Sunday, 28 February 2016

Ireland Constabulary Resources

Further to yesterday's post on Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922 uploaded to Internet Archive by the University of Southampton...

If you have ancestors that were on the police force in Ireland, you've come to the right place. Many of the parliamentary papers had to do with the Constabulary.

I did include a link that gives salaries and one that talks about their clothing, but most are returns of names of constables, many superannuated or pensioned.

For individual service records contact the National Archives in Kew. 

I put this set of links in a PDF for easy download and sharing. It will also be added under the Resources tab in the above menu.

Relevant Links

Ireland Constabulary Resources

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No Luck of the Irish

No Luck of the Irish 2


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Saturday, 27 February 2016

No Luck of the Irish 2

I had another topic ready to post for today, but I discovered something is happening that I couldn't wait to talk about!

Coming to you courtesy of the Library Digitization Unit of the University of Southampton, uploaded to Internet Archive .....

Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922

Since the beginning of February the good people at the University of Southampton have been uploading sections of the British Parliamentary Publications that have to do with Ireland. 

So although most people with Irish ancestors consider themselves unlucky since most records were destroyed during the uprising of 1922, there are still documents surviving that can help us tell the stories of our Irish ancestors. 

Some papers have statistics...

...and others have names of people...

I went through them all and picked out the ones that mention people by name. There are a few subjects that had a lot of returns, some with people's names others with information, and I lumped them into categories at the end. 

Rather than list them all here, I decided to make a PDF so you can download and share. The pdf will have a permanent home under the Resources tab in the above menu, and I will keep it updated as more links are added. 

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Devon Genealogy Resources

My maternal grandmother's ancestors are the King family of Loddiswell, in the South Hams district of Devon, England. I lucked out finding a distant cousin who had done some research and between us we discovered even more. I have two 5x great grandfathers named King that lived in Loddiswell. With the help of two King wills and the Devon Tithe Apportionments with corresponding maps I was able to map quite a bit of the property they once owned.

My line of Kings were millers and malters. They owned the Loddiswell Mill, which was later called the Avon Milling Company.  My 5x great grandfather Clement King left the mill and some land to his eldest son Thomas, who left it to his son John Clement, who died young, unmarried and no children. John Clement King left his estate to his two sisters and it was his brother-in-law Philip Foale that was named as owner when the Mill was advertised for rent in 1874.

After Phlip Foale's wife Susanna King died in 1884 the mill and land were put up for sale. Just look at the amount of information I can glean from this newspaper article!!

Clement's granddaughter, Avis King from Woodleigh, was married to William Willing and he was the miller at New Mill in Loddiswell, where the couple lived.

There are quite a few online publications and websites that helped me find more about these ancestors to tell the story of their life. In searching for these I found others that may help you with your ancestors. I have put all my Devon links, and a few others for the UK, into a PDF that you can download and share.

Relevant Links

Devon Genealogy Resources

List of Devon Newspapers

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Serendipity Sunday - Rural Sports of Britain

In 1851 people did not sit in front of televisions and computers or play games on their devices. They spent most of their days outdoors and devised all manner of sport for amusement.

This week I came across this illustrated "how-to" book:

Manual of British rural sports : comprising shooting, hunting, coursing, fishing, hawking, racing, boating, pedestrianism, and the various rural games and amusements of Great Britain – 1861

It covers not only animal sports, but games like golf and croquet, water sports (looks like they are skinny dipping... oh my!) and skating... teaching some fancy moves and what to wear while doing them. 

Relevant links:

Manual of British Rural Sports - 1861

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Wide World of Sports

The Athletic Club

Boating Clubs

The Day Sweet Daughter Won the Course

Friday, 19 February 2016

Genealogy here, genealogy there, genealogy everywhere!

When I started researching my family tree, it was with notebook-and-pen in hand asking questions of my grandparents and other relatives. Then I graduated to Family Tree Maker that came with a few CD's full of records. Now here we are with the internet and a slew of professional websites like Ancestry and Find My Past and all kinds of social media like facebook, periscope, webinars, podcasts and twitter (#genealogy) all used by researchers and genealogists alike to find answers or offer advise and information.

It is no surprise that television had stepped in early on with programs about genealogy that show that you too can do the research and oh my... look what you can find out! This season there are a couple of new kids on the block you might want to check out.

Here is a list of television shows about genealogy, past and present, that air at different times during the year, including two new shows starting soon. Some that have been cancelled you may be able to watch episodes online.

Who do You Think You Are UK - BBC (2004- )

Who do You Think You Are US - NBC (2010-2012) TLC (2012- )

Ancestors in the Attic - CA (2006-2009)

Find my Family AU - (2008- )

Find My Family US - ABC (2009-2009 )

Faces of America - PBS (2010-2010)

Finding Your Roots - PBS (2012, 2014, 2016)

Qui êtes-vous CA - (2012- )

Genealogy Roadshow - (2013- )

Long Lost Family UK - ITV (2011- )

Long Lost Family US - TLC (2016- ) Starts Mar 6

Long Lost Family AU - (2016- )

Relative Race - BYUtv (2016- ) Starts Feb 28

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Sentenced to Death in Canada

This article appeared in the Pittsburgh Press on March 5, 1928...

