Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ancestry UPDATE: Find A Grave Index

Find A Grave has been updated, and now has 5,012, 693 records online. Find A Grave was started a few years ago, and as the website says its mission “is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience”.
If you want to view the original data, go to Find A Grave at


RootsTeck 2013: Live Streaming Schedule Day 2

By now, you will understand that I will watch all of the Streaming Video sessions,  and here is the schedule for Friday -  

Friday 22 March 2013       

10:30 AM Eastern  Keynote - Jyl Pattee and Tim Sullivan

11:45 AM  Eastern Researching Ancestors Online - Laura Prescott

1:00 AM Eastern FamilySearch Family Tree - Ron Tanner

3:45 PM Eastern Google Search… and Beyond - Dave Barney

4:00 PM Eastern From Paper Piles to Digital Files - Valerie Elkins

And Pat Richley-Erickson  of  DearMYRTLE blog fame is going to be a roving reporter at RootsTech.

Go to DearMYRTLE Live! at RootsTech 2013, and check her ‘schedule’.

RootsTech 2013 is at

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tracing Forward - Searching for Relatives in Recent Times

Toronto Branch of the OGS has just issued a Call for Presentations for a fall workshop titled “Tracing Forward - Searching for Relatives in Recent Times”.

The aim of this workshop, to be held on Saturday 26 October, is to offer new ideas, skills or tools to help researchers trace members of their expanded family trees, people who might still be alive or recently deceased. We are hoping to receive proposals from professional genealogists, family historians, private investigators, legal experts and heir searchers.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 31 May

The website is at

RootsTeck 2013: Live Streaming Schedule Day 1

There will be Live Streaming of the Keynote Speech, plus four other talks starts Thursday at 10:30 AM EDT with Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch International chief executive officer, Syd Lieberman, Professional Storyteller, and Josh Taylor , Business Development Manager of I will be Live Streaming.

The rest of the speeches for Thursday are - 

1:00 PM EDT      The Future of Genealogy - Thomas MacEntee and panel

3:45 PM EDT     Tell it Again (Story@Home) - Kim Weitkamp

5:00 PM  EDT    The Genealogists Gadget Bag - Jill Ball and panel

6:15 PM EDT     Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web       - James Tanner

Over 50,000 views of live streaming attended last year’s sessions.

Monday, March 18, 2013

New/Updated CANADIAN Websites, Blogs, Facebook, and Newspaper Articles - 18 March 2013

I have come across the following Canadian websites, blogs, Facebook, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too –

Websites I checked the places around Ontario, and there are some of interest. Besides posting where they are located, there usually is a picture on the site of the place e.g. train stations, hotels etc

Discover your Canadian family history and start your family tree. Find resources for all Provinces and access many genealogy records including Census, Land and Cemetery records.  


No new blogs this week


Essex County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society (EssexOGS)


No new videos this week

Newspaper Articles

Genealogy group will rent space in library basement further update on a story that was carried a couple of weeks ago by this blog. La Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent (GASL) will have the room in the local city library to put their archives.

How to create your own family tree, step by step So you want to learn about your family history, but you don’t know where to begin. Lesley Anderson, Content Specialist and spokesperson for has some tips on how you can begin your genealogy journey, and she gives five steps that she suggests.

Barrington Street height limit increase considered: Proposal will affect Westin Nova Scotian, Via Rail and Atlantic Superstore The Halifax Regional Municipality is considering increasing the height limit for several properties at the south end of Barrington Street.

Chef dyes trademark moustache for St. Patrick's Day A well known chef in Canada, Massimo Capra, became Irish for the day. He changed his surname to O'Capra, and dyed his moustache green!

A trek across space and time to self-discovery Linda Kawamoto, now Linda Reid, found a story written by a woman with the same name as her grandmother. Was it her grandmother? Read the article and find out!

Mayor vows to try and pass a new motion against headstone bylaw Ron Eddy is hoping to head off a mounting crisis over a prospective order to remove a Korean inscription from the back of a headstone in the St. George Cemetery.

Rick Steves: Museums chronicle migration to America column about Norwegian roots, and Rick Steves takes a trip to the southern Norway port of Stavanger, where there is the Norwegian Emigration Center ( This is where the first boats sailed with emigrants to “Amerika” in 1825.

Picture and Story of the Week

BIFHSGO celebrates St. Patrick’s Day A band of hearty BIFHSGO members braved the minus temperature Saturday to march in St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ottawa.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade gave them a good opportunity to advertise the Irish Theme that will be featured at their annual conference that will be held in September in Ottawa

To keep with the Irish theme, BIFHSGO is pleased to have booked Eileen O'Duill, CG, as a major speaker for the 19th annual conference.  

John D. Reid, and Glenn Wright was over to WDYTYA in London in February, and while there, John interviewed Eillen, and you can listen to the interview at

Look for more articles next Monday March 25th.