Monday, October 31, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 9

Here are some of the websites, and blogs that I have come across the week ending October 31,2011

The Recents An index of Alberta obituaries, and other articles from Alberta and BC newspapers.

Canada Obituary Collection This database is on and it's a compilation of obituaries published in Canadian newspapers, collected from various online sources.

Obituaries 101 The daily obituaries in Canadian newspapers across the country

Obituaries: CANADA-OBITS Mailing List A mailing list for individuals and volunteers to submit or request obituary information for Canada.

Where every little obit helps (formerly known as Jan's Research & Obituary Collection) The website is able to help genealogists gain access to obituaries, to connect researchers with others, and to help those without access to microfilms.

Thunder Bay District 20th Century Obituary Indexing Project- AKA The Directory of the Dearly Departed This volunteer project began in April 2007. The objective is to index the death notices, obituaries and estate notices (notice to creditors) from the Fort William, Port Arthur and Thunder Bay newspapers for the time period 1900 - 1999.

Free Obituaries On-Line All the links below lead to obituaries, death or funeral notices,

GenealogyBuff: Canadian Obituaries Forum Obituaries from each of the provinces

Canadian Health Obituaries Index File This database lists obituaries or death notices of Canadian medical personal that appeared in various medical journals listed below between 1844 and 2000.

Online Death Indexes & Records for Canada: A Genealogy Records Guide An index and records in all of the provinces in Canada.

A special "Canadian Military" websites and blogs will be listed here on Monday, November 7th!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

NIGS Announces New Offering

Here is a press release received from NIGS on Friday -

"As a valued National Institute for Genealogical Studies Student or Subscriber, we wanted to make you aware of an offering we've arranged for you. We recently partnered with, a fast growing genealogy sites with over 4 billion searchable names. Look through some commonly found databases such as birth, marriage, death and census records, but also browse through military records, Filby's passenger and immigration lists, German and Russian immigration records, a school yearbook collection, maps, a digitized book collection, a newspaper archive collection, and so much more! This great family history resource is available to you at a terrific membership deal.

WorldVitalRecords' 1-year membership is regularly $149. But for our Students and Subscribers, they are cutting $79.05 off that price, and adding in two free months if you purchase before November 13th, 2011!

That's right... 1 year of unlimited access to WorldVitalRecords + two FREE months for just $69.95.

To take advantage of this very special and limited time offer, visit:

This limited time offer will expire on November 13th, and is offered exclusively to you as a National Institute for Genealogical Studies' Student or Subscriber (we've been told that you can also share it with others if you wish). Don't miss your chance to get this low price and FREE extra months on this wonderful resource.

Louise St Denis
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

P.S. Did you know has hundreds of databases that are not available anywhere else? Plus, they are adding more than 80 million new names each month. Sign up at for your affordable membership today!"

A special "Canadian Obituaries" updated websites and blogs will be listed here on Monday October 31st!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Victoria's Chinatown

Victoria's Chinatown, the first of the Chinatowns in Canada, received the first of its kind – its story has been told in a pamphlet that people can take with them as they walk down the streets of Chinatown.

David Chuenyan Lai, professor emeritus of geography at the University of Victoria and honorary citizen of Victoria first thought of the project. The project consists of a folded poster entitled "A Brief Chronology of Chinese Canadian History", and it covers the years from 1788 to 2010.

Lai is busy producing inserts of the other seven Canadian Chinatowns in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal.

Read the rest of the story at

A special "Canadian Obituaries" updated websites and blogs will be listed here on Monday October 31st!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Three Big Events Tomorrow

Saturday October the 29th is an eventful day in Ontario genealogy!

There will be three workshop held that day, and they are -

Region IV Annual Meeting with special speaker J. Brian Gilchrist; Niagara Branch OGS - St. Catharines.

De-Mystifying Lineage Societies Workshop, Ottawa Branch OGS and Sir Guy Carleton Branch UELAC - Ottawa

Kitchener Public Library 1st Annual Genealogy Fair - Kitchener

A special "Canadian Obituaries" updated websites and blogs will be listed here on Monday October 31st!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Archives Lanark

On Saturday November 5th, 2011, the Archives will be open at 10:30 am for researching prior to the meeting at 1:30 pm. The meeting will be held at The Archives, Drummond Centre, Lanark, Ontario.

