November 2011

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This was originally posted in November 2010.

The Campbell’s were poets at heart and when Janet Waddell Ross Campbell heard of the death of her son she started writing. This is a transcription of the poem written by Janet.

In Memoriam

Horace Gibson Leitch Campbell

(Written by his Mother – 1916)

Hearts are breaking, tears are falling;
High hopes withered in the dust.
Our dear Land’s in sorrow shrouded
Thro’ oppression, hate and lust.
Raise we then our Holy Standard
“Peace on earth, Goodwill to men!”
As at the Holy Infants birth
Angels sang in concert then.
Christ, the Man, our Valiant Captain
Shall this righteous Peace secure
End the din and strife of warfare
Making holiness endure!

Great Consoler, let us trust thee
Who is our sorrow comfort gives,
In the loss of our dear loved one
May we feel that he still lives!
Bravely he marched back to duty
But – - four days after leaving home,
Struck by shell! He in an instant
Was by cruel death o’ercome
O’erpassing death, his soul soared upward
Through deathless tracts straight to his God
Now we look above and see him
Though his body’s ‘neath the sod.

Laid to rest by dear, brave comrades,
Who twined a wreath of wild-flowers fair,
Emblem of his Captain’s sufferings – -
A wooden Cross they too placed there.
In a cemet’ry in Flanders,
Loving hands these graves attend.
To all those noble, gentle, kind hearts,
Gratefully our thanks we send.
Comfort Lord, our dear, brave soldiers,
Striving, fighting for the right;
Heal the wounded, soothe the dying,
To all bereaved ones send Thy Light.

Calmly then we trust thee Saviour
Who can make glad thoughts arise
As we each on God’s great altar
Lay our precious sacrifice.
Memories dear around us hover
Like Holy incense’ sweet perfume
Pleasant, happy acts of kindness
Which he lives but to resume
Beloved by all, dear son and Brother
A great glad meeting is in store
Each in God’s good time shall greet thee
Where partings cease for ever more.
Lovingly we leave thee dear one
Knowing well thou’rt safe from harm
Lasting peace is now thy portion
No more thou hearest war’s alarm.

Janet Waddell Ross Campbell wrote this poem in honour of her son. She used the first line and every other line to spell out his name, Horace Gibson Leitch Campbell.

After spending his leave from wartime France with his family, Horace Gibson Leitch Campbell left the home of his parents on the night of 4 June 1916. It was the eighth birthday of his niece, Norah Margaret Campbell. He was killed four days later on 8 June 1916.

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Rainy Day Genealogy Readings has a post called “Defining Research, Part One” where she looks at what it means to do research. It is a very interesting blog post.

The Irish Story blog had a very good book review by Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc of the book “The Black & Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1921”. The book was written by David M. Leeson. The post provides both the positive and negative aspects of this book.

They also had a post called “The Member From Mayo” written by Jane Stanford. She writes about John O’Connor Power and his influence over the fight for Irish Independence. It is an exciting story. These blog posts make me want to read the books they are highlighting.

The Paperless Genealogist has created a how to video for OneNote. You can find out more in his post “Introduction to OneNote For Genealogists”.

The Global Gazette has an article this week called “Save Library & Archives Canada Movement Gaining Traction” which looks at the shameful budget and personnel reductions the government is imposing on LAC. There is a link in the article where you can go to support LAC and preserving Canada’s history.

The Scottish Military Research Group blog are adding to their series “Behind the Name” in honour of Remembrance Day. The names come from Scottish War Memorials and highlight the achievements of those remembered. They begin with a post entitled “Seaman James Anderson – Behind the Name”.

The Ontario Genealogical Society blog has a post entitled “What genealogical books do you wish existed?” They have a publishing branch of the society and they are looking for suggestions for books especially “how to” books. Here is your chance to suggest a resource book that you would like to see published.

Are there any postings in the last week that you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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Library Ireland says it is “a free online resource of books and articles on Irish history, genealogy, and culture generally. Its aim is to entertain and inform, and to promote interest in all aspects of historical Ireland.”

This website is still a work in progress and you will have to go back on a regular basis to see what is new.

You can browse by genealogy, Irish names, history, social history, folklore, music, people and places.

They have many books to help you with your background research. Top of the most popular books is “A Concise History of Ireland,” by Patrick Weston Joyce. When you click on the link you get a list of the contents with each chapter highlighted so when you click on it you can read the chapter online. Where a topic in a chapter may link to another chapter there is a highlighted number you can click on to find that reference.

Genealogy has several offerings. There is a survey of the population of Ireland with regards to the 1861 census where there was a decline in the population and a comparison of the 1821, 1831 and the 1841 census years.

You will find street directories for Dublin and Ulster Towns as well as other County, City and Borough Directories. The earliest directory is Henry Shaw’s 1850 Dublin City Directory and the latest is Ulster Towns Directory for 1910. The County, City and Borough Directories are all from 1862. They provide a description of the area and a list of county officials and members of the hierarchy.

You will find an 1837 Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis. There is an alphabetical index and then a description of the place. Irish Pedigrees is a work in progress and there is Irish Ethnology.

Irish Names has a listing of books to provide definitions of names from the Irish language.

History has a listing of publications and articles to help you with your research. They cover topics with a time range from 1689 to the fight for independence.

Social History has a list of books and articles that can help you understand the times of your ancestors. There is one article from “The Dublin Penny Journal” published on 26 January 1833 that looks at the “Irish Funeral Cry (the Ullaloo, Keeners and Keening at Irish Funerals)” and provides a look at the history of the Ullaloo.

