20 March 2010


Full issues of Ancestry Magazine viewable online (Jan 1994-Oct 2009)
< http://books.google.com/books/serial/ISSN:1075475X?rview=1 >

Websites for your Canadian Research
Canadian Genealogy Centre, Library and Archives Canada
The Canadian Genealogy Centre is run by Canada’s national archives and library. Their mission is to “facilitate the discovery of our roots and family histories as a basic part of our Canadian heritage” and “to encourage the use of genealogy and the resources available in libraries and archives as tools for life-long learning.”
The Centre is working to provide greater access to the materials in the nation’s libraries and archives. A number of databases are available online, including census, land, immigration, and some vital records. Information is also available on obtaining materials through your local library via Interlibrary Loan.
Canada GenWeb
The Canadian counterpart to USGenWeb offers a wide variety of information on researching our neighbor to the north. Each province and territory has its own page, with subpages further dividing the province/territory into sections. There are a number of national projects being conducted, including cemetery transcriptions, Bible transcriptions, and even an Immigrants to Canada list. The CanadaGenWeb blog provides the latest information about the site.
The Quaker Archives and Library of Canada
The Quaker Archives and Library of Canada has two components: The Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives and The Arthur Garratt Dorland Reference Library. The library contains thousands of non-circulating books, journals, newspapers, and pamphlets dating from the late 1600s to today. The Yearly Meeting archives, including information from the half-yearly, quarterly, monthly, and preparative meetings and their various committees, are a trove of information for genealogists; finding aids and catalogs are available online for their collections. Also available is the Canadian Quaker Genealogical Index, which provides access to information on individuals mentioned in the meeting records.
Geographical Names of Canada
Geographical Names of Canada is a website run by National Resources Canada/Ressources Naturelles Canada. Since 1897 names on official federal government maps have been authorized through a national committee, now known as the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC). The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB) is the data bank of Canada’s geographical names, maintained by the Geographical Names Section, part of the Centre for Topographic Information, Geomatics Canada, Natural Resources Canada. You can search the database online for free, by name or GPS coordinates. Remember that this records the name of civil divisions and geographical features, not church parishes. You can even get a national or regional map that pinpoints the location of your town.
Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry
The Alberta Family Histories Society keeps a section on their website devoted to projects being worked on to abstract, index, and transcribe records from across Canada. Listing is free, and a number of projects have information available online. AFHS itself maintains a database of cemetery transcriptions from the province.

1.In Search of your Canadian Past – the Canadian Country Atlas (Ontario) – shows locations and sometimes even photos. http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/default.htm
2. http://www.genealogie.umontreal.ca/fr/ PRDH 17th and 18th Century French Canadian research biographical files on all individuals of European ancestry who lived in the St. Lawrence Valley
3. http://www.rootsweb.com/~qcmtl-w/index.htm searching Anglo roots in Quebec
4. http://www.grandesfamilles.org/ outlines the evolution of French Canadian families beyond 1730
5. http://www.canadiana.org/eco/english/index.html a digital library containing over 9,100 volumes
6. http://www.ourroots.ca/e/home.asp Canada's Local Histories Online (whole books)
7. http://www.islandnet.com/~jveinot/cghl/cghl.html my favorite Canadian search engine
8. http://www.cdnq.org/index_archiv.htm – Chambre des Notaries des Quebec CDNQ online records – I think only the search engine is free and you have to pay for the records now.

08 March 2010

Organizing Your Genealogy

This bit of information is from Ancestry

Spring Cleaning--Family History Style
By Juliana Smith 03 March 2010
As a birthday present to myself each year, I like to schedule a little “Me-time” with my family history. I take a day and just focus on catching up on things that have gotten away from me (e.g., filing, transcribing documents, more filing, scanning photographs, still more filing...you get the idea). While I’m at it, it’s a good time to look at what’s working, and more importantly what’s not. Since organization is an ongoing challenge for many family historians, I thought I’d share some tips today to help you with your spring cleaning—family history style.

Make a List of Goals
Making a list is a great motivator. Not only do you get the satisfaction of being able to check off things from your list as you accomplish them, it also helps keep you on track and gives you an immediate focus when you get a minute to work on your family history. No more, “Where should I start?” Just look at the list and knock off the first item.

Look around your office and see what needs to be addressed. Where are the trouble spots? Is it piles of papers that have gotten out of hand? Books? Periodicals? All of the above? (Yes, my hand is up for the latter.) Start your list with the trouble spots, then think about things that have frustrated you while you were researching and add those as well. Too hard to get to files? Not enough workspace? (Will there ever be enough workspace?)

