Monday, 24 April 2017

Dentists - Registers, Directories and Periodicals




The only fun thing for me about going to the dentist when I was young, was he would give me a bead of mercury in a small vial to take home and play with. I know, right? That was the good old days.




My Mom had a gold tooth. I had asked her about it when I was young because I had never seen anyone else with a gold tooth, but I never thought to ask her later in life how that came about - it was just always a part of her appearance.





In the following periodicals, look for list of contributors, obituaries, and graduates.

You might enjoy reading Jana Last's tales of her Traveling Dentist ancestor.

Check local libraries for registers of dentists, like these ones at Trove, Australia.


Relevant Links

Women in Dentistry

The Dentists register, UK

Annual report of the Montana Sate Board of Dental Examiners to the Governor

Illinois Board of Dental Examiners

Canada Journal of Dental Science

Biographies of the founders, prominent early members and ex-presidents of the Missouri Sate Dental Association, 1909

Who's Who in Dentistry - United States and Canada, 1916

Journal of the North Carolina Dental Society, 1965

Registered dentists and dental hygienists in Pennsylvania

The Dental Times

Registered dentists, unlicensed assistants and dental hygienists, CT

Beecher's manual and dental directory of the United States, 1884

The Dental Columbian









The Progressive Dentist

Pacific Coast Dentist




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Canada 150 - The Dental Directory





During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
Click on the Canada 150 label on the right or at the bottom to see all the posts.

Today I have for you...



Dentists



Emma Gaudreau Casgrain was the first women to be licensed as a dentist in Canada in 1898.  She studied under her husband, a dental surgeon. She is listed on page 145 of the Directory, practicing on rue St Jean (St John St) in Quebec City until 1920.



In August 2016 Quebec author Sylvie Goebil published "De tendres aspirations", the story of Emma Gaudreau Casgrain. It is her fifth novel.



Relevant Links

The Canadian Dental Directory, 1909

Royal College of Dental Surgeons, University of Toronto, 1896

Article about Sylvie Goebil (French)

Canada Journal of Dental Science


Friday, 21 April 2017

High Fives - April 21, 2017





~by Christine Woodcock at The In-Depth Genealogist
I have a rich Scottish heritage on both sides of the family and I find this post very helpful.


~by Simon Davis at Mental Floss
I found this article via John Tew’s Serendipity Saturday post on his blog Filiopietism Prism. Not only does Simon give distinctive names but tells more about them. I wish now that I had been able to do more on my family history before I had my kids, as there are some pretty cool names on on my tree I would have used had I known. 


~by Christopher Moore at Christopher Moore’s History News
I will have to go next time I’m in Calgary visiting my kids.  The Glenbow also has a great online collection depicting life in the west and Metis genealogy.


~by Gail Dever at Genealogy à la carte
I have New Brunswick people and although I didn’t find any there, I did find some info on my Porter family.. plus the many Guimont people that moved to the US in the French Canadian Migration. There is more than probate records available to view.

Also check out Gail’s last week’s Crème de la Crème for some interesting posts, especially the one from Atlantic Loyalist Connections.


General takes new approach on the transition to civilian life
~by Stephen J Thorne at Legion; Canada's Military History Magazine
Finally, someone is taking action, let's all hope it goes somewhere. During and after WWI my great-grand uncle in Winnipeg started a program for veterans coming home from the war. I also think of my grandfather, a well-brought-up, church-going boy who was thrown into a life he knew nothing about and came home a man his parents didn't recognize. He later found the Legion, most members were vets, and it was the only place he could talk about what he had seen and done.




Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Canada 150 - Royal Roads College, BC





During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...


Royal Roads Yearbooks


For 55 years Royal Roads was a Military College in Victoria BC, from 1940 to 1995 when it became a public university. You can read about it's history here.


Relevant Links


Royal Roads database of photos and media of "days gone by"



Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Break




There will be no posts this Easter weekend, as I have family visiting.

I will be back Wednesday with a Canada 150 post.

Happy Easter everyone.


High Fives - April 14, 2017



This week I am highlighting articles written recently that I found interesting about the Titanic that sank 105 years ago tomorrow. The articles speak for themselves.


~by Tristin Hopper at National Post


~by Blue Marble Private
A New Zealand paper says to not pack your bags yet, as the price tag on this adventure is $140,000 NZD and the first voyage is fully booked!


~by Ellie Cambridge at The Sun, UK
I doubt my grandmother’s beaver coat would be worth that much today.


~by WCLU Editor at Commemorating the Lebanese Aboard the Titanic


~by Sheron Boyle at Irish Central


~by Dan Bilefsky at New York Times


~by Aishwarya Ramesh at Flysauce


~by Scott Thomas at Tutor2u
A National Geographic short video and a real time video of the sinking


~by Chris at 93.5 WMWV
The cost of this elaborate dining eperience is $225 per person





Thursday, 13 April 2017

Crossing the Atlantic in 1745



My husband's ancestor came to New France from La Rochelle, France sometime before the first census in 1666. 




