Wednesday, June 28, 2017

$1.00 for 1 month FMP

There are lots of sales on right now at Find My Past, [and you'll see them on their website] but the one I chose is one dollar (actually it might be 1 British pound) for unlimited access to the World subscription to FMP (excluding the 1939 Register). It's a little tricky to get in - go ahead and create a password, then go to My Account top right corner, [or create your account there], be sure to untick the 'auto renew' box [unless you want to continue your Subscription at regular price], and ...

Shoot, I can't get back in SOOOOOOO you'll just need to look around until you find a box where you can enter your discount code of 'BIFAMILY' and you're set!!

Happy Searching Everyone - I'm off to see what's new for my GILMORE, CLYDESDALE, LITTLE families from County Down AND cannot forget those pesky Johnston MCNIECE'S from who knows where, but other McNIECEs are found in County Mayo and Sligo.


Cheers,
Pat I've been waiting for this deal to come up again! Yippee!! But there goes the house and yard work. LOL

Monday, June 26, 2017

FamilySearch Fazes Out Microfilm

So this has been all over the Internet for the past two days. And contrary to many posts the sky is not falling, but things will be different for sure.

Here is the real truth straight from the folks at familysearch.org https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/familysearch-microfilm-discontinuation?lang=eng


Cheers,
Pat

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Autosomal DNA - Now What?

There is only a couple more days (June 23) to watch this webinar, FREE, from Legacy https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=545

You've got your autosomal DNA test back. Now what??????


Cheers,
Pat [just going to watch it now]

LAC Digitization Projects

Thanks to John Reid for posting this on his blog . I have copied and pasted it here, just in case any of us need it again. Note the last paragraph where we are being asked for our input!!! Do it folks! Tell them what's important to you.


"Librarian and Archivist of Canada Guy Berthiaume was invited to speak at the opening of the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference last Friday evening. Below is a rough transcription of his remarks.
I'd particularly highlight the invitation in the penultimate paragraph.
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A good part of my work is about creating connections with our clients, our stakeholders, the private sector and the general public. And I know the thrill of discovering connections is one of the reasons that genealogists and family historians are so passionate about what they do.
I recently came across an interactive website that uses digital technology to uncover fascinating networks of families in British history. Kindred Britain at Stanford provides all kinds of surprising connections. For example Winston Churchill is a direct descendant of King Henry VIII. Family ties connect Isaac Newton, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth and Florence Nightingale. The creator of the site calls it the social network of the past.

I begin with this example to illustrate that today's genealogy is not our grandfather's genealogy. The use of modern digital technology to illuminate family roots and history is producing surprising, creative and positive results.

Take our digitization work at LAC. We've worked closely with external partners to both digitize collections and to make more of them available, especially to our main client group - genealogists. As a result we've been able to digitize a lot more material than we could on our own and to make some of our biggest and most heavily used collections available to Canadians. I know that this external focus has not always been popular but in a time of limited resources I think it was the strategic choice. Mind you, working with partners is not a one size fits all solution, especially in the case of fragile and easily damaged documents.We want to digitize them while we can keep offering access to our clients. A case in point is the work on the Canadian Expeditionary Force service files you're all familiar with. I'm pleased to tell you the project is on track, at least according to John Reid. As of November 11 2018 all 640,000 soldier's files will be online. There are 340,350,355 files and they are some of our most consulted records, and for good reason. But a project of this magnitude uses a considerable amount of our resources so we have to look at other strategies to digitize additional collections.
Welcome DigiLab.

The way it used to be clients who needed digitial copies would either use our digitization on demand service for a fee or bring their own digital cameras into our reading rooms with mixed results. With DigiLab you can come into 395 Wellington and leave with digital copies of our collection for free. You come in and scan the material you need for your research. The space is easy to use and there's support to help you learn how to use the equipment. You leave with high quality scans and a spreadsheet with information on what you've scanned. But what's perhaps more exciting, LAC will them make the information you scanned available to anyone via its website. So DigiLab is crowdsourcing at its best.
This allows the public to help us with our work, meet the demand for accessible collections and harnesses knowledge about the material we have. and all we ask from you is some simple metadata so that others can search the information more easily online.

I'm happy to share three projects that have already been hosted by DigiLab.
Nichole (Unintelligible) who is completing her honours BA at the University of Toronto has an academic and personal interest in Landscapes of Injustice, a seven year project run out of the University of Victoria. Landscapes of Injustice is funded by SSHRC and its goal is to digitize historical records across the country related to the disposition and internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. As part of that project Nicole spent almost four weeks in DigiLab to digitize records that help tell the story of this sad chapter in our history. As a result over 130 related files will be placed online for everyone to consult.

Another interesting example is that of Marjelaine Sylvestre, the archivist from the Jardins de Métis in Québec. She spent a couple of days in the lab digitizing and describing 130 photographs taken by William Reefer (sp).

And there's also the work of one John Reid who digitized ten years of early Ottawa weather records from the late 1800s. As you know John holds a PhD in Atmospheric Science and he proposed this project to help support contemporary research into climate change.

So DigiLab is proof that crowdsourcing is an extremely effective way of making historical records available. But it's only one of our crowdsourcing tools.

There's another key initiative underway at LAC which I'm very excited about, and again it involves citizen archivists helping us tell the stories of history to a wider audience.
In June of last year the Manitoba Métis Federation celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of
Seven Oaks, a battle which marked the emergence of the Métis nation. To support the anniversary LAC introduced software that lets people transcribe authentic historical documents. The first document to go through the process was the Coltman Report, handwritten in 1818 by William Coltman. The report provides one of the best sources on the fur trade war and is a key document in the history of the Métis Nation. the entire 521 page handwritten report was transcribed by members of the public eager to make a personal connection to history. A fully searchable pdf is now available in LAC's database, and we're about to launch a second initiative, the 91 page diary of Lady Susan Agnes Macdonald, the wife of Sir John A. I'm sure you'll agree that this diary is going to be fascinating reading - what was on her mind in that crucial time in our nation's history? How did she view the new Government of Canada starting in 1867 as her husband hammered out the details of the new confederation? What was her daily life like? What were her social obligations, her private experiences and her thoughts? By providing transcriptions of this material you can be a fly on the wall of history.

LAC is thrilled to open up these treasures from our collection to those who understand their importance and can add richer and enhanced information to them. Those who have valued knowledge of our collection and how it can be used. Those such as yourselves.

And here's another exciting development. As you may have heard, LAC is one of the founding members, not to say the architect - that's not a good term to use in Ottawa these days - of the steering committee for the National Heritage Digitization Strategy. This strategy will make more content accessible to Canadians. It was developed by the major memory institutions of Canada, large public libraries, academic libraries and archives, provincial archives, national associations of archivists, librarians, historians and museums. We adopted a way to accelerate the digitization of the most important collections of Canada and to make them easily accessible to all, linking Canadians everywhere in their quest for culture and knowledge.The strategy will cover published and unpublished analogue materials of national, regional and local significance. That will include books, periodicals, newspapers, government records, posters and maps, thesis and artifacts, photographs and documentary art, film and video, audio recordings and more. I'm sure you'll agree that much of the material identified is of interest to genealogists.

