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Online is where it’s at when it comes to genealogy events. The latest to be announced is The Genealogy Show which was last (and I think first) held at the UK National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham after WDYTYA Live folded.
To attend this year there’s no travel, no jet lag, no expensive hotel, no exceptional (or exceptionally mediocre) restaurant meals. Speakers don’t have travel expenses either which brings the cost way down. That’s reflected in the registration fee.
What’s on offer? Who’s speaking? I counted 62 live presentations, starting with Lisa Louise Cooke at 12:01 am BST on Friday 25 June through to Stephen Gill at 11:20 pm BST the next day. You’ll recognize many of the speakers, including some Canadians. The lineup is here.
In addition, there’s an unscheduled on-demand section and presentations will remain available to view for 30 days.
While some organizations have relapsed to stasis during the pandemic others have grabbed the opportunity.
North East Wales Archives, like many organizations, has been taking to social media recounting stories arising from the collections. However, it’s the work to make the major content of the collection accessible that’s of greater value.
For instance, staff in Ruthin, part of the new NEWA, have added a further 14,000 records previously only available in hard copy to their online catalogue since March last year.
Maps are a significant part of online content including Denbighshire Enclosure Maps and Awards, and Ordnance Survey Maps and tithe maps.
NEWA is also a partner in the Deep Mapping Estate Archives, from the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates at Bangor University — an innovative project.
Have you ever been ready to tear your hair out when you find geographical errors on FamilySearch. There’s plenty of room for confusion for the uninitiated — Prince Edward Island and Prince Edward County!
Now FamilySearch is giving you a new volunteer opportunity to help
fix, or rather standardize, place-names.
You can select a country and will be served information like this (without the map!)
Robert H. Adams
Male1938-2007 • FamilySearch does not recognize this user-entered place:
Add the standard place that is most similar to what the user entered. What you add will not overwrite or delete the user-entered place. Skip to the next person if you are unsure.
Sea View, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Non standardized place:
This could prove an interesting task for a rainy (snowy!) day. You’d likely even learn some geography.
One of the smaller “grab bag” of announcements in yesterday’s budget was $14.9 million over four years to support the preservation of indigenous heritage.
The LAC website has an Indigenous Heritage section.
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. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed.
Wednesday 21 April, 7 pm: LAC Scholars Awards. Broadcast on LAC YouTube channel.
Thursday 22 April, 6:30 pm: Finding Your Ancestors in Company Employee Magazines and Trade Magazines, by Dennis Northcott for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5010509
Saturday 24 April, 1pm: The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (RHSC) – yesterday, today and tomorrow, by Vicken Koundakjian for Ottawa Branch OGS. https://ottawa.ogs.on.ca/events/topic-tbd-ottawa-branch/
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Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.
TNA Podcast: Trials: Ordeal and combat
The first instalment of a three-part series examining the history of trials by ordeal and combat. This episode has witch trials, defamation lawsuits from accused witches, myth-busting, strong-men for hire, Irish landowners fighting to the death in a castle, and some facts about duels.