Friday, 21 July 2017

High Fives - July 21, 2017




~by Nancy Loe at Sassy Jane Genealogy
Also some postcards from Canada and other countries.


~by Jen Thorpe at Family Tree
There but for the grace of God goes my husband who did two tours as a marine in Vietnam. Still so many soldiers unaccounted for!!



~by the UK Heritage Lottery Fund
Maybe more organizations should get their local youth involved.
Related to this, last February the Minister for Arts and Heritage of Ireland launched an online toolkit for schools to encourage students to learn about their family history. It is also great for genealogists learning to research in Ireland.




Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Canada 150 - Séminaire de Québec





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...


Séminaire de Québec




The Grand Séminaire de Québec was founded in 1663 to prepare young men for ordination and ministry in parishes and missions as far away as Louisiana.



The Petit Séminaire de Québec was founded in 1668 and serves as a secondary school, preparing students to enter the grand seminaire.




Relevant Links

Catalogue des officiers et les élèves du Séminaire de Québec









Monday, 17 July 2017

Life in Fife


My Lamont (Lawmonth, Lamount) ancestors lived in Largo, Fife, Scotland. John Lawmonth wrote in his diaries of the goings on in Fife and mentions many of our ancestors of the time. The original diary went from 1641 but the first and last bits seem to be long missing, now chronicling from 1649 to 1671. Various references hint that the original went longer than 1671, perhaps to his death around 1675. It was first published as The Chronicles of Fife in 1810, and a later edition in 1830, titled The Diary of John Lamont of Newton (though later proved it was the uncle John Lamont, not his nephew in Newton). He apparently left blank space after each entry so he could add facts later. Many other works of history of Fife refer to facts in the Chronicles.

Not only will you read about life in Fife but you will find entries like this one...


1649, Mar - There was an insurrection in the north parts of this kingdom, so that the garrison of Endernesse (Inverness) was surprised, and the walls of the town thrown down; and upon this, David Lesley went north with some troops of horse, and foot, to surprise them. In May 1649, following, there was 800 men taken prisoners, among whom was the Lord Rea, and some other gentlemen of the name of MacKenzie (who where carried to Edinburgh) and some killed. Upon this overthrow, the rest laid down their arms, so that their lives and fortunes were granted to them, which was done.1649, Mar - My Lord Scotstaruet bought Inchekeith (Fife) from my Lord Glams, and a mill of Kinghorn, with some acres of land there about; the whole bargain amounted to twenty thousand mark Scots money, or thereby.


... and John's version of an obituary!


"1661, August 6 - Sir Alexander Gibson, the Laird of Dury, in Fife, departed out of this life at Dury, about the 32 year of his age. He died of a purple fever, within 12 or 14 days, and was interred in Scoonie Kirk, the 16 of August, being Friday, in the day time. He left no sons behind him, but only two daughters, (the youngest died shortly after,) and his lady with child, which was a daughter also. His brother John did succeed to the estate in April of 1662. In July 1662, thereafter, his lady left Dury, and went to Nuthill, her brother Stormont's house near Falkland; and about the same time, his brother gave up housekeeping at Dury, and went to stay at Edb (Edinburgh). He was served heir to his brother at Cuper the 5 of August 1662; also, August 6,1667, the deseaced Sir Alexander Gibson his lady, surnamed Murray, departed out of this life at Perth, of a purple fever also."


This is an interesting excerpt from The East Neuk of Fife - a tavern bill in Largo..



I am related to the Lamonts through Katherine Lamont (daughter of Dr Andrew Lamont) who married my goldsmith James Tait in 1731.

If your ancestors lived in Fife you may find them mentioned in the pages of the following books.



Relevant Links

John Lamont – Dictionary of National Biography, Vol 32, pg 28








Register of the minister, elders, and deacons of the Christian congregation of St. Andrews, comprising the proceedings of the Kirk session and of the Court of the Superintendent of Fife, Fothrik, and Strathearn... 







Sunday, 16 July 2017

Canada 150 - Canadian Sovereignty in the High Arctic






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...


Canadian Sovereignty in the High Arctic 


Canada Government Expedition 1908-1909


Arctic Expedition 1908-1909, Joseph-Elzear Bernier affirms Canadian sovereignty in the High Acrtic by erecting a plaque on Melville Island – list of crew members, copies of found documents left by Perry in 1820 and Kellett in 1854, and area of land annexed to Canada.
Photos, portraits and drawings.




Arctic expedition 1910-1911Joseph-Elzear Bernier, officer in charge. Many portraits, photos and maps, plus a list of crew members.





Throughout the book are names of local people who helped the crew and some served as guides...





Relevant Links











Friday, 14 July 2017

High Fives - July 14, 2017




~by Serge Durflinger at Legion Magazine
For my friend whose grand uncle died during battle of Hill 70.


~by Chris Paton at The Genes Blog
Hmmmm I wonder which of those houses belonged to my Tait ancestors ?? Love this!
Here is the direct link. I also downloaded the free app to my iPad.


How I Created a Genealogy Timeline to Show my Grandfather’s Life
~by Diane Haddad at Genealogy Insider
What a great idea to incorporate a timeline in a family book! Next time.