The topic will be “Moments of remembrance - A tribute to soldiers, past and present, serving in the Armed Forces”.

The release says that “The Guest Speaker, Dr. Helen Douglas will share her father’s stories through film honouring those who fought for Canada and our future. We will pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. In support of our troops on their tour of duty-Wear Red!”

The website is Lanark County Genealogical Society at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Find out what we fear the most -

Toronto, ON (October 25, 2011) As we prepare for the spookiest evening of the year,, Canada’s leading family history website[i], has unearthed the truth about what Canadians fear the most.

Survey Results

In a national survey, asked Canadians to reveal their deepest fears. While Halloween is a celebration of our childhood fear of ghosts and goblins, survey results found that the fears of adults are a lot more real. In fact, across the country people declared that they are more afraid of the Conservative party than they are of ghosts. Here are what makes Canadians shake in their boots:
Terrorists – Not your typical Halloween costume, terrorists are listed as the number one thing that Canadians are most afraid of.

Snakes – Surprisingly, snakes are a close runner up to our number one fear; we just can’t seem to get over these slithering creatures. 

Heights – Although Canada is home to the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, not to mention a range of sky-scraping mountains, Canadians are terrified of heights.

Public Speaking – Just the thought of standing in front of their peers to say a speech makes Canadians fearful.

Spiders – Arachnophobia ranks up there with these creepy crawlies making our hair stand on end.

Nationally, the results are startlingly different as Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec cite terrorists as their top fear. Ontario and British Columbia tied terrorists and snakes for their number one. Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, on the other hand, find the thought of heights absolutely horrifying. And when it comes to Saskatchewan, mice and rats are people’s biggest fears. 

Additionally, out of all the provinces Quebec is more likely to fear ghosts and aliens than other provinces. Ontario is quite afraid of sharks… not exactly a native threat to the populace. Newfoundland dreads the dentist and the Conservatives. British Columbia and Manitoba detest the Liberals, and Alberta is more terrified of clowns than anyone else.

Celebrate Halloween by going to to sign up for a 14-day free trial.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mission Genealogy Club

Mission Genealogy Club, British Columbia presents "Over and Under the Radar" with well-known Mission citizen Neville Cox, speaking about his experiences during WWII as a radar technician in the Royal Canadian Navy.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave.

Everyone welcome.

If you want to find out about the Mission Genealogy Club, go to

They have a history of the club, what is included in their holdings (including family histories), and their library.

Monday, October 24, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 8

Here are some of the websites, and blogs that I have come across the week ending October 23, 2011

Les pionniers de Trois-Rivières 1634-1665 (The Pioneers of Three Rivers 1634-1665) Although this is in French only, it does contain an alphabetical listing of pioneers of Three Rivers, from Séverin AMEAU to Claude VOLANT de ST-CLAUDE.

Wendy's Genealogy: Lapensée, Leroux, Cote Three of her grandparents have French-Canadian lineage, and she traces their genealogy to the present day.

Bill's Genealogy Blog and the website Bill Buchanan lives in Onoway, Alberta, and he is researching mostly Canadians of British origin, and has over 21,000 people in his database.

People on the Move: Do You Know This Girl? There is a campaign at the Red Star Line Museum in England where you are asked if you know this girl, who emigrated to New Brunswick in 1905.

Call Me-shell Includes French Canadian surnames such as ROBILLARD, BOUDREAU, THERRIEN, and many more.

CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'  The blog has been up since 2005, and M. Diane Rogers continues to have many interesting posts, including her latest on Medical Family History and Genealogy.

Dawn-Ann's Explorations: Finding my Identity Through my Family's History Read about Dawn-Ann's recent trip to Dawson City, and her Kirkpatrick family.

The Canada Directory The Names of the Professional and Business Men of Every Description, in the Cities, Towns, and Principal Villages Of Canada.

Immigrants to Canada Extracts From the Immigration Report of 1887 Pertaining to Settlement in the West. These are extractions from the report of the Scandinavian Settlers.

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes The Marine Museum was founded in 1975, and it contains the museum of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship, The Alexander Henry.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Quilt Genealogy

In the Winnipeg Free Press yesterday, there was a story about the Buhler Gallery off of the main lobby/food court of St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg.

