Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BIFHSGO 2011 Conference – Day 2

Another sunny morning met us as we awoke for Day 2 of the BIFHSGO Conference.

The first talk I heard was "You Might Have a 19th Century British Mormon on Your Family Tree" given by Linda Blair.

Did you know that in the mid-19th Century there were more Mormon in Britain than in North America?

So when Linda discovered that a direct ancestor had emigrated to the US, she was on an ancestry hunt, and it finally led her to a membership in the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

The second one I attended was by Gary Schroder and was called “How to Find Your Ancestors in Quebec” and as usual – he was in fine form.

He talked about marriage and death records (1926 to 1997), and notary records.

His talk was interrupted by a power outage which sort of put a damper on things, but Gary kept on going, and didn't miss a beat.

Then after a most enjoyable lunch with John D. Reid of Anglo-Celtic Connections blog

We then headed downstairs to hear Gary Schroder once again talk about “How to Find Your Ancestors in the British Army 1760-1945.

He explained what WO97 included, and gave an outlined what is held on findmypast, and at the National Archives.

The last talk of the day was given by Audrey Collins called “The Fleet Registers: Clandestine Marriages in London 1667-1754”

These marriages were performed by people who lived near the Fleet prison, London, and the many records can be searched to see if any of your ancestors did get married there.

We then went to supper at the Bay Street Bistro, where my husband and myself sat with Brian Watson, the co-chair of the BIFHSGO Conference, and attendees Judy, Linda, Mary, Barbara, Barbara, Ross, and June.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BIFHSGO 2011 Conference – Day 1

A sunny, yet cool day on Friday Sept the 16th was the first day of the annual BIFHSGO Conference.

Although, I didn't attend any sessions on Friday, I did attend the Don Whiteside Memorial lecture in the evening.

Before the lecture began, we heard from Sylvie Tremblay of the Library and Archives Canada who gave us the latest news that the Home Children database is one of the the most visited online. They will be developing more partnerships in the future as they go along in order to bring more of the records online.

The Don Whiteside Memorial Lecturer was Phil Jenkins, a local writer, musician who was born in England but now lives in the Ottawa area. His speech was entitled “Thanks for the Memories” in which he asked the central question “Do we carry the stories of our ancestors within us?”

He went on to compare and contrast Ancestral Memory (which is what we have inherited and use the first 40 years of our life) as opposed to Declarative Memory (which covers the things we have have done in the later years of our life).

If you want to hear more about the BIFHSGO Conference, visit John D. Reid's blog "Anglo-Celtic Connections" at, and Elizabeth Kipp's blog entitled "English Research from Canada" at

A word praise must be given to the people who contributed to the Conference Program Booklet.

It was well put together, very informative, and answered many questions because it told you who the speaking, the marketplace vendors, and where the research room was located... all held together by great advertising.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 3

Here are some of the websites, and blogs that I have come across the week ending Sept 18, 2011

Familyhistoryfun A list of online resources for Wentworth County, Ontario Canada.

My genealogy pages A new site by Faye West where she is tracing some of her lines that include Doyle, Hamilton, Dunn and Jordan from Ireland, and some Loyalist and Patriots families such as the Striker, Graves, and Clapp families.

What's happening on Faye has posted a new blog to further explain her research on the blog mentioed above.

Métis Nation History The surnames of LAURIER, OTTER, STRANGE, DUMONT, MACDONALD, BIG BEAR, MIDDLETON are covered in this website.

New Finland District, Saskatchewan, Canada Finnish history, phone book, cemetery, church, local history and family biographies are on this website.

WW1 CANADIAN WAR GRAVES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM A website that is profiling the soldiers and photographing graves of all the 3885 WW1 Canadians who served in Canadian regiments in Britain.

Généalogie MOMY Genealogy The site also includes the genealogy of our BOILEAU, LAFONTAINE, MÉTHOT and MARCOUX ancestors.

