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The Genealogy Show 2021

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.

Find out more at

According to the website “Companies House Number – 11275801” is organizing the event. Search that and you’ll find the sole proprietor of The UK Genealogy Show Limited is (The) Kirsty Gray.

Graveside Stories

This title won’t appeal, except to a family historian.

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If you have a genealogical interest in the area around Arnprior, Ontario, a series of blog posts by Laurie Dougherty could be an unexpected treasury.

Graveside Stories: Lindsay’s Store.
Graveside Stories: Finding Kathleen.
Graveside Stories: the Cameron Family.
Graveside Stories: Lt. Col. Harold Foster Baker.
Graveside Stories — Jean Graham Macnamara Cunningham.

Several bit players appear in each post, and locations, and businesses that might feature in your local family story. Worth a look.

North East Wales Archives (NEWA)

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.

Fix FamilySearch Placename Frustrations

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

Male1938-2007FamilySearch 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.

User-Entered Place:
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.

Give it a try at

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. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed.

Tuesday 20 April, 2 pm:  Virtual Genealogy Drop-In, from Ottawa Branch of OGS and The Ottawa Public Library.

Tuesday 20 April, 8 pm: Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions, by J. H. (Jay) Fonkert for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Wednesday 21 April, 11 am: The British Army Militia and Special Reserve, by Paul Nixon for Findmypast.

Wednesday 21 April, 2 pm: 3 Ways to Advance Your Research with Correlation, by Shannon Green for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

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.

Friday 23 April, 2 pm: USA/Canada/UK – The GOONS Friday Virtual Pub Crawl.

Saturday 24 April, 1pm: The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (RHSC) – yesterday, today and tomorrow, by Vicken Koundakjian for Ottawa Branch OGS.


4 — 6 June 2021: OGS Conference.

19 – 26 September 2021: BIFHSGO Conference. Irish Lines and Female Finds: Exploring Irish records, female ancestors and genetic genealogy.

Big Discount on Legacy Family Tree Webinar Subscription

Legacy Family Tree Webinars membership for just $25 — a  50% discount for new members only, expiring on 25 April 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Here’s the information

You’ll get one full year of anytime access to all 1,500+ classes and 5,000+ syllabus pages. Viewers call Legacy Family Tree Webinars the “best resource for knowledge on genealogy and DNA anywhere!” I agree.

Hundreds of topics are covered, including help on how to organize your genealogy data, how to interpret your DNA results, how to find your immigrant ancestors, and how to use the Genealogy Proof Standard – all from genealogy’s best educators.

Plus you’ll get to enjoy the 100+ videos in the TechZone. And you’ll have access to all the new webinars that will be released in the coming year. Take advantage of the big discount and get your membership now.

BBC History Magazine: May 2021

Feature content this month.

The Peasants Revolt
A new research project has revealed who the insurgents of 1381 really were.

Prime Ministers
Sir Anthony Seldon on how the office has changed over the past 300 years, in the face of rivalries, scandals and war.

The Great Pretender
Nathan Amin explores the threats Henry VII faced from those who tried to capture his throne.

Napoleon in Objects
Emma Butcher and Nicole Cochrane examined 10 objects that show a different side of the French emperor.

Festival of Britain
Harriet Atkinson highlights the international roots of the post-war celebration of Britishness.

John of Gaunt
Helen Carr charts his hard and obsession with seizing the throne of Castile.

Slimming Clubs
Katherine Moseley shines a light onto the social history of weight-loss groups.

Also, there’s news, anniversaries, book reviews and answers to questions like, why strange sea creatures on old maps, who stole George Washington’s wallet, and why are money boxes shaped like pigs?

Check it out free from your public library on PressReader.

LAC Co-Lab Updates for April

Here’s a report on progress with Library and Archives Canada’s Co-Lab Challenges since last month.

John Freemont Smith is 72% complete, 2% complete last month

War Diaries of the First World War: No. 2 Construction Battalion is 79% complete, 38% last month.

Canadian National Land Settlement Association remains 94% complete.

Molly Lamb Bobak is 88% complete, 86% complete last month.

Diary of François-Hyacinthe Séguin remains 98% complete.

George Mully: moments in Indigenous communities remains 2% 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 61% complete.

The Call to Duty: Canada’s Nursing Sisters remains 93% complete.

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

Sunday Sundries

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.

UK House History Show



Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous, btyclk, Daniel Horowitz, D-Hugh Reekie, Heather McTavish Taylor, Rick Roberts, Unknown.