Posts Tagged ‘FYI’

FYI:Update on the Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Marriage Finder

Monday, September 9th, 2013

This update was sent to us from Ireland over the weekend:

The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Marriage Finder has now reached 50,000 names. It’s unique and is fast becoming an invaluable source for references to pre-civil registration marriages in Ireland.

It comprises information gathered from an array of unusual and under utilised sources. Chancery bills, diaries, deeds, marriage settlements, memorial inscriptions, wills, family letters and newspaper cuttings are just a few of the many sources consulted.

The database is online and free to use on the website of the IGRS. Founded in 1936, the Society is the world’s oldest dedicated to the pursuit of Irish family history.

FYI: Announcing a New Certificate Design Competition

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Create a design for a new Heritage Society certificate for The Ontario Genealogical Society.

As an addition to our current heritage clubs and societies, OGS is developing the First World War Society for genealogists who can prove they have one or more ancestors who served with the allied forces in the First World War.

We need a striking certificate for members of the First World War Society to proudly display, particularly as we commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War next year.

Prize: $500

Design Criteria

  • Each 8.5″ x 11″ portrait format certificate design must have,
  •  The OGS logo present somewhere on the certificate (.jpg of the logo may be obtained by contacting OGS provincial office
  • Space for the name of applicant
  • Space for the name(s) of qualifying ancestor(s)
  • Space for the date of issue and signature of the OGS president
  • Room for the OGS seal measuring 5.5 cm in diameter

Please visit the OGS website to view examples of our other certificates. We are looking for a design that will fit into our collection. Multiple entries are welcome.

While you may submit your entry in a format of your choice, please be aware that the OGS office is a PC environment.

Deadline: December 31, 2013

The winner will be contacted in March 2014 and the certificate will be launched at The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference May 1st – 4th 2014

Please submit entries and any questions you may have to: provoffice[at]

You do not have to be a current OGS member to enter the competition. All are welcome to submit their design(s) as per the criteria outlined above.

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Event: Russell Heritage Festival 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, join in the fun and help celebrate the history of Russell and Area (1827-2013) at the Russell Heritage Festival. Activities include:

  •  Bronze casting demonstration by Gary Briggs, Sculptor, Leyline Studio
  •  Quilting demonstration by Victoria Quilts
  •  Wagon Rides & Historical House Tour
  •  Algonquin Awareness Exhibit, by Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

Don’t forget to visit the Keith M. Boyd Museum and check out their Historical & Genealogical Resources, as well as their local Family Histories.

Click here to download the official Russell Heritage Festival Poster

For more information about the Festival and to contact the Keith M. Boyd Museum, visit their website at:

Column Headings on the 1921 Canadian Census

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Finding the images on the 1921 Canadian Census difficult to read? In an effort to make the process of deciphering these images a little less painful, here again is a link to the 1921 Enumerator Instruction booklet from the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project:

The booklet gives a complete breakdown of the questions each enumerator had to go through during each visit. Explanations for the information contained in the column headings begins at the bottom of page 18.

Want something even simpler? Here is a sample image of a 1921 census sheet with the headings at the top.

FYI: What’s Old is New…..Again

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Big sigh everyone………LAC announces the release of new version of the 1851 Census database.  You can check it out here:

Although this is nice……it is NOT the census we are waiting for!! Once again, here is the contact info for our new Heritage Minister, Shelly Glover:

FYI:Barnardo Homes Photographic Archive in England under threat

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

We have just come across some troubling news about the future of the Barnardo Homes Photographic Archive in Barkingside, East London. Apparently, Barnardos is digitizing this historically significant collection, after which, the originals will then be destroyed unless another home can be found for them.

