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Canadian Civil Servants Lists of Canada, 1872-1900, Now Online
22 Jan 2009


New Virtual Exhibition: The Early Chinese Canadians 1858-1947
16 Jan 2009


Canadian TV Series "Ancestors in the Attic" to Continue in 2009
11 Jan 2009


New Online Resource: Connecting Canadians To Their Irish Roots
22 Dec 2008


Schindler's list and Holocaust Database Amongst 300+ Jewish Collections Free Online
18 Dec 2008


Digitization projects
16 Dec 2008


Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900 Now Online
15 Dec 2008


Initiative provides online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses
13 Nov 2008


Library and Archives Canada Partners with Ancestry.ca
10 Nov 2008


More on-line Censuses coming to Library and Archives Canada
5 Nov 2008


1914-1918 Vigil
3 Nov 2008
Courtesy of Wayne Cook
Edmonton Branch News

Starting on Tuesday, November 4 at 5 pm the names of the 68,000 Canadian men and women who fell in the First World War will be projected on the front of the Legislative Building in Edmonton, and will run for seven nights from sunset on the 4th until sunrise on November 11.

The website for this project is http://1914-1918.ca

'At sunset November 4th through to sunrise November 11th, this site will present a vigil commemorating the 68,000 Canadians who lost their lives in WWI. The names of the 68,000 war dead will be projected over a week of nights onto the National War Memorial in Ottawa, buildings in other regions of Canada and onto the side of Canada House in Trafalgar Square in London, England. More than 9,700 names will appear each night. Each individual name will appear only once during the seven nights. These include those killed in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the Canadian Merchant Navy and the Canadian Army Medical Corps.'

If you have relatives who fell during this war, go to 'Search The Names' and type in their names and you can find out the exact time and day their names will appear on the screen. Or you can see the names projected on your computer screen at the precise time they appear on the website, from any of the time zones. This will not be active until 4th November. Each name will appear for 8 seconds.


Google Now Offers Newspaper Archives
31 Oct 2008
Courtesy of Brian Hurdle

Now in beta form at Google you can search Newspaper archives


The Ontario Genealogical Society Expands Its Coverage
16 Oct 2008


Launch Announcement for the Second World War Service Files
2 Sep 2008


1881 Census Images now available at LAC website
8 Aug 2008


1891 Canadian Census now available to Ancestry subscribers
22 Jul 2008


Genealogy disaster plan a precaution worth taking
13 Jul 2008


Library & Archives Canada: New Hours of Operation
19 Jun 2008


The United Church Archives Finds a New Home
30 May 2008
The Ontario Archives has released a new year of vital statistics. Now available on microfilm are: 1911 Births, 1926 Marriages, and 1936 Deaths.


Scanning and indexing project with Library and Archives Canada
12 Mar 2008


Adoption records in Ontario are sealed - again!
19 Nov 2007


The Banting Homestead is now protected!
23 Nov 2007


The United Church Archives Finds a New Home
25 Oct 2007

Toronto: In a statement released today, The United Church of Canada is pleased to announce a new location for its archives that are housed in Toronto.

In early 2008, The United Church Archives (Toronto) will be moving from the Victoria University campus at the University of Toronto to The United Church of Canada's General Council Office at 3250 Bloor St. West in west-end Toronto.

Currently The United Church of Canada supports a regional network of archives situated in 10 different locations throughout Canada. In Ontario, the United Church Archives (Toronto) manages the records of the General Council, the antecedent denominations, and the records of Bay of Quinte, London, Hamilton, Manitou, and Toronto Conferences and their respective presbyteries and pastoral charges.

In announcing the decision regarding the new location for the United Church Archives (Toronto), Nora Sanders, General Secretary of the General Council, said, "As General Secretary, I want to assure all those who value the rich heritage of the United Church's archives of my personal commitment, along with that of the General Council, to the careful stewardship of this unique archival collection."

Public access at this new location will be facilitated by its proximity to major transportation routes, the Islington subway station, and on-site parking. The new location will also allow for more immediate access and integration of the archives collection into the life and work of the church's national office and the church's governing body, the General Council.

The archives will be housed in space vacated by The United Church of Canada's television and audiovisual production facility, Berkeley Studio. The studio space becomes available as a result of the decision in June 2007 to cease in-house, on-site audiovisual production effective December 31, 2007. The Berkeley Studio audiovisual collection will also be preserved as part of the General Council's archives.

Bernard Granka is the project manager for the archives transition. He and Sharon Larade, The United Church of Canada's General Council Archivist, will oversee the monumental task of moving close to 20,000 boxes of records to the new site of the United Church Archives (Toronto). He explains that the church will be contracting specialized movers for the relocation of the archives collection.

Granka says that the studio space has great potential for storing archival records. The studio is self-contained, with a separate, existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit, allowing precise control of the environmental conditions of the storage vault. Immediately adjacent to the archives' new vault are offices that will become the new reading room and staff workstations. Compact shelving will be installed to maximize archival storage capacity in the available floor space in a single vault.

