28 February 2013

Timeline March 1 to 4

March 1
1790  US Congress authorized the first U.S. census.
1810  Frederic Chopin, Polish French composer and pianist, was born.
1873  E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.
1893  Nikola Tesla gave the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri.
1896  Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity.
1904  Glenn Miller, American composer and band leader, was born.
1910  David Niven, English stage and screen actor, was born.
1915  Malak Karsh, Canadian photographer, was born.

March 2
1769  DeWitt Clinton, American who presided over construction of the Erie Canal, Was born.
1791  John Wesley, English founder of Methodism, died.
1904  Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote and illustrated the popular 'Dr. Seuss' children's books, was born.
1945  Emily Carr, Canadian artist, died.
1965  The movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" had its world premiere in New York.
1983  Compact Disc players and discs are released for the first time in the United States and other markets.

March 3
1678  Madeleine de Verchères, Canadian heroine, was born.
1831  George Pullman, American industrialist and inventor, was born.
1847  Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1885  The American Telephone & Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York.
1890  Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor and humanitarian, was born.
1920  James Doohan, Canadian-born actor "Scotty", was born.
1931  The United States adopted The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem.

March 4
1394  Henry the Navigator, Portuguese sponsor of voyages of exploration, was born.
1628  The Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted a Royal charter.
1675  John Flamsteed was appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England.
1678  Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer and violinist, was born.
1681  England's King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.
1814  Americans defeated the British at the Battle of Longwoods between London, Ontario and Thamesville.

27 February 2013

Timeline February 26 to 28

February 26
1815  Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France.
1846  William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, buffalo hunter, Indian scout and Frontiersman-turned-showman,  was born in Scott County, Iowa.
1852  John Harvey Kellogg, American physician who developed dry cereal, was born.
1866  Herbert H Dow, American founder of Dow Chemical Co. was born.
1937  Hagood Hardy, Canadian musician and composer, was born.

February 27
1594  Henry IV was crowned King of France.
1807  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet, was born.
1899  Charles Best, Canadian scientist & co-discoverer of insulin, was born.
1902  John Steinbeck, American Nobel Prize winning novelist, was born in Salinas, Calif.
1932  Elizabeth Taylor, actress, was born.
1986  Jacques Plante, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, died.

February 28
1784  John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church.
1865  Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary, was born.
1901  Linus Pauling, the American Nobel Prize-winning chemist and political activist, was born.
1935  DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invented nylon.
1953  Scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick published the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes.

25 February 2013

Who Do You Think You Are! - Day 3

We have now finished with the final day of WDYTYA, in London.

We arrived about 10 am. Fewer people on the tube early on Sunday. Three were still problems with lines being closed for maintenance.

There were fewer people at the conference today as well.
We decided to take in a few lectures followed by some more booth cruising and a few more purchases. Said hello to Leslie Anderson again. We did not do our third session of volunteering at the Guild of One-Name Studies booth as they were not very busy.

In all a very large and interesting conference.

24 February 2013

Timeline February 24 & 25

February 24
1582  Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)
1723  John Burgoyne, British general, was born.
1986  Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician, died.
2008  Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel.

Februrary 25
1723  Sir Christopher Wren, English architect, died.
1836  Samuel Colt, American inventor, patented his revolver.
1873  Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor, was born.

23 February 2013

Who Do You Think You Are - Day 2

This morning we decided to spend a couple of hours in the Science Museum in London.
We saw exhibits on James Watt and Alan Turing.

Watt was much more versatile than what we learned about him in school. We knew him most for the steam engine, but he was into scientific instrument making, musical instruments, pottery, sculpture reproduction etc.  He also developed the concept of Horse Power in order to have a scientific way of charging his industrial customers for the use of his steam engines. I would describe him as the first "Edison" perhaps.

The exhibit about Turing was interesting also. He was involved with code breaking during WW II and contributed much to the invention and development of computing and computers.

We also had time to skim through the displays on the history of medicine
and the science and art of medicine.
We only scratched the surface of this museum!

Navigating the Tube was a different matter today. Two of the main lines were closed for planned
maintenance. This meant that all of the people moving East and West in London were crammed onto one line instead of three. Great fun!

We finally got to the Kensington Oylmpia in the afternoon in time for our volunteer session at the Guild of One-Name Studies. I only worked for a half hour and then removed myself so I could attend an excellent talk given by John Reid and Glenn Wright. Good show guys! I did not see anyone leave and the talk was quite lively. I didn't have tickets but was able to find a standing room place next to Leslie Anderson. Elizabeth worked her time at the Guild table. After that we went booth cruising again and made a few more purchases.

We also ran into Glenn and had a brief chat with him.

The afternoon crowds were as big as the first day of the conference.
We were tired again by evening and were happy to return to our hotel.

