Manitoba Ancestors: Was Your Ancestor Memorable?

Did your Manitoba ancestor contribute in some way to their community? Then you will want to check out the free resource Memorable Manitobans on the Manitoba Historical Society’s website. According to the website, the criteria for being included their large collection is as follows: They must be deceased They contributed through their Government occupation TheyContinue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Was Your Ancestor Memorable?”

Manitoba Ancestors: Issues of "The Commercial" on Canadiana

Records for your ancestor\’s personal life are the back bone of genealogy research. Looking into their professional life can be harder. If they were in public service, such as law or politics, there are many sources that are a matter of public record. Business owning ancestors don\’t leave as much behind. Of course, if yourContinue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Issues of "The Commercial" on Canadiana”

Manitoba Ancestors: Parish Records on Canadiana

This weekend while looking for online record sets for Manitoba, I stumbled across three microfilms of Parish records on Heritage, a sister site to the free site Canadiana. For those unfamiliar, Canadiana is a huge digitization project to provide free access to newspapers, serials, books and government publications. It\’s sister site Heritage is free access to digitizedContinue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Parish Records on Canadiana”

Maximize Your Searching with the New France Archives

A great many of us can trace our Canadian ancestry back to when we were a part of France. The French starting coming to North America in the 1500s, and the first permanent settlements started in 1604. The eastern part of what is now called Canada was called New France. The territory came to includeContinue reading “Maximize Your Searching with the New France Archives”

Metis Ancestors: Resources from the Glenbow Museum

If you have Metis ancestors, then you know finding resources for them can be difficult. One of the sites you should be book marking is the online collection at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. This online collection contains genealogies with source citations. Metis in Canada are the descendants of marriages between Indigineous and non Indigenous people. ForContinue reading “Metis Ancestors: Resources from the Glenbow Museum”

Manitoba Ancestors: Browsing Early Manitoba through Census records

One of the problems with ancestors in Canada\’s West is finding early records. Thanks to the Hudson\’s Bay Company, those with Manitoba ancestors can find them pre 1870. Family Search has a browse only collection online called Manitoba Census Indexes, 1831-1870. This collection has index cards of the Red River Settlement covering from 1831 to 1869.Continue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Browsing Early Manitoba through Census records”

52 Ancestors: Week 34 – Finding Coroner\’s Reports

Week 33\’s theme for the 52 ancestors series of posts is \”tragedy\”. When you have an ancestor who died in unusual circumstances, there might have been a coroner\’s, or chief medical examiner\’s, inquest. These inquests looked into these kinds of deaths. Because the coroner could interview people and look at evidence that would not qualifyContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 34 – Finding Coroner\’s Reports”

52 Ancestors: Week 9 – The Canadian Court System and where to find records

Week 9 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks has the prompt \”At the Courthouse\”. If you\’re new to Canadian research, it is important to know a little about the Canadian Court System to find the records you need. There are two main court systems that genealogists concern themselves with. The Provincial/ Territorial Courts, and theContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 9 – The Canadian Court System and where to find records”

52 Ancestors: Week 8 – Photographs on Peel\’s Prairie Provinces

This week\’s 52 Ancestors prompt is photos. They are one of my favourite things in the world, especially when it comes to genealogy. Who hasn\’t looked at an old photo of an ancestor and looked for similarities to themselves? Even a photo of a house your ancestor lived in can make them more than namesContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 8 – Photographs on Peel\’s Prairie Provinces”

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”