Monday, November 14, 2005

Family Histories Online

Brigham Young University Library in Utah in cooperation with The Genealogical Society of Utah brings you Family History Archive. This repository contains family histories which have been scanned and indexed for use by Family Historians. If you search for Canada in the "Geographic Area" search box, over 100 results are displayed.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Heritage Photos Online

I try to read as many genealogy blogs, newsletters, websites, etc. as possible to find out about Canadian content for family historians. In reading a posting on Genealogy Blog about old family photos online (nothing Canadian, sorry!) I realized that I've missed pointing out a great Canadian photo resource: Images Canada. Images Canada is a heritage photo portal hosted by the Library and Archives Canada. Its database is actually made up of the photo collections created and maintained by its Partners, as well as Photo Essays and Photo Trails. An excellent resource to use with students as well as family historians.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

1898 Civil Service List of Canada

Now available at Family Tree Connection, the 1898 Civil Service List of Canada includes the following information:
Containing the Names of all persons employed in the several Departments of the Civil Service, together with those employed in the two Houses of Parliament, on the 1st July, 1898, showing date of first Appointment, promotion to present Rank, Age, and Salary in each case.
Searching is free, but you do have to buy a subscription to have full access.

Halifax Public Libraries: Roots to the Past

Joanne McCarthy, Reference Librarian at the Halifax Public Libraries, recently made the announcement that the Halifax Explosion of 1917 is the featured resource on their website: Roots to the Past. Click here to learn more about this historic and tragic event, and be sure to delve into the wealth of information offered for both genealogy and local history researchers!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


I was very fortunate to meet Paul McGrath of this summer. He was very helpful to me in setting up for my presentation to researchers who attended the Ontario Day held in August by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. In return, I learned a lot about his work and involvement with many incredible Toronto resources: 1853 City of Toronto Tax Assessments Online, Toronto 1901 Census Street Finder, Toronto 1911 Census Street Finder, and List of Toronto Streets from 1842-1901 by ward.

Paul and his associate, Liam Coleman, have also made available a searchable database of Ontario Microfilm that includes genealogies, county atlases and church records in addition to the births, marriages and deaths to which we're all accustomed. Wherever possible, both the Archives of Ontario Reel number and LDS Reel numbers are included.