Showing posts with label family history. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Canada's 150 Logo has been chosen


 
The government has made its decision about Canada’s 150th birthday logo. 
 
A University of Waterloo student, Ariana Cuvin, was the winner of the Canada 150 Logo Design Contest. It was chosen from a field of over 300 eligible entries.
 
If you want to read more about Canada 150th celebrations, go to http://www.canada150.gc.ca/eng/1342792785740/1342793251811

Sunday, April 26, 2015

FamilySearch Webinars


FamilySearch has just announced the May schedule of Webinars, and there are two which would be of interest to Canadian researchers, and they are -
 
May 14: Family History Library Catalog Webinar—This webinar begins at 6:00 p.m.
 
May 28: Using Canadian Census Records Webinar—This webinar begins at 7:00 p.m.

If you are just getting into genealogy, or have been at it for a long time, these are classes you should not miss.





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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Diaries are the "meat and potatoes" of genealogy



Diaries are the "meat and potatoes" of genealogy. They bring your ancestors to life with the stories they have to tell.

So from April 20th until June 20th, visitors to the Lambton Heritage Museum, located at 10035 Museum Road, R.R. #2, Grand Bend, Ontario, can view “A Lifetime – Day by Day, Five Women and their Diaries”, on loan from the Archives of Ontario.

The five panel exhibition provides important insight into the everyday lives of early Ontario pioneer women during the last half of the 19th century.

The women featured are -

•Martha Hastie, “Marty”, the daughter of a Presbyterian Minister who started her diary at the age of 13.

•Katherine Beatrice Edgar, whose father was a Member of Parliament, kept a journal of the many social events and activities she enjoyed when her family lived in Ottawa.

•Phoebe Holden Gregg’s journal spans several stages of her life – from her marriage in 1849 to the last entry at age 62 in 1893.

•Bessie Gregg Stewart, Phoebe’s daughter, also began her diary on the day of her marriage. She wrote her diary in Clinton from August to December of 1880.

•Frances Tweedie Milne wrote her diary when she was 18 and living on her mother’s farm in Whitby.

Since this is a travelling exhibit by the Archives of Ontario, contact your local museum to see when it is coming to a facility near you.

The website is at http://www.lambtonmuseums.ca/


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Ontario historical vital records


The Archives of Ontario’s newest release of historical vital records is now available on microfilm in our reading room and through microfilm interloan service.

Vital Statistics are some of our most heavily used records, and are a highly valuable tool for genealogical research.

The newest release covers registrations for Ontario births from 1917, marriages from 1932 and deaths from 1942, as well as all indexes.

The website is at http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/

For research help on Ontario Vital Records is at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ontario_Vital_Records




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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy - Sessions 12




As I promised my blog on 06 January 2014 at http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/beginning-genealogy-study-group.html, I watched Dear Myrt’s Beginning Genealogy Session 12 yesterday. I will continue to watch the rest of the study group as it proceeds.

The major topic discussed yesterday was how reliable is secondary information given by an informant at the time of death, or on a tombstone?

“Not very” was the answer, and I totally agree.

There could be many reasons why the years of age, misspelled names, the date of death etc could be incorrectly recorded on the death certificate and/or the gravestone. It can be the perfect spot for misinformation to be recoded given the circumstances of the time.

Once again, we have to be careful. We have to fully check the facts, and have more than one source to verify the date of death and burial, for instance.

Some information can be had at -

The American Cemetery Records Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Cemeteries

The American Funeral Homes Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Funeral_Homes

The Canadian Cemetery Records Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Canada_Cemeteries

The Canadian Obituries Wiki is found at FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Canada_Obituaries

The website for Session 12 is at https://plus.google.com/communities/104382659430904043232

Session 1 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-1.html

Session 2 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-2.html

Session 3 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-3.html

Session 4 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/01/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-4.html

Session 5 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/02/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session-5.htm 

Session 6 & 7 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_5.html

Sessioin 8 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_13.html

Session 9 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_20.html

Session 10 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/03/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-session.html

Session 11 - http://genealogycanada.blogspot.com/2015/04/dear-myrts-beginning-genealogy-sessions_9.html

Remember to make yourself a member of Dear Myrt’s Genealogy Community before watching the YouTube Google+ Hangout on Air at https://plus.google.com/communities/104382659430904043232

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Call for papers

  
 
The second annual Kawartha Conference in Peterborough, Ontario will be held by the Kawartha Genealogical Branch on Saturday, October the 3rd, and they are putting out a call for papers. 

The theme of the conference will be Military Settlers and the organizers are seeking papers on all aspects of the settlement of British discharged military in Ontario.

In particular they are seeking papers on -

  • the situation (economic and political) in the UK that caused military people to emigrate
  • the military situation in Canada that encouraged military settlers the economic situation in Canada how the military emigration took place
  • the results
  • where the documentation is  
 
This will be a one-day conference with five speakers, each of one hour.
   
Please send a brief outline of your paper to kawarthaconference@ogs.on.ca by April the 30th.
 
The site of the is at http://www.ogs.on.ca/kawartha/
 
This is a conference that I am thinking of attending because the subject is so unusual, and the Kawartha Genealogical Society should be congratulated for thinking of having a conference on Military Settlers. 
 
