Friday, April 18, 2014

Irish Times report on Catholic Registers

irishtimes.com - Posted: April 14, 2014 @ 9:57 am

The original Catholic registers are rotting

John Grenham
Roman Catholic parish registers constitute by far the most important set of records for nineteenth-century Irish local and family history. And, in the furore over access, one vital point is constantly missed. The original records are still sitting in the sacristies and presbyteries around the country where they have been for the past two centuries. No organization on the island is concerned with preserving them: there is no archival programme to ensure their survival.
Why should this matter? Aren’t they’re all copied online anyway? Or on microfilm in the National Library?
Here are some facts about the collections of copies. The National Library microfilm project, heroic as it was, has serious flaws. A few parishes were missed entirely – Rathlin Island, for example – and some films are so out of focus as to be illegible. Comparing the years covered by the heritage centres’ transcriptions with the years held on Library microfilm reveals that at least 200 parishes have records earlier than those filmed by the Library. Aghada in east Cork, for example, has records going back 40 years before the NLI microfilm.
The mismatch also works in the other direction. More than 100 parishes have earlier years on microfilm than in heritage centre transcript. Newtowncashel in Longford has a full register containing 35 years of baptisms on NLI film, which is missing from Longford Heritage Centre records. The likelihood is that this earlier register was somehow lost or destroyed between the NLI microfilm in the 1970s and the transcription project in the 1990s. How many other registers have also since disappeared?
No copy can take the place of the original. The registers themselves are the property of the Catholic Church, and also the Church’s responsibility. If the Hierarchy wants to keep them private, by all means let them be locked away in diocesan archives for a century or more. But something has to be done to stop these priceless records from rotting away.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Saskatoon Branch Meeting Today



Saskatoon Branch
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society


NOTICE OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
The monthly meeting will be held
Thursday, April 17, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Albert Community Centre, 3rd Floor
610 Clarence Avenue South
The program will be:


Bev Gutenberg: Church Records Beyond Christening, Marriage, and Burials
Elaine Overdahl: "Organizing Your Genealogical Records"



The library is open from 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Genealogists will be available to answer your questions.
Come early and browse the collection and stay for the program.
Network with family researchers.
Coffee and cookies will be available.
Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MyHeritage has teamed up with BillionGraves



Dear friends

 

I'm delighted to share with you that MyHeritage has teamed up with BillionGraves to launch a global initiative to digitally preserve the world's cemeteries. 

 

As we know, gravestones are very important for genealogy due to the rich information they contain, such as names, dates and biographical details. But there are thousands of cemeteries worldwide whose gravestones have never been documented nor has their information been made available or searchable online. 

In addition, time is chipping away at the gravestones and many are becoming unreadable over the years. 

 

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be working with our global community to preserve and document gravestones worldwide, for future generations, using the BillionGraves app. The app uses patent-pending technology to let users photograph and document gravestones, and, with the help of MyHeritage, the app will be available in 25 languages, and will support Gregorian, Hebrew and Julian dates. The app also records the GPS locations of gravestones to make them easy to find, and volunteers can easily see which areas of any cemetery remain undocumented, to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication. 

 

The records will be available free on BillionGraves' website, and MyHeritage's search engine for historical records, SuperSearch. MyHeritage's Record Matching technologies will ensure that our users will receive notifications whenever a gravestone matches their family tree. 

 

Please see the press release below.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me, or my colleague, Aaron Godfrey (head of public relations) at aaron@myheritage.com


Best regards

Daniel Horowitz
Chief Genealogist and Translation Manager

Phone: +972-3-6280047  |  daniel@myheritage.com  |  www.myheritage.com
MyHeritage Ltd., 3 Ariel Sharon St., Terminal Park, Or Yehuda 60250, Israel





 

 

MyHeritage and BillionGraves team up to digitally preserve the world's cemeteries

 

Groundbreaking multilingual mobile app will power international crowdsourcing initiative

 

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI & KAYSVILLE, Utah – Wednesday 19 February, 2014 - MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, has partnered with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to preserve the world’s cemeteries.