Granka explains that the new location for the United Church Archives (Toronto) will meet the institutional standards set by the Canadian Council of Archives and all the records of the General Council and the Ontario Conferences will be administered by professional staff. He says that while there is much work to be done, the General Council Office and the five Ontario Conferences are confident that the new location will serve the purposes of both the General Council Office and the five Ontario Conferences.

Granka adds that while planning and preparations are underway to move the collection from its current location at Victoria University, the collection will be temporarily unavailable for research after December 21, 2007. The United Church anticipates reopening its reading room to the public by Monday, May 5, 2008 at the 3250 Bloor St. West location.

Granka emphasizes that throughout the United Church Archives (Toronto) transition, the church remains committed to providing continued access to all archival records related to residential schools, and will offer full co-operation with all aspects of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. This includes uninterrupted, open access to its archival records for the purposes of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Conference archives outside of Ontario are not affected by this transition at the United Church Archives (Toronto). For up-to-date information about their programs, see *www.united-church.ca/archives*.

Additional information with regard to the move of the United Church Archives (Toronto) will be posted to the archives website at *www.unitedchurcharchives.ca*.

Questions and concerns about the transition should be directed to the United Church's General Council Archivist, Sharon Larade, at *slarade@united-church.ca *or to the project manager, Bernard Granka, at *bgranka@united-church.ca*.

Media enquiries should be directed to:
Mary-Frances Denis
Communications Officer
The United Church of Canada
416-231-7680 ext. 2016 (office)


Library and Archives Canada to Establish Public Consultation Process Regarding Service Delivery
5 Oct 2007


New Exhibition at LAC -- Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties
24 Sep 2007


Judge strikes down controversial Ontario adoption law
19 Sep 2007


Changes to Reproduction Services at Archives of Ontario
11 Sep 2007


Ontario opens its adoption files; original records available
7 Sep 2007


CBC To Premiere New Genealogy Program in October: Who Do You Think You Are?
1 Sep 2007


Ancestry.ca Announces a New Partnership with Library and Archives Canada
20 Jun 2007


All Canadian Passenger Lists from 1865 to 1935 to be Digitized and Indexed by LAC
31 May 2007


New Year of Vital Statistics Available
31 May 2007
Archives of Ontario: New Year of Ontario Vital Statistics Now Available - Indexes and registrations for 1910 births, 1925 marriages, and 1935 deaths are now available on microfilm.


Genealogy Website Publishes Immigrants' Documents
11 Jan 2007


Genetic Genealogy's All Gone Genghis Khan
22 Dec 2006


New home for the Archives of Ontario
18 Dec 2006


New Genealogy TV Series: Ancestors in the Attic
4 Oct 2006


Upper Canada and Canada West Naturalization Registers (1828-1850)
30 Mar 2006


Unlocking the Vault: Conversion to Digital Records is Progressing


Brian W. Hutchison Genealogical Scholarship


Ancestry Launches Canadian Website
24 Jan 2006
The leading online network connecting families, MyFamily.com, Inc., today launched a new Canadian family research Web site, Ancestry.ca, (www.ancestry.ca), offering the largest number of Canadian family research records online, including more than 150 million names, and the first and only fully indexed 1911 Census of Canada collection online.

“Ancestry.ca is designed to provide Canadians and those people with Canadian ancestry the most comprehensive tools and content needed to easily and efficiently research their family history,” said Tim Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of MyFamily.com, Inc. “Our goal was to create the best place to research your Canadian ancestry online, and with the large volume of names, data, records and images accessible on Ancestry.ca, we’re pleased to accomplish the goal.”

Sullivan noted the site contains a significant amount of Canadian content never before published online.

“The fully indexed 1911 Census of Canada is searchable by family name for the first time anywhere on the web,” Sullivan said. “The Census, only the fifth general census in Canada, includes information on each inhabitant of the country, including place of habitation, marital status, age, place of birth, religion, occupation, education, and more. It is truly a wealth of information to anyone researching Canadian ancestry.”

The 1911 Census of Canada includes nine provinces, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan, and two territories — the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories.

In addition, Ancestry.ca offers access to online collections of:

  • Ontario Vitals
  • Ontario Marriage Index, 1858-1899
  • Ontario Birth Index, 1869-1907
  • Ontario Death Index, 1869-1932
  • Ontario & Nova Scotia Census Records, 1800-1842
  • Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s
  • Canadian Address and Phone Directories, 1995-2002
  • British Columbia Death Index, 1872 -1979

    The site also includes the ability to view authentic 1911 Census images of historical records from the Library and Archives Canada.

    Other record collections on the site include content beginning in 1592 and continuing through 2002. Records from all provinces and territories are represented.

    To view all the content on Ancestry.ca, membership is CDN $99.95/annually, or CDN $14.95/monthly. A pay-per-view option is also available for CDN $5.95/10 views, 14 days.

    From: CNW; Thanks to Susan


  • Contentious adoption bill passes, opening records after 80 years of secrecy
    1 Nov 2005
    Yahoo News
    TORONTO (CP) - After nearly 80 years of secrecy and more than a decade of debate, Ontario has passed a controversial bill to unseal the province's adoption records.