 
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

British Columbia city directories

 


Vancouver Public Library's collection of digitized British Columbia city directories dates from 1860 - 1955.

This is an amazing collection!

The directories contain detailed historical information about British Columbia communities, for instance -
  • street and name listings of individuals and businesses in Vancouver and Victoria 
  • population figures
  • government listings
  • operating newspapers
  • and schools and libraries from communities across the province. 
If you have ancestors from British Columbia and would like to find out more information about them, try the city directories.

The website is http://www.vpl.ca/bccd/index.php

Happy Researching! 

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Indexes to marriage and will records at Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

There are indexes to Marriage Registered in Lunenburg County 1864-1908 at http://www.seawhy.com/marry.html and Probated Wills 1770-1999 at http://www.seawhy.com/willndx.html in Nova Scotia.

This site was one of the first website to put indexes of Nova Scotia marriages and wills, and it has grown since then to include 4200 marriages and 15,600 probated wills and guardianship.

Here are some other sites you may wish to check -

The website of the Lunenburg County Genealogy Resources
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canns/lunenburg/resources.html

The website of the South Shore Genealogical Society is at
http://www.ssgs.ca/index.php

Happy researching!



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Are you a Billings descendant???


One of the things that Mike More of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has done over the years is to keep the Descendants of the Immigrant Roger Billings of Milton Mass to Ottawa, Ontario. So far, there has been 5,894 people listed in the genealogy.

The website says that ‘Braddish BILLINGS, a son of Dr Elkanah BILLINGS was one of the first settlers in what is now the capital of Canada – the city of Ottawa. Braddish's house was left to the city by one of his descendants and has become the Billings Estate Museum.

There is considerable interest in the genealogy of the BILLINGS family by visitors to the City Archives, and this is an attempt to compile a reference chart of the family. It initially concentrated on the descendants of Dr. Elkanah, but an article in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, `Roger Billings of Milton, Mass., and some of his descendants, by Harold Ward Dana published 1938-1940, lead to an expansion to include the known descendants of immigrant Roger Billings”.

The website is at http://www.ogsottawa.on.ca/billings/index.htm

The website of the Billings Bridge Museum is http://ottawamuseumnetwork.com/index.php?page=billings-estate

The website of the Ottawa Genealogical Society is http://ogsottawa.on.ca/

Happy researching!



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Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Brunswick Archives adds more birth records

On April the 16th, the Province of New Brunswick Archives has added 2,284 birth records to the years 1870 -1877 at http://archives.gnb.ca/Search/VISSE/?culture=en-CA

There is an excellent finding aid at http://archives.gnb.ca/Documents/FindingAids/GovernmentRecords/RS141-EN.pdf, and this finding aid cover births, marriages and deaths and there is an Introduction and a Help page.

You can search 3,179,613 names from 34 databases in one place online!

The website for the Province of New Brunswick Archives is http://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/?culture=en-CA

Happy researching!



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Friday, April 17, 2015

A “New” old historical society of Toronto




The goal of the New Toronto Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history of the Town of New Toronto.

The village of New Toronto is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, bounded by Mimico on the east and Long Branch on the west It was incorporated as a village in 1913, became part of the City of Etobicoke in 1967, and then part of the city of Toronto.

But it has a history of its own, as is clear when you read what is online.

If you go down the left hand side a click the Discover page and it opens a page of over 40 links to different subjects like from the Cumberland House, to schools in the area to New Toronto Fish & Chips.

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm at the LAMP CHC (New Toronto Town Hall0, 185 Fifth Street when the society will welcome Archives Ontario’s Stewart Boden.

He will feature historical film clips from the Archives’ collection, all produced by the Ontario government. The all-Ontario subjects of the films include health promotion, tourism, education and OPS staff training.

The website of the New Toronto Historical Society is http://www.newtorontohistorical.com/

To read more history of New Toronto, you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Toronto



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Ontario's Movie Theatres


From May 2nd to the 29th, the travelling exhibit "Ontario's Movie Theatres" from the Archives of Ontario will be in the Part Hope Archives at http://www.porthopearchives.com/whats-new.html

They will also show the exhibit "A 'Capitol' Idea: Port Hope's Capitol Theatre" which has been curated by the Port Hope Archives in partnership with the Capitol Theatre.

While there, they have photographs; artworks; business records (i.e. ledgers, minute books, etc.); genealogical resources (i.e. family histories, bibles); Municipal records; personal papers collections; maps & blueprints; local history publications; and research databases for you to research.

Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PHArchives?_rdr



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An incredible number of letters!!!



Ancestry.com has put on a great First World War record set – Canadians who fought under the Imperial Army, Navy, or Air, and who were entitled to payment under the Imperial War Service Gratuities, 1919-1921.

You may ask - Why would a Canadian enlist in England? Why wouldn’t he enlist in Canada?

Yes, normally he would enlist in Canada. But what if he was in England at the time that the First World War broke out? What would happen then?

He would enlist in the British troops, and this is exactly where Edward Barcley, from Debert, Nova Scotia, found himself. He was in England visiting his parents at the time.