~by Anne Morddel at French Genealogy Blog
This was in fact applicable in other countries. Info on Britain births at sea or abroad can be found here.
For Canada the Dept of National Defence at one time issued certificates for births abroad so there may be some records around, but they ceased this practice.


~by Diane L Richard at UpFront with NGS
I have often found useful documents or info in LAC's magazine Signatures
Anyone doing research should subscribe to the magazine put out by their archives. 



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Canada 150 - The Twelfth





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...


The Twelfth, also called Orangemen's Day



The Twelfth of July is the day celebrating the Glorious Revolution and the victory of the Protestant king William of Orange over the Catholic king James II at the Battle of the Boyne. The battle took place across the River Boyne near the town of Drogheda in the east of Ireland.

The Orange Order is headed by the Grand Orange Order of Ireland, established in 1798, and which records the first parade as having been held in 1791.

According to the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada, "Most historians agree that Orangemen were in Canada previous to 1812 and by 1822 the 12th Parade in Toronto had become the most popular event of the day."






Friday, 7 July 2017

High Fives - July 7, 2017





There is no High Fives post this week, as I am away visiting family.
Thank you

We will be back next week with more High Fives!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

On Vacation







There will be no posts until after July 8th, as I am on vacation.

I am visiting grandchildren and telling them about their ancestors.


Use the Blog Archive to the right to look up what I posted other years at this time, or browse the subject labels. 


Thank you.



150 Years of Confederation




Today I have for you....


A Proclamation for uniting the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, into one Dominion, under the name of ...

CANADA





Not everyone was convinced that Canada could survive on it's own, as written by various groups, including two men of the British Military. Second Captain Edward Chichester Bolton and Lieutenant Horace Hervey Webber of the Royal Artillery set out to prove that a united Canada would not work...




Being military, their main reason was that the country was so situated that Canada could not properly defend it's shores. They included a map of the Canadian Frontier, east of the Great Lakes, for show-and-tell...



Note the "Uninhabitable Forest"?  I used to live in there, right around the U in Uninhabitable!



Relevant Links


CANADA a Proclamation: Canada Gazette 1 July 1867



(Counter-poison: Confederation is the salvation of Lower Canada; It is necessary to distrust the enemies of the confederation)






Related Post:  Oh Canada




Friday, 30 June 2017

High Fives June 30, 2017




~by Patricia Greber at My Genealogy Life
My ancestors were missed on a census also.  In 1851 the numerator wrote at the beginning of his census papers for Pittsburgh Ontario that there was a huge snow storm that made it difficult to do his job. Neighbours are on the census, not my ancestors.  The house was a long way off the main road. At least they are in the City Directory for that year, although it does not list all family members.



~by Donna Moughty at Donna’s Irish Genealogy Resources
Second part of how to use the Griffith's Valuation in Ireland. Find your ancestor's property on maps and distinguishing people with the same name. That's what I need!


Two interesting history tours of Scotland this summer
If you are visiting Scotland this summer (or live there) you can immerse yourself in the history of the Jacobites and follow the Jacobite Trail.
When you have completed the Jacobite journey and have time for more sightseeing, you can tour the locations for filming the Outlander Series.



~by Lin Anderson at National Museums Scotland Blog
Listen to the audio of Lin’s interview with Diana Gabaldon and how she started writing this fabulous series of books. 


at The British Library
You can click on Gallery in the top menu, and to change pages click Reselect.
I love going through a used book or antique book shop, and seeing the books with beautifully crafted bindings. Even some books from the early 1900s have artfully done covers and bindings. I bought some antique children's books for decor in my grandson's room when he was born.  


~by Diane L Richard at UpFront with NGS
I had never heard of Linkpendium but will definitely add it to my resource list! Check out your surname page and see what links there are around the world... amazing!


~by Tristin Hopper at The National Post
French Canadian conscripts to be sent to Siberia?
You can read more about the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force at wikipedia, in a 2008 article at the Legion Magazine and at Canadian War Museum.




Note: There will be no High Fives next week as I am away visiting family and telling my grandchildren about their ancestors.



Thursday, 29 June 2017

Canada 150 - My 1867 Ancestors




Patricia Greber, of My Genealogy Life, challenges us to list all our ancestors who were living in Canada in 1867, the year of confederation, what year they arrived (or were born*), and where they first settled.

I also wrote where they were from. My ancestor's in Quebec worked off travelling debt and married in Quebec, then settled in Inverness, Qc.
Here is my list of 1867 ancestors...