    With the support of the New Democrats, the Liberal bill passed by a wide margin. The Opposition Conservatives opposed the legislation because they say adoptees and birth parents who want their records kept sealed consider it a potential violation of their privacy.

    Ontario now joins British Columbia, Alberta and Newfoundland, which have already unsealed their adoption records.

    Ontario has been trying to pass adoption legislation for more than a decade, but has always failed on the cusp of the final vote.

    The legislation won't be enacted for another 18 months while the province embarks on an advertising campaign to inform those impacted by the changes.

    The legislation, which was introduced in March by Social Services Minister Sandra Pupatello, is designed to let adoptees and birth parents access records that were previously sealed.

    The names contained in those records will help parents find the child they surrendered years ago and adoptees to reconnect with their birth parents.

    Premier Dalton McGuinty said the legislation allows information to be released while also giving people the tools they need to maintain their privacy.

    "We believe that we struck the right balance," McGuinty said.

    The legislation allows parents and children alike to stipulate that they not be contacted, or to keep their records sealed - provided they can prove to a tribunal that unsealing the records would cause harm.

    "We're saying to people, 'You've got a right to know but you don't have the right to a relationship,"' McGuinty said.

    "We're confident we've got it right."


    Ontario won't alter adoption record plan
    12 Sep 2005
    London Free Press
    TORONTO -- The Ontario government won't undermine its own controversial plan to unseal the province's adoption records by allowing birth parents or adoptees the option of keeping their details secret, says Social Services Minister Sandra Pupatello.

    On the eve of committee hearings into the legislation which get underway this week, Pupatello said adding a so-called disclosure veto, which critics have been calling for, would negate the entire point of the new law.

    "The whole point of the bill itself was to eliminate the fact that people don't have access to information that the United Nations declared they have a right to," Pupatello said.

    "If it was ever the intent to have a veto, we would simply leave it as it is today -- there would be no point to having a bill."

    Conservative member Norm Sterling said he wants the government to scrap the bill and start over because the retroactive legislation doesn't give all birth parents and adoptees the right to keep their records private.

    "It still does not meet the test in terms of providing people with privacy -- privacy they were promised as long ago as 10, 20, 30, 40 years ago when mothers had children and gave them up for adoption," he said.

    Sterling said the Conservatives will push their case when the committee resumes its clause-by-clause examination of the bill.

    As it now stands, the legislation would allow birth parents to access the current birth certificate and name of the child they gave up for adoption. It would also allow the same access to adoptees, allowing them to learn the names of their birth parents.

    The government has insisted that mothers who gave up children for adoption would remain anonymous, but that's not the case, said New Democrat critic Marilyn Churley, herself a mother who gave up a son to adoption years ago before the pair were reunited.

    Churley said a birth mother's surname was often put on the adoption order held by the adoptive parents.

    Pupatello, however, insisted the government has taken a long, hard look at the bill over the summer to ensure it provides the necessary protections, which the current legislation doesn't have.

    "I am very pleased with the safeguards that we've put into the system."

    The bill does include a no-contact provision, so a birth parent or adoptee can request not to be contacted once their information is released. The penalty for disobeying is a hefty $50,000 fine.

    Sterling, however, said he considers the contact veto a "farce."


    LDS To Put Microfilm In Vaults On Internet
    7 Sep 2005


    Inter-Library Loan At Risk
    7 Jul 2005
    Courtesy of A. Ritchie
    Just when the problem with the release of the 1911 census has been resolved, another seems to rearing its ugly head.

    Canada Post is in the process of preparing its new budget to take effect March 1, 2006, One of the changes is that libraries will no longer have a special postal rate to ship materials by mail on inter-library loan. The example given to me was a 4" x 7" x 3/4" paperback book which can currently go out on inter-library loan at a cost of 87 cents, effective March 1, 2006 will cost $7.44.

    There will be very few libraries that will be able to absorb this large increase. My local library has already decided that there will be no inter-library loan available once the new rate comes into effect. They cannot afford the extra cost.

    Lack of inter-library loan will not only affect those of us doing genealogy but also students, researchers, and every person who simply wishes to read a book that is not available at their local library. This is supposed to be the information age, but not every library has all needed information, not everything is available on the internet and not every home as a personal computer. Everyone will be affected regardless of whether they live in a rural area or in a major city.

    Once again it is necessary to email our members of parliament, the Prime Minister, Paul Martin, the minister responsible for Canada Post, John McCallum, the minister for Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla and your local federal member of parliament. In this case, because most libraries also receive funding from the provinces and city and municipal governments, they should also be contacted.

    Canada Post will finalize their budget on Sept. 1, 2005, so there is some urgency in showing how much opposition there is to this increase. They would probably be happier if this proposed change did not become public knowledge, until they can say it to late for them to do anything, so send your letters and e-mails as soon as possible. A letter to the editor of your local newspaper might also bring this to the attention of more people

    Please pass this information on to any person or group you feel will be affected. Sometimes it takes a lot of voices to make them hear.

