FamilySearch Adds 1871 Census of Canada, Schedule 2

Most of us look to census data for information on ancestors living at the time. For the 1871 census of Canada, the first after Confederation, that is Schedule 1 – Nominal return of the living. There are eight other schedules:

  • Schedule 2, Nominal return of the deaths
  • Schedule 3, Return of public institutions, real and personal estate
  • Schedule 4, Return of cultivated land and products
  • Schedule 5, Livestock, animal products, home-made fabrics and furs
  • Schedule 6, Return of industrial establishments
  • Schedule 7, Return of products of the forest
  • Schedule 8, Return of shipping and fisheries
  • Schedule 9, Return of mineral products

Schedule 2, with details of those who died in the 12 months prior to the census, has been available indexed on Ancestry since November 2017 with 45,371 entries. FamilySearch now also has the indexed transcription cited as having been added on 8 June 2021.

Neither Ancestry nor FamilySearch has images of the original record linked, but with the information from search, and with some effort, it may be viewed at the Library and Archives Canada website using directions in the Finding Aid section at 

Schedule 2 is not on Findmypast or MyHeritage.


CEF Beechwood Burial: Alexander P. Menzies

On 14 June 1921 Alexander Pratt Menzies, age 24, was found drowned at Britannia Bay on the Ottawa River. There’s little additional information on his death certificate except birth 2-10-1897 in England. Newspaper reports were that he’d been in Ottawa for 3 weeks looking for work and staying at the Union Mission.

His CWGC record indicates “Son of William Menzies, of 34, Summerfield Avenue, Queen’s Park, Kilburn, London, England, and the late Emily Menzies”.

There is a civil registration of birth index entry giving his mother’s maiden name Powell. A baptism on 1 January 1899 at St Mary Magdalene, Hollowell Road, Islington gives parents William James and Emily Elizabeth.

The 1906 and 1911 censuses show the family living in Winnipeg having emigrated in 1900. His father is the manager of a hardware store in 1911 earning $1,500 annually. His mother died in January 1912 in Winnipeg and a brother in August 1913 following which his father returned to England.

Alexander had enlisted in Winnipeg in April 1916 giving his date of birth 2 October 1898. His personnel file shows he served with the Young Soldiers Battalion, enlisted with the 207th, the 18th Reserve and the 44th Battalions. He had served in England and France, received a gunshot wound and was discharged in May 1919 with defective vision.

A second attestation paper dated September 1919 gives his sister Margaret of Wildwood, Manitoba as his next of kin and his address as YMCA, Main Street, Winnipeg. He was demobilized in December that year.

His service file indicated he has suffered from epilepsy. Perhaps he had a seizure while swimming?

He is buried in Sec. 29. Lots 13 and 14. West. 23 at Beechwood Cemetery, the fourth Ottawa River drowning victim among the 99 First World War CEF burials in the cemetery.

Military Monday: CEF Infantry Battalions

I wish I’d known about this before I started blogging about CEF burials at Beechwood Cemetery.
At the Library and Archives Canada website follow links Military Heritage > First World War> Sources Relating to Units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Scroll down to find a list of 31 pdf files, typically less than 200 KB.
There’s one very large file, Infantry Battalions (PDF 3,020 KB). It has a numerically ordered list of the CEF battalions, 1 to 260 plus two named battalions.

For each there’s a boxed section Background Information, the example is for the 28th Battalion in which my great uncle served. Then there’s an extensive list of sources from RG9 and RG24 at LAC. None have links.

Knowing about this obscure resource earlier would have simplified writing the CEF Beechwood posts.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.
The Shipping Forecast is quite possibly the most British thing ever

More than the sound of Big Ben or The Pips!

The Human Genome Is — Finally!—Complete

Fashion for pointy shoes unleashed a wave of bunions in medieval England

From the great plague to the 1918 flu, history shows that disease outbreaks make inequality worse

Tombstone Tourists: The Growth of Cemetery Tourism
The most recent episode of Under the Influence podcast.

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous, Brenda Turner, Gail B.., Unknown 


An Annual General Meeting can often run smoothly, sometimes there are surprises. On Saturday the 23rd AGM for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa ran smoothly, all motions passed with unanimous support and there were pleasant surprises.

Newly inducted into the BIFHSGO Hall of Fame is Andrea Harding for her innovative contributions to BIFHSGO’s education program and communications activities, which her ideas, enthusiasm and communications skills have done much to promote.

Best Feature Talk presentation by a member, as voted by members, went to Marianne Rasmus for “A Russian Revelation: A Family Shaped by Significant Events.”

The award for best article in Anglo-Celtic Roots went to Bette Smith for her article “Emily Charts a New Course”.

Certificates of Recognition went to members of the team working on the No 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station project: Sheila Duhoo Faure, Heather Carmondy, Marcia Clement, Lynda Gibson, Jean Kitchen, Nigel Lloyd, and Lynne Willoughby.

