To end the year, an acknowledgement and thanks to the organizations that supported the blog by providing complimentary access to their services during the year. In alphabetical order:
Ancestry for access to full Ancestry.ca, newspapers.com and Fold3 subscriptions.
Findmypast for full access to findmypast.com.
Global Genealogy for review copies of Global Heritage Press publications on request.
Moreshead Magazines for pdf copies of Internet Genealogy.
MyHeritage for full access to MyHeritage.com.
Pen and Sword for review copies of publications in request.
I’m sad to relay the passing of Bob Serré last Tuesday.
He was Secretary and then President of the Gloucester Historical Society from 2009 to 2012. He was also Secretary of the Ottawa Branch of OGS.
Bob’s legacy to the community includes 23 authored publications on local area history listed in the Ottawa Public Library catalogue.
Gary Alan Bagley was one of the 10 founding members of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa and a 40+ year member of the Ontario Genealogical Society.
In 1995 he compiled the details for Revenue Canada’s grant of BIFHSGO charitable status. He served the Society as Treasurer during the period from September 1994 to December 1996 and as Auditor from 2001 to 2004.
Gary remained an active researcher until later pre-COVID-19 years working on indexing the Orillia Packet and Times newspaper at Library and Archives Canada.
This is an index of 253,123 records that typically include the name of the husband, the name of the wife, the name of the correspondent, and the year of the divorce.
The Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act 1857 established the principle of “no-fault” divorce in England and Wales, allowing couples to obtain a divorce on the grounds of “irretrievable breakdown.” Prior to this act, couples could only obtain a divorce through private acts of Parliament or by proving adultery, cruelty, or desertion.
Between 1858 and 1937, the divorce rate in England and Wales steadily increased.
After the Divorce Court (Procedure) Act of 1937 established the Divorce Court and set out the procedures for obtaining a divorce the number jumped dramatically.
Ancestry has these records to 1918 with images of the original court proceedings. Findmypast has an index collection to 1903.
Catching up with the frequent updates to this website dedicated to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy and the ships they lived and served in.
20 Dec 2022 – HMCS CORNWALLIS – New Entry course photo for Nootka Division 1/51 has been added
20 Dec 2022 – Documents and Manuals – Souvenir of the Commonwealth and Empire Contingents At The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II June 2nd, 1953 has been added
18 Dec 2022 – HMCS WOLF – Patrol Reports Dec 1941 – Jun 1944 from the ship’s file held at the LAC have been added to her page
18 Dec 2022 – HMCS DUNDAS – Reports of Proceedings Apr 1942 – Sep 1942 from the ship’s file held at the LAC have been added to her page
16 Dec 2022 – Documents and Manuals – Entertainment Programme for Commonwealth and Colonial Contingents at the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been added.
The whole site is worth browsing for Royal Canadian Navy, and some other navy resources.