Email notifications

The past five days have tested my patience as I tried to figure out what the gremlins did to stop followers of this blog from receiving email notifications about new blog posts.

If you did not receive a notification about this morning’s two posts, please click here to read them.

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FamilySearch marks 15-year anniversary yesterday celebrated its 15th year of providing genealogists with online records — and many happy discoveries. Hard to remember, but it was originally launched as the Family Search Internet by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 24, 1999.

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On the FamilySearch blog, Steve Anderson wrote, “In its infancy, FamilySearch started with two key databases, which included Ancestral File and the International Genealogical File (IGI), along with a few minor genealogical databases. The site originally provided access to 400 million names. Today, FamilySearch contains more than 3.2 billion records.”

I remember the days when I entered family names in the online IGI and was amazed at what appeared on the computer screen. It was almost like magic.

Happy anniversary, FamilySearch! Thanks for providing free online genealogy resources for 15 years.

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‘Fire Canoe’ tells story of steamboating in Western Canada

Ted Barris’ book, Fire Canoe: Prairie Steamboat Days Revisited, relays the history of Canadian steamboats that were captained by seafaring skippers who had moved inland and piloted by indigenous peoples who knew the intricacies and dangers of the waterways. These boats, named “fire canoes” by Aboriginals, helped to form the Canadian West.

Book_Fire CanoeThe passengers on the steamboats were fur traders, adventure-seekers, and immigrants, opening up the West. The captains, pilots, and passengers all sought their futures and fortunes aboard Prairie steamboats, decades before the railways arrived.

The story is told through eye-witness accounts recorded by the author in the 1970s.

Ted Barris is a journalist, historian, broadcaster and contributor to the National Post and the Globe and Mail and has authored 17 books, many tracing Canada’s military contributions during two world wars and the Korean conflict, such as his award-winning The Great Escape.

Originally published in 1977, this new and improved edition of Fire Canoe was launched last fall by Dundurn Press. It is available in many bookstores and can be purchased online in hardback and digital formats at ChaptersIndigo and Amazon.

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Free Jamboree 2016 live streaming schedule announced

As part of its 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past, the Southern California Genealogical Society will live stream several conference presentations for free, and registration is now open.

Thanks to financial support from, you will be able to attend 14 free presentations, from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 — all from the comfort of your home computer or tablet.

If unable to watch any presentation in real time as it is being live streamed, you will have until July 5, 2016 to watch the recorded version on the society’s live stream website. This is especially good news for those of us attending the Ontario Genealogical Society’s annual conference in Toronto that weekend.

Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels, and schedule details are available on the Jamboree website.

The Jamboree streaming video is free, but you must register here to view the live broadcasts.

Friday, June 3
FR008 — 4:00 p.m. ET — German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources – James M.Beidler

FR018 — 5:30 p.m. ET — Problems and Pitfalls of a “Reasonably Shallow” Search – Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGL®

FR027 — 7:00 p.m. ET — Tracking Migrations and More: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations – Paula Stuart- Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA

FR035 — 8:30 p.m. ET — Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis – George Goodloe Morgan

Saturday, June 4
SA009 — 11:30 a.m. ET — Getting Started with Eastern European Research – Lisa A. Alzo, MFA

SA018 — 1:00 p.m. ET — Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research – Cyndi Ingle

SA022 — 2:30 p.m. ET — German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, and Distribution – C. Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG®

SA032 — 5:00 p.m. ET — Using Military Pension Files to Fill Gaps in Family History – J. H. Fonkert, CG®

SA037 — 6:30 p.m. ET — Maximizing Your Use of Evidence – Thomas Wright Jones, PhD, CG®, CGL®, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

SA052 — 8:00 p.m. ET — German Genealogy on the Internet: Beyond the Basics – Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Sunday, June 5
SU009 — 11:30 a.m. ET — The Firelands, the Connecticut Western Reserve and the Ohio Territory – Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

SU010 — 1:00 p.m. ET — Avoiding Shiny Penny Syndrome with Your Genealogy – Tessa Ann Keough

SU027 — 3:30 p.m. ET — All Aboard: Staying on Track with Your Research – Barbara M. Randall

SU031 — 5:00 p.m. ET — U. S. Passport Applications – Debbie Mieszala, CG®

You do not have to be a member of SCGS to view any of the streaming video.

Streaming videos will not be shown on the SCGS website and are not the same as Jamboree Extension Series Webinars. I assume you must register to receive the link.

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Genealogy à la carte email notifications temporarily out of order

Something fishy has been taking place with the email notifications many of you receive from this blog.

FishIf you signed up to receive email notifications about every article published on Genealogy à la carte, you perhaps noticed you haven’t received anything since Friday, May 20. The service is temporarily unavailable. It seems the cyber gremlins have played with the wires and disconnected some of them.

In the meantime, while I try to fix the problem, please check here from time to time. As you perhaps know, I publish one or two articles, sometimes three, every day. You will also find every one of my articles, along with posts from other blogs and articles, on the Genealogy à la carte Facebook group.

