Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Pier 2 - NOT Pier 21

It is a common mistake people make, thinking their early immigrant family arrived in Canada at Pier 21 in Halifax. I did so myself!! Pier 21 is more well known and talked about, so it is no wonder that is the first (and only) place that comes to mind when we think of our ancestors arriving in Canada.  In fact, Pier 21 didn't open until 1926.

Our 1880+ ancestors arrived at a facility that included a wharf, Intercolonial Railway facilities and a huge shed. After a fire in 1895 a better concrete building took place of the wooden shed, and around that time the facility was called Pier 2.  

My husband's maternal grandparents immigrated to Canada from Galicia, Austria, with the promise of free land in Canada's West.  On 19 May 1900 the family of 8 left Hamburg on the steamship Arcadia and arrived at Pier 2 in Halifax on June 2nd. From there, with their fellow immigrants, they boarded the waiting Intercolonial train and traveled across the country to Winnipeg, Manitoba.... to a new life. 

Pier 2 became a beehive of activity during the course of World War One. Troops from across Canada arrived by train and embarked on ships for Europe. A hospital was built upstairs to receive the sick and wounded as they returned to Canada. 

My grandfather and his brother both left from Pier 2 to go overseas. At the end of the war Grampa left Liverpool aboard the Carmania and arrived 30 December 1918 at Pier 2 in Halifax. From there he boarded a train for Montreal. By then it was not a pretty site, as  while the concrete shed and facilities survived, most of that part of Halifax was damaged in the explosion of 1917. 

Pier 2 continued to receive immigrants and visitors until in 1928 Pier 21 became the official port of entry. 

Relevant Links

Journal of Remarkable Occurrences 1880

Arrival of a WWI Hospital Ship at Pier 2

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Records with Extras

A birth, marriage or death index will give you the date, or at the very least the year of an event. Finding the actual record in a register may give you more than you bargained for!  

This is the baptism record for the great-grandfather of the husband of my great aunt - 
William Gay was born in Midsomer Norton, Somerset in January 1819 to Theodocia Gay.

You can see that under the column "Quality, Trade or Profession" for all the others it is chandler or miner... but for William the clerk (or reverend) wrote "baseborn". Not illegitimate as most do... no.  Base born!!  Like he's the lowest of the low. It was a pretty common term in those days. 

Anne Roberts of North Bovey, Devon was the widow of Elias Clampitt when she married my 4x great uncle John King of Loddiswell. The couple married and resided in Wolborough, Newton Abbott. This is her burial record...

Anne King, Newton Abbot *the first death from Cholera Morbus, Oct 28, 1832.  

The clerk wrote a C.M. in the margin (Cholera Morbus) for Anne's records and on the next one for William Woodgate. I went a few pages ahead and there didn't seem to be any others marked with a CM through the next year. The clerk did make other notations, such as "thrown from his horse and found dead" and another "died in Exeter from a fall from a wagon". 

You see that it can pay off to find the record from the register. I wish all my ancestors records were written by clerks like that!

Friday, 15 June 2018

High Fives - June 15, 2018

High Fives are articles or blog posts I have read during the week that I find interesting, and perhaps are pertinent to my research. Sometimes there are only a couple and sometimes there are quite a few.

~by DiAnn Iamarino Ohama at Fortify Your Family Tree
Not enough of that going on with some ancestry trees. 

~by Jacqueline Moon at The National Archives UK
Makes me think of secret messages closed with a blob of wax and marked by the sender’s seal. BTW when researching my Seale ancestors most of my results are “…the great seal of...”  sigh! 

Always Keep Backups of Your Online Genealogy Information
~by Dick Eastman at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
I sync my Ancestry tree to Family Tree Maker and back up the FTM files (including all media it has downloaded) to my external hard drive – but is that enough?  Probably not. I think Dick has good suggestions we should all follow. 

For more helpful weekend reading, see what posts these bloggers liked...
Saturday – Gail Dever, Crème de la Crème
Sunday – Randy Seaver, Best of the Genea-Blogs

Monday, 11 June 2018

CIA Nazi War Crimes Dataset

At Internet Archive there was uploaded a set of zipped files on people that the CIA were investigating for WWII war crimes.  Description for this dataset:
"This information sheds important historical light on the Holocaust and other war crimes, as well as the U.S. Government’s involvement with war criminals during the Cold War. These records include operational files of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Central Intelligence Group (CIG), and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)."   

Some of the files contain genealogical information and, if lucky, photos. In some cases the CIA noted not only the subject of the file, but his family, who they were married to, birthdates, etc. 

Most of the files you can just click and "view the contents" while others have to be downloaded and unzipped to view. If it is a file you want, save it and unzip on your computer. 

