A shoutout for this UK initiative.

History For Ukraine is like Live Aid for history lovers. There’s a stellar line-up of leading historians and genealogists from all over the world, and over 24 hours, they’ll be live-streaming their talks for your entertainment.

There’s no charge to watch, and throughout the live stream, we’ll be inviting you to donate to our JustGiving pagewith all funds being passed to the British Red Cross Society’s DEC Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.

If you prefer to donate to a Canadian charity go to https://www.redcross.ca/

You get a history fix, AND the opportunity to do something positive for the people of Ukraine.

The  24-hour history marathon will be delivered by some of the world’s biggest names in history and genealogy. Show your appreciation of the speakers by donating what you can.

Today’s (Saturday) Globe and Mail includes an article by Bill Waiser on The Legacy of Ukrainians in Canada. He mentions descendants of pre-WW1 immigrants, Ray Hnatyahyn and Roy Romanow, as prominent contributors to Canada and that “the next wave of Ukrainian immigrants is coming … we must do all we can to ensure they find here the same opportunities to enable them to make … contributions.”

OGS Conference 2022

Now announced, the program for Ontario Ancestors (OGS) Virtual Conference 2022, beginning on Friday 24 June with MyHeritage Day. It will require a separate registration. The Friday evening opening session promises “a first of its kind.”

The program on Saturday and Sunday will offer a total of 28 presentations of 14 sessions each day over two streams. Attendees will have access to recorded sessions until 31 July 2022.

I’m pleased to be among the presenters and looking forward to informative, interesting and inspiring presentations, most new to me. One that I’ve heard before I would highly recommend to anyone is Kyla Ubbink’s talk Canadian Wildflowers: A tale of pioneering women.

Registration opens on 1 April.


Findmypast Weekly Update: Ireland

Waterford County Burial Records 1850-1950
Records from three burial grounds – St. Carthage’s (Lismore), St. Declan’s (Ardmore), and St. Otteran’s (Waterford) with over 17,000 transcript records have an exclusive index from Findmypast. The information varies between records, but you may be able to discover death date, burial date, age, and more.

Unindexed burial records for these, and for St. Patrick’s (Tramore) and St. Mary’s (Butlerstown) are here where you’ll also find Funeral Books from
Thompson Funeral Directors in Waterford for 1874 to 1918.

The Waterford City and County website also provides various other useful resources such as pdf archives of the Dungarvan Leader, Dungarvan Observer, Waterford Chronicle, Waterford Mail and Waterford News at https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/library/local-newspapers.htm

Views of Ireland
Find 117 colourized photos and illustrations, from 12 counties in the 19th century in this free-to-view collection.  There is no location information other than the county.

New at Canadiana Héritage

Is there something of interest for your research in the 27 digital microfilms newly posted on Canadiana Héritage so far this month? They go back to the French Colonial period and as recently as the 1960s.

I was pleased to see the addition of the Directorate of Movements 1943 file, microfilm C-5622. There’s information on many Eastbound voyages from May to September 1943. Although there are often military personnel passenger manifests the image quality can leave much to be desired  The voyages included may be found by searching at LAC’s Collection Search using the search term “C-5622”. You do need to include the quotes. There is still the question of finding them on the microfilm, I was unable to identify any logical order!

Title Publication Date Identifier URL
Central registry subject files created by the Dominion Lands Branch 1885-1934 T-12448 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t12448/1?r=0&s=1
Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service : Park/subject classification system 1953-1966 T-14245 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t14245/1?r=0&s=1
Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service : Park/subject classification system 1939 -1962 T-14240 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t14240/1?r=0&s=1
Department of Indian Affairs, Headquarters central registry system : First series 1918-1957 C-8523 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c8523/1?r=0&s=1
Department of Indian Affairs, Headquarters central registry system : thousand series 1872-1947 C-11550 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c11550/1?r=0&s=1
Directorate of Movements 1943 C-5622 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c5622/3?r=0&s=1
Dominion Lands Branch registry 1875-1919 T-12508 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t12508/1?r=0&s=1
Dominion Lands Branch registry 1880-1957 T-12543 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t12543/1?r=0&s=1
Dominion Lands Branch registry 1892-1950 T-12624 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t12624/1?r=0&s=1
Dominion Lands Branch registry 1886-1939 T-14452 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t14452/1?r=0&s=1
Indian and Inuit Affairs Program : Modified duplex numeric system 1889-1950 C-9486 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c9486/1?r=0&s=1
Land petitions and related records of the Executive Council 1792-1841 C-2535 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2535/1?r=0&s=1
Land petitions and related records of the Executive Council 1792-1841 C-2547 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2547/1?r=0&s=1
Land submissions to the Executive Council 1709-1917 C-2217 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2217/1?r=0&s=1
McGinnis Family fonds 1733-1862 H-2938 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_h2938/1?r=0&s=1
Militia and Defence : Nominal rolls and paylists for the Volunteer Militia 1872-1914 T-16773 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t16773/1?r=0&s=1
Parish registers : Quebec 1721-1783 C-1472 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c1472/1?r=0&s=1
Privy Council Office, Orders in Council : Minutes, annexes and reports 1952 T-5244 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_t5244/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1911-1912 C-6312 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6312/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1911 C-6314 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6314/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1917 C-6518 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6518/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1918-1919 C-6566 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6566/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1920 C-6629 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6629/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1923 C-6697 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6697/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1928 C-6740 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6740/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1929 C-6751 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6751/1?r=0&s=1
Western land grants 1930 C-6763 https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c6763/1?r=0&s=1

How about a Library and Archives Canada name change?

