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”

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 2: Newfoundland and PEI

Last post we talked about the information you can get from.a probate file. Most of Canada follows English Common Law\’s process of probate and administration. The FamilySearch Wiki has a good tutorial of the process here.This post, we\’re going to look at how to get probate/administration records in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. NewfoundlandIt was not mandatory thatContinue reading “Probate Records Part 2: Newfoundland and PEI”

Newfoundland Ancestors: Newfoundland\’s Grand Banks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Newfoundland_and_Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador can be one of the more challenging provinces to research. Joining Canada in 1949, it is our newest province (Nunavut was created in 1999, but is a Territory). Because of this, you are not going to look at the traditional Census and other government records that we rely on for theContinue reading “Newfoundland Ancestors: Newfoundland\’s Grand Banks”

Newfoundland and Labrador Ancestors: The Maritime History Archive Part 2

In Part 1, we looking at the catalog of the Maritime History Archive\’s holdings. In Part 2 we\’re looking at what else they have to offer. Research ServicesStaff can be hired to do research and provide scans of documents for a fee. Considering all they have in their holdings, the fees are not unreasonable. ResearchContinue reading “Newfoundland and Labrador Ancestors: The Maritime History Archive Part 2”

Newfoundland and Labrador Ancestors: The Maritime History Archive Part 1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Newfoundland_and_Labrador Researching family history in Newfoundland presents unique challenges. Though European colonization of \”The Rock\” goes back farther than even Quebec City, Newfoundland did not become a province of Canada until 1949. For a complete history and overview of the province, you can check out the Canadian Encyclopedia\’s entry on Newfoundland and Labrador here. Because theyContinue reading “Newfoundland and Labrador Ancestors: The Maritime History Archive Part 1”

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”

Religious Records Part 2 – Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island

In this section we will be looking at Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. For the sake of convenience, I\’ll be referring to the various sects of Protestant as simply Protestant for this post and the future ones as we go across Canada. NewfoundlandIf you would like a historical timeline of the church inContinue reading “Religious Records Part 2 – Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island”