22 February 2013

Who Do You Think You Are

An eyewitness report from the "Who Do You Think You Are" Conference at the Kensington Olympia in  London, England.

After arriving in London and recovering from jet lag we took a ride on the London Eye in the evening. This is a good way to start a visit to London by having a look at the landscape. It was especially good just as after sunset when the lights of London started coming on.

The next day we took the Tube to the Olympia. Navigating the London Tube system can be a bit daunting but if you get an Oyster card and the Tube map and take a bit of time to read the direction signs, it is a great way to get around.

When we arrived at the Olympia by 10:00 am, there was a huge lineup of genealogists snaking around the building. The line moved rather quickly so we were soon in the main concourse. What we had heard about this conference was true. Many of the family history societies from England were there, along with the major online genealogy companies. There must have been close to 10,000 people there all looking to find out more about their families.

We spent the day looking at booths and talking to people. English people are very friendly, as we had several people who wanted to tell their family stories, even when the introduction was, "If you want to get in here and look just let me know." Many English people knew something about Canada or had family there or had used the LAC online files.

We spent an hour plus volunteering at the Guild of One-Name Studies booth. This was interesting  considering the number of people passing by. A difference at this conference is that many booths keep people out in front of the tables to be in contact.

While wandering around we waved at Leslie Anderson in the Ancestry presentation area and then ran into John Reid having a nice lunch.

By the end of the day we were really tired from being on our feet all day.
Back to the hotel by 7:00 pm to rest up and prepare for the next day!

21 February 2013

Timeline February 22 & 23

February 22
1732  George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born in the Virginia Colony.
1819  Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1909  The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.

February 23
1633  Samuel Pepys, English diarist and naval administrator, was born.
1685  George Frideric Handel, German born English Composer, was born in Germany.
1836  The siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.
1896  The Tootsie Roll was invented.
1941  Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
1945  U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi and raised the American flag. The moment was captured in a Pulitzer Prize winning photo by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal.
1997  Scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.

20 February 2013

Ottawa Branch Meeting 23 Feb

Ottawa Branch Meeting - Annual Potluck
Sat, 23 February, 13:00 – 15:15
City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Room 115

Coffee, tea and juice provided. Bring your own plate and utensils AND a dish to share with the others. 

Everyone is asked to bring their favourite book or resource and tell us briefly why it is/was so useful to them. 

19 February 2013

Ottawa Genealogy 2013

Ottawa Branch will present Ottawa Genealogy 2013 on 4 May at the James Bartleman Centre. Details and registration are available at http://ogsottawa.on.ca/ottawa-genealogy-2013/ . 


Registration & Marketplace Opens
Computer Research Room Opens
The Computer Research Room provides informal access to on-line databases.
Session 1
British Home Children in Ontario
Carolyn Goddard
Room 115
Restorations of Biblical Proportions
Kyla Ubbink
Room 226
Break & Browse Marketplace
Session 2
Genealogy: the ‘Facebook’ of the past: a look at Library and Archives Canada’s ‘Wall’
Marthe Séguin-Muntz
Room  115
Digital Recordkeeping in Genealogy
Shirley Ann Pyefinch
Room 226
Lunch & Browse Marketplace
(Lunch available only to pre-paid ticket holders)
Session 3
What's New in Genetic Genealogy
John Reid
Room 115

Utilising FamilySearch.org Information Resources
Shirley Ann Pyefinch
Room 226

Break & Browse Marketplace
Session 4
Great Revelations: Canada, Canadians and the 1921 Census
Glenn Wright
Room 115

Accessing and Updating your Family Tree Maker file from anywhere
Rick Roberts
Room 226

Timeline February 19 to 21

February 19
1473  Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician & astronomer, was born in Torun, Poland.
1674  England and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
1878  Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.

February 20
1902  Ansel Adams, the photographer noted for his landscapes of the American West, was born.
1962  Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.

February 21
1621  Rebecca Nurse, English colonist executed during Salem witch trials, was born.
1910  Sir Douglas Bader, British pilot & air ace, was born.
1947  Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds.
1974  Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player, died.

17 February 2013

Timeline February 17 & 18

February 17
1621  Myles Standish was appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.
1874  Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the American industrialist who built IBM, was born.
1919  Wilfrid Laurier, 7th Prime Minister of Canada, died.

February 18
1546  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died.
1564  The artist Michelangelo died in Rome.
1677  Jacques Cassini, French astronomer, was born.
1745  Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor, was born.
1848  Louis Comfort Tiffany, a craftsman and designer who made significant advancements in the art of glass making, was born.
1930  Photographic evidence of Pluto was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. Originally classified as a planet, the icy rock was downgraded to "dwarf planet" in 2006.

