Thursday, 13 December 2018
Thursday, 6 December 2018
In my last post I alluded to more than one new resource. And here it is! Another new book about Scots who initially settled in along the Ottawa Valley in Ontario but then migrated to Utah after converting to Latter Day Saints. Their travel takes them through Nauvoo Illinois, Council Bluffs Iowa and then along the Mormon Trail.
There are several surnames listed in the book's 32 page index as well as some 50 family tree charts contained within the book.
Click here for the index showing the surnames listed within the book.
And click the link to GlobalGenealogy where the book can be purchased in either print or PDF formats. Global ships internationally.
The book is entitled Narrative of a Voyage to Quebec and the Journey from Thence to New Lanark in Upper Canada
Several ships brought these settlers into Ontario with the largest groups coming in 1821 and 1822. The book gives a first hand account by one John McDonald. Interestingly, I read a first hand account of the passage across the sea by the same John McDonald when I was in the National Records of Scotland in May of this year. 9 days of rough seas and seasickness. I honestly can't imagine. I suffered seasickness for 2 hours and was ready for the knackerman.
McDonald gives a bit of a negative spin based on his own experiences, but given that his writings were contemporarily written, give a wonderful insight into the settlement scheme which allowed Scots to have land - something that never would have been a possibility had they remained in Scotland. The settlement itself was very successful and the book shows us the obstacles that the new settlers faced when they arrived in Ontario (then Upper Canada).
The book is available in print or PDF download from GlobalGenealogy. Global ships internationally.
Sunday, 2 December 2018
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
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Monday, 12 November 2018
The app allows you to view the conference schedule, familiarize yourself with the speakers, make a list of vendors and exhibitors to visit in the Expo Hall. The app also allows you to connect with others who are attending the conference.
The RootsTech mobile app is a great way for you to keep up to date with all that is happening before and during the conference. It will become your "go-to" to keep you organized and on schedule when you are at the conference.
If you have a previous version of the app, you can simply update. If this is your first time, head to your app store for either iOS or Android and download. Play around and get familiar with the app before the conference.
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See you in Salt Lake City for the largest family history conference, February 27th- Mar 2, 2019.
Saturday, 10 November 2018
At age 5, Saroo was sent from India to Australia where he was adopted. His adoptive mother helped to keep his memories alive and as he got older, Saroo used Google Earth to remember his homeland and other technology to eventually reunite with his birth family.
This promises to be a talk that will require hankies and it is most likely that there won't be a dry eye in the house as we listen to Saroo's riveting story of finding his family of origin. Here is a sneak peak:
To register for RootsTech: https://www.rootstech.org/
Friday, 9 November 2018
As with any conference, there will be a marketplace where vendors will offer products or services will assist family historians with their research.
The registration fees are just $99 canadian, which translates to about $65 usd.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
As an Ambassador for RootsTech in 2019, I get the honour of giving away a four day pass to the event!
As a prize winner, you will get a FREE 4 day pass allowing you access to:
- over 300 sessions
- Keynote and General Session
- An AMAZING exhibition hall
- evening events
All you have to do to win is enter the draw! Simply navigate over to the right hand side of this webpage and find the header ROOTSTECH PASS GIVEAWAY. Enter your name and email address and then cross your fingers!
Prize will be drawn November 12, 2018.
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
The Scottish ViC is the only virtual conference dedicated to Scottish genealogy. It can be attended from anywhere in the world. Access to the presentations remains open for 5 days to allow for time zone challenges so that people can watch during normal waking hours.
I started the ViC after attending several talks and conferences with my tour groups in Scotland. What I learned most from these presentations was that the information shared by the speakers was far different than the information shared, perhaps by those very same presenters, when they are in North America. Clearly the needs of the researchers are different. Thus the focus is different.
However, most of the people who have been on a tour with me, especially those who have been repeat participants, need a different focus in their learning as well. And they are not alone. Loads of people researching their Scottish ancestors can benefit from the different focus. The most practical way to make that happen was to bring the presentations to them. Thus the birth of the ViC.
I value my relationships with my colleagues in Scotland. Many have become friends. I am grateful that they are willing to help me to help others learn about researching their Scottish ancestors. I know what goes into a presentation. Hours of work. Writing, creating a powerpoint, finding just the right graphic, knowing how much information each slide should warrant, editing, practicing and promoting. It was a no-brainer for me that I would pay my colleagues for their willingness to share their knowledge, for their time and for their talents.
We have become so used to everything being free in the genealogy world that we forget the work involved behind the scenes. So many want to advance their research and their learning without having to pay for doing so. It's the only profession and one of the few hobbies where free is the expected norm.
