Friday, 31 July 2015

Lost Cousins Newsletter

Peter Calver just issued his latest Lost Cousins newsletter. It's a worthwhile read for genealogists with British interest. Find it at and subscribe if you like it.

Findmypast weekly update adds Norfolk Parish Registers and more

Look at the huge list of parishes in Findmypast's new browse collection of Norfolk parish records and you'll see there's a bonus, quite a few parishes from East Suffolk. There are more than 5,300 pages of baptism, marriage, bans registers and burial records from Church of England parishes.
Acle, Alburgh, Aldborough, Alderford, Anmer, Arminghall, Ashby (Suffolk), Ashby St Mary, Ashill, Ashmanhaugh, Attleborough, Attlebridge, Aylmerton, Aylsham, Baconsthorpe, Bagthorpe, Bale Alias Bathley, Banningham, Barford, Barmer, Barney, Barnham Broom, With Bickerston, Kimberley & Carleton Forehoe, Barningham Town Alias Winter, Barton Turf, Bawburgh, Bawdeswell, Bedingham, Beeston Next Mileham, Beeston Regis, Beeston St Lawrence, Beetley, Beighton With Moulton, Belaugh, Bergh Apton, Bessingham, Besthorpe, Bexwell, Billingford With Thorpe Parva (Near Diss), Binham, Bintry, Bittering Parva, Blakeney, Blickling, Blo Norton, Blofield, Blundeston With Flixton, Bodham, Bodney, Bradwell, Bramerton, Brampton, Brandiston, Brandon Parva, Bressingham, Brettenham, Bridgham With Roudham, Briningham & Briningham Benefice, Brinton, Brisley, Briston, Brockdish, Brooke, Broome, Brunstead, Burgh Castle, Burgh Next Aylsham, Burgh Parva, Burlingham St Andrew, Burlingham St Peter, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy, Burnham Sutton & Burnham Ulph, Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Westgate, Burston, Buxton, Bylaugh, Bylaugh & Foxley, Caister By Yarmouth, Caistor St Edmund With Markshall, Cantley, Carbrooke, Carleton Forehoe With Crownthorpe, Carleton St Peter, Carlton Colville, Castle Acre, Catfield, Cawston, Claxton, Cley Next The Sea, Cockley Cley, Cockthorpe, Colby, Colkirk With Oxwick, Colney, Coltishall, Colton, Congham, Corton, Costessey, Coston, Cranwich With Didlington & Colveston, Cranworth With Letton, Crimplesham, Cringleford, Cromer, Crostwick, Crostwight, Crownthorpe, Denton, Denver, Deopham With Hackford, Dersingham, Dickleburgh With Langmere, Didlington With Colveston, Dilham, Diss, Ditchingham, Docking, Downham Market With Bexwell, Drayton, Dunton With Doughton, Earlham St Mary & Earlham With Bowthorpe, Earsham, East Barsham, East Beckham With West Beckham, East Bilney, East Bradenham, East Carleton, East Dereham, East Harling, East Lexham, East Raynham, East Rudham, East Ruston, East Walton, East Winch, East Wretham With West Wretham, Easton, Eaton (St Andrew & Christchurch), Ellingham, Elsing, Fakenham, Felbrigg, Felmingham, Felthorpe, Feltwell, Field Dalling, Filby, Fincham, Fishley, Forncett St Mary, Forncett St Peter, Foulden, Foulsham, Foxley, Framingham Pigot, Freethorpe With Wickhampton, Frenze, Frettenham, Fring, Fritton (Norfolk), Fritton (Suffolk), Fulmodeston With Croxton, Garboldisham, Garveston With Thuxton, Gateley, Geldeston, Gillingham, Gisleham, Gooderstone, Great Bircham With Bircham Newton & Bircham Tofts, Great Cressingham, Great Dunham, Great Ellingham, Great Fransham, Great Hautbois, Great Hockham With Little Hockham, Great Massingham, Great Melton, Great Plumstead, Great Ryburgh, Great Snoring, Great Walsingham, Great Yarmouth Borough, Great Yarmouth, St Nicholas With St Peter, St John, St Andrew, St James, St Paul & St Luke, Gresham, Gressenhall, Guist, Gunthorpe, Gunton (Suffolk), Gunton With Hanworth, Hackford Near Wymondham, Hackford With Whitwell, Hainford, Halvergate With Tunstall, Hanworth, Happisburgh, Hardingham, Hardwick, Hargham, Harpley, Haveringland, Hedenham, Helhoughton, Hellesdon, Hellington, Hemblington, Hempnall and The Hempnall Group Of Parishes, Hempstead By Holt, Hempstead With Eccles and Lessingham, Hempton, Hemsby, Herringfleet, Hethel, Hethersett, Hevingham, Heydon With Irmingland, Hickling, Hilborough, Hilgay, Hindolveston, Hindringham, Hingham, Hockwold Cum Wilton, Hoe, Holkham, Holme Hale, Holme Next The Sea, Holt, Honing, Hopton, Horningtoft, Horsey, Horstead, Houghton , On The Hill, Houghton St Giles, Houghton-Next-Harpley, Hoveton St John, Hoveton St Peter, Hunworth, Ickburgh, Illington, Ingham, Ingoldisthorpe, Intwood With Keswick, Irstead, Kelling, Kenninghall, Kessingland, Ketteringham, Kettlestone, Kimberley, King's Lynn, St Margaret With St Nicholas, Kirby Cane, Kirkley St Peter & St John (Suffolk), Kirstead With Langhale, Knettishall, Lammas With Little Hautbois, Langford, Langham, Larling, Lessingham, Letheringsett, Limpenhoe & Southwood, Litcham, Little Cressingham, Little Dunham, Little Ellingham, Little Fransham, Little Massingham, Little Melton, Little Plumstead, Little Ryburgh, Little Snoring, Little Walsingham, Loddon, Longham, Lound, Lowestoft, St John, Lowestoft, St Margaret, Ludham, Lyng, Marham, Marlingford, Marsham, Matlaske, Mattishall Burgh, Mautby, Melton Constable, Methwold, Metton, Middleton, Mileham, Morley St Botolph With St Peter, Morningthorpe With Fritton, Morston, Morton-On-The-Hill, Moulton St Mary, Mundford, Mundham, Mutford, Narborough, Narford, Neatishead, Necton, Needham, Newton By Castle Acre, Newton Flotman, North Barningham, North Barsham, North Creake, North Pickenham, North Runcton, North Walsham, North Wootton, Northrepps, Northwold, Norwich, St Andrew, Norwich, St Augustine, Norwich, St Benedict, Norwich, St Clement & St Edmund, Norwich, St Etheldreda, Norwich, St George Colegate, Norwich, St George Tombland & St Simon & St Jude, Norwich, St Giles, Norwich, St Gregory, Norwich, St Helen, Norwich, St James With Pockthorpe, Norwich, St John De Sepulchre, Norwich, St John The Baptist At Maddermarket, Norwich, St John Timberhill With All Saints & St Michael At Thorn, Norwich, St Julian, Norwich, St Lawrence, Norwich, St Margaret & St Swithin, Norwich, St Martin At Oak, Norwich, St Martin At Palace, Norwich, St Mary Coslany, Norwich, St Mary In The Marsh, Norwich, St Michael At Plea, Norwich, St Michael Coslany & St Martin At Oak, Norwich, St Peter Hungate, Norwich, St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, St Peter Parmentergate, Norwich, St Peter Southgate, Norwich, St Saviour, Norwich, St Stephen, Norwich, St Swithin, Old Buckenham, Old Catton, Old Hunstanton (St Mary's), Old Lakenham (St John With All Saints), Ormesby St Margaret With Scratby, Ormesby St Michael, Oulton (Suffolk), Overstrand, Ovington, Oxborough, Oxnead, Oxwick, Pakefield, Panxworth, Pentney, Plumstead By Holt, Potter Heigham, Pulham St Mary Magdalene Alias Pulham Market, Pulham St Mary The Virgin, Rackheath, Ranworth, Reedham, Reepham With Kerdiston, Repps With Bastwick, Reymerston, Riddlesworth With Gasthorpe, Ridlington, Ringland, Rockland All Saints With St Andrew, Rockland St Mary With Hellington, Rockland St Peter, Rollesby, Roudham, Roughton, Roydon Near Diss, Roydon Near Lynn, Runhall With Coston, Runham, Runton, Rushall, Rushford, Rushmere, Ryston With Roxham, Saham Toney, Salhouse, Salle, Salthouse, Saxlingham By Holt, Saxlingham Nethergate With Saxlingham Thorpe, Scarning, Sco Ruston, Scole, Scoulton With Wood Rising, Sculthorpe, Sea Palling, Sedgeford, Seething, Sharrington, Shelton With Hardwick, Shereford, Shernbourne, Shimpling, Shipdham, Shotesham, All Saints, Shotesham, St Mary & St Botolph With St Martin, Shouldham, Shouldham Thorpe, Shropham, Sisland, Skeyton, Sloley, Smallburgh, Snetterton, Snettisham, Somerleyton, South Creake, South Lopham With North Lopham, South Lynn, All Saints, South Pickenham, South Raynham, South Walsham, St Lawrence With St Mary, South Wootton, Southacre, Southburgh, Southery, Southwood, Sparham, Spixworth, Sprowston & Beeston St Andrew, Stalham, Stanfield, Stanford, Stanhoe With Barwick, Starston, Stibbard, Stiffkey, Stockton, Stody, Stoke Ferry, Stokesby With Herringby, Stratton St Mary, Stratton St Michael With St Peter, Stratton Strawless, Strumpshaw, Suffield, Surlingham St Mary & St Saviour, Sustead, Sutton, Swaffham, Swafield, Swainsthorpe, Swannington, Swanton Morley With Worthing, Swanton Novers, Swardeston, Syderstone, Tasburgh, Tatterford, Tattersett, Taverham, Thelveton, Themelthorpe, Thetford, St Mary, Thornage, Thornham, Thorpe Abbotts, Thorpe Episcopi, Thorpe Hamlet, Threxton, Thrigby, Thurgarton, Thurning, Thursford, Thurton, Thuxton, Thwaite St Mary, Tibenham, Titchwell, Tittleshall With Godwick, Tivetshall St Mary & St Margaret, Topcroft, Trimingham, Trowse, Tunstall, Tunstead, Tuttington, Twyford, Upper Sheringham, Upton With Fishley, Wacton, Walcot, Warham, Waterden, Watton, Waxham, Weasenham All Saints & Weasenham St Peter, Welborne, Wellingham, Wells Next The Sea, Wendling, West Barsham, West Bilney, West Bradenham, West Dereham, West Harling, West Lexham, West Lynn, West Raynham, West Rudham, West Somerton, West Tofts, West Winch, Westacre, Westfield, Weston Longville, Westwick, Weybourne, Whinburgh, Whissonsett, Whitwell, Wickhampton, Wicklewood, Wighton, Wilby, Winterton With East Somerton, Witton (Near North Walsham), Wiveton, Wood Dalling, Wood Norton & Swanton Novers, Wood Rising, Woodbastwick, Woodton, Worstead, Wramplingham, Wretton, Wroxham, Wymondham, Yaxham, Yelverton With Alpington