You may also be interested in a small consultative project we launched to review best practices in the field of newspaper digitization. Thanks to a donation from the Salamander Foundation a pilot collection of indigenous newspapers will be digitized over the summer so we can give it a test run in the fall.

These are just some of the exciting initiatives we have on the go. And I would like to extend an open invitation to all of you to let us know what you need from us. What works in the DigiLab, what doesn't. Which of our collections do you want to see up on our site? This will be the key to our serving you well and allowing us to make the connections that define us as Canadians.


Cheers,
Pat

Your Name in German Script

This website has a script generator - type in your surname and see what it would look like http://searchtip.genealogytipoftheday.com/?p=2077

I have a number of Deutsch ancestors, [SIEGERT, DOST, LAHL, SCAARSCHMIDT] and I would not have recognized any of them in the various script writing! Sheesh!! http://altdeutsche-schrift.de/adsschreiben.php#schriftfeld

Thanks to John Reid for sharing this.


Cheers,
Pat

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Been Sick - Last Minute Offers

Sorry guys, but I've been very ill for the past 10 days and so, and have fallen far behind sharing genealogy goodies with you all. Started innocently as a cold which tried hard to turn into pneumonia so I'm still struggling, on antibiotics now, and beginning to feel alive again.

Anyway, today is the final day for discounted DNA kits from various places https://dnabargains.com/best-fathers-day-2017-dna-sale/


Cheers,
Pat

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sask. History & Folklore Society Conference

June 17th at the Artesian in Regina https://shfs.ca/shfs-annual-conference/

Mr. Bill Waiser is Keynote speaker - and I can't go!! Shoot!!


Cheers,
Pat

NY State Death Index, 1880-1956, Online FREE

Thanks to the amazing work of the group Reclaim the Records, images of the New York State death index are now online. FREE!! https://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/blog/images-new-york-state-death-index-1880-1956-are-now-online

I can't wait to get into these!! Good luck everyone.


Cheers,
Pat

The Secret Chimney Map Rediscovered


Read the story - a Scottish man discovers a 17th century map stuffed up a chimney presumably to help prevent drafts. http://boredomtherapy.com/man-finds-secret-chimney-map/

Watch the process of unpacking and restoring the chimney map https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E6hv3Y7mkM


Cheers,
Pat

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pat's Genealogy Classes Fall 2017

There will be lots more information posted about these courses a bit later, but this is just for those 'keeners' who don't want to chance missing out. Many of you know I keep my class registration numbers really low so I have time to work with each person, rather than it being 'lectures' or presentations.


UNPUZZLING YOUR PAST
This is the course you should start with as it gets you going in the right direction. It also gives you about 100 pages of notes, hints, tips, best practices, and links to the best websites.
Sept 19, 26, October 3, 10 7 - 9pm MacKenzie School, Regina SK $200.00


FREE LAND
This course will deal with lots of record types held at the Saskatchewan Provincial Archives in Regina Sask. But we will be really concentrating on learning about the land that was offered FREE in western Canada and the records created. FREE land was the reason thousands upon thousands of our ancestors migrated from all over the world to Canada. There are amazing records available for us!! These sessions [plus one classroom] will take place AT the archives in Regina where you will be doing hands-on research for your own family ... with Pat there working with you. It's a great course.
Oct. 17 7 - 9pm MacKenzie School, Regina SK [classroom session]
Oct. 18 each person will receive extensive lessons & notes by email
Oct. 24 9am to noon 3303 Hillsdale, Regina SK
Oct. 31 9:30am to noon 3303 Hillsdale, Regina SK $200.00
If you are interested in this course you need to pre-register with Pat asap as she only offers this every second year and it always fills FAST. Email her pryan@sasktel.net


Cheers,
Pat

Poland IS Different

This site is more history than genealogy, but when do those two NOT go together? http://culture.pl/en/article/15-historical-quirks-that-make-poland-so-different-from-the-rest-of-europe


Cheers,
Pat

FREE Sites Parish Records for British Isles

So some of you may have used this site before, but honestly it's a new one to me - which is GREAT, but I have no experience to share with you ... but FREE is always a good thing, right? What a great name DustyDocs. http://dustydocs.com/


Cheers,
Pat

Irish Removals From England,

From Ancestry - "Our latest Irish collection, Ireland, Poor Law Union Removals From England, 1859-1860, gives us a window in to what life was like as an Irish pauper living in the UK in the late 1850’s. Irish paupers were often looked upon negatively, as an unwanted expense on the local communities in which they resided across England, Scotland and Wales." https://blogs.ancestry.co.uk/ancestry/2017/05/25/an-alien-act-against-the-irish-the-poor-law-removal-law-statute-8-9-vict-c-117/

RIP Google? 13 Alternate Search Engines

Wouldn't that be awful? RIP Google? It's not about to happen, BUT I'm certainly interested in seeing what some other search engines can dig up for me that perhaps Google can't. Worth a try, right?http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/13-alternative-search-engines-that-find-what-google-cant/

And if anyone has a success story to share, I would LOVE to hear it please!!!!


Cheers,
Pat

WHY Don't Archivists Digitize Everything?

Now isn't THAT a wonderful question??!! Such an easy life we'd have, right? Life is always easier when we have a good working knowledge of the reasons behind our questions. Read on https://peelarchivesblog.com/2017/05/31/why-dont-archivists-digitize-everything/


Cheers,
Pat

Kelowna BC Sept 16, 2017 - Join Me?

How about a lovely drive through the gorgeous Rocky Mountains to that beautiful city of Kelowna BC, and join my friend Dave Obee and me in a full day of genealogy!! Would love to see you there. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-y11N671NC2aVhfd0MtUnZuNEk/view


Cheers,
Pat

AFHS FamilyRoots 2017

My friends Shannon, Dave, John & Lesley will be presenting at Calgary, Saturday September 23rd https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/afhs-familyroots-2017-tickets-34583059863


Cheers,
Pat

Proof, No Pudding

As always, John Grenham is dead right. It doesn't matter your nationality or religion, his article provides some excellent points for each of us. https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/06/05/proof-no-pudding/


Cheers,
Pat

FREE Genealogy Course Online

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy

You can all read, and I'm busy, so there ya go. haha


Cheers,
Pat

Expert Tips for Ancestry.com

Thanks to my good friend Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems website, there is an excellent article written by Sunny at https://lisalouisecooke.com/2017/05/find-undiscovered-treasures-at-ancestry-com-expert-tips/

Don't forget to have a look around Lisa's site https://lisalouisecooke.com/


Cheers,
Pat

Maps, Maps & More Maps

This past weekend I talked about the importance of maps [even though I was not doing a presentation on maps] and I offered numerous links in my hand-out, but I may have not mentioned this biggie at Perry-Castaneda Library http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/


Cheers,
Pat

Look How They Treated ME in Letbridge!

