Newfoundland Ancestors: Directories online at Memorial University

┬áNewfoundland did not become a province until 1949. However, the first official accounts of Europeans setting foot on Newfoundland goes back to the late 1400\’s. The historic site L\’anse aux Meadows is over 1,000 years old, and attributed to Leif Eriksson. The province is considered England\’s first overseas colony, going back to Elizabeth the first.Continue reading “Newfoundland Ancestors: Directories online at Memorial University”

52 Ancestors: Week 45- Society Blue Books Online

The Week 45 prompt for 52 Ancestors is \”Rich Man\”. One of the odd quirks of high society in Canada are the \”Blue Books\”. These publications listed a \”who\’s who\” of the wealthy. Not only that, it listed their seasonal residences, their affiliations, and what days they would \”receive visitors\”. Now, I don\’t come fromContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 45- Society Blue Books Online”

52 Ancestors: Week 30 – Using the Drouin Collection

The prompt for week 30 of 52 Ancestors is \”Easy\”. Contrary to how it looks on genealogy shows, researching your ancestors is not easy. Don\’t get me wrong, I\’m a huge fan of these shows. I just wish they would let people know how much research time went into making these hour long shows. BecauseContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 30 – Using the Drouin Collection”

52 Ancestors: Week 29 – Finding 20th Century Ancestors I\’m a little behind on my 52 Ancestors prompts. I took a bit of a vacation going back to Ontario to visit family. Of course I also took the opportunity to some research on my Ontario lines. As a result I\’ve fallen behind, so I\’ll be doing some catching up over the next fewContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 29 – Finding 20th Century Ancestors”

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”