The new and re-elected Directors are:

Lynne Baxter joined BIFHSGO in 2018 and has worked on her family history since her retirement. She wants to give back to the society and is interested in working on education activities.
Jennifer Hill is the current registrar for the BIFHSGO 2021 Conference. She started researching her family about 20 years ago and joined BIFHSGO two years ago. She was treasurer for the Ottawa Knitting Guild for 4 years and, when asked, agreed to take over this role from Marianne Rasmus.
Ken McKinlay is known to many as a speaker, blogger and the man with the answers. Over the years, he has volunteered in many roles with genealogical societies and the NAC. His keen interest in resources is a good fit for the Research and Projects Director.
Sue Dawes arrived in Ottawa from the UK in 1977, began family research in 2006 and joined BIFHSGO in 2014. She admires BIFHSGO’s work and wants to make her own contribution to its future.
Dianne Brydon will be known to most as the current program director and host of our monthly meetings. Though she has other demanding commitments in the coming year, she wants to “keep her hand in” with BIFHSGO by serving as a director-at-large.
Gillian Leitch has served as the society’s secretary for the past 6 years. She will be continuing as secretary for her final two-year term.

Those continuing their terms are Duncan Monkhouse (President), Marianne Rasmus (moving from Treasurer to Program), Ann Burns (Membership) and Barbara Tose (Past President).

Many thanks to John McConkey who ends his terms having made his mark as Director, Research and Projects, especially lately regarding war brides.

The AGM was followed at 10 am by Great Moments talks from three members; Jill Thompson, Lynne Baxter and Dena Palamedes.

Can we be even handed?

“Nellie L. McClung (1873-1951) is English Canada’s best-known first-wave feminist.”

“Alongside the other Famous Five, including close friend Emily Murphy,  McClung was an advocate of eugenics and campaigned for the sterilization of the feebleminded.”

Those statements are from her profile in

There are many others at the site who were advocates for eugenics, and some missed such as Tommy Douglas.

Will those tearing down statues, renaming buildings and rewriting the biographies of those whose record in the history of  Canada is problematic, to say the least, be even-handed when it comes to the eugenicists?


Findmypast adds to British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers’ Medical Records

If you’ve done any indexing you perhaps appreciate the work needed for even a few hundred records. So it may be mean to note that the additions to this Great War collection are less than 2,000.  All new entries are welcome, but by the standard set by Findmypast and other companies, this is a tiny addition to the collection. 

As well as names, ranks, and service numbers, the records reveal details you won’t find elsewhere, like illness or wound descriptions and how long the injured soldiers stayed at a medical facility.

Although the title of the collection is British, 753 Canadians are included among the 1,335,419 in the total collection.

BIFHSGO AGM and Great Moments in Genealogy

Founded and incorporated in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is a not-for-profit genealogical organization. 

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 June:

9 am: BIFHSGO 23rd AGM

10 am:  Great Moments in Genealogy. 

Over the Sea to … “Shetland” (Jill Thompson) – The story of two ancestors who moved from the Shetland Isles to Scotland and then to southern England.

The River Ran Red: The Homestead Steel Strike and Sylvester’s Part in It (Lynne Baxter) – The story of a steelworker and union leader who was tried for his role in a scrimmage that resulted in several deaths in Philadelphia in 1892.

A Gem from the Inveraray Archives (Dena Palamedes) – The story of discoveries and new friendships that grew from an email to BIFHSGO from somebody who came across information about her ancestor.

Online, but registration required. The presentation is free. Donations are gratefully accepted through Canada Helps here.

Findmypast Adds to England Roman Catholic Parish Registers Collection

What’s new at Findmypast? Single year additions to Birmingham, Middlesborough and Westminster Catholic parish records.

Over 4,000 new England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911, the Diocese of Middlesbrough in 1921, and the Diocese of Westminster in 1916.

Over 1,500 new England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911 and the Diocese of Westminster in 1944.

Over 400 new England Roman Catholic Parish Burials from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911, the Diocese of Middlesbrough in 1921, and the Diocese of Westminster in 1942.

Over 2,400 new England Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911, the Diocese of Middlesbrough in 1921, and the Diocese of Westminster in 1916.

The whole collection is now 2.47 million records

Uncovering Unusual Lives: Four Case Histories

From Toronto Branch OGS, an interesting series for summer enjoyment.

Wednesday 16 June  (7:30 p.m. EDT)
Misbegotten, Misled, Mistaken: Tackling the challenging quest to identify a mystery father.
Lecturer: Paul Jones

Thursday 17 June (7:30 p.m. EDT)
The Curious Case of Dr. Henry Head Gray: Piecing together the true fate of a young Toronto doctor.
Lecturer: Jane MacNamara

Wednesday 23 June (7:30 p.m. EDT)
FAKE News! Read all about it!: Debunking myths in the report of a young woman sold into slavery.
Lecturer: Guylaine Pétrin

Thursday 24 June (2:00 p.m. EDT)
The 1815 Murder behind Toronto’s Oldest Ghost Story: Digging up the facts of a lighthouse keeper’s untimely death.
Lecturer: Eamonn O’Keeffe

Find out more and register at

Advance Notice: Strokestown Famine Orphans in Quebec

Still dealing with issues on daily notice delivery. Bear with me.

Part of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies Annual Meeting, “The Marianna O’Gallagher Memorial Session: Strokestown Famine Orphans in Quebec” will take place on Tuesday, 22 June from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. EDT. Dr. Mark McGowan will be joining Caroilin Callery and Dr. Jason King to discuss a recent short film entitled “Strokestown Famine Orphans in Quebec and New York.”

In advance of this session, you may view the film at this link:

Dr. Jason King is the Academic Coordinator of the Irish Heritage Trust and a member of the Government of Ireland National Famine Commemoration Committee, among other positions. Caroilin Callery is the Director of the National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park. Register to attend the conference and contact for Zoom info.