Friday, 25 November 2016

Yukon Family History & Museums



Did your ancestor attempt to find their fortune in the 'Gold Rush'? Were they involved in the 'support' of the gold miners', ie: proprietors, owners of businesses?
Wikimedia
Commons
Perhaps you will find some hidden 'Nuggets' in the resources below. 

Yukon Genealogy is a page that is supported by staff of the Yukon Archives.
Historic Yukon & Alaska Proprietors and Managers - Index

Yukon Archives - they have built a new storage vault to help store their expanding collection.  Contact:  yukon.archives@gov.yk.ca

Family Histories / Biographies (found on the public library pages)
- The Carmack family genealogy / by Charles W. Peckham, Sr.
- Jijuu : who are my grandparents? Where are they from? : our people, our names : a genealogy/history of the Teetl'it Gwich'in of Fort McPherson.
- Keys Family genealogy
- From Norway to the Klondike : the adventurous and independent life of Georgine B. Sonsteby : biography, genealogy, notes, and compilation of writings of Georgine B. Sonsteby / by Kathy A. Lewis.

Yukon Museums Guide - this link lands on the Binet House museum's page, but the links on the right list the other museums and archives in the Yukon.

Museums and Archives:
Binet House
Copperbelt Railway & Mining Museum
Dawson City Museum
George Johnston Museum
Keno Mining Museum
Kluane Museum of Natural History
MacBride Museum of Yukon History
Old Log Church Museum  @oldlogchurch  Yukon's Spirited History
Yukon Archives
Yukon Transportation Museum

Most of these museums are closed over the summer, however, you may be able to send an enquiry to the Yukon Archives to ask for help in your search.
The Yukon Historical & Museums Association

Dave Obee has a good page with links to Yukon Newspapers, census and genealogy pages for the Yukon. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Canada @ WDYTYA Live!

As Canada celebrates 150 years in 2017, this is an opportune time for Canadian Genealogy to be promoted at Who Do You Think You Are Live! an intense 3 day Genealogy show in Birmingham, England.

For many years, the Who Do You Think You Are Live! (WDYTYA) show has represented all parts of the United Kingdom. Last year, American Ancestors, from the United States, attended and were extremely busy all 3 days. From the Who Do You Think You Are Live! website, American Ancestors are listed as an exhibitor for 2017. Over 13,000 people walked through the doors who were very excited to find information about their ancestors. To my knowledge, although Canadians have been invited as speakers, there is as of yet no single representation by or of Canadian genealogists or societies.
My proposal is to represent Canadian Genealogy and 
my country at this unique event.
This is a prime promotional opportunity for your 
organization, not to be missed!

WDYTYA 2016
Who Am I?
I have attended the WDYTYA show for approximately 5 years in the capacity of an 'Ask the Expert' - volunteering for the Society of Genealogists. First and foremost, I am a Canadian, an experienced genealogist and a professional working in the heritage sector in the U.K. 

Whenever I have the opportunity, I support and recommend organizations that have anything to do with Canadian genealogy, family history or indeed, Canadian history. Some of those include: the Peel Collection at the UofA, the Archives of Ontario, the fantastic searchable databases at all of the provincial Archives. Family History Societies include: Alberta Genealogical Society, Ontario Genealogical Society, BC Genealogical Society, Saskatchewan Genealogical Society and many more. I regularly promote Canadian Archives, Museums and Libraries when speaking with UK genealogists. Often the starting point is Library and Archives Canada. I have written about many of these valuable genealogical resources on My Blog

What's in it for You?
If you are a Family History Society, send me your promotional material. If you are a Museum/Archive, send me your promotional material. If you are a Commercial Vendor, send me your promotional material. I will sell, promote and talk to customers until I am hoarse, on behalf of your organization using whatever material you send my way

To give you a flavour of the show, two of my favourite Canadian genealogists, John D. Reid and M.Diane Rogers reported on their visit to the show. Also, here is the 2016 WDYTYA Live photo gallery

Your Support If you would like your organization to be promoted at WDYTYA Live in Birmingham in 2017, please consider supporting the nominal cost of a table. (More details available.) That is the only outlay required as I will foot the cost of accommodation and transportation. I am passionate to pursue this fantastic opportunity and very proud to have an opportunity to represent my country.

If you have any suggestions, ideas for promotion, or would like to discuss 
any thoughts regarding the above, please do get in touch.  Thank You!

