Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Broadside of Scot Who Emigrated to Ontario Then Murdered His Brother!

The National Library of Scotland has digitized the Broadsides in their possession. These were one page newssheets with the stories of the day. Similar in some respects to the scandal rags of today (National Enquirer, Star, etc) and often contained juicy gossip of the local folk. They were pasted onto lamp posts, trees, the sides of buildings or market stalls. Here is one for a man who emigrated to Canada and was subsequently executed in Brockville ON for the murder of his brother:

http://digital.nls.uk/broadsides/broadside.cfm/id/15333

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Digitized Personnel Files for WWI Soldiers Available Online

If you are seeking a military file for your WWI ancestor through CollectionsCanada (LAC), you can, generally speaking, access their attestation papers. However, if anyone has requested a full file, LAC have digitized those records and sent them in PDF format to the person making the request. They are now in the process of uploading those same PDF personnel files to their website database. So, although the initial seeker had to pay for the records ($.40 per page) anyone else who comes along seeking the same information, can now access the information online for free. To date, LAC has made 12,330 digitized personnel files of WWI CEF soldiers available.

When you enter the information in the search fields, make sure you tick the box beside the line “digital file”. Once you click on the soldier’s name, you will see a link to the PDF file on them. If there is no link, then there is no digitized file available which means someone needs to request (and pay for) the complete file. After that one has been released, it too will be made available online for free for future reference.


 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Saturday, 2 March 2013

New Brunswick GenWeb Adds Cemeteries

New Brunswick has added new cemetery records to the Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project. The Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project is a free, fully searchable database of over 18,000 Canadian Cemteries.

Have a look and see who you can find: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/1911.aspx

1911 Census Now Fully Searchable on LAC Website

In keeping with the upgrades to their online database, LAC has made changes to the 1911 census and made it fully searchable by name and/or by province.

Here's the link: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/1911.aspx