FamilySearch has announced a milestone in its collection of Family History Books.
One hundred thousand books have now been scanned by the
partnership of the Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, and
several other important family history libraries in the world.
These books are online and available to search and use on the
FamilySearch.org website. You can reach the collection by clicking Search
and then Books or by simply clicking the link above.
The majority of the books online are family histories, with a
smaller portion made up of cemetery records, local and county histories,
genealogy magazines, and how-to-books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and
These valuable aids are viewed by
more than 100,000 people a month.
They are planning a full day of lectures on
Saturday, 26 October on Tracing Forward – Searching for Relatives in Recent
Times – a day designed to provide researchers with new ideas, strategies
and tools to help them trace members of their expanded family trees, people who
might still be alive or recently deceased.
This is a brand-new workshop topic for Toronto
Branch and we’re quite excited about it – we expect to have program and
registration details available on our website in the very near future.
time (Sept 20 - 22) is nearly here, and are you ready to attend a full-day of
workshops, and two days of lectures by people from Ireland, and local
genealogical experts on Irish roots?
thing which BIFHSGO does, and has done for the past two years, is to present
interviews with the conference speakers.
year, some of the interviews are -
Lesley Anderson Previews her Pre-conference Seminar Lesley
talks about her lecture on Ancestry.ca and how it can help you with your Irish
family history research.
Interview with Linda Reid Toronto
genealogist Linda Reid will be presenting "Around the Brick Wall: Tracing
Back an Irish Family through Collateral Lines" and "Are They Really My
Ancestors? Using Autosomal DNA Tests to Confirm (or Deny) Relationships and
Success through One Name Studies Sandra
Adams, Bill Arthurs and Elizabeth Kipp along with John D Reid talk about the
successes they have had by pursuing their one-name studies and what you can
expect to learn if you attend the Saturday afternoon session "Success
through One Name Studies"
again, the Library and Archives Canada has released a census – this time, its
the 1861 census. Information was collected for people living in Canada East,
Canada West, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
You can search
this new database by nominal information, such as the surname,
given name(s) and age of an individual, as
well as by geographical information such as district and sub-district names.
This wasn’t a uniform census – the questionnaires
were different in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and in the Canadas
(Canada West – Ontario and Canada East – Quebec).
Also, the enumeration day in the Canadas was January
the 14th, March 30th in Nova Scotia, and August the 15th
in Prince Edward Island.
The census was also divided among rural and
urban centres of the country.
So if an ancestor lived in Toronto (an urban
centre), the enumerator would drop off the form for the inhabitants to fill out
themselves, and then they would stop by a couple of days later to pick up the
form, or if your ancestor lived in a rural area, the enumerator would fill out
A meeting will be
held in Gatineau, Quebec, sponsored by the City of Gatineau, Saturday, Aug. 17,
2013, 2 pm at the Alonzo-Wright House (College Saint-Alexandre), 2425 rue St-Louis,
Gatineau, on the Sword family pioneer cemetery.
The speakers will be Suzanne Bigras and Jean-Guy Ouimet’
At least 46 members of a family are buried in the heart of a residential area
of modern day Gatineau. The oldest family cemetery lies in the undergrowth,
wedged between two single family homes! So far, a total of eight headstones have been
found of the Barber, Davidson and Langford families in the Sword family pioneer cemetery.
Mark the date August 4 – 9th on your calendar! It will be the live streaming of 50 sessions at the International
Association of Jewish Genealogical Society Conference (IAJGS) in Boston, Massachusetts.
The International Association of Jewish Genealogy Society (IAJGS) brings the best minds and knowledge in the field of Jewish genealogy to
its conference. More than 1,000 attendees from 17 countries will attend.
Anyone in any location with the desire to learn
more about their Jewish family history will be able to tap into this knowledge
and attend the event via the Internet.
Arrival of the BridesLibrary and Archives Canada, Acc. no 1996-371-1
and Archives Canada released this blog post yesterday -
2013 marks the 350th anniversary of the arrival in New France of the first
contingent of the “Filles du roi” (“King's daughters”), young women who became
the ancestors of numerous French-Canadian families. A variety of celebrations are
planned throughout Quebec, culminating in the New France Festival in Quebec City
from August 7 to 11, 2013.The website is
1663 and 1673, King Louis XIV supported the emigration of these young women,
many of them orphans. Their passage to the colony was paid and they received an
average dowry of 50 livres, along with a small hope chest containing clothing
and sewing materials. In exchange, the women agreed to marry on their arrival
in New France, to start a family and to help their husbands work the land.
These women were instrumental in helping to populate and develop the colony.
contingent of 36 “Filles du roi” landed in 1663. Over the next ten years, an
estimated 800 young women settled in New France under the same program.
would like to know whether one of your ancestors was a “Fille du roi,” there
are many genealogical publications and reviews you can consult".