 

BillionGraves is a free iOS and Android application that lets users easily photograph and document gravestones, providing an important source of information for people intrigued about their ancestors and family history. Using patent-pending technology, BillionGraves is the only mobile application of its kind. With the help of MyHeritage, the app will be available in 25 languages, and will support Gregorian, Hebrew and Julian dates. It records the GPS locations of gravestones to make them easy to find and volunteers can easily see which areas of any cemetery remain undocumented, to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication. The gravestone photographs are then transcribed by volunteers on the BillionGraves website, resulting in searchable digital data.

 

With a community of tens of millions of family history enthusiasts all around the world, MyHeritage brings a vast global volunteer base for collecting and transcribing gravestone photos using the BillionGraves application.

 

All records collected are made available for free on the BillionGraves and MyHeritage websites. The partnership with BillionGraves brings major benefits for families using MyHeritage to explore their past, as all users will receive free Record Matches – alerts about gravestone records that have been automatically matched to their ancestors, making it easy to make new discoveries. In addition to the photographs and GPS coordinates of the gravestones, an index of corresponding information, such as dates of birth and death, close family relatives and epitaphs, is made available to search for free on MyHeritage's search engine for historical records, SuperSearch.

 

“We’re thrilled to embark on this global initiative with BillionGraves", said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Gravestones are among the most valuable information sources for family history research, and although there are many thousands of cemeteries worldwide, most of them have never been documented, and their information is not available online.  Time is chipping away at the gravestones and many are becoming unreadable over the years, so it’s up to our generation to preserve them.”

“We’re delighted to work with MyHeritage on digitizing the world’s cemeteries”, said Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves. “At BillionGraves we are working to provide a comprehensive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries—but it’s not something we can do alone. With MyHeritage’s support in mobilizing its massive user community and working with us to launch in 25 languages, we’ll be able to provide incredible value for millions of families and preserve this valuable data for generations to come.”

Over the coming weeks, MyHeritage users will receive documentation about the project and will be able to download the application via a special website designed for this project.

 

About MyHeritage

 

MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s more accessible, exciting, and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with social crowdsourcing tools, a massive library of historical content, and powerful search and matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information, visit www.myheritage.com.

 

Press Contact

Aaron Godfrey, PR Manager for MyHeritage

Phone: US +1-347-329-5461 | UK +44-208-816-7571


 

About BillionGraves

 

With more than 7 million headstone records created by 70,000 volunteers in just two years, BillionGraves is the trusted resource for accurate GPS gravestone and burial record data on the web. BillionGraves’ mobile GPS tracking technology in its mobile application perpetuates this progress, bringing a wealth of genealogical information right to your fingertips.

Disclaimer: BillionGraves has not been acquired by MyHeritage and is still owned and operated by Otter Creek Holdings. BillionGraves has been and will continue to be a FREE resource for all.

 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pipestone Branch Meeting


Don't forget the Pipestone Branch Meeting
 
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 P.M.
At the Moosomin Library 701 Main St Moosomin

 

Monday, April 14, 2014

SGS Annual General Meeting



SGS Annual General Meeting


April 26, 2014

Ramada Plaza Hotel, Canada North Room

1818 Victoria Avenue, REGINA, SK

9:15 am – 9:45 am Registration

10:00 am – 10:15 am Greetings from SGS President – Barb Tait,

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society

Annual General Meeting and Presentations to follow: See Agenda.






Morning Coffee/Tea Provided
Door Prize Draw



____________________________________________________________



ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REGISTRATION


Name: _________________________________________________________________________


Address: _______________________________________________________________________


City/Prov: ______________________________________ Code: ______________________


E-mail: ________________________________________________________________________


Payment:

$25.00 (includes lunch)


Cash ____ Cheque ____ Visa _____ Master Card _____


Credit Card #: ___________________________________ Expiration: ______ ______

Signature: _____________________________________________________________________

SGS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

April 26, 2014

Ramada Plaza Hotel, Canada North Room

1818 Victoria Avenue, REGINA, SK

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM




Greetings from SGS President – Barb Tait

Introduction of Board Members

Presentation (TBA) – Megan Ashcroft, Provincial Librarian

Annual Meeting




1. Call to order

2. Award Recognition

3. Approval of Agenda

4. First call for nominations

5. Approval of Minutes – AGM April 2013

6. President’s report and introduction of Board Members

7. Executive Director’s Report

8. Second call nominations

9. Financial Report

a) acceptance of audited statement; b) approval of 2014 auditor

10. Questions from the floor on agenda items

11. Last call for nominations

12. Elections

13. New Business

a) Conference 2015 – Regina, SK

14. Adjournment



Presentations:

Who Do You Think You Are? London, England 2014

-


Linda Dunsmore-Porter

Brickwalls - Who`s Putting them Up? -


Linda Dunsmore-Porter

BDM – Transcriptions – Don`t Believe Everything You Read?

-


Linda Dunsmore-Porter

Researching at Ground Zero and Serendipitous Moments

-


Linda Dunsmore-Porter


Door Prize

Sunday, April 13, 2014



Just a reminder of the Branch Meetings this week

 
Grasslands Branch
Tuesday April 15th
7:30 pm Mankota RM Office

Grenfell Branch

Tuesday April 15th

2:00 pm at the Grenfell Regional Library

 

West Central Branch

Tuesday April 15th

9:30 am at Wheatland Regional Library

 

Weyburn Branch

Tuesday April 15th

6:30 pm at Weyburn Public Library

 

 

Battleford Branch

Wednesday April 16th

7:00 pm at the North Battleford Library

 

Pipestone Branch

Wednesday April 16th

7:30 pm Moosomin Public Library

 

 

Saskatoon Branch

 NOTICE OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

The monthly meeting will be held

Thursday, April 17, 2014

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Albert Community Centre, 3rd Floor

610 Clarence Avenue South

The program will be:

Bev Gutenberg: Church Records Beyond Christening, Marriage, and Burials

Elaine Overdahl: "Organizing Your Genealogical Records"

The library is open from 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Genealogists will be available to answer your questions.

Come early and browse the collection and stay for the program.

Network with family researchers.

Coffee and cookies will be available.

Everyone is welcome!

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Temple Gardens Ballroom Rockin' Celebration 2014



THREE DAYS OF MUSIC AND MORE!
Celebration kicks off at 3 pm on Friday, Aug 29, 2014, in the Grant Hall. Unveiling of TG Ballroom architectural model with Sprigs & White Hackle pipes & drum. Meet n' Greet on Cordova Street where infor will be available.
There are 3 nights of on stage music IN the tent that will be set up at Cordova & Langdon, for the "Temple Gardens Ballroom Rockin' Celebration". You can buy tickets for each concert AT John's Music on Main Street in Moose Jaw as of Friday, February 14th, 2014. Each ticket to each concert is $19.21 (1921 is the year Temples opened) and that amount has the taxes already included in the $19.21 price).
Doors open at 7:30 pm Friday, Aug 29th for the Opening Night Nostalgia Concert with full seating for 600 people. Concert starts at 8pm with the big band sounds of the "Jazz Bandits" who will rock us through six decades of the music played at Temples from the 1920s Charleston to the rock n' roll of the 70s, and everything in between: orchestral, jazz, swing and much more! THEN the Mister(s) Brown of the infamous Moose Jaw band of the 60s & 70s: "Mozart & the Wolfgang" take the stage with a bit of the music they played at Temples and some of their fabulous new music. Prepare for a treat!
8pm, Saturday, August 30th, is THE DANCE NIGHT for 800 people who wanna rock. The band "TOPAZ" (Sandy Lawson, Ross Folkerson et al) opens the show with a couple of sets of rock music to warm us up until the Mister(s) Brown of "Mozart & the Wolfgang" take over for the night. Buy a ticket for Saturday night if you want to dance the night away: Saturday night is all rock n' roll with a big dance floor and very limited seating (just like the dance floor was in the Temples we remember). Saturday is the night to dance dance dance till who knows when! Also on Saturday night there just may be a (cross your fingers!!) premiere performance by the ALL girl "Temple Gardenias" (a group of Vintage babes is planning that now and it should be a hoot! Something to dream about when you finally get home and hit the sack).
Finally, Sunday, August 31st, is the final and REPEAT performance of the Friday night Nostalgia opening concert so read what is posted ABOVE (for the 29th) for that final concert; the tent will also have full seating for 600 on the final Sunday night.
Other events include: brunches, pancake breakfast, local musicians' jam session, Yvette Moore Gallery display of Temple Gardens Ballroom-inspired art, a luthier display and demonstration at the MJ Art Gallery, Cordova Street display of craft creations by local artists, and the promotion of all Moose Jaw sites and interests from the tunnels to golf, as well as dining and shopping.
Tickets to all the music evenings in the tent go on sale on Friday, February 14th, 2014 at John's Music on Main in Moose Jaw. Please go to the store or send someone to buy your tickets (they cannot be purchased over the phone). No refunds: if you end up not being able to use your tickets, sell or gift them to someone else. To buy tickets online via Paypal, email Roman (Melanie Churko )at templegardenscelebration@gmail.com
Tickets bought via Paypal will be held for you at John's Music (bring your receipt). Tickets will NOT be mailed as we wish to minimize the burden on John's Music (they're doing this for us for free). So pop by John's Music when you get to Moose Jaw and say hi to the great staff there, and pick up your tickets or ask someone to do that for you (but they need to have the receipt). Please do NOT lose your tickets. We will not be able to verify purchase if you lose your ticket.
All the other events and activities planned for the weekend will be FREE or will invite your donation. They are in various stages of confirmation but will be listed on the Promotional Poster we are readying for widespread distribution to Moose Jaw businesses and restaurants and on-line. Cannot finish that poster until we have all our sponsors and logos and confirmed events ON that poster so hold your horses: the poster cannot be printed until the first week in June (a limitation of the grant).Thank you for your patience. If you can hold your questions for now, there's lots of time and I'm sure they'll be answered on the poster.

Monday, April 7, 2014

SGS Annual General Meeting

 


SGS Annual General Meeting

April 26, 2014
Ramada Plaza Hotel, Canada North Room
1818 Victoria Avenue, REGINA, SK
9:15 am – 9:45 am Registration
10:00 am – 10:15 am Greetings from SGS President – Barb Tait,
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
Annual General Meeting and Presentations to follow: See Agenda.




Morning Coffee/Tea Provided
Door Prize Draw



____________________________________________________________


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING REGISTRATION

Name: _________________________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________

City/Prov: ______________________________________ Code: ______________________

E-mail: ________________________________________________________________________

Payment:

$25.00 (includes lunch)

Cash ____ Cheque ____ Visa _____ Master Card _____

Credit Card #: ___________________________________ Expiration: ______ ______

Signature: _____________________________________________________________________
 
 
SGS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
April 26, 2014
Ramada Plaza Hotel, Canada North Room
1818 Victoria Avenue, REGINA, SK
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM



Greetings from SGS President – Barb Tait
Introduction of Board Members
Presentation (TBA) – Megan Ashcroft, Provincial Librarian
Annual Meeting



1. Call to order
2. Award Recognition
3. Approval of Agenda
4. First call for nominations
5. Approval of Minutes – AGM April 2013
6. President’s report and introduction of Board Members
7. Executive Director’s Report
8. Second call nominations
9. Financial Report
a) acceptance of audited statement; b) approval of 2014 auditor
10. Questions from the floor on agenda items
11. Last call for nominations
12. Elections
13. New Business
a) Conference 2015 – Regina, SK
14. Adjournment


Presentations:
Who Do You Think You Are? London, England 2014
-


Linda Dunsmore-Porter
Brickwalls - Who`s Putting them Up? -


Linda Dunsmore-Porter
BDM – Transcriptions – Don`t Believe Everything You Read?
-


Linda Dunsmore-Porter
Researching at Ground Zero and Serendipitous Moments
-


Linda Dunsmore-Porter

Door Prize

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This Weeks Branch Meetings



Just a reminder of the Branch meetings this week

Yorkton Branch

Tuesday April 8th

7:00 pm at the Western Development Museum

 

Prince Albert Branch

Tuesday April 8th

7:30 pm at the Lions Club Room in the Optimist Center,

Exhibition Grounds

This Branch meets occaionally at alternate locations

 

Biggar Branch

Wednesday April 9th

7:30 pm at the Biggar Post Office (2nd floor) 2nd Ave E

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Temple Garden Ballroom Reunion 2014 Moose Jaw


