The March issue of Genealogists’ Magazine, the Journal of the Society of Genealogists, dropped into my mailbox on Tuesday, 30 May — yes, that is the March issue — the slight aroma of salt coming from the cover could be a hint about the delay.
The issue starts out, after the administrative preliminaries, with several articles elucidating the genealogy of the Great and the Good — starting with the male line ancestry of King Charles III.
If you’re interested in the history of records, there’s a solid article by John Winthrop on the legacy of William Dade. The late 18th and early 19th centuries saw a movement to add greater details to BMB records. A prime mover, not the only one was Rev Willliam Dade. You can get a a map and spreadsheet showing 170 parishes with Dade or Dade-like registers at http://englishancestors.byu.edu/pages/dade-registers.
The article that most caught my attention was Six Essentials for Kick Starting Your Family History Journey. Compiled by the Society of Genealogists social media team with Emma Jolly, Natalie Plithers and various Tweeters, it’s an assemblage of tips, whether you’re new or an old-hand looking for a refresher.
take a genealogy course.
create dedicated time for exploring your family history
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 https://conferencekeeper.org/virtual.
7 pm: The Secret Murder of Country Constable John Morrison, by Ivan Tanner & Gerard Boyer for the Historical Society of Ottawa and the Cumberland Township Historical Society. tinyurl.com/HSO-31-May-2023
This collection of 567,773 records, People of Moray, contains individuals from or connected to the county, sometimes known as Elginshire, Scotland, from the year 1400 onwards. Records typically include the name of the individual, date and place of birth, date and place of marriage, date and place of death, and the names of the parents and the spouse.
These records are from The Moray Council and include local government archives from the 13th century to 1975, local newspapers, gravestone inscriptions, non-established church records to 1855, architectural plans, books, family histories and more. However, the nature of the source was not given in a few results I checked. Therefore, treat them as clues rather than sources.
This joint report by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s (CRKN) documents strategic approaches and a rearticulation of the role of Canadian research and academic libraries.
As patrons of the product of academic research, but not partners, the genealogical community has an interest.
What specifically is in the action plan of interest. The initiatives are grouped under the headings:
1. Disseminate and preserve Canadian scholarly outputs
2. Improve the discovery and tracking of Canadian content
3. Fund international open scholarship research platforms, infrastructures, and services
4. Influence policy developments in Canada
5. Support innovation
While many are far into the academic weeds the following will be worth following to see if they are successful. Hopefully there will be periodic progress reports.
1.5. Enhance the Canadiana collections and infrastructure to support Canadian researchers and facilitate large-scale content growth. (Lead: CRKN)
4.5. Advocate for the expansion of digitization of heritage content, with other stakeholders across the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums)
sector (Lead: CRKN for CCDH with CARL)
5.3. Engage with local and disciplinary communities and funders and other academic stakeholders to help advance and support the adoption of open scholarship practices. (Co-leads: CARL, CRKN)
5.4. Transform CRKN’s Canadiana research infrastructure to embrace open standards and community-led development. (Lead: CRKN)
5.5. Explore the implications of artificial intelligence systems and quantum computing on the future of the open scholarship landscape (Lead: CARL)
Scandal, Slavery and Survival: More Tales from New France is the topic when Dawn Kelly and Carol Ufford speak to a hybrid meeting of OGS Toronto Branch at 7:30 pm on Monday, 29 May.
That is preceded by a shorter presentation The Saga of a Boy of the Third Class about her 4X Granduncle, an Australian pioneer settler, by Diana Thomson.
You can attend virtually via Zoom, register via http://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/scandal-slavery-survival-new-france/
Having announced its Manchester Rate Books release earlier in the week, Findmypast has now added complementary records.
A browseable version of these Manchester rate books fills in the gaps between the five-yearly indexed versions. Start at the first image of any given book, then use the ‘forward’ or ‘next’ arrow, to click through to the images, just as if you were browsing through the original volume. For example, for Stockport Council there are 32 browsable rate books between 1883 and 1923 complementing the indexed ones from 1886 to 1921.
Also released this week, Lancashire, Oldham Inquisitions 1905-1917, 749 files with an index and images of the original. If the John Smith included who died there in 1916 was yours, you may be interested to know the cause was shock while lighting a match.
This week’s newspaper additions include three new Manchester area titles.
Altrincham, Bowdon & Hale Guardian, 1871,
1874-1887, 1893-1894, 1898
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