OK, so now you have a list. Let’s look at some of the common problems on it and some possible solutions.

Unorganized Books
When you need a book does your search for it take you on a seemingly endless hunt through your bookshelves? Perhaps it’s time to organize your books by topic. Reference on one shelf, geographic information on another, and local history on yet another. If you have a large collection, you might want to invest in a software program that allows you to inventory your books, and note their location. Or you could create your own inventory in a spreadsheet.

Too Many Loose Papers
If your filing system is separate stacks for each family and the towering piles are threatening to take over your office, it may be time to rethink it. Invest in some binders and clear plastic sleeves. Three-ring binders help keep those papers from escaping and beginning baby stacks, and if you keep plastic sleeves handy in the binders, it’s easy to just slip your latest find into the sleeve.

No Time to File
We all know that every so often, the perfect research session will be interrupted by everyday life. Dinner will need to be removed from the oven before the fire alarm goes off, dogs will need will need to be walked, and you may even find that you need to sleep on occasion. Keep a bin handy for temporary filing, along with a stash of sticky notes that you can use to note where you left off.

Not Enough Space
I’m convinced that there can never be a large enough workspace for family history. While I haven’t been able to convince my husband that a family history wing be added to the house, I have found some ways to maximize the space in my office. Although my desk is small, I have a small table behind my chair that I use for reference materials I will be using. The top of the table is also large enough for a historical map for the area I’m researching. I also keep a couple TV trays in my office that I can bring out when I need more table space for family history binders.

Too Many Possibilities
Throughout the course of your research, you’ll start seeing names not associated with your family that seem to keep popping up. Are they just friends, or could there be a connection? And how about that guy with the same name as your ancestor, who married a woman with the same first name? You don’t want to throw the records out, but at the same time, they don’t really fit in with your family records. And since you probably have more than enough paperwork on your own family, do you want to add to the stacks with people who might not even be kin?

A great way to organize these types of records is to start an online tree. It doesn’t have to be huge. Just enter what you know about the family, scan any paper documentation you have, and add the images electronically.

As you enter information, Ancestry.com will be searching its collections too and the “shaky leaf” hints will help you learn even more about the family. As the tree fills out, you may be able to determine whether or not they’re related to you. If you eventually find out that they are, you will have a good start on your research for that family. If not, it’s still a good reference that you can refer to when you run across other records for them. And if you make the tree public, you just might make someone’s day when another researcher working on that line locates the tree.

04 March 2010

KDGS News & Conferences

1. Reminder – “Who Do You Think You Are” is this Friday, March 5, 8pm on ch.48
Faces of America – Wed. evenings ch.83 & 46 (Public Television)
Ancestors in the Attic - Thursdays ch.38 (History Channel)

2. Vernon & District Family History Society Open House
The Vernon & District Family History Society is holding a public Open House this Saturday at its Resource Centre in Peace Lutheran Church 1204 30th Avenue.

Come out and see what changes have been made in the past few months. The Resource Centre is more user-friendly than ever before. There now are SIX computers with Internet access and the Library has been re-organized.Bring a Friend (or two!)
Visit your Resource Centre
Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tea/coffee/goodies will be available

3. NGS Family History Conference is in Salt Lake City this year – 28 Apr – 1 May 2010. For more details visit their website
< http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info >.

4. An article in the Toronto Star on Home Children
< http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/769317 >

5. OGS Conference 2011 - Hamilton
Our 2011 Conference will be held in the Hamilton Convention Centre, May 13-15, 2011. This is the Society's 50th anniversary and so the Conference will celebrate 50 years ... and beyond. We do want to emphasize the "celebrate" part of the Conference! The conference will have an European stream.

6. The British Columbia Genealogical Society & the Jewish Genealogical Institute
Are proud to present Stephen Morse - Sunday, March 28.

Jewish Community Centre
In the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (bottom floor)
950 West 41st Avenue,
Vancouver, BC
Doors open at 1:00 pm / Seminar 1:30 to 4:00 pm
Tickets $7.50 for BCGS & Affiliate Members
$10.00 for non-members

Tickets available from BCGS at PO Box 88054, Lansdowne Mall, Richmond, BC V6X 3T6 or at BCGS meetings or contact Susan Snalam at (604) 273-8209. Cheques should be made out to BCGS, or you can use your Visa.

Light Refreshments offered. For more information, please contact Eunice Robinson at Eunice@dccnet.com or check our website www.bcgs.ca

The two topics presented are: One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools and One-Step Webpages: A Hodgepodge of Lesser-Known Gems

Have a great day. Marlene