    E-mail addresses for Paul Martin: Martin.P@parl.gc.ca or pm@pm.gc.ca John McCallum: McCallum.J@parl.gc.ca Liza Frulla: Frulla.L@parl.gc.ca or frullll@parl.gc.ca

    The addresses for your other federal members of parliament can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/senmemb/house/members/CurrentMemberList.asp?Language=E&Parl=38&Ses=1&Sect=hoccur&Order=PersonOfficialLastName


    1911 Census Will Be Released!
    28 Jun 2005


    Help Save the Archives of Ontario
    16 Feb 2005


    World War 1 Records To Be Destroyed?
    18 Mar 2005


    Post 1901 Census Project


    Ontario Cemeteries at Risk
    4 Dec 2004
    Bill 60 - An Act to amend the Ontario Heritage Act

    The existing Ontario Heritage Act, passed in 1975, completely ignores the existence of over 4,500 inactive historical cemeteries across Ontario. Bill 60 is currently before the Legislative Assembly. It is the first serious attempt in almost 30 years to strengthen the law to protect Ontario's heritage. However, despite many promises, Bill 60 again fails to offer any protection whatsoever to Ontario's threatened and vulnerable cemeteries.

    Concerned citizens across Ontario want the McGuinty Government to send Bill 60 to public hearings. They are also supporting the attached amendment. How is it possible that our Legislative Assembly could even consider passing an Ontario Heritage Act without recognizing and protecting our cemeteries? If you believe that our cemeteries are a vital part of Ontario's historical, cultural and natural heritage, please write or email immediately the people listed below and talk to your own MPP especially if they are a cabinet minister.

  • There are in excess of over 5000 known cemeteries in Ontario
  • 90% of the above mentioned cemeteries are inactive and are not protected. Cemeteries are not protected under the Ontario Heritage Act
  • 30 years since the last review of the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • Mention why this issue is important to you and your family.
  • Environmental importance (green spaces).
  • It is in the public interest to preserve our cemeteries in their original locations in order to protect the authentic history of Ontario.
  • Respect for our sacred places. Dignity of the deceased.
  • Genealogists often travel to the place where their ancestors lived and died and as such bring tourists dollars to local communities across Ontario.
  • The absence of any legal protection in our Heritage Act encourages by its silence on this issue disrespect and vandalism.

    Please stress that it is the public interest to preserve, protect and maintain our cemeteries in their original locations. Write or contact:

    Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, Room 281, Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A1
    tel: (416) 325-1941
    email: dalton.mcguinty@premier.gov.on.ca

    Minister of Culture, Hon. Madeleine Meilleur, Room 4320, 99 Wellesley, St. West, Whitney Block, Toronto, ON, M7A 1W3
    tel: (416) 325-1660
    e-mail: mmeilleur.mpp@liberal.ola.org

    Rosario Marchese, NDP Culture Critic, Room 156, Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A5
    tel: (416) 325-9092
    email: marchese-qp@ndp.on.ca

    John Tory, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Room 200, North Wing, Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, M7A 1A8
    email: john.tory@pc.ola.org

    We would be pleased if you sent us a blind copy of your letter. If you have a problem contacting your MPP or need an address for another Cabinet Minister please call me or e-mail me. Thank you for your consideration and help in this matter.
    marjorie stuart, Suite 814, 80 Front Street East, Toronto, ON, M5E 1T4
    e-mail: marjstuart@sympatico.ca
    Tel: 416-594-9497

    Reprinted with permission from Loyalist Trails a weekly e-mail newsletter from the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada


  • Ontario Shelves Move of Archives
    21 Oct 2004
    Have you read the article by Ian Urquhart in the Sunday Toronto Star about the government killing the new building for the Archives of Ontario were we all go to access our records? (Available to read at Friends of the Archives of Ontario)

    We have to speak out about this matter and let the officials know that we want the Archives to have a new building that is accessible and where we can do our research under proper conditions.

    Please do not bash the government officials, from my work as a volunteer in the heritage community I have learned that you need to let officials know we are aware and we will work with them but we want action.

    Below are the people we have to contact:

  • The minister responsible and the person we really have to get our message to is Hon. Gerry Phillips. He is the member for Scarborough - Agincourt and the Chair of Management Board of Cabinet. The Archives of Ontario is part of Management Board. His contact information is gphillips.mpp@liberal.ola.org

    You can write to the Minister at Management Board Secretariat, 77 Wellesley St W, 12th Flr, Ferguson Block, Toronto ON M7A 1N3
    This constituency office is at 204 - 4002 Sheppard Ave E., Scarborough ON M1S 4R5

  • We also need to contact Premier Dalton McGuinty. You can go to http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/english/contact/ to send an email directly to the premier's office or email him at his constituency office in Ottawa at dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

    His contact information is Queen's Park, Rm 281, Main Legislative Building, Toronto ON M7A 1A4

  • You should also contact your local MPP -- for their contact information go to http://olaap.ontla.on.ca/mpp/daCurMbr.do?locale=en

    Your emails or letters need to emphasis

  • your use of the Archives
  • its importance to the province of Ontario
  • that users have put up with the poor working conditions and health hazards at the Grenville St site because we understood the Archives was moving to a new location
  • that we are pleased that the new offsite storage building is being built
  • but these are our records and it is our right to have access to them under proper conditions and without fear of injury to our health