The files that start with Aerodynamics are operations, reports and plans. Scroll down until you get to obvious names. Click "view contents", to open click Allow. Click on the folder, which contains pdf files. Some folders have only a couple, usually because once checked out there was nothing to find that interested the CIA. But then you get a folder with only three files like this first page for Benno Jehle ...

Jehle, Benno pdf.1

... the second page describes in detail how to get him into France under another name.

Other folders have many files with a personal history including what school they attended, employment history, trips out of the country, their close associates and perhaps their history.

Some were not Germans, as in the case of Paul Marion, who was deemed a French collaborator.

Paul Marion, Secretary General of Information and Propaganda, pdf.3
Member of French Committee of Waffen SS, 1944, pdf.11

Files are at the National Archives. In each section, click on Name Files to see lists of names that were released, and where to find their files.

Relevant Links

Friday, 8 June 2018

High Fives - June 8, 2018

High Fives are articles or blog posts I have read during the week that I find interesting, and perhaps are pertinent to my research. Sometimes there are only a couple and sometimes there are quite a few.

~by John at John Grenham – Irish Roots
One of my ancestors was a Poor Law Guardian in Lancashire. Search newspapers for Poor Law names. For other Poor Law and Workhouse info check out the link at the bottom of John’s article.

~by Micheál Ó Maoileoin at Galway Daily
You can search or browse different ways including by name or by map.

~by Jill Ball at GeniAus
What a fun idea! I have only a couple that I know of – perhaps I should look for more.

~by Allison Meier at JSTOR Daily
He is also mentioned in the back of this book I was just looking at recently, titled Wax Portraits and Silhouettes, published by the Colonial Dames of America. I use male and female Victorian-esque Silhouettes on my Ancestry profiles to distinguish my line of Grandparents. 

For more helpful weekend reading, see what posts these bloggers liked...
Saturday – Gail Dever, Crème de la Crème
Sunday – Randy Seaver, Best of the Genea-Blogs

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Colonial Magazine

The Colonial Magazine and versions thereof were published in London. Check each issue in the volumes.

Fisher's Colonial Magazine has Obituary notices in each issue, as well as other items, including where all the troops are stationed and news throughout the colonies. Check the list of contents at the beginning.

The Simmonds’s Colonial Magazine has lists of BMD at the end of each issue. In Vol 3, 1844, I found a Supplemental list of Immigrants on board the Appolline from London, via Plymouth to Hobart Town (AU) 1 Oct 1842. The list gives immigrants' names, their wages, their trade and the name of their employer. 

In the East Indian magazines look for Indian News. This may include BMD, military appointments and promotions, removals and forloughs, civil appointments, etc. 

Look for more issues on Google Books.

Relevant Links

Friday, 25 May 2018

High Fives - May 25, 2018

High Fives are articles or blog posts I have read during the week that I find interesting, and perhaps are pertinent to my research. Sometimes there are only a couple and sometimes there are quite a few.

~by Gail Dever at Genealogy à la carte
Now I can find my way around my ancestor’s Scotland!

By Donna Moughty at Donna’s Irish Genealogy Resources
Now I can easily map my Irish ancestors!

~by Paula Arasaki at UBC Library Digitizer’s Blog
Maps of the greater Vancouver area 

For more helpful weekend reading, see what posts these bloggers liked...
Saturday – Gail Dever, Crème de la Crème
Sunday – Randy Seaver, Best of the Genea-Blogs

New Web Regulations

You may have read about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect today. This regulation was made to protect website users when they give their personal information - name, address, phone no, credit card, etc -  to a business over the internet.  Some businesses already had in place the option for them to store your info for the next time you make a purchase or pay a bill, or delete it - now all businesses dealing with anyone in Europe has to comply. It is for YOUR protection.

As a blog author I do not collect personal info and therefore the regulation does not apply to us. It applies only to those that are collecting in a database personal information that can identify a person.

The only thing we bloggers have to do is to inform our readers about cookies, and this has been in place for a long time now. Because I have Statcounter on my blog, I have written another Privacy Policy so you understand what that means for you, the reader.

Thank you for reading my blog

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Digitization Stations

Many Public Libraries now have Digitization Stations.  You can book time to digitize your vhs tapes, 8mm home movies, audio tapes, old negatives and photos to a format that is compatible with modern day devices. 

Check your local library to see if they offer this service.    

Search using keywords such as the following:

library digitization

library digitize media

library digitization station

library digitize your collection

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Right to Bear Arms

Coats of Arms to be exact. 

Some people pepper their family tree with coats of arms for all their ancestors.  It may be pretty and all, but it is NOT right. It is maybe fine for those that don't really care about accuracy and just want names on their tree, and perhaps use the coat of arms image to differentiate their line, but don't go copying that practice just because. 
This is use "without authority or right"!

