Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Added a blurb and a link to the Elgin OGS website announcing publications available on World War I veterans from Elgin County Glengarry County
Latest updates Hastings County
Additions made to http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~onhuron/home-children.htm Russell County
Since the last report, the web site had 179 visitors . During the calendar month of November, this GenWeb site was viewed 213 times. Two new queries were posted . Simcoe County
Queries have been updated.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
New census transcripts available:
Latest updates Russell County
Since the last report, the web site had 183 visitors . During the calendar month of October, this GenWeb site was viewed 222 times. Two new queries were posted . Simcoe County
Simcoe is updated, queries, and also added 18 new photos in the ScrapBook Memories section. Stormont County
Added more links to the home page
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
In the interim the rootsweb links still work and 'canadagenweb.org' can be replaced with 'rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canwgw'
For our Provincial & Territorial pages please use these links:
Monday, November 01, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
At Library & Archives Canada:
Source: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter At Manitoba Archives:
Source: Anglo-Celtic Connections At Olive Tree Genealogy:
Source: Times Colonist Nova Scotia Archives has debuted a YouTube channel featuring historic films At Ancestry.ca:
Live near a Canadian cemetery? Our cemetery project's main focus is creating a directory of Canadian cemeteries but we also accept & post photographs of Canadian cemeteries. Help is needed to photograph older cemeteries before their inscriptions disappear forever. FamilySearch Indexing
Friday, October 01, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Update page Rainy River District
Added "Ontario Research Guidance" Russell County
Since the last report, the web site had 176 visitors . During the calendar month of August, this GenWeb site was viewed 201 times. Five new queries were posted . Simcoe County
Simcoe County queries are updated Stormont County
I've added a page for birth registrations in Stormont County which includes the four townships of Cornwall, Finch, Osnabruck and Roxborough in the year 1909
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
On September 1st museum & gallery curators from around the world will be answering questions from Twitter. Among the Canadian participants are the Manitoba Historical Society, Chilliwack Museum & Archives and the Nova Scotia Museum. See Ask A Curator for the full list.
Doors Open Canada
Did you know dozens of Canadian communities hold 'doors open' events each year that allow free admission to historic and other local attractions? Upcoming 2010 events will be ocurring in Ontario and Newfoundland. Past events have been held in Alberta, Winnipeg (Manitoba), Richmond (British Columbia) and Whitehorse (Yukon).
Missing an Ancestor? Ask a construction worker!
Construction workers in Quebec and Ontario had their work disrupted when they came across unmarked burials. In Quebec City 12 graves were discovered while fixing a water main, and the search of a construction site is underway in the hopes of locating mass graves from the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (1759). In Fort Erie, Ontario construction workers came across two skeletons thought to be from the late 1700's/early 1800's.
Serve yourself at Canadian Family History Centres
Anglo-Celtic Connections offers an article about new changes for Canadian FHC's.
Rebel with a cause?
Should Louis Riel's criminal convictions be overturned?
100th Anniversary of James Bay Treaty
2010 marks one hundred years since the signing of the James Bay Treaty and the Archives of Ontario is celebrating with an online exhibit.
Passenger Lists 1925-1935 added to LAC website
Library & Archives has added additional passengers lists to their website.
And the census debate continues...
Friday, July 30, 2010
Uploaded to the Tribute to Saskatchewan section... http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansk/surnames/
The Saskatchewan Genealogy Society has been growing as well, their new links have been add to Saskatchewan Gen Web pages
The Government of Saskatchewan has made some changes to BMD certificates and applications...this change is listed on Sask Gen Web at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansk/Saskatchewan/bmd.html
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Updated several external links on the Elgin Genweb site that were no longer current. Glengarry County
Halton County here. We disappeared for a while during a server upgrade but are available to the world once again. Russell County
Since the last report, the web site had 187 visitors . During the calendar month of June, this GenWeb site was viewed 215 times. No new queries were posted.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Thursday, July 01, 2010
If you're in the Ottawa area Library & Archives Canada is offering an exhibition of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
In a move that has genealogists gasping in horror the Canadian government has decided the 2011 census will be voluntary (instead of the usual mandatory) and will be kept private instead of being released after 100 years.
To protest this decision or make your views known to the government please write to your Member of Parliament!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ancestry has also made some additions to their Canadian Records:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The following pages have been updated:
*Be sure to check out our improved Q&A section! Visitors now have the ability to answer questions or add to existing answers. Can you help answer some of the unanswered questions??Glengarry County
New links added
Lanark County is rolling along, getting busyer and busyer, approx 1526 hits.