They have a new showing of a quilt display called Quilts: Past and Present.

The quilts are on loan from the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, and one of the exhibitors is Heather Lair, an acclaimed fabric artist from Gimli, Manitoba.

Lair says that "She has a piece of advice if you've got an heirloom quilt: Interview old-timers in your family who can recall details about its making, and keep the 'quilt genealogy'".

To read the story, go to
Be sure to read tomorrow's blog New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 9

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Children's Aid Society (CAS) Home Opened in 1920

Patricia Winans writes a weekly column for the Moncton Times-Transcript.

This week she writes about the CAS home that opened in 1920, and "The Children's Aid Home continued to be used as a shelter until it was closed in December 1964. It was later used as office space, a social club and a nightclub until it burned in 1990 and was demolished."

Read the complete column at

She can be reached at

Friday, October 21, 2011

Niagara Peninsula Branch of the OGS

I just received this notice from Steve Fulton from the Niagara Peninsula Branch of the OGS. It shows another way to reach long distant members, or people who cannot attend.

"The Niagara Peninsula Branch of the OGS would like to announce that the guest speaker will now be streamed onto the Internet for those from a distance or who are unable to make it to the meeting location.

The Regional 4 Meeting will not be streamed but the Guest Speaker will be during the talk times.  Please see the flyer on our website for start times and all times are in EST.  There will be no recording of the guest speaker for future playback.

The cost to join us will be $15; the fastest way to pay is visiting the Niagara Peninsula Branch Website at clicking on the Region 4 Meeting Box on the front page.  It will allow you to register and then pay with PayPal.

Please note: If you plan to join us via the internet, please make all payments on or before Oct 27/11 so we have enough time to get instructions and login information to you.

Any questions please email the Branch directly –"

Thanks you.

Steve Fulton
Chair, Niagara Peninsula Branch

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Barns Appreciation Project

The Rideau Township Historical Society, located just south of Ottawa, has announced that they are still collecting information and photos of barns in the former township of Rideau before they all disappear.

They say, "The Barns Appreciation Project began in 2006. It represents an attempt to gather a photographic record with supporting documentation of the barns in the former Rideau Township before they all disappear.

Between 12 and 15 volunteers have been working of the project. We now have 1000 pictures from over 300 sites. The next phase to get interior photographs and supporting is just getting underway".

So if you are aware of any barns that have yet been photographed, contact the president, Bill Tupper, at, or go to the website at

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gloucester Place Names Project

The Gloucester Historical Society of Ottawa has an ongoing project that will lead to the publication of a book, and the project is to identify all Gloucester Place Names, past and present, and provide some basic information about each.

Included is the original Gloucester Township, east of the Rideau River, and south of the Ottawa River. It comprises the former City of Vanier, Rockcliffe Park, and those parts east of the Rideau River that have been part of Ottawa since 1950, and even earlier.

They are asking for your help. Have the society missed a name? They are asking for any photos which shows past or present of any community listed. Do you know how a place name originated, or do you any interesting stories about any community?

If so, you can contact, or you can reach them at

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Some Early Scots in the Maritimes

There will be a meeting at the Halifax Regional Library, Spring Garden Road, Halifax at 7 p.m., Tuesday, 15 November 2011 as they host the launch Volume II of Some Early Scots in the Maritimes by author Terrence M. Punch, FRSAI.

There will be a short talk, and time for questions,followed by light refreshments.

Volume II will be available for purchase. As well, a few copies of Volume I of the set will be available.

The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia is at

Monday, October 17, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 7

Here are some of the websites, and blogs that I have come across the week ending October 16, 2011

Ancêtres Famille Paquin A free comprehensive Canadian & American PAQUIN family tree from 1672.

New Version of the Home Children Database I wrote about this on my blog on the 11th of October. The LAC has added 20,000 new names to the database, and they have been compiled by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.

Barclay - Matlack Family Homestead The site includes many names including the family name of Freeman from Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Lists the funeral homes found in Canada.

