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.

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