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 3 – Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

This is the third in a series of posts about Probate Records. In Part 1 I gave an quick overview of Probate Records and what information they can give us. In Part 2 we looked at Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Now we\’re going to look at Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Nova ScotiaFrom what I could find, thereContinue reading “Probate Records Part 3 – Nova Scotia and New Brunswick”

New Brunswick Ancestors: The Genealogical Files of Mgr Robichaud

If you have north eastern New Brunswick ancestors, as I do, then you\’ll want to check out the Mgr Donat Robichaud Genealogical and Historical Research Collection at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. This collection is the product of many years work. http://archives.gnb.ca/Search/FatherRobichaudTranscriptions/Default.aspx?culture=en-CA Monseigneur Robichaud was a Catholic Priest who was born in Shippegan, New Brunswick 24Continue reading “New Brunswick Ancestors: The Genealogical Files of Mgr Robichaud”

New Brunswick Ancestors: Update to the PANB County Guides

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_New_Brunswick A while back I wrote a blog post about the County Guides at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB). They are a wonderful resource, but at the time of writing they were last updated in 2006. I\’m happy to say that over the holidays, the PANB gave us a Christmas gift and updatedContinue reading “New Brunswick Ancestors: Update to the PANB County Guides”

Acadian Ancestors: Using the Nova Scotia Archives

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Acadia Acadian Day was this week here in Canada. I\’m not going to get into the long and complicated history of the Acadians in Canada. Long story short, the Acadians were some of the earliest settlers of Canada, settling in what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. They would become victimsContinue reading “Acadian Ancestors: Using the Nova Scotia Archives”

New Brunswick Ancestors: A Look at the PANB County Guides

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB) is one of my favourite websites to use. Compared to other provincial archives\’ sites, it\’s very genealogist friendly. But did you know that there is so much more information on it than what you can find under the \”Search\” tab? One of the great resources they have isContinue reading “New Brunswick Ancestors: A Look at the PANB County Guides”

My Canada 150 Ancestors

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Canada HAPPY CANADA DAY! Patricia Greber at My Genealogy Life has challenged Canadian bloggers to list their ancestors who were here in 1867, our country\’s year of Confederation. We are supposed to list our ancestor, their year of arrival and where they settled. Now, my ancestral lines that were here in 1867 actually came in the 1600\’sContinue reading “My Canada 150 Ancestors”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 2 – After 1968 in the Atlantic Provinces

Source: http://pdpics.com/photo/2579-broken-heart-cut-paper/ Last week we looked at divorce pre 1968. Now we\’ll look at how to find records once they were taken care of at the provincial level. There\’s a lot of information, so I\’ve decided to break this up into Part 2 (Atlantic Canada), Part 3 (Central Canada), and Part 4 (Western Canada).Central Registry ofContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 2 – After 1968 in the Atlantic Provinces”

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”