Ottawa Valley Irish: A family history weblog & genealogy database As the site says, "This blog covers the family history of a number of interrelated Irish and French Canadian families in the Ottawa Valley area, including the Morans of Huntley township; the Laheys and Killeens of March township; the McGlades of Perth; the McCarthys of Kitley township; and the Derouins of Otter Lake".

The Genealogical Site of French America A bilingual site (Frensh/English) that has more than 33,861,400 images, and files online. For instance, they have 1,260,000 BMD records linked to Drouin Collection images, 1881 and 1901 Quebec censuses, and 1881 from Ontario; 1926-1996 Marriages, 1926-1996 Deaths, and so on.

La Société du patrimoine et d'histoire de la Côte-de-Beaupré, Quebec A French only site that tells the history of this famous region of Quebec.

Bible Christian Magazine The site contains biographies, memoirs, and obituaries of people who were involved with the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Although this site mainly is about people in England, it does contain Canadian references.

The Ball Bureau: A blog to share my research of the Ball family in Devon, England and Glamorgan, Wales Karen Ball traces the Ball family roots in the counties of Devon, England and Glamorgan, Wales to British Columbia.

Skeletons in my Closet Among others, Jennifer R. Grandchamp ("Jenny Roses") is researching her French-Canadian roots.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ottawa Valley Irish Blog

Michael McBane the author of the blog "Ottawa Valley Irish: A family history weblog & genealogy database" has said that he is working on a book on the missionaries of the Ottawa Valley and the Pontiac on the Quebec side.

He provides a partial list of Roman Catholic Missionaries served the Pontiac County area in the mid-nineteenth century such as -

1836-1838 Rev Pascal Brunet, curé Montebello/Wm Cannon, vicaire à Bytown
1836-1838 F.L. de Bellefeuille, S.S. Montréal/J.B. Dupuis, Evêché Montréal

To see the rest of the list, go to

The website is at

Saturday, October 15, 2011

OGS is 50 Years Old Today!

October 15, 2011

"While we have been celebrating our 50th Anniversary all year, it's worth sharing that today, October 15th, is the actual birthday of The Ontario Genealogical Society.

On October 15th 1961 The Ontario Genealogical Society was established in a meeting at the University of Waterloo. The fledgling Society was sponsored by the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society of Ontario, and Dr. G.E. Reaman of Waterloo Ontario was made the first President.

Dr. Reaman's first President's Message is found on the front page of the very first Bulletin (now Families) which OGS members may view in the Members Only section of our website.

Through the hard work of enthusiastic genealogists across the province, we have changed and grown a great deal since that day in 1961.

Thank you to all members of The Ontario Genealogical Society for your tireless efforts and contributions over the years. Your dedication has made us who we are today.

Happy Birthday and welcome to our 51st year!

Sarah Newitt
Executive Director OGS

Atlantic Canada Genealogy Project

This project is "related to descendants of the migration of families from Yorkshire, England in the late 1700s, to what is now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada".

There are people you may be related to on the site, a Guest Book, and a Chapman family tree that you can read, if you wish.

If you discover any person that is your ancestor, send Don Chapman a message onsite.

The webpage is

Friday, October 14, 2011

Women's History Month

October is Women's History Month in Canada.

October was proclaimed in Canada in 1992, and this year it "recognizes women's invaluable contributions to the military in Canada over the years".

To see their website, please go to

Thursday, October 13, 2011

1st Annual Genealogy Fair!

Here is a press release sent by the Kitchener Public Library -

"You’ve discovered Bob’s your uncle….Now what?!

Kitchener Public Library will be holding its first annual Genealogy Fair on Saturday, October 29th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. This free event will be held in Kitchener’s City Hall Rotunda at 200 King Street West. Genealogy enthusiasts from both near and far are welcome!

Speakers and workshops are scheduled throughout the day, suitable for both beginner and seasoned researchers. Exhibits will include local area archives, libraries and museums, as well as vendors of specialized genealogy products and services".

For more information, please go to

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

War of 1812 Events Planned

The government has announced that October 2012 will be designated as a month of commemoration of the heroes, and key battles of the War of 1812.

