Saturday, 31 May 2014
Friday, 30 May 2014
When I was a teenager I got a run in one of my stockings. My grandmother offered to darn it. What?? No way was I going to a dance or party wearing a mended stocking, thank you very much! Now I am older and hopefully wiser, I can appreciate why she offered and wanted to teach me to not waste a perfectly wearable stocking.
My father had a habit of
always leaving a small mouthful of food on his plate after every meal. One day I asked him why he did this,
especially since we kids had to eat every scrap before leaving the table. He said his mother taught him that, for when
he was invited to eat at someone’s house. If he left just that much it showed
that it was a very tasty meal (after all, he ate most of it) but that he had
had enough and just couldn’t possibly eat the last bite. I was very moved.
Thursday, 29 May 2014
the "Bording Pass" I received to view the Titanic Artifact Exhibition was in the name of Mme Juliette LaRoche, who boarded in France and was ravelling to Haiti with her usband and two daughters. Her husband was Joseph Philippe Lemericer LaRoche, born to a wealthy family in Haiti, hoping to get a better paying job in his home country. I walked in Juliette's shoes as I wandered through this magnificent and emotional exhibit, seeing what may have been their 2nd class accomodations, the dishes they ate from, and the many personal items that had been carried by her and her fellow passengers. If you haven't yet seen the exhibit, I highly recommend it.
In the 1800’s there were many lesser-known shipwrecks that, while their casualties were not in the thousands, they had been carrying beloved ancestors of someone.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Poor Registers of Dundee, Scotland
Links of Poor Law ships of immigrants to Canada at OliveTree
Almshouse and Poorhouse Records US at OliveTree
Rise and Fall of the Workhouse
UK Poor Law Records
1881 Census: Residents of Alcester union Workhouse, Warwick
Workhouses - UK
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Australia, Register
Women's Christian Temperance Union info at McCord Museum Mtl
Prisoners of Poverty. Women wage-workers, their trades and their lives, Boston 1887
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
I didn't find any criminal skeletons in my closet - how about you?
US Prison Records at About.com
Quebec Court Records (see instructions in previous article)
Inventaire des ordonnances des intendants de la Nouvelle-France [1705-1760 VOL I
Kingston Penitentiary Inmate Ledgers 1886-1919
Upper Canada Criminal Database
Prisoners of British Columbia up to 1884
Convicts shipped from Lower Canada to Australia
Norfolk Inquisitions Index 1845-1889
Norfolk Public Records
Calendar of the patent rolls Great Britain 1467-1477 (+ more years)
Calendar of the patent and close rolls of chancery in Ireland
History of Crime in England1873
Victoria, AU. Court of Petty Sessions records, 1849-1865
Old Bailey Records Online – 1674-1913
Ancient Criminal Trials of Scotland (+ more volumes)
Celebrated trials UK - from the earliest records to the year 1825
Court Records Book A, 1664-1812 (Crimes, licenses, deeds, etc) Hampden County, MA
Hampshire County (MA) Court records (several volumes)
US County Clerk Court Records - by state
Prison Life and Reflections 1851 – life in Missouri Penitentiary
Capital Punishment UK – hangings, executions, etc
Victoria,Australia – Court Records database
Prisoners and Convicts – Victoria, Australia from 1850+
Graham Maxwell Ancestry - Prison Register Database
Name Index to Photo Criminal Register - Fife, Scotland
The Court Rolls of The Manor of Wakefield (UK) Vol 1-3
Allen County, Indiana circuit court records, general index 1824
Reports of cases adjudged in the Court of Chancery of Upper Canada
Anglo-American Law Traditions - Medieval and early England records
A general and true history of the lives and actions of the most famous highwaymen, murderers, street-robbers : To which is added, a genuine account of the voyages and plunders of the most noted pirates. Interspersed with several remarkable tryals of the most notorious malefactors, at the Sessions-House in the Old Baily, London - 1742
The Lower Canada Law Journal (Cases heard) Vol 1-4, 1866
Monday, 26 May 2014
I also found a couple of books you might enjoy. One is a book on child rearing from 1748. The other is a book of children stories, that teach a lesson, from 1800. There are 6 Volumes in the series.
Annual Report of the Orphans' Home of Toronto
Sunday, 25 May 2014
Styles of Calling Cards
Nice collection of Cases and Trays (someone on Pinterest)
Printable Victorian Calling Cards
Cards; their significance and proper uses, as governed by the New York society 1889
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Ideas for Displaying Heirlooms
Caring for Textile Heirlooms (pdf)
Friday, 23 May 2014
Today we will talk about a more modern ancestor - YOU !
How to Write a Holographic Will (and other types of wills)
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Unfortunately many offices in Devon that held wills were blitzed in WWII. Fortunately for me, my ancestor had enough of an estate that a “death duty” was owed and these records, called Inland Revenue Wills, had been kept in London and those from 1812 to 1857 survived, as well as some in Cornwall and Somerset.
My grandmother, being the eldest child, was the executor with her mother of her father’s will, and bless her heart she never threw anything out. What I have is a Declaration of Transmission of Estate for a non-probated will in Montreal, which named the properties he owned. A Will or a Probate Record can name children, property, and what burying arrangements should be made. Sometimes it is just a line saying all their effects go to someone.