George Hunter
Scotland
1812
Montreal, Qc
Anne Maddocks
Scotland
1812
Montreal, Qc
Elizabeth Hunter
Montreal
1818*
Pittsburgh, On
Joseph Campbell
Ireland
1827
Quebec, Qc
Sarah McCulloch
Ireland
1827
Quebec, Qc
Wilson Henderson
Caledon, Ireland
1827
Quebec, Qc
Susannah Mitchell
Armagh, Ireland
1827
Quebec, Qc
Robert Campbell
Quebec, Qc
1830*
Inverness, Qc
Ann Henderson
Inverness, Qc
1831*
Inverness, Qc
John Seale
Laois, Ireland
1832
Pittsburgh, On
William Porter
Belfast, Ireland
1839
Ulverton, Qc
Margaret Manley
Belfast, Ireland
1839
Ulverton, Qc
John Porter
Ulverton Qc
1840*
Ulverton, Qc
John Seale
Barriefield, On
1842*
Pittsburgh, On
William Johnston
Cork, Ireland
1842
Ulverton, Qc
Mary Johnston
Cork, Ireland
1842
Ulverton, Qc
Susanna Johnston
Ulverton, Qc
1846*
Ulverton, Qc
Thomas Miller
Laois, Ireland
1846
Pittsburgh, On
Hester Wilson
Tipperary, Ire
1846
Pittsburgh, On
Elizabeth Miller
Tipperary,Ire
1846
Pittsburgh, On
Alexander Mavor
Ellon, Scotland
1855
Ile aux Reaux, Qc
Margaret Bruce
Ellon Scotland
1855
Ile aux Reaux, Qc
George King
Devon, England
1858
Montreal, Qc
Elizabeth Nichols
Devon, England
1858
Montreal, Qc
Alexander Mavor
Ile aux Reaux, Qc
1864*
Ile aux Reaux, Qc
Rebecca Campbell
Iverness, Qc
1867*
Inverness, Qc
MaryJane Porter
Ulverton, Qc
1867*
Ulverton Qc




Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Canada 150 - Industrial 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.
Click on the Canada 150 label on the right or at the bottom to see all the posts.

Today I have for you...


Industrial Canada



Industrial Canada was issued monthly as the official publication of the Canadian Manufacturer's Association. It was published in Toronto.

Issues hold lists of new members...




The first issues from 1900 have bylaw, fees, executive committee members names etc.
Sections to look for that may also hold names of ancestors or their companies are Among the Industries,  Situations Wanted, and Trade Inquiries, and of course lists of new members.


Relevant Links





Monday, 26 June 2017

Wartime Hospital Ships - Jun 27th







During WWI Women's groups all over the world held concerts, teas, bazaars and card parties to raise money for their Hospital Ship Fund. Their names and amounts were often printed in the local newspapers, to encourage others to donate.




On 27 June 1918 the Canadian Hospital ship Llandovery Castle was sailing from Nova Scotia to Liverpool when it was torpedoed by German U-Boat off the coast of Ireland. Only 24 persons survived out of 258 medics, nurses and crew.




This was one of two hospital ship sinking cases presented at the Leipzeig war crime trials after the war and considered one of the worst atrocities of the war.



During WWII the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur was attacked and sunk by a Japanese submarine, on 14 May 1943. Of the 332 medical staff and crew 268 lost their lives.







Relevant Links













Sunday, 25 June 2017

Canada 150 - Alberta Public Accounts






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...


Public Accounts of the Province of Alberta




The public accounts of Alberta revenue section includes fees from insurance, bank and other companies and various licenses. It also includes succession fees from estates, giving names and amounts.



The expenditure section includes expenses for the departments of justice, agriculture, dairy, education, public health, public institutions, public works, etc.

The Education Department includes salaries for inspectors, examiners and teachers; normal schools, special summer schools and English schools for foreigners...



The Agriculture Department includes expenses for destruction of wolves and weeds, stock inspectors, brand recorders, game protection, demonstration farms, agriculture schools, prairie fire guardians, and the Women's Institute...



The Public Institutes department includes salaries for jail workers, maintenance and transportation of prisoners and committal in the Asylum for the Insane salaries...



Miscellaneous Expenditures includes return of Big Game licenses purchased by Indians, Patriotic Fund salaries re returned soldiers, and unused marriage licenses... I guess someone(s) got cold feet!



Also under Miscellaneous are salaries for election workers, and in 1906 Indemnity for Losses from the Hail Insurance Ordinance...



Public Works Department includes salaries for river ferry workers, road construction (with list of roads), maintenance of public buildings like court houses, gaols, schools and asylum, surveyors and compensation for land for right of way...




Relevant Links





Friday, 23 June 2017

New Book - Celebrating Canada: Decorating with History in a Contemporary Home



My friend Peter Baker, of Peter Baker Antiques, has recently released a book that was years in the making...


Celebrating Canada: Decorating with History in a Contemporary Home




The book was written to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation and the 375th anniversary of Montreal. Follow Peter as he takes you on a history tour of Canada through objects and the story of their artists and of Canada. He highlights a variety of antiques for every budget, and where they can best be showcased in any modern home.

Peter was a selected expert for BBC Antiques Roadshow when they visited Toronto and Ottawa in 2001, and then as an expert appraiser of Canadiana and Folk Art for the Canadian Antiques Roadshow while it aired. 

Peters book Celebrating Canada: Decorating with History in a Contemporary Home is available in most bookstores as hardcover and as an ebook for most formats. It is available in two editions, English edition and French edition.

If you look at it at Google Books there are some excerpts available, click on the book for viewing. When you get to the blank pages, scroll down to the index to see what else is there.