In addition, the government will support the following -

a pan-Canadian educational campaign focused on the importance of the War of 1812 to Canada's history

support for up to 100 historical re-enactments, commemorations, and local events

a permanent 1812 memorial located in the National Capital Region

interactive tours, six exhibits, and improvements to three national historic sites across the country

investments in infrastructure at key 1812 battle sites, such as Fort Mississauga and Fort York, Ontario

celebrating and honouring the links that many of our current militia regiments in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada have to the War of 1812

For more information, go to

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Names Added to Home Children (1869-1930) Online Database

The Library and Archives Canada has just issued this press release -

"Gatineau, October 6, 2011 — Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the online database Home Children (1869-1930). More than 20,000 names of children, who came to Canada between 1925 and 1932, were added to the extended version. The names were extracted from passengers lists held at Library and Archives Canada.

The database is available at the following address:

Library and Archives Canada would like to thank the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, and its volunteers without whom this project would not have happened".

Descendants of Foreign Protestants

On Tuesday 25 October 2011 at 7:30 p.m., there will be a meeting of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia.

Iris Shea will talk on "Descendants of Foreign Protestants who settled at the Northwest Arm: Jollimores, Slaunwhites and Boutiliers".

The location is Akins Room, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, 6016 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

The website is

They also have Publicly Accessible Databases, which includes an Index to Vital Stats from "The Colonial Patriot" 1827-1834, the Published Genealogies of Nova Scotia Families, and the Nova Scotia Genealogist Subject Index.

The databases are at

Monday, October 10, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 6

Here are some of the websites and blogs that I've come across the week ending October 9, 2011

Golden Ireland-America Linda McLean shares her Golden family letters and journals about immigrating from Ireland to Canada and the US in the 1850s.

Looking Back On Charlotte County's History This site covers over 50 communities within Charlotte County, New Brunswick, with views of cemeteries, censuses, funeral homes, and former military bases within the community.

McFadyen-Parker History This site covers the families of McFaden, Mcilmoyle, Bertrand, Parker, Jory, and Willoughby, concentrating in Bruce County and the areas of Kincardine, Seymour, and Northumberland in Ontario, Canada.

Projet GenWeb Montreal, Québec, Canada If you go to this site look at the MontrealGenWeb, Anglophone Ancestors side, and you will see a list English names, city directories, passanger lists, and migration.

The Scotch-Irish of Canada As the site says, "An essay on the impact of the Scotch-Irish settlers in Canada, giving examples of those who thrived in the military, business, and other spheres".

Broadmeadow Genealogy Rose Staples tells us how she started in genealogy, and what services she offers. $

Roe Family Tree For the Irish and English Descendants and Ancestors of John Roe and Eliza Poole. They emigrated from Coon/Coan Townlands near Coolcullen, Ireland in the county of Kilkenny to Lanark and Huron Counties in Ontario, and then to Pickford Michigan, Chippewa County near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Morrow Family Tree (Morrow/Morin/Moreau) Descendants and Ancestors of Andre Morin (Andrew Morrow) born 24 Feb 1797 in Montreal, changed his name to Andrew Morrow when he moved to the US (Mackinac Island), and eventually to Cheboygan, Michigan.

Cohen's Genealogy Site at Rootsweb Free Canadian Birth and Baptism Databases.

Our Ohlhausen/Koenig (König) Family History Website They came from Bessarabia, and other Russian areas, to Crossfield, Alberta in the early 1900s.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Plotters

The Londoner, a weekly newspaper in the London, Ontario area, recently did a story on Lorne and Lanna Thompson, who are plotting the graveyards covered by the London-Middlesex Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

This is what the newspaper said they are doing -

"Armed with clipboards, they've been keeping up-to-date records of local cemeteries for the OGS. 'We are going through and checking data for any additional information and keeping track of any new burials,' said Lanna. 'We check for spelling mistakes or something someone may have missed and put the information in a binder for the OGS database.'"

Read the rest of article at

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Cloverdale Library, Surrey, BC

Do you know that The Cloverdale Library has one of the largest Canadian family history collections in the country?

The Cloverdale Library Canadian Family History Collection is located on the second floor of the library. The Family History department includes seven microfilm/fiche reader/printers, a photocopier, three dedicated computers for Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest, 1 CD ROM station, and a general use meeting room where Family History programs are conducted.

On October the 15th, there will be a "Finding Your Roots Tri-Stake Seminar" at the Surrey Family History Centre on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at 6270-126 St. Surrey, BC.

Be sure you look at the Family History Programs at

They have courses such as the following this fall and winter -

Cloverdale Library Genealogical Collection Orientations

Start Searching Your Family History - A Beginners' Workshop in 5 Lessons

Discover Your Past, Discover Yourself!: An Introduction to Family History

Third Annual Family History Show & Tell!

Were Your People Really Irish?

Start Writing Your Family History: A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons

Friday, October 7, 2011

Life Stories on "The Island Register"

There are life stories (with various names) on The Island Register this morning from Prince Edward Island.(PEI) –

The first story is by Kay Lamb in Tennessee "Skype Bringing Families Together" where she tells how she uses Skype to talk to her 98 year old cousin 2,000 miles way in PEI.

The second story is about a diary entry from "Diary From Weds. Oct 12, 1927 To Weds. Feb 5, 1941 - My Grandfather, Samuel Beaton, Bonshaw, P.E.I." by Eardley Beaton.

In the diary he talks about Beaton's neighbours, and their daily life in Bonshaw.

Another story is about William Franklin Knox, the Secretary of the Navy under President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Dennis Taylor

The story starts with some Island roots of William Franklin Knox. He was the son of Sarah Collins Barnard. Sarah was born Aug 9 1849 in Charlottetown. She was the daughter of Jabez Alder Barnard, born Jan 10 1820 in Charlottetown. Jabez Alder was the son of Jabez Barnard, the builder, and Catherine Hawkins.

It goes on to tell how he bought the newspaper in Sault Ste. Marie, eventually becoming the general manager of Hearst newspapers, and his exploits in the Second World War.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Genealogy Trivia

The Southeastern Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will hold its October Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1-4 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 4 Fatima Dr., Riverview (next to Riverview Town Hall, use basement entrance at the back of the main entrance).

Alice Garner will present an ancestor profile, and David Laskey will hold a rousing session of Genealogy Trivia.

All are welcome

The website is

Toronto Office Assisted Immigration Registers

The Ontario Archives has a database which is an index to the four volumes of assisted immigration registers created by the Toronto Emigrant Office between 1865 and 1883.

The chronological breakdown of the volumes is as follows: -

Volume 1
January 3, 1865 to September 20, 1870

Volume 2
September 26, 1870 to July 31, 1873 and October 2 1874 to Dec. 29, 1876

Volume 3
January 1, 1877 to January 31, 1883

Volume 4
May 24, 1873 to Oct. 2, 18

The first emigrant office in Upper Canada (Ontario) was opened in 1833 in Toronto, headed by AB Hawke.

It is not totally clear which communities other than Toronto, Kingston, and Hamilton had proper "offices" as such, but Hawke received reports from agents in Ottawa, Port Hope, Peterborough, Cobourg, Prescott, and other locations at various times.

Fields such as Date of Application, Nationality, Trade, Destination are filled in when you put a person's name in the database.

The website is

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Leduc Genealogy Club

The Leduc Rep, the online newspaper which serves the town, has a story in it that the Leduc Genealogy Club is asking the city to preserve it's history by looking out for the cemeteries that are in the city.

the Group says that the cemeteries have trees and weeds growing out of -- in the summer, and now it is clear that the grave are stating to sick into the ground.

Read about what the city father's said when this was brought to their attention last month

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Nova Scotia Archives Asks for Your Help

I recently received from the Nova Scotia Archives a notice that they have digitized a large number of old, and fragile nitrate negatives, and they need your help!

A selection of 150 negatives of "turn-of-the-last-century black-and-white photos showing Nova Scotians having fun at home and far away, including the Canadian West, Italy, Japan, maybe Russia and some places we cannot identify. Perhaps you can help us?"

They can be seen on Flickr at

They are looking for details such as locations, landmarks, the identity of those photographed, the year or decade, and other pieces of information that will add useful context.

We look forward to your contributions! Tags added to the photos will be
screened by Archives staff for accuracy, and then used in the next few
months to create a permanent virtual exhibit.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs Week 5

Here are some of the websites, and blogs that I have come across the week ending Ocotber 2nd, 2011 -

Sherratt Family - From England to Canada As the website says, "The main focus is on the paternal side, surname, SHERRATT dating back to the mid 1700s from Brown Edge, Norton in the Moors and Talke Pitts, Audley, Staffordshire, England to Ontario and British Columbia, and Hillcrest, Alberta area, Canada".

