers previously republished by GHP.  Long-time BIFHSGO members may recall that Carol published an article on the Lanark Settlers as the first article in the first issue of Anglo-Celtic Roots.

Find out more and order at