Gwyneth Pearce, head of publicityfor the Ontario Genealogical Society
- Toronto Branch, sent the following announcement to me yesterday –
The Branch will be presenting three
courses between September and November – ranging from one day to eight weeks in
Introduction to West Indian Genealogy Saturday, 21 September: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. A
fast-paced introduction to the principles of West Indian genealogical research
with a focus on methodologies and records for African, East Indian and Chinese
West Indian ancestors.
The instructor is Pooran Bridgelal.
The meeting will take place at North York Central
Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Basic Genealogy and Family History Wednesdays, 2 October – 20 November: 1:30
– 3:30 p.m. For those just beginning to research or looking to upgrade basic
skills, this 8-week course will cover terminology, types of sources, on-line
resources, libraries and archives, and record-keeping – to help you “think like
The instructor is Jane E. MacNamara
The meeting will take place at North York Central
Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
Maps and Mapping for 21st
Century Genealogists Thursdays,
7 - 28 November: 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.This 4-week course, designed for intermediate
and advanced-level genealogists, will explore sophisticated ways in which maps
and mapping tools can contribute to family history research, analysis and
The instructor is James F.S. Thomson
The meeting will take place at the Toronto
Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Ships Duke of Kent, Charles Mary Wentworth and Earl Spencer
from a modern drawing by C.H.J. Snider. Medium: drawing Artist: C.H.J. Snider Reference no.: NSARM Photo Collection: Ships: C.M.
The War of 1812
began in June 1812, and the remaining British North American colonies — Nova
Scotia, Cape Breton Island (then separate from Nova Scotia), New Brunswick,
Newfoundland, Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario) were
automatically at war with the United States.
The role of Nova
Scotia during the war was mainly at sea. The Royal Navy from its North Atlantic
Squadron base at Halifax, joined by privateer vessels from home ports along the
Atlantic coast and Bay of Fundy – like the ports of Halifax and Liverpool. There are
several virtual exhibits – Spoils of War:
Privateering in Nova Scotia – Read about the history of privateering in Nova
Scotia. For example, there are digitized
original log-books for the privateers Charles Mary Wentworth (1799), Nelson (1802)
and Dart (1813). Acadian Reporter
– This newspaper was published in Halifax beginning in January 1813, and this is
four-page weekly newspaper. This newspaper “carried local, provincial, British
and international news stories, a weekly almanac, shipping news, marriage and
death notices, and a wide range of advertisements” Black Refugees
1812 – 1834 - This is a virtual exhibit made up of 75 digitized documents, news
clippings, documentary art and print items.
latest edition of The Ottawa Genealogists was in my mail box the other day, and
it covers such events as Genealogy Research in London, UK and Attending WDYTYAL
Conference 2013, Step into History: The 19th Annual Beechwood
Cemetery Historical Walking Tour, and the article Early Bytown Settlers Index.
thing I have always enjoyed reading has been Edward and Elizabeth Kipp’s
research trips. I have always found them informative, news worthy, and
time, they were in London and went to the WDYTYAL where they saw some fellow
Canadians from Ottawa – Glenn Wright,
John D. Reid, and Leslie Anderson – and took in some lectures while there too.
they did some research too – on the BLAKE, PINCOMBE/PINKHAM, BULLER, BEARD families.
good report was given of the Beechwood Cemetery Historical Walking Tour that
took place on June 9th, and the theme was the War of 1812.
of the people honoured was British Army Officer William Brown Bradley, and his
son Edward Sands BRADLEY, Louis-Theodore BESSERAR, and Maria HILL.
is reported that 300 people were there e to take the walk in good weather, which
was led by Kurt Johnson of the Goulburn Museum.
Stanzell continues with the Early Bytown Settlers Index, and this time he covers
the letters J to L.
gives both the surname, and given name, the reference and page number, and any notes
that is included in the Information column.
Library and Archives Canada has updated the 1851 (1852) census.
1851 Census marked the second collection of statistics for the Province of
Canada (consisting of Canada West and Canada East). Information was also
collected for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
addition to searching by geographical information such as province, district,
and sub-district, users can now also search by nominal information such as
name, given name(s) and age of an individual.
Canada East and Canada West, the census was supposed to have been taken in 1851,
but was actually take in January 1852.
So, in the Canada East and Canada West, it will be the age of the person's next birthday in 1852, not in 1851 (Column 6).
Also, in Canada East and Canada West, there was an urban and a rural census, and they asked different questions.
Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, the census was taken between June and December
you are having difficulty finding the person you are looking for in the 1851-1852
census, not all schedules survived.
following cemeteries have been upgraded on the GenWeb site as of July 22, 2013 –
Hyde & Crosby Pioneer Cemetery
Bethany Mission Cemetery
- Annunciation Roman Catholic / L'Annonciation
St William's RC Church Cemetery
Tecumseh Historical Museum Cemetery
Christ Church Anglican Cemetery
Point Alexandria United / Horne Cemetery
St Lawrence United / Foot Cemetery
Trinity Anglican Cemetery
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Abandoned (Purchase Farm) Cemetery
Maitland Bank Cemetery
Christ Church Anglican Cemetery
Ridgetown (Old) Cemetery
Smith & Hopper Burying Ground
St Thomas Anglican Cemetery
St Matthew's Cemetery
Thedford Baptist Cemetery
& Addington County:
Dorchester Union Cemetery
South Easthope / Shakespeare Cemetery
Oswald / Hoffer / St Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
Pioneer Tower / Doon Pioneer Cemetery
Zion United Cemetery
St Martin's Roman Catholic Cemetery
Christ's Church Cathedral Columbarium
updates were not be possible if not for the volunteers, such as Alison
Mitchell-Reid, Elizabeth Warwick, Kate Ford, Lorna Eggert, Marilyn Whiting,
Robert Gevaert, Sharon Mattiuz, and William Cooke for indexing.
to Michael Stephens, Robert Gevaert & Ed McKeon, Doug Smith, Ron Spurr,
Angela M. Clatworthy, Corinna Rumble, Alison Mitchell-Reid, Sharon Mattiuz,
William Cooke, Carolyn Nordin, Lanny Robinson, Lorna Eggert, Beverly Fern
McKenzie, Bonnie Philbin & Patt Preston, Bruce Nuckowski, Elizabeth
Warwick, Ken Monk, and Doug & Donna Gammon for photos of the cemeteries.
this news release from fellow Canadian blogger Lynn Palermo yesterday
reunions are a great summer time activity that enables family historians the
opportunity to gather family together to capture stories, travel to ancestral
hometowns and reconnect with family. Share your family history summer adventure
in the form of a photo of a recent or past family reunion. Tell us briefly
about your photo. Open for entries from Monday July 22nd 8 am EST, closed at 12
pm Sunday July 28th EST. On Monday morning July 29th Week 2, photo theme will
be announced for another chance to win.
over to our Contest Page on Facebook and submit your family reunion photo
now! One entry, per person, per week.
One winner will be randomly drawn each week and will receive a 1-year
subscription to FindMyPast.com. On Monday July 29th we will announce another
photo theme for week 2 and you'll have another chance to win!
1- July 22nd 8 am - July 28th midnight EST - Family Reunion Summer Adventure
2- July 29th 8 am- Aug 4th midnight EST.
3 - Aug 5th 8 am- Aug 11th midnight EST.
to U.S. and Canadian residents. One entry per person per week. Check the
Contest Rules for all the details".
can also post your photo using Twitter or Instagram use hashtag
Friday, I posted that the LAC had released the 1842 Census of Canada East (Quebec)
and Canada West (Ontario), but I did not say that only certain areas (districts
and sub-districts) were enumerated.
following districts are available in Canada West -
In this notice received yesterday, here are
the 1842 Canadian Census for Canada West and Canada West -
and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that Canadians can now access the
Census of Canada West, 1842 as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 online.
In 1841, Upper Canada was renamed Canada West, whereas Lower Canada became
Canada East. These two jurisdictions are now known as the provinces of Ontario
census is partly nominal and contains the names of heads of family, their
occupation and the number of residents for each family.
Ontario Genealogical Society has, at present, four Special Interest Groups
SIG is a permanent group of OGS Members with an interest in some other topic,
such as a geographic location outside Ontario (e.g. immigrants from a
particular country), an ethnic or cultural group (e.g. natives or a particular
fraternal organization), or an event (e.g. a particular emigration scheme).
Please visit our site - www.GenealogyCanada.com
There is lots of Canadian genealogy news to browse through, so please drop in for a spell.
There are also Canadian heritage and history news items, and the "Website of the Month" - always a surprise treat.
Thank you for dropping by - we appreciate your visits!!
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Booklet #1 - The War of 1812: Canada and the United States
The booklet, “The War of 1812: Canada and the United States”, gives a synopsis of the causes of the War, and details the battles that took place (who, where, and when), and which included British forces, Blacks, and Aboriginal warriors who fought on both sides of the conflict.
Booklet #2 – Migration: Canada and the United States
These headings offer good examples of those who came to Canada, or of Canadians who left for the U.S, and why. The booklet gives a synopsis of what records to look for, the books written on the subject, where to find online resources, and a bonus list of some famous Canadians who migrated to the U.S.