Up-dates; Queries: surnames of Dorning, Pack\Peck and Downing. Russell County
Since the last report, the web site had 142 visitors . During the calendar month of May, this GenWeb site was viewed 202 times. Twelve new queries were posted .
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
When researching ancestors in Canada, you may find records that state they lived in Upper Canada or in Lower Canada. Where are those places? The Atlas of Canada can tell you.
Natural Resources Canada has a Web site with many maps, including today's political divisions, ecology, rivers, population, agriculture, mining, climate change, relief maps and much, much more. However, genealogists will be attracted to the Map Archives and historical maps.
I spent some time looking at pre-Confederation maps, namely 1740 and 1823. Both were fascinating as they showed the border changes before and after the British kicked the French out of North America (with the exception of St. Pierre and Miquelon). British North America circa 1823 was comprised of Lower Canada, Upper Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland (including the Labrador Coast). The Northwest Territories were considered British possessions, while the Hudson’s Bay Company controlled Rupert’s Land. The United States and Britain jointly administered the Oregon Territory. I also noted the area called "Russian America." We normally do not think today of Russian territory within North America. Instead, we call it Alaska.
When you first see a map, it typically shows all of present-day Canada. However, using the mouse, you can click on points in the map to zoom in and out. You can also pan to the east, west, north, or south. I was able to zoom in until small areas of just a few miles across were displayed on the screen. The 1823 map also shows the locations of all Hudson's Bay Company Posts and King's Post Company locations, as well as other traders' locations and all significant European settlements. Best of all, it is easy to print any of the maps on your local printer.
I experimented with the site's search capabilities. I entered the name of "Miramichi," a town in which a few of my ancestors lived. The site reported that it was located at a latitude of 47 degrees 0 minutes 0 seconds north, longitude 65 degrees 28 minutes 0 seconds west.
I then clicked on a link, and a map appeared on the screen with an arrow pointing directly to the town. I then right-clicked on the map, selected "Save Picture As…" and saved the map image onto my hard drive. I later inserted that image into my ancestors' records in my favorite genealogy program's multimedia section. The mouseclicks required were simple; it is easier to do it than to describe it here. When I now create Web sites or books of my genealogy data, a map appears in my records, showing the location where these individuals lived.
Natural Resources Canada has provided a valuable service to genealogists and others. If you have Canadian ancestry, you will be interested in this site. You may also enjoy exploring Canada's history by use of these maps.
Here is the trivia question of the day: Where is Saint-Pierre et Miquelon? Hint: this territory does not belong to Canada but does appear on these maps.
The Atlas of Canada is available at http://atlas.gc.ca.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Updates & New Additions:
Minor changes made, links fixed. Lanark County
Lanark County is rolling along with approx 1246 hits for the month of Apr.
Since the last report, the web site had 227 visitors . During the calendar month of April, this GenWeb site was viewed 249 times. Nine new queries were posted .
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
23 new census transcripts have been added Durham County
Still receiving queries for the old county, and still filling requests for look-ups, maps, etc.
I have recently started a new website for the Bible Christian Project - an ongoing project to collect as much information as possible about the Bible Christians in North America. There will be a link on the main page of
Lanark County is rolling along with 1262 hits.
Added a few links on the look-ups page. Russell County
Since the last report, I have replied to six emails concerning Dundas county. The web site had 261 visitors . During the calendar month of March, this GenWeb site was viewed 245 times. Six new queries were posted . Wentworth County
Updated and added some links for March.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
My paternal grandfather, Bill McLean, was born 17 July, 1901 to Donald (“Black Dan”) M(a)cLean & Catharine M(a)cLean. Grandpa was the youngest of seven children (Henrietta, Agnes, Hugh Daniel, Margaret, Reuben, Catherine & William Angus) in Keewatin, Jaffray Township, Kenora District, Ontario.
At the time of his retirement in 19681, Bill like every other new retiree in Canada, applied for his Canada Pension Plan benefits. He was advised that according to the Government of Canada, he didn't exist.
After much consternation & discussion, his sister Kate recalled an old story of how their parents had fought over what their son would be named. His father swore up and down that his youngest son would be named Angus, a good highland name. His mother wanted grandpa named William.
Donald finally agreed that the child would be named William, and so it was. All of his life, he was called, Will or Bill. Every document he signed bore the name William McLean.
Finally, after months of arguing with the federal government, my Uncle Bill (a federal civil servant) did some searching of his own. He went on a hunch that “Black Dan” had not registered his youngest son as William, but rather as Angus as he had originally wanted. Sure enough, the provincial records showed an Angus McLean being born to Daniel & Catherine McLean of Keewatin on 17 July, 1901.
