It’s Been a Crazy Time


It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Twice my blog site was down with issues and although I consider myself a bit of a techy person this was beyond my skill set. When they tell you it’s the “White Screen of Death” you don’t feel very good. Thankfully the company I man my website and blog on GoDaddy has a Premium Support plan where I can purchase tickets and they can fix my problem. In both cases, it was due to a plugin (add-on) that I had on the blog that updated and created a problem for the site. Anywho… we are back up and I thought I’d tell you about some things that are happening in the genealogy/DNA community.

I4GG 2017 Conference

I’m excitedly packing for the I4GG 2017 Conference in San Diego, California. A DNA conference with presenters such as; CeCe Moore, Blaine Bettinger, Kitty Cooper, Angie Bush, Leah Larkin, Katie Welka, Carol Isbister Rolnick, Oron Vavon, Katherine Borges, Michelle Trostler, Lara Diamond, Rob Warthen, Jim Brewster, Ben Wilson, Hilary Vance, Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Kathleen Fernandes. So I hope to be able to tell you about things that I learn this weekend at this sold out the conference. One thing I can tell you is that the sessions are televised and there will be offered as a package to tune into. I believe they will be available sometime in February. I’ll be sure to let you know.


In the meantime; Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time to get your home looking Christmasy if it isn’t already. One of the things that I’ve done in the past is to make a wreath with my ancestor’s photos. Please have a look at the blog where we not only spoke about that but also other things that you can do with old family photos. To read on please click HERE.

Speaking of Christmas are you following along ARodesky’s 12 Days of Christmas? Angela has quite the compilation of things that she is giving away. If you haven’t watched you can catch up on her YouTube channel. Shop the Hound will be Day 9 so be sure to tune in.

Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book

December 6, 2017, marked the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. To commemorate this occasion, Ancestry has released a collection of records online, the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book — the first definitive listing and searchable database of those killed in the 1917 disaster. The collection is available to all Canadians for free on and contains records of courage and tragedy from those who lost their lives in the disaster.

Those commemorated in the records include:

  • Halifax Protestant Orphanage Memorial Records: Among the youngest casualties of the explosion were children from the Halifax Protestant Orphanage.
  • Vincent J.P. Coleman, Memorial Record: The 41-year old Intercolonial Railway Dispatcher was responsible for bringing all incoming trains around Halifax to a halt pre-explosion. Coleman saved the lives of about 300 railway passengers. Born in 1876, Coleman lost his life at his post of duty.
  • Captain Horatio H. Brannen, Memorial Record: As the Capt. of Stella Maris, Capt. Brannen and crew fought the fire caused by the collision of Imo and Mont Blanc. During his efforts to tow Mont Blanc away from the Halifax shore, the ship burst into flames. His tugboat, Stella Maris, was left crippled and tossed aside by the blast. Born in 1872, the Capt. lost his life at the age of 45 years old.
  • Captain Haakon From, Memorial Record: As the Capt. of Imo, Capt. From overseeing the ship that collided with Mont Blanc. Born in 1870, From lost his life in the Halifax Explosion at the age of 47 years old.
  • Pilot William Hayes, Memorial Record: Pilot and crew member aboard Imo. Born in 1877, the pilot and crew member of Imo worked amongst 41 French sailors. He lost his life at the age of 40 years old during the explosion.

In addition to the Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book, Ancestry will be releasing new East Coast collections in December. These include:  

  • Nova Scotia, Canada, Antigonish Catholic Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1823-1905
  • Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1945
  • Newfoundland, Canada, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1840-1949
  • Newfoundland, Canada, Census, 1921
  • Prince Edward Island, Canada, Marriage Registers, 1832-1888
  • Prince Edward Island, Canada, Death Card Index, 1810-1913

These new collections include census, baptism, marriage, burial and death records that bring Eastern Canada’s diverse history to life.


Keep your fingers crossed that nothing else happens to the blog and we’ll see you next week

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