Getting a Sense of Community through the Community Stories Collection

Genealogy is more than just collecting names and dates. Each person on your family tree has a story to tell. Part of their story is shaped by the communities they have lived in. Canada is a huge country, the second largest in the world. But each little corner of this country is different. The experiencesContinue reading “Getting a Sense of Community through the Community Stories Collection”

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”

Quaker Ancestors: Canadian Friends Historical Association

 Do you have a Quaker ancestor? Then you might want to bookmark the Canadian Friends Historical Association\’s website. This great website has a wealth of information on the early history of Quakers in Canada. According to the website, Quakers started migrating into Upper Canada in the 1790s. Those who were in Dutchess County, NY settled aroundContinue reading “Quaker Ancestors: Canadian Friends Historical Association”

Manitoba Ancestors: Parish Records on Canadiana

This weekend while looking for online record sets for Manitoba, I stumbled across three microfilms of Parish records on Heritage, a sister site to the free site Canadiana. For those unfamiliar, Canadiana is a huge digitization project to provide free access to newspapers, serials, books and government publications. It\’s sister site Heritage is free access to digitizedContinue reading “Manitoba Ancestors: Parish Records on Canadiana”

Prince Edward Island Ancestors: PEI Church Records on Family Search

Unlike other provinces, Prince Edward Island resources are not plentiful online. If you have PEI ancestors, you might want to check out Family Search\’s browse only collection Prince Edward Island Church Records, 1777-1985. According to the Family Search wiki, there are several denominations in the collection: Anglican Church of Canada Catholic Church of Christ Church of England inContinue reading “Prince Edward Island Ancestors: PEI Church Records on Family Search”

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”

Quebec Ancestors: Church Indexes on Family Search

Those with Quebec ancestors are lucky in the fact there are a tremendous amount of church records digitized online. This is especially true for Catholic ancestors. But if you\’re having trouble finding a record, you might want to look at Family Search\’s browse only collection Quebec Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642-1902. One ofContinue reading “Quebec Ancestors: Church Indexes on Family Search”

52 Ancestors: Week 31 and 32- Finding Clergy Records

Grey Nuns Convent Chapel Entrance, Montreal, Quebec In order to get caught up on the 52 ancestors posts, I decided to combine the week 31 theme \”Brother\” with week 32\’s theme \”Sister\”. Due to my maternal Catholic side, when I hear either brother or sister, my first thought is those who joined religious orders. SoContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 31 and 32- Finding Clergy Records”

52 Ancestors: Week 30 – Using the Drouin Collection

The prompt for week 30 of 52 Ancestors is \”Easy\”. Contrary to how it looks on genealogy shows, researching your ancestors is not easy. Don\’t get me wrong, I\’m a huge fan of these shows. I just wish they would let people know how much research time went into making these hour long shows. BecauseContinue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 30 – Using the Drouin Collection”

52 Ancestors: Week 17 – Parish Registers on Canadiana

Digital images of church records can be hard to find in Canada, especially if your ancestor wasn\’t Catholic. It\’s even harder to find free records. Thankfully, thanks to Canadiana, you can look at literally hundreds of reels of microfilm for FREE. When I typed \”parish registers\”, \”church\” and \”religion\” into the search engines for Heritage,Continue reading “52 Ancestors: Week 17 – Parish Registers on Canadiana”