Thursday, 29 March 2012

The Countdown Is On

In the US, the countdown is on to the release of the 1940 US Census. This will be made public on April 2. will carry the 1940 census.

In Canada, the countdown is on to the release of the 1921 Census. On June 1, 2013, it will be 92 years since the 1921 Census was taken and the records will be open to the public. However, it will take time for them to then be digitized, indexed and uploaded. Look for announcements about a release to public date in the fall of next year.

Happy Searching!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Spring Workshop

We had a great turn out yesterday for the talk on computer basics for genealogy. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it such a fun afternoon.

Now we are gearing up for our Spring Workshop. This promises to be another great day. Make sure you register by April 24 to get the early bird rate! Call the Library at 519-753-4140 to reserve your seat.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Computer Basics for Genealogy

Just a reminder that our talk this afternoon is on Computer Basics for Genealogy. We will be talking about:

Using Genealogy Software
Creating and Uploading Gedcoms
Keyboard Shortcuts
Genealogy Toolbar
Genealogy Search Engines
RSS feeds

Join us at the Brant County Genealogy Library 114 Powerline Road at 2 pm to learn more. This is a FREE talk.

Scottish Genealogy Webinar

For anyone interested in learning about Scottish Genealogy Research, I will be hosting a FREE webinar on Monday April 2. Here is the link if you are interested in attending:

Happy Searching!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Horsethieves, Kidnappers and Heroes

Join us on Saturday April 28th for our annual Spring Workshop. Our guest speaker will be Roger Chrysler who will be talking about the Chryslers in the War of 1812. One of Roger's ancestors was tried for treason and hanged after the Bloody Assizes at Ancaster. Roger will also talk about the Battle of Cryslers Farm on the St Lawrence.

In addition, Roger will share his ancestor's history as the first Cryslers came from Germany in 1709 through the French and Indian Wars and American Revolution when so many fought with Butlers Rangers and the Kings Royal Regiment of Americans. These Cryslers were friends with Joseph Brant.

Join us for a very informative day. Advanced registration, until April 24, is $25 and this includes lunch. You can also register at the door for $30 plus an additional $5 for the lunch.

We hope to see you there!!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Another Genealogy Show is on the Horizon

If, like me, you are addicted to WDYTYA on Friday nights, you will be pleased to know that PBS will be airing a genealogy show as well. This one is called Faces of America. It is a one hour format, and while the celebs won't travel to their ancestral homeland, genealogists and archivists will work with them to help them put their family histories together. Each episode will feature two celebrities. The series starts on March 25th at 8pm.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Researching Your Scottish Ancestors

I will be giving a talk on Researching Your Scottish Ancestors at the Country Hills branch of the Kitchener Public Library on March 19th at 6:30 pm. I hope you will join me.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

United Empire Loyalist Conference

Anyone with UEL status or ancestry, may want to set aside June 7 - 10 for your vacation and head to Winnipeg for the Annual UEL Conference, "the Conference at the Confluence"

Conferences are a great way to re-energize your focus for research, to learn new resources and to meet new people.

Of Interest to Those Researching Acadian Ancestry

If your ancestors were the first people in what was first known as Nova Scotia, but is now known as New Brunswick, a great little resource for searching your ancestors can be found at Genealogy First.

The website has parish records, vital statistics, census record, court records and school records. There are also links for military and land records, personal journals and letters as well as family bibles.

Happy Searching!

Online Resource for Researching Military Ancestry in Ontario

I came across a blog called Veterans of SouthWest Ontario. The posts are largely historical in nature, but the links on the right hand side of the page provide useful information and databases for researching your Military Ancestors in Ontario.

Happy Searching!

Resources for Researching Your Native Ancestry

Library and Archives Canada has updated their online resources to include their guide, "Researching Your Aboriginal Ancestry at Library and Archives Canada" While this produces helpful information on how to go about researching ancestors in general, it provides very little in the way of online databases and nothing specific to Native ancestors. 

Aboriginal Connections

provides more comprehensive information and links to searchable databases including The Hudson's Bay Company Archives, St George's Bay Mi'kmaq, The Metis Man and the Native Adoption Page.

Happy searching!