An article of interest to me was entitled “The Poteen” from the “Dublin Penny Journal” on 4 August 1832. Here the author looks at the process of making Poteen and visits a local distillery to find out more. While visiting County Mayo I tried this potent libation and it warms you through on a cold Irish day.

Folklore, Music, People and Places all provide collections of books and articles on various topics.

What will you find at Library Ireland?

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November is a month of Remembrance in Canada and other places around the world. This is the time when we remember the veterans of all the wars and conflicts that have involved Canadians. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance. This month we will look at places to find information on your veteran ancestors.

In the first week of November we will look at records for Canada. The first stop should be the Genealogy and Family History section of the Library and Archives Canada website. Here you can find information on soldiers of the First and Second World War. The Soldiers of the First World War database has digital copies of attestation papers. You will find a link so you can order a copy of their military file online.

In two previous posts (post 1 and post 2) I have gone through the information to be found under the topic of military in the Library and Archives Canada Genealogy and Family History section. This section used to be called the Canadian Genealogy Centre.

In the second week of November we will examine the military records for England. Here the first stop is The National Archives of England and Documents Online. Documents Online have databases for Army, Navy and Air Force. The First World War Medal Index Cards are a great resource.

You can find the First World War Medal Index Cards on Ancestry as well as digital copies of the surviving military files. At Findmypast you will find Chelsea Pensioner records as well as many other military records.

In the third week of November we will look at military records for the United States. The first stop is usually Ancestry but you will also find information at World Vital Records which covers the conflicts from the Revolutionary War to World War II and at FamilySearch. The National Archives and Record Administration has a section on their website dedicated to Veteran’s Service Records.

The fourth week of November we will look at the military records from Australia. The ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) hold a very special place in the hearts of the people of Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian War Memorial has descriptions of all the conflicts Australians have been involved in from 1788 through to the present day. They have a wonderful site that you should visit and take time to go through all the different links and pages.

There is a general database you can search to find information on veterans from many different conflicts.

The National Archives of Australia hold the military personnel records. They have a page dedicated to the First World War and if you scroll down you can access a link to a search page. You can search their records to see if a reference can be found for your ancestor and you can usually access a digital copy of their military file.

You will find a link to Mapping our Anzacs which is a virtual scrapbook to remember those who fought for King and country in the First World War. There is a link here to access the military files and they encourage people to create scrapbook pages to remember their loved ones.

The last week of November we will look at some general places to find information. If you have a regiment name then the first place to start is a Google search. In England you may find a regimental museum which may be able to help you with more information.

Research the battles in which your ancestor fought and find out what the soldiers went through. I know that one of my collateral lines fought in the Battle of Waterloo and that his first child was born just behind the field of battle. Women were sometimes allowed to follow their men during campaigns. They would stay behind at the camp during battles. This usually happened if the soldier was an officer.

You may be able to find sketches or pictures of the uniform your ancestor might have worn. Did they wear a uniform or their regular clothes? This sometimes happened if they were in the militia.

The military file might be the first place to look for information but not the last. What about muster rolls, pension rolls, and other records where you might find someone who was in the military.

Do not forget things like military diaries. Library and Archives Canada have digital copies of the war diaries of the First World War online.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a searchable database online. You can search for casualties of the First and Second World Wars from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, India and South Africa.

Is your ancestor remembered on a war memorial in their home town? You can search online and see what you can find. Scotland has The Scottish National War Memorial online. You can search the Scottish Roll of Honour for entries from the First and Second World Wars and post 1945.

This Remembrance Day why not write the story of your veteran ancestor so that their sacrifice and their accomplishments will not fade away.

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

TheWildGeese.com..Irish Genealogy and Family History blog had a post this week entitled “The Pims – Ireland’s First Quakers” written by Susan Potts Kimura. I found this post particularly interesting as I have Quakers in my Irish family tree. She says that “…William Edmundson, a former Cromwellian soldier, was the first Quaker in Ireland and, with five other Quakers, Richard Jackson, John Edmundson, John Thompson, William Moon and John Pim, settled in Mountmellick in 1659”.

My Thompson family were Quakers who lived in Lurgan, County Armagh and I have them going back to 1773 in the Quaker records. The other name that stood out for me was Moon. My Moon family lived in County Tyrone.

Claire Santry of Irish Genealogy News had a post called “Dublin 100 years ago” which is about a new book published by the Royal Irish Academy and edited by Catriona Crowe of the National Archives. It is a month by month look at the events of 1911. My Grandfather was born in Dublin in 1911. I will have to look for this book on my next visit to Dublin.

Claire had another post called “Glasnevin launches fresh appeal for veteran’s families.” Glasnevin cemetery has a program where unmarked graves of “Irish men and women who served in the Commonwealth forces in World War One and Two” will receive headstones. Thirty nine new headstones were recently placed. The total is now eight five. Claire says that “a further 104 graves of servicemen and women have been identified and Glasnevin Trust has launched an appeal for their family members to make contact.”

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog has a post called “NEW! Poor Law Union Immigrants to Canada 1836-1871 ONLINE” which promotes their newest database. These are names of paupers who arrived in Canada from England.

Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) had two posts of interest this week. The first called “Exploring Local History – PRONI and OUI lecture.” Chris Paton tells us that you can watch this lecture on YouTube and he provides the link.

The other post is “The Irish Family and Local History Handbook – video and review.” This handbook contains articles and information that are helpful to the Irish family history researcher. The articles provide background information on events, descriptions of records and other topics of interest to researchers.

Family history across the seas has a post entitled “Reading the Northern Miner: human tragedy and stories” where she describes the stories to be found when reading a newspaper and not relying on searching the indexes. This is a good reminder to look at newspapers to see what other information may be found on your family, the times in which they lived and the place in which they lived.

Are there any postings in the last week that you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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