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Family History Federation Really Useful Bulletin

If you don’t already subscribe, you’ve missed out on the June issue of the FHF Really Useful Bulletin.

It includes news of the passing of the Federation’s founder chairman—Iain Swinnerton, and a lead article by Wayne Shepheard on The Great Storm in the UK of 1703.

You can subscribe from https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com/resources-newsletter; that page also includes links to past issues, but not the June issue yet.

The Bulletin also has news from UK local FHSs and the Federation.

And I can’t miss the opportunity to mention that Wayne Shepheard will be presenting at the OGS/Ontario Ancestors conference 2022, coming up later this month,

Great Moments in Genealogy

Solving a 100-year-old mystery using DNA
Voices from a Silent Past
Lost Connections Found

The presentation titles are intriguing.

This Saturday discover the stories as told by Jennifer Hill, Christine Jackson, and Sue Lambeth in BIFHSGO’s semi-annual Great Moments session.

Find out more at https://www.bifhsgo.ca/events

Register free online for the session, starting at 10 am ET on Saturday.

BIFHSGO members, remember the AGM starts at 9 am.

Internet Genealogy: June-July 2022

3 – 2 – 2 – 1 …..

Diane L. Richard, a genealogy professional since 2003, who has been writing and lecturing since 2006, including at the OGS/Ontario Ancestors conference later this month, has three articles in this issue. In addition to her regular Net Notes column, she reviews Early American Sources and what the Permanent Legacy Foundation has to offer.

Two articles are by Lisa Alzo. Review: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022 suggests that you can probably save your money and continue to use earlier versions of the program for core tasks. Not mentioned are alternative free programs, such as Photopea, which is online. Lisa’s other article, ten Ways to Share Genealogy at Your Family Reunion suggests ways to build fun into a family gathering as boxes, lines, charts, and citations don’t do it!

Being flexible and respectful of the other person’s needs and preferences, which are subject to change, is the advice in Sue Lisk’s article From You to Me and Back, which focuses on communication with older relatives. In Logging and Our Ancestors, Sue’s other article explores the history of logging in Northern Ontario, Minnesota and North Carolina, the camps where the men worked, and their experiences through several websites devoted to the subject.

Most contributors have one article, David A. Norris, Robbie Gorr, Karen L. Newman, Colleen Callahan Gilbert, Michelle Dennis, Rick Voight, The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, and Dave Obee, who reflects on What Will the Future Hold for Genealogy Research in Ukraine?



MyHeritage adds Quebec Catholic Burials

This collection, new to MyHeritage, contains 89,235 Quebec Catholic parish burials between the years 1798 and 1979.  The transcription records typically include the name of the deceased, year of birth, date and place of burial, name of the father and name of the spouse.

Most of the records are for Montreal’s Notre-Dame cemetery supplemented by those from Immaculée Conception, Trois-Rivières.

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

Tuesday 7 June. 2:30  pm: Tips for Searching Newspapers.com, by Melissa Tennant for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Tuesday, 7 June, 7:30 pm: An Introduction to GEDmatch, by Mags Gaulden for OGS Durham Region Branch.

Tuesday 7 June, 10 pm: Government Gazettes as a Genealogical Resource, by Helen V. Smith for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Wednesday 8 June, 7:30 pm: Strategies for Dealing With Endogamy, by Paul Woodbury for he Jewish Genealogical Society of New York and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Wednesday 8 June, 8 pm: Documents + DNA + Method + a little bit of Luck: Combining Tools to Find Biological Family, by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Thursday 9 June, 9 am: Tracing First World War Ancestors, by Norfolk (UK) Records Office.

Thursday 9 June. 6:30 pm: Journey to the West of the West: Genealogical Treasures at the Sutro Library by Dvorah Lewis  for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Saturday 11 June. 9 am: BIFHSGO Annual General Meeting. www.bifhsgo.ca

Saturday 11 June. 10 am: Great Moments in Genealogy, with four BIFHSGO speakers.

Saturday 11 June 11 am: OGS Annual General Meeting.


Military Monday: D-Day

Remembering the 26  Canadians who died this day in 1944, who have no known grave and are commemorated at the Bayeux Memorial