A coat of arms was granted to a person, not a family surname.  The Royal Proclamation of 1417 stated more or less: no man should assume arms unless he held them by right of inheritance or by the donation of some person who had the power to give them. 

My ancestor came to Canada from Ireland as a soldier in the 1820s, bringing with him a drawing of the Seale coat of arms. He was a carpenter and carved the coat of arms on the backs of the dining room chairs he made for his new home in Kingston. (I'd love to find one of those chairs!!)

I sent a copy of the drawing to the Herald at the College of Arms in London and asked him to look into it for me. I wrote a post on the results here.

The Queen authorized Coats of Arms for Princes William and Harry on their eighteenth birthday, as was her right. In September 2013 the Queen authorized a conjugal coat of arms for William and Kate. There is no news as of this date on the College of Arms website page for new grants for a conjugal coat of arms for Harry and Meghan. **
Some companies will sell you a coat of arms and other items "relating to your family" even though it is hooey... they just want to make money by preying on people interested in Heraldry. There is nothing wrong with having these items in your home as long as you don't pass them down as authorized, and they have no place in your ancestry, unless authorized. 

You can apply for a grant of arms by submitting a memorial to the College of Arms, along with the sum of £6,075 (roughly $10,500 CDN).  Check with the Heraldry Society of your country to see how to apply. (see post titled Disclaimed Gentlemen)

** Update 25 May 2018: Kensington Palace has released a statement that the Duchess of Sussex now has her own coat of arms. Not yet posted on College of Arms site. 

Related posts:

Disclaimed Gentlemen

Report From the College of Arms


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Cathern found Kathyrn

My sister Kathyrn Edith was born 24 May 1952.  She was born with Rh Disease and not expected to live very long. My Mom went against the doctor's advice to put her in an institution and brought Kathyrn home. 

Mom and Kathy 1953
(shortly before she died)

I had a little sister for just over 10 months. Kathyrn died 4 April 1953.  My mother was devastated. She took my brother and I to my grandmother's house and told my father to get rid of everything baby-related before we got home. Dad looked after the burial arrangements and I never heard anything more about Kathyrn, except two times much later in life.  It was a tacit agreement in the house that she was never spoken of. 

I was young so I didn't really understand it all at the time, I just knew Kathyrn was gone and she wasn't coming back. There were many times in my life that I felt the void, especially when I saw sisters together that were close. I was robbed of that. Visiting graves was not something our family did, the relatives that I knew were all cremated, so I never thought about a gravesite for Kathyrn. Until....

My father died in 2013 and I was the executor of his estate. I put all important papers in a big envelope and brought them home to go over. The envelope sat for a long time before I decided to go through it. Among his papers I discovered a burial certificate for Kathyrn. 

She was buried!!  And I had the name of the cemetery.  And I had a friend that lived not too far from that cemetery. And coincidentally, her name is Cathern. 

I got in touch with Cathern and asked her if she lived close to the Lakeview Cemetery and if perhaps she could find the gravesite.  She told me her grandparents were buried there and she would like to go and find their grave also. So on a fine day in August 2014 Cathern went to Lakeview Cemetery, and in a dingy, messy office she met with an employee who found the names in the computer.  But the employee didn't know were the plot for Kathyrn was, although they did eventually find her grandparents. She left her name and number for the manager who would know where to find Plot 2, Lot I,Section D. 

Two months later the manager called Cathern and told her he found where my sister Kathyrn was buried over 61 years ago. He said there was no marker but he could show her where the plot is. She is buried in an area with other children. On one side are two children from the same family, a baby and a 4 year old, and on her other side is an older child. 

On November 11, 2014, Cathern left flowers on her grave and took a photo for me. It was a very emotional day for me when I received this photo, and I am forever grateful to Cathern for finding my sister,  Kathyrn.

Friday, 18 May 2018

High Fives - May 18, 2018

High Fives are articles or blog posts I have read during the week that I find interesting, and perhaps are pertinent to my research. Sometimes there are only a couple and sometimes there are quite a few.

~by Lisa Louise Cooke at Genealogy Gems
I have found ancestors mentioned in other people's diaries, never thought of other people's home movies!  But why not?

~by Candice McDonald at Finding Your Canadian Story
Another free database to search for your ancestors

~by Janine Adams at Organize Your Family History
I am forever saying to myself “Where did I see that?”  
I have to follow Janine more carefully

~by Family Tree Editors at Family Tree Magazine
Must check for my US ancestors

For more helpful weekend reading, see what posts these bloggers liked...
Saturday – Gail Dever, Crème de la Crème
Sunday – Randy Seaver, Best of the Genea-Blogs

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Kinship in Genealogy

There are two types of kinship... by blood and by marriage. Then there are degrees of kinship. You can read about them here.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama has a Kinship Glossary on their website. This is actually where I got my Letter Z for the A to Z challenge in 2016.  Did you know that Z is for sister?   

