Genealogy Books on Order at the Ottawa Public Library

Nine genealogy books are currently listed as on order.

Family Photo Detective
Learn How to Find Genealogy Clues in Old Photos and Solve Family Photo Mysteries
by Taylor, Maureen Alice
Book – 2023
On orderView location availability
Holds: 7 on 1 copy

Generation by Generation
A Modern Approach to the Basics of Genealogy
by Smith, Drew
Book – 2023
Holds: 3 on 1 copy

Finding your Family Tree
A Beginner’s Guide to Researching your Genealogy
by Morgan, Sharon Leslie
Book – 2023
Holds: 2 on 1 copy

The Maker of Pedigrees
Jakob Wilhelm Imhoff and the Meanings of Genealogy in Early Modern Europe
by Friedrich, Markus
Book – 2023
Holds: 1 on 1 copy

Tracing Your Belfast Ancestors
A Guide for Family Historians
by Paton, Chris
Book – 2023
Holds: 4 on 1 copy

Tracing Your Theatrical Ancestors
A Guide for Family Historians
by Cockin, Katharine M.
Book – 2023
Holds: 0 on 1 copy

Sources of Information for Jewish Genealogy and History HardCover
by Weisgard, Geoffrey
Book – 2022
Holds: 0 on 1 copy

Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes
The Quick Guide to Creating A Family Tree, Building Connections With Relatives, and Discovering the Stories of your Ancestors
by Combs-Bennett, Shannon
Book – 2021
Holds: 2 on 1 copy

From Isle of Man to America – the Churko Genealogy
by Muir, Diana
Book – 2021
Holds: 0 on 1 copy

Catching up with Ancestry

While I was away, Ancestry kept up the pace with new and updated databases.

New for Canada is 148,927 records of Calgary, Canada, City of Calgary Burials, 1819-2023.

Here’s an example of a transcript — there is no link to the original record.

Name John Reid
Death Date abt 1958
Burial Date May 1958
Cemetery Burnsland
Burial Place Calgary, Canada
Plot Lot 26
Plot Section T
Plot Block 11
Plot Coordinates Point (-114.0536826 51.0241448)

The original data is from the City of Calgary at

New for the UK is UK, World War II Army Casualty Lists, 1939-1945 with 656,432 records from WO 417 at the UK National Archives (not The National Archives in Washington, DC  as stated by Ancestry.)

A typical transcription is
Name J. Reid
Military Rank Private
Military Place France
Military Service Number 2823599
War World War II
Military Unit 4th Bn.
Military Regiment Seaforth Highlanders

Additional information in the linked image is that he was previously report as a POW, now not a POW.

Also new is UK, Registers and Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, 1891-1922.  The original records is in BT 334 at TNA, Kew. An example from the 200,260 entries:

Name John Reid
Death Age 29
Record Type Death
Birth Date abt 1882
Birth Place Greenock
Death Date 18 Mar 1911
Death Place Valparaíso
Ship Charcas
Occupation 3rd Engineer

The final new addition isTameside, England, Burials, 1844-2017, with 190,643 entries. A typical transcript entry is

Name John Edward Reid
Death Age 93
Birth Date abt 1903
Death Date 12 Mar 1996
Street Address 19 Padstow Wk;Hattersley
Burial Date 19 Mar 1996
Cemetery Dukinfield Cemetery & Crematorium
Borough Tameside
Burial Place England
Service Committal
Funeral Director FD not known

The largest part of the entries are for Dukinfield Cemetery & Crematorium.

Updated Ancestry collections are:

UK, Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969
London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938
London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003
London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1923
U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960
Worcestershire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1812-1922
Worcestershire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1947
Worcestershire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1997
Worcestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1600-1812
Scotland, Burial Monument Inscriptions, 1507-2019



LAC Co-Lab Update for September

One project reports progress among the Library and Archives Canada’s Co-Lab Challenges; 14 report no progress.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary is 29% complete, and was 27% complete last month.

Expo67 remains 2 % complete.

