52 Ancestors: Week 18 – Digital Maps at Library and Archives Canada

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_Canada_political-geo.png This week\’s 52 Ancestors theme is Road Trip. A must have for any trip is a map. Map apps on your phone are great, but from experience I know they\’re useless if you go out of cell phone range. I love old maps. Not only are they fun to look at, but they canContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 18 – Digital Maps at Library and Archives Canada”

52 Ancestors: Week 17 – Parish Registers on Canadiana

Digital images of church records can be hard to find in Canada, especially if your ancestor wasn\’t Catholic. It\’s even harder to find free records. Thankfully, thanks to Canadiana, you can look at literally hundreds of reels of microfilm for FREE. When I typed \”parish registers\”, \”church\” and \”religion\” into the search engines for Heritage,Continue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 17 – Parish Registers on Canadiana”

52 Ancestors: Week 16 – Merchant Marine Records on Family Search

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9WB-Q4ZF?i=10&wc=MXM9-WP8%3A387479201&cc=2057673 This week\’s 52 Ancestor\’s prompt is \”Out of Place\”. If you have maritime ancestors, then you know they can turn up in any location. A good record set covering Canadian ports is the collection Canada, Merchant Marine Agreements and Accounts of Crews, 1890-1920 on Family Search. This collection is a browse only collection. This means thatContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 16 – Merchant Marine Records on Family Search”

52 Ancestors: Week 15 – Do You Have Florence Elizabeth Hance in Your Family Tree?

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay I am a new addict to DNA. I hemmed and hawed for a long time before I took a DNA test through Ancestry last year. Since I got my results in November, I have been obsessed with unraveling the mystery of some of my DNA matches. I\’ve had a groupContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 15 – Do You Have Florence Elizabeth Hance in Your Family Tree?”

52 Ancestors: Week 14 – The craftsman and Canadian Masonic record

This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is Brick Wall. I\’m giving it a bit of twist in that I\’m going to look at the Canadiana collection of the periodical the craftsman and Canadian Masonic record. This collection runs from 1869 to 1877. http://online.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.8_04074_85/2?r=0&s=1 The amount of information in here is excellent. Even though the issues were publishedContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 14 – The craftsman and Canadian Masonic record”

52 Ancestors: Week 13 – Historical Newspapers in Nova Scotia

Large collections of historical newspapers on line are hard to find in Canada. If you have Nova Scotia ancestors, you\’ll want to check out the collection of digitized historical papers you access through Libraries, Archives, and Museums Nova Scotia. This collection is a collaboration between LAM NS, Nova Scotia Archives, the Beaton Institute (Cape Breton University),Continue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 13 – Historical Newspapers in Nova Scotia”

52 Ancestors: Week 12 – 12 Sites to Further your Canadian Research

Everyone knows about the big search sites for record sets. But when you\’re missing out on a lot if you only stick to Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage and Find My Past. There are lots of other sites that are FREE that you can go to that can give you information. This week I\’m goingContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 12 – 12 Sites to Further your Canadian Research”

52 Ancestors Week 11: The Double Edged Sword of Large Families

http://clipart-library.com/cartoon-family-cliparts.html I\’m both blessed and cursed with having large families in my tree. This is one maternal line: My mom was one of 17.  My maternal grandmother Mary Mallais was one of 10.  Her mom Annie McLaughlin was one of 12.  Annie\’s mom Mary Louise Fournier was one of 12.  That\’s four generations on justContinue reading “52 Ancestors Week 11: The Double Edged Sword of Large Families”

52 Ancestors Week 10: Records for Spinster Aunts and Bachelor Uncles

We get so caught up looking at our direct lines that we don\’t always look at our ancestors\’ siblings. There\’s almost certainly siblings who didn\’t marry, or married and didn\’t have children. With no direct descendants, their stories get lost, and that\’s a shame. We\’re always looking for interesting ancestors, and sometimes these forgotten ancestorsContinue reading “52 Ancestors Week 10: Records for Spinster Aunts and Bachelor Uncles”

52 Ancestors: Week 9 – The Canadian Court System and where to find records

Week 9 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks has the prompt \”At the Courthouse\”. If you\’re new to Canadian research, it is important to know a little about the Canadian Court System to find the records you need. There are two main court systems that genealogists concern themselves with. The Provincial/ Territorial Courts, and theContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 9 – The Canadian Court System and where to find records”