Many thanks to John D. Reid who spread the word about my problem on his blog, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections. Every bit helps.

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Learn about Quebec genealogy research in Oakville

Mike Quackenbush will conduct two sessions about Quebec genealogy research at the Oakville Public Library on June 9 and 16, in Oakville, Ontario.

Both sessions are open to the public. A small fee of $8 is required for each session, and registration is required.

Oakville Public Library_June 2016Quebec Genealogical Records
Thursday, June 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Getting started into researching ancestors in Quebec can be a daunting task for people who aren’t familiar with Quebec as a province and its history. We will take a dive into exploring how Quebec is sub-divided, and the many record collections available in some of the most populated regions – both online and offline.

The Quebec Divide?
Thursday, June 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Religion, language, and history are three large components which make up the general culture of a society. We will look at some of the similarities, differences, and terminology you will face when looking into record collections and help you become more confident in delving into records not found on mainstream genealogy websites.

Register here.

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Free access to Ancestry’s UK records until end of long weekend

To mark the Victoria Day long weekend, is offering free access to all United Kingdom records now until Monday, May 23, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Registration is required. Click here.

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MyHeritage to launch DNA Matching

Competition appears to be heating up in the DNA data world.

MyHeritage now offers the ability to upload DNA data to your family tree for free on its website. Your DNA data will be kept private and secure.

Next, MyHeritage will soon roll out DNA Matching that will allow you to be matched to other people who share DNA with you and are likely related to you. MyHeritage will allow you to review the family trees of your DNA Matches (excluding living people) and filter them by shared surnames or locations to focus on matches that are more relevant to you. You will be able to connect with new relatives and collaborate with them.

Initially, DNA Matching will be free, but it may become a paid feature later on.

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This week’s crème de la crème — May 21, 2016

Some of the bijoux I discovered this week.

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Internet Archive – Canadian Resources and Canadian Merchant Navy WW2 by Penny Allen on UK to Canada Genealogy.

Finding your Ancestors in the Thetford Mines region of Quebec by Jacques Gagné on Genealogy Ensemble.

Toronto Landmarks and Homes by Dianne Nolin on Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.

Nova Scotia Online Historical Newspapers Summary and Newfoundland and Labrador Online Historical Newspapers Summary by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt.

British Army, Navy and Air Force Lists and TNA announce National Maritime Museum and the Crew List Index Project by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections.

Step Five: Resolve Conflicts by Barbara J. Starmans on Out of My Tree Genealogy News.

How to Create a Coloring Book for Family History by Lisa Louise Cooke on Genealogy Gems.

French-Canadian Genetic Diseases-part 2 by Sandra Goodwin on Maple Stars and Stripes.

World War I- French Canadians and Franco-Americans by Juliana L’Heureux, Portland (Maine) Press Herald.

Toronto’s black history unearthed in excavation of landmark church by John Lorinc, Toronto Star.

The debate over preserving Calgary’s architectural heritage by Harry Sanders, CBC News (Calgary, Alberta).

100 years ago today we said ‘no’ to Berlin by Jeff Outhit, Waterloo Region (Ontario) Record.

The woman behind Dr Barnardo by Dominic Connolly, Daily Mail (United Kingdom).

Newly launched online archive sheds light on US heroes based in Norfolk, Eastern Daily Press (Norwich, England).

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Historical maps of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba has been digitizing historical maps of Manitoba and uploading them to Flickr to help preserve and make them widely available, and the work continues.

The collection includes old city maps, planning maps, transit maps, insurance maps, highway maps, and topographic maps. There is even a small collection of photos and illustrations of city scenes.

The Historical Maps of Manitoba Collection also includes photos and illustrations, such as this one of Winnipeg's Main Street in 1885.

The Historical Maps of Manitoba Collection also includes photos and illustrations, such as this one of Winnipeg’s Main Street in 1885.

According to Larry Liberté, who is responsble for the digitization project, the maps are in the public domain. This means you can download and use the maps for personal use and share them on Facebook and other social media.

Browse and search
There are two ways to enjoy the collection. You can browse the images through the photostream or look through the albums. I found it easier to select an album and browse.

As for conducting a keyword search, if you have never searched on Flickr, you may not notice the magnifying glass. Click on it to begin your search as shown below.

Manitoba Historical Maps_search feature_revAfter you click on the magnifying glass, a search box appears at the top of the screen. (See image below.) Enter your keyword there. Note that you are searching within the map collection, that is, Wyman Laliberte. If Wyman Laliberte does not appear in the box, you are searching all of Flickr.Manitoba Historical Maps_search feature02_rev

To keep abreast of new additions to the site, you may sign up for the RSS feed. (That’s the annoying little box that keeps popping up from the bottom of the website, asking you to sign up.)

I have added the Manitoba Historical Maps collection link to my Genealogy Research Toolbox to make it easy for you to find in the future. Look for Manitoba in the Canada section.

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