Saturday, August 23, 2014 Copyright Violation Complaint

Posting Member: Jenn.  Mark's in on this, but I'm writing.
Topic: Copyright Violation Complaint.
Mood: Not bloody amused.

Today is Kefferfest.  Admittedly, it's been a gongshow of a week.  My e-mail is being a spaz.  Write at if you can't get a hold of my through normal channels.  Completing Project Armageddon is behind schedule by about a week and a half.  I'm personally currently in the Walker - Nickle lines.  While I was there, I was linking together additional memorials on FindAGrave.  As well, the kitchen has been a hotbed of it's usual wonder.  No one will go hungry, that's for sure.

Today we got an e-mail from suggesting that someone had accused us of a copyright violation. We aren't being told who is accusing us of 'lifting images', which I think is interesting. However, to be perfectly crystal flipping clear:

Not I, or any member of Closet Skeletons Genealogical Society in ANY circumstance have posted memorial photographs to that one of our members didn't personally take.  Lynda & Gary were in Halifax in October 2012.  They took photographs of the memorial that Private John Arthur Bentley is memorialized on after having been Killed in Action aboard the Hospital Ship, the Llandovery Castle.

The site we supposedly 'lifted' these pictures from was:
But again, I'm all for being clear, so here are my parent's original images.

The images on our website are attributed to who took them or who sent them to us.  The fonts stock photos we use are from noted sites.  We have posted obituaries in the past and newspaper articles, we also strive to make note of which paper and the date for every article.
Some of the people and places that our tools are from are no longer with us, that's a sad fact of having outlived some of our sources.
None of us are perfect, but this research has taken lifetimes to compile.  Really, if you want to be specific, this is family research started some 200 odd years before I was even born, and this is their work that this team is simply putting into an organized and digital format.
Maybe I'm being over sensitive.  I know being over worked burns people out, but once again, Armageddon wasn't planned.  Maybe I shouldn't be insulted, but then, that's our integrity being questioned.  We stand behind our work.

Monday, August 11, 2014

BHC First World War Commemoration Ceremony

Posting Member: Jake
Topic: Follow Up Post

As we have connections scattered near and far, not everyone was able to attend the ceremony.  Here is the service in it's entirety, including the guest speakers mentioned in our previous post.  It was very surreal going through the footage, and hit home with the same force the second time.

Monday, July 28, 2014

WWI and the British Home Children

Mood: Reflective
Listening To: Silence
Word of the Day: BHC

As you may...or may not be aware, today marks the 100th Anniversary of World War I, the supposed war to end all wars. I spent the majority of my day at an event honouring the fallen soldiers. More specifically the fallen soldiers who were also British Home Children. If you are unfamiliar with what a British Home Child is, I encourage you to do some research.

And while I have no relatives who were BHC, I had 4 Great Uncles who served in WW1. 3 of them never came home. I pay tribute to them today as well.

In Memory of 

                            Captain Benjamin McDiarmaid b.  20 Feb 1889 d. 30 Sep 1918    

Private Duncan David McDiarmaid b. 31 Jul 1891 d. 10 Jul 1917

Private James McDiarmaid b. 7 Apr 1886 d. 26 Sep 1916 (no image)

May we learn peace from remembering the fallen. Lest We Forget.

As I mentioned, I spent a majority of my day at an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war.  The main focus was the opening of the British Home Children exhibit, which will be going until December 2015.  The exhibit is taking place at Black Creek Pioneer Village located in the North West area of Toronto, Ontario.  

Guest speakers included a 91 year old British Home Child who arrived in Canada in 1911 at the age of 10. He shared with us some of his story.  He was one of the lucky ones, who was placed in a good home and found happiness in his transition.  Mr. Beardshaw served in World War II

Don Cherry, Co-Host of Hockey Night in Canada's Coach's Corner.  Mr. Cherry is a descendant of a British Home Child, and it was an honour hearing him speak, and having him share his own views on the forced emigration of so many children.

Something important to remember, is that even though most of these children felt, and rightly so, that their home had abandoned them, they still stood up, and enlisted in the CEF, and the Australian Forces to serve and protect.

Of the 10,000 enlisted Men and Boys who were British Home Children, living or having lived as indentured servants in Canada, 1035 died as a result of service.  And those are just the ones that we know about.  Many who were boys, lied either intentionally or unwittingly on their Attestation papers so they could sign up.  Many had the hopes of being reunited with loved ones back home.  

This exhibit strives to finally give a voice to those who were forgotten.  Those who were sent over hear as scared children to be all but slaves.  Many had no family back home.  Many died without anyone to grieve for them, or waiting for news of them from the front.  Families were ripped apart.  Orphans were sent 1000's of miles from their homes, alone, by ship across the treacherous North Atlantic.  Many never survived even that journey.  But they now have a voice.  They have people who have researched their lives.  Found missing links.  Grieved for them.  May they know peace.