27 September 2011

Vietnam Virtual Wall

The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information

19 September 2011

News Items

Ontario civil registrations updated on Ancestry.ca
Ancestry.ca have now extended the period of record for their Ontario civil registration. The periods now available are:
Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928
Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947
Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913
These are indexed records including images of the originals.

Apparently, this is shaping up to be a record month for additions to the FamilySearch website.
They are mostly US state records.
Prince Edward Island Baptism Card Index, 1721-1885 is the most recent addition to the Canadian collection.

06 September 2011

Alberta Homestead Records

Microfilm from the Alberta Homestead Records 1870-1930 series are now on the Internet Archive. There is less than 2% of the 686 microfilm reels in the series, but you may be lucky.

According to the Alberta Genealogical Society, Homestead files normally contain:

  • An application for homestead, containing the applicant's name, age, birthplace, last residence, prior occupation, number of adults and children in household.
  • An application for patent, containing name, age, occupation, post office, nationality, residency information, wife/children (no names), breaking/cropping, livestock, buildings, fencing.
  • A notice that patent (title) has been issued.

The AGS have an index to the files freely available to search by name at http://abgensoc.ca/homestead/search.php where you can find the reel you need to find your ancestor.

All reels are in the series 70.313; those on the Internet Archive are #: 2083, 2084, 2087-2095 and 2830-2837.

Find the Interne Archives Advanced Search page at http://www.archive.org/advancedsearch.php

Search on University of Alberta Libraries in the COLLECTIONS drop down box (it goes through the alphabet twice so it takes a bit of searching to find it)

And the DESCRIPTION of Alberta Homesteads.