Quebec Family History Services A bilingual (French/English) service to find ancestors in the province of Quebec. $

Our Family History: Bretz-Halliday-George-Neilson Bretz, Halliday, George and Neilson surnames in Canada.

DAI - Recent Uploads, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador They put on uploads nearly every day, and there are daily and community newspapers online at

Sunday, September 18, 2011

And other true stories …

I met Brian Henry a number of years ago when he was giving a writing workshop in Ottawa, and now I see where he has added a workshop on writing your memoirs, and family history.

In his workshop he will “Introduce you to the tricks and conventions of telling true stories and will show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Whether you want to write for your family or for a wider public, don't miss this workshop”.

He will be holding a Saturday, November 19 workshop from 1:00 p.m. To 4:30 p.m. at the Lions Club, 935 Sydenham Road, in Kingston.

You can register, and reserve a spot by writing to Brian at .

The website is

Saturday, September 17, 2011

BIFHSGO Fall Newsletter

While the Conference is going strong, I took a few minutes earlier this week to write down some notes from the Fall 2011 edition of Anglo-Celtic Roots, BIFHSGO's newsletter.

It should be noted that Jean Kitchen is the new Editor of the newsletter, having taken over from Chris MacPhail.

One of the articles, Her Majesty's Hospitality, by John D. Reid, is about the everyday life in the Coldbath Fields Prison where his great-grandfather spent a four-month sentence for embezzling 30 pounds from his employer – the London and County Bank Branch on Oxford Street in London.

John went to the London Metropolitan Archives, looked through the files, and discovered what life was like for his great-grandfather while at the prison.

Michael De St. Croix and Bryan D. Cooke have written a 6-page article on Florence O'Bayle's Irish-Anglo-Canadian Lineage (Michael's grandmother) to try and produce the correct genealogy of her life in England before she came to Canada, - and once here, her marriage to W. T. Tully, a railway executive.

You are taken through the process, and follow as they go through the marriage records, the baptism records, the confirmation records, and the Oath of Identity for the Old Age Pension in Canada.

Elizabeth Kipp returns again to bring us up-to-date with the yDNA results of the Blake family. The yDNA test now shows that there were two Theophilus BLAKEs, and the family is descendant from the Blake who emigrated from the British Isles in 1745, was located at Chester County, Pennsylvania, and by 1764 was living in Bath County, Virginia, and not from the other Theophilus Blake, who lived in New Hampshire.

The fourth article by Bill Arthur tells the story of how the Arthur and Hamilton families crossed in Ireland, back in the 14th Century, and how he awaits more surprises as a newly-discovered researcher enters the picture.

You can read the story in his article Homeward Bound from Bannockburn: Another Great Moment.

The website for BIFHSGO is

Friday, September 16, 2011

York Region Ancestors

I received the fall issue of the newsletter this week, and it is packed full of news and articles.

On the front page is an article by Susan Smart, "1906 – A Quaker Centennial Anniversary", in which the Friends hold a meeting which itself is covered in The Canada Quaker History Journal.

The second article is "The Udell Family of Markham, Pickering and Uxbridge (Part 1)" by Walter Udell. It traces the family from 1801 to about 1826, with an accounting of the children of John and Margaret (Brown) Udell.

The May 2011 Meeting – Question of the Month lists the question, “What are some of your favourite genealogical repositories in York Region?” and some of the answers were the Georgina Pioneer Village, the Kleinburg Library, and Vaughan Township Archives.

The York Region Branch website is at

Thursday, September 15, 2011

General Membership Meeting

The Sudbury District Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will have it's General Membership Meeting on MONDAY, September 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Parkside Older Adults Center,YMCA 140 Durham St. South.

It will be an evening of "SHOW & SHARE" and you are encouraged to bring your genealogical gems, summer surprises, and vacation victories!

Tell us WHO you were looking for, WHY they were important to you, WHAT you found,and WHERE you found it!


Bring A Friend

Free Parking Under YMCA (After 6:00 P.M.)

Their website is at