1837 Toronto - Home District Directory You can search the surnae database of The Home District - that is the old name for the area - and it covers not only York County but also much of Simcoe, Peel and Ontario (now Durham) Counties.

Canadian Great War Project The website says that this site is "The Canadian Great War Project is intended to promote interest in Canada's participation in World War 1, commonly referred to as the Great War, to research the Canadians who participated in the Great War 1914-1919 or other nationalities who served in the CEF".

Provincial government has legislated Sept. 28 as British Home Child Day A news story about the British Home Children, and how they served in the First World War.

Eagle River Ontario Historical Image Gallery The Eagle River Ontario Historic Gallery has a collection of images and other items from the early settlers and their families of the Eagle River area.

Kahn Family Genealogy:A History "This is about the history of our line of the Kahn family. Our roots are in Germany, but branches spread to Luxembourg, France, England, Canada, the USA and, perhaps, elsewhere. "

The Forest City: A look at the history and genealogy of London, Ontario I came across this blog the other day, and what a nice blog it is about the history of London, Ontario.

Updates – The Canada Gazette (1841-1997) As the website says, the "Library and Archives Canada (LAC) commemorates the 170th anniversary of the Canada Gazette by making accessible the digitized back issues, from 1841 to 1997, on its website dedicated to this official publication."
I wrote about this site on Saturday, and gave examples of genealogy you can find within The Canada Gazette.

Durham Genealogical Resources The website says that they are starting to digitize all the cemeteries in the area, and you are advised to check back often.

Upper Canada Genealogy A commercial site offering research services by Janice Nickerson, as well as some free Upper Canada resources. She also has a new book, Crime and Punishment in Upper Canada: A Researcher's Guide. $

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Update - FamilySearch Records

The monthly figure has just been released from for the Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987.

Currently, there are 192,459 records browsable, with another 13,864 has just been added. The website is

The website says that the "Various documents housed in the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan, including homesteads, voter lists, pioneer questionnaires, biographies, military and municipal records, teacher registries, township registers, and Henderson Directories. This collection is being published as images become available".

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Update – The Canada Gazette (1841-1997)

This past Monday (September 26th), the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) commemorated the 170th anniversary of the Canada Gazette by making accessible the digitized back issues of this official publication at

A Nation's Chronicle: The Canada Gazette is also available at

The press release says that it is often referred to as “the official newspaper of the Government of Canada.”

The database is searchable by keywords (for example – keywords such as divorce, immigration, and naturalization), and not by a person's name.

For example, from 1867 to 1968, the website says that "a person wishing to obtain a divorce was first required to place a notice of intent to petition the government for an Act of Divorce in the Canada Gazette and in two newspapers in the district or county where the petitioner resided. It was to appear for a six-month period".

An explanation of the Divorce Laws in Canada is given at

Here is a sample of the divorce records found in the Canada Gazette -

"NOTICE is hereby given that Dame Beatrice Evelyn Tutill, housewife, of the City and District of Montreal, in the Province of Quebec, wife of Walter Joseph Bobineky, taxi driver, of the City of Montreal and District of Montreal, in the Province of Quebec, will apply to the Parliament of Canada, at the next or following session thereof, for a bill of divorce from her husband, the said Walter Joseph Bobinsky, on the ground of adultery.
Dated at Montreal, in the Province of Quebec, this 9th day of July, 1947.
Solicitor for the Applicant"

Source: A Nation's Chronicle: The Canada Gazette, Library and Archives Canada. APPLICATIONS FOR DIVORCE Part I (1947-1997), volume 81, number 30, 26 July 1947, p. 7

Information about Immigration and Citizenship at the Library and Archives Canada is at

An example from the Canada Gazette is -
Vanderveen, Clarence- certificate of naturalisation No. 72000, series A, granted at Ottawa, Ontario, on July 28, 1930.

Source: A Nation's Chronicle: The Canada Gazette, Library and Archives. Canada DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF CANADA,THE CANADIAN Citizenship ACT Part I (1947-1997), volume 83, number 29, 16 July 1949, p. 4