Tuesday, 17 January 2017

South Kildare history online

If you have Irish ancestry, even if not from South Kildare, you're liable to find something of interest, sometimes shocking, in this resource.
Since September 1992 Frank Taaffe has been delving into topics of interest from the history of South Kildare, south and west of Dublin, and especially the community of Athy. The columns published in the local paper, the Kildare Nationalist. under the title Eye on the Past are collected together at http://athyeyeonthepast.blogspot.ie/. Twenty-five years of columns have covered a huge range of topics.
With so many columns a search engine is a good facility to have. Find it at the top left of the web page. Try names (lots of mentions of people), places, events. What was life like in the workhouse? Where did migrants go and what was the journey like?
Thanks to BIFHSGO member Ann Burns, who is starting an extended research visit to the area, for the tip.

Perth and District Historical Society Meetings

The next meeting of the P&DHS is January 19, 2017  at the Perth Legion.
200th Anniversary Committee provides an audio-visual review of the Town's anniversary celebration in 2016.

For your diary, subsequent meetings scheduled, all at the same Perth Legion location, are:
February 16, 2017
Loree Tannett, presents "What Our Forebears Wore in the 19th Century
March 16, 2017
Janet Coward et al, with "Songs from Our Past"
April 20, 2017 
Glen Tunnock presents ‘Sir John A’s Indian Act, and Its Consequences’
May 18, 2017 
Anne Raina, author, ‘The Evolution of Health Care in the 20th Century (especially for treatment of TB)’
June 15, 2017
(Tentative) ‘The Women’s Institute and Its Influence in Our Area’

Monday, 16 January 2017

CEF Service Files Digitization: January 2017 Update

As of 16 January 2017, 387,710 (378,229 last month) of 640,000 files are available online via the LAC Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database.

The latest digitized is from Box 6526 (6355 last month) and the surname Murray (Morello).

9,481 (16,993) files were digitized in the last month, a reduced pace over the holiday period.

Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order.

Ottawa Historical Association January Meeting

You are invited to Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington)
on Tuesday 17 January at 7 PM for:

“A Shiny New Penny: An Historical Overview of the National Currency
Collection and the Bank of Canada Museum”

Paul Berry
Chief Curator
National Currency Collection
Bank of Canada Museum

In 2013, the Currency Museum of the Bank of Canada was officially
renamed the Bank of Canada Museum.  Work immediately began at
designing a new facility, not just to showcase the National Currency
Collection and tell the story of money in Canada but one that welcomes
visitors to experience Canada’s central bank and learn how individuals
influence the Canadian economy. This Summer 2017, the drawing board
becomes reality and the new Bank of Canada Museum will open its doors
to 10,000 square feet of interactives, exhibits and fun. This talk
will delve into the National Currency Collection, illustrate some of
its holdings, explain developments leading to the museum of today and
tease the audience with a few visuals of what to expect at Ottawa’s
newest cultural venue.

Paul Berry manages the Collection Services Unit of the Museum which is
responsible for the research, development and maintenance of the
National Currency Collection. An avid numismatist since age six, Paul
is past president of the Canadian Paper Money Society and the Canadian
Numismatic Research Society. His personal fields of interest include
the money of colonial era Canada, Edo period Japan and early 20th
century American sculpture. Paul holds a Combined Honours BA (1980) in
History and Art History from the University of Western Ontario.

Ye Olde Genealogy Faire

That's the branding of the Alberta Genealogical Society conference 2017. I've agreed to give four talks on British family history, mostly ones I've not given in some time. Updating and tailoring to the audience in Edmonton has been a gift. Not only have I found out things about Alberta history but it has been an opportunity to look at updated British resources. I found the burial places of three ancestors in London and a newspaper notice on the second marriage of my great grandmother. It's a lesson I (we) continually have to relearn, commit to a presentation to provide motivation.

I'm also looking forward on 22-23 April to hearing from the other speakers, notably Saturday banquet speaker Diahan Southard who gave a memorable and moving presentation last October in Dublin at Genetic Genealogy Ireland.

The program is now posted so take a look at everything on offer and join us if you can.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Twenty-one today

Congratulations to uber genealogy blogger Dick Eastman celebrating 21 years of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter today, 15 January 2017.

Ed Broadbent at LAC

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) invites you to an hour of lively conversation with former New Democratic Party leader, the Honourable Ed Broadbent.
Mr. Broadbent will be the guest of Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, as part of the Signatures Series, which features original interviews with individuals who have donated their archives to LAC.
Reserve your spot now for this event, to be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., at LAC, 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. Places for this free event are limited, so please register here.
Documents from the Ed Broadbent fonds will be on display during the event.

Irish Genealogy News Catch-up

I doubt anybody keeps a closer eye on developments in Irish genealogy resources than Claire Santry. There's not a major development she doesn't cover on her Irish Genealogy News blog. On Thursday Claire posted a digest of some backlog items, most smaller developments, most new to me. Read the post at Irish Genealogy News: The Catch-up Dozen.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Library and Archives Canada’s free digital facility—the DigiLab

Are there resources of genealogical or other value at Library and Archives Canada languishing in obscurity?
Are there LAC archived materials you or your society would like to be available online but you can't get to Ottawa to spend the time needed to consult the originals?
Have you tried photographing LAC materials with a digital camera but found the quality unsatisfactory?