Scrolling down the page author Michael Dean Murphy has compiled a list of Kinship Terms and Concepts for many cultures. 


Did you know that a  Matrifocal Family consists of a mother and her children? 

Fictive Kin are those not related by blood or marriage, such as godparents, close family friends, blood brothers and informally adopted children. This is family you choose!

Relevant Links

Kinship glossary, terms and concepts - university of Alabama

Kinship terms at Linguistik Online

Family words in various languages

Monday, 14 May 2018

Make a Personal Favicon

What's a Favicon?

The favicon (short for favourite icon) is the little icon or logo that shows on the tab of an open website and on your favourites or bookmark bar. In this diagram the arrows are pointing to the favicon.

Some favicons are instantly recognizable, like those for the national Archives (UK and USA), social media sites like twitter, blogging sites like word press and blogger, all have their own icon. In the above diagram you can see in the first tab my blogger manager is open.  

The second tab is my blog site showing the favicon I created for all my blogs, which are under the umbrella of Dianne at Home. My logo is a fancy D with a little house on it. You should be seeing my favicon on the tab now.

A favicon is a ".ico" file (rather than a .jpg) which is 16px x 16px and can be created with an online favicon generator. The reason for using a generator is that most image programs do not give you the option to save an image as a .ico file.

When choosing an image, remember the image you use must be able to go square. Most generators want to start with at least 260 x 260, for best results they may ask for 512 x 512 ... and it will be reduced to 16 x 16 in the program. Save your image as a png file.

I made my image in Photoshop elements, using a small image on top of a letter, then I uploaded it to the favicon generator. If you are using image only, make sure the image is not too complicated as when it is reduced to 16 x 16 it is harder to see, and you can just go ahead and upload it to the generator. If you don't like what you get, try another image. It's all free, so you can play around with it.

Once you have created your favicon, save it on your computer as favicon.ico

I will give instructions for adding it to Blogger, as that is what I have.

Open blogger manager and go to Layout. The first element block is for the favicon. The default is the blogger logo you see on most blogger blogs.

Click Edit on the favicon block, then Choose File, then upload your "favicon.ico" image. 
Click Save, then Save Arrangement on the main page. 
It may take a while for the favicons to appear. Sometimes it will appear right away and other times you may have to close, press F5, or ever restart your computer.  But it will show up and appear on the tab when you open your site, and on your favourites bar. One of mine only appeared the next day.  Clearing your cache helps.

If you have WordPress - try this post 4 Easy Ways to Add a Favicon in WordPress

If you have your own website add this code in the header element... (remember, if your ico file is in a folder, perhaps named images, then use "images/favicon.ico")
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon"> 
Upload your "favicon.ico" image and altered file with your ftp manager. 

Below are some links to favicon generators. Some, like the first one, will download a list of files in a zip folder, pick out the ico file. 

Relevant Links

The 1&1 Favicon Generator

Favicon cc




Sunday, 13 May 2018

My Mothers

Happy Mother's Day

Mary Jane Porter ggm
Susanna Johnston 2xggm, Sarah Mavor gm, Mary Johnston 3xggm

Mary Johnston (her maiden name), my 3x great-grandmother, left everything and everyone she knew with her husband William Johnston and their young son and immigrated from Cork, Ireland  in the early 1840s. They settled in Ulverton, South Durham, Quebec. They had nine children. Their third child was my 2x great-grandmother Susanna Johnston

Susanna Johnston 1846-1923

Susanna Johnston married John Porter in Ulverton in 1866. They raised 11 children in Ulverton and retired to Jefferson, NH.  Their eldest daughter was my great-grandmother Mary Jane Porter

Mary Jane Porter 1867-1957
(and my grandmother Sarah Myrtle King)

Mary Jane Porter married Clement King in 1893 in Ulverton and they made their home in Verdun, Montreal, Quebec.  Clement died in 1922 and Mary Jane held the family together during the depression. They had 5 children and their eldest daughter was my grandmother, Sarah Myrtle King

Sarah Myrtle King 1894-1984

Sarah (Sadie) King married Herbert James Mavor in 1919 in Verdun, Montreal, Quebec. In the depression years of the 1930s Sadie was fortunate to get employment as Secretary-Treasurer for Mr Fred Shackell at the Coatwell paint and Varnish Co. When Mr Shackell died Sadie and another employee bought the company, saving the jobs of the other people employed there. Sadie and Herbie had 2 children and the youngest was my Mom, Jean Audrey Mavor.

Audrey Mavor 1925-2016
(and me at 5 months)

I think of all my mothers on Mother's Day. I also wish Happy Mother's Day to my daughters, it is not easy bringing up kids in this day and age, and they are doing a wonderful job!

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