I can\’t say enough good things about Internet Archive. For the genealogist on a budget, it is a great resource for finding sources that go beyond Census records and BMD\’s. The trick to using it though is patience. Because of the huge amount of material on there, you will have to try various search terms to find what you want.
The recent reopening of schools in Canada are in news headlines. I consider myself thankful that I don\’t have to make the hard decision on whether or not to send a child to school. So I decided this week to see what I could find on Internet Archive relating to schools. As always, I was able to find an interesting resource. If your Ontario ancestor was involved in education, then you\’ll want to look at Internet Archive\’s selection of School and Teacher Directories.
Similar to City and County Directories, these publications were put out by the Ontario Department of Education. Internet Archive by no means has a complete collection, but they range from as early as 1911 and as late as the 1950\’s. What a gold mine of information these can contain on your ancestor! Take a look at this page for principals and assistants for Lindsay, Ontario in 1931
Just look at the information for Edith F Gerrish
- Graduated with a B.A. from McMaster University
- Specialized in Classics
- Elementary/Intermediate certificate in Physical Culture
- Appointed in 1930
- 1 year of teaching Experience in a High School or Collegiate Institute
- Her annual salary was $2100