Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Colonel George Wyndham was the son of the third Earl of Egremont who was instrumental in the large Petworth Emigration of 1832-1837 to Canada from southeast England. Wyndham also sponsored emigrations from his estates in Ireland, but only the first was conducted under similar care and conditions as those of his father. Now, historian Wendy Cameron has uncovered a list of that first group sent from Ireland in 1839 on the ship Waterloo. The list includes names, ages, family members, and their locations in January 1840. The names of most towns and townships are in the old Newcastle District of Upper Canada, but some went on to the United States.
For more information, please visit our Petworth Emigrations website, www.petworthemigrations.com. We also have a group presence on Facebook called Petworth Emigrants.
Brenda Dougall Merriman, CG
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
We continue to add links to the Elgin GenWeb site.
Added a few obits
Lanark County is slowing down with approx 1745 hits for Nov. 4 more headstone pictures for Indian Hill cemetery, Pakenham, Ontario.
About another 1000 headstone photographs added last month.
Since the last report, the site had 178 visitors . Six new queries were posted . I have answered queries by email concerning Russell and Dundas counties. During the calendar month of November, this GenWeb site was viewed 217 times.
Many Links were fixed or deleted.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
It's been awhile since we've offered a round-up of genealogical news that could affect Canadian research. Some of these articles are a bit outdated but the information they offer is still well worth the read.
Credits for these articles go to:
Friday, November 27, 2009
The project now has its own update blog: http://canadacems.blogspot.com/
Updates were made to cemeteries in all provinces, and new photos were added for Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario cemeteries.
Please stop by our website or update blog for more information.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Added the 1902, 1903 and 1904 death indexes to the site.
Lanark County is rolling along with approx 1678 hits for October.
Fixed some broken links on the Museums section
Added some new links to cemetery transcriptions
Since the last report, the site had 194 visitors . Four new queries were posted . I have answered another four queries by email concerning Russell and Dundas counties. I have added a link concerning the Russell village historical society. During the calendar month of October, this GenWeb site was viewed 222 times.
Some links were fixed in October.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
In honour of our country's veterans, of all who served, we are pleased to present CanadaGenWeb's Roll of Honour Project.
If you are a veteran, or want to honour a related veteran your submissions are welcome.
Our thanks & gratitude to all those who served in the Canadian military past & present, as well as to their families who shared their brave relations with us in order to obtain and keep our freedom. Thank you.
Search records of 200,000 Canadians who fought for American Forces free this Remembrance Day
Records span 144 years and include those from the American Civil War and the two World Wars
TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ - Over the course of two centuries, hundreds of thousands of Canadians have taken up arms with their U.S. neighbours by enlisting in the U.S. Forces, in battles including the Civil War and the two World Wars. Now, Ancestry.ca, Canada's leading family history website(1), honours those brave soldiers by providing free database access to 144 years of U.S. military records, from the 11th to the 13th of November.
The U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914; U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 and U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, collectively represent the registration and enlistment records for more than 193,000 Canadian-born men who fought bravely alongside their American comrades.
Whether it was to help friends and family against a common enemy, to seek adventure, to answer a moral calling or, in some cases, simply the pursuit of financial riches, there are many reasons why so many Canadians fought with the U.S. military over the years. Some reasons were noble, some misguided, and some purely selfish.
Many of the soldiers listed in these records were Canadian-born but children of one or more American parents. Others were born in Canada but lived in the United States at the time of enlistment. Either way, many may have felt duty-bound to serve in the armies of their parents' homes, or to defend their new homes.
For many, money was clearly a motivating factor in their enlistment. For example, during the Civil War, wealthy Americans who did not wish to serve in the Forces could hire substitutes to enlist on their behalf. In spite of the inherent danger, fighting in the war during this time could yield far greater riches than heavy labour and was, perhaps sadly, a preferred way of life for some.
Some of the soldiers joined in search of adventure, but many joined for moral reasons, be it to fight Nazi Germany or defend the Union and support the fight for the abolition of slavery. In fact, many of the United States Colored Regiments during the Civil War found their squadrons bolstered by black Canadians who enlisted for this very reason.
Karen Peterson, Marketing Director, Ancestry.ca, comments: "To fight against racism, fascism, to escape poverty or discover adventure - many reasons led brave Canadian men to join the U.S. Forces, which these records help bring to life.
"These records also remind us that no matter which side of the border Canadians fought on, they all made a sacrifice fighting for freedom and democracy and so should be remembered for their courage."
In addition to the Canadians listed in these collections, millions of Canadians with U.S. heritage will be able to find American ancestors within these records. The three collections combined capture the records of almost 32.5 million enlistees.
By the numbers:
U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
- This database is an indexed collection of the draft cards from the Fourth Registration, the only registration currently available to the public. It contains 7.1 million records, 93,844 of which are for Canadian-born soldiers.
US World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
- Between 1917 and 1918, around 24 million men aged 18 to 45 in the United States were required by law to register for war service. Of these, 78,551 stated that they had been born in Canada.
U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914
- Canadian-born men account for 6,985 (nearly 5 per cent) of the total of 148,844 records of registrants in the American Civil War who enlisted between 1861 and 1865 - a significant percentage considering that there was no official involvement by the government in the war.
The content will be available for free beginning Remembrance Day, November 11 through November 13 at www.ancestry.ca/remember.
Ancestry.ca has 125 million Canadian family history records in such collections as the complete Historical Canadian Censuses, 1851-1916, Ontario and British Columbia vital records from as early as 1813, Quebec Vital Records (The Drouin Collection), 1621-1957, Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, and U.S. / Canada Border Crossings, 1895 -1956.
Ancestry.ca was launched in January 2006 and belongs to the global network of Ancestry websites (wholly owned by Ancestry.com Operations Inc.), which contains four billion family history records. To date more than 11 million family trees have been created and over one billion names and 22 million photographs uploaded. 8.2 million unique visitors log on to an Ancestry website every month (comScore, June 2009).
The Ancestry global network of family history websites - www.ancestry.ca in Canada, www.ancestry.com in the US, www.ancestry.co.uk in the UK, www.ancestry.com.au in Australia, www.ancestry.de in Germany, www.ancestry.it in Italy, www.ancestry.fr in France, www.ancestry.se in Sweden and www.jiapu.com in China.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The Old Durham County site has been attracting visitors all summer long, with queries coming in weekly (not quite daily as in the spring).
Lanark County has slowed down a bit with approx 1183 hits and NO up-dates.
Changes and additions:
1. New look initiated January 2009
2. Pages added - Churches of Nipissing District (work in progress), Trinity United Church 100 yr anniversary booklet information (work in progress)
3. Added new book images to Nipissing District Books and also links to read some of the books online for FREE
4. Added some new links on the Vital Stats and Census page to Vernon City Directories for North Bay
5. Coming soon - more obituaries from the North Bay Nugget (various years)
6. Coming soon - More photos from community families in the Nipissing District
7. Coming soon - The JW Trussler Public School - Trusler Trumpet 1963-1964 yearbook
8. Coming soon - Additional Book Covers for Nipissing District
9. Coming soon - More links to USA research and World research
10. Coming soon - Transcript of the Voters' List for the Municipality of East Ferris for the Year of 1959
11. and much more!
98 cemeteries complete, 4 to go!
Since the last report, the site had 177 visitors . Seven new queries were posted . During the calendar month of September, this GenWeb site was viewed 209 times.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
From Olive Tree Genealogy Blog:
From Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
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From Dear Myrtle:
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Brule Point Cemetery
Clark Family Cemetery
Cock Family Cemetery
Earltown Church Cemetery
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Cemetery - Middleton Corners
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Photos of 70 Ontario cemeteries, 2 Manitoba cemeteries and 1 Saskatchewan cemetery have been added! We now offer photos of over 700 Canadian cemeteries (over 230,000 burials).
New information has been added to the cemetery database for British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland. We currently have information on more than 16,000 Canadian cemeteries and are always seeking more!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
You can volunteer to help index these records at FamilySearch Indexing
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
David Miller, Mayor of Toronto
Josh Hanna, Senior Vice President, Ancestry International
Christopher Moore, Canadian historian, author and television
Edward Hall and Liz Houghtling, descendents of Canadians in the Censuses When:
Wednesday, June 10
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(Speeches begin at 11:15 a.m.) Where:
Ontario Heritage Centre, 8 Adelaide Street East
At Adelaide, east of Yonge Street