Also this week:
- over 27,000 records of British Army schoolchildren and schoolmasters 1803-1932, students and staff members at the Royal Military Asylum (RMA) in Chelsea or the Royal Hibernian Military School (RHMS) in Dublin.
- nearly 10,000 records for Royal Hibernian Military School admissions 1847-1932  pertain specifically to students enrolled at the Royal Hibernian Military School in Dublin, Ireland.
- over 92,000 new articles and two brand new titles in the Irish Newspaper Update. The new titles are the Missionary Herald of The Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Tyrone Constitution. The Irish newspaper collection now contains 74 different titles from all over Ireland and over 9.2 million articles covering 231 years of Irish history (1719-1950).

Thursday, 30 July 2015

British Newspaper Archive Additions for July

Don't overlook the thousands of pages of articles added to the British Newspaper Archive this month. Check out this list for the past 30 days. They should also be accessible through a Findmypast subscription.


WDYTYA Magazine has posted the schedule of episodes for the upcoming UK series of WDYTYA? on the BBC. Again most of these people are unfamiliar to me, which never stopped the episodes being interesting.

13 August: Paul Hollywood
20 August: Jane Seymour
27 August: Derek Jacobi
3 September: No episode
10 September: Jerry Hall
17 September: Gareth Malone
24 September: Anne Reid
1 October: Frank Gardner
8 October: Anita Rani
15 October: Mark Gatiss
22 October: Frances de la Tour

There are 10 episodes in this series, twice the number in the current US TLC series, which is the shortest they've scheduled. This US series features: Ginnifer Goodwin; J.K. Rowling (originally broadcast in the UK in August 2011); Alfre Woodard;  Bryan Cranston and Tom Bergeron.

Project Canterbury

Project Canterbury is a free archive of out-of-print Anglican texts and related modern documents online since 2003.
I stumbled on it while checking for new material on the Rangitane, a ship sunk in the Pacific in 1940 on which my father was an engineer. What I found was a transcription of "One Man's War as Remembered after 40 Years" by the Reverend Ernest Robert Ball, SSM relating his experiences accompanying children evacuated from Britain in 1940 to Australia under the CORB program, on the Rangitane and as a prisoner of war at sea and in Germany after it was sunk.
There's a collection of Canadian Anglican Resources. Use the search facility to query this extensive Project Canterbury collection.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Internet Genealogy: Aug/Sept 2015

Here is the table of contents for the new issue with the articles I found particularly worthwhile bolded.

Rich Resources: Online State Archives
Carol Richey reveals the wealth of resources you can uncover in online archives

Seven Resources For World War II Reunion Groups and Associations
Jennifer Holik shares her findings on websites that carry on the memory of those who fought in the US Military in WWII

Digitization Project: Snapshots from The Korean War!
Tony Bandy examines a great resource for anyone researching Korean War ancestors

Uncovering the Bairnsfather Story
Gabrielle Morgan discovers a link to her family in an historic Australian newspaper article that leads her to uncover the real story behind her aunt’s marriage 

National Folklore Collection of Ireland: Schools’ Collection
Joe Grandinetti shows how a 1930s homework assignment in Ireland captured the words and wisdom of elders for posterity

The Wellington Boulder
Constance R. Cherba digs down to find the secrets behind a unique gravestone

Know Your Historical Societies and Find Your Ancestors
Amanda Epperson reveals that there is much more to historical societies than you think

Published and Digital Record Sources of the Revolutionary
Era: A State-by-State List
David A. Norris gives us a peek at some of the resources available for researching Revolutionary War ancestors

Four Essential Keys for Genealogy Backups! 
Tony Bandy reminds us that there is nothing more important than preserving your research work with a diligent backup plan

The Back Page
Never Give Up On a Difficult Ancestor!

LAC Profiles Yousuf Karsh and Nursing Sisters

New from LAC a Flickr Album on the Photography of Yousuf Karsh with 28 of his portraits to go along with a new podcast Yousuf Karsh: Pursuing Greatness with Karsh expert Dr. Robert Evans and LAC photo archivist Jill Delaney. LAC has an unexcelled Karsh fond.

Also from LAC, a blog post on Canadian Nursing Sisters in the First World War pointing to some published resources, including one by BIFHSGO conference speaker Sher Leetooze. It's a popular topic. September's BIFHSGO meeting will see Glenn Wright giving a Before BIFHSGO Education Talk on major sources for researching Canadian nurses in the Great War, including an overview of less well-known archival records. That will be followed by Brooke Broadbent on The Life and Times of Nursing Sister Laura Gamble, WWI. She was from Wakefield.

More Best Canadian Genealogy Website Nominations

Several nominations have come in and been added to the list.. A couple, although good, were not included being too local. Including sub-provincial sites would make the list too long.

As Leanne Cooper mentioned in a comment, you may find just browsing the nomination list helps you find useful sites. Check it out here and add any additional nominations.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

FamilySearch adds England and Wales Census, 1871

Transcripts of  25,330,945 entries in the 1871 census of England and Wales are now searchable at FamilySearch. The source is the Findmypast transcript with results are now linked to their images of the original accessible on a commercial basis.

One World One Family Conference

The sixth annual One World One Family Conference of the Brampton Ontario Stake Centre of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd, 2015.

Go to the conference web page and see the smiling faces of Lesley Anderson and Glenn Wright, featured speakers at the year's conference. Lesley will give the keynote address: Connecting with our Ancestors is an Incredible Journey. Lesley and Glenn will join present a plenary address on their Ten Best Genealogy Tips.

There's a long list of other presentations and presenters

Accessing and Preserving Family Heirloomsby Adriane VanSeggelen
Exploring the Holdings of the Peel Archivesby Kyle Neill
French Canadian Researchby Marie-Chantal Hogue
How the LDS Church Archives Helped Me Publish My Bookby Andy J. Semotiuk
How To Plan a Family Reunionby Audrey Quatrale
How to Start My Family Historyby Dorothy Kew
In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors: Search Your Roots; Discover Your Heritageby Christine Woodcock
Lesser Known Databases for Scottish Genealogy Researchby Christine Woodcock
Mennonite and Quaker/Society of Friends Recordsby Fran Murphy
Preserving Family History and Other Technologyby Steve Fulton
Preserving Your Family Memories Now Through FamilySearchby Shirley-Ann Pyefinch
Self-Publishing Your Genealogy & Family Historyby Harry van Bommel
Silent No More: Researching Our Great War Deadby Glenn Wright
Ukrainian Genealogy and the Family History Libraryby Sonia van Heerden
Using the Family History Centre Online Services Portalby Shirley-Ann Pyefinch
What’s New in Ancestryby Lesley Anderson
Why Mormons Build Templesby Pres. Gordon K. Macmichael
尋根 - 中國家譜研討會 Finding Chinese Ancestorsby Grace Chan

At $25 it's a bargain, one I enjoyed a couple of years ago. Don't miss it if it fits your schedule.

2015 Shannon Lectures

The theme for the 2015 Carleton University History Department Shannon Lecture Series is Performing History: Re-Staging the Past.

Friday Sept 18 Dr Lisa Peschel (University of York, England)
“Theatre and the Holocaust: Recently Rediscovered Scripts from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto”

Friday Oct 9 Dr Bruno Ramirez (University of Montreal) on historical film and historical representation in film

Friday Oct 23 Mr Maxime Durand (Ubisoft, Montreal) on historical video gaming

Friday Nov 13 Dr Vanessa Agnew (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) on re-enactment

Friday Nov 27 Mr Peter Hinton (Shaw Festival Theatre) on historical representations in theatre

All five lectures will be in the Multi-Media Lab, Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library starting at 1:30 followed by a reception in the History Lounge (433PA).

Further information at

Monday, 27 July 2015

Best Canadian Genealogy Websites: Nominations

Which genealogy websites do you most value for Canadian content? Rather than trust the judgement of self-proclaimed experts in other countries let's follow the model used for Rockstar Genealogist and conduct a survey.

Posted below is a list of Canadian genealogy websites, national and provincial, pre-nominated, if there is such a term. Sites with an asterisk are international but with a substantial Canadian component and widely used by Canadian family historians. Local society and municipal sites, and sites that are primarily blogs, including my own, are excluded.

To start things off here's an updated list of sites that I intend including:

Alberta Family Histories Society
Alberta Genealogical Society*
Acadian & French Canadian Ancestral Home
Archive CD Books Canada
Archives of Manitoba
Archives of Ontario
Automated Genealogy
BC Archives
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
British Columbia Genealogical Society
Canada GenWeb
Canadian County Atlas
Canadian Gravemaker Gallery
Canadian Headstone Photo Project
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission**
Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
Fichier Origine*
Généalogie du Québec et d'Amérique française
Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
Global Genealogy
Immigrants to Canada
Institut généalogique Drouin
Internet Archive*
Island Newspapers
Library and Archives Canada
Manitoba Genealogical Society
National Institute for Genealogical Studies*
New Brunswick Genealogical Society
Newfoundland's Grand Banks
Nova Scotia Archives
Olive Tree Genealogy*
Ontario Genealogical Society
Our Roots
Peel's Prairie Provinces
Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society
Prince Edward Island Public Archives and Records Office
Programme de Recherche sur l'Émigration des Français en Nouvelle-France
Provincial Archives of Alberta
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
Quebec Family History Society
Saskatchewan Archives
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
The Island Register (Prince Edward Island)
The Regimental Rogue
The Rooms (Newfoundland and Labrador)
The Ships List*
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada 
Yukon Genealogy

Please leave a comment with any additional nominations remembering that local society and municipal sites, and blog sites, are excluded. If you run one of the above sites and would prefer it be excluded also let me know via a comment, which will not be posted if requested.
Nominations will be open for a week and voting will follow shortly thereafter.

The Heritability of Academic Achievement?

Do the following findings reflect your life and family history experience?

Based on studies of identical and fraternal twins academic performance at school a study Pleiotropy across academic subjects at the end of compulsory education reports:

  • Genes explain a larger proportion of the individual differences (54–65%) in academic performance than shared environmental factors, such as home and school environment combined (14–21%)
  • Intelligence at age 16 demonstrates substantial heritability (56%), with negligible effect of shared environmental influences (5%).
  • To a large extent, the same genes influence achievement across a wide range of academic subjects, even when controlling for intelligence. 
  • Intelligence may play a stronger role in the heritability of mathematics performance than for other subjects.
  • Art seems to be influenced by different shared environmental factors compared to core academic subjects.
So performance differences for all subjects are highly heritable at the end of compulsory education and many of the same genes affect different subjects independent of intelligence.

via a tweet by Debbie Kennett