Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Casualty Clearing Stations and Hospitals WWI - Farm Cards

Posting Member: Jenn
Topic: WWI Casualty Clearing Stations and Hospitals and Farm Cards

Location: Home
Mood: Still a little under the weather, silly winter and colds of doom!

I needed to note a few sources that have been critical in my research - And store some links, perhaps helping someone else in the process.  

Library of Canada is making some changes, so I don't know how long this will be valid.  They suggest it's been archived, but really, the information is priceless so I hope they don't kill it completely.  Farm Cards are full of death information for the boys who died on Canadian Soil.  If they had pneumonia, TB, Cancer...  This will confirm their service numbers, where they died and where they were buried.  I didn't know about this at first, one of the people on the facebook group pointed me to a blog that used it as a research to put together the story of another BHC...  I've used it about 15 times over the course of the project for Death Due to Service boys.

The Medical Front WWI scanned sheets.  They indicate the dates and numbers of the Clearing Station or Hospital and the locations.  Honestly, sooner or later, if I'm bored and have the time, I'm going to compile a transcribed version of these sheets for my own use that I can search my own way...  But this has been another valuable tool in putting together 'place of death' information.

A helpful resource in placing some of the Hospitals and Clearing Stations, but more so there's a step by step guild for finding information about soldiers - Which I haven't read word for word - I speed read the information I needed...  I'm still to crammed to take the time to read it all :(
 The Regimental Rogue

War Diaries Link:

Other links I use, depending on the day, the need, or lack of finding other information:

Site run by Marc Leroux.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A very useful typed copy of Barnardo Homes 'Faithful' list...  We joke about how when the project is done, we should send it back to them with the revisions for all the mistakes...  In red pen, naturally.  But then, we're rude like that :P

You have to have the right sort of Ancestry Membership for these.
Ancestry Collections:
Canada CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers 1914-1919

Circumstances of Casualty 1914-1948 Records

And I think that's about it for today, back to work for me.  We're in 'L'.  About 2 more months to go, and once I got out of 'M', I found it somehow easier...  There was just something about 'M' that held me up and I found eons more difficult.  Anyways, we've got SO much going on, updates will be posted when we find a second to stop doing and start writing!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Website down for a few days...

We know the site is 'parked' right now - We're trying to decide if we can venture out with a new host or not - E-mail is supposed to still be working.  We'll be back in business within a day or two!  Thanks for your patience :)

21 Feb 2014 Update:  We've made everything available until we sort out our most recent hosting issues - If things go offline again it's because of the transfer - Same for bouncing e-mails, although we'll work like mad to make sure everything is good to go! Thanks again for being understanding!
If you ever need to reach us and we're not available through regular channels, try us at ♥  More to come.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Posting Member: Jenn
Topic: DNA
Family Name Associations: That's a good question...  Um...  Okay, let's try this.
Bedard, Bentley, Booth, Boyer, Brisebois, Brown, Clement, Daoust, Doherty, Eng, Hedgecoe/Hitchcock, Hogan, Jones, Maillot, Marinier dit Moranger, McKenna, O'Kane O'Neill, Page, Lecuyer, LaLonde, Ryder, Scott, Walker, Young.
And maybe Dube, Cambell/Canuel.
Location: Home again home again!
Mood: Super excited!

I am having one wild day!
First off, the British Home Child World War I Solider Project is progressing.  I'm working in letter 'N' right now, and am so proud of how far I've come.  The everyone has been so supportive and I'm looking forward to finally seeing the finished product!  We're probably going until May...  But then I'm going to dive into genealogy - Grave recording and everything else.  The whole team is excited about the thought of the snow melting!

Secondly, before Christmas I'd talked to cousin Joan about having DNA testing done.  She strongly encouraged me to give it a try, then she made it happen!  We went with and I had the Family Finder test done.  When my little package arrived, I can tell you I was vastly disappointed with CSI and the various cop shows we've watched all these years.  Those swab test made my cheeks sore!
Anyways, my results were supposed to be in 27 Feb 2014.  You can imagine my surprise when I got an e-mail this morning telling me I'd been pushed through.  I was SO excited!

So...  First off, this didn't go as I thought it would.  Admittedly, I had slight concerns I'd be discovered an alien.  But I had basic expectations that got rather blown out of the water...  I expected to see things I recognized, and now, having been reading everything I can get my hands on, all I can say is 'Whoa'.
My Population Finder results are as follows:

EuropeFinnish, Orcadian, Russian58.39%±4.63%
Middle EastAdygei, Iranian, Jewish17.77%±6.34%
East Asia (East Central Asian)Han23.85%±1.96%

I'd expected Chinese and Orcadian, which seems to be British and Scottish for the general, and I'm assuming my Irish fit in there as well. What I didn't expect? 
Middle Eastern.  Adygei, Iranian and Jewish...  I had to google was Adygei even was, it's actually a place called the Republic of Adygea, in Russia.
I also didn't expect Finnish, or Russian.  If you've seen our trees, you know why.  This is stunning.

Um...  Yeah.  And so...  I have a cousin match with cousin Joan's brother, but strangely not her.  I've confirmed Irish at least! :D
I did a fair amount of reading and still have more to do, initially I'd read that Middle Eastern could be mistaken as Native - I jumped at that, after all, we've wondered about Angus Campbell for years on end.  However, after reading Doug McDonald's opinion, if you have more than 15% in something, I need to consider than I am Middle Eastern.

Next step?  Mum's having this test done so we can compare.  That's first.  I'm also going to read eons more.  Cousin Joan is going to run my results through a different result program through UCLA.  Mark has already downloaded some sort of number sequence into Excel and is looking at it with his super brain...
And we'll just keep going from there.  There will be some site updates for the Doherty line tonight, and the Hogans if I can mange to squeeze it in!