Summiting Mount Logan in 1925: Fred Lambart’s personal account of the treacherous climb and descent of the highest peak in Canada remains 13% complete.

Women in the War remains 1% complete.

Arthur Lismer’s Children’s Art Classes remains 0% complete.

John Freemont Smith remains 93% complete.

Canadian National Land Settlement Association remains 98% complete.

Molly Lamb Bobak remains 94% complete.

Diary of François-Hyacinthe Séguin remains 99% complete.

George Mully: moments in Indigenous communities remains 0% complete.

Correspondence regarding First Nations veterans returning after the First World War remains 99% complete.

Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains 96% complete.

Legendary Train Robber and Prison Escapee Bill Miner remains 99% complete.

Japanese-Canadians: Second World War remains 3% complete.

The Call to Duty: Canada’s Nursing Sisters remains 93% complete.

Projects that remain 100% complete are no longer reported here.

Other unidentified Co-Lab activities not part of the Challenges have seen progress. There are currently 3,724 items in Collection Search identified as Co-Lab only contributions, an increase from 3,718 last month.

This Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from selected free online events in the next five days. All times are ET except as noted. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed. Are you looking for more options? Additional mainly US events are listed at

Tuesday 19 September

2 pm: Ottawa Virtual Drop-In, for OGS Ottawa Branch.

2:30 pm: Researching Your Black Sheep Ancestors, by Bryan Mulcahy for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

8 pm: Follow the Trail of Records and DNA from Ireland to Oregon (1810-1860), by Karen Stanbary for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Wednesday 20 September

2 pm: Genealogy Escape Room: The Case of the Only Name Change at Ellis Island, by Thomas MacEntee for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

2 pm: Migration throughout the UK, by Debbie Bradley for Essex Society for Family History.[Zoom%20Only]-837.html

7 pm: The Miner Family Legacy, by David Thompson for OGS Essex Branch

7 pm: Monumental Memories, by Tonya Davidson and David Dean for Heritage Ottawa.

Thursday 21 September

6:30 pm: A Genealogist’s Guide to Sanborn Maps, by Michelle L. Spencer for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Friday 22 September

10:15 am: 10 Things To Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives, by Melissa Barker for Legacy Family Tree Webinars Webtember

Followed every 75 minutes by Webtember presentations by Ann G. Lawthers, Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, and Nicka Smith.

7 pm: The Land at the Crest of the Hill, by Graham Segger for OGS Niagara Peninsula Branch.

Friday, 22 September, to Sunday, 1 October
All About That Place



Military Monday: No Remembrance

Did you guess the person’s name for yesterday’s 1931 census challenge? George R. Pearkes was awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War and was Minister of National Defence in the Diefenbaker government.

I’ve been investigating the reason why members of the Forces who died in suppressing the 1885 North West Rebellion (or Resistance) are not commemorated in the Books of Rememberance, and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

They might have been.

On 3 September 1957 the Minister of Veterans Affairs, A. J. Brooks, proposed two Books of Remembrance be added to those for the two World Wars. One was proposed to be for the Nile Expedition (1884-85), The North West Rebellion 1885, and the South African War (1899 – 1902), the other proposed was for United Nations Operations – Korea.
In making his recommendations Brooks added —

The record of the Cabinet meeting in which the matter was considered records —

Pearkes view prevailed.


The Books of Remembrance now include one for the RCMP which does include the names of those who died in 1885.

We have the anomolous situation where those who died in a NWMP uniform while suppressing the rebellion are commemorated, but those who died serving in a military force uniform are not.


Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, has graciously accepted the request to continue in the viceregal tradition of serving as Patron to The Historical Society of Ottawa. This is the continuation of a tradition that dates back 125 years ago, originally with the spouses of Canada’s Governors General.

Ontario Road Maps
Post to Wikimedia Commons by the Archives of Ontario, 147 Official Road Maps of Ontario from 1923 depicting the province’s transportation infrastructure, including the network of provincial highways, other principal roadways, steamship routes and rail lines. Information of interest to tourists, such as Canada Customs regulations and excerpts of fishing and gaming laws, are included on the sheets, as well as traffic regulations and tables of mileage between cities.


Studs Terkel
A familiar name, why so well known?

He was a writer and broadcaster whose radio show aired in Chicago, on WFMT, from 1952 to 1997. The Studs Terkel Radio Archive has a growing archive of more than 2,000 programs where he talked to the 20th century’s most interesting people.

The City of Ottawa Archives will host the Open House of the Archives Association of Ontario Municipal Archives Interest Group in 2026, in celebration of its 50th anniversary.


Another 1931 census challenge.
Born in England in Watford, Hertfordshire, on 28 February 1888.
Came with a brother to Red Deer, Alberta, in 1911.
Joined the Royal North-West Mounted Police.
Enlisted in the CEF in 1915.
Who is it?
Awarded the Victoria Cross for “most conspicuous bravery and skilful handling of the troops under his command during the capture and consolidation of considerably more than the objectives allotted to him, in an attack” during the Battle of Passchendaele.
Now who is it?
In the 1931 census he was living in Pittsburgh Township, Frontenac-Addington with his wife a daughter and new-born son.
He became an MP, Minister in the Diefenbaker government and Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.


Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous, Teresa, Unknown.

New at Findmypast

Continuing to catch up after my vacation.

  1. This Friday over 40,000 Non-Conformist parish records from the Surrey parish of Southwark have been added. They comprise 11,354 baptisms, 896 marriages and 1,915 burials as well as 24,844 congregational register records.
  2. Last Friday 121,225 Dorset records appeared on FMP  across baptism (38,873 new records), marriage (52,622 new) and burial (29,730 new) sets. There are now records from 342 parishes, the coverage is detailed here.
  3. Two weeks ago there were 30,149 additions to FMP’s collection of Norfolk Memorials. Also, addition of 31,741 records from a census counting all troops around Ireland as they were at midnight on the 13 November 1922. There aretranscriptions expanded to include information such as rank, address, attestation dates, marital status, next of kin and other extra details from the original records with links to the Irish Military Archives website.

FreeBMD September Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Thursday, 14 September 2023, to contain  289,023,749 unique index records, increased from 288,680,995 at the previous update on 23 July.

Years with additions of more than 10,000 records are: for births 1992-4, for marriages 1991-3, for deaths 1987, 1990, 1883, and 1995.


New Canadian and UK Records at MyHeritage

Now back from vacation, I’ve some catching up to do, starting with MyHeritage.

1931 Census of Canada

As with the US 1950 census, MyHeritage wasn’t the first with a name indexed version, but isn’t that far behind and is ahead of Library and Archives Canada.
You can search the MyHeritage version by name, place and year of birth, census place, and optionally add the same information for other family members in the household, and gender. There are links to the original images at LAC. Several fields remain to be digitized.
A quick test on the surname Northwood found all the people I expected.

United Kingdom, Deceased Estates Notices

This collection of 737,924 UK deceased estate notice records runs from the year 1998 onwards. Records typically include the name of the deceased, place of residence, date of death and the date that the notice was published in the London Gazette.
Find the same information for free at

Better Late Than Never

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) have partnered on a pilot project to improve access to LAC’s materials in the Héritage collection through Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR). The pilot project will process a subset of RG 10 collection, “Records relating to Indian Affairs,” with Transkribus ICR software developed by READ-COOP. This project will improve access to a highly used set of records and begin the journey towards our long-term aspiration to make the Héritage collection full-text searchable.

Read the rest of this announcement at


I’m guessing the selection of the RG10 collection for the pilot project is related to availability of funding.

Wiki Loves Monuments

Explore over 1.2 million photos of monuments around the world — selected parts of it. There are entries for France, Ireland, Poland,Sweden, the UK and USA.

Here’s an example of what’s available, the Canada Memorial in Green Park, London.,_London

Outside of the major centres it’s a bit hit and miss, so use in case Google Streetview doesn’t do it for you.

There’s a competition to add photos to Wikipedia.