52 Ancestors: Week 5 – Don\’t Forget to Check Out Libraries

This week\’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompt is \”At the Library\”. Libraries are such an over looked resource for genealogy. There is so much focus given to Museums, Historical Societies and websites such as Ancestry and Family Search. People seem to forget that libraries can hold wealth of information as well, especially local history. A lotContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 5 – Don\’t Forget to Check Out Libraries”

Taking the time to Browse Part 1: Family Search

Indexed collections on various websites can take you many generations back in a relatively short period of time. In our excitement, we can sometimes forget about \”hidden\” collections. There\’s a whole host of record sets that haven\’t been indexed. If you stick to name searches, you\’re never going to get hits from these collections. TheyContinue reading “Taking the time to Browse Part 1: Family Search”

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”

British Columbia Ancestors: Victoria Police Department Charge Books

Some people get embarrassed when they find out there\’s an ancestor who has a criminal connection. Genealogists, on the other hand, tend to have the opposite reaction. We look at \”black sheep\” ancestors with delight, knowing there\’s a good story in there. This week I found out about a great resource through social media. GailContinue reading “British Columbia Ancestors: Victoria Police Department Charge Books”

British Columbia Ancestors: viHistory

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_British_Columbia If your ancestor resided on Vancouver Island, then you should check out viHistory, a website that teamed the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University. There are over 100,000 records on the site, and it was last updated in 2015. The majority of the site is transcription, and not original digital documents. However, it isContinue reading “British Columbia Ancestors: viHistory”

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

Source: http://pdpics.com/photo/2579-broken-heart-cut-paper/ 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: http://ontheworldmap.com/canada/province/alberta/alberta-road-map.html 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”