They don't give any name of the murderess in the article, but there was a woman sentenced to hang on March 23, 1928. 

Doris McDonald, a 20 year old married American woman, and her husband George McDonald were sentenced to hang for the 1927 murder of Adelard Bouchard, a Lachine taxi driver, in Huntington, Quebec.

Doris McDonald's sentence was commuted to life in prison, while her husband George was hanged on March 23, 1928. 

This article was published in August 1932 when Doris McDonald applied for parole.

You can find details of this case and other Persons Sentenced to Death in Canada in this PDF.

British Royal Navy

If you have an ancestor who was a flag-officer or captain in the British Royal Navy up to 1823, you may find him in one of these volumes:

Royal naval biography, or, Memoirs of the services of all the flag-officers, superannuated rear-admirals, retired-captains, post-captains and commanders: whose names appeared on the admiralty list of sea-officers at the commencement of the year 1823, or who have since been promoted : illustrated by a series of historical and explanatory notes, which will be found to contain an account of all the naval actions, and other important events, from the commencement of the late reign, in 1760 to the present period : with copious addenda…

There is an index at the beginning of Part 1 of the volumes.

Relevant links

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Indenture Servants Registers

Today I came across a website that has a database of transcribed Indentured Servant Registers of Bristol, Middlesex and London. Dates 1654-1759

Some of the fields include: name, gender, length of indenture, occupation, destination, ship, parent's name, spouse's name, city of origin, agent's name, etc.

Search the Registers of Servants Sent to Foreign Plantations here.

I then found a publication of indentured servants for Philadelphia at Internet Archive:

Record of indentures of individuals bound out as apprentices, servants,etc., and of German and other redemptioners in the office of the Mayor of thecity of Philadelphia, October 3, 1771, to October 5, 1773

Monday, 8 February 2016

Take it to the Streets

By now you all know the story of my great-grand uncle Horace, a Street Railway Motorman. I wrote about him in the blog post "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!" and also in my family history blog post "The Day Horace got Stoned". Horace got hit in the head with a brick 113 years ago during the Street Railway Strike of February 6th, 1903.

Today we are going to pay homage to the Streetcar Workers.

My grandparents didn't have a car. They lived in Verdun (now par of Montreal) and both of them took the Street Railway to work. I remember the tracks and power lines in Montreal that took the streetcars all over the city. Even after there were only buses my Granny still called them streetcars.

Perhaps you will discover your ancestor mentioned in one or more of these publications.

Relevant Links

Brighton Tramway Corporation

Street Railway Review, Chicago (talks of Street Railways in other countries)

Vancouver Street and Street Car Directory 1910

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Serendipity Sunday - Canadian Volunteers... so called

Names of the Several Persons to Whom Land Warrants have been Issued, and Extra Pay Allowed, Subsequent to the 3rd March, 1817, Under the Act Granting Bounties in Lands, and Extra Pay to Certain Canadian Volunteers (so called), and the Act Supplementary thereto; with the Names of Agents or Attorneys to whom Land Warrants were Delivered, and Money Paid – US War Dept - 1818

There are some letters to and from the Paymaster in the back

Relevant Links

Land and/or money issued to Canadian Volunteers 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Family Tree Maker will Continue

Did I say not to panic?

Ancestry has announced that Software MacKiev, the software company that has been the developer of FTM for the past 6 years will take it over and continue with updates and new versions. You will continue to be able to sync your tree according to MacKiev's website.

They have also announced that they made an agreement with Roots Magic to connect their software with Ancestry.

You can read about it on their latest blog post about their announcement.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Schools for Deaf & Blind

I can't imagine being deaf or blind from birth. Never seeing the look of joy or sadness on the face of a loved one, or rainbows or imagined shapes in fluffy clouds.  Never hearing the laughter of a baby or a child's first words, the sounds of nature or a big bustling city. Many people learned to live with deafness or blindness by attending a special school.

No one in our family was born deaf, but slowly became deaf with age. I remember as a child when visiting my great grandmother we had to yell in her ear for her to hear us. Then her daughter, my grandmother, became deaf. She also developed glaucoma and became blind. Her daughter, my mother, got her first hearing aid in her 60's. My Dad also went deaf due to his time in the military and my kids and I used to laugh at the two of them carrying on two separate conversations. Her hearing gradually went from bad to worse and she now has only 10% hearing in one ear. She doesn't bother with a phone, we just email or text each other. And... you guessed it, I am going deaf also.

Granny on the horn - 1980

In the village where I grew up there was a man who was blind.  His wife would take him and his wagon full of wares around town as he sold brooms and mops. His wife also would drop him at our house to tune our piano.  It amazed me that he could do that just by feeling the many wires, hammers and tuning pins and listening to the tones. 

If you have an ancestor who was deaf or blind they may have attended a specialized school.

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