52 Ancestors: Week 1 – First Nominal Census in Canada

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c2474/7?r=0&s=4 Amy Johnson Crow has started a new year of her 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts. Each week for 52 weeks, Amy gives a theme for participants to write about your family history. You don\’t have to be a blogger to join in. The point is to get yourself writing abut your ancestors. My blogContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 1 – First Nominal Census in Canada”

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 4: Quebec and Ontario

The past few posts we\’ve been travelling across Canada looking at sources for Probate Records. Part 1 gave a brief overview of the records, Part 2 talked about Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, and in Part 3 we talked about Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This post we\’re looking at Quebec and Ontario. Both provinces are unique compared toContinue reading “Probate Records Part 4: Quebec and Ontario”

Quebec Ancestors: La Societe des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan, Inc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Quebec Those of us with French Canadian heritage most likely descend from either a Filles du Roi and/or a Soldat du Carignan. Even more likely is that you will descend from more than one of them. The Filles du Roi, or King\’s daughters, were women of marriageable age that were sent from France to helpContinue reading “Quebec Ancestors: La Societe des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan, Inc.”

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 3 – After 1968 in Central Canada

Source: http://pdpics.com/photo/2579-broken-heart-cut-paper/ This week we\’ll be looking at divorce records in Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba QuebecAs stated in Part 1, divorce was handled federally up to 1968. But, unlike other areas of Canada, a couple could become legally separated through the province\’s civil code. These were done by notaries. A notice of action had to be printedContinue reading “D-I-V-O-R-C-E Part 3 – After 1968 in Central Canada”

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 4- Quebec and Ontario

In our travel across Canada, we\’re going to take a look this post for religious records in Quebec and Ontario. QuebecThose of you who research in Quebec know that religious records play a much more important role here than in the other provinces. Up until the 1900\’s church records were the official form of civilContinue reading “Religious Records Part 4- Quebec and Ontario”

Louis Hebert and Marie Rollet – Canada\’s First Settlers

This post will appeal to both genealogists and history buffs. There\’s been some excitement from the French Canadian genealogy community the past few days about Louis Hebert and Marie Rollet. The theory for many years was that they had married in Saint-Germain-l\’Auxerrois church in Paris in 1602. There was a fire at the church andContinue reading “Louis Hebert and Marie Rollet – Canada\’s First Settlers”

The Empress of Ireland: "Canada\’s Titanic"

I recently came across the author Steve Robinson. He writes a series of books that are \”genealogical murder mysteries\”. I have to tell you, I have tore through the first four of his books in less than two months. There are five total, with a new one coming out in May. His fourth book, TheContinue reading “The Empress of Ireland: "Canada\’s Titanic"”