Saturday, 24 February 2018

Survey Results: likely and unlikely in genealogy

Thanks for the 85 respondents to this survey. I found the results surprising.
The survey question was:
A trusted professional informs you a genealogical relationship is "LIKELY". Move the slider to the probability you would assign to "LIKELY" on this scale of confidence?
There was the same question for "UNLIKELY".
The median result, as many above as below is 66% confidence for LIKELY, 25% for UNLIKELY, consistent with the results of the Perception of Probability study reported previously.

This plot of the number of responses in each 5 per cent bin shows a great range in understanding.
Ten responses had a higher confidence for UNLIKELY than LIKELY. It's possible the way they interpreted the question was that they were more likely to believe the "trusted professional: when they said something was unlikely than when they said it was likely.
My conclusion is that while the median confidence conveyed by the terms for genealogists is the same as in the general population the scatter of results shows there is no general understanding of probability in the genealogical community.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Findmypast adds to Derbyshire Record Transcriptions

The following are FMP additions this week covering the parishes of: Alvaston, Boulton, Chellaston, Holbrook, Longford, Newton Solney and Wilne in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Baptisms 
New records: 24,853; Total records: 255,626.

Derbyshire Marriages 
New records: 20,684; Total records: 126,083.

Derbyshire Burials 
New records: 16,902; Total records: 81,488.

 The transcriptions are credited to Helen Betteridge and Jean Shannon.

New Worcestershire & Kent records from Ancestry

64,575 new records are now available in the collection Worcestershire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1541-1812. They are extracted from various published registers and books.
An additional 35,111 records are added to Medway, Kent, England, Methodist Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1798-1932. These indexed records linked to images of the originals are sourced from Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Chatham, Kent, England.

Buckinghamshire Colour Tithe Maps

TheGenealogist continues to set itself apart from the larger genealogy companies with unique content like the new colour maps for Buckinghamshire just added to their National Tithe Records collection.
Search by name and keyword (for example parish or county) to find everyone from large estate owners to occupiers of tiny plots such as a cottage or a cowshed.
The tagged 19th century colour maps are sourced from The (UK) National Archives and available to those with a Diamond subscription.
In addition to Bedfordshire the collection includes many other Home counties and beyond including Norfolk, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk -- I was unable to find a complete list.

The SNP Mess

The first day of the Genetic Genealogy Ireland event in Belfast this past weekend ended with a panel session.
My somewhat incoherent question to them was on the mess that is the naming of SNPs, what useful information is conveyed to a genealogist by a name like FGC22963?
There was a helpful discussion. Kathryn Bourges gave historical background. Debbie Kennett, James Irvine, Brad Larkin and Gerard Corcoran contributed suggestions for useful websites and ideas of how things might improve—over time.
The websites were:
At the risk of getting completely lost in the weeds you may chance checking out the Producing an automated next-generation Y-DNA phylogenetic tree project under development. It has links to R-U106 and R-P312 projects.
The session was recorded and can be viewed by those registered with the GGI Facebook group.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ancestry adds Liverpool Electoral Registers, 1832-1970

Search or browse for over 8 million entries in the new Liverpool, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1970 database on Ancestry.

No registers were produced during the war years 1916, 1917 and 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1944.

The index was created using text recognition software, records were not transcribed.

Indexes of the electoral registers are for every fifth year. Browse registers may help narrow down occupancy for in-between years.

This would be a good place to look for Irish strays, there are over 1,000 Patrick Murphy's listed.

OGS Ottawa Branch February Meeting

The main presentation this month, at 1:30 pm on Saturday 25 February, is Identifying Historic Photographs, presented by Kyla Ubbink of Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation.

Family photographs can tell great stories, when you know who is in them! Learn a few of the many techniques that to help to date a photograph giving clues to who is in the image. Knowing the photographic processes used to create an image helps tremendously in placing the photograph within a certain era. Couple this with hair styles, clothing and backdrops and you are that much closer to naming that face.

The 10:30 am presentation by Cliff Seibel is on Canadian Headstones.

The Computer SIG will meet after the main presentation.

UHF Day in Ottawa

While in Belfast last weekend I had a brief chat with Fintan Mullan who was staffing the Ulster Historical Foundation stand at Back to Our Past Ireland at Titanic Belfast.
He was looking forward to coming to Ottawa on Saturday, March 10 for the BIFHSGO-sponsored day of lectures on Irish and Scots-Irish family research with Gillian Hunt.  It is the only Canadian stop on a 15-city North
American tour.
Fee for non-members: $30. Members can take advantage of the member's rate of only $20 by logging in to the Members Only section to register.
Learn more about the program, registration, and optional box lunch here.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Local newspapers from LAC

A blog post Local newspapers at the heart of Canadian life mentioning acquisition of microfilm copies of newspapers from Fort McMurray and Lac-Mégantic documenting their well known disasters is too good an opportunity to pass up.
Of course LAC is adding these to its collection. But why on microfilm, an outdated technology?
If LAC is only acquiring government records in digital format why access these born digital newspapers on microfilm?
Yet another sad example of how far behind the times LAC continues to be when it comes to the newspaper collection.

"In the Footsteps of our Irish Palatine Ancestors" Tour

The Ontario Genealogical Society Irish Palatine Special Interest Group announces a new tour, to take place September 13 – 23, 2018, following the footsteps of the Irish Palatines who left Ireland in 1760 to go to the New World. Settling in New York City and then the Camden Valley, with the American Revolution in 1776 those who fought for the British fled to Quebec when Burgoyne was defeated. The tour will briefly explore some later Irish Palatine settlements in Quebec.

Find further information here including a link to the detailed tour brochure.

Historical Society of Ottawa February Meeting

Friday 23 February, 2018 - J. Andrew Ross -- The Story of How the First Ottawa Senators Went South

Details: Despite being the most successful of the early National Hockey League teams, with the most Stanley Cup wins in the 1920s, the Ottawa Senators often struggled to attract fans. This presentation discusses how the building of a new rink, the Ottawa Auditorium, was seen as the solution to Ottawa's woes, but could not fight the economic tide that was pulling NHL hockey to larger American markets.

Biography: J. Andrew Ross holds a PhD in history from the University of Western Ontario, and taught economic history at the University Guelph before joining Library and Archives Canada as an archivist in 2015. He is the author of Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 (Syracuse University Press, 2015).

The meeting is at 1:00 pm in the lounge of the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street at Cumberland.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

City of Victoria Archives Online Search

The following is a press release.
The City of Victoria Archives is pleased to announce the launch of its new Online Search, available at<>.
Powered by Access to Memory (AtoM), the Online Search contains hundreds of descriptions of City Government and community records held by the Archives, as well as nearly 10,000 digital photographs.
We invite you to explore Victoria's rich documentary heritage and learn how Victorians have lived, worked, and governed themselves for the last 150 years.
We welcome your comments and feedback. Please be in touch with us at<>.

Free access to records

Get ready to take advantage if you don't have a paid subscription. featured collections will be free to access starting on 23 February 2018 until 25 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT.
To see a full list of the records in the featured collections click here.
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