Read the blog article detailing the possible fate of this important archival collection by clicking on the link:

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Events at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Interested in vintage baseball? Can’t get enough of the War of 1812? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then drop by Fanshawe Pioneer Village this July and take in the following events:

London Tecumsehs Vintage Base Ball 

Date: Saturday, July 13

London Tecumsehs vs Northville Eclipse from noon to 2:00 pm


Northville Eclipse vs Woodstock Actives from 2:30 to 4:30

Cost: $7

Location: All games will take place at Tecumseh Field, located at the Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

Event details and contact info:

Choose, but Choose Wisely

An 1812 Play by Jeff Culbert


Tuesday to Thursday, July 16, 17, 18

Tuesday to Thursday, July 23, 24, 25

Tickets: $15 each, admission included

Book on-line at or through the Fanshawe Pioneer Village website:

Event details and contact info:

FYI: Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe Annual Convention, August 9-11 2013, Seattle Washington

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

“Dear fellow researchers for German ancestors,

Many of our German ancestors lived in areas of modern Poland which were once considered German, known as Prussia, Pommern and Posen. Others migrated through Poland and into Russian territory in search of land to farm.

Members of the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe ( concentrate their search in the areas of Poland and Volhynia (Ukraine) and help others whose ancestors might have migrated through these regions.

The SGGEE is holding its annual Convention in Seattle, Washington from August 9-11.”

To contact the SGGEE and for more  information about this convention, please follow the link to the convention poster:

WWl & WWll Canadian Service Records

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Many of us have family members who served in the World Wars. If you are seeking the service records for someone in your family, the Library and Archives Canada blog has posted a two part article with tips on how to search for WWl and WWll service records.

Follow this link for information on WWl records:

From Enlistment to Burial Records: The Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War

If you are seeking records from WWll, part two of the article is a must read. Records for anyone who served after 1918, are considered to be private. Therefore, there are very specific protocols you must follow when seeking access to these records:

Follow this link for information on WWll records:

From Enlistment to Burial Records Part II: The Canadian Forces in the Second World War

FYI: Notice from the East European Genealogical Society about their 2013 Seminar

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

“Family History Library Resources and Research in the Former Russian Empire”

The Seminar promises to be a great experience, both from what you will learn from Kahlile Mehr and from the networking with other attendees.   There will be opportunities to use the Family History Library, as well as to locate your ancestral village.  You will have free time during the lunch hour and before dinner for these activities.  At an extra cost, you can attend the dinner buffet by Ludwick Catering (one of the best in the city), with Perogies, Cabbage Rolls, Meatballs, Chicken (lightly baked), Scalloped Potatoes, and much more.  The dinner will be followed by Kahlile’s last presentation.

This full-day seminar will feature presentations by internationally renowned authority, Kahlile Mehr  from Salt Lake City. The presentations will focus on two distinct subjects namely, “Family History Library Resources” and “Research in the Former Russian Empire.” The first subject includes information for the former Russian Empire but is also relevant for other areas of eastern Europe such as Poland and Ukraine (including Galicia & Bukovina). The former Russian Empire was comprised of modern-day Russia, the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, & Estonia), Belarus, Poland (northeastern), Ukraine (central & eastern including Black Sea), & other former Soviet republics.

Date:   June 1, 2013 (full day and evening)

Place:  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), 45 Dalhousie Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Ø      Getting the Most out of FamilySearch

Ø      Online Databases of the Polish State Archive

Ø      Finding Places in the Former Russian Empire

Ø      The Baltic Edge of the Former Russian Empire

Ø      How Records are Acquired by FamilySearch from the Former Soviet Sphere

The EEGS website now accepts on-line payments for the seminar, memberships and purchasing back-issue of The East European Genealogist.

Registrations are pouring in!  DON’T MISS THIS SEMINAR.   Family historians are coming from Connecticut, Wisconsin, Minnesota, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Cost:    EEGS Members $60.00; Non-members $65.00 (includes lunch); Dinner $28.00 each

Registration forms OR Register and pay-online at 

For additional info:

(Venue provided by the LDS, Dalhousie Ward, Winnipeg, MB)

Contact Info: