Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year's Day


The names of the months of the year are Latin in origin, which is logical since the calendar we use started in Rome. Following is my condensed version of the evolution of our calendars to explain some early BMD records and also the origin of New Year's Day.

 
The early Roman Calendar was based on the cycles of the moon. The year started with March 1st and had only 10 months. The last six months were named for Latin words for numbers - quinque (5), sex (6), septem (7), octo (8), novem (9) and decem (10).  That is why you will find that many old BMD records, including in Quebec, have dates with the month written as 7br, 8br, 9br and 10br. January and February were added later as 11th and 12th months, until about 450 BC when they became the first and second months, making January 1st the first day of the new year. 

The Julian Calendar was introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC and later the months Quintilis (5th) and Sextilis (6th) were renamed Iulius (the month of Julius Caesar's birth - there was no letter J at that time) and Augustus (founder and first emperor of the Roman Empire).

March 25th was Feast of the Annunciation, the day the angel told Mary she would be the mother of Jesus, and is still celebrated as such in some religions. In AD 525 the monk Dionysius Exiguus introduced the calendar system of Anno Domini (AD - the year of our Lord), with the year 1 AD (and counting forward) following the year 1 BC (and counting backwards). Dionysius declared the day Jesus was "conceived", March 25th, to be New Year's Day.

When the Gregorian Calendar (introduced by Pope Gregory in 1502) was adopted by the British Empire in September 1752 it was decreed that January 1st was to be New Year's Day. So.....

Happy New Year!


Timeline of Calendars 0001-1972

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Calendars and Webinars


Every year at Christmas I get a Calendar for the next year printed with photos of my grandchildren.  All their birthdays are marked on it as well as holidays and important events. I love it!


You may have a themed paper calendar with squares for writing in, and/or a virtual one. While you are adding in all the important dates to your new calendar for 2015, don't forget the free genealogy Webinars.

Many genealogy societies have now published their schedule of free webinars for 2015. There may be some you don't want to miss, for example....

Using Google Earth for Genealogy

Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name

Researching your Female Lines        

                              
My list of favourite societies that give free webinars is here.

I use Google products for virtually everything (and everything virtual) and I have my Calendar synced on my laptop with my ipad and my phone. I add to it all the Webinars I want to see in the coming year as events and set the alert function to remind me, perhaps the day before, then reset it for 1 hour before the event so I can login. The alert pops up on my IPad or phone and stays until I see it.

Here are some tips for scheduling with the 3 major virtual calendars, Google, Microsoft and iCal.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Merry Christmas



 
 
 
I am taking a couple of weeks off for the holidays. I will be back in January with more articles which may lead to mention of your ancestors, or about how they lived. In the meantime I leave you with a few interesting tidbits.
 
Thank you for tuning in each week - I wish for you a very happy holiday season and finding lots of ancestors in the new year.
 
 
 
 
Ancient English Christmas Carols 1400-1700 (in back is Latin to English Glossary)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, 15 December 2014

The Millionaire's Club



This year one of the movies premiering at Christmas time is a remake of "Annie", the classic story of Orphan Annie who gets adopted by billionaire Daddy Warbucks. When Christmas time is upon us, don't we all wish we were wealthy like Daddy Warbucks so we could really spoil the ones we love, getting them everything on their wish list??





In the 1800's a $Million would probably be worth a least a $Billion today. Even the people that had a net worth of $10,000 - $100,000 would be millionaires by today's standards.

I have found for you some lists of people and their worth, or the worth of their property. Also a couple of lists and bios of leading men of the city.

Here is an Inflation Calculator to help you find the values of the 1800's for today. Just choose the year from the drop-down menu and enter the value.


Relevant Links:

American Millionaires : the Tribune's list of persons reputed to be worth a million or more. Lines of business in which the fortunes were made - 1892

Boston - Our first men: a calendar of wealth, fashion and gentility: containing a list of those persons taxed in the city of Boston, credibly reported to be worth one hundred thousand dollars, with biographical notices of the principal persons - 1846

The wealthy men and women of Brooklyn an Williamsburgh 1847 - embracing a complete list of all those estimated possessions (in real and personal property) amount to the sum of ten thousand dollars and upwards, together with biographical sketches.

Wealth and Pedigree of the wealthy citizens of New York City and worth - 1800's

Present value of real estate in New York City (by wards) compared with that of 1842 and a list of the wealthy citizens of NYC forty odd - 1884

Memoirs and auto-biography of some of the wealthy citizens of Philadelphia, with a fair estimate of their estates - 1846

The industries of Dublin - historical, statistical, biographical. An Account of the leading business men, wealth and growth - 1887

Dear of Greene County; embracing facts and figures. Portraits and sketches of leading men who will live in her history - 1915

Griffith's list of men and women born in Maine who have risen to distinction - 1905

Queensland - A narrative of her past; with biographies of her leading men - 1900


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Serendipity Sunday - BMD Exchange



 

At Christmas time people all over the world have gift exchanges, whether for family, at the office, or within a group. 

Well, I discovered that the Genealogy world also has exchanges of a sort - there are many sites that host Certificate Exchanges. If you buy a BMD certificate by mistake, that is not relevant to your family, you can offer it to someone else. These sites are just hosts - you have to contact the certificate holder directly, or leave a contact email for people to contact you if you are offering.

You may find more links that are perhaps more local rather than national by doing a search using keywords: certificate exchange bmd. You can also add "~genealogy" to narrow the search.

I didn't find one specifically for the USA, if anyone knows of one I will add it to the list.


Check these sites before you buy BMD certificates.


Relevant Links

Canada BMD Exchange - at olive Tree

Benelux - Belgium / Netherlands / Luxemburg - Certificate Exchange

Certificate Exchange - UK

Scotland BMD Exchange

Australia BMD Exchange

BMD Share UK

Ireland Certificate Exchange


Monday, 8 December 2014

Temperance & Prohibition



I have mentioned that my grandfather, Herbert Mavor's family were Salvation Army. The Salvation Army was founded in London c1864 to help the working class, and came to Canada in 1882. They believed strongly in abstinence from alcohol. My grandfather adhered to this until he returned from the war in 1919, much to his mother's dismay.

The Temperance movement started before that, in the beginning of the 1800's, and quickly spread in England, Australia, New Zealand, America.  Temperance means moderation, but around the 1830's the movement soon started preaching total abstinence.

 

Temperance led to Prohibition. There are websites about both temperance and prohibition in Canada, the United States and in Europe. There are also many books to be found on the subject at Internet Archive by typing these keywords: temperance, intemperance, and Christian Temperance [Union].

Look in local newspapers. Some published a list of names of people picked up for being "dunk and disorderly".



I have listed a few links here, some with members lists that may contain names of your ancestors.

This holiday season... stay alive, don't drink and drive!


Relevant Links:


North of England Temperance League Register and Almanac for 1859

The Northern temperance year book for workers in the North of England 1894

Handbook to temperance Hotels UK 1888

History of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Grinnell, Iowa 1924

World Book of Temperance; 1908

Journal of proceedings of the semi-annual session of the Grand Division of the Sons of Temperance, of Canada West, held at Brantford 1855

Directory of the Sons of Temperance of North America; 1868

Conference of the Anti-Saloon League of America - Toronto 1912

Jubilee history of the Ontario Woman's Christian Temperance Union; 1877-1927

Offenses under "The Liquor License Act" R.S.O. 1897: & a list of decided cases; Toronto

It helps business and is a blessing : what leading business en, bankers, farmers, laborers and others say about prohibition in Charlotte, NC 1908

Dominion Prohibitory Liquor Law Convention held in Montreal 1875 (w/list of members)

History of the Womans' Christian Temperance Union of Oklahoma 1925

Independent Order of the Rechabites, a temperance group of Queensland, and their involvement in WWI; w/ Honour Roll

List of municipalities in Quebec and their standing on liquor licensing 1914

Countries that had/have Alcohol Prohibition

US Identification Card Files of Prohibition Agents in the US ($ Ancestry)(National Archives)

(See example of some IDs on Flicker)

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Behind the Scenes



While you are running around doing your holiday and Christmas shopping (actually or virtually) - think of the people who have been busy working all year long behind the scenes to make our Christmas wishes come true.

And I don't mean the elves!

This week I happened upon this book -


A Visit to Sear's Roebuck and Co - 1914

It shows all the departments of people that worked at the factory and got things ready to go out on the floor of the stores, and includes the printing building where they put together all the catalogues and mailers.

Of course when I discover something like this I have to find more, and I did, listed below.


Relevant Links:

An Artist's Impression on a Visit to a Great Store - T. Eaton Co, 1910

The Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney Drygoods Co of St Louis

"I've Seen the Largest Store in the World!" - Macys 1939

The W. E. Miller Co's store; a photographic panorama of its departments and people 1902

Cox Brothers Limited (Tasmania and Adelaide) 1925


Monday, 1 December 2014

Sessional Papers of Dominion of Canada






The Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada are an often overlooked source for research in Canada. Probably because they are not indexed by names.  But it is not difficult to search through them. I found the easiest want to search is at Internet Archive in search box write "Sessional Papers of Dominion of Canada" + the year. Pick any one and look in the  "Contents" (after the index) at the beginning of each year. No 1 is usually the Auditor General Report, and that contains names and wages of civil employees by department, including post office employees. Note that each Content number will tell you if it is printed or not. Some university libraries hold copies of unprinted reports. Do the same for the Provincial Papers. At Internet Archive there are also some in French.
 
There are plenty of lists of names throughout - including various Military lists. This one for the year 1887 the Military section starts at Appendix 15.  The next page gives the Index, and you will see lists of men who received certificates, professors and graduates at the Royal Military College, medical officers, retired officers...etc 

There are not just names for military. The "Expenditures" section gives salaries of various people. Keep turning pages, they note payments to individuals or companies for goods and services (furniture, candles, carpentry work, etc). In different years you see there are a reports to do with canals and railroads including goods carried, earnings and summary of accidents. Remember some department reports were not printed.

Here are some other examples of what you will find:

Steamboat Engineers Certificates and Examinations (Names + lots info) 1874

CPR Railroad accidents - lists name, place and cause.

Names of lessees of grazing land in Manitoba and Northwest Territories.

Persons issued Timber Licenses. (and turn pages)

Shareholders of Chartered Banks

Letters that never arrived that contained money that were mailed in Canada - 1874.  Lists name of sender, addressee and place. FRENCH

Dominion Steamers expenditures (names of crew, service people) - 1874

 

Using keywords "sessional papers" you get various years of the English editions.

Using keywords "Canada. Parliament" you get various years of the English editions.

Using keywords "Canada.Parlement" you get various years of mostly the French editions

Following are some Provinces that have some of their sessional papers online.

Sessional Papers for the Province of Ontario (Also try Legislative Assembly)

Sessional Papers of the Quebec Legislature

Sessional Papers of Manitoba Legislature

Sessional Papers of British Columbia Legislature 

It doesn't take long to look through for mention of your ancestor, you can flip pages until you come to lists of names that are often in alphabetical order.

Check your country archives to see what is available regarding their Parliamentary Papers.





Sunday, 30 November 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Holiday Cheer






It is about now that people are starting to get ready for the holidays.  Greeting cards to be made and sent, holiday baking and cookie exchanges, decorating the tree and house, buying or making gifts and wrapping them to look festive under the tree.

Everyone has their own holiday traditions. We kept some of our parents' and our grandparents' traditions, but also made some of our own with our kids. One was that the few days before Christmas they would secretly prepare and practice a play or concert to regale us with on Christmas Eve. We always put up our tree about the middle of December and leave it up until the day after January 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas. We always had a real tree, the tallest that would fit in the room with the top branches stapled to the ceiling beams to keep it from toppling over. We would put Christmas music on the stereo and Dad would string up the lights before we started on the decorations, many of them hand made.  One set of lights was one that my grandparents bought for my Dad's first Christmas, having one light in the string that was a red cross.  We had that string on the tree for our children. It is of course the kind that when one light doesn't work none of them do, so over the years we have had to cut out a couple of the lights and splice the string back together.  Now one of my children has it and sadly it no longer lights up, but they put it on the tree anyways.  I like that. Now my children are making some of their own family traditions with their kids.


And.... Christmas isn't Christmas without crackers! Some people put their crackers on the tree, but we use ours to decorate each place at the table. After we were all seated and before the turkey got carved, we would pop our Christmas crackers, don our hats, take turns to read our corny jokes, and then we could play with our toy while waiting to be served.

What holiday traditions do you have that were passed down through the generations?

I happened across these interesting books full of ideas to get you in the holiday spirit!
For more, search using keywords: christmas, christmastide, yuletide

Relevant links:



Yuletide lighting : Merry Christmas - National Lamp Works General Electric 1926

Edison Electric decorative lighting outfits; miniature lamps for Christmas trees etc 1905

Christmas: tags, seals, cards, booklets, calendars, candy boxes, novelties, books 1911

Dennison's Christmas Book : for Christmas, New Years and Twelfth Night Parties 1922

Christmas cards and their chief designers 1895

Gift Card designing 1922

Yuletide Favorites: By United Fuel Gas Company - Christmas Recipes

Yuletide in many lands - c1916

A Present for the Old Folks - c1910

Make your own Christmas Crackers



Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Internment Camps




A reader pointed out that we did not mention the Interment Camps during the war, specifically those in Canada, although other countries also locked up "enemy aliens".

"The immigrants of foreign countries that are killing our sons can not be trusted and should be locked away in camps and what rights they have taken away."  Times of war are also times of fear, and this fear, coupled with not understanding the "foreigners" or their culture, led to this attitude taken by the government and the people.





This from a CTV news story: 


"This xenophobic government policy was, at the time [WWI], justified under the War Measures Act [of 1914]. The act would be brought into force two more times in our country: during the Second World War, when Japanese-Canadians were interned following the bombing of Pearl Harbour, and during the 1970 October Crisis in Quebec."


The War Measures Act was not used during the Korean War. This Act was repealed in 1988 and replaced by the Emergencies Act.

 If your ancestors are not mentioned in any of these links below, consider having them added to the databases at the appropriate site, so they will not be forgotten.

Did we learn a lesson?


Relevant Links:

Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund

A listing of the names of Ukrainians and other Europeans needlessly imprisoned during Canada's first national internment operations of 1914-1920

Italian Canadians as Enemy Aliens

Guide to Internment Camps in Canada during WWI and WWII

Japanese American Internment info at National Archives

US WW2 Japanese Relocation Camp Internee Records

Wartime Internment Camps in Australia

Isle of Man - Alien Civilian Internment Camps - Info

Enemy Aliens in New Zealand

How to find records of Internees in UK



The Gift of Family History


There is still time to make a Family History treasure for Holiday giving. 

You don't have to wait until you are "finished" your research because, guess what?  You are never going to be finished, as most genealogists know. There is always another tidbit of information waiting to be discovered. Don't wait until it is too late to share your family stories with your older generations.

Your family history project can run the gamut from simple to elaborate, one branch at a time. Books, scrapbooks, and videos are just some of the ways we can share our family history. There are many examples to be found online. I have done simple and pretty detailed, and I am looking forward to doing an elaborate one, using all the tricks I learned watching Time Travel with Google Earth!  You know... when I have time.

Windows comes with a program called Movie Maker (or iMovie for Mac) and I have used it for birthdays and for a celebration of life.  You can use it to make a genealogy video, incorporating your photos, records, video, music and voice recordings. Then you can upload it to a site like YouTube or Vimeo, or put it on a DVD to give as a gift.

Here are some examples of family history videos:


           Using video and records to tell the family immigrant story

This woman shows how she made family books using 3 ring binders.





At copy & print centers, like Staples and Office Depot you can make hard cover books for about $25 and up, or consider a booklet for as little as $10-12 depending on the number of pages. I made this one at Staples: I wrote the condensed version of our history using Word with a couple of pages of images and used Staples' "Perfect Binding" with a clear plastic cover to make a booklet to give to family members. Use lots of images (people, places, heirlooms, etc) to hold their interest and to wow your family members, and they will be saying "How did you find all this??"


I have made many hard and soft cover books for family members over the years at Staples, but for my family history books I decided to go with Blurb. First because their prices have come down the last few years, and also they have many sizes and formats to choose from, including a pdf for any ebook reader. Secondly because other family members can go there and purchase the book if they want, in either soft cover or hardcover, or pdf form, fitting their budget. These online publishers, like Blurb, Shutterfly and PhotoInPress to name a few, make it easy with a free download of their program, then all you have to do is pick your layout, drag and drop images and write your story.

You can see one I did of my husband's Nolin and Runge families using Blurb here. I have used information from not only records, but family accounts, books, images, photos and newspaper articles to tell the stories of these ancestors.

Don't forget the children - you can make smaller size books with lots of images that tell the story of their parents and grandparents - or go further back if it is for an older child. My eleven year old grandson is very interested in his ancestry and was in awe when he discovered he could trace his family back over 300 years. Think about your audience and keep it interesting.

These ideas may spark other ideas from you to get started on sharing your family stories.




Monday, 24 November 2014

Military - Prisoners and Deserters






 We have now looked at different wars and those who joined up to fight them.  The honour rolls of those who gave their lives, and the pensions of those who left parts of themselves on the battlefield.  We have discovered who the nurses and surgeons were that worked tirelessly at home and on those battlefields, and the men and women who did their part on the home front.

To wind up this month of military ancestors we discover yet another group of soldiers.  Those who were captured and held as prisoners.  And those who could not take the noise, the killing, the blood, seeing their friends die before their eyes -  whatever the reason - they are the deserters.

My ancestor Adam Tait fought in the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 for Prince Charlie and when things went bad for them at the Battle of Culloden, he managed to escape with some of his mates and make his way to France.  Not so for some of the others whose names and ranks we find on a list of rebel prisoners.   
 

Is your ancestor's name on one of these lists?


Relevant Links:

Rebel Prisoners after Culloden - 1745

A list of men absent without leave from the 8th Calvary - 1862

A list of deserters and non-reporting drafted men of the 16th Congressional district of Pennsylvania, from the several national drafts of 1863-64 - (1865)

War Department relating to Confederate Prisoners of War - 1861-1865

Red Cross Prisoners of War Bulletin WWII (several issues)

Records relating to War of 1812 prisoners of war

A list of prisoners confined in gaol - Revolutionary War

The whereabouts of various deserters, including Elizabeth Kuznetsova - 1945

List of persons, of Wisconsin, reported as deserters from the Military and Navy 1867

List of Canadian Soldiers executed for Military Offenses

Courts Martial of the First World War - LAC

Shot at Dawn Memorial (google other websites) - UK, AU, NZ, CA

Prisoners of War - lists in newspapers - Trove

Communication from the secretary of war; enclosing a list of the civilian prisoners in custody at Salisbury, NC under military authority - 1863

Prisoners of war and military prisons; personal narratives of experience in the prison at Richmond, Danville, Macon, Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, Charleston, and Columbia - with a list of officers who were prisoners of war from January 1, 1864

Records of the War department relating to Confederate prisoners of war, 1861-1865

Letter to Joseph Reed, President of Pennsylvania, seeking advice about British deserters who wish t join French army - 1780

Courts Martial of the First World War (LAC)

Map of Prison Camp Locations in Germany WWII (from my father's WWII collection)

Prisoners of the First World War

Rebellion of 1837-1838 - Prisoners at Montreal and Exiles to Australia



Sunday, 23 November 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Podcasts





                                                 
The other day I turned on my iPad to find that the latest update gave me a Podcast App. I can download and watch Podcasts right on my tablet, all in one place. There is a Search box, and if you type in Genealogy, you will get lots of results (Lisa Cooke, Genealogy Guys, Irish Roots Café, LAC, Polish Genealogy, and many more...)

A Podcast is like a radio show. Many Genealogy sites make Podcasts for giving tips, telling a story or interviewing someone. There are thousands of Podcasts uploaded and available FREE via iTunes. (We all love FREE)


 
 

You don't need an iPad or iPhone to listen to or subscribe to the Podcasts. You can access them through iTunes on your laptop or computer. For Android users you can get free podcast players, like Podcast Republic, and get most of the same episodes. Type genealogy in the search box.


Since there is no video to pay attention to, you can listen while you are working on something else, working out, or doing chores (although I must say my multitasking days are numbered).



Friday, 21 November 2014

Thank You Calendar



I have had fun (and learned a lot) while writing my articles this past year. 
As a thank you for tuning in, here is my gift to you.


When I was just learning website code I made an Advent Calendar for my family.  Now I have grandchildren who will enjoy it (as well as the old folks) so I have updated and tweeked it a little.  I thought some of you may enjoy it - so share it and pass it along!

I will upload it early next week and post it in the right hand column of this page. Once it is there and you open it, you can bookmark the URL for easy access.

Thank you, and Joyous Holidays!


Note:  Only available Dec 1-31, 2014



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Webinars - a genealogists favourite tool.


One of my favourite webinars is given by Lisa Louise Cooke, which I have mentioned before and I watched again last night... "Time Travel with Google Earth".

 

 
 
Lisa Louise Cooke is a great webinar presenter. She has a website, has written genealogy help books, and also has some free podcasts on her site. 
 
If you missed last nights presentation, it will be presented again by the Illinois State Genealogical Society on Jan 13, 2015. Go here to Register.  This is a very popular webinar and attendance is limited, so on the day of the presentation...
 
LOG IN EARLY.
 
 
 
 
Another of Lisa's webinars I enjoyed, today actually, is "Using Evernote for Genealogy". This one was presented by Legacy Family Tree Webinars and can be viewed in their archives FREE for the next 7 days.
 
 
 
 


Monday, 17 November 2014

Military - Medical




I have mentioned my grandfather's brother Alexander George Mavor a couple of times (Remembrance Day and Windows of the Soul). He enlisted with the CEF 23rd Battalion in Montreal on October 31, 1914. After training in Valcartier, he sailed with his regiment from Quebec City on the Missanabie on February 2, 1915. He was transferred in the field at Ypres to the 4th Battalion (Infantry) on April 26, 1915.

Not only did the doctors and surgeons in the field have to deal with the previously known ravages of warfare, they had to learn quickly how to deal with the damage being done to the soldiers by new technology - machine guns, new-and-improved hand grenades, high explosive shells, and not least of all... the first use of Chlorine Gas in the field April 1915 at the Second Battle of Ypres. Alexander arrived just in time!

On the 9th of April 1916 the 4th Battalion relieved the 1st in the trenches at The Bluff, near Ypres. While on duty the next day, April 10th, a bullet glanced off a periscope and hit Alexander in the stomach.

Soldiers with abdominal wounds were moved without delay, so Alexander would have been taken quickly from the First Aid post to the closest Dressing Station, then by Field Ambulance over rough terrain (possibly by horse-drawn wagon) to the nearest Casualty Clearing Station, which was No 17 at Remy Siding. There Private Alexander George Mavor died the next day, April 11, 1916.


Remy Siding - Casualty Clearing Stations and Hospital


If your ancestor was among the tireless doctors and surgeons practicing during war time, he may be listed in one of many books written about their units.
Following are links to a few.


Relevant Links:

List of Massachusetts physicians in the Medical Corps of the US army, navy, the Red Cross or British service during the great war 1919

List of Hospital Corpsmen: US Naval Hospital unit, Bilibid Prison Manila, PI - 1947

Base Hospital 34 in the World War - US 1922

Base Hospital No 52 : war diary - 1919

Base Hospital No 9 - 1920

Pennsylvania hospital unit - Base Hospital No 10, US 1921

US Naval Receiving Hospital Dec 1944 - Dec 1945 Anniversary Booklet

A history of Base Hospital 32 (including Unit R) - 1922

Roster of all regimental surgeons and assistant surgeons in the late war, with their service, and last known address - 1882

No 5 Australian General (Base) Hospital Melbourne

A History of No 7 (Queen's) Canadian General Hospital 1915-1917

The Casualty Clearing Stations of WWI

The Australian Army Medical Corps n Egypt; 1914-1915 (names near back)

The Story of a Red Cross unit in Serbia - UK 1916 (names in back)

Awards for members of Czechoslovak field hospital in Korea - 1953

Chronological history (+ photos) of the 363th field hospital company - 1921

Facts and Fancies (+ photos) of 363rd field hospital company - 1919

Surgery at a Casualty Clearing Station - 1918

Medical Units of the BEF - WWI 1921

Regimental surgeons of the State of New York, in the War of the Rebellion 1861-63

Women as army surgeons : being the history of the Women's Hospital Corps in Paris, Wimereux and Endell Street ; September 1914 - October 1919

Canadian Army Medical Corps reinforcements Nominal Roll 1915

Historical records of No 8 Canadian Field Ambulance: Canada, England, France, Belgium




Sunday, 16 November 2014

Serendipity Sunday - Military Badges and More




While seeking out material for last week's Remembrance Day Honour Roll I came across this very handy book. 


 
 

"Badges and Their Meaning : a companion to 'Rank at a glance' : Army & Navy, the R.N.A.S., R.N.D., R.N.R., R.N.V.R., the Royal Marines, Forces of the Overseas Dominions, British Red Cross Society, miscellaneous badges, etc., etc., with descriptive notes (British and Commonwealth) 1916" 

 
Of course after reading it is the "companion to Rank at a Glance" I had to look for that one too.  At Internet Archive it was uploaded as separate images each page, but I did find a website that has all the pages at a glance (pun).
 
 


 
 

Following are also a few links with more names of people pertaining to the military that are not fitting in a previous category.


Relevant links:

Badges and their meaning : a companion to "Rank at a glance" : Army & Navy, the R.N.A.S., R.N.D., R.N.R., R.N.V.R., the Royal Marines, Forces of the Overseas Dominions, British Red Cross Society, miscellaneous badges, etc., etc., with descriptive notes (British) 1916

Rank at a Glance in the Army and Navy

A list of colonels in Cambridge Camp & the number of men each regiment contains: which drew provisions on ye 10th of July - US 1775

Letter to the South Carolina Council of Safety enclosing list of men and supplies 1775

A list of the officers of the Army : the Royal Artillery, the engineers, the Marine Forces, and of the officers on half-pay, and a succession of colonels - 1793

Memorial of the patriotism of Schuylkill County in the American slaveholder's rebellion: embracing a complete list of the names of all the volunteers from the county during the war, patriotic contributions by the citizens - PA, 1865

Record of medals of honor issued to the officers an enlisted men of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard - 1862-1923

The origin, progress, and conclusion of the Florida war : to which is appended a record of officers, non-commissioned offices, musicians, and privates of the U. S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, who were killed in battle, or died of disease : as also the names of officers who were distinguished by brevets, and the names of others recommended : together with the orders for collecting the remains of the dead in Florida, and the ceremony of interment at St. Augustine, East Florida, on the fourteenth day of August, 1842

Military contributions in Mexico. Message of the President of the United States, transmitting reports from the secretaries of war and navy, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 20th December last, relative to the money and property received at the various Mexican ports during the late war – 1849


Monday, 10 November 2014

Remembrance Day - Honour Roll



Armistice Day was first observed throughout the British Commonwealth in 1919 to commemorate the ending of the great war - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918. In 1931 the name was changed to Remembrance Day. In the US it is Veteran's Day. 




In some families many of their ancestors died in wars, I am lucky to have only one (that I know of), my grandfather's brother Alexander George Mavor. I not only honour him and all those that died, but also those who fought. Their former self died in their first battle and a different person came home. I know that my grandfather, my father and my husband were not the same people after the war, and they never talked about what they saw or did.




This year being the 100th anniversary of the start of the war, events were planned world-wide to commemorate the men who fought, like that at the Tower of London. In the genealogy world more records were made available online. Check your country's Roll of Honour, in Canada we have the Books of Remembrance.

After WWI many books were published with lists of names of those who died, and some have photos. Colleges, towns, churches, companies - all published to honour their own. There are too many for me to list them all, but I found a few to give you ideas. 

Try by military unit, state, county, town, college, school, church, etc. Some of you are lucky because more than a few have photos.
Search at Internet Archive using keywords: hono[u]r roll, roll of hono[u]r, veterans, roll of dead, etc and with one of the above. Search the words "honour roll" or "wounds" in newspaper sites. The papers published the names of the dead and wounded almost daily. Also check the local library.


Relevant Links:

Honor Roll; the Proctor & Gamble Company 1920

Roll of Honor of Cook County, Illinois, with military record and place of burial 1922

Roll of Honour, 1914-1919 Employees of Scottish Cooperative Wholesale Society

Independent Order of the Rechabites, a temperance group, and their involvement in WWI. The text contains a register of deceased soldiers and other war records, photographic content and lists of both the senior and junior members of the Order, and a retrospective of the Order's beginnings and activities. Queensland

28th (Maori) Battalion, Roll of Honour - NZ 1924

New Zealand's Viet Nam Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour; National Bank of Scotland

Roll of Honour 1914-1919 for the town and quoad sacra parish of Macduff, with active service lists, lists of prisoners of war, & honours awarded

Roll of Honour of the Ontario teachers who served in the Great War 1914-1918

Roll of Honour of members of the Society of Writers to His Majesty's Signet, and apprentices 1914-1919

Roll of Honour; a biographical record of all members of His Majesty's naval and military forces who have fallen in the war - Vol 1

Roll of Honour; a biographical record of all members of His Majesty's naval and military forces who have fallen in the war - Vol 2

Roll of Honour; list of officers and men, New South Wales section of Division, Australian Imperial Force - 1914

The "Hearts" & the Great War; Heart of Midlothian Football Club Roll of Honour

Memorial volume; American field service in France, "Friends of France" 1914-1917 

Roll of the sons and daughters of the Anglican Church clergy throughout the world and of the naval an military chaplains of the same who gave their lives in the Great War

Acta Victoriana; War supplement. Victoria College, Toronto 1919

Canadians who gave their lives in the cause of peace while serving with United Nations  and other peacekeeping missions or peace support operations sanctioned by the UN

The Call to Arms: Montreal's Roll of Honour, European War 1914

Roll of Honour, employees of the Singer Manufacturing Co. Ltd 1914-1918

Roll of Honour, 1914-1919. For King and Country. John Menzies & Company Limited

Roll of Honour; employees who have enlisted in the Great War - Winnipeg Electric Railway

Honour Roll: Canadian companies (ie Birks, Imperial Tobacco, Dominion Textile, etc)

Canadiana Rolls of Honour - titles 

McGill University - Book of Remembrance (WWI & WWII) 1950

Books of Remembrance for Tweeddale, Scotland 

For Remembrance: soldier poets who have fallen during the war: UK c1920 

Royal Navy Biography, with copious addenda  1823-1832

Pacific Gas and Electric Company - Roll of Honor (pg30)

Illinois Central Employee's Magazine - Roll of Honor

US -  VietNam Veterans Honor Roll

US - Korean War Veterans Honor Roll

Honour Them: Roll Call of Honour, to honour all that served Canada 

"The Evening Times" Roll of Honour, Glasgow and area; 1914-1918