So I wonder how many were thinking something awful happened to me?? hahaha FAKE NEWS???? hahaha

I was honoured to have spoken to a large and enthusiastic group of genealogists in Lethbridge this past weekend. I don't know where 'everyone' was from, but I do know there were folks from Medicine Hat to the east, Montana USA to the south, British Columbia to the west, and Edmonton to the north! WHAT a great experience, I think for all of us.

I had agreed to present SIX presentations, of an hour each, on Saturday. We started at 8am, and finished up at 5pm. It was a long day, but lots of fun, AND my voice held up thanks to a great mic system. There was a great snack at morning coffee break, a fabulous lunch at noon, and probably something else throughout the afternoon but I was kept busy so not sure. haha

Now here's the amazing part!!!! 50% of those attending were NEW folks - not yet members of any genealogical society. I heard a number of new memberships were purchased so that is awesome news. Those are smart people as the Lethbridge branch is a very knowledgeable, helpful group of individuals who meet often at their well stocked library. Then they have smaller groups that are dedicated to specific topics, and helping each other in various subjects such as the group that meet Mondays to work on their Legacy genealogy software programs. It's so much more fun to have others to work with, and learn from. If I were closer I would definately be joining in. LUCKY LUCKY people who have the opportunity to join this very fun, progressive group!!

So after Saturday, I spoke to the members only for two hours Sunday morning - and there were some new members there too! Plus a few that couldn't make it Saturday so that was another great morning.

I'd like to extend a special Thank You to that young lady Eleanor McMurchy who did a magnificent job of organizing 'everything', including me!! She and I began talking about this event last September 18th, 2016. I replied to her invitation to speak in Lethbridge Alberta, as I was driving past Lethbridge Newfoundland at that exact moment! I kid you not - look it up. Lethbridge NL is on the Cabot Trail on the road to Bonavista NL. Co-incidence? Lol

I would also like to say a big Thank You to John, President of Lethbridge branch who was always available whenever I needed anything! And to Doug, from the branch, for saving my bacon when I ran into technology problems right before the last session on Saturday. Whew!! THAT was a scary 10 minutes for me!

And I could never say enough big THANK YOU's to Gary & Kathy Stauffer for being my hosts - getting me from and to the airport; giving me tours of your beautiful city; feeding me the most delicious totally gourmet meals; and for Kathy's always (too? haha) cheerful "Good Morning Pat, time to get up" because I forgot my alarm. Amazing hosts and I will never forget them and their hospitality. Thank you both.

There were many others who fussed over me, and I want them to know how much I appreciated them as well. And to Anne B. who emailed Saturday to share some amazing news with me. She explained about Agnes - and I won't say any more 'cause I don't want to spoil surprises for the next Who's Your Momma? group. BUT suffice it to say I now know the answer to my Agnes question! So Thanks to you too Anne!! We can all learn from each other if we're willing.

Cheers to all my new friends and as always Happy Searching!!


Cheers,
Pat

Saturday, May 27, 2017

June 3, 2017 Lethbridge Alberta

One week today, June 3rd 2017, come join us in celebrating the 40th year of genealogy at Lethbridge Alberta. I am honoured to be presenting SIX topics that Saturday. I'm guessing they will make room for you last minuters?! But you do need to be registered by May 29th, Monday. It's gonna be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cheers,
Pat

FREE Webinars & Classes - June

So the Family History Library is again offering a whole slew of FREE webinars and classes, plus FREE archived ones https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars#Past_Webinars_.26_Handouts


Cheers,
Pat

Monday, May 22, 2017

FREE Streamed Genealogy Sessions

Apparently the Southern California Genealogical Society is again offering FREE streamed genealogy sessions beginning June 9th.

Session information is here http://www.genealogyjamboree.com/
NOTE: there are two separate streams - one is DNA and is not free - it's called Genetic Genealogy - but there might some great sessions there.
The free one is Jamboree 2017

Registration page is here http://streaming.webcastandbeyond.com/jamboree/


Cheers,
Pat

Friday, May 12, 2017

Death Certificate Has Answers

To apparently there is are "'secret' codes on death certificates that can tell you how your ancestors died". This article deals with US death registrations, so I'm not sure if Canada used the same system, but worth checking out. http://familyhistorydaily.com/free-genealogy-resources/icd-codes-death-certificates-genealogy/

Thanks to Thomas MacEntee for this FB post.

NOTE: It is now about one hour later than when I posted the above. I am working on a new presentation for my upcoming trip to Lethbridge Alberta where I'll be giving seven workshops June 3rd, 2017. AND ... AND ... AND ... I've just added a death registration to my power point presentation, and noticed there is a circled number below 'cause of death', so I looked it up using the International Classification List of Causes of Death (ICD above) AND ... AND ... AND Ohhhhh Myyyyy I'm in shock!!! I think my great grandmother just reached out to me - why else would I have just learned about the ICD at the same time I was about to include her death registration that I have had for at least ten years???

Shivers!! LOVE IT!!!!! But I'll stay shocked over this one. Poor lady.


Cheers,
Pat

Europe FROZE 1709

Some days I just marvel at how any of us are alive. We either had very tough ancestors, very lucky ancestors, or a combination of both. This is a really interesting read that would add great interest to any story about an ancestor(s) that lived in Europe in 1709. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/archaeology-and-history/magazine/2017/01-02/1709-deep-freeze-europe-winter/


Cheers,
Pat

New Irish Links

Thanks again to John Grenham for this wonderful news, and associated links https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/05/08/a-network-of-new-irish-record-holding-institutions/


Cheers,
Pat

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lethbridge Workshops - June 3, 2017

Come and join me in one very full day of workshops sponsored by the Lethbridge & District Branch of the Alberta Genealogical Society. See what we'll be doing by clicking of the Genealogy at the Bridge Workshop June 3, 2017 https://lethbridgeags.theboss.net/

While you're on their site take a moment a poke around - LOTS of goodies there.


Cheers,
Pat

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Google Earth Chrome - FREE how-to

Thanks again to my friend Lisa Louise Cooke for keeping us up to speed. She has uploaded a Tutorial to 'YouTube' ... FREE ... titled "How to Use Google Earth Chrome". I'm so far behind right now I think I'm first [LOL], but I couldn't miss sharing this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcorcgEzslc

Lisa has one of the BEST genealogy websites on the Internet with various ways of learning offered. Check it out https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Qr-Qu_vz66fh4d9rdXaOQ


Cheers,
Pat

Irish Cemeteries ONLINE

Irish research, online, continues to explode - which is SUCH a great thing as it's one of the most challenging places to research. My hero, John Grenham, has put together a list, along with weblinks on his blog https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/

Now to just find some time to look!


Cheers,
Pat

Friday, April 21, 2017

DNA Discounts This Week

Thanks to John Reid for the following discounts listed on his blog http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2017/04/delightful-dna-day-deep-discounts.html

I've been waiting for a sale, and so yesterday I ordered mtFull Sequence from Family Tree DNA - this one is for my maternal line. It's a great saving ... until you convert our suffering Canadian loonies into American big bucks. sigh. I just don't understand this currency stuff, but sure wish our money would gain strength.


