Probate Records Part 6: Alberta and British Columbia

In this installment of Probate Records, we\’re going to look at sources in Alberta and British Columbia. If you missed the earlier installments, you can find them here: Part 1: An introduction to the records Part 2: Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island Part 3: Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Part 4: Quebec and Ontario PartContinue reading “Probate Records Part 6: Alberta and British Columbia”

Alberta Ancestors: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project If you have Alberta ancestors, then you\’ll want to check out the website Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project. The non profit project ran from 1999 to 2010, digitizing various media relating to Alberta\’s history and culture. It\’s the impressive collaboration between:  University of Calgary  University of Alberta  Glenbow Museum  Nickle ArtsContinue reading “Alberta Ancestors: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 4 After 1968 in Western Canada

Source: This week we\’re finishing up by looking at Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. SaskatchewanAs stated in Part 1, divorce was handled provincially beginning in 1920. It is handled by the Court of Queen\’s Bench. In 1994, a separate division of the court was created to deal solely with family law. The Provincial Archives ofContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 4 After 1968 in Western Canada”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 1 – Before 1968

We all like to think that our ancestors met, fell in love, married, and only parted through death. Truth is, divorce has always been around in Canada, although rare. According to The Canadian Encycolpedia: \”…while most Canadians married, divorce was extremely uncommon until after the Second World War. In fact, until that time, Canada hadContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 1 – Before 1968”

Getting Lost in City Directories

This post is a little later in the week than normal. That\’s because I finally broke a major brick wall in my family history research by using city directories. I took a day trip to the Archives of Ontario on April 19th with members of the Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. My purposeContinue reading “Getting Lost in City Directories”

Religious Records Part 6 – Alberta and British Columbia

This post we\’re finishing up the provinces by looking at Alberta and British Columbia. AlbertaThough there were Catholic priests in Alberta in the beginning, it was the Wesleyan Methodists that first started consciously performing and recording baptisms, marriages and burials in Alberta. Through the years, the diverse ethnic groups that settled the west brought theirContinue reading “Religious Records Part 6 – Alberta and British Columbia”

Vital Statistics Part 5 – Alberta and British Columbia

In the next to last installment of the series, we\’re looking at Alberta and British Columbia. Source: AlbertaAlberta became a province in 1905. However, there are some civil registration records that go back to 1898, when it was still considered part of the Northwest Territories. Older record are in the custody of the Provincial Archives ofContinue reading “Vital Statistics Part 5 – Alberta and British Columbia”