Saturday, 19 November 2016

2016 #WeShallRememberThem #lestweforget tweets you may have missed

Poignant tweets and articles during the 
2016 Remembrance Day weekend
Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium     ©Penny Allen
  
Canada Remembers

The Crag and Canyon - Banff Alberta Newspaper

@ReidFiest
Alberta man cleans every veterans' grave in Drumheller cemetery by hand

Twin sisters trace father's wartime  footprints on German battlefield. Via Drumheller Mail. (Alberta)

Margaret Dougherty  @emdeeinTO remembers her family 
We Remember 1: Sapper John Matheson 1884-1964
We Remember 2: Private Frank Matheson 1892-1949
We Remember 3: Private Andrew Horne 1890-1917
https://neverendingfamily.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Remembering a Grandfather Who Served - an article written by Cheyenne Stapley in 2012, but well worth representing here. A boy from the Prairie who joined the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII.

@Combat Camera - deployed members pay tribute to fallen comrades during ceremonies abroad.

Meanwhile in Canada @MeanwhileinCana
The late, great Leonard Cohen reciting "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian poet Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

UK Remembers

@pimpmytweeting
Jo from Essex : Remembering today my Great Grandad, Joseph French, Royal Artillery and my uncle W.H from 22 SAS. Both killed in action.

@AL2SpireiteSt Albans Spireite Also my Great Grandad, Frank Broomfield, Berkshire Regiment. Died Aug 25th 1918

@Hells4Heroes Helen: Always remembering the fallen, while honouring those who survived and came home.... A photo of old soldiers sitting with WW2 soldiers.   #lestweforget #remembranceday @bygrave59

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta : Interviews of Pioneers conducted in the 1970s

The Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta has a most unique oral history collection.

Charles Ursenbach was a member of the Mormon Church and undertook an interview project which totalled 149 sound recordings. Mr. Ursenbach wrote to over 200 small communities in Southern Alberta requesting their help in identifying potential 'old timer' candidates for interviews. The links below provides information about the interviews and also how to access the transcriptions. I have provided a list of names of the interviewees as well.

These two projects, now part of the Charles Ursenbach fonds, took place in the 1970s and 1980s; one project involved interviewing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the other was sponsored by the Alberta Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation.
A brief history of organization of the collection and summary of contents .
Table of Contents:
Series 1 Oral history projects. -- 1971-1985
Series 2 Charles Ursenbach's personal papers. -- 1924-1985, predominant 1973-1985
Series 3  Photographs. -- [ca. 1872]-1979 - includes scanned documents

Inventory : Arranged alphabetically by the name of the person interviewed. Sound recordings: unfortunately many are not dated. Transcripts: dates given are of the date the interview was conducted.

Names of interviewees:
ACKROYD, ALEXANDER, ALGER, ALLEN, ALLRED, ANDERSON, ATKINS
BARKER, BATES, BECKHAM, BEECHER, BENNER, BIRD, BOUCHER, BOWDEN, BRADSHAW, BRANDLEY, BRANTON, BREWERTON, BRIDGE, BROOKS, BULLOCK, BURT-JOHNS, BURTON
CHRISTIANSEN, COHEN, COLLETT, COLWELL, CONDON, COOMBS, CORDARA, COUSINS, CRARER, CUTTING
DAHL, DAVIES, deMILLE, DEMPSEY, DENNING, DICKENS, DONKIN, DUCE, DUNLOP, DUNN
ELLIOTT, ELLISON, EVANS, EVANSON
FARWELL, FISH, FLETCHER, FRANCIS, FRODSHAM, FRY
GEDLAMAN, GLADSTONE, GLENN, GOODRIDGE, GRAHAM, GRAY, GREEN, GUNN
HAGE, HAMILTON, HANKS, HANSON, HARKER, HARVEY, HEMUS, HICKEN, HO SIP, HOWSON, HUDSON
IRWIN
JACOBS, JENKINS, JENSEN, JOHNSON
KEARL, KENNEY, KING, KITCHEN, KLASSEN, KNIGHT
LAYTON, LEASE, LEAVITT, LeBARON, LEE, LEECH, LEIGHTON, LITTLE, LOTT, LOW, LYONS
MacASKILL, MAIR, MARSHALL, MARTIN, MATKIN, McALLISTER, McELHONE, McKINNON, McPHEE, MEIKLE, MELCHIN, MENDENHALL, MIDGLEY, MILLER, MOXLEY, MURRAY
NICHOLSON, NIELSEN, NEWCOMBE, NORTON, NYE
OVIATT
PALMER, PANABAKER, PARKER, PAXMAN, PAYNE, PERRETT, PETERSEN, PIERSON, PILLING, PITCHER, PLATT, PORTER, POULSEN, PRATT, PRICE, PUE, PURNELL, PUZEY
RASMUSSEN, RAWSON, RAWSTHORNE, REA, REDD, REMINGTON, RIRIE, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, ROLLINS, ROMERIL, ROMNEY, ROSENVALL, RUSSELL
SABEY, SALMON, SCOTT, SEELY, SELMAN, SENTER, SHACKLEFORD, SHEPPARD, SHERWOOD, SHIELDS, SIRRINE, SMITH, SNOW, SPACKMAN, SPENCER, SPRATT, STANDEN, STAYSKO, STEELE, STEVENS, STODDARD, STONEHOCKER, STRINGAM, STRINGER
TANNER, TAYLOR, THOMSON, TINGLE, TURNER
URSENBACH
VANCE, VRBA
WALKER, WARREN, WATHEN, WATSON, WESTERSUND, WESTON, WHITEHEAD, WILD, WOOD, WOOLF, WOOLLEY, WRIGHT
YOUNG.
Here's hoping you will find someone you know in this list!

