Tuesday, September 10, 2013

LAC UPDATE: Access to 15 databases in one stop

Some positive news from Library and Archives Canada, in that you can now search the nominal indexes of the censuses from 1825 to 1916 online. That is a total of more than 32 million documents, and they are FREE!

I have used them, and they are very helpful. Especially, when it comes to finding people of the same names in a particular county.

In the press release, the LAC says “This massive undertaking required continuous cooperation from members of a number of LAC teams, as well as highly organized operations, over a number of months.

What is the final result?

• A clear presentation that is consistent with the Government of Canada’s Internet accessibility standards.

• The ability to perform a search using nominal or geographical criteria.

• Standardized geographic metadata that is now available in both official languages.

• The ability to choose between images in JPG or PDF formats.

• Weekly automatic updates.

And, ultimately, for you, valued users, a much simpler and easier way to trace your ancestors”!

To go to the website, click on to http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/Pages/census.aspx

Toronto school memorials database

Gwyneth Pearce, Secretary,Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, sent us this notice –

More than 32,000 names now in Toronto school memorials database

It’s that time again… when children, parents and teachers launch into a new school year!

And to mark the start of classes for 2013, the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has added more than 2,700 new names and eight more schools to its on-line database of school memorials commemorating Toronto students and staff who volunteered for active service in the two World Wars and other military conflicts.

The newest schools in the For King and Country database include Essex Street, John English, Rose Avenue, Lambton Mills, Lansdowne, Humewood Public and Runnymede Collegiate Institute.

We’ve also added our first independent school – St. Michael’s College School – a Catholic middle and high school with a rich history dating back to 1852. The database now contains more than 32,000 names and 88 schools, with transcriptions and photographs of school war memorials, historical background and links to other useful school and community websites.

Explore this growing collection now at www.torontofamilyhistory.org/kingandcountry/.

To find out more about the For King and Country project, and how you can help, contact co-ordinator Martha Jackson at kingandcountry@torontofamilyhistory.org.

And if you happen to be one of the many heading back to school this month, take a moment to remember the past generations of students and staff who went to war.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Canadian Week in Review 09 September 2013

I have come across the following Canadian websites, blogs, Facebook, and newspaper articles this past week that were of interest to me, and I thought you might be interested in them, too


Biggar Branch, Saskatoon Genealogical Society http://biggargenealogy.wikifoundry.com The website says that the “Society members have recorded and indexed cemeteries in the R.M.'s of Biggar and Glenside, and the cemeteries at Landis, Cando and Lett (Rosemount). The Biggar Branch has published a list of births, deaths and marriages from The Independent Biggar, SK for the period 1913 to 1950 and they are available for purchase. Other indexing projects have included: obituaries from The Independent -1984 to 2006, undertaker records, census records, Canadian National Railway seniority lists and early school registers”. Note: These indexes are not online.

Barnardo’s Homes http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/who_we_are/history/barnardos_homes.htm The website saysBarnardo’s ran hundreds of children’s homes across the UK from Thomas Barnardo’s day until the 1970’s. We don’t run orphanages and children’s homes anymore. However, this is a complete directory of all the homes and what has happened to them”. Note: I have used this list while doing research, and have found it to be a good list to locate Barnardo’s homes in the UK.


Genealogy Home Children in Canada http://coolenconnections.hubpages.com/hub/Genealogy-Home-Children-in-Canada This is a new site, provides an excellent list of Home Children websites in Canada.

Gone Researching: Genealogy experiences, thoughts, ... and we'll see where we go with this http://goneresearching.blogspot.com This new blogger is following family line in Ontario, among others.

Facebook, Videos, You Tube

Photos: New Brunswick’s Internment Camp B70 http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Brunswick+Internment+Camp+photos/8746644/story.htmlThis is a photo archives of Internment Camp B70, located in  Ripples, N.B. It housed more than 700 Jews in the early months of the Second World War.

Newspapers Articles of the Week

Ottawa is a work in progress http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Ottawa+work+progress/8842977/story.html Ottawa’s Carleton University professor Andrew Cohen write about the choice of Ottawa as the capital of Canada, and how so many people disagreed with Queen Victoria’s choice in 1857.

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/to-learn-more-about-maine-make-the-pilgrimage-to-quebec_2013-08-29.html The Maine Sunday Telegram suggests a trip to Quebec should be on every Mainer's must-do list.

Blackberry tea honours group's wartime heritage http://www.canada.com/Blackberry+honours+group+wartime+heritage/8883306/story.html Read about how the British Columbia Women's Institute helped the Second World War effort by canning fruit and vegetables and sending them to Britain.

British Home Children enhanced Canada’s mosaic http://www.sackvilletribunepost.com/Opinion/Columnists/2011-12-07/article-2827996/----British-Home-Children-enhanced-Canada%26rsquo%3Bs-mosaic/1Read about how a British Home Child stayed in the grandparents home of writer Bill Hamilton, and how he was able to trace her voyage back to Liverpool, England.

Doors Open in Ontario this fall http://www.canoe.ca/Travel/Canada/Ontario/2013/09/04/21096946.html See the lineup of  the Doors Open in Ontario this fall.
Story of the Week

Some land records have been digitized

(Based on a bi-weekly column I write for the Vankleek Hill’s The Review. Parts of the column appeared on August 28, 2013)

Canadiana.org is a Canadian company in Ottawa which is preserving Canada's published history and some of these non-indexed records will be – free! Over the next ten years, it will work with 40 institutions, such as libraries, the Library and Archives Canada, and archives, to “identify, catalogue, digitize and store documentary heritage—books, newspapers, periodicals, images and nationally-significant archival materials—in specialized research databases”.
The part of Canadiana.org which interests me is the Heritage Project at http://heritage.canadiana.ca.
The Heritage Project is going to take some of Canada’s most popular archival collections, such as 60-million pages of FREE primary-source microfilm images from the 1600s to the mid-1900s.
I have read the list and I am impressed! What would have taken me years to find these documents in the different institution across the country, will be appearing online right in my own computer.One of the first projects that they have done is the Heir and Devisee Commission of the Upper Canada (Ontario) Land Records. 
Records can include (although not always) affidavits, bonds, location certificates, powers of attorney, orders-in-council, copies of wills, mortgages, deeds of sale, and testimonial letters.

The digitized copies of the microfilm reels onsite appear in the same order as on the microfilm reels themselves. Remember, unfortunately, there is NO index by name.
Alternatively, the records are arranged by district, then by type of document, then in chronological, alphabetical, or numerical order.
The list of microfilm rolls are on http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_205142, just click on the reel you want to view, and it is there for you to research.

Reminder: Check out Canadian Week in Review every Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in country! The next post will be on 16 September, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Reminder: Canadian Week in Review posted tomorrow Sept 9th

Check out Canadian Week in Review every Monday for the latest in Genealogy, Heritage, and History news in Canada. It’s the ONLY news blog of its kind in the country! 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fall Seminar in Manitoba

The Southeast and Winnipeg Branch of the Manitoba Genealogical Society will be putting on their fall seminar New Directions on Saturday October 189, 2013 at the Silver Heights United Church in Winnipeg.

The speakers will be Roblin Shimpa, and she will talk on Crossing the Border –Minnesota and North Dakota to Manitoba –and back, and Louis Kessler, who will talk about Ideas and More Ideas for Your Genealogy Society.

The registration fee is $65.00 which includes a hot turkey dinner which is included with your fee.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Closed for Maintenance

The OGS e-Store site will be closed for maintenance on Tuesday September 10th from 7 to 9 pm, so the site will not be available during that time.

The Ontario Genealogical Society website is at http://www.ogs.on.ca/index.php 

One billion global records will be available online

This notice was received yesterday, and it says that Ancestry.com and FamilySearch is going to make a billion records available online over the next five years! 

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault.

The access to the global collection of records marks a major investment in international content as Ancestry.com continues to invest in expanding family history interest in its current markets and worldwide. Ancestry.com expects to invest more than $60 million over the next five years in the project alongside thousands of hours of volunteer efforts facilitated by FamilySearch.

“This agreement sets a path for the future for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to increasingly share international sets of records more collaboratively,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. “A significant part of our vision for family history is helping provide a rich, engaging experience on a global scale. We are excited about the opportunities it will bring to help benefit the family history community and look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch to identify other opportunities to help people discover and share their family history.”

The organizations will also be looking at other ways to share content across the two organizations. Both organizations expect to add to the already digitized records shared across the two websites in addition to new record projects to be completed over the next five years.

“We are excited to work with Ancestry.com on a vision we both share,” said Dennis Brimhall, President of FamilySearch. “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.”