Newfoundland Ancestors: Newfoundland Methodist Church Conference

Do you have someone in your tree that was heavily involved with the Methodist Church in Newfoundland? Then you\’ll be pleased to know that Canadiana has recently digitized Minutes of the 2nd to 6th Annual Newfoundland Conferences of the Methodist Church. They cover the years 1875 to 1879.  Now I know this doesn\’t sound like aContinue reading “Newfoundland Ancestors: Newfoundland Methodist Church Conference”

Newfoundland Ancestors: Directories online at Memorial University

 Newfoundland 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”

Newfoundland Ancestors: Newspapers and Magazines on Canadiana

One of the downsides to having Newfoundland ancestors is the lack of original sources online. If you have to research from a distance, it can be more challenging than some of the other provinces. Again, Canadiana comes to the rescue. On their site are several newspapers and magazines. The problem with Canadiana is that thereContinue reading “Newfoundland Ancestors: Newspapers and Magazines on Canadiana”

Newfoundland Ancestors: Online Newspapers at Memorial University of Newfoundland

I\’m always on the lookout for online newspaper sites. Especially free ones. Recently while doing some housekeeping on my internet bookmarks, I found one from Memorial University of Newfoundland of their online collection of newspapers. This collection is part of their Digital Archives Initiative. The site claims that this only comprises of a smallContinue reading “Newfoundland Ancestors: Online Newspapers at Memorial University of Newfoundland”

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”

Newfoundland Ancestors: Church records on Family Search

Church records in Canada can be hard to find on line, with the exception of Quebec and New Brunswick. If you have Newfoundland ancestors, then you\’ll want to check out Family Search\’s browse only collection Newfoundland Church Records, 1793-1945. The collection is a combination of both Catholic and Church of England records. It is not aContinue reading “Newfoundland Ancestors: Church records on Family Search”

52 Ancestors: Week 46 – Poorhouses Week 46 of 52 Ancestors is \”poor\”. One can\’t think of the poor in history without the dreaded \”poorhouse\” or \”workhouse\” coming to mind. Most people associate these with Britain, but Canada had them too. These institutions had the official names of \”Houses of Industry\”. They also went by names such as \”Poor Asylum\”.Continue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 46 – Poorhouses”

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 16 – Merchant Marine Records on Family Search This week\’s 52 Ancestor\’s prompt is \”Out of Place\”. If you have maritime ancestors, then you know they can turn up in any location. A good record set covering Canadian ports is the collection Canada, Merchant Marine Agreements and Accounts of Crews, 1890-1920 on Family Search. This collection is a browse only collection. This means thatContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 16 – Merchant Marine Records on Family Search”

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”