“People have different ways of sharing their stories. We want to be an archive that genuinely provides a space for people’s stories, and so we have to be open to the different media people use to tell their own stories in the way they think those stories should be told and presented, in the medium that suits them and their stories.”
Organizers expect the archive to become an educational resource for students from elementary to post-secondary, and for anyone interested in studying rural Ontario, including policymakers and academics.
A team of U of G graduate research assistants is now collecting stories from rural storytellers across Ontario. They hope people will contact the group to share their stories.
“There is great importance to documenting stories in people’s own words,” said Wittmer. “Being featured in a space where their voices are seen, heard and appreciated by broader audiences has great value. People have been very excited about presenting their stories and sharing them with their families, friends and communities.”
The site has a search capability so it’s easy to see if there’s anything of significance for your family history.
Chris Paton posted a summary of this annual report on his Scottish GENES blog . Key statistics from the organization for the year are:
Invested over £13 million through the HES grants programme, helping communities to restore their built heritage and improve their understanding of the past, including the launch of the Historic Environment Recovery Fund.
Commercial income during this period was hit by the impact of COVID-19 and fell [87%] to £8.2 million.
HES welcomed 246,000 visitors to the staffed sites which were able to reopen in 2020- 2021.
A total of £25.3 million, inclusive of staff costs, was invested in conservation, maintenance and management of the PiCs.
More than 80,000 digitised items were added to Canmore, our online archive site, bringing the total available to 1.1 million. We continued to make a positive contribution to net zero, with carbon emissions reduced by 34.8%, bringing the total reduction over 2014 – 2021 to 54.6%.
Around £16.1 million generated into the Scottish economy from heritage tourism.
Is the mention of carbon emissions reduction something we can hope to see more of from other organizations?
RootsIreland offers a unique database of more than 22 million Irish records. It contains data from 34 county genealogy centres on the island of Ireland. The main sources on the site are Irish Catholic and other church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths, important sources for tracing Irish ancestry.
Thursday’s program looks to be of particular interest;
“First and Second World Wars. Laura Robson-Mainwaring discusses cataloguing First World War medical diaries, while Michael McGrady looks at the challenges presented by abbreviations and identification in cataloguing Second World War diaries. James Cronan continues the Second World War theme focusing on civilian honours, and our final blog release for the day highlights the case of Leonard Orpin, a British civilian interned during war time.”
At present, the project has identified and gathered the information for all names on the Arnprior Cenotaph. It also gathered names listed on local memorials, honour rolls and in books of remembrance.
Information for each individual is available by contacting the Archives and includes a record of where and when they were born, the names of their parents, some information about their lives when available, details of their military involvement, in addition to a record of when and where they were killed and buried in the service of their country. For more information about how the War Memorial was compiled, please see the project summary or contact the Archives.
There is also information on some forgotten soldiers. Information is being sought Emile Chambleau and Albert Wilson (World War One); Keith Laugheed and Thomas Mosley (World War Two).
Today, Monday, 22 November beginning at 7:30 pm ET, ten Toronto Branch members will entertain with “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations! Once again this year, the event will be online, free and open to all to attend. For a list of the presenters and topics, and a link to register, click here.
OS200 is a 3-year project is jointly funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of a €6.5m programme of research bringing together world-leading expertise in the digital humanities across the UK and Ireland.
The project aims to gather historic Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and texts to form a single freely accessible online resource for academic and public use. This digital platform will reconnect the First Edition Six-Inch Maps with the OS Memoirs, Letters and Name Books and in doing so will enable a team of researchers from across Ireland – north and south – to uncover otherwise hidden and forgotten aspects of the life and work of those employed by the OS as they mapped and recorded landscapes and localities.