Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ontario Time Machine: Really Old Books!

Maybe not completely related to genealogy, but you never know what ancestor you might find IN one of these books!

The Ontario Time Machine is a database of full-text books covering the period from the 1750s until World War I, and is a project of Toronto Public Library in conjunction with Hamilton and Kingston Frontenac Public Libraries and the Ontario Ministry of Culture. It's curriculum based, and is

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Wired Genealogy: OGS Annual Conference

The Ontario Genealogical Society's annual conference happens this spring: May 30-June 1 at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. The theme is Wired Genealogy, and includes experts from Dick Eastman to Fawne Stratford-Devai to Geoffrey D. Rasmussen among the 46 speakers who will be discussing EVERYTHING related to genealogy, the internet, and computers/software. A very affordable learning experience, so don't miss out!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Canadian Genealogy Centre - Update

The Canadian Genealogy Centre of Library and Archives Canada has changed quite a bit over the past year or so. What's really nice is the Ancestors Search on the very first page which searches all of their databases at once. It will pull information from the Soldiers of the First World War database, Court Martials of WWI, the 1871 Ontario census, Immigration and Citizenship resources like the Home Children database, and many, many more.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Global Genealogy Workshops

If you happen to be in the Campbellville area, be sure to check out the Workshops available through Global Genealogy. They range from instruction on popular family history software, to research methods, to how to stay organized. Rick and Sandy are known for the expertise they provide both in their own courses as well as the other instructors whom they bring in. Not in the area and need to know what events are taking place closer to home? Their free calendar of events is just the resource for you if you're within Canada and the US. If you have an event to advertise, be sure to submit it to this list.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Quebec City Is 400 Years Old!

That's right, and in honour of the occasion, has published Companions of Champlain: Founding Families of Quebec, 1608-1635. From their website:
Drawing on primary and reliable secondary sources, this work provides readers with a concise historical overview of the founding of Quebec and French-Canadian culture. It also supplies readers with the research tools necessary to link their family lines with those of the original 18 pioneer families who inhabited Quebec during the lifetime of the city’s founder, Samuel de Champlain.
Now, based on a comment I've seen about this book on Dick Eastman's blog, the s&h fees are quite high compared to the price of the book, so I'll repeat my suggestion that I posted as a comment there: Make this title a suggested purchase to your local public library. If it's not the type of purchase they'll typically make, try requesting it from that same public library as an InterLibrary Loan! You may have to wait a while especially since it's a new publication, but it may be worth it.

The families covered in this title are as follows:
Amiot/Amyot, Boucher, Bourdon, Cloutier, Cote/Coste, Couillard/Couillart, Delaunay, Desportes, Giffard, Guyon, Hebert, Juchereau, Langlois, Marsolet, Martin, Nicolet, Pinguet, and Tardif/Letardif.

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The CanadianLibGenie is going on