16 November 2008


Hello Everyone

Our newsletter editor is desperate for articles for the December issue. I know you all have great finds, stories etc., so please take a few minutes and write them down and share them with us in the newsletter. Please submit articles to Marina
at mgarrison@telus.net;. As today is the deadline - I am sure she will accept your article a few days late.

Research Night this Monday, November 17 - 7pm and the topic this month is Scandanavia (Swedish, Danish, Norse, Finish).

Subject: Immigrants to Canada
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of an online database, Immigrants to Canada.
The database contains Canadian immigration records held at LAC, many of which relate to immigrants from the British Isles arriving in Quebec and Ontario; also included are references to settlers in other provinces. Through this new database, researchers can access references to lists of immigrants and other types of records created before 1865, such as declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.
You are invited to visit the database at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/immigrants-canada/index-e.html.
The contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated.
For more information, please contact Sylvie Tremblay, Chief, Canadian Genealogy Centre, by email at cgc-ccg@lac-bac.gc.ca.
Warm up your keyboard - look forward to reading your article in the newsletter.

Have a great day. Marlene

12 November 2008


Hello Everyone
Here are some interesting and exciting news items.

In Quarantine: Life and Death on Grosse Île, 1832-1937:

Ancestry.ca and FamilySearch Announce Agreement to Digitize and Index Existing Canadian Censuses
As part of the agreement, FamilySearch will digitize and index Canadian census records that Ancestry.ca has acquired. These digitized and indexed records will then be made available to Ancestry.ca members on the company's Web site, and the indexes will be available for free to the public at FamilySearch.org. The images will be free to all FamilySearch family history centers.

FamilySearch will deliver images and indexes to Ancestry.ca for censuses from 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1916, to launch online in 2009. In return, Ancestry.ca will provide indexes to FamilySearch for the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

Have a great day. Marlene

08 November 2008


Hello Everyone

1. During November it will be FREE to search Great War records at the Ancestry.co.uk site (don’t click the ‘Free Trial’ link unless you want to register for a 14 day trial of the entire site – you can search the WW1 records without registering).

2. The Family History Library has been providing classes to patrons for many years. In the past, a patron would have to travel to the Library to take advantage of these classes, but no longer. The Library will begin testing different methods of exporting these classes to patrons who reside outside of the Salt Lake City area. The first method to be tested is a set of five lessons in a classroom setting in a video format. These lessons are now available and cover the basics of getting started with family history research in England. The five lessons are called
Lesson 1: Research Overview
Lesson 2: Census Records
Lesson 3: Civil Registration
Lesson 4: Church Records
Lesson 5: Find Your Ancestors

You are invited to visit familysearch.org, view these lessons, and then give your feedback by using the feedback link there on the online classes’ page.

3. To search the free Canadian Soldiers of the First World War database, go to the Canadian Genealogy Centre, Library and Archives Canada (LAC): http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909.006-e.html
There is much more there - all free. Always check LAC first for Canadian material.
This is an index to a database of images of attestation papers *usually 2 pages, sometimes more than one attestation for an individual. To order copies of the individual's whole file, see the research information with the free index. The LAC index includes nurses and chaplains, as well as soldiers.

4. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a searchable database at http://www.cwgc.org/

Remember – if the http://www.kdgs.ca/ address does not work – please copy and paste into the address area at the top of your browser.

Have a great day and good luck on your searches for soldiers.