Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Library and Archives Canada Announces Digitized Images of the 1871 Census

From the Library and Archives Canada website:

"Ottawa, August 30, 2011— The 1871 census marked the first regularly scheduled collection of national statistics, and Library and Archives Canada is now pleased to make its results available online. Researchers can access digitized images of original census returns featuring the name, age, country or province of birth, nationality, religion, and occupation of Canada's residents at the time.
The information covers the four provinces that were part of the Dominion of Canada in 1871: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec."

You can access the census here: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1871/index-e.html

Happy Searching!

Free Access to Immigration Records from Ancestry

Ancestry is providing free access to some of their immigration records this week (August 29 - Sept 5). While you do not need to have a subscription, you will need an account (Username and Password) which you can create on the Ancestry site.


Happy Searching!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Online Database for PEI Ancestor Search

I have spent a great couple of hours on this website while I have been working on a family history of one of the early families to settle in PEI after emigrating from Scotland as part of Lord Selkirk's Settlers.  I have been able to find census information as well as descriptions of the lands that were farmed by the family. The census records are for 1841, 1881, 1891 and 1901. Also online is a baptismal database which can be searched by surname, the names of the parents, or of either parent. It has proven to be a wealth of information for me and I hope it will be for you as well as you search for your PEI ancestors.


Friday, 26 August 2011

Online Ordering of Microfilms Now Available from FamilySearch

FamilySearch has expanded the areas where online ordering of microfilms is available and this now includes Canada. To order, go to https://www.familysearch.org/. Sign in or create an account. From there, click on "Catalog"

From there, enter the area where your ancestors were from and hit "search"
You can then browse through each entry that comes up. If the information is available on microfilm:

2. Select your loan type, enter the microfilm number, and click Search.

3. You can then purchase the film online (about $5 USD) just as you would purchase online from any other vendor. The film will then be made ready for shipment to your local FHL.

You have 24 hours to cancel your order before it ships. Once it ships, you will receive an e-mail notification that the order has been sent. Another e-mail will be sent once the film has arrived at your local FHL.
You will receive another e-mail one week before your film is due to be shipped back. At that point, you can go back online and renew the film for another 60 days.

FamilySearch Asks Children "What is an Ancestor?"

Are You Searching for Irish Ancestors?

I came across this interesting website today. It contains census records (1901), Valuation Rolls, Civil Records (BMD), 1931 Trades Directory some history and a great deal more. Quite a treasure trove for those with Irish Ancestry.


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Old Irish Newspapers Online in Digital Format

Villanova Univeristy's Digital Library has a number of wonderful resources including Old Irish Newspapers such as the Irish Felon, Irish Magazine and Monthly Asylum, Irish Press, Irish Tribune and many others. Click on the link to have a look:


Saturday, 20 August 2011

Friday, 19 August 2011

Juvenile Inspection Reports

An interesting addition to the indexes at Library and Archives Canada are the microfilmed records of British Home Children, known as the Juvenile Inspection Reports.

From the LAC website:

Sub-series consists of juvenile inspection report cards created by Immigration officials as they carried out regular inspection of children brought to Canada by various organizations. The inspections were conducted by departmental inspectors or individuals designated by them, such as local ministers. The eight reels in this sub-series consist of inspection report cards arranged in alphabetical order by child's surname. Most of the cards date from 1920 to 1932, with a few as early as 1913. Each card includes the following information: name, age or date of birth, date of arrival, name of ship, name of Home/Union, dates and results of inspections, and name and address of employer(s). Many of the cards include informative follow-up comments. Most of the children were sent to Canada by organizations in Great Britain, such as Barnardo's, Middlemore, Quarrier's, the Salvation Army, the Catholic Emigration Association and the British Immigration and Colonization Association. There are also inspection cards for European children, including those brought to Canada by the Armenian Relief Association of Canada and the Canadian Jewish War Orphans Committee.

Here is the breakdown of the microfilms:

T-15420 A to CARDNO, Leslie
T-15421 CARDWELL, Andrew to EVANS, Arthur E.
T-15422 EVANS, Arthur L. to HENDERSON, Ann F.
T-15423 HENDERSON, Charles H. to LOCK, Annie
T-15424 LOCK, Herbert to O'BRIEN, Samuel
T-15425 O'BRIEN, Thomas to SHAW, Victor
T-15426 SHAW, Walter A. to WEALE, Walter
T-15427 WEALLS, Eric to ZYCZYNSKI, Leon

The microfilms are available through the inter-library loan system.

Quebec Notary Documents online at FamilySearch

From the FamilySearch website:

In Quebec, "notaires" (notaries) have registered contracts since 1626. These include deeds, wills, marriage contracts, and other records. The persons involved in the contracts received the originals. The notaries kept copies. The copies are called "minutes."

Each document in a notary's minutes gives at least the name of the notary, the date and place the document was prepared, the names and addresses of the persons involved, and the names and addresses of the witnesses. The ages and relationships of the witnesses and the persons involved are sometimes included.

The time frame covered by these records is 1800-1900.

Here's the link:

Monday, 15 August 2011

Early Settler's to Brant Survey

We are working to get a better sense of the people who first settled in Brantford and Brant County. We are asking for your assistance. Please take this short survey (Click on the link) to help us in our research. This shouldn't take you more than a few minutes.

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

A Great Website for Archaic Medical Terms

I recently learned of a great website for Archaic Medical Terms. Check out my blog post by clicking the link: Wondering What Uncle James Died From? 

