City of London Cemetery and Crematorium Registers Now Online

Images of the general burial registers with 495000+ historic records from the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium dating from 24 June 1856 to 19 October 1998 are now free to view at

It’s a pilot project. There is no name indexing; you need to know the approximate burial date to do a practicable search.

If you’re lucky, you may find your person of interest on Find A Grave, which has 16,125 memorials, 29% photographed, or among the 428 headstones recorded at Billion Graves.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorializes 732 war casualties at the cemetery, including eight Canadians, seven with the Infantry and one with the Engineers.

The cemetery, in the London Borough of Newham, is adjacent to Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium. Further west lies West Ham Cemetery and St Patrick Catholic Cemetery. To the south are Woodgrange Park Cemetery and Plashet Jewish Cemetery.

In From the Cold Project Additions

There’s a major addition to the official Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) list of casualties from the First and Second World Wars, thanks to the good work of the In From The Cold Project.

Of the 138 additions, 129 were First World War victims, and nine were from the Second. Most were victims of disease, 42 of malaria, 37 of tuberculous, and 11 of pneumonia.

Books of Remembrance are the source for most: South Africa (57), the UK (56) and India (13). No Canadians.

Among the civilian entries are three members of the Shannon family killed on Thursday, 2 January 1941, by German bombing at Knockroe, Co, Carlow, Ireland. It was part of a larger attack that struck four Irish counties even though Ireland was neutral and remained so throughout the war.

In Nottingham, two civilians died of burns on Monday, 28 August 1944, when a USAAF aircraft dropped a fuel tank on their house.

As of 21 November 2022, the From The Cold Project has 793 cases waiting for resolution by the CWGC. Each has to be verified. Along with work on newly discovered remains, routine maintenance and refurbishment, and initiatives promoting the cause, the Commission won’t run out of tasks any time soon.


Black Friday Sales

Is your email jammed with Black Friday sales offers, most of which are of no interest? Here are the genealogy offers I’ve received so far; I’m hoping for a particular one I’ve yet to receive.

Y-37 Test
$ 79 US discounted from $119 US

$119 US discounted from  $159 US

Family Finder
$39 US discounted from  $79US

Family Finder + myDNA Wellness
$59 US discounted from $119 US

25% discount on a 1 or 12-month subscriptions.

DNA test $52 Cdn, discounted from $129 Cdn

AncestryDNA® test, $69 Cdn discounted from $129 Cdn
AncestryDNA® + Traits $69 US discounted from $119 US

In his most recent newsletter, Peter Calver points out that for an autosomal DNA test, AncestryDNA is the best value, despite being more expensive. Most others agree. The AncestryDNA database is larger, meaning more chances of getting a match. To take advantage of their databases, you can transfer Ancestry’s raw data to other companies at a modest cost.

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. Many additional events are listed at


2:30 pm: Key Online Record Collections for Researching Your Mexican Ancestors. by Colleen Greene for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

7 pm: These Poppies Really Rock, by Jan Briggs McGowan for Sudbury Branch OGS,

7 pm: Tracing your Loyalist Ancestor, by Elizabeth “Holly” Haimerl for Québec Genealogical eSociety.


11 am: UK – SCOTLAND – Researching your house history, by the National Library of Scotland.

2:30 pm: My ancestor was on the 1939 Register – well they should have been, by John Hanson for the Guild of One Name Studies.

7 pm: Canadian War Correspondents during World War Two, by Aimé-Jules Bizimana, for Ottawa Historical Association


2 pm: Twenty ways to find a townland – and other hints and tips, by Georgina Scally for National Archives, Ireland.



8 am: Scottish Indexes Conference XVII

1 pm: The Treaty of Niagara (1764), by Nathan Tidridge for Kingston & District Branch, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada.

7:30 pm: Great Moments in Genealogy, from OGS Toronto Branch.

Military Monday

Inheritance Interrupted: Estate files during WWI is a recent blog post by Jane MacNamara, who has “dug pretty deeply into records spanning 1914 to 1919 and found some really good reasons why all Ontario researchers should pay special attention to estate files from this period.”

The post covers how soldiers’ estates were handled and changes to procedure during this period, including that their letters were admitted as wills.  Also, the “preprinted military wills form neglected to ask for an executor, so the courts could not grant Letters Probate. The soldier’s wishes were acknowledged, though, with a grant of Letters of Administration with Will Attached.”

Jane’s post leads to another on Durham Region probate for the WW1  period.