Surname Forename Rank Regiment Additional Info
THIBEAULT LEOPOLD Sergeant Le Regiment de la Chaudiere, R.C.I.C.
YOUNG JOHN DOUGLAS Major Royal Canadian Artillery Son of James V. and Willmot M. Young, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
LEGGE ALBERT J. Lance Corporal Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
LIZON JOHN Rifleman Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C. Son of Alexander and Pauline Lizon, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
HOOTON JOHN KITCHENER Bombardier Royal Canadian Artillery Son of George and Eliza Hooton, of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada.
FERGUSON JOHN THOMAS KELLINGTON Lance Corporal Royal Canadian Engineers Son of Robert A. and May Ferguson; husband of Elizabeth Mary Ferguson, of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.
MAIN JAMES RALPH Lance Corporal North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C. Son of Jane E. Main, of New Carlisle, Bonaventure Co., Province of Quebec, Canada.
ISBISTER ARCHIE Rifleman Regina Rifle Regiment, R.C.I.C. Son of James D. and Harriet Isbister; husband of Edith Isbister, of Eldred, Saskatchewan, Canada.
MOORE HARRY G. Private Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
SCIBERAS ROBERT Sergeant Royal Canadian Artillery Son of James and Jessie Buchanan Sciberas, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
SEARS WILBERT GORDON Trooper 1st Hussars, R.C.A.C. Son of Charles Richard and Amarillia Sears, of Orillia, Ontario, Canada.
BALDWIN JOSEPH E. Private Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Son of James and Elizabeth Baldwin, of Morin Heights, Province of Quebec, Canada.
CLAVELLE ALFRED F. Gunner Royal Canadian Artillery Son of Arthur and Emilienne Clavelle, of Whitewood, Saskatchewan, Canada; husband of Agnes Clavelle, of Whitewood.
GALLAN CLYDE Private North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, R.C.I.C.
GOFF ROBERT Gunner Royal Canadian Artillery Son of Robert and Mary Goff; husband of Florence May Goff, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
LEBEL STANISLAS Gunner Royal Canadian Artillery Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanislas Lebel; husband of Blanche A. Lebel, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.
McINNIS ALEXANDER J. Private 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, R.C.I.C. Son of Daniel and Jane McInnis; husband of J. R. McInnis, of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
IRVING WILLIAM J. Lance Corporal Royal Canadian Army Service Corps
MASSEY CHARLES A. Gunner Royal Canadian Artillery Son of Charles A. and Lillian S. Massey, of Rockport, Ontario, Canada.
MAYO CYRIL A. Rifleman Royal Winnipeg Rifles, R.C.I.C. Son of Benjamin Bertram Mayo, and of Flora Ann Mayo, of Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada.
PELLETIER JOSEPH Rifleman Regina Rifle Regiment, R.C.I.C.
NEUFELD LESLIE A. Private 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, R.C.I.C.
COURTNEY CLARENCE V. Lance Sergeant Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Son of Mrs. J. Courtney; husband of Margaret G. Courtney, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
DUPUIS WALTER J. Gunner Royal Canadian Artillery Son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Dupuis, of Maynooth, Ontario, Canada.
HAUK NORMAN A. Corporal Royal Canadian Corps of Signals
GORDON FRANK R. Trooper Fort Garry Horse, R.C.A.C.

Information from www.cwgc.org

Military Monday: Names in the landscape

With ‘The Passchendaele Archives Database’ the Passchendaele Museum aims at adding a face and a story to those who gave their lives during the Great War Battle of Passchendaele.

In its latest initiative, the Passchendaele Museum is attempting to give as many as possible of the 6,928 Canadian whose names are inscribed on the Menin Gate Memorial and have no known grave a tangible place in the landscape.

Drawing on records of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission and Library and Archives Canada, the Passchendaele Archives is developing a map of the places where those men were born, lived, enlisted and died.

Use the map at https://archives.passchendaele.be/en/geo/1, in to zoom in on a place of interest, zoom out for a perspective of the origins of these fatalities.

Also use the Advanced Search to find detailed individual information by selecting First name, Surname, Place of death, Place of birth, Profession. Unit, Rank, Date of death, as available.

Canadian content in UK genealogy shows

Penny Allen, Canadian librarian/genealogist/blogger living in England who posts at the UK to Canada Genealogy, recently added  Whither thou art: ye Canadian speakers at UK Family History Shows.

Penny asks: WHY do virtual Genealogy shows in the UK seem to have little Canadian content?

Penny points out that THE Genealogy Show does have a few Canadian speakers. Andrea Lister, Prison and Court Records; Lianne Kruger, Vlogging Your Family History; Wayne Shepheard, Using Parish and Other Records To Determine How Natural Phenomena Affected People and Communities.

Let’s have a stab at Penny’s question.

Is it true that the UK genealogy shows have little Canadian content?

When the show organizers look at what their potential audience wants, how much Canadian content is appropriate? Could it be that the present level meets the demand?  Shows and conferences may only have room for a fraction of possible presentations, possibly less than one-third of proposals.

Then again, some may only invite presentations from speakers the organizers know, leaving those from outside their domestic ambit and newcomers out of consideration.

We need to remember that most people in the UK (and elsewhere) start out wanting to research their genealogy and their origins, which for most will be predominantly in their home country. Later they will move on to the life and times of their UK ancestors. Perhaps, after that, they become interested in collateral lines. They might get curious, even obsessed, about why someone two, three or more generations back disappears from domestic records. These days, with so many large databases available, they may easily stumble across a relative who strayed overseas, including to Canada.

Folks have other ways, aside from UK shows, to find out about Canadian genealogical resources. UK genealogy magazines often have Canadian content. I’ve had two articles in the past year, including one appearing in Family Tree magazine’s July 2022 issue. Wayne Shepheard is a frequent UK magazine contributor and a conference speaker.

Finally, there are many opportunities to attend events organized by Canadian societies in these days of virtual presentations. Many are free. There are also virtual conferences, like the Ontario Genealogical Society/Ontario Ancestors conference coming later this month. Admittedly, it’s more of a challenge for UK residents to find out about those than their domestic conferences. UK magazines could help with that.


Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Did you ever see something like this? It’s a list of issues of the publication Zephyr at https://cmosarchives.ca/Zephyr/chrono.html/. Seemingly a script runs to change 1981 to nineteen eighty one on some of my computers. Strange.

Internet Archive additions for May

Ancestry adds Edinburgh, Scotland, Extent Rolls, 1580-1847
Extent rolls were tax documents comprising information about rental owners’ properties. 714,184 records.

How do you pronounce scone?

From the Ottawa Journal, Oct 1966

0 TB of data online.

From the LAC website, 3 June 2022
Open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm —Reservations, assigned for morning or afternoon blocks required two weeks in advance, the rush for seats starts at 10 am ET on Mondays.

Masses of data online, only a few percent of holdings.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, by Dan Cruickshank
The story of the Royal Hospital, one of the architectural wonders of London and home of the much-revered, scarlet-coated Chelsea Pensioners. 2006 publication. Comment by BT: Terrific book! Terrific photography too.

See also https://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/news/dan-cruickshank-meets-discuss-national-heritage-royal-hospital 

A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa is next Saturday, 11 June, at 9 am,  followed at 10 am by a Great Moments session. The Ontario Genealogical Society AGM will be held from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Both are through Zoom

Thanks to this week’s contributors. Anonymous, Brenda Turner, Elizabeth Vincent, Gail B., Glenn Wright, Ken McLeod, Linda Reid, Mary Burns, Patti Mordasewicz, Teresa, Toni, Unknown.

Findmypast adds British military records

This week the additions are over 200,000 military records covering the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines and more.

British Army, Recommendations For Military Honours and Awards 1935-1990
80,000 transcript records sourced from The National Archives include British Army personnel and some dominions armies’ personnel. They also contain some recommendations for members of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Royal Marines. Reasons for recommendations vary, including gallantry in the face of the enemy, ‘meritorious service’ (not in the face of the enemy), or distinguished service.

In the records, you could find your ancestor’s name, unit, rank, home address, and perhaps a description of the action that warrants an award.

South Africa, Local Armed Forces Nominal Rolls, 1899-1902
Over 53,000 records, sourced from from The National Archives, detailing some of the British Army units raised locally in South Africa during the Second Boer War consisting mainly of British men who had emigrated to South Africa before the war.

The record transcripts reveal names, ranks, army units, and in many cases, enrolment and discharge dates, all useful information for fleshing out the military branches of your family tree.

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
Over 51,000 records added to this collection, which details those that showed strength and courage in the face of war. Specifically, these latest additions cover recipients of:

Long Service Good Conduct Medal
India General Service Medal Pegu (Army) 1852-53
India General Service Medal Pegu (Navy) 1852-53

Collated from multiple sources, you’ll usually find a combination of regiment and rank, the reason for the award, any other known medals, discharge date, and more.

British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
The addition of over 19,000 records to this collection, now more than one million entries, includes a shore list of men who joined the Royal Marines in 1810.

The records may reveal the rank and division of seafarersr, as well as the date they joined and any remarks made by their superior.

OPL responds to questions on resources at the new Ādisōke facility

The Ottawa Public Library team has responded to the questions I posed

Q: Will the full range of materials now in the Ottawa Room be available at the new facility? Will there be any deletions, additions, or format changes, such as digitization?

A (OPL): The Ottawa Room at OPL’s Main branch will transform into a new space at Ādisōke called ‘Living Ottawa’. Living Ottawa on the second floor of OPL will feature collections, seating, study spaces, exhibits and programs that celebrate Ottawa’s past, present and future. As we transition to this new space, a collection analysis of the Ottawa Room will be undertaken to understand any duplication with LAC’s collection and potential for digitization. Additionally, users of the Ottawa Room will be surveyed to understand how they are currently using the collection and how we can support them as we move towards Living Ottawa. With a balance of collections, seating, resources and programs, Living Ottawa will emphasize the preservation and creation of historical materials, as well as the recognition and celebration of what is happening today as the history of tomorrow.

Q: Given the wide range of genealogy resources at LAC, what will happen to the present OPL genealogy resources at Main?

A (OPL):  Similarly, OPL’s Genealogy holdings will benefit from a collection analysis to better understand any duplication with LAC collections. We anticipate bringing over to Ādisōke all OPL’s non-duplicated Genealogy collection from the Main branch for a combined collection of approximately 19,700 items. OPL’s Genealogy Collection includes a wide selection of circulating and non-circulating references, indexes, books, e-books, and DVDs as well as access to many great online resources. Ādisōke’s Genealogy Centre will invite clients to be active participants in research and discovery in a world-class research centre, combining OPL and LAC’s extensive genealogical services and collections.

As a supplemental, I’ve asked about the fate of duplicate material, hoping it might find a home in a suburban branch, such as Centrepointe, which already has a substantial local history and genealogy collection, which is more convenient than travelling downtown.

For reference, here at the responses to the questions posed to LAC.

LAC responds to questions on resources at the new Ādisōke facility