Dance Hall Reunion Planned For 2014


Temple Gardens Dance Hall
Old friends find each other on Facebook every day, but not every day do old friends re-connect and share memories, photos and start collaborating on a book – but it is happening. While Heather Hodgson and Gord McCaw no longer reside in Moose Jaw, their memories of the old Temple Gardens Dance Hall live on and will be resurrected in a new book and reunion next year.
From rollerskating and wrestling to fashion shows, live music and dancing, Hodgson and McCaw are busy piecing together the history of the building that once stood at the corner of Cordova Street and Langdon Crescent. Once they've got it all, the plan is to publish a book of memories.
"You wouldn't believe the characters I'm meeting and the stories I've got," Heather says. I've got stories and vignettes from Moose Javians...Gord from across the country and this one woman, she must be in her 90s, she said she was known as the holy terror at Temple Gardens."
But it doesn't end with the book. Hodgson and McCaw are now organizing a Temple Gardens Dance Hall reunion in Moose Jaw over the Labour Day long weekend in 2014. She says venues are tentatively booked, a program is being planned and bands will be coming back to play.
"We need a year and a half to plan as this will be a huge event," she said.
Hodgson returns to Moose Jaw to gather memories from seniors on the main floor at Victoria Towers (Friday 1:00pm-4:30pm) and if you, or someone you know, has something to add, you're encouraged to share. You can find the group on Facebook or email heatherghodgson@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 Facebook......Temple Gardens Ballroom Rockin' Celebration DAYS

Friday, April 4, 2014

Scotland Research


Anyone researching in Scotland be sure to check out this site

Graham Maxwell Ancestry

 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Records of Irish immigrant women in NYC launched

Found on "Irish Genealogy News"


Records of Irish immigrant women in NYC launched

An important archive of female Irish emigrants has been launched online at WatsonHouse.org.

This release has been in the pipe for some time but after Hurricane Sandy caused damage to the building in which the original materials were stored, there was concern the digitisation project might have stalled.

But in the last few days, without any fanfare, this significant collection has been uploaded and released free of charge.

The records originate from the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls. This Mission operated from 1883 to 1954 in Watson House, which overlooks New York Harbour. It was the brain-child of Charlotte Grace O'Brien, daughter of the Irish patriot William Smith O'Brien, and was set up close to Castle Garden, the depot where immigrants were landed in the mid-to-late 19th century, before Ellis Island opened.

It aimed to help young vulnerable Irish women on their arrival in New York and offered safe and free temporary accommodation, as well as assistance finding employment or tracing relatives.

Between 1883 and 1908, more than 300,000 Irish women aged from just 14 to 44 immigrated via New York port. Around one-third of them were helped in one way or another by the Mission. Their details were recorded in sets of ledgers.

Five of these ledgers have been digitised and make up the launch record set on the new site. They cover the years 1897 to 1940 and hold some 35,000 entries. The details provided are name of ship and arrival date, woman's name, age, county of origin, and follow-on or destination address. The latter usually gives the name of the person, and relationship, if any, to the immigrant.

The counties of Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Mayo feature proportionally higher than other places of origin, no doubt reflecting the relative poverty and higher levels of emigration from the west of Ireland.

Although the Mission concentrated on women, there seem to be a number of men recorded in the ledgers, too. A quick search found full entries for John Baldwin of Queen's, Patrick Keeley from Kings and Michael Walsh from Cork, and many others. I've no idea why these young men were receiving assistance. I shall try to find out.

In the meantime, enjoy this valuable new resource. I'd also recommend the online Exhibition, which carries a lot of well-researched material about the city the women landed in and how they were cared for by the Mission.

(Many thanks to Joe Buggy, author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors in New York, for tipping me off on the launch.)
- See more at: http://irish-genealogy-news.blogspot.ca/#sthash.dNjvEA9A.dpuf

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This Weeks Branch Meetings



Just a reminder of this weeks Branch Meetings

North-East Branch

Tuesday April 1st

1:30 pm at Kerry Vickar Center

(Day Craft Room)

Friday, March 28, 2014

UK WWI Records online


Taken from the National Archive Blog

Explore our collection of First World War records

We hold the official UK government records of the First World War, including a vast collection of letters, diaries, maps and photographs.
We will be marking the centenary of the war with an extensive programme, spanning a five-year period between 2014 and 2019.
If you want to explore our First World War records and are new to researching at The National Archives, you can start your research here or chat to one of our reader advisors online.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Upper Canada

Hope you are all following Lorine McGinnis Blog
The Olive Free Genealogy


She  has been posting some awesome information for anyone researching in Upper Canada

March 21 posting was "Finding an Ancesor in the Challenging Upper Canada Land Book"

March 22 posting was " Finding Aid for Heir and Decisee Commission Online Films"

Just to name a few, what a great Blog