    Please spread the word to others and write to express your concern.
    Regards
    Kathie Orr


  • Imminent Release of Census Records?
    20 Nov 2002
    Forwarded by Rob McLean: To all:- As you read the following, you will notice census release is not "a done deal", but one which needs support from many. Please pass on the following if you desire -- especially to genealogical societies, family history groups, and others. To back Senator Lorna Milne and The Hon. Allan Rock, we hope for your signatures on petitions.
    Muriel M. Davidson muriel_davidson@sympatico.ca
    Co-Chair, Canada Census Committee
    http://www.globalgenealogy.com/Census/Petition.htm

    BOUDRIA ANNOUNCES IMMINENT RELEASE OF CENSUS RECORDS

    On October 3, 2002 Government House Leader, Don Boudria, announced that the federal government will be bringing in legislation to allow for the release of all post 1901 census records. The legislation is currently being drafted and I expect that it will be introduced sometime in the new year.

    This is great news for genealogists, historians, and others who have been fighting for years to see the records. I want to tell all of you that this simply would not have happened were it not for the work of Industry Minister Allan Rock. This has been a much more difficult endeavour for the minister than either he or I could have ever imagined. Some members of the Cabinet, and some departments, were greatly concerned aboiut privacy issues.

    Meanwhile, Senators and MPs were dealing with a flood of emails, letters, and petitions demanding access to our historic census records. It is a huge victory for those of us who care about Canada's history.

    I want to warn everyone though, that like everything else in life there are going to have to be some compromises. There are legitimate privacy concerns over releasing census records, and those concerns shouldn't simply be swept under the rug. When the legislation comes out it will be a bit complex, and have provisions that will allow Canadians to keep private some, if not all, information they give to Stats Canada. I am working with Minister Rock to figure out exactly how that will work. I also expect that there will be some kind of penalties for those who use census information improperly. Although I don't know a single genealogist who has ever, or would do any harm because of their access to census records, it is important that we admit that this is theoretically possible, and the government will need some tools to protect Canadians from the creative misuse of these documents.

    I want to thank each and every one of you for all your hard work and support in this project. We can't break out the champagne just yet, but I can confidently say that we will be seeing the 1906 census results very shortly. Congratulations to everyone for this great accomplishment, particularly to Muriel M. Davidson and Gordon Watts, the co-chairs of the Canada Census Campaign.
    From: The Honourable Lorna Milne, Senator, The Senate of Canada, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, ON K1A. 0A4


    The Second Heir and Devisee Commission Case File Database
    4 Nov 2002
    Archives of Ontario: The Archives of Ontario has added a new on-line database to its web site. The Second Heir and Devisee Commission Case File Database is an index to 5184 case files that document claims made to the Second Heir and Devisee Commission between 1804 and 1895. The records document the review and determination of claims for land brought forward by the heirs, devisees, and assignees of individuals originally located by the Crown on land, in cases where no letters patent had been issued.


    National Archives Puts 1901 Census Images Online
    1 Nov 2002
    The National Archives of Canada website adds digital images of the 1901 Canadian Census to ArchiviaNet; a searchable database of census microfilm numbers for 1666-1901; and images from the Electoral Atlas of the Dominion of Canada (1895)


    Archives Acquires Hawke Papers
    31 Oct 2002
    Archives of Ontario: The Archives has recently acquired an important set of immigration records from Columbia University. Formerly known as the Toronto Emigration Office Records or by the informal name of "Hawke Papers", they were created by the Toronto and Kingston Emigrant Offices between 1831-1892. They have now been assigned the archival reference codes RG 11-1 to RG 11-7. The records include letterbooks (outgoing correspondence) of the Chief Emigrant Agent for Upper Canada / Canada West (A.B. Hawke), arrival / destination and assisted immigration registers, an emigrant hospital register from the Irish immigration following the Great Potato Famine (includes names of orphans and widows), and a report from an inspection of British Home Children. A detailed description of the whole set of records is included at the beginning of each microfilm. more . . .




    Government Recognizes Concerns of Genealogists
    3 Oct 2002
    The Post 1901 Canadian Census Project Website announces: Federal Government of Canada finally recognizes concerns of Genealogist and Historians. more information


    Library and Archives of Canada
    2 Oct 2002
    National Archives of Canada: Minister of Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps announced today the creation of the Library and Archives of Canada, confirming the intention of the Government as expressed in the Speech from the Throne on Monday. This new agency will see the convergence of the rich collections and recognized expertise of the National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada.


    AO Launches AMIS
    30 Sep 2002
    Archives of Ontario: On September 30, 2002, the Archives of Ontario Microfilm Interloan Service will launch AMIS (Archives Microfilm Interloan System), a new interloan circulation and tracking system. This new system has been designed to provide a more effective and efficient service for our customers and significantly improve our ability to expedite your patrons requests. With on-line access for our library partners and a completely new internal tracking system we can provide a service that will provide quality service to all. more information


    New Year of Vital Statistics Available
    12 Aug 2002
    Archives of Ontario: New Year of Vital Statistics Now Available - Indexes and registrations for 1905 births, 1920 marriages, and 1930 deaths are now available on microfilm.


