The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland

The Treasury re-imagines and reconstructs through digital technologies the Public Record Office of Ireland, a magnificent archive destroyed on June 30th, 1922, in the opening engagement of the Civil War.

For genealogy, the records profiled are the 13-15th century medieval Irish exchequer, 17th-century Cromwellian Surveys of land ownership in Ireland, and a religious census of 1766.

This Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from 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.

Tuesday 28 June. 2 pm: Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 28 June. 2 pm:  Top 10 Secrets to Using MyHeritage, by Daniel Horowitz for Legacy Family Tree Webinars 

Tuesday 28 June. 2 pm: Using (US?)Tax Records in Genealogical Research, by John Beatty for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Thursday 30 June. 6:30 pm: How to Maximize Your Search Using Fold3, by Elizabeth Hodges for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

OGS announce a 2023 conference

At the conclusion of the OGS conference on Sunday, there was an announcement of a specialist conference next year. The Society has decided that a full conference will not be offered every year.
It was previously announced that the 2024 conference will be in Toronto.
Those of us in Ottawa can now will look forward the BIFHSGO conference online in September, and to a Gene-O-Rama next spring, circumstances permitting.

Military Monday: Life During World War II

During the Second World War, 211 airmen training under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan enjoyed hospitality from an I. O. D. E. sponsored program in Grimsby, Ontario. That’s just one aspect of the way in which locals helped the war effort, as described in this November 2020 video by Dorothy Turcotte and Ev Page of The Grimsby Historical Society.

Do you know of any similar local archival resources naming BCATP airmen?

BTW, resources at the GHS website include a link to copies of the Grimsby Independent from 1885-1949 available through OurOntario at

Ancestry adds Lancashire, England, Index of Wills and Probates Proved at Richmond and Chester, 1600-1858

This index, initially for probates proved at Richmond, may include name, age, date of the will, date of probate, place of probate, place of death, date of death and case number.

Typically find a couple to a few hundred wills indexed each year.

The guide Wills and Probate at Lancashire Archives is a helpful reference.

An index for the Chester wills is pending.

Findmypast Weekly Update: Ireland, India and more

Irish Newspaper BMD Notices
Find 42,605 birth, 68,760 marriage and 66,681 death notices from the Belfast Morning News, Champion or Sligo News and Cork Examiner in this collection. Publication dates range from 1836 to 1926.

British India births, baptisms and marriages
The British India Office Births and Baptisms collection and Marriages collection are augmented. There are now  735,503 birth results and 457,950 marriage results. Territories covered include India, Pakistan, Burma, Bangladesh, St Helena, Sumatra, Aden, Penang, Kuwait, and Macao.

Britain, Merchant Seamen, 1918-1941
An addition of some 5,000 records is profiled this week in an ongoing project. The total is now 1,229,063 results, sadly not my father yet.

Some give lots of detail, ranks, personal details including their address, next of kin, and physical descriptions, maybe even a photograph.

Not all are so informative like this for a seaman transcribed as name Olive, or is it Oliver? It could be a woman, there are 2,717 Marys in the collection.

Scotland, High Court Criminal Indexes, 1790-1919

Ancestry’s new Web: Scotland, High Court Criminal Indexes, 1790-1919 is an index-only collection made up of:

Records of criminal trials
Records of criminal appeals
Medical statements
Minute books
Paper evidence, such as shoe prints
Judicial opinions.

The original index data is from Scottish Indexes at

Records in the collection may include the name of the accused, charges against the accused, any known aliases, age, occupation, birthplace, physical description, names of family members, names of witnesses and names of court officials.

Ancestry updates UK Death Indexes

Ancestry is adding more records to its UK death indexes.

For England and Wales, the coverage is now for 1989-2021 and a total of 5,812,402 records, an additional 325,553 since May last year,

For Scotland and Northern Ireland, the death Index for 1989-2021 now has 780,189 records, updated from 752,902 in May last year.

These are transcriptions typically giving name, gender, last residence, postal code district, and death date from civic records and funeral homes, published with data from GreyPower Deceased Data compiled by Wilmington Millennium.

BNA adds Ottawa Free Press

Issues of the Ottawa Free Press from 2 January 1904 to 30 December 1915, 2,298 in all with 30,596 pages, are just added to the British Newspaper Archive.  At present, there are gaps — 1905, 1910, 1912, and 1914.

The paper was established in 1869 and amalgamated (taken over) in 1916 by the Ottawa Journal. The British Library holdings, the source for the BNA, date from 1903.

The Ottawa Public Library has earlier issues on microfilm and there are a few digitized by Google and available on MyHeritage. The catalog entry from Library and Archives Canada returns an error.  I enquired to LAC and the automated response was that “it can take up to 4 months to respond.”

A tip of the hat to Claire Santry from Irish Genealogy News who alerted me to the BNA addition.

OGS/Ontario Ancestors Conference

Calling all procrastinators. A last-minute reminder that the event starts tomorrow at your home, Friday.

I’m looking forward to speaking on Saturday at 1 pm on “Second World War British Migrants to Canada”, moderating Sunday sessions “Understanding the Past – To Improve Our Future” by Paul Barber at 10 am, and “Natural Phenomena and Their Effects on the Lives of Our Ancestors” at 1 pm by Wayne Shepheard.

Please join me at those and other conference sessions.


The annual rate of inflation in Canada in May was 7.7%. That’s higher than known for decades.

Higher energy prices resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine must be a major factor, directly and indirectly, coupled with an increase in travel from the vacation-staved.

The international influence is evident in the stats for other countries. The Eurozone, US, and UK all have higher inflation than Canada.

Perhaps like me, you recall the late 1970s and early 1980s with inflation above 10%. I had to renew a mortgage at nearly 20%.

This chart from Trading Economics gives a century-long perspective on inflation in Canada. For 30 years and more, inflation has been controlled in Canada leading a perception of what’s normal for most of us. How did your parents and grandparents deal with the inflation spikes of the 1950s and the massive deflation of the 1930s? Was there an impact on your family history?