Many New France settlers came from this seaport in the 1600s.

Jacques Nolin was brought to New France under contract for Nicolas Juchereau sieur de Saint-Denis, soldier and fur trader, who was also taking care of the holdings of his absent uncle, Noel Juchereau sieur DesChastelets. Jacques was called Jacques Nolin dit DesChastelets.

Radio Canada tele, Canada's French television station, is now airing a show called...





Ten "colonists" flew to La Rochelle and are now travelling to Quebec City aboard L'Esperance, a three masted schooner like the one my husband's ancestor arrived on. They dress, eat, work and live aboard as our ancestors did many years ago. These modern colonists also had to sign a contract before boarding the ship.

If you don't understand French it is pretty easy to follow, and you can also join the adventure in English on their interactive website. If your ancestor came from Tourouvre or another place overseas at that time they would have had the same experience. 

If you missed the first episode you can watch it online at the network website or perhaps on demand. It started April 11th and airs Tuesday nights on Radio Canada.

I hope it will be a good representation of the voyage and not too much of a reality show. 




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Canada 150 - Victims of the Titanic





During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...


Victims of the Titanic




We are coming up to the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. If you have been following my blog a while you know that in my Shipwreck post I wrote about my visit to a Titanic Exhibit at the Museum in Victoria, and I recommend it highly when it comes to a city near you.

The Nova Scotia Archives is a great place to read and learn about the victims of the Titanic that were brought to Halifax. Some of the sections include...


Booklet titled: Disposition of Bodies ex Titanic




Image of fatality reports for each person




First and Second Class Passengers lists




Check all the links on the right side of the page.
The people of Halifax stepped up and did right by the passengers who lost their lives.



Relevant Links

RMS Titanic Resource Guide, Nova Scotia Archives

Booklet: Disposition of Bodies ex Titanic

Image of fatality reports for each person





Monday, 10 April 2017

Libraries



I  always had a passion for reading. We didn't have a library near us where I grew up, but my Mom made sure we had lots of books in the house.  Not counting at school, my first time in a real library I thought I was in heaven. I get the same feeling when I visit this second hand book store we have on the Island that is three floors!  Nothing like the smell of old books.

Some more remote areas had travelling libraries...


When my Mom in her 90's found it too difficult to get out, the lovely volunteers at her local library brought her a bag of books every week, then picked them up and exchanged them for more books.

The local library where your ancestor lived is a great resource for local history and perhaps books that mention your ancestors. And if your ancestor worked in a library, was on the board or committee, or made donations and supported their local library these are the journals to look for.




Most of these list the names of the librarians, and people or business that donated.



Relevant Links

Librarians and Library workers, California 1904

Annual Report of the Regina Public Library

The Regina Public Library (Periodical, Vol 1-4) 1912-1916

Annual Report - Brooklyn Public Library, 1904 and 1914

The Adyar Library report (India), 1913-1922

General Report of the Library Committee, Whitehaven, UK 1889-1919

Annual Report - Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1897-1904

Annual Report of the Syracuse Central Library, 1895-1915

Annual Report of the Holton Library, Brighton 1865-1873 

Borough of Batley Pubic Library annual report - UK 1909-1915

Annual report of the Warder Pubic Library, Springfield, Ohio 1896-1914



Sunday, 9 April 2017

Canada 150 - Vimy Ridge






During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
Click on the Canada 150 label on the right or at the bottom to see all the posts.

Today I have for you...

 Vimy Ridge


All four divisions of the CEF took part in the attack on Vimy Ridge, so if you have an ancestor that was in the forces in April 1917, chances are he was at Vimy Ridge.

My grampa, Herbert James Mavor of Verdun QC was in the 42nd Battalion, but on the morning of the 9th of April he was appointed acting sergeant and attached to the 20th reserve. They opened fire at 5:30 am from around Zivy Cave.

Grampa's uncle James Mavor of Victoria BC was also at Vimy ridge. He was a Lieutenant with "A" company of the 2nd Mounted Rifles. James was wounded and out of commission for 4 days. He was wounded again at Passchendaele and that wound was so bad they had to amputate his forearm.

During the 90th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, in 2007 the CEF Study Group undertook the "Vimy Project" by gathering all the war diaries for those days for each unit that participated in the attack on Vimy Ridge.. most are represented.




Beside each unit are the dates of the diaries and you have only to click on the date to see the diary for that day. If the name of the unit has 4 stars **** like that of the 42nd Battalion, that means there is a lot of information in that diary.