Cheers,
Pat

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ancestry TreeSync Ends Mar 29, 2017

Wow. For anyone using Ancestry's TreeSync feature to sync their Ancestry family tree with their offline software - you need to read this immediately! http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-and-how-to/ancestry-treesync-end-forever-march-29th/

It will be replaced March 31st with their new sync colution BUT you MUST be using Family Tree Maker 2017.


Cheers,
Pat

Friday, March 24, 2017

DNA

So I sort of accidentally began studying DNA the past couple days - you know one of those distracted by something shiny moments that lead down crazy, interesting, unintended paths? haha Anyway it reminded me I hadn't looked at my results from FamilyTreeDNA [no association to the old genealogy software program] and they have added some really neat features. One of those features is seeing 'balloons' pop up in whatever physical areas your DNA shows up [shows matches from is probably more accurate]. So you can chose to see green balloons for your Mom's line, and/or orange balloons for your Dad's line. The strange thing is, well the FUN thing is, both parents have balloons showing up in similiar locations! And that is one HUGE surprise to me. Hmmmmmmmmmm not sure what to think! Lol

So much to learn, but I've begun. So I'm EUROPEAN 97% , made up of British Isles 67%, Western & Central Europe 27%, Soutern Europe 7%, Eastern Europe 1%, and MIDDLE EASTERN 3%. I even have a match in a few places I've never been: the Shetland Islands, Poland, Russia, New Zealand, and Egypt/Jordan/Lebanon [well, not sure about travel in these 3!]. Oh myyyyyyyyyyyy.

Anyone else dabbling in their DNA? Surprises anyone?
Have a great weekend! Weather looks amazing in good ole Saskatchewan! +15C ... lets hope cause my tan is fading fast. Darned British Isles pale skinned girl.Lol


Cheers,
Pat

Monday, March 20, 2017

BREAKING News!!

So thanks big time to Shannon Cherkowski for what she has done, and what she is sharing regarding Alberta Canada digitized vital statistics indexes and or registers. Not only has she introduced this, she has provided step by step VERY detailed instructions!! She learned this by working through the system, step by step, and now shares all that time and expertise with us, FREE!! WOW Shannon!! You ROCK my friend!! The Provincial Archives of Alberta has digitized vital statistics indexes and or registers and are now available online.


35 cents a page? Really?? So in Saskatchewan, our government has taken the very 'un'progressive step of uppping our costs which were already the most expensive in all of Canada - our index at http://genealogy.ehealthsask.ca/vsgs_srch.aspx which has not been updated, or added to, for decades, will now be an additional $15.00 each to BMDs ... which means $65.00 for each birth, marriage, or death certificate you are interested in! Bloody HELL!!

And a MAJOR shout-out to Shannon for making the announcement, and for offering us at PastRelations the big SCOOP! This is a major big time deal folks! Perhaps speak to your local MLA regarding how faaaar behind we are in Saskatchewan? Please!! See what she's done http://albertaresearch2.blogspot.ca/

And now our other great friend, and western Canadian genealogist extraordinaire, Dave Obee has made direct links to the BMDs available at Provincial Archives which you can find on Alberta portion of his CanGenealogy Blog http://www.cangenealogy.com/alberta.html Amazing what can happen when collaboration happens.

And Shannon has left an interesting idea for us in Comments below. Click on 'comment' and read. Anyone can leave a comment on any post within this blog, and I would love it if you would. The comment comes to me first, so no chance of spam sneaking by me.


Cheers,
Pat

Sunday, March 19, 2017

FREE British Webinars - Register Now

And now for something completely different! Isn't that a line from some old Monty Python sketch? Not really sure, but it's what went through my mind as I sat down to share this. HaHa

So this is titled "Breakfast with Family History Webinars from TNA". Thanks to John Reid over at his Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog where you can see all the details, which look pretty interesting! I've taken a few courses on using Discovery, the online catalogue at TNA (The National Archives) in London England, and I'm going to try to attend this one as well as I've learned so much from them. http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2017/03/breakfast-with-family-history-webinars.html

You can register for one, some, or all sessions through this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-first-world-war-army-ancestors-tickets-32432757250?aff=email&utm_campaign=289300_Whats+on+March+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The+National+Archives&dm_i=3PUB%2C6784%2C1MO4CB%2CLDHD%2C1

BEWARE: you must register, and there are a limited number they can accept so don't delay too long or you may get shut out. It takes less than one minute, and it's FREE. And they won't steal your identity, or bombard you with unwanted mail. There. Relax, and register to learn some new 'stuff'!! haha


Cheers,
Pat

Friday, March 17, 2017

Organizing Your Papers Workshop - Mar

So I got home to IH yesterday, March 16th [my birthday!] and on Saturday March 18th I'll be delivering a two hour workshop titled "Organizing Your Paper Files". It will begin at 1:30pm at the Heritage Club building - on Otterloo kitty korner from Big Way Foods in Indian Head. I believe the cost is about 5 bucks!! What a bargain!! Everything you need will be supplied. Description below


ORGANIZING YOUR PAPER FILES [2 hours]

We LOVE the thrill of the chase! Later we can’t find what we *know* we have. This one deals strictly with getting control of the copious amounts of paper we collect, or have inherited, and getting it organized so you can find, within a few seconds, exactly what you are looking for! Eureka! Hello happy dances, and goodbye dust bunnies!! Includes a several page handout with comprehensive details so you won’t get lost as you prepare to use this system to get totally organized.
This session is aimed at all skill sets. You'll go home with five pages of comprehensive notes, plus two Pedigree Charts and a Family Group Sheet to work on.

And anyone wanting to pre-register can contact me pryan@sasktel.net or just show up!!


Cheers,
Pat

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ireland - Flax Grower's Bounty List 1796

So the first time I saw, and used this, it was on MICROFICHE and this was mid 1990s. i had no luck. I have also searched the list numerous times since then, on various medium including online websites, free and paid sites. Today I tried this website and found many of my families!! Yippee Yahoo!! haha Anyway, give it a try and best of luck folks. There is a good description of this list as well as various ways of searching. Try them all. http://www.marmionfamilytree.com/FlaxGrowersListDown1796.html

I decided to copy the info from this website, minus the search engine of course, just in case the site disappears we will still have the background.

"Listed below is the Flax Growers' Bounty List which was published by the Irish Linen Board in 1796 listing below a portion of this list for all the flax growers in County Down, Northern Ireland. This was when the Linen industry was at it's height. A government program to encourage the growing of flax.which awarded the growers. It is a valuable substitute for non-existent census material for this period in Ireland, containing the names of around 55,000 small farmers is almost every county (Dublin and Wicklow being the only counties not covered) who received an award of a spinning-wheel or loom in return for planting certain amounts of flax."To the person who should sow between the 10th day of March and the 1st day of June 1796 with a sufficient quantity of good sound flax-seed, any quantity of land, well prepared and fit for the purpose not less than 1 Acre -- 4 Spinning Wleels, 3 Roods -- 3 ditto, 2 Roods --2 ditto and 1 Rood -- 1 ditto. And to the person who should sow in like manner any quantity of like land, not less than 5 Acres, a loom or wleels, reels or hatchells to the value of 50 shillings, and for every 5 Acres over and above the first 5, a like premium"

To search a name, click on the first letter of the last name then use Ctrl + F and enter name, or simply scroll down. Sometimes children were listed on the growers list. Many of these people were related to each other in County Down, if the place name and last name are the same chances are they are one family. Land was not given to the oldest or heir, but in a more family oriented and loving manner was divided among all the children. These growers wre usually the middle class. All of the names listed here were awarded at least one spinning wheel.
There are nearly 3,000 names for County Down."