16 February 2013

War of 1812

To-day is the 200 Anniversary of the 104th Regiment marching from Fredricton, NB to Quebec City and then onwards to Kingston, Ont. There is a website which contains details of the activities, one is a 33 page description  www.stjohnriver.org  On that page there is an overlay and when clicking on that there is more info on re-enactments by various towns/cities www.warof1812nb.ca   Enjoy?

Take a hike

14 February 2013

Timeline 14 to 16

February 14
1779  James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
1819  Christopher Sholes, American inventor who developed the typewriter, was born.
1894  Jack Benny, Comedian, was born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Ill.
1929  The St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.

February 15
1564  Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and mathematician, was born in Pisa.
1797  Henry Steinway, German born American piano builder, was born.
1946  ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, was formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
1954  Canada and the United States agreed to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska.
1965  Nat King Cole, American singer and musician, died.
1965  Canada's new maple leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa.

February 16
1804  Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates.
1903  Edgar Bergen, American vantriloquist and comedian, was born.
1923  The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.
1937  Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.

12 February 2013

Timeline February 12 & 13

February 12
1502  Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.
1554  Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.
1606  John Winthrop, the Younger, Governor of Connecticut, was born.[my 1st cousin 11 times removed]
1663  Cotton Mather, American congregational minister/author, was born.
1809  Charles Darwin, English Naturalist, was born in Shrewsbury, England.
1809  Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.

February 13
1728  Cotton Mather, American Puritan minister, died.
1910  William Shockley, the controversial Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose work led to the miniaturization of radio, TV and computer circuits, was born.
1923  Chuck Yeager, American test pilot, was born.
1990  German reunification: An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany.

11 February 2013

Timeline February 10 & 11

February 10
355  The St. Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.
1763  France ceded Quebec to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.
1840  Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.
1857  David Thompson, British-Canadian fur trader, surveyor, and map-maker, died.
1893  Jimmy Durante, American comedian/entertainer, was born.
1962  The Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.

February 11
1800  Henry Fox Talbot, English chemist/pioneer photographer, was born.
1805  Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, son of Sacagawea, was born (Lewis and Clark).
1847  Thomas Alva Edison, inventor with more than 1,000 patents, was born in Milan, Ohio.
1929  The Lateran Treaty was signed with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
1975  Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of opposition Conservative Party.

07 February 2013

Timeline February 7 to 9

February 7
1301  Edward of Caernarvon (later King Edward II of England) became the first English Prince of Wales.
1804  John Deere, American inventor of agricultural implements, was born.
1812  Charles Dickens, English novelist, was born in Portsmouth, England.
1867  Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author of children's fiction, was born.

February 8
1587  Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
1677  Jacques Cassini, French astronomer, was born.
1700  Daniel Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician, was born.
1828  Jules Verne, French author, was born.
1879  Sandford Fleming first proposed adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.
1906  Chester Carlson, American physicist and inventor of xerography, was born.

February 9
1775  American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declared Massachusetts in rebellion.
1900  The Davis Cup competition was established.
1964  The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
1969  George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor, died.

05 February 2013

Ottawa Genealogy 2013 - Saturday May 4th

Saturday May 4, 2013
James Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa ON
Speakers, Marketplace, Computer Room
Check soon for Details (Registration will be limited)
For more information e-mail: conference@ogsottawa.on.ca
On-Line Registration Coming Soon


Timeline February 5 & 6

February 5
1576  Henry of Navarre abjured Catholicism at Tours and rejoined the Protestant forces in the French Wars of Religion.
1631  Roger Williams emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony. [My 10th Great-Grandfather]
1909  Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
2003  Secretary of State Colin Powell urged the U.N. Security Council to move against Iraq, saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was harboring terrorists - claims that later turned out to be false.

February 6
1665  Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, was born.
1685  James II of England and VII of Scotland became King upon the death of his brother Charles II.
1802  Sir Charles Wheatstone, English physicist, was born.
1952  Britain's King George VI died, He was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.

03 February 2013

Timeline February 3 & 4

February 3
1468  Johannes Gutenberg, German publisher, died.
1809  Felix Mendelssohn, German composer/pianist/teacher, was born.
1843  Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, American born Canadian railway official, was born.
1894  Norman Rockwell, American illustrator, was born.
1862  Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist, died.
1916  The Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada burned down.
1959  Rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

February 4
1783  Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
1846  The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Utah Territory.
1902  Charles A. Lindbergh, American aviator who became the first man to fly the Atlantic solo nonstop from the United States to Europe, was born.
1906  Clyde W Tombaugh, American astronomer who discovered Pluto, was born.
1987  Pianist Liberace died at age 67.
2004  Facebook was launched as a social networking Web site limited to Harvard University students.