I am not a millionaire. And so, to be able to provide a high quality program, to recoup some of the payments made (for the presentations, for the handouts and for taking the time to be available for a live Q&A) and for a fraction of the cost of the webinar platform, I need to charge a fee. I see no shame in that. None.
What I do find puzzling is why some people find it offensive to be asked to pay for a conference. They wouldn't balk for an in-person conference, so why do they balk at paying for a virtual conference? The presenters still have to work to put the presentations together. The benefit is that virtual conferences are an absolute bargain for anyone attending. No travel, no accommodation, no meals, no time away from family, work, or other obligations. Even on the day. If you need to leave for a couple of hours, you can pick the presentations up again when you get back. It's a win-win. I'd love to have you join us at the Scottish ViC!
Thursday, 4 October 2018
I love my cousins. And I sure have lots of them. So much of my childhood and early adulthood was spent in their company. Weekend visits, family birthdays, holiday dinners, vacations. My mum and two of her sisters lived close by. One aunt was a block away, the other about 20 minutes away. Rarely a day went by when I didn't have cousins around.
My mum's cousin lived an hour away. Those visits were extra special because we got the whole weekend together. Summers were spent together as aunts, uncles and Granny came from Scotland to visit. And then our week at the cottage. Mum and dad rented a cottage from our neighbours and EVERYONE showed up at some point. Sometimes for the duration.
As we got older, we tended to go our separate ways. And with parents aging we have had the chance to re-connect. Two years ago, I reconnected with my cousins who moved out west. It was like we had never been apart. Spending time with them is my happy place. Mostly for the laughter and the shared memories.
Two weeks ago, I was at a Celebration of Life for an uncle. And had a chance to re-connect with other cousins. Although the event was sad, the time together wasn't. We spent lots of time looking at old photos and recalling times spent together as kids.
Really, once people leave our lives, all that we have left are the memories. I am so incredibly blessed to have shared memories with my cousins. I love my cousins.
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
While the saying "away with the fairies" actually refers to someone who is not quite right in the head, or off in La-La land, the belief in and fear of fairies has led to the Scots being one of the most superstitious group of people, perhaps on the planet.
I always understood my dad's logic "if I see you do that again, I'll knock you into next week" My mum's logic was far less rational and rife with superstitious beliefs. No real explanation was offered, just the fear of death if I didn't comply.
This is a key component of any hogmanay celebration. A dark haired man was thought to bring good luck. In fact, it is more likely that one didn't want a fair haired, fair skinned man walking through the door as that was a throw back to the days of the Viking invasions and one certainly didn't want a Viking coming through the door.
A gift of a wallet, purse or piggy bank was always to be accompanied by a coin to ensure that the receiver of the gift would not suffer money woes. An empty wallet might invite debt or loss of income.
The list of superstitious beliefs goes on and on. It really is a wonder I am not a full blown neurotic.
Monday, 1 October 2018
https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2018/10/01/national-family-history-month/) it does allow us to focus our thoughts and celebrations on our ancestors during the month of October.
Family History month in Ontario coincides with Foster Family Recognition week. Which is all that is left of what used to be Family Awareness month. In the late 1980s, all of the 1990s and most of the first decade of the millennium, October was a month to celebrate families. Attractions offered special events, cities proclaimed the recognition for family awareness and many of their recreation departments offered events for families to attend together. The OACAS (Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies) declared a Foster Parent Recognition week during October to celebrate the special role that these families have in the raising of the province's children. That then evolved into Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Then along came Dalton McGuinty, Premiere of Ontario from 2003-2013. A number of groups were lobbying for a statutory holiday between Christmas and Easter, to break up the long, cold hibernation of Ontario winters. McGuinty caved in 2008 and in doing so, called the day "Family Day" That then stopped Family Awareness Week in October. The new stat holiday was set aside as a day for families to spend time together. Snow-tubing, skiing, or simply shovelling.
While the focus on time spent as a family shifted from a full week in October to a single day in February, that hasn't stopped any of us from focusing on families or family history at other times during the year.
In North America most family history/genealogy societies to continue to focus on family history during the month of October - after the relaxation and time spent with family in the summer, and before the rush of the Christmas season.
I will continue to do the same.
In October in Canada, we have the added focus on Thanksgiving, a day in which families often come together. Time spent at fall fairs, visiting apple orchards and pumpkin patches or gathered around the dinner table. Unlike the US Thanksgiving, our holiday was created to celebrate and be thankful for the harvest. Not on the arrival of pilgrims. And since most Scots descend from farmers, this is also a fitting time for Canadians of Scots descent to celebrate and give thanks for their Scottish ancestor(s) grasping the opportunity to enjoy a better life in a new land.