Cheers,
Pat

Lethbridge - Genealogy at the Bridge

I am so honoured to be speaking at Lethbridge Alberta - Genealogy at the Bridge - June 3rd, 2017. These lovely folks have a full day of sessions planned, which also includes comprehensive and detailed hand-outs written by me. Please come and join us in Lethbridge for lots of fun, merriment, networking, and sharing of information!! https://lethbridgeags.theboss.net/Workshop%202017.pdf


Cheers,
Pat

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Upcoming 'Organizing' Class March 18, 2017 @ Indian Head SK

So I get home to IH March 16th and on Saturday March 18th I'll be delivering a two hour presentation titled "Organizing Your Paper Files". It will begin at 1:30pm I think. I'm waiting for details re address, costs etc. Lol But I can include the following description:

ORGANIZING YOUR PAPER FILES [2 hours]

We LOVE the thrill of the chase! Later we can’t find what we *know* we have. This one deals strictly with getting control of the copious amounts of paper we collect, or have inherited, and getting it organized so you can find, within a few seconds, exactly what you are looking for! Eureka! Hello happy dances, and goodbye dust bunnies!! Includes a several page handout with comprehensive details so you won’t get lost as you prepare to use this system to get totally organized.
This session is aimed at all skill sets.

And anyone wanting to pre-register can contact me pryan@sasktel.net.


Cheers,
Pat

FREE Webinars From FHL

I'm still alive!!! hahaha Sorry for the long interlude. We had company. I had a few days of illness, but am perfectly fine now. We've been busy and have really, really enjoyed Huatulco and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for the cleanest part of Mexico we've ever seen, with beautiful beaches, identical perfect weather day after day, and tons to do if you're interested. Really reasonable prices on all except accomodations. Anyway, we head North Tuesday March 14th, and will arrive at our own home on my birthday, the 16th of March. So NOT sorry to have missed this last blizzard!! OMG - I've shown pictures friends have sent me, to new Mexican friends. You should really see their faces!!! hahahahaha Pretty sure they could never totally understand snow, but it's fun to watch expressions. So that's enough blabbering!! Lol

March and April are great months for watching FREE webinars from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aka the Mormons [who are every genealogists best friend]. The sessions all organized by region so easy to find your area of interest, register FREE, and watch FREE. How could you possibly go wrong? https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars#Past_Webinars

Nice to be back, but not steadily until really HOME. Hope you've been having some fun AND some success?


Cheers,
Pat

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Images of Prairie Towns

This is a GREAT service!! FREE!! http://www.prairie-towns.com/


Cheers,
Pat

Don't Reshelve Books in Library or Archive

So this is an interesting article, and might be quite a surprise!! http://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/2017/01/26/real-reason-shouldnt-reshelve-genealogy-books/


Cheers,
Pat

Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452460


Cheers,
Pat

Some Great Genealogy Hints

This applies to everyone http://genealogysstar.blogspot.mx/2017/01/there-was-old-woman-who-lived-in-shoe.html


Cheers,
Pat

Dating Ireland's Griffith's Valuation

And coming to our aid is our Irish hero John Grenham https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/

This is one I'll certainly be spending some time on. Thanks John Grenham!!


Cheers,
Pat

RootsTech Streaming Sessions

So thanks again to the Legal Genealogist for this "There are a variety of sessions from the RootsTech conference that will be livestreamed starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8th, that will let you check in on a lot of the fun from the comfort of your own computer screen. And recordings of the livestreamed sessions will be posted on the RootsTech website afterwards so you can catch up on anything you missed.
To tune in to any streamed session, just point your browser to the RootsTech home page at the scheduled time. The stream should automatically refresh at the beginning of each session. If it doesn’t, then you’ll need to refresh the page manually by clicking the Refresh button on your browser."

For the list https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2017/02/07/down-the-stream-at-rootstech/

I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth [wow, where did THAT come from? haha] BUT it seems to me there just has to be a better way to do this. Anyway, good luck. Hope you get into whatever session(s) you want.


Cheers,
Pat

Arkansas Land Records

This is an extensive list of links, so anyone interested in this area - Thanks again to the Legal Genealogist https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2017/02/06/landing-the-records/


Cheers,
Pat

Monday, February 6, 2017

RootsTech

So the largest genealogy conference begins this Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017 at Salt Lake City. I have never been, and I to never attend [haha] because I just don't care for crowds like that. Thankfully, for those of us not attending, they have live streamed many sessions and then archived them for a while. The same as in years gone by, the website and the streaming information is really NOT user-friendly. I'll do what I can to help you find them, but after an hour of looking this morning there is still nothing clickable. Hopefully the streamed sessions will become available ... soon. You can watch for yourself, and I could use the help, at https://www.rootstech.org/schedule?date=2017-02-08&pass=rootstech; the list http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865672361/RootsTech-2017-live-streaming-schedule.html; and the home page https://www.rootstech.org/ which is where I expect the streaming sessions to show up, but who knows.


Cheers,
Pat

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sask Archives Events

Lots of events happening around the province!! http://www.scaa.sk.ca/public-awareness/archives-week/

NOTE: apparently there may be cancellations to these event(s) due to a Saskatoon election. Probably best to phone first. Thanks to Eleanor R. for the update. Nice to know there are people following, and helping!!


Cheers,
Pat

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Finding Your Canadian Story

I can't remember seeing this site before. After a quick look it seems interesting. This link will take you to Part 3 Quebec & Ontario, but the first two parts can be linked to along the left side. https://findingyourcanadianstory.blogspot.mx/


Cheers,
Pat
- just one little weather report [it's +36C today and not a cloud in the sky, but the saving grace is the humidity is always under 70% so it's totally liveable]

Friday, February 3, 2017

Scottish FREE Presentation

Thanks to Christine Woodcock for making her one hour presentation available, FREE, on her YouTube channel titled 'Researching Scottish criminals, lunatics and paupers' http://scottishgenealogytipsntricks.blogspot.mx/2017_02_01_archive.html


Cheers,
Pat
And here ends today's posts. I was very far behind on things I'd saved to post, and had no time, so pardon the abbreviated information. It was either do it this way, or never get it done at all. Like I keep saying, you get what you pay for? Lol Lol Lol Sure hope there is something in here for someone!!

Drone Video of Auschwitz

This must NEVER be forgotten
Apparently the first link I posted does not work for some, so try this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=449ZOWbUkf0

Also if this is of additional interest, Google "drone flies over auschwitz" and you'll find nine or ten videos. Hope this helps!



Cheers,
Pat

Why Do You Love Genealogy?

WHAT a question!! haha So here is one expert genealogists opinion - and as usual John Grenham is funny and accurate. https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/


Cheers,
Pat

Corrected: Jewish Surnames Explained

You can get to the original article, but this is the second, corrected article http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/01/30/jewish_names_the_etymology_and_meaning_of_ashkenazi_jewish_surnames.html


Cheers,
Pat

My First Job - Corner Stores

So this article from North Battleford Saskatchewan Archives really caught my eye https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=921457737930314&id=122162064526556&substory_index=0

... because ... my first paying job was in a small Saskatchewan grocery store when I was 11 years old. This article brought back smells, sounds, and memories, most of which were good. The only part not so good was my pay. I worked every night after school and all day Saturday - for one month - and then Mr. Brown gave me a $10.00 bill. Even I knew that was not right, so I said so! Next month he gave me a 20 dollar bill. Next month I quit. HaHa.

Because I got a new job, next door, at the drug store which was also the switchboard office. Yessiree, I operated the old switchboard [one ringie dingie], sold Greyhound bus tickets, packets of cigarettes for 35 cents, candy, camera film, and things like 'Wild Strawberry' from the 'drug' part of the store. Lol Don't remember my wage, but I was happy enough to stay there all through high school until we moved to the big city for Grade XII in 1965. Now this was a stroll down memory lane and you probably learned stuff you couldn't care less about. haha


Cheers,
Pat

FREE Black History Records Feb 2017

Fold3, an arm of Ancestry, is making their collection of Black History Records FREE for the month of February 2017. https://go.fold3.com/blackhistory/?xid=2089


Cheers,
Pat

Surname Mapping

"Surname mapping is a useful technique for a surname DNA project. Many surnames have regional distribution patterns. Mapping the distribution of a surname at different points in time will often reveal the origin of the family name and will thus provide a narrower focus for further research and for recruitment efforts. Surname maps are generally created using information from censuses, electoral registers and telephone directories."

Lots of countries http://isogg.org/wiki/Surname_mapping


Cheers,
Pat

Autosomal DNA for Absolute Beginners

Here is part 1 and part 2 http://www.martinebrennan.com/kerry-snippets

If you want more info, just Google something like the title above and you'll get buckets of matches.


Cheers,
Pat

Ukranian Cemeteries in Western Canada

Great!
http://www.canadashistory.ca/Destinations/Travel-Stories/Articles/SK/Prairie-icons


Cheers,
Pat

Legacy Tip

For those using the Legacy genealogy software, there are tons of tips - this one is on 'Ages', but also leads you to find where all the tips are located - FREE. http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2017/01/legacy-tip-ages.html


Cheers,
Pat

Read REAL Facts - not Alternative Facts

Who knows what to believe anymore? Here are 10 you can trust.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/berlinschoolofcreativeleadership/2017/02/01/10-journalism-brands-where-you-will-find-real-facts-rather-than-alternative-facts/#45f457c529c1


Cheers,
Pat

Ukraine's Dark 20th Century

I'm falling behind on posting, sooooooooo won't say much on each - probably just a title and the link. Sorry, just not enough hours in the day - and you get what you pay for? hahahahahahaha http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/214470/six-cups


Cheers,
Pat

2016 Best Genealogy WebSites

Thanks to Family Tree Magazine for this http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/best-british-irish-genealogy-websites-2016


People tell me, often, about how they are not researching here 'cause they plan to go to [insert your overseas home country] to do their family history research aka genealogy. So I ask a couple simple questions, and then I ALWAYS think "What a waste". Why? Well, unless you have done a tremendous amount of research to know EXACTLY which record types you will need to find in EXACTLY which archive/library/church, in EXACTLY which physical location city/town/farm, and EXACTLY which days and times each is open/closed and EXACTLY who is allowed to research there, and HOW to use each set of records - which one should be looked at first, what you are looking for, what you might find because records are all used in tandem, right? We use one record to lead us to the next, but do you know EXACTLY what each record is even named, and ... on and on and on. You should know that there is not that one spot that has the book with your family history in it!!!

Now this doesn't even take into consideration your travel, meal, accomodation costs. You know how long it can take to find the answer needed for each question. So do you really want to spend your whole vacation time in the musty, cold basement of an old building, alone, desperately wishing you could just wander around the town your family lived in - looking through cemeteries, walking in the footsteps of your ancestors confident in the knowledge you've got the right street, house, church. Maybe you see this differently, and that's your perogative.

For me I did as much research as possible while still at my home in Canada. I gathered BMDs, census reports for every available census, I found church records, court records, guardianship records, parish records, newspaper clippings, buckets of maps, and on and on until I had re-created the lives of my ancestors - as complete as possible at the time. THEN I planned my trip, and only included research in a couple record types only available 'there'. Seeing as I'm first generation Canadian I had a lot of 'away' locations to visit and I've done most of them - from areas of eastern Canada, to various US States, to Scotland, to Ireland, to Germany, to Czech Republic. I have photographs of me at specific homes, beside ancestors tombstones, inside the churches named on documents and in newspapers, and a whole lot more ... so you get the idea.

My advice? Do your research from home. Travel later. That's my advice. Can you tell I had an 'interesting' conversation with a new genealogist last night? Lol


Cheers,
Pat

List of Loyalists

The New York Public Library recently digitized a manuscript List of loyalists against whom judgments were given under the Confiscation Act, which documents judgments made against loyalists between 1780 and 1783…but research shows these judgments were actually made in 1802. Why was New York State dealing with seizures of loyalist property two decades after the Revolution ended? https://www.nypl.org/blog/2016/09/19/loyalist-property-confiscation

List of loyalists against whom judgments were given under the Confiscation Act
Search the database https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/92a14bb0-0e2f-0134-a08b-00505686a51c


Cheers,
Pat

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Not Really Genealogy

And this really is not genealogy - I just thought it was so well done I'd like to share it. It's a short video, safe, and has a wonderful message, especially in these days of such troubled vision https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0cfygJrABs


Cheers,
Pat

Facebook Finds Father

Social media has so much power - and some people are learning how to use it for GOOD reasons.

The title is "Mystery solved: Belgian woman finds 'new family in Canada in search for soldier father" and it's a nice, happy story http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/florence-heene-finds-canadian-soldier-father-vancouver-1.3958594


Cheers,
Pat

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Finding Your Roots

So someone [Adele] just reminded me about the Irish episode on tonight's TV, Finding Your Roots. Of course I'm in Mexico, and after an exhaustive search - and stopping myself from downloading the episode on an unknown 'free' channel here in Mexico, haha - I finally discovered that a lot, not sure all, but certainly a lot of previously aired Finding Your Roots episodes are available, in their entirety, on YouTube!!!! Yahoo!! I know I'm not the only one away from their home TV, so hopefully this helps. Just Google "finding your roots youtube" and you'll eventually get there. If there is a special episode you want you can either add the name to your queery, or just scroll until you find it.

And I am watching the Irish episode, right now 5pm, and don't have to wait for TV tonight. haha


Cheers,
Pat

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pier 21 Canada

Gail Devers has written a post on using the researchers at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. You need to read her article http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?p=18066. For one thing she reports on what you can get for FREE.

