Nova Scotia Ancestors: Civil Registration Gets a Makeover

Those of us with Nova Scotian ancestry are very excited that the Nova Scotia Archives recently redesigned their Civil Registration section on their website. We\’re ecstatic that downloads of records are now FREE. Now, downloads were quite reasonably priced before, but I know for myself that I only ordered records for my direct line. CollateralContinue reading “Nova Scotia Ancestors: Civil Registration Gets a Makeover”

Researching 20th Century Ancestors with the 1940 National Registration File

Tracking Canadian ancestors after the 1921 National Census can be frustrating at times. Those with Western Canada ancestors recently had the 1926 Census released to the public. Canadian law says that a Census will only be released after 92 years. The 1931 National census won\’t be eligible for release until 2024. If past experience isContinue reading “Researching 20th Century Ancestors with the 1940 National Registration File”

Quebec Ancestors: Church Indexes on Family Search

Those with Quebec ancestors are lucky in the fact there are a tremendous amount of church records digitized online. This is especially true for Catholic ancestors. But if you\’re having trouble finding a record, you might want to look at Family Search\’s browse only collection Quebec Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642-1902. One ofContinue reading “Quebec Ancestors: Church Indexes on Family Search”

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”

Vital Statistics Part 6 – Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

In the first 5 parts, we\’ve traveled across the Provinces from the Maritimes to British Columbia. In the final installment of the series, we\’re going to look at the Canadian Territories. Source: YukonYukon was originally part of the Northwest Territories. The first non native person to reach the Yukon was Sir John Franklin in 1825.Continue reading “Vital Statistics Part 6 – Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut”

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”

Vital Statistics Part 4 – Manitoba and Saskatchwan

Well, we\’ve made it through the Maritimes, Ontario, and Quebec. Now we\’re going to start across the Prairies and look at Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Source: ManitobaAlthough Manitoba became a province in 1870, civil registration did not begin until 1882. However, compliance was an issue until around 1920. Therefore the records before 1920 are sporadic. UnlikeContinue reading “Vital Statistics Part 4 – Manitoba and Saskatchwan”

Vital Statistics- Part 3 – Ontario and Quebec

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the Maritime Provinces. Now let\’s look at Ontario and Quebec. Source: QuebecOne of the oldest settled areas of Canada, Quebec has BMD records that go back as far as 1621. Records up to as late as 1993 were mainly just copies of church entries.Continue reading “Vital Statistics- Part 3 – Ontario and Quebec”

Vital Statistics Part 2- Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

Last week we looked at Newfound and Labrador, and Price Edward Island. Now let\’s look at Nova Scotia and New Brunswick: Source: Nova ScotiaCivil registration in Nova Scotia is rather convoluted. Marriages began as early as 1763. However, it was optional, and the surviving records are incomplete. Births and deaths didn\’t start until 1864, andContinue reading “Vital Statistics Part 2- Nova Scotia and New Brunswick”

Vital Statistics- Part 1 Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island

The three main records all genealogists look for are birth, marriage, and death. We refer to these as the BMD\’s. It\’s from these three events that we build the rest of our records around. So where do we find them? Registrations for the BMD\’s is handled by provincial and territorial governments. Each has started registrationContinue reading “Vital Statistics- Part 1 Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island”