The record set contains letters. Many letters!

And if you are a descendent of Edward Barcley of Debert, Nova Scotia, you will know, as it is written in one of the many letters you can search at Ancestry.com, that he was sent as an ‘immigrant boy’ - from a Middlemore Home to Canada in 1906! He came with his brother and sister (although he doesn't name them).

This is incredible information – right from the immigrant’s mouth, so to speak.

It just goes to show you, that when you start to search records - you will never know what you will find!!!!!!!!!!

So if you can't find them in the Canadian records, but you know he or she was in the First World War, then check these records. They might be here.

The website is at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9149



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Digitized Directory of Schools


This afternoon I was doing some research in Nova Scotia, and I came across the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: Digitized Directory of Schools (1950s-present) at  bit.ly/1Cn6wXE

They name the school, where it is located, and how many teachers were employed at the school, and starting in 1958, they give the principles names, and extra information about the schools. There are even notes in some of the books that may prove helpful.

They are organized by the counties, and then by school districts within the individual county. 

Happy researching!



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The Town of Tecumseh has launched their historical archives


The Tecumseh Historical Archives is the result of an archiving project, undertaken by the Town of Tecumseh, in partnership with the Tecumseh Area Historical Society and Employment Ontario, to digitize the history of Tecumseh by photographing and scanning historically significant items and documents that were then uploaded into an online archive known as the Tecumseh Historical Archives.

The first thing that has been done is to put the Tecumseh Tribune online at http://ink.scholarsportal.info/tribune

You can choose any issue between January 30 1959 to November 11, 2010 to research.

At the Tecumseh Historical Society are deeds from Tecumseh, St. Clair Beach, Maidstone and Sandwich South area. They also have artifacts of medical supplies from Col. Paul Poisson, who was Tecumsehʼs first mayor, antique photographs of the old centre of the town, memorabilia from the Tecumseh Baseball Club, a Doherty pump organ, the telephone switchboard from Hotel Dieu Hospital, an Essex Scottish army uniform, and a photographic portrait of the townʼs first postmaster, Joseph Christe.

Follow the developments on their Facebbok page of the Tecumseh-Historical-Museum https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tecumseh-Historical-Museum-Ontario/303551066341121



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BRAVO! The LAC has listened …

Attestation Paper for Thomas Cussons, regimental no. 675270, Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel files, RG 150, accession number Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2057 – 51; (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/image.aspx?Image=073302a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fdata2.archives.ca%2fcef%2fgat1%2f073302a.gif&Ecopy=073302a); accessed 15 April 2015); Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada.

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) today released the latest news on digitizing the First World War Service files. Not only did they say that 143,613 of 640,000 files are available online via their Soldiers of the First World War: 1914-1918 website, but for the first time, they have released the surnames of the soldiers that they have digitized. 

Thank heavens! It was a never-ending guessing game whether I should go ahead and request a file, and go to the LAC and take photos of the record, or view it online. I never knew which I should do.

But I had written to them a month ago and asked them if they would tell us where they are on the digitizing scheme of things, and now they have. So bravo to the LAC!

The latest digitized box is #2057, which corresponds to the surname Thomas Cussons. I looked up the name, and it is there – the full service record!

So, hopefully, this little addition to the LAC blog will make a difference to researchers out there. Now I must write a letter of “Thanks” to the people who are working on the boxes.

The website for the First World War Service files is http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Durham Region Branch is expanding the scope of their meetings



The Durham Region Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is adding more to their meeting, and they are expanding in a good way.

According to their website, they are going to have, in addition to their standard meetings, the following new items are being added before the meetings -

TONI Tidbits from this huge database of over 3 million genealogical entries

Brick Wall Bomb - a 15 minute brainstorming session on a problem from the audience, and a 10-minute Mini-Talk on a variety of subjects.

This sounds exciting!

Their website is at http://durham.ogs.on.ca/

They have a blog at http://durham-branch.blogspot.com/

You can join their Facebook page by going to https://www.facebook.com/groups/durhamogs/



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beginning Genealogy classes in Winnipeg start today


There will be a two part genealogy Beginning Genealogy class in Winnipeg, Manitoba during the month of April, and the classes will be given by Bill Curtis of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.

The first class will be tonight from 6-8 pm, and the second class will be Tuesday April 21 and it also be from 6-8 pm. Bill will introduce the basics of genealogical research.

In Part 1, you will be a family history detective and find clues in a case study. 

In Part 2, you will learn where to find personal information about individual ancestors both on and off the Internet.

These courses will be given at the HENDERSON LIBRARY in Winnipeg, and you can phone 204-986-4314 to register.

The webpage for the Manitoba Genealogical Society is at http://www.mbgenealogy.com/

Their Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manitoba-Genealogical-Society-Inc/7054423205

And they are also thinking about doing a possible group trip to Salt Lake City.

Anyone who is reading this and are interested in a possible trip for the week of May 17 to 24, 2015, are asked to please email Jayne Paradis. Rooms are $85US single/double and $92US triple/quad.

Jayne is looking into the costs of bussing and flying. Please email jparadis@mts.net if you are interested or if you have any questions.



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