    The Changing Shape of Ontario
    1 Feb 2002
    Archives of Ontario: Since 1791, when Ontario was originally created as "Upper Canada", there have been numerous and dramatic changes to its boundaries. The Changing Shape of Ontario is a unique guide, prepared by the Archives of Ontario, that provides detailed background information about changes to Ontario's provinicial and municipal boundaries and includes maps and tables illustrating those changes.


    Family History Radio
    12 Nov 2001
    Splitrock Communications announces the introduction of Family History Radio for the Internet. www.familyhistoryradio.com "The number one online multimedia magazine for Family History"

    Splitrock Communications announced that it will be launching an international Internet radio show focused on Family History, on November 20th 2001 at 6:00 PM Mountain Standard Time. Www.familyhistoryradio.com will be available on line anytime there after 24 hours a day seven days a week "Our mission is to provide the genealogy community with the latest news, product developments, services and information in a format that can be heard and viewed at any time and virtually anyplace." States Al Jenson President of Splitrock Communications.

    Family History Radio is backed with a select professional team of genealogy experts. This team will provide the necessary guidance, feedback and market information to stay abreast of the latest genealogical developments. The Family History News and production team consists of several professional broadcast professionals in radio and television to assure the highest production quality and value.

    "Our Show consists of several key segments" states Steve Jensen Producer/director of the Family History Radio show, Steve goes on to state, "The primary section of our show is "headlines" that features the latest breaking news and developments. A condensation of genealogy news gathered from over the entire world. This is followed by "Tips and tricks" a brief section dedicated to teaching how to improve the Family History process. There will also be sections like "In the field" Where we will actually interview leaders and attendees of various family history shows and events. There will be a "Society Section" where a new Genealogical society is featured on a regular basis and "Ask a Pro" where listeners will get to ask a professional genealogists questions. The show will also include sections like "Tech Talk" with experts in the computer and biotech industry tell about technology and Family History. We even have a section dedicated to children, where Grandpa Tucket teaches about family values using his unusual animals as story tellers".

    "Everyone we talk to is very excited about the potential of this show, so far we have had thousands of visitors to our site." States Al Jenson. "It will definitely provide a needed service to the genealogy community. We already have major companies and organizations backing us however we are always looking for more"

    Find out more about Family History Radio by going to the web site at www.familyhistoryradio.com.

    Splitrock Communications www.splitrockcommunications.com is a company based in Salt Lake City, UT. that specializes in webcasting, webconferencing, broadcasting and conference calling.

    For More information contact
    Al Jenson
    Splitrock Communications
    1863 East Foxborough Lane
    Draper, UT. 84020
    Fax (801) 553-6354
    801-231-5541
    info@familyhistoryradio.com
    http://www.familyhistoryradio.com/


    Canada West Deaths In St Clair
    Dec 2000
    I have been working on a St. Clair County, Michigan website through Rootsweb. Initially, it was just a transcription of the death index for the county. I have recently acquired five books of early marriages for the county. As I am transcribing these records, I have discovered many names that list their residents as Ontario, or more accurately, Canada West. The marriages will cover the years 1837-1866 & 1887-1898. From Suzette Bromley. St. Clair County, Michigan - Marriages & Deaths


    InGeneas Adds 40,000 New Records
    Nov 2000
    Just received the following information from InGeneas, stating that they've very recently added another 40,000 new records.
  • 1901 Manitoba Census - Brandon District
  • 1901 Manitoba Census - Lisgar District
  • 1901 Ontario Census - Toronto City (partial)
  • 1901 Ontario Census - Kent County*
  • 1901 Ontario Census - Dundas County
  • 1831-1834 Seventeen new passenger manifests from Ireland to St. John, New Brunswick (Irish ports include: Londonderry; Ballyshannon; Sligo; Cork; Galway; and. Belfast)
    *Note: this is the southern portion of Kent County; the northern portion of Kent County was enumerated in the Bothwell Census District which is already included in the inGeneas Database.
    All these records can all be found in the
    inGeneas Database
    All new records are highlighted with "new" flags to the far right of every Search Results screen.
    All census records are extractions of those giving a place of birth outside of Canada (that is to say that no one born in Canada is included).
    Thanks to Grace Jewell


  • APOLROD Meetings
    Oct 2000
    APOLROD, the Association for the Preservation of Land Registry Office Documents, is hosting a series of meetings across Ontario this fall which will:
  • start with a discussion on how to use Land Registry Office records and specifically, the land records that have been transferred to local repositories from the LROs.
  • review the APOLROD project, its present status, records still in need of local placement and what happens next.
  • have a staff person from MCCR outline developments in the Land Registry Offices including such important developments as electronic registration & filing, how researchers can use modern computer searches to find local land records, and other important changes.
    Thanks to Grace Jewell



