As mentioned at the January meeting by Claire Smith-Burns, here is further information on some exciting new databases through the Family Search (free) website at www.familysearch.org:
Historical Book Collection: find this link by clicking on the heading, SEARCH RECORDS > HISTORICAL BOOKS (there are almost 26,000 books in this collection).
Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925: this was the database I read about in my Kent OGS Journal (many people in the southwestern corner of Ontario either married in Michigan or migrated to Michigan); find this database by clicking on the heading, SEARCH RECORDS > RECORD SEARCH PILOT; then either use the search engine provided or narrow your search to that specific database by clicking on the map (Canada, US, Mexico) and finding it on the list of databases.
Record Search Pilot: not only will you find Michigan Marriages in this quickly growing collection (see above) but for those of you struggling with Eastern European research, there are some records for countries such as, Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia (not to mention Germany and Norway); records continue to be added, so check often!
Ancestry Card Catalogue: From your home computer you can view the list of databases in the entire Ancestry collection by using the Ancestry Card Catalogue Search Engine; find this by clicking on the SEARCH heading on the Ancestry homepage (www.ancestry.ca); then click on CARD CATALOG under the heading SEARCH RESOURCES on the upper right of the page; rather than using the Search Engine on the main Ancestry page, try narrowing your searches to individual databases.
Also, coming in 2009 on Ancestry: the remaining Canadian census records; parish, tax and other records for London (a collection spanning hundred’s of years) and much more! HAPPY ANCESTOR HUNTING FOR 2009!!
Have a great day and enjoy the white stuff. Marlene