In my email on Wednesday came information from two researchers.

One reported ordering a volume of open records from a Prime Minister’s papers from Library and Archives Canada and being told they would not be available for 7 months.

The other ordered three volumes for First World War research. The next day came information that all three volumes are not available until the third week of October 2022 because records are being moved from one preservation centre to another.

Why such a long dark period? I’m told the last time a major move was made records were not available for 2 weeks.

Did LAC consider those, like graduate students needing to complete a thesis and without the luxury of waiting around for 7 months at the convenience of LAC? Why would LAC not even give notice prominently on the website of the prolonged unavailability of material?

If you are faced with this denial of timely access to legitimate requests for public records I suggest filing a formal Access to Information application with LAC. It will cost you $5. By law, you should receive the information requested in 30 days. Extensions are permitted for cause, but one can appeal to the Information Commissioner who would likely hold that such an extended delay is unreasonable given that it’s due to the way LAC chooses to manage the move.  

The last and now Emeritus Librarian and Archivist of Canada Guy Berthiaume was quoted as saying that “preservation without access is simply hoarding.”

To reflect reality, will the organization change its name to Hoarding Canada?

OurDigitalWorld Newsletter, March 2022

The ODW Newsletter,  just out, profiles these activities which should help the family historian if successful.

NHDS Strategic Planning Underway
The National Heritage Digitization Strategy is undertaking a series of broad-scale consultations as part of a strategic planning process, with a report due in the summer of 2022. Some key themes/takeaways so far:

  • the greatest benefit and opportunity of an NHDS is to increase access;
    a major role for the NHDS is in the coordination and mobilization of digitization, preservation and standards;
  • there is a definite need to connect local, institutional and national capacity, expertise, and strategies;
  • the NHDS has a role in coordinating the sharing of resources, particularly for smaller institutions;
  • and there is a lot of interest in making digital collections more discoverable, the public library community in particular wants a shared platform for Canadian digital heritage.

LAM Community Newspapers Working Group
The Ontario LAM Community Newspapers Working Group is comprised of members from the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO), the Archives of Ontario (AO), the Ontario Library Association (OLA), the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), OurDigitalWorld organization (ODW), Toronto Public Library (TPL), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Formed in response to the mass closure of newspapers that occurred in late 2017, the group’s aim is to work together amongst the Library, Archives and Museum (LAM) community in Ontario to ensure the preservation and access of community news content as part of the historical record. Please feel free to get in touch with us about our work, and/or to share any news or concerns you may have about community newspapers by sending an email to: CommunityNewspapersON@gmail.com

Comment:  Both these activities barely register on my radar screen. Did I miss something from OGS on the newspapers working group which appears to have no web presence?

You can subscribe to the ODW Quarterly Newsletter at https://ourdigitalworld.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=a44e6c427dcc76c98e2bd623c&id=f366343f27


Who Do You Think You Are Magazine: April 2022

Featured in the April issue

In Researching 18th Century Ancestors, Else Churchill covers parish, poor,  probate, military, apprentice and voting records.

“You are most likely to need records not yet online so use catalogues … to establish what records exist for places where your ancestors lived.”

Finding a Home in the 1921 Census, by Deborah Sugg Ryan

How to Use MyHeritage DNA, by Debbie Kennett points out that although AncestryDNA has a larger database of MyHeritage tests are sold in a larger array of countries.
Comment. As a friend experienced, a MyHeritageDNA test of someone with deep Quebec roots found no French ancestry whereas the Ancestry test did. This would appear to be a deficiency of the MyHeritage database used to access ethnicity.

Posted in the Past, by Caroline Roope is a history of the picture postcard.

Also, just in time for St Patrick’s Day, a six-page Focus On article on Irish Catholic Church Records.

Elsewhere in the issue of Canada interest

The Star Letter, The Man with Three Names from a subscriber includes an image of a British Columbia death certificate,

The Best Websites article on Schools by Jonathon Scott mentions the archive of Rugby School at rugbyschoolarchives.co.uk/. Following the link and searching Canad* finds 307 mentions. There are 10 for J G Mcgee who flew with the RCAF, author of the poem High Flight.

The latest news from LAC.

Here is the announcement.

Services to the public: Library and Archives Canada moves closer to resuming regular operations
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) continues its gradual return to regular operations. If you visit one of our service points on or after March 22, you will see a marked increase in our capacity. These new openings are available for booking now, using our online reservation system.

The health and safety of employees and clients remains our priority. As a result, current health measures will be maintained until further notice. Visit our Keeping you safe during your visit page for details on each of our service points and the services offered.

Please note that remote reference and genealogy services are still available. Contact us by using our Ask Us a Question or Ask Us a Genealogy Question forms, or by calling 1-866-578-7777 (option 8; toll-free in Canada and the United States).

Comment: I’m hearing that many of the existing open workstations are not being used. It could be they are booked and then people don’t show. If your experience is different please let me know in a comment.

Why would LAC not relax the requirement to book two weeks in advance and allow researchers, especially those from out of town, to reserve additional times?