Quebec City and Suburbs - City Directories

Library and Archives Canada has a unique collection in their National Identity Database, including
Quebec City and Suburbs City Directories.

Here's the blurb from their website:

"The Directory for the City and Suburbs of Quebec, Containing the Names of House Keepers, Their Various Avocations, Whether in Civil or Military Stations, Streets of Residence, Number, Proprietors, Members of the Honourable Legislative Council, Magistrates, Subscribers to the Fire Society, Officers of British Militia, Constables &c., &c., to Which Are Added the Fire Engines with Their Houses of Deposite"

And here's the link:

Happy searching!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

Mark the date October 29, 2011. The Kitchener Public Library will be hosting it's first ever Genealogy Fair. Workshop topics are still being worked out but will be published later this month. There will be a number of vendors and exhibitors of genealogy related materials and services.
The Genealogy Fair is FREE and will be held in the rotunda of the Kitchener City Hall at 200 King Street West in Kitchener. The Fair runs from 9:30 - 3:30 and there will be lots of opportunities for networking.
Stay tuned to this blog for updates as they become available.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

August 10th, 1497

It was on this date in 1497 that John Cabot received his monetary reward from King Henry VII for his discovery of the New World. His fee: £10! It is not known for certain where in Canada Cabot landed. Certainly it was the Martime Islands, but whether Nova Scotia, Labrador, or Newfoundland is not known due to the lack of documentation. Cabot had attempted to explore Asia (the Indies as it was known then), following in the stead of Christopher Columbus. However, he felt that if he left from Bristol England, he would get there faster as the point across the sea was thought to be much narrower than from Spain where Columbus departed. It is thought that Cabot likely landed on Newfoundland, having crossed Grand Banks given that he spoke of catching cod simply by lowering his bucket into the sea! Was this the start of Newfoundland's Fisheries Industry?
Wherever he landed, Cabot claimed the land in the name of the King of England and then returned to tell the King and to receive his reward.

Alexander Graham Bell Makes First Long Distance Phone Call

It was on August 10th, 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell received the first "long distance" phone call from Robert White's Boot & Shoe Store and Telegraph Office in Paris (now Inksaters) to his home at 94 Tutela Heights Road (the Bell Homestead). He did this using a 13 km (8 mile) cable between Brantford and the Town of Paris. The cable actually extended 136 miles to receive power from a battery supply which was located in Toronto!

National Peacekeepers Day - August 9th

On June 18, 2008 a bill was passed into law which created National Peacekeepers Day in Canada. This day is actually celebrated worldwide thanks to the UN. The idea behind Peacekeepers Day is a day of remembrance for those who have sacrificed so much or even lost their lives acting as Peacekeepers throughout the world. The date August 9th was chosen in Canada because August 9th, 1974 saw the single largest number of Canadian lives lost by Peacekeepers serving in Egypt and Israel. 

There are a number of websites dedicated to this special day of honour, including
Veterans Affairs Canada but my personal favourite is the webpage that the RCMP has dedicated to this cause. 

On the left hand side of the page, you can read personal journals of modern day Peacekeepers. A great history lesson - given in a first person account.

Face Book How- To for "If you grew up in Brantford, you remember..."

I've had some enquiries about getting to the actual Facebook page. So, here's a quick how-to:

You need to have a Facebook account
On your Facebook homepage you will see this:

 In the search box, type: If you grew up in Brantford, you remember  then hit the search button (it looks like a magnifying glass at the end of the Search Box)

You will be taken to:

Where my page shows "edit settings" you will see a button that says "ask to join" Click this and you will be allowed access to make a post. If you just want to read what is there, you do not need to join the site.

Enjoy the trip down memory lane!

A New Trend Has Gone Viral

A new trend on Facebook has gone viral (that means that the idea has really taken off ) It is called "If you grew up in Brantford, you remember..." You need to have a Facebook account to view and to become a "member" of the group, you need to send a request to join. There is an amazing amount of social history on this site and some "old timers" have shared some wonderful memories of what life used to be like.

People are reminiscing about being able to get a coke and a bag of chips for a dime, where they started their first jobs, old stores, old "hangouts', camp 20 at Mohawk park, air raid sirens and so much more. A great little trip down memory lane! 

These new groups are sprouting up about all sorts of places, not just Brantford and are providing a "Genealogy of a City" 

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Manx (Isle of Man) Ancestry?

Here's an interesting article about the use of DNA to trace some Manx descendants to Viking ancestry:


Library and Archives Canada Announces New Version of the Canadian Naturalization Database

From the LAC website's NEWS page:

Ottawa, August 4, 2011—Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the online datbase Canadian Naturalization 1915–1951. The nominal index has been extended with the addition of more than 91,000 names and now covers the years from 1915 to 1936, inclusively.  Work is ongoing to extend the nominal index to 1951.

This database is one of the few Canadian genealogical resources specifically designed to benefit researchers having roots other than British. The reference numbers indicated in the database can be used to request copies of the original

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Brant County Township Records in our Library

We have Minute Books for Township Meetings, Deeds for the Township and Patents for Brant County all on microfilm and all waiting for you in our Library. Why not take an hour and come and see who you might find in our records? We are open all summer long. Monday - Thursday 10 - 4 and Saturdays from 1 - 4. There is always someone in the library who would will be happy to help you in your search.