52 Ancestors: Week 35 – Finding Occupational Records

Occupational records can give good insight on the working life of your ancestors. If your ancestor was in politics, the military, or in a position of power, chances are you can find detailed records on them. However, if your ancestor wasn\’t, you might have to be a little more creative in finding records. This postContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 35 – Finding Occupational Records”

52 Ancestors: Week 33 – Finding Ancestors in the Theatre

Week 33\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Comedy\”. I though it would be interesting to steer people towards information for ancestors who were employed in the performing arts. Because of the nature of their work, sometimes it would be hard to find them in one spot for very long. Immediately you would think of actors andContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 33 – Finding Ancestors in the Theatre”

52 Ancestors: Week 29 – Finding 20th Century Ancestors

https://www.picxclicx.com/free-stock-photos-library-book-shelves-1/ 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”

52 Ancestors: Week 25 – Indigenous Research at Library and Archives Canada

By Canada location map.svg:derivative work: Yug (talk)Canada (geolocalisation).svg: STyxderivative work: Themightyquill (talk) – Canada location map.svg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14706244 This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Earliest\”. The earliest people in Canada were the native tribes, so I thought I\’d look at Indigenous Research at Library and Archives Canada. The best place to look atContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 25 – Indigenous Research at Library and Archives Canada”

52 Ancestors Week 19: The Nursing Sisters of Canada

Portrait of Miss Georgina Pope, head nurse of First Canadian Contingent during the Boer war. Possibly in her nurse\’s uniform from Bellevue Hospital, New York This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is \”Nurture\”. So this week I decided to take a look at the Nursing Sisters in Canada\’s Military. The Nursing Sisters have a long historyContinue reading “52 Ancestors Week 19: The Nursing Sisters of Canada”

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 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 1 – First Nominal Census in Canada

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2474/7?r=0&s=4 Amy Johnson Crow has started a new year of herĀ 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts. Each week for 52 weeks, Amy gives a theme for participants to write about your family history. You don\’t have to be a blogger to join in. The point is to get yourself writing abut your ancestors. My blogContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 1 – First Nominal Census in Canada”

Ancestors in Service: Porters and Domestics Records through the LAC

My apologies for the absence of late. It\’s an awful thing when the daily demands of your non genealogy life gets in the way of doing what you love. I\’ve been on holidays this week, and I\’ve made it a genealogy stay-cation. Though I haven\’t broken through any brick walls in my personal family research,Continue reading “Ancestors in Service: Porters and Domestics Records through the LAC”

Military Ancestors: Courts Martial Records of the First World War at LAC

When we find a military ancestor, it\’s natural to imagine them doing heroic deeds and ending up with a chest full of medals. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Our ancestors were regular people just like we are, and didn\’t always distinguish themselves in good ways. Library and Archives Canada has an interesting onlineContinue reading “Military Ancestors: Courts Martial Records of the First World War at LAC”