What about you? How are you honouring and celebrating your family - past and present - this month?
Thursday, 20 September 2018
February will be here before we know it. And along with February comes....ROOTSTECH! I am thrilled to once again be both an Ambassador and Speaker at RootsTech.
Although it still feels like it is months away, it really isn't. Before we know it, we will be giving thanks, celebrating Christmas and the new year will be upon us. Before the rush of the season begins, take time to look at the schedule and make your selection of classes to attend.
Earlybird registration ends October 12th, so take advantage of the savings as well.
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Now start planning who to catch up with, what vendors to visit and what you are going to need to pack.
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Roughly half of the men imprisoned in the Cathedral died in captivity. Two mass graves containing the bones of some of these men was uncovered in November 2013. More about these men can be found on here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/
The rest of the prisoners were sold or transported to the colonies. The first 150 of these men were taken to London where they boarded the Unity and made their way to Boston Mass. 62 of the 150 men were indentured to the Saugus Iron Works.
These Scottish prisoners were instrumental in the birth of the Iron and Steel industries in North America. For the most part, they were well treated, being given housing, food, beer, clothing and tobacco. Most of the men worked as wood cutters. After the closing of the Iron Works, some of the men went north to Maine where they worked in saw mills.
Saturday, 1 September 2018
Seven presentation for $99. All presentations will be available from January 26th, when they are released on a timed schedule until January 31st at midnight (eastern) to allow for time zone challenges.
Friday, 24 August 2018
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Join me on Wednesday August 29th at 8 pm Eastern to learn how to use Permanent Cloud Storage to preserve your family history documents, photos, videos and storied for your life time. Guaranteed.
Claim your FREE 2gb account (about 1500 photos).
We will use nested albums to organize your family history according to family lines. In each album you can store photos, documents (jpeg, png, tiff or pdf), stories (pdf) and video. The Forever guarantee. Learn how to share your research with others, how to appoint an account manager to manage your research after you are no longer here or no longer able. YOU decide what happens to your photos, documents, videos and stories.
Register here for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/62580196696444930
If you aren't ready for a family history book, give it a try for creating a memory book for an elderly relative, a memoir of a family vacation or as a thank you for a beloved family friend.
Here's the link to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3545770361318593794
Saturday, 11 August 2018
There are still a few cabins left for the Celtic Genealogy Cruise May 4-16 2019. There are research opportunities in Dublin, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh.
There will be opportunities to consult with genealogists in Dublin (from the Irish Family History Centre) Belfast (from the Ulster Historical Society) and on board for those with Scottish ancestors.
Historic excursions will be available for those who don't have ancestors from a given port or for those who are accompanying researchers. These include: The EPIC Emigration Museum, The Titanic Centre, Loch Lomond, Culloden Moor, Clava Cairns and Fort George.
In Edinburgh there is the chance to take an Outlander tour of the filming locations.
If you book a cabin with a balcony or a mini suite before September 5th, Princess will give you a FREE drinks package, worth $144 per day. Definitely worth the upgrade!
Book your cabin between September 11 and September 18 for just $100:
Friday, 27 July 2018
The key hotels are the Marriott City Centre, The Hilton City Centre, The Salt Palace Hotel and The Radisson.
Here's what you need to know including pricing and availability:
Thursday, 26 July 2018
The role of an Ambassador begins now. I will be sharing news as we get it. First up is the news that applications for Exhibitors is now open.
The Expo Hall is where all of the buzz happens. People pour in after talks and share the excitement about what they have learned. They stops at vendor booths and chat about what is new to assist them in their family history research. They stop by the tried and true vendors to buy merchandise. They stop at genealogy and lineage society booths to get insight into records or research strategies. They gather for mini presentation.
If you are interested in being a vendor at RootsTech in 2019, here's the link to apply:
Thursday, 19 July 2018
As a genealogist are you the keeper of the family memories? Do you have precious photos, documents and stories waiting to be put into a book so they can be shared? Feeling overwhelmed at the thought?
Join me on Monday, July 23 at 7:30 pm Eastern for a FREE webinar. Learn how to quickly put those precious photos, documents and stories into a book that can be shared. You will have the book completed, or almost completed, by the end of the webinar. It really is that simple and the quality is top notch. You will be so proud of your family history book that you will want to share it with everyone. Get yours ready before the family reunion!
Click to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1681826572146918147
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
From their website about the release: