Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Historical Society of Ottawa: February meeting

Friday 24 February 2017
Black History of Ottawa
Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey

Abstract: Benedict Anderson has argued that nations are “communities of imagination”. In 2017 the imagination of the ‘community of Canada’ will no doubt be on full display as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary. The ontology of Canada’s prevailing founding settler narrative(s) as well as its too often unacknowledged multivalent history demands a problematization of the anticipated popular 150th anniversary celebrations. Canada has not fully acknowledged or come to terms with how its history – past and present has been and continues to be interrogated by indigenous reality. Further, the experience, role and contributions of people of African descent to the project of Canada, have only recently begun to gain non-tokenized recognition and celebration. Some of the contributions of people of African descent to Canadian and world history will be explored in light of the aforementioned problematized context in my Black History Month presentation.

Profile: Originally from Barbados, Dr. Bailey migrated with his family to Canada and settled in Montreal. While growing up in Montreal he pursued academic degrees in Social Work and Philosophy of Religion from McGill University. He has also earned a Masters of Divinity from the
Vancouver School of Theology and a Doctorate in Ethics and Culture from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, USA. Dr. Bailey has served in various parts of Canada as a minister, as well as in Kenya and Jamaica. He has taught part-time at the Joint Theological Colleges at McGill University and at the Theological College of the University of the West Indies. He has experience as a racial justice trainer and intercultural competence animator which he has deployed in schools, social service agencies, City Hall and churches. He has freelanced in radio and television and enjoys his family, reading, playing hockey and good films.

The meeting starts at 1 pm at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street

Robert Ernest Carter: CEF Beechwood

22 February 1917 saw the death due to complications of asthma of 41 year old Hon Lieutenant Robert Ernest Carter in Ottawa's St. Luke's Hospital.
He was the son of Robert Suxpitch Carter and Anna nee Goodland (not those named in CWGC records?), both of whom predeceased him. He enlisted in Toronto in July 1915 giving his occupation as designer and served with the Canadian Army Dental Corps.
He emigrated on the Dominion Line ship Canada, arriving in Montreal on 15 May 1904 having previously served in a British medical corps in South Africa.

The Beechwood Grave Reference is: Mil. Section 29. Lot 13-14, Grave 46.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sheffield Cemeteries Online

Sheffield is the UK's fifth most populous community.

The City Council is responsible for the following 16 cemeteries.
Abbey Lane1859
City Road1881
Tinsley Park1882

Sheffield General Cemetery
, opened in 1836 as a nonconformist cemetery, is owned by the City and operated by Sheffield General Cemetery Trust.

Search under Burial Records at the Sheffield Indexers for an index containing records for Abbey Lane (24,445), Burngreave (160,204), City Road (144,982), Crookes (22,066), Darnall (16,225), Handsworth (7,369), Intake (6,557), Norton (19,166), Shiregreen (17,508) and, Stocksbridge (1,009).

City Road and Burngreave Cemeteries have the most Commonwealth War Graves Commission burials.

The National Burial Index on Findmypast has 202,882 results for Sheffield including 37,465 for Tinsley Cemetery, 13,199 for Attercliffe and 1,013 for Woodhouse.

For Jewish burials consult

OGS Conference 2017 FastTrax Opportunity

FastTrax sessions are up to 20 minute mini presentations primarily for exhibitors in the Marketplace to present to attendees on product lines or tips and tricks, or for any interested OGS member who may have a short item of interest.
Proposals on DNA by exhibitors or members would be particularly welcome.
Some slots are taken while several good ones remain.
Submit a brief outline of the proposed session, not to exceed twenty minutes, to

Monday, 20 February 2017

Lesley Anderson on CTV Your Morning

Family Day in Ontario was the occasion for Lesley Anderson to reveal the AncestryDNA test findings of the show's hosts. Watch at

Ruth Blair at #OGSConf2017

In this interview Oakville genealogist Ruth Blair talks about her impressions of RootsTech 2017 and the two presentations she will be giving at OGS Conference 2017. We also give a shout out to the Alberta Genealogical Society Olde Genealogy Faire, 22-23 April 2017.
If you missed the link above find the interview HERE.

Celebrate Heritage Day in Ottawa

Heritage Day is part of Heritage Week, February 20-26, 2017, a nation-wide celebration encouraging all Canadians to explore their heritage.

In recognitions of the sesquicentennial the theme for this year's Heritage Day in Ottawa is“My Canada! / Mon Canada!”

Come to Ottawa City Hall on Tuesday, 21 February between 11:30 am to 2 pm to find out how heritage is being celebrated; and learn about services offered by local heritage organizations, public programs and special initiatives, as well as professional development and volunteer opportunities.

I'll be there at the BIFHSGO stand along with Mary Lou Simac and Anne Sterling. We hope to see you there.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Glasgow Cemeteries Online

Glasgow is the UK's fourth, and Scotland's most populous community.

The best resource found for Glasgow, and many other Scottish burials is
It includes index listings for Carlton, Glasgow Cathedral, Janefield, Lambhill, Necropolis, Ramshorn, Riddrie Park, Sandymount, Shettleston Old Churchyard, Sighthill, Southern Necropolis, Strathblane Churchyard, St. Andrews by the Green Churchyard, St. Kentigern’s, St. Peter’s (Dalbeth), Tollcross and, Western Necropolis.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has Glasgow burials at: Riddrie Park,  St. Kentigern's RC,  St. Peter's RC,  Craigton,  Lambhill,  Cardonald,  Sandymount, Eastwood (Old and New),  Sighthill,  Glenduffhill Jewish, Linn (and crematorium),  Garnethill, Hebrew Congregational, Daldowie (crematorium).

ScotlandsPeople has records for St. Peter’s Dalbeth Cemetery.

The Scotland Billion Graves Index, through Findmypast, has just 899 Glasgow burials.

Neither Ancestry nor Deceased Online have Glasgow cemetery records

Glasgow Jewish cemeteries are included in the listings at

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Findmypast adds Norfolk Electoral Registers and Bishop's Transcripts

Findmypast now has a large collection or printed Norfolk Electoral Registers 1832-1915, indexed with 4,557,906 entries. You can follow year by year the type of property and if owned or rented land or property (such as a freehold, a farm, or a house). For example, my ancestor in Deopham owned a mill which was initially rented out.

Photo credit: milesmilob via Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA
The collection of Bishop's Transcripts for Nelson's county, with images of the original linked, includes:

Baptisms 1685-1941: 647,395 records
Marriages 1685-1941:157,290 records
Burials 1685-1941: 434,357 records

There are a few records for adjacent Suffolk parishes in the Diocese of Norwich included.