52 Ancestors: Week 28 – Acadian Research

This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Reunion\”. If you have Acadian Ancestry, then you probably know that this year is the Congres Mondial Acadien (CMA). Held every four years, it is a huge celebration for those with Acadian roots. Each one is hosted by a different region of the original Acadian settlers. This year\’s celebrationContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 28 – Acadian Research”

52 Ancestors: Week 27 – Finding Ancestors in Yukon Newspapers

This week\’s 52 Ancestors theme is \”Independent\”. When I think independent, the first thing that comes to my mind is those that settled in the Yukon. Whether the attraction was the gold rush in last years of the 19th century, or homesteaders going off the grid in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Yukon hasContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 27 – Finding Ancestors in Yukon Newspapers”

52 Ancestors: Week 26 – Historic Maps at Island Imagined

This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Legend\”. This was a tough one for me with the parameters I set myself of focusing on research sources instead of my personal family history. So I started thinking and realized that the explanation of symbols on a map is called the legend. I remembered a site I hadContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 26 – Historic Maps at Island Imagined”

52 Ancestors: Week 25 – Indigenous Research at Library and Archives Canada

By Canada location map.svg:derivative work: Yug (talk)Canada (geolocalisation).svg: STyxderivative work: Themightyquill (talk) – Canada location map.svg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14706244 This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Earliest\”. The earliest people in Canada were the native tribes, so I thought I\’d look at Indigenous Research at Library and Archives Canada. The best place to look atContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 25 – Indigenous Research at Library and Archives Canada”

52 Ancestors: Week 24 – Diaries Found at Provincial Archives

This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Diaries\”. Most of us are not lucky enough to have an ancestor\’s diary. But looking at other people\’s diaries can still give you insight into your ancestor\’s life. This week I thought I would highlight some of the digitized diaries available online at each Provincial/Territorial Archive. Newfoundland and LabradorAContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 24 – Diaries Found at Provincial Archives”

52 Ancestors: Week 23 – Place Names and Social Histories in Canada

We become so focused on the history of our family members that we don\’t always look closely enough at the history of the region they lived. If you\’re guilty of this, then you may be missing out on important clues as to why your ancestor settled in a particular place. This week\’s 52 Ancestor\’s promptContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 23 – Place Names and Social Histories in Canada”

52 Ancestors: Week 22: Cemetery Records on Canadiana

This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”At the Cemetery\”. I\’m going to look at some of the more unusual records you can find on the¬†Canadiana website relating to cemeteries. Through my research I haven\’t found a lot on there that pertains to indexes and transcriptions. However, I did find some interesting records. Monographs The firstContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 22: Cemetery Records on Canadiana”

52 Ancestors: Week 21 – Canadian Naval Records

HMCS Haida This Week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is military. I\’ve decided to focus on a branch of the Canadian military that often gets overlooked, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The institution as we now know it was only founded in 1910. Before then, the country was under protection of the British Royal Navy. If you\’reContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 21 – Canadian Naval Records”

52 Ancestors: Week 20: Ancestors in Natural Resources on Canadiana

Historical picture showing the squaring of white pine timber in Algonquin Park¬†http://algonquinforestry.on.ca/algonquin-park-history/history-logging-history/#/ This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt in \”Nature\”. Love it or hate it, Canada\’s economy has always been heavily entwined with our natural resources. You\’d be hard pressed to find a Canadian family tree without at least one ancestor working in these industries. Hiking,Continue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 20: Ancestors in Natural Resources on Canadiana”

52 Ancestors Week 19: The Nursing Sisters of Canada

Portrait of Miss Georgina Pope, head nurse of First Canadian Contingent during the Boer war. Possibly in her nurse\’s uniform from Bellevue Hospital, New York This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Nurture\”. So this week I decided to take a look at the Nursing Sisters in Canada\’s Military. The Nursing Sisters have a long historyContinue reading “52 Ancestors Week 19: The Nursing Sisters of Canada”