OGS conference presentation recordings

Thanks to VividPix, as you’ll see by the logo and short intro ad, some of the OGS Conference 2022 sessions have been uploaded for viewing. As of Monday morning, those available to conference registrants are:
Using Oral Histories in Your Genealogical Research, by David Ryan.
Why Did Our Ancestors move between Canada and USA? by Gordon L. McBean.
Telling the Stories that Matter, Lunch and Learn by Rick Voight.
Second World War British Migrants to Canada, by John D. Reid.
Wanted Dead or Alive: Peter Loucks UE (?), by Chuck Buckley.
What You Don’t Know About the Canadian Census (Ontario Focus), by Janice Nickerson.
Understanding the Past – To Improve Our Future, by Paul Barber.
The Art of Slow Genealogy, by Tara Shymanski.

To access these recordings, please proceed as you did to join your session. The videos will remain available until 31 July 2022.

I’ll post on others daily as they become available.

Military Monday: the Volunteer Militia

In June Canadiana Heritage added three digital microfilms Nominal rolls and paylists for the Volunteer Militia 1855-1914. They are T16554 for 1862-1914T-16555  for 1883-1908; and T-16670 for 1906-1914.

Such lists are useful as many young, and not-so-young men were in the militia. Along with the church, it played an important social role.

If you have an Ancestry subscription with Canadian records, or Ancestry access through your public library, the collection Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922 already provides those records, and more, searchable by name, and, as name indexing is always problematic,  browsable by military unit.



Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

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How conspiracy theories spread

UK Inflation
A couple of weeks ago I posted Canadian inflation stats back to 1900, There’s a longer series for the UK, back to 1751 here.

A blog by best-selling author Dan Gardner exploring history to understand today and shape a better tomorrow.
The Psychology of Uncertainty
Racism in the Early 20th Century

Railway Work, Life & Death
A project about railway worker accidents in Britain and Ireland from the late 1880s to 1939. It includes a database documenting 3,914 deaths,

Thanks to this week’s contributors. Ann Burns, Anonymous,  Unknown.

Findmypast Weekly Update

Rebels and “Patriots”!

FMP adds “Descendants of the Signers of the (US) Declaration of Independence”, “Pennsylvania, Oaths of Allegiance Lists” and “Pennsylvania, American Revolution Patriot Militia Index” collections.

In the UK, Scotland Monumental Inscriptions pinpoint the exact graveyard of 12,000 additions from Angus and Fife. This collection now has over 1.1 million entries.

What’s in Library and Archives Canada Vision 2030

How can Library and Archives Canada best serve Canadians in the coming decade and beyond? Vision 2030, released on 29 June 2022, is LAC’s strategic plan.

It has four key elements
1. Inviting users to discover the collections
Make our collections better known and more accessible
2. Reflecting diverse voices
Acquire collections that reflect a diverse and inclusive society
3. Engaging with the community, partnering with the world
Work with our partners, in the community and around the world
4. Supporting our people, sustaining our heritage
Create the conditions that support our staff.

The thrust of the vision is “While the collections remain at the centre of LAC’s identity, the ability of Canadians to discover, understand and connect with the collections frames our vision of service.”

“LAC’s new digital services will give all Canadians seamless access to research help, interactive content and digital collections, no matter where people live, as well as a variety of self-service options. These services will encourage users to discover Canadian histories for themselves, forming a deep connection with LAC’s collections in ways that reflect their unique interests.”

However, Leslie Weir’s introduction is about stories. LAC’s primary roles — acquisition, preservation and access — can be looked at as a utility. Do those roles well, and the media and individuals will do the job of telling the stories. Just as the hydro utility does not attempt to expand into value-added, LAC would do well to concentrate on its core functions, with particular emphasis on developing online access to legacy and born-digital materials.

The role as a utility doesn’t have headline appeal — it’s not “sexy.” Neither is hydro — until you don’t have it!