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Immigration before 1865 at Library and Archives Canada Part 2

Last post, I gave a brief overview of the collection Immigrants Before 1865 on Library and Archives Canada. This post, I’m going to start looking at some of the record sets included that have been digitized. This post will be looking at passenger lists that have been digitized on the website Heritage. Foreign Protestants ofContinue reading “Immigration before 1865 at Library and Archives Canada Part 2”

Immigration before 1865 at Library and Archives Canada Part 1

It wasn’t until 1865 that Canada started routinely retaining passenger lists. Because of this, pre 1865 immigration records are difficult to find. The exceptions are if your ancestor came from a large immigration scheme, such as the Foreign Protestants. Even then, most of what is out there is piecing together fragments. And if your ancestorContinue reading “Immigration before 1865 at Library and Archives Canada Part 1”

Was Your Ancestor a Ship Owner? Ship’s Registries at the LAC

Records of ownership are a good source of tracking your ancestor. The type that first comes to mind are land records. But if your ancestor owned ships, another good source are Ship’s Registries. While these do not give a lot of information on your particular ancestor, they can provide clues for follow up research. IfContinue reading “Was Your Ancestor a Ship Owner? Ship’s Registries at the LAC”

Getting a Sense of Community through the Community Stories Collection

Genealogy is more than just collecting names and dates. Each person on your family tree has a story to tell. Part of their story is shaped by the communities they have lived in. Canada is a huge country, the second largest in the world. But each little corner of this country is different. The experiencesContinue reading “Getting a Sense of Community through the Community Stories Collection”

British Columbia Ancestors: Medical Life in the early 20th Century

Was your British Columbia ancestor in the medical profession? One of the great resources I stumbled on at the University of British Columbia Archives (UBC) is the collection History of Nursing in Pacific Canada. Don’t let the Collection name fool you though. If your ancestor was a doctor or hospital administrator, you may find themContinue reading “British Columbia Ancestors: Medical Life in the early 20th Century”

Manitoba Ancestors: Was Your Ancestor Memorable?

Did your Manitoba ancestor contribute in some way to their community? Then you will want to check out the free resource Memorable Manitobans on the Manitoba Historical Society’s website. According to the website, the criteria for being included their large collection is as follows: They must be deceased They contributed through their Government occupation TheyContinue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Was Your Ancestor Memorable?”

Working for the Government: Federal Civil Service Lists on Canadiana

┬áThe machinery of the federal government runs on more than just politicians. There are thousands of people in various government departments who don\’t make speeches and don\’t lobby for votes. I\’m talking about people such as clerks, surveyors, light house keepers, toll agents, and inspectors. If your ancestor was a cog in the machine ofContinue reading “Working for the Government: Federal Civil Service Lists on Canadiana”

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