CWGC Appeal for Relatives

T Bremner who served with the Canadian Field Artillery and died 20 April 1916 is the only Canadian in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission April appeal for next of kin for soldiers who fell in the war. Could you be connected to him or any of the others listed?

Thomas Bremner served with the 31st Battalion out of Alberta. His attestation paper gives birth on 5 August 1893 in Sterling, Scotland, where he’s buried, and next of kin his father William Bremner at 10631 104th Street in Edmonton. According to an article in the Edmonton Journal of 22 April 1916 he had three sisters and one brother so there must be a good chance of there being descendants of one or more of them.

Myth-busting Ancestry: 18 April

Lesley Anderson is hosted by the Quebec Family History Society at 2 pm on Sunday, 18 April for a free Zoom session Myth-busting Ancestry.

There seems to be misinformation about Ancestry and this session will bust those myths & misconceptions!  Ask your questions – Solve your dilemmas – Tips & Tricks

Lesley Anderson has worked for for over 14 years as their Canadian Spokesperson and has done numerous presentations for genealogy societies and conferences across Canada as well as TV and Radio appearances.

Please sign up to receive an invitation to the Zoom session at least a day before the Zoom Event by email at

The session is free. Donations through CanadaHelps gratefully accepted.

Cavan Townlands

Claire Santry’s Irish Genealogy News reports “A freshly re-designed website has launched to provide a ‘gateway to the history of each of Cavan’s 2,000 townlands’. It’s called, and brings together historical data and sources for each individual townland.”

Family Tree Magazine: May 2021

The headline article in the issue is Heraldry: Your Get Started Guide. Author Mike Bedford looks at the history of heraldry, the elements of a heraldic “achievement,” the language of blazon, advice if you discover an armigerous ancestor and, where to see “heraldry in the flesh.”

For those of us whose ancestry is more prosaic, archivist Lisa Edwards recounts the history, restoration and future of a working-men’s club, while editor Helen Tovey reports on a research project to shed light on workhouse ancestors.

There’s also an article on the loss of 32 firemen and 2 firewomen as a result of the bombing of Old Palace School, St. Leonard’s Street, Bow on 20 April 1941 – 80 years ago.

Plus there’s the usual mix of news, views, advice and problems solved.

The magazine is likely available free through your Canadian public library subscription to digital resources. In Ottawa, that’s either Press Reader or Overdrive Magazines (Formerly RBDigital Unlimited Magazines -Zinio).

Ed Kipp R.I.P.

We mourn the passing of Dr. Edward Kipp UE on Saturday 10 April 2021, six days short of his 78th birthday after a life of service.

Ed was widely known as a mainstay of many genealogical and other activities in Ottawa and area summarized in this citation for the award of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

His years of volunteerism included his work with the Ontario Genealogical Society Ottawa Branch (treasurer, editor, Gene-O-Rama, conference, etc.), his personal genealogical work on the Kip/Kipp family which is used by researchers around the world, various activities both nationally and internationally with the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada (bus trips to the USA, King’s Name Project, newsletter St. Lawrence Branch, webpage Sir Guy Carleton Branch), his activities with the Alumni Association Ottawa Branch of the University of Western Ontario for over a decade, editor of the Directory of Amateur Radio Operators in the Ottawa Area for a number of years, his lectures on genealogy/local history both in Canada and in the United States of America, various roles at Orleans United Church (treasurer, camp coordinator, etc.) and a number of other volunteer activities throughout his life.

Condolences to his wife Elizabeth and family.

WDYTYA Magazine: May 2021

There are three feature articles in the May WDYTYA  issue.

Archives in Lockdown
Explores how UK archivists have risen to the challenge of COVID-19. Although planned events were not able to go ahead, and physical access has been closed at times, restricted at others, progress has been made without “pesky customers: around. The article gives examples of improved research services, online exhibitions, and engagement vis social media that’s been possible.

By contrast, a column by Alan Crosby “Societies in Sickness” laments that the pandemic may have been fatal for some UK family history societies, on top of the challenge of lack of volunteers.

Get Creative

Bring your ancestors to life as never before. “Creative work is about pulling on threads and finding relationships between seemingly unrelated things, and making something new.”

Cartoon Capers
The origins and history of British Comics. Beano, Dandy, Eagle.

But wait, there’s more …

The magazine is likely available free through your Canadian public library subscription to digital resources. In Ottawa, that’s Overdrive Magazines (Formerly RBDigital Unlimited Magazines -Zinio).

New and Expanded Records from FamilySearch

There are 51 titles in the list of New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 12 April 2021. Here are those for Canada (Nova Scotia) and the UK (England).