Relevant Links

CEF Study Group - Vimy Diaries - PDF

Vimy Memorial - Names of Canadians**
** Because the web page is .aspx copying the URL does not always save the page filled out. If this is the case: Under "Cemetery or Memorial" type Vimy Memorial, tick off served with "Canadian Forces", WAR - choose "First World War", and then on the green menu bar where it says Name, click on the down arrow to have them in alphabetic order A-Z, or the up arrow to order them from Z-A. 

War Diaries at old Collections Canada site (enter only unit name to get all listings)

Personnel records of First World War - LAC: records are digitized up to McLelland+

Abbreviations used in war records



Friday, 7 April 2017

High Fives - April 7, 2017



Who was General Wolfe?
~by Karen and Debbie at Culloden Battlefield
Whodathunk? General Wolfe at Culloden! I wonder if my Jacobite ancestor and Wolfe ever crossed paths?



~by Marcelle Cinq-Mars at Library and Archives Canada Blog
So much thinking, planning and coordination went in to the attack - and secrecy!  It's amazing how it all came together - Go Canada!
LAC's articles about Vimy Ridge are being posted April 3-21 so check them all out. 


~by Diane Hadad at Family Tree Magazine: Genealogy Insider
This one is not so much a “High Five” for me as a “WTH?”
With so much hype about Vimy Ridge and the 100th anniversary of the US entering the war, it is not surprising there are many WWI posts this past week. This is a good article to help Americans find records of their ancestor’s service in WWI.
In the second paragraph, Diane mentions that 650,000 Canadians were in the military… compared to 4 million Americans. Remember that in 1915 the population of Canada was 7.9 million compared to 100.5 million in the US. Therefore by her reckoning .082 of the Canadian population served in the military compared to .039 of the American population.

Right in the first paragraph, second sentence says “See all the countries caught up in the conflict in our timeline of World War I war declarations.” So click on that link and it takes you to their timeline of who entered the war when. Well, what the heck? For the 4th of August 1914 it does not say that Canada declared a state of war. Hmmmm. It was announced in two Extra editions put out on the 5th of August 1914.
The USA declared a state of war on 6 April 1917, three days before the attack on Vimy Ridge and three years into the war.


NOTE: To be fair, most timelines of WWI on the internet do not include Canada's declaration, but some lump us in with Britain. The Library of Congress has an image of all countries' declarations.




Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Canada 150 - The Newfoundland Almanac





During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...


The Newfoundland Almanac




Here is a look at what you will find inside...




Relevant Links

The Newfoundland Almanac



Monday, 3 April 2017

Reporters and Stenographers





Definition of Reporter from Merriam-Webster:  
one that reports: such as
a :  a person who makes authorized statements of law decisions or legislative proceedings
b :  a person who makes a shorthand record of a speech or proceeding
c (1) :  a person employed by a newspaper, magazine, or television company to gather and report news (2) :  a person who broadcasts news 



My great uncle George John Seale (my Pop's brother) and his friend Joseph William Bawden were shorthand reporters in Kingston Ontario.




Some of their work was very interesting, like this job working on reconnaisance plans for the military...



They also did some work at Kingston Prison recording evidence.



Obviously the government liked their rates at 9¢ a page and figured they were more in line with what is accepted then the rates charged by reporters in Montreal.



This is a copy of the orders for rates of pay for reporters working for the government...



Bawden & Seale were in business about four years before the friends parted as George got a job in Montreal and Joseph got a job in Lethbridge, Alberta where he soon after married George's cousin . 


Relevant Links

Proceedings of the New England Shorthand Reports' Association, 1892

Annual Convention / National Shorthand Reporters' Association, 1910-1919



The Phonographic Magazine

Bookkeepers, stenographers and office clerks in Ohio, 1914-1929 (pay etc)

Certificates filed in Office of Auditor General in Ireland on Petition and Claim of Six Clerks of Court of Chancery for Compensation, 1823-24

Rate of Pay for Reporters, 1895


Shorthand and typewriter news, 1913-1914




Sunday, 2 April 2017

Canada 150 - Portage La Prairie, Manitoba






During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...


History of Portage La Prairie, MB




Do you know what a fenceviewer is? A pathmaster? I didn't either, but this booklet will tell you who was given the job and what their duties are.




... like this 3rd duty of a pathmaster...



The poundkeepers are responisble for stray or neglected animals



If an animal trespasses and damages a fence, it is the Fenceviewers that decides what to award the claimant.

Any person appointed for these posts not doing his duties will be penalized.


