Saturday, September 27, 2014

Index to Scottish Valuation Rolls Free on ScotlandsPeople

From ScotlandsPeople:

We're delighted to announce the Release of Valuation Rolls 1875! You can search the index for free until 31st December 2014.

see the link here

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vital & Court Records for USA

I just received notice about a website that helps people researching their family history/genealogy in the United States. The site is and was recently updated to include the Official contact details for every single county clerk in the USA.
If you were not aware, researchers trying to learn about their family history in the USA need to contact a county clerk if they are in search of any court records as well as marriage, divorce, birth and death records (vital records). makes it easier for people to contact the county official they need to find for this research.
There are no other sites like it ( for instance hasn't been updated in years) and it serves as a valuable resource for people looking for archived records. This has the potential to be a valuable resource for US researchers.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mocavo - Free Access to Gold Membership for the Weekend

What better way to top off Mocavo's Back to School Week than with an Open Access to Universal Search weekend? Usually you need to be a Mocavo Gold member to search all of our databases at once, but for this weekend only, you can search more than420,000 databases to your heart's content. Kick start your research today and see who you will discover.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oshawa Union Cemetery - Sept 7 - Grave Stone Symbols

John Alford forwarded a photo of this notice in the Oshawa Express, as it appeared on August 20 - page 19.

Sunday, September 7 at 2 p.m. (only $2)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Genealogy Software Reviews   

Yesterday Dick Eastman in his Online Genealogy Newsletter began a series of reviews of  popular genealogy data base software products.  The first was Legacy Family.
The link follows >>
If you are looking to buy genealogy database software this series will inform you and could help you  in making your decision.
It is not clear if all reviews will be in the free standard edition as this first one is.
I think you will find Dick's reviews very frank and worthwhile.  He also included yesterday's readers comments in today's edition.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The British Newspaper Archive starts digitising eight new titles

The British Newspaper Archive starts digitising eight new titles

More than 8 million newspaper pages from 1710-1954 are now available to search at The British Newspaper Archive (

In the last month, the website has started digitising the newspaper archives of eight new titles. These cover England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and include the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record and the Northern Whig.

The first years from the following new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive:

·         Biggleswade Chronicle, covering 1912
·         Daily Record, covering 1914-1915
·         Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser, covering 1864
·         London Evening Standard, covering 1860-1862 and 1866-1867
·         Newcastle Evening Chronicle, covering 1915
·         Northern Whig, covering 1869-1870
·         Surrey Comet, covering 1854-1857 and 1859-1870
·         Watford Observer, covering 1864-1865, 1867, 1869-1870

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and Findmypast. From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland (spanning the period 1700 to 1954) will be uploaded to the website
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Workers’ City: Lives of Toronto’s Working People

The 2014 Toronto History Lecture is dedicated to the memory of J. Brian Gilchrist(1956-2014).
6 August 2014, 7:30 pm
City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road

Admission is free, but reservation is required.
The 2014 Toronto History Lecture, titled The Workers’ City: Lives of Toronto’s Working People, will offer a rare window on the diversity of working-class experiences in Toronto’s past and highlight their distinctive place in its history. Generations of working people literally built the city and created the goods and services to sustain a large metropolitan population. Yet their stories are seldom told. Historian Craig Heron will explore the opportunities and challenges that members of the city’s working class have faced over the past 150 years, and will share his insights into major changes and common themes during that period, through the lives of eight different Toronto workers.
For more information, see the website here.