Military Monday: Canadian Army Service Numbers

Following up on last Monday’s post that included a mention of WW2 Canadian Regimental Numbers, the book Regimental Numbers of the Canadian Army 1936 – 1960 by Clive M Law details assignment by military district blocks and sub-blocks.

In case you’re not familiar with the Canadian military districts, there’s a summary with a map and table at Each MD was assigned a regimental number prefix that applied to active and reserve forces.

In MD3, Eastern Ontario and parts of Western Quebec, the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa were assigned C 426000 to C 426999; the Governor General’s Footguards C 431000 to C 431999.

The 64-page paperback book, published by Service Publications, of North York,  is out of print. I consulted it at the Canadian War Museum. It’s also at Library and Archives Canada and the Toronto Public Library, not at the Ottawa Public Library nor the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine: December 2022

Feature articles are:

Scotland’s 1921 Census
Myko Clelland reveals eveything we can look forward to in the imminent release of the 1921 Scottish census.

Heirloom Hunters
Jo Thompson explains how genealogists like her reunite lost items with descendants of the families who once loved them and the ethical dilemmas that can arise. For dramatizations check out the BBC Radio 4 series The Wedding Detectives, at

Christmas in the Blitz
People still managed to celebrate the festive season
during the Second World War, says Caroline Roope

Elsewhere, Simon Fowler gives a masterclass on WW2 British Army war diaries, while Jonathon Scott puts the spotlight on Buckinghamshire resources, and much more.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week

Do we really live longer than our ancestors?

Lancashire, England, Police Staff Indexes, 1836-1937
A collection of 15,921 indexes was added to Ancestry this week.

The following are selected online events from TNA

The Bulletin and Persons Unknown
Two new audio dramas about the Irish War of Independence, inspired by official records.

Christmas is a lusty fellow: The Georgian Christmas
Christmas as we know it was a mid-Victorian invention. So what came before?

Christmas in wartime
Throughout periods of war and conflict, people have found creative ways to celebrate the Christmas season.

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Ann Burns, Anonymous, Bob Corrigan, Chad, gail b., Glenn W., Nick Mcdonald, Teresa, Unknown,

Co-Lab updates for November

For the second successive month, there is no progress on Library and Archives Canada’s Co-Lab Challenges reported, perhaps because they are difficult to find on the new LAC website.

Expo67 remains 0% complete.

Summiting Mount Logan in 1925: Fred Lambart’s personal account of the treacherous climb and descent of the highest peak in Canada remains 11% complete.

Travel posters in the Marc Choko collection remains 98% complete.

Women in the War remains 0% 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 93% 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 0% complete.

The Call to Duty: Canada’s Nursing Sisters remains 92% complete.

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

Other unidentified Co-Lab activities not part of the Challenges may have happened.

OGS Ottawa Branch Monthly Meeting – UPDATE


On Saturday, 19 November, at the Ottawa City Archives and online.

Title: I Found Them… They’re Mine
Speaker: Gordon L. McBean
Details: Different researchers come to different conclusions, Who is right? What do you need to do to prove you have the correct information? Through several case studies of Ontario families, we will look at how standard Genealogical research techniques can and were used to find the truth when we find conflicting evidence.

All Ottawa Branch monthly presentations are open to the public at no charge.

To be followed at 3 pm by a DNA Tools Zoom at 3pm with Jason Porteous. Jason will focus on the DNA database program called Genealogical DNA Analysis Tool (GDAT) (the replacement for Genome Mate Pro (GMP)). Jason can also talk about Reverse Phasing your DNA kit or Visual Phasing for those with enough sibling kits. Register for the workshop at–orzsjGtGo0HYwhzTtAj4r2bX6Ei1N

Findmypast Weekly Update

British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1939
Added this week are 93,000 records from ADM362 for 1925 to 1939 and 29,000 records from ADM363 between 1925 and 1929.

In both additions, transcriptions and images of the original, you’ll find a letter code that aligns with each service number. This code helps define the serviceman’s role as follows:

F – Fleet Air Arm.
J – Seaman and Communications Branch.
K – Stokers.
L – Officers’ Cooks and Stewards.
M – Miscellaneous.
SS – Short Service, Seamen and Stokers.
SSX – Short Service Seamen.
Pensioners – no prefix.

To search these records, use the advanced search page and filter to series ADM362 for the 1925-1939 additions, or ADM363 for the 1925-1929 additions. They’re a continuation of FMP’s British Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1924 collection, so if your ancestor did join before 1925, you may have already found them here.

Royal Navy Officers’ Service Record Cards & Files, 1840-1920
Nearly 6,000 officer card transcriptions for the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and Women’s Royal Naval Service. Find name, birth date and place, rank and service number.