  • New Year of Vital Statistics Available in 2000
    May 2000
    On Monday, May 1, 2000, a new year of historic birth marriage and death records were made available to researchers. The microfilm of indexes and registrations for births (1903), marriages (1918) and deaths (1928) as well as a few miscellaneous vital records are now available to the public through the Archives of Ontario (AO) and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). With the addition of a new year of historic records, the following vital records are now available to the public.
  • Births   1869-1903
  • Marriages   1869-1918
  • Deaths   1869-1928

    As of Monday, May 1, microfilm of these records is available to the public in one of three ways:

    1. In person, in the Main Reading room of the Archives of Ontario (77 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario) on self service microfilm. Information about the opening times of the main reading room are available on the Archives of Ontario Web page

    2. On interloan from the Archives of Ontario to your local library. To find out more about the Archives of Ontario Interloan program and to determine what is available for loan please see the online Interloan catalogue at the following Archives of Ontario Web page

    3. Through local Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). The microfilm numbers used by the Archives of Ontario are different from the microfilm numbers used by the LDS. However, the Archives online Interloan catalogue includes a separate conversion list for AO to LDS microfilm numbers. More information about the location of local Family History Centers is available from the main LDS web pages

    Revised information handouts (pathfinders) and an updated information Bulletin are also available in the main reading room of the Archives of Ontario and on the Archives of Ontario's website.
    Thanks to Amy Menary


  • A New Year Of Vital Records Available in 1999
    May 1999
    Archives of Ontario - A New Year of vital records available

    On Monday, May 3, 1999, a new year of historic birth marriage and death records will be available to researchers. The microfilm of indexes and registrations for births (1902), marriages (1917) and deaths (1927) will be released to the public by the Archives of Ontario (AO) and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU).

    With the addition of a new year of historic records, the following vital records are now available to the public.

  • Births   1869-1902
  • Marriages   1869-1917
  • Deaths   1869-1927

    As of Monday, May 3, microfilm of these records will be available to the public in one of three ways:

    1. In person, in the Main Reading room of the Archives of Ontario (77 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario) on self service microfilm. Information about the opening times of the main reading room are available on the Archives of Ontario Web page

    2. On interloan from the Archives of Ontario to your local library. To find out more about the Archives of Ontario Interloan program and to determine what is available for loan please see the online Interloan catalogue at the Archives of Ontario web page

    3. Through local Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). The microfilm numbers used by the Archives of Ontario are different from the microfilm numbers used by the LDS. However, the online Interloan catalogue includes a separate conversion list for AO to LDS microfilm numbers. More information about the location of local Family History Centers is available from the main LDS web pages

    Microfilm copies of the indexes and registrations may accessed using one of the three methods described above.
    Thanks to Amy Menary


  • New Archives of Ontario Microfilm Interloan Catalogue
    May 1999
    The Archives of Ontario is pleased to announce the release of the updated microfilm interloan catalogue. Unlike earlier catalogues, the new catalogue is online, educational and interactive. Those familiar with our previous catalogues will notice that not all of our interlaon microfilm is currently listed. Rather than delaying the release of the catalogue we wanted to ensure that our most popular holdings (including Ontario Vital Statistics) were up to date and available now. We will be updating the catalogue regularly as well as adding new microfilm to our interloan holdings in the coming months.

    You will find the catalogue under Using Archive's Records - Microfilm Interloan Service

    In particular the main English page can be found here

    And the main French page can be found here

    Important Note: The Microfilm Interloan Service allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system. This international system of cooperative agreements allows one institution to borrow material from another participating institution. Ask at your local library about their interlibrary loan policies. Researchers cannot order the microfilm directly from the Archives they must go through their local library or other participating institution.
    Thanks to Fawne Devai


    Ontario Archives Closed For A Week
    Mar 1999
    The Ontario Archives will be closed March 1 to March 6 to allow for changes in the Reading Room to take place. They will be expanding the Self-Serve microfim area and rearranging the microfilm readers. For further information they can be contacted at 416-327-1600 or 1-800-668-9933.
    Thanks to Doris Bourrie



    First Web-Interactive Family History Talk Show To Debut Saturday, March 6
    Mar 1999
    History-making Net event to feature celebrity Internet Genealogist Cyndi Howells

    Bellevue, Wash.- Genealogy enthusiasts, newcomers and press are invited to become a part of history by participating in the first ever web-interactive genealogy talk show which will debut internationally at www.talkspot.com on Saturday, March 6th.

    The first ever "Generations: Find Your Roots" Webcast will occur online from 4-6 p.m. Pacific time (7-9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). Cyndi Howells, creator of the highly acclaimed Web site, "Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet," will kick-off the show as the first guest.

    Genealogy fans can share in the conversation with Cyndi and show host Elon Gasper while viewing family charts, pictures and video captures to illustrate certain points of discussion. The audio portion will be received over the computer speakers while participants follow along visually through interactive chat and pictures broadcast onto their monitor via the Net. Audience members will be able to ask questions of Cyndi and Elon, as well as share their own personal experiences to help others who are also researching their family heritage.

    The Generations: Find Your Roots Show will be broadcast online every Saturday evening and will feature different guests, new tips on family research, news and stories shared from listeners. Each week the Webcast will explore new surnames, regions and various topics of heritage exploration.

