Genealogy news roundup: 1921 Canadian census available for free

By Rosemary Collins, 7 September 2017 - 11:25am

Plus: English heritage sites open doors this weekend; Midlands family history society changes name; Cheshire archives to move to local history centres

The census includes the records of Anne of Green Gables author L.M Montgomery

Over eight million records from the 1921 Canadian census have been published for free on the Libraries and Archives Canada (LAC) website.

The LAC has created a new database allowing users to search images of 8,800,617 records by name.

The database is the sixteenth set of census records to be published by the LAC, with the earliest dating from 1825.

It was added to Ancestry in 2013, but this is the first time it has been made available online for free.


Heritage sites open doors this weekend

Heritage lovers across England have the chance to find out more about their local history as historic sites across the country hold special events and tours.

Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture, runs from 7 to 10 September and involves 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers.

The sites taking part are organising behind-the-scenes tours, exhibitions, talks, performances, art installations, family days and more.

This year’s Heritage Open Days will also feature Unsung Stories, four events focusing on LGBQT history in North London, Oswestry, Knutsford and Wivenhoe.


Midlands family history society changes name

One of the oldest family history societies in the country has announced a new ‘modern’ name change.

On 1 September, the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (BMSGH) formally relaunched itself as Midland Ancestors.

Bernie McLean, chair of Midland Ancestors, said: “An important aim of the society has always been to have a broad appeal to family historians and the general public at large. It was felt that our existing name did not do this.”

As part of the renaming, Midland Ancestors is transferring content from its old website to a new one, with new features such as an interactive map with historic information about the different Midlands counties.


Cheshire archives to move to local history centres

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies (CALS) will move to two new history centres under plans expected to be approved by the two local councils next week.

CALS is currently a joint service between Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester, located in Duke Street in Chester.

The councils are now expected to approve a new £13.6 million scheme to relocate the bulk of the archives to the former Enterprise Centre on Hoole Road, while the Crewe-specific archives would move to a new history centre in the town’s former library.

Cheshire East cabinet will discuss the plans at a meeting on 12 September, followed by Cheshire West and Chester on 13 September.


ScotlandsPlaces announces transcription hiatus

Free online resource ScotlandsPlaces has announced a hiatus in its transcription work.

The website, which is searchable by Scottish place names and postcodes and includes maps, photographs and tax rolls for different locations, paused all transcription work on 25 August.

It is expected to resume early in 2018.

In a statement, the governance board said that they wanted “to take the opportunity to build on the success of the project and to reflect how best to go forward with transcriptions” following the departure of project officer Kim Harsley to a new job.


Monson Collection to stay in Lincolnshire Archives

A major family archive containing documents of national importance is to be purchased and put on permanent display at Lincolnshire Archives.

The Monson Collection dates from 1221 to 1947 and comprises the estate archive of the Barons Monson of Burton-by-Lincoln, together with family and personal records and antiquarian papers.

The collection, stored at Lincolnshire Archives, was recently put up for sale by the Monson’ family trust, raising the risk that it would be divided among private collectors.

However, Lincolnshire county council purchased it with grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Friends of National Libraries.


Irish historian uncovers lives of Ballincollig soldiers

The lives of 2,187 people stationed at the military garrison of Ballincollig, Ireland have been recorded in a new free online resource.

The details of British and Irish soldiers stationed at the barracks in Ballincollig from 1810 to Irish independence in 1922, along with their families, were recorded in the registers of Ballincollig Garrison Chapel, now held in the Representative Church Body Library of the Church of Ireland in Dublin.

Local historian Anne Donaldson went through the baptisms, marriages and burials recorded in the registers over several years, cross-referencing them with other primary sources to record each family's information in a spreadsheet.

Anne said: “This work has been underpinned by two aspirations: firstly to compile a record of as many names as possible for research by historians, genealogists and family members, which through the Church of Ireland website is fully searchable. Secondly the project is about reconciliation, celebrating Ireland’s rich and varied multiculturalism, and cherishing different identities.”


WikiTree announces second annual Source-a-Thon

Genealogists are invited to compete in a 72-hour online ‘Source-a-Thon’ on family history tree website WikiTree.

During the competition, genealogists will race to source as many family member profiles as possible, with the aim of clearing out the website’s Unsourced Profiles category.

The Source-a-Thon runs from 00.01am Eastern Daylight Time on 30 September to 11.59pm on 2 October.

All participants will also be entered in draws for over $4,600 in genealogy door prizes.

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