August 2012

Irish Life & Lore An archive of Irish voices

Irish Life & Lore An archive of Irish voices” is a website offering an interesting service. They have captured “…over 3,000 voices …. as they discuss their own lives and histories, along with personal and family experiences of events in Irish national and social history.”

You can purchase a CD or download a MP3 of the recordings. The MP3’s cost around €7.00. You can browse or search the catalogue online. The catalogue can be searched by county name, non-county collection or keyword.

The keywords under browse are Ancient monuments; Funeral undertaking; Gardaí Siochána; 1916; ESB [Electric Supply Board]; World War One; Blacksmithing: Missionaries; Smuggling; World War Two; GAA [Gaelic Athletic Association]; and Gaelic football.

They provide a service to help people “Record and Preserve Your Family Voices.”

Some of their recordings have been turned into books.

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366 Days of Genealogy – July

Once a day on the Blair Archival Research Facebook page a new post is shared. There is a theme for each month and July’s was Canada. You will get bonus posts relating to the theme but only on the Blair Archival Research Facebook page these will not be posted on the monthly blog review.

July 1

Happy Canada Day! Do you have Canadian ancestors? Have you checked the Genealogy and Family History section of the Library and Archives Canada website?

July 2

Did you notice on the Library and Archives Canada website that you can access a large number of databases for free? Some of these databases are also offered on pay per view websites.

July 3

LAC has a list of research aids to assist you with your research.

July 4

Don’t forget to check out the virtual exhibits on the LAC website. You never know what you may find.

July 5

LAC has put several microfilms online that you can browse.

July 6

Each province and territory in Canada is responsible for their own vital statistics. You can find contact information and more on the LAC website.

July 7

If you are looking for someone who lived in Canada circa 1940 then see if you can access a copy of their 1940 National Registration. You will need an address or location of where they lived, proof of death which could be a copy of an obituary and the fee is about $50 CDN. It will take about three months to get the information.

July 8

AMICUS is a good resource to see what might be available at LAC. You can search it for books and newspapers. You can find local histories, church and cemetery indexes, family histories and other items that may help you with your search.

July 9

If you are searching for a First World War ancestor you can search the attestation papers on the LAC website for free. If you find a relevant file then you can order a copy of the military file online as well. You will have several choices of the format of the document. It can be printed, digital or on CD.

July 10

When looking for information on your First World War ancestors don’t forget to check out the War Diaries that are digitized and online.

July 11

If your ancestor died in the Second World War then you can search a database on the LAC website to see if you can find more information.

July 12

You can find a list of websites that relate to War Graves on the LAC website.

July 13

If you had an ancestor who died in a war then check the Books of Remembrance link at Veteran Affairs Canada. You will find links to digital images to the books and they are separated into conflicts except for those who served from Newfoundland. They have their own book.

July 14

Did you know that you can search the Alberta Homestead Records at Internet Archive? These are microfilms that you can browse to find more information.

July 15

On the University of Victoria website they have the British Colonist Newspaper (1858-1910) available online to search.

July 16

The Winnipeg Free Press has put their archive online. The date ranges are 1874 to 2011.

July 17

The New Brunswick archives have a database called “The New Brunswick Irish Portal.”

July 18

The Cape Breton University Digital Collections has the Nova Scotia Historical Newspaper Project.

July 19

Memorial University in Newfoundland has the Digital Archives Initiative. You can browse some newspapers and there are links to other newspaper sources.

July 20

Memorial University has a collection of digital maps.

July 21

If your people were living in Newfoundland on 1 April 1949 then they were there when Newfoundland entered Confederation. There is an audio recording of the broadcast from St. John’s and Ottawa on that day.

July 22

The University of Prince Edward Island has a website called Island Archives which provides a wealth of information relating to the history of the Island and its people.

July 23

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec has a digital collection of historic newspapers.

July 24

If your ancestors hail from Saskatchewan the Regina Public Library has the Prairie History Collection. They list the resources available at the library.

July 25

Have you seen the Ontario Time Machine Really Old Ontario Books? It is run by the public libraries in Toronto, Hamilton and Kingston Frontenac and the government of Ontario.

July 26

The Hudson Bay Archives have Biographical Sheets with regards to employment but it may also provide additional information.

July 27

A good beginner’s guide for Canadian research is “Finding Your Canadian Ancestors A Beginner’s Guide” by Sherry Irvine and Dave Obee.

July 28

If you have Loyalists in your family then the best book to help you with the research is “United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada” by Brenda Dougall Merriman.

July 29

Brenda Dougall Merriman also wrote an excellent book for Ontario research called “Genealogy in Ontario Searching the Records” revised third edition.

July 30

A gazetteer is a must for doing genealogical research. One for Canada is “Lovell’s Gazetteer of British North America 1873”

July 31

Attending conferences helps you learn more and find out what is new in the area of your research. The Ontario Genealogical Society has a conference every year and it is the largest in Canada.

To get a new tip each day all you have to do is “Like” Blair Archival Research.

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Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Genealogy Canada had a post called “TONI Is Growing Everyday!” TONI is The Ontario Name Index. The Ontario Genealogical Society is trying to create an index of every name found in any publication relating to Ontario.

Grow Your Own Family Tree has a post called “Ancestry launches Web Search in the UK.” They say that “ has begun to index databases from other UK websites via Web Search.”

Geniaus has a post called “Clear Advice – Maybe not.” In this post she looks at using Evernote to take the place of Delicious.

The NLI blog has a post called “The Freeman’s Journal” It is the third in series of posts relating to the joint venture of the National Library of Ireland and the Newspaper & Periodical History Forum of Ireland. This post looks at the history of the Freeman’s Journal. It is important to know the history of a newspaper when you are doing newspaper research.

The Active History blog has a post this week called “Speak, Recipe: Reading Cookbooks as Life Stories.” I have always enjoyed reading cookbooks. This post provides a whole different outlook to the treasured and often ignored cookbooks found in kitchens around the world.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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