With this proof, and the recollections of the relatives, grandpa finally got his pension. And to ensure that he was named what both of his parents wanted, he had his named officially changed to William Angus McLean.
For those interested in researching Vital Statistics in Ontario, the Government of Ontario has a great site -Ontario Vital Statistics: Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Here you will be taken through the process of looking up a Birth, Marriage or Death in the Province of Ontario. These records are not available on the web site, but may be:
To find the birth registration for my grandfather, which allowed me to have a Primary Source for his birth I went to the Ontario Vital Statistics: Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths web site.
Once there, I clicked on “Finding a Birth Registration -A Pathfinder”, and then scrolled down to the date range that covered his birth year. Since he was born in 1901, I clicked on “...Between July 1869 & Dec. 1912”.
This took me to the page that gave me the microfilm number for the index that lists his birth. In his case I find that I can:
In my case, my local library was closer.
When the film came in, I loaded it into the reader and scrolled through until I found his record. This gave me his birth registration number, which I then used to the order the microfilm that held a copy of his birth registration.
I hope this helps? I am no expert at this, but I thought that sharing my personal experience may help others.
Host – Rainy River Ontario GenWeb email@example.com
1 In 1968, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) was just two years old, and there were many disbelievers in the program. My grandfather wasn't one of them.
Ontario Vital Statistics registrations can also be searched at these websites:
For more information about Ontario Vital Statistics, what years are available and where they can be found, please see OntarioGenWeb.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
1) The links have been pruned so only active sites displayed
2) Uploaded several outline reports for various Glengarry families
3) Began reviewing and responding to queries
4) Uploaded unique Glengarry Resources for Research, ie. Schedule of lot assignments vrs Townships 1789
5) Uploaded collection of rare Alexandria photographs
6) Charts uploaded of families and individuals linked to various townships with Nicknames and Altnames to help identify
7) Future plans include uploading pictures from various Glengarry Cemeteries; Creating a page where disagreements on published genealogies can be posted; Uploading of Maps, Pictures relevant to Glengarry; Expansion of links to Glengarry Associations and Resources; Link to DNA project; and posting of relevant manuscripts and correspondence. Lanark County
Lanark County is stilling going - approx 1,298 hits.
Since the last report, I updated links on the web page. The site had 188 visitors . During the calendar month of February, this GenWeb site was viewed 243 times. Five new queries were posted .
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
2010 has been designated as Year of the British Home Child in Canada.
From 1869 to 1939 various workhouses, sheltering homes, orphanages and child care organizations in Great Britain immigrated over 100,000 orphaned, abandoned, pauper children ages 1 to 18 to Canada today known as the British Home Children. Of the over 50 sending agencies, some of the more well known names are Maria Rye, Macpherson, Fegan, Quarriers, Barnardo, Middlemore, Catholic Emigration Society, Salvation Army, Church of England Waif & Strays.
Canada Post is issuing a stamp to commemorate the British Home Children this October.
It is estimated that 12%, over 4 million of the Canadian population, are a descendant of a Home Child. How many would there be worldwide?
There is a British Home Child mailing list and accompanying Descendants website for further information http://www.britishhomechildren.org/ This site will also list Calendar Events as they become available.
We hope you will join us in publicizing this important part of Canadian history by helping us spread the word and educating the general public.
If there are any descendants on this list I am trying to get enough people together to make squares for a Memory Quilt so please contact me if you are interested. The Quilt square (or photos for a square) deadline is Mar 18. We are writing our Home Children stories to be published in an Anthology Book later this summer - no deadline as yet.
Maria Rye Home Children Database
Gail Collins 1869-1879 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Sanham 1880-1896 email@example.com
[Posted with the permission of Gail Collins]
On 24 Feb 2010 Britain's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, offered a formal apology to home children:
British Child Migrants Get Apology, Associated Press
Monday, March 01, 2010
Event to add? Add it to our CanadaGenWeb Calendar ALBERTA
Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Updated some obits, cleaned up a few links. Lanark County
Lanark County is merry-ly rolling along - approx 1521 fits. Up-Dates: Query Pages - "Peever" surname. Cemetery Pages - More headstone photographs for St. Andrew's, St. Columbkills and Crawford cemeteries. Nipissing District
New queries added Russell County
Since the last report, the site had 168 visitors . During the calendar month of January, this GenWeb site was viewed 221 times. Seven new queries were posted . Simcoe County
Query boards updated Stormont County
Added more obituaries. The site is receiving about 25 to 50 hits per day. Wentworth County
Links were checked in January