I was there in September 2016, so I have a few personal experience comments to add. Be warned - the building is on the harbour, right where the cruise ships dock. Are you beginning to understand? We were lucky to have dedicated a several day stopover in Halifax, and there was only one of those days that the line-ups did not reach outside the doors and down the street. There were several ships sitting in dock each day - so think of the 2,000 or so passengers on EACH ship and youy get the idea of the numbers you might have to deal with.

So my suggestion, if you can, is to search online for the cruise day schedules, and work around them. Pier 21 is not a place to slip in for a few minutes. There's a lot to see and do - even if you stay away from the dozen or so tourist shops inside. Anyway when we were there they had a wonderful exhibition of the Empress of Ireland which sunk in the Saint Lawrence River after a collision with another ship on 29 May 1914. Of the 1477 people on board, 1012 died! Of particular interest to us is the fact that my husbands maternal Grandmother came from England to Canada, on the Empress, one year earlier.

We also followed a tour of the procedure immigrants would have followed when they arrived in Canada at Pier 21. It was very interesting as we moved from room to room following a knowleadgeable guide, and past wall to floor paintings and displays. One of the men in our group had experience as he had come from Italy, through Pier 21 as a young child, and he was reliving and sharing his memories with us. It was a very good experience.

Oh yes, there is a charge depending on what you want to do/see within the building and they offer a discount for showing your CAA membership! Who knew?!


Cheers,
Pat

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Here's a True Genealogy Hero

Many genealogists, new and old, forget how we get indexed records. They are the result of dedicated volunteers - and every single one of us need to step up and do something! Doesn't need to be more than you can handle. Every bit helps.

This lady is a true hero and I say Thank You to Twila Van Leer. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865671694/94-year-old-Logan-resident-on-track-to-index-more-than-600000-names-before-95th-birthday.html


Cheers,
Pat

Tracing Scottish Ancestors

Here's a good article, complete with links, and an offer of a FREE 14 day trial to Find My Past. Whether you use the trial or not, don't forget about ScotlandsPeople!! Learn the background information regarding Scottish records and then use as many free 'stuff' as possible, until you WILL need to buy some documents, but they are sooooooooooooo much cheaper than when I began. Anyway Scotland is one of the easiest countries to research in with some of the very best records available. https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/how-to-trace-scottish-ancestors-2104865677.html


Cheers,
Pat

Oh Those Kids!

One thing I've always said is this "No one, knows everything, about anything, all the time". haha And it's so true. So our Legal Genealogist hit a snag about something even 'she' didn't know ... which just means I'm in really good company. haha

Have a read here http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2017/01/24/term-of-the-day-those-other-kids/


Cheers,
Pat

Discounts on Online Shopping!

I personally have not done this, but I can certainly see how it might work. Just like letting subscriptions expire, which I almost always do, and sure enough along comes a much discounted price to 'get me back'. It's from Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers so safe. I don't seem to really purchase a lot online so I will rely on you folks to give this a try. Please let me/us know how you make out? Few things feel better than saving money on something you want!! Right?


Cheers,
Pat

Educate Yourself Online FREE

So many different areas of interest! I see a few that interest me. Now how to get some more hours in the day please. haha http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/11/15/12-dozen-places-to-self-educate-yourself-online/


Cheers,
Pat

Familysearch.org

Thanks to Randy Seaver for this recent posting of new and/or updated record collections available at the always FREE familysearch.org. There is a wide variety [Russia, Ukraine, US, etc] so have a peek http://www.geneamusings.com/2017/01/added-or-updated-record-collections-at_23.html


Cheers,
Pat

Scottish Masks? Ugh

I paid attention to this as the minister discussed lived, and worked, in Ayrshire Scotland, and specifically Dalry where I had many times past grandparents living at the exact time of this story AND I've never head this before. I'm guessing these masks were fairly wide spread in Scotland, but I don't know. Anyway, Yick. Just yick. http://www.scotsman.com/news/the-terrifying-disguise-of-a-fugitive-church-minister-1-4344582


Cheers,
Pat

Monday, January 23, 2017

FREE UK Genealogy

Some of you may not be aware of this group that continue working on making English and Welsh BMDs, Parish records, and Censuses available, online and FREE. These websites have saved me many a dollar. There can be a slight learning curve, but put on your thinking caps and try it out. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the three searchable categories.
http://www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk/about/


Cheers,
Pat

Irish Cemetery Headstones

First update of 2017 http://www.irishgenealogynews.com/2017/01/ireland-genealogy-projects-archives_17.html


Cheers,
Pat

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Irish Genealogy Course

Sean J Murphy is a University History graduate, also interested in genealogy who offers courses online, or locally in Ireland. Here is his blog https://www.facebook.com/Sean-J-Murphy-777246545723294/

And here is a LOT of info [scroll down]. Wow the Internet is ... so bloody big, and useful ... if I only had the time. sigh Anyway here is a ton of great Irish links https://ucd.academia.edu/SeanMurphy


Cheers,
Pat

Northern Irish Historical Maps Viewer

Thank you to PRONI, cause this one's amazing!! Thanks to Chris Paton for pointing it out. If you're new to Irish researcher, well you've got a lot to learn! haha BUT because so many of the record types we normally use are lost/missing/burned/blown up, we have to learn lesser known records. Some of the best are land records, which require - guess what? - MAPS!! haha Here we go again folks. You cannot do genealogy without maps, atlases and gazetteers. In the British Isles we rely on OS records and OS maps [Ordnance Survey]. And PRONI has just released this https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/search-proni-historical-maps-viewer


Cheers,
Pat

Who is the Genealogist's BEST Friend?

Thanks to John Reid for writing this article. And he is EXACTLY right!! He is talking about libraries, but especially librarians!!! They are amazing knowledgeable folks, AND they exist almost everywhere in the World - wherever your interests lie. And they're online!!

I am especially privileged to have been offering genealogy sessions at the Regina Public Library and other libraries around the Province, since, hmmmm not sure exactly, but about 1999. Yikes! And I'll be doing another one at RPL in April 2017, and just before I go back into Fall classes in Sept. Watch the RPL website, and come join me if you can.

So now back to John's article, which includes lots of web links and maybe some new info http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.mx/2017/01/the-genealogists-best-friend.html


Cheers,
Pat

Russia, Tver Church Books FREE

Russia has long been an area of difficult research - but it's beginning to change! As with all research you need to know specific administrative divisions as records were, and still are, created and kept locally ... not just Russia but everywhere. This is where geography comes in my friends. And maps. Especially contemporary maps - maps of the time period you are researching in. Why would that be? Well as we spend one full two hour session learning about this in my Unpuzzling Your Past course, the shortened version is: location names change, borders change, towns disappear. Yes!! That is often the case. Anyway I'll get off my hot little soapbox now (haha) and just tell you that if you happen to have an interest in the province of Tver Russia, you can search births and baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials performed by priests. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1921824
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Thanks again to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints [aka Mormons] for filming and making some of the very best original records in the entire World available, to anyone interested, for FREE, always. To see their website https://familysearch.org/

Watch for an inquiry as to anyone interested in taking a course, online, on how to best use this website AND those amazing records!