Relevant Links

The Tread of the Pioneers: Portage La Prairie

Person Index for The Tread of the Pioneers (opens pdf)

Rural municipality of Portage La Prairie by-laws 1914 for the guidance of fenceviewers, poundkeepers, pathmasters, etc (lots of names)




Friday, 31 March 2017

My High Fives - March 31, 2017




Written in the inside covers
~by Judy G Russell at The Legal Genealogist
In Canada it was the Encyclopedia Britannica and we also were told to "go look it up". As young kids we used them to make roads for our cars (I had 2 brothers) but during my school years I used them often for homework.
I have come across notations not only on the inside covers, but in the page margins of books and recipe books. I have also seen notations in the margins of church records. In some instances beside the baptism record of a girl was noted the day of her marriage.


Did Victorians Really get Brain Fever?
~by Audrey C. Peterson at Jstor Daily
We must realize that in our ancestors' time they did not have names for many diseases that we recognize now. Even today many people have symptoms that the doctors don't know what the illness is.  The heart condition that runs in my family was only recognized and named in 1958, though many of my ancestors likely died from it.


Calgary in 1889
~by Gail Dever at Genealogy à la carte
Calgary was a late bloomer – it was not very big when my brother moved there in the 70s (about 400,000) and I loved all the green spaces in and around the city. But when I lived there in the 90s it had started to sprawl and the population had more than doubled. According to the census of 2016 the city population has now tripled to over 1,239,000.  





Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Canada 150 - Shareholders of Chartered Banks of Canada





During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...


Shareholders of Chartered Banks of the Dominion of Canada




Under each bank is listed the shareholders, with city of residence, number of shares, and amount paid. There may also be estate accounts, which are held until probate is finished and the money can be distributed to the heirs.





When it states a person is trustee for another person, it is probably until the person reaches a certain age.  When it states a person is trustee usufructuary, that means the trustee can use the produce or income from property or asset for a specified time.




The oldest bank in Canada, with bank number 001, is the Bank of Montreal, which opened for business 3 November 1817. Until the Bank of Canada was established in 1934 banks issued their own bank notes. There is a list of early banks here, some of which closed in a few years or may have been taken over by another bank.



Relevant Links


Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of the Dominion of Canada 1875-1895

Shareholders in the Chartered Banks of the Dominion of Canada 1900-1915 (1902 wrong)

Monday, 27 March 2017

Press Associations and Journalists



We all know that newspapers can be a great source for stories about our ancestors.
What about the owners of the newspapers?  The editors and journalists? Do you have an ancestor that worked at a newspaper?

The objectives of the press associations were to promote the general interests of the journalistic profession and to improve the quality of journalism. Members were journalists from different respected newspapers across the country, province or state. 






The booklets of meetings of the associations have lists of members. 





Some of the following publications have portraits also. 
Check local libraries for more. 



Relevant Links





















Sunday, 26 March 2017

Canada 150 - Ecole de Medecine / Montreal School of Medicine and Surgery





During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...


École de médecine et de chirurgie de Montréal




The Montreal School of Medicine and Surgery. These circulars are in French and have names of students, and where they are from.





Relevant Links


Ecole de medecine et de chirurgie de Montreal, various 1858-1895 w/list of students
(Montreal School of Medicine and Surgery)



Friday, 24 March 2017

My High Fives - March 24, 2017






The Story of the Quaich
~by Karen and Debbie at Culloden Battlefield
My 6x great grandfather, goldsmith of Edinburgh, made a quaich of silver with initials on the handles, making me think it was for a wedding ceremony. Could the RT stand for a Tait I have not discovered yet?  It was interesting learning about the quaich. 


Railway Accident Records
~by Rebecca Murray at Library Archives Canada Blog
The small town I grew up in was in shocked after a bus carrying students of the town to a dance was hit by a train and 19 kids were killed.
Railway Accident returns can also be found in some Sessional Papers.


When Cricket Reigned Supreme in Glasgow
~by Robert MacLean at University of Glasgow Library
My grandfather had a cricket bat. I wonder if any of my Scottish ancestors played cricket? I'll have to see if I can watch a game on TV sometime.


Let's Get Unstuck! Time to Remove Photos From Sticky Album Pages
~by Diane L Richard at Upfront with NGS
Guilty! I have a few albums with magnetic pages.  Now, where can I find how to rescue photos that were glued onto the black pages of old albums? Seems to be I saw a blog post on that a while back.


Quiz: Are you an Irish Genealogy Expert?
~by Niall Cullen at Find My Past Blog
Okay, the cat's out of the bag. I am NOT an expert on Irish Genealogy.  Are you?



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Canada 150 - The Story of Dundas





During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...


The Story of Dundas



Includes notes on and portraits of early settlers..






Relevant Links





Sunday, 19 March 2017

Canada 150 - The Dominion Annual Register and Review






During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...





The contents are not the same for every issue...



Some have a Journal of Remarkable Occurrences





And this one tells how the vote went for Temperance in different cities...




Relevant Links

The Dominion Annual Register and Review