52 Ancestors: Week 13 – Historical Newspapers in Nova Scotia

Large collections of historical newspapers on line are hard to find in Canada. If you have Nova Scotia ancestors, you\’ll want to check out the collection of digitized historical papers you access through Libraries, Archives, and Museums Nova Scotia. This collection is a collaboration between LAM NS, Nova Scotia Archives, the Beaton Institute (Cape Breton University),Continue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 13 – Historical Newspapers in Nova Scotia”

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”

Military Ancestors: The weekly newspaper "Canada"

https://archive.org/details/canadaanillustr01unkngoog I came across a rather interesting, and rare, resource this week. During the first World War, a newspaper was published in London England called \”Canada: An Illustrated Weekly Journal for all Interested in the Dominion\”. Part weekly newspaper, part gazette, this fascinating resource is so rare that I had a hard time even findingContinue reading “Military Ancestors: The weekly newspaper "Canada"”

Prince Edward Island Ancestors: Island Newspapers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Prince_Edward_Island If you have been researching Prince Edward Island ancestors for a while, then you probably know about this site. But for those just starting out, you should bookmark Island Newspapers. The site is a partnership between the University of Prince Edward Island Robertson Library, the Guardian Newspaper, Island Archives, and Islandora. http://islandnewspapers.ca/home Home  On theContinue reading “Prince Edward Island Ancestors: Island Newspapers”

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”

Saskatchewan Ancestors: Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Saskatchewan Newspapers are one of the more entertaining avenues of research. The obvious reason for using them is to find birth, marriage, and death notices. You can learn so much more from them though. If your ancestor did something newsworthy (good or bad) you can find them among the pages that we seem to forgetContinue reading “Saskatchewan Ancestors: Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online”

Alberta Ancestors: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Alberta If you have Alberta ancestors, then you\’ll want to check out the website Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project. The non profit project ran from 1999 to 2010, digitizing various media relating to Alberta\’s history and culture. It\’s the impressive collaboration between:  University of Calgary  University of Alberta  Glenbow Museum  Nickle ArtsContinue reading “Alberta Ancestors: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project”

Focus on an Archive: Lindsay Public Library Reference Section

When you think of great research places, a place like the Lindsay Branch of the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library system would not immediately come to mind. With a population of just over 20,000, Lindsay is part of the amalgamated City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly Victoria County). It has a unique combination of bothContinue reading “Focus on an Archive: Lindsay Public Library Reference Section”

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”