Monday, April 18, 2011

Genealogy News

It's enumeration time again! Starting in May Canadians will be asked to participate in the 2011 census. One of the questions will be asking for your permission to share your census information after 92 years (2103). Please check YES otherwise your descendants will not have the joy of finding you in the future
For more information, click the graphic. is offering free access to their Canadian Records Collection from April 20 through May 1 in celebration of the Royal Wedding.

Library & Archives Canada announced that they plan to put most of their services online by 2017

Knowledge Ontario, a not-for-profit collaborative has created The Community Digitization Project (CDP) to help bring more local digital content online. [Ottawa Citizen: Ontario's history goes digital]

Archives of Ontario has released a new year of Ontario birth (1913), marriage (1928) and death (1938) registrations on microfilm. These records can now be viewed at the Archives of Ontario, or at Family History Centres worldwide (upon request). The indexes to these registrations can be requested via interlibrary loan at any Canadian Library with a microfilm reader. There are plans to make these registrations, plus one year before and after (births 1912-1914, marriages 1927-1929, deaths 1937-1939) available on the Archives of Ontario website in the near future.

The Ontario Genealogy Society has been working tirelessly to get Bill 126 passed. This Bill would protect inactive cemeteries from relocation and needs your support. Please visit the OGS website for more information.

News Bites:
  • Halifax's Pier 21 which operated as one of Canada's immigration ports is now a designated national museum
  • A recently discovered 18th century Acadian village is set to be designated as a protected archeological site
  • Terrence Punch, a Canadian Genealogist, has been appointed to the Order of Canada
  • Stories & Pictures Wanted for a History Book of the Town of Hanna, Alberta
  • A British Home Child Special Interest Group (SIG) has been formed
  • Archeologist discovers Thompson trading post 

  • Informative Blog Posts:

  • Luxegen Genealogy and Family History: Canadian Resources at the Family History Library
  • Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter: Ten Commandments of Genealogy
  • Olive Tree Genealogy: WW1 RAF Service Records Online at National Archives UK (focuses on Canadians who served)
  • Olive Tree Genealogy: Finding Details About the Loyalist in Your Ancestry (Part 1) and (Part 2)