The newly-established DigiLab at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa, to be available from April, is a hands-on facility for users to digitize and contextualize LAC collections of value to their study, work and communities. LAC is inviting academics, individuals, genealogists and community-based groups to make proposals for digitizing LAC collections.  To be clear, LAC will provide the facility and space, including online storage for general public access, the proponent will be responsible for the work of digitization.

You can read more about this initiative, including the criteria and proposal form at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services-public/Pages/digilab.aspx/.

On learning about the initiative I had questions to which Melanie Brown, LAC Manager, Digitization Partnerships and Initiatives, kindly responded.

Q. What facilities will there be for bulk scanning from microfilm, such as newspapers?
A. This will not be part of the DigiLab but will be accommodated by new machines in the existing microfilm room.

Q. What large format scanners will there be suitable for digitizing original bound newspapers the pages of which are fragile?
A. There will be such large format scanner capability in the DigiLab. Original newspapers, and all materials, have to be vetted for copyright clearance and to ensure they will withstand the stress of transport and handling for digitization.

Q. What OCR capabilities will there be for printed materials or for creating searchable PDFs?
A. No OCR capability of planned at this time. It could become available at a later stage.

Q. What facilities will there be for flattening original documents that have been folded for storage?
A. The requirement will be accessed as part of the project approval process. Training will be provided as necessary as part of the general training required to use the DigiLab and its equipment.

Q. Will projects funded through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program be eligible to use DigiLab?
A. Yes, recognizing that the facility can only be used for LAC materials.

Q. For those not able to get to LAC to perform the digitization themselves are there other options?
A. LAC already has a program whereby clients can pay for LAC to perform scanning. It could also be that organization may want to hire a local person to perform the digitization but there is nothing, similar to the current list of consultants, yet available.

Findmypast adds Yorkshire and Derbyshire Methodist records and Middlesex MIs

By Findmypast standards this week's additions are quite modest, perhaps as they prepare for "a new landmark collection of UK parish records is soon to be released . . .  a whole new county added to our collection in the coming weeks." Peter Calver suggests the county will be Leicestershire (and Rutland).
The additions this week, provided by agreement with the Sheffield & District Family History Society, are:
Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist Baptisms, 42,033 transcripts from 1795 to 1997.
Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist Marriages, 22,430 transcripts from 1817 to 1970.

There are also 12,005 new records in the Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014 collection for St Nicholas Church, Chiswick. That brings the total for these MIs provided by West Middlesex Family History Society to 43,157 records.

Image of St Nicholas Church, Chiswick from Wikimedia Commons.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Patricia Roberts-Pichette addresses The Media Club of Ottawa

Saturday, January 21, 2017
11.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Media Club of Ottawa presents:

Guest Speaker:
Patricia Roberts-Pichette, Ph.D

Patricia Roberts-Pichette was born in New Zealand where she received her early education before completing her graduate studies in the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship. She then taught for 10 years at the University of New Brunswick, following which she served 25 years in the Canadian federal and international public services.

A Writing and Publication Journey
The book Great Canadian Expectations: The Middlemore Experience is the result of fifteen years of research by the author. Unlimited access to all extant Middlemore files up to 1936, to contemporary reports, and the personal communications and meetings with  Middlemore family members and descendants of Middlemore home children have given Dr. Roberts-Pichette a unique perspective on the work of the Middlemore agency and its homes.

Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa, ON

11.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Journalism students with ID free
Media Club members and CAJ members  $15
Non-members $25

Light meal provided


Admission without meal: members $7, others $10

coffee and tea available for all

RSVP 613 521-4855 before January 19

Genealogical interest materials online through DHCP Round 1

Here is a list of selected resources that have become available online as a result of round one of the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program. This is in addition to those reported in two previous blog posts here and here.

Bulkley Valley Museum - search engine and interface to a collection of 5,300 documentary heritage records and 4,000 digital historic photographs.

CARL: The Student Voice - access to 35,157 pages of digitized and searchable student newspapers (29.68GB) from the University of Alberta, University of New Brunswick, York University and Dalhousie University through a website hosted by Canadiana.ca.

Saving Rideau Lakes Heritage - newspapers the Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser ( Jan 12, 1892 - Dec 25, 1895),  Farmersville Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser (May 22, 1884 - Dec 28, 1891), Northern Leeds Lantern (1977-1992 ).

Regional Online Database for the Eastern Townships - 464 items in the Eastern Townships Archives Portal.

WI Historical Documents - 135 GB of digitized material including Home and County newsletters, original constitution, 3 published history books, 11 Tweedsmuir histories and more/

Société historique de Saint-Boniface - 390 items of graphical material digitized relating to the area history.

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum - digitized Almonte Gazette, added 1990- 2007 to previous 1861-1989 available.

Oshawa Newspaper Digitization - digitization of local newspapers. Placed issues on http://communitydigitalarchives.com/newspapers.html which also has long digited runs of at least 10,000 pages of the Hunstville Forester (1895 - 2015), Bracebridge Gazette (1903-1955), Bracebridge Herald-Gazette (1955-1986), Muskoka Herald (1888-1955).

Thunder Bay Museum - online catalogues of holdings of the library and archives are found separately under the collections tab. Worth exploring for local genealogical interest, for instance, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company fonds includes a time book of employees (May 1908-September 1920), showing names, jobs, hours, worked, what jobs were done, hours worked and rates of pay. There are 120 pages of names of employees with no more than 15 per page, unfortunately not online.

Many DHCP initiatives did not have placing information of genealogical interest online as an objective but were still successful in terms of program objectives.