Monday, 7 November 2016

St. Albert AB 150 Family Stories

St. Albert is a city of 60,000+, located north-west of Edmonton. Founded in 1861 by Father Lacombe, and originally a Métis community, the city is planning a number of events to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada. St. Albert History This was announced in the April issue of the St. Albert Gazette.

  Canada150 is a nation wide 
  celebration of Canada's 150th
  birthday. Many communities
  across the country are
  celebrating in unique ways. 
  This is a list of the community
  events taking place: 

The events: Collecting 150 stories from city residents about their histories and hopes for the the future, whether that is by oral histories (interviews) or in video or print. These will be shared online once they have been compiled. A very popular community block party will be held for the entire city. A public art project is being planned to 'celebrate the past, present and future of Canada'. You will be able to follow as the art is being created and the final artwork will be unveiled at the arts festival in 2017.

Lastly, and perhaps of interest to historians, is the newspaper's plan to publish a story about one element of St. Albert that is 150 years old on the last Wednesday of each month until July 2017. These articles, written by Kevin Ma highlight various historical figures as well as significant landmarks. Here is a list so far.

July 27 A Bridge to the Past
www.stalbertgazette.com/article/A-bridge-to-the-past-20160727

August 31  A city's roots are through it's farms
www.stalbertgazette.com/article/A-citys-roots-are-through-its-farms-20160831

September 28 The Law comes to St. Albert
www.stalbertgazette.com/article/The-Law-comes-to-St-Albert-20160928

October 26 Moving through time
www.stalbertgazette.com/article/moving-through-time-20161026

November 30  The builder of peace : Lacombe's trials in the west still resonate today, say historians
http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/The-builder-of-peace-20161130

St. Albert Genealogy related links:

A Storied Past: Recollections of St. Albert - This program will use personal stories to preserve the histories of St. Albert.

Alberta Genealogical Society - Edmonton Branch - direct enquiries regarding St. Alberta genealogical research to the Edmonton Branch

Musee Heritage - Archives and Library  - This archive has a Métis Genealogy database - a very unique contribution by Elizabeth Macpherson, a previous assistant curator. Their website states it is only available in the archives. I am very pleased that they also support Gail Morin’s work on Métis Families, which covers all of North America. My personal research was certainly enhanced by accessing Gail's work!

St Albert Public Library Genealogy Club - a very active genealogy club which meets once a month at the public library, ask the 'Genealogy Genies' for help!

St. Albert + Sturgeon County GenWeb site - this website has some information on Ukranian genealogy research

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Cambridgeshire (U.K.) Family History Resources

Do you like free genealogy resources? Even better if the free resources are provided by someone with hands-on experience with old records? The article on p.12 in the September 2016 of the Who Do You Think You Are magazine caught my eye.

Image from Mike Petty's
Internet Archive page
Mike Petty, MBE, is a retired librarian of the Cambridge Central Library (for 30 years) who has shared three catalogues of material from the Cambridgeshire Collection. Mike uploaded this material to Internet Archive where it is free for anyone to access and discover treasures about their Cambridgeshire ancestors.

The three catalogues include: A Cambridgeshire Bibliography (books, pamphlets, articles and periodicals in the Cambridgeshire Collection); Cambridgeshire Illustrations and a compliation of Local History Articles he wrote for the Cambridge Evening News and Cambridge Weekly News between 1984 and 2014.

Some of the collections on his website include: Cambridgeshire Collection in Lion Yard LibraryCatalogues and Indexes; Engravers; Illustrations; Newspapers; Photographers; Streets and Houses; Village Studies

Mike has also indexed Great War stories from the Ely Standard and provides them for free on his website.

Although I confess to know little about Cambridgeshire, the fact that someone who used to work in a local studies library is concerned that years and years of knowledge might be lost forever to then provide those resources for free is astounding. What great passion and foresight to save and share his research and efforts in such a public place, but also with an organisation that is entrusted with the long term care of such precious data. Perhaps this is the way forward for other libraries, librarians, family history researchers?

Well done, Mike!

Mike Petty email: mikepetty13a@gmail.com

https://archive.org/details/@mike_petty