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/
Legacy Family Tree Webinars membership for just $25 — a 50% discount for new members only, expiring on 25 April 2021 at 11:59 PM.
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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.
MyHeritage announces free availability of birth records, 115 collections containing a total of 1,144,541,613 individual records from all over the world. Some of the collections contain indexes that help you find out where the birth record is located, while others contain the actual image of the record.
If you need it this is an opportunity to explore MyHeritage’s strength — its international collection.
Last Wednesday the BIFHSGO London SIG heard how advice from a retired police officer helped a genealogist solve a knotty ancestry problem.
There’s a switch about. According to OGS Newsleaf the Toronto Police have contacted OGS President Heather McTavish Taylor to “ascertain if there are any interested genealogists amongst our ranks, that would be interested in applying to be part of a pool that would be drawn upon, to help clear this backlog of cases. They are looking for 10-50 people to potentially work 20 hours per week in a paid capacity. They have warned that this is not for everyone. Some of these cases are gruesome.”
Heather is collecting a list of names of interested parties for submission by Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 at noon.
If you feel that you have an interest, a skill set or a desire to use your genealogy passion to fight crimes, then please email Heather to indicate your intention to apply at Heather.McTavish.Taylor@ogs.on.ca/.