    The show's host, Elon Gasper, is an avid genealogy researcher and senior designer of the Generations family heritage software line from Sierra Home. He has traced his family roots back to the 13th century, with links uncovered in his family to Salem witches, Mayflower passengers, Scottish nobility, and both Union & Confederate soldiers. Elon is following in the footsteps of his great-great-aunt, a noted genealogist and Fellow of the Institute of American Genealogy.

    Cyndi Howells is one of the foremost Internet genealogists, author of Netting Your Ancestors and creator of the award winning site www.cyndislist.com. Cyndi's List provides 41,100 genealogy web links, classified in more than 100 different categories.

    How To Participate:

  • On Saturday, March 6 interested participants can connect via the Internet to www.talkspot.com
  • Select the Generations show on the Life & Explorations Channel and choose a log-in name. Then just listen, watch, interact and have fun!


  • Ontario Archives Reading Room Closed
    Jan 1999
    The Archives of Ontario Reading Room will be closed from 5.30 on Friday 22 January 1999, and stay closed until Tuesday morning, 26 January. This is to allow for some ventilation and electrical work to be done
    Thanks to Doris Bourrie


    New Year of Vital Statistics In 1998
    17 Jun 1998
    The Archives of Ontario have released one more year's vital stats records in the Reading Room. They are now up to 1901 for births; 1916 for Marriages; 1926 for deaths
    Thanks to Doris Bourrie


    1911 Census Announced as Last Public Census
    28 Apr 1998
    "Statistics Canada has decided that the 1911 census is the LAST one which will be made public". To find out more about this appalling decision and to submit your protest, please read Do You Ever Want To See Another Census?
    Thanks to Patty Low for sending in this article


    Presbyterian Church Archives Moves
    2 Apr 1998
    The Presbyterian Church Archives has moved to a new location. Their new address is 58 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ont. M3C 1J7. Phone: (416) 441-1111. They will be open again about 6 April 1998
    Thanks to Thelma Collens for this info



    Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar '98
    11 Mar 1998
    Registration material for the Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar '98 is now available on the Seminar web page
    Thanks to Dennis Mulligan for this info

    Visit the McCurdy collection - a virtual exhibit of photographs and text that gives an insight to the lives of some of Ontario's early black settlers. Presented by the Archives of Ontario, in co-operation with the Ontario Black History Society. You can find this exhibit on the Archives of Ontario's website. Ian E. Wilson, Archivist of Ontario

    Visitez le fonds McCurdy - une exposition virtuelle de photos et de textes, qui vous donne un aperçu de la vie de quelques-uns des premiers colons noirs de l'Ontario. Présentée par les Archives publiques de l'Ontario, avec la coopération de la Société d'histoire des Noirs de l'Ontario. Vous pouvez trouver cette exposition sur le site Web des Archives publiques de l'Ontario. Ian E. Wilson, Archiviste de l'Ontario
    Thanks to Fawne Devai for this info


    Kawartha Family History Chat
    9 Feb 1998
    Kawartha Ancestral Research Association's The Family History CHAT Link is fixed and back on line 24 hours a day! The service is provided through an aplet arrangement with ParaChat. Users can see who is on line, and communicate live by typing their messages on the screen. Once they press enter, their message, or reply, appears on the screen for everyone who is in the Chat conference. It is a very viable alternative to long distance telephone calls. By activating the "private chat" option, any 2 users can chat without their message being visible to all. However the very purpose of the thing is to have a party line chat about genealogy. The single greatest shortcoming of the system is it just doesn't work well with Windows 3.1(.2) At some point in time when we are assured that the majority of people have switched to Windows 95 we'll eliminate the typing and have a live "voice" chat page. All Windows 95 users have the capacity to do this, and the technology is already in place on the KARA Webpage to facilitate such a meeting. Please tell everyone to use the ParaChat :-) - from Art Dainton (Thanks Art!)


    Scattering of Seeds: 13 Part Series on Canada's First Immigrants
    7 Jan 1998
    If you subscribe to Canada's History Channel, watch out for the following series:
    Scattering of Seeds -- This 13-part series profiles some of Canada's first immigrants and their triumphant tales. The opener tells the inspiring story of Russian Jews who overcame persecution in their homeland to find prosperity in Calgary. The family's contributions to Canada are impressive: Morris, one of Judah and Chasia Shumiatcher's 11 children, founded the Smithbilt Hat Company, makers of the official white cowboy hat used in the 1988 Calgary Olympics, while others became lawyers, filmmakers and scientists. Future episodes look at Ontario's Mennonites and Japanese-Canadians during WWII.
    This series is scheduled to start Wednesday, January 14, 1998. Check your local TV listings

    Global Genealogical Supply is now offering The Global Gazette - Canada's Genealogy & Heritage On-Line Newsletter. A free service! To subscribe go to http://globalgenealogy.com/gazette.htm


    New Year of Vital Statistics in 1997
    1 Dec 1997
    Another year for the Ontario Vital Statistics is out this week
  • Births 1869-1900
  • Marriage 1869-1915
  • Deaths 1869-1925
    Thanks to Wanda (uovgen mailing list) for sending out this info!




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