This week’s online genealogy events

Choose from selected 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. Additional mainly US events are listed at

8 pm:  Settlers, Squatters and Selectors: Land ownership in Australia, 1788-1900, by Cathie Sherwood for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

2 pm: Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving, by Michael D. Lacopo for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

7:30 pm: Life on the Farm, by Jane MacNamara for OGS Huron Branch.

6:30 pm: Deep Dive into AncestryDNA’s DNA Story (Ethnicity Estimate), by Sara Allen for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

2 pm: Gradual Emancipation and Enslavement in the North, by Ari Wilkins for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

9 am: “Mother Dead, Father in Prison”, by Kate Keter for Anglo Scottish FHS.

10 am: Some Highlights of the Irish Presence in 19th-Century Middlesex-London, by Dan Brock for OGS London & Middlesex Branch.

11 am: I’m Warning You! The Warning Out System, by Peggy Lauritzen for International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.–opj4uGdDVTRpOJxOeriSWO7rct7Ny

British Newspaper Archive January Additions

The British Newspaper Archive now has a total of 63,316,243 pages online (an increase from 62,101,547  last month).

This month 148  papers had pages added (248 in the previous month). There were 20  (28) new titles. Dates range from 1770 to 1999.

The 19 newspapers with more than 10,000 pages added are:

Hull Daily Mail 1974-1977, 1982-1983, 1986-1987, 1989-1990, 1992-1995, 1997-1999
Lincolnshire Echo 1951-1958, 1960, 1962-1976, 1978-1983, 1985, 1987-1989, 1991, 1993-1995, 1997-1999
South Wales Echo 1983, 1993, 1995-1996
Birmingham Mail 1918-1920, 1981, 1992, 1998
Surrey Advertiser 1904-1908, 1910, 1921, 1924-1926, 1928, 1930, 1934-1938, 1946, 1948-1949, 1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1958, 1962, 1965-1966, 1968-1973
Birmingham Daily Post 1901-1909, 1912
Bristol Evening Post 1984, 1996
Sunday Sun (Newcastle) 1967, 1984-1987, 1991, 1993-1995
Surrey Mirror 1961, 1963-1970, 1997, 1999
Gateshead Post 1968, 1977, 1979, 1982-1985, 1990, 1995, 1997-1999
Sandwell Evening Mail 1998
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 1875-1876, 1880, 1883-1884, 1887, 1997
Irvine Herald 1980-1985
Esher News and Mail 1970-1971, 1974, 1986-1987, 1989, 1992-1999
Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition) 1962, 1965, 1979
Grimsby Daily Telegraph 1992
Coventry Evening Telegraph 1980
Picturegoer 1913-1918, 1920, 1923-1925, 1950
Leatherhead Advertiser 1998-1999

Military Monday: experiences of an Ottawa Valley WW2 stretcher bearer

The link below is to a pdf manuscript by Jean Paul Farley, written mainly by his father Raymond Farley, who recounts his experiences growing up in Casselman, joining up while underage and serving with Canadian forces in Europe.

His Farley ancestor was an early Catholic Irish arrival who married into a French family.

It is a relatively long piece, 77 numbered pages, mostly about his military experiences, and best read with an excellent European map to hand to follow all of Raymond’s travels through war zones right into Germany.

Particular thanks to Brenda Turner, who forwarded it along with the assurance that is not copyrighted and was given with no restrictions.

Flooded, and Fortunate

Approaching the 70th anniversary of the North Sea Flood of 31 January – 1 February 1953, I’m recalling my experience.

The home we rented, shown by the red cross, was on Riverside Road in Gorleston, Norfolk, opposite the Lifeboat Station on the River Yare, about half a kilometre from the harbour mouth to the North Sea. I enjoyed watching ships coming and going, including fleets of herring drifters in the Autumn. Post-war, fresh fish and seafood were readily available to supplement rationed food. It was a short walk to a large sandy beach. 

I was seven years old in 1953 and recall being woken up by my parents putting boxes in my bedroom on the upper floor. I went back to sleep.  Seawater rose to perhaps a foot or more In the house. In the morning I found they’d blocked the top of the stairs to stop me from getting into the muddy mess on the ground floor. Things they couldn’t move upstairs were piled high, and dry, on a table.

Folks nearby in the single-storey prefabs by Bells Marsh Road were totally flooded out. Pre-fabs were an answer to the post-WWII housing crisis. typically 600 sq ft with two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and bathroom. 

Fireman George Sadd, credited with saving 27 people by carrying them from Bells Marsh Road on his back, was awarded the George Medal.

Water quickly receded in our house but stayed in a crawl space underneath the main floor. Our back garden remained flooded, as did the pre-fabs, it may have been for a fortnight or more. I took advantage by playing boats with two small wooden boxes of the type used for shipping kippers or bloaters that had drifted to the garden in the flood.