Collection New Indexed Records Total Indexed Records
Canada, Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 1,816 214,402
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 958 99,625
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 1,252 131,551
England, Herefordshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1583-1898 9,780 1,353,551
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 32,988 1,719,264
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 4,207 303,708
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 70 1,955
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 401 1,644
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 560 70,758

This Weeks 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. Assume registration in advance is required. Check so you’re not disappointed.

Tuesday, 13 April 1 pm: What Do We Owe to Those Not Yet Born, by Martin Daunton for Gresham College.

Tuesday 13 April, 2 pm:  Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 13 April 7 pm: A Virtual Road Trip – a virtual tour through the resources available on the Essex Branch website, Member’s Only Library, and at the Family History Branch of the Windsor Public Library. and

Wednesday, 14 April 8 am Dickens: The Last Decade, by Michael Slater for Gresham College.

Wednesday, 14 April 7 pm: Arrested Development: A Start/Stop History of Lebreton Flats, by Phil Jenkins for the Historical Society of Ottawa.

Wednesday 14 April 8 pm: Jewish Genealogy with, by Deborah J Kroopkin for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.
Thursday 14 April 11 am: The 1939 Register for House & Local History, with Ellie Jones and Deborah Sugg Ryan for Findmypast.
Thursday, 15 April  7:00 pm: How to Get More Out of MyHeritage., by Mike Mansfield for Lambton County Branch OGS.
Friday 16 April, 2 pm: An African Canadian Family History Mystery, by Mags Gaulden for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.
Saturday 17 April 10 am:  The Power of DNA, by Mags Gaulden for Kingston Branch OGS,
Saturday 17 April 1 pm: So You Think You Know Where Your Ancestors Live. by Linda Courpe for Quinte Branch OGS. To register click here.

Findmypast adds to UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors Collection

Another 2.9 million entries are added to this Findmypast collection. The total is now 121,650,867 entries making it the third-largest for the UK after England & Wales Births 1837-2006 with 133,086,915 records and England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920-1932 with 125,544,782.

Provided by, the records include names, addresses, and other details of the UK electorate from 2002 up to the present day. Business directors are included.

These transcripts show:

Age guide – provides the age range of the individual
Electoral rolls
Occupancy (years)
Other occupants
Company director – If this field shows ‘Yes’ that indicates that the person is listed on the Companies House Directors register.

For the US, last Friday Findmypast also added Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Registers. Over 22,000 new baptisms covering records up to 1924, over 28,000 new marriages up to 1924 and over 19,000 new burials up to 1953

More Maps Online from the National Library of Scotland

Three new sets of maps covering Scotland and Great Britain during the 20th century at the regional or medium scale are highlighted in the April NLS Newsletter.

NLS comments that these are particularly useful for showing the development of reservoirs and forestry, as well as new roads, railways and airports. Some were specifically made for air navigation by civilians or the Royal Air Force, and another set was captured by the Germans and re-issued for the Luftwaffe in 1939-40.

Maps website updates
OS Half-inch, Scotland, Outline Edition, 1942
OS Quarter-inch, Scotland, 1901-1960

OS One-inch, Great Britain, 1952-1970

Findmypast adds Cambridgeshire, Licensed Victuallers: Pub Names

Red Lion signAccording to the information from Findmypast there are 52,044 records in this collection for Cambridgeshire covering 1764-1828 giving the name and abode of the victualler, the name of the alehouse, tavern or inn, and the name and abode of the person providing surety. These are sourced from the Cambridgeshire Archives in Ely, they were photographed and transcribed by members of the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Family History Society. Most are for the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Not advertised and not fully searchable are entries as late as 1956.

Pub names are fascinating. For 400 post-WW2 entries, 40 were for establishments starting White — White Cock, White Hart, White Horse, White Lion, and White Swan. 9 started with Black — Black Bull, Black Horse and Black Swan. Others with colours were the Golden Lion, Green Man, and Red Lion. While no pubs had signs starting with One or Two, there were entries for Three Blackbirds, Three Fishes and Three Horse Shoes.

Duke, King, Maid, Nag and Queen were all paired with Head; Bricklayer, Carpenter and Queen had Arm appended.

The most unusual — Dog In A Doublet and Hero Of Aliwal.

FreeBMD April Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Thursday 8 April 2021 to contain 279,663,246 unique records (279,220,849 at the previous update.) Years with major additions, greater than 5,000 records are: for births 1986-90; for marriages 1969, 1986-89; for deaths 1986, 1988-90.

The database now contains 117,156,058 unique births, 85,770,686 marriages and 76,736,502 deaths.

The decline in the number of births per marriage event is evident from four up to the late 19th century to around two after 1930.