Cheers,
Pat

Haplogroup Explained

As always we can count on the Legal Genealogist to explain 'stuff' in a manner everyone can understand. In this one she takes on DNA main parts, and does a great job. http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2017/01/22/term-of-the-day-haplogroup/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheLegalGenealogist+%28The+Legal+Genealogist%29


Cheers,
Pat

Friday, January 20, 2017

Proud to be Canadian on this day

Well I'm ALWAYS proud to be Canadian. The more you travel, the more you will understand how lucky WE are!! But today, as I enjoy life as a Canadian wintering in Mexico I cannot ignore what is happening in the USA. Again. I am soooo proud to be Canadian. We are not perfect. There is so much more we can do. BUT ...

BUT - and I truly don't care what your political beliefs are - during 2016 Canada (Canadians) welcomed more than 25,000 Syrians refugees. It's what we DID during the first large immigration into Canada. This happened during the Irish Famine (there were many Irish famines, but the 1840s is what most know about) when about 500,000 arrived on Quebec shores. Half a million? Sick. Destitute. Impoverished. Hopeless. It's what we did. It's what we do today. It's what we will always do.

And Thank God we still Welcome the sick, the destitute, the hopeless.

I am in the process of writing a genealogy presentation about my trip to Gross Isle to see where the sick, the destitute, and the homeless landed in Canada between 1832-1937. My Mother was born an American, and I get it, but today I'm saying "God bless CANADA"!! And yes, I am in tears.


Cheers,
Pat


Thursday, January 19, 2017

WIN an Ancestry Workbook FREE

So another opportunity to WIN! This time it's a copy of 'Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook'. Any of us who use Ancestry know that it's a huge site that keeps changing. That's what this book is about - helping us find all those goodies we've missed, lost, or forgotten about. Give it a shot http://www.geneabloggers.com/giveaways/win-copy-unofficial-ancestry-com-workbook-shop-family-tree/?lucky=92385

Wouldn't it be fun if one of us won?


Cheers,
Pat

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dreaded Irish Tally Stick

Horrible similarities here http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/looking-at-places/meath/fr.-eugene-ogrowney/the-irish-language-in-the-1/


Cheers,
Pat

Irish Newspapers

So THE man to listen to regarding all things Irish has written on his blog https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/01/09/the-revolution-in-irish-historic-newspaper-research/ and followed up with another excellent post https://www.johngrenham.com/blog/2017/01/16/let-the-quibbles-begin/.


Cheers,
Pat

Scandinavian Genealogy Cheat Sheet FREE

This one is awesome - Scandinavian genealogy is not for the faint of heart!! Thanks to Family Tree magazine for this. http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/scandinavian-genealogy-cheat-sheet


Cheers,
Pat

Salt Lake City Research

I see that the Medicine Hat Branch of Alberta, and Saskatchewan Genealogy Society are jointly hosting a trip to Salt Lake City in June 2017. I've had the great honour of speaking to the Medicine Hat group a while back, and found them to be a VERY knowledgeable group of genealogists so I suspect you would be in good hands. Anyway have a look at their website http://www.abgenealogy.ca/ and scroll down or click here for the SLC trip http://www.abgenealogy.ca/salt-lake-city

I have stayed at this hotel when in SLC and can vouch for it. It is really nice to have it so close to the library - you can slip back for a quick rest 'cause researching there is tiring, and for anyone who has never been to SLC be warned: their version of one block is a loooooooooong block, especially if you're walking and dragging along books etc. Anyway have fun to those who go!!


Cheers,
Pat

Win a FREE DNA Kit

Thanks to the folks over at The DNA Angel Project - Shop the Hound is again making a draw for a FREE Family Finder DNA Kit. This is the one I've been using, and while I still don't totally understand everything it can do, it's pretty cool. And FREE is always good, right? So here's your link http://blog.familyhistoryhound.com/giveaways/dna-angel-project-january-edition-win-family-finder-dna-kit/?lucky=2725

If you win please let me know? Best of luck everyone!!!!


Cheers,
Pat

Hello From Mexico

Hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was fine, but for some reason this year just seemed exceptionally rushed and busy. Sorry I've not posted for a while. Following Christmas I had my granddaughter for a few days, and then we began getting ready for our winter - this year we're in Huatulco Mexico. If you don't have a map handy it's pretty much parallel with Guatamela, so pretty far south. We only arrived Saturday afternoon so really haven't done much except buy groceries, twice, and sort out our rented condo and complex. It's hot here so everything and everybody moves slow. Works for me! haha

But now that we're kind of settled I'll attempt to keep sharing genealogy news as best I can. Where is everyone? Share it under this post, or drop me a note privately if you'd prefer. So enough chit chat. On to work.Oh and I really am happy it's warmed up at home as that was just brutal. I'll share one quick little incident - our first night here I put some butter on a dish so it would be manageable for buttering toast in the morning. You are now laughing, right? Yup. Got up to find the butter had all melted in the dish overnight. haha Need to learn how to live in the tropics again, after coming from -30s and 40s.


Cheers,
Pat

Friday, January 6, 2017

Family Tree Maker Download

Wow. I'll just let you guys read this as I don't have FTM any longer, but apparently there has been some issues with the new download, where to find it, and then how to download it. http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-and-how-to/family-tree-maker-free-update/

Best of luck.


Cheers,
Pat

Ukrainian Xmas & Irish Women & German Men?

What in the world could those three have in common you ask? haha Well tomorrow is Merry Ukrainian Christmas http://www.edmontonsun.com/2017/01/05/ukrainian-christmas-just-around-the-corner,

and tomorrow is also the Irish Nollaig na mBan or Women's Christmas http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/womens-christmas-is-celebrated-in-ireland-today-136801703-237745401


I was particularly interested in reading about the Irish Women's Christmas Day because of Men's Day in Germany! Ever heard of that? Well Al and I participated in Men's Day and I'm going to be sharing the story with the group in Lethbridge Alberta when I speak there in early June. Come on along everyone!! It's gonna be fun!


Cheers,
Pat

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Important Irish Info

It's called the Down Survey Project, but it deals with ALL of Ireland, not just County Down. I draw this to your attention as there is a ton of excellent background info that may just add to your knowledge, and explain a lot of details. http://downsurvey.tcd.ie/history.html


Cheers,
Pat

Useful Irish Links for You

The title says it all http://www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=26

I'm trying to catch up a bit, so many posts will be very brief!


Cheers,
Pat

Genealogy on Facebook Lists

Thanks to Linda T. for reminding me of how Facebook can be also be used for genealogy. https://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/

And a Canadian only list, including French speaking groups and pages http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?page_id=10169


Cheers,
Pat

US Land Records

Canada is full of people who had ancestors who first farmed in the USA before heading North across the 49th Parallel. There are land records available for the US, similar to the Canadian Homestead Files, and more. Lots of details here http://www.directlinesoftware.com/land_record_reference


Cheers,
Pat