I was told the water in our house hadn’t come over the quay but up through the drains that lacked a backup valve.

The sea salt that had permeated into the house plaster walls was expelled as a white powder for a long time. That probably motivated our move inland to Bradwell a couple of years later.

Memory is funny! You remember small things like the can of coffee donated in the name of Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia.

Although flooded we were fortunate. Ten people lost their lives in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, 5,000 were temporarily homeless.

The flood, resulted from storm surge on top of a high tide. 307 people died along the east coast — Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. In total more than 2,500 were killed including 1,835 people in the Netherlands.

A video on the event and a later one in 2013 is at

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Canada’s new drinking guidelines don’t consider the social benefits of alcohol. But should they?

Forgotten chapter of First World War involves brain of Nova Scotia soldier

Belgium Genealogy
The Belgium State Archives has just published a new site dedicated to genealogy.

The Rise and Fall of Fanny Cradock
An early British celebrity chef.

The 5 Best Free Screen Recording Apps
From Make Use Of, save high resolution videos with no time limit, or watermarks.

The End of Writing

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous, Brenda Turner, gail benjafield, Nick Mcdonald, Teresa, Unknown.

Journey’s into Genealogy podcast

Journeys into Genealogy is an eclectic mix of genealogy-based topics, stories and people. Sometimes it may stray outside the boundaries of genealogy and include local history and other related topics.

Fifty episodes are online here and through various podcast servers like Apple podcasts and Spotify.

The most recent episode, just posted, is Researching Welsh Ancestors with Gill Thomas. Earlier this month Researching Italian Ancestors with Julie Goucher became available.

Findmypast weekly update

Additions and updates this week are for the British Army.

British Army, Honourable Artillery Company, Cardew-Rendle Roll Of Members 1537-1908

This new collection is a printed directory of biographies for 17,000 members of the Honourable Artillery Company, covering nearly four centuries. As the oldest British Army regiment, it received its royal charter from Henry VIII in 1537. Details you’ll find will vary from entry to entry, from birth year and residence to remarkable events and great deeds.

British Army, Honourable Artillery Company Journal 1923-2021

The first issue of this journal was published in 1923, and documented events and activities of the regiment. Make good use of the optional keyword search field here to find mentions of a person, or key events in this regiment’s history.

British Army, Coldstream Guards 1800-1981

Another 48,477 records have been added to this existing collection, now 167,876 records. It includes records for the oldest continuously serving regiment in the British Army. The new records cover attestation books, discharges, casualties and more. You’ll normally find a rank, regimental number and an event year.

FamilySearch Online Updates

So far this year FamilySearch has made changes, updated or added records, to eight indexed collections online for the UK and Ireland.

Collection Title Records Last Updated
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 39,798 25-Jan-23
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 1,804,845 23-Jan-23
Ireland, Prison Registers, 1798-1928 3,127,594 23-Jan-23
United Kingdom, British India Office, Births and Baptisms, 1712-1965 713,850 20-Jan-23
England, Military Pension and Service Records, 1702-1933 911,344 20-Jan-23
United Kingdom, Royal Air Force Service Records, 1912-1945 342,823 11-Jan-23
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 46,640,642 03-Jan-23
England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991 15,000,390 03-Jan-23
England Marriages, 1538-1973 12,153,070 03-Jan-23

All except the 3 large BMD collections are transcriptions with linked images that are available at FamilySearch libraries and affiliate libraries.

There have been no additions to Canadian indexed records online since last August.

MyHeritage adds Worcestershire and Staffordshire, Dudley Burials

This collection contains 274,226 burial and cremation records from the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley from 1859 onwards. The cemeteries are:

Dudley Cemetery
Stourbridge Cemetery and Crematorium
Gornal Wood Cemetery and Crematorium
Lye and Wollescote Cemetery
Cradley Cemetery
Halesowen Cemetery
Brierley Hill Cemetery.

Records typically include the deceased’s name, year of birth, date of death, and date and place of burial. Information on the type of burial, service, and the grave’s location within the cemetery may also be included.

Ancestry updates Scottish records

The following Ancestry collections have been updated.

Web: Scotland, General and Admission Registers for Asylums, 1858-1918
Published on Ancestry9/29/2020, Updated 1/20/2023
Now with 165,561 records.

Web: Scotland, Sheriff Court Paternity Decrees, 1792-1922
Published on Ancestry3/15/2018, Updated 1/20/2023
Now with 128,825 records.

Web: Scotland, Prison Records Index, 1828-1878
Published on Ancestry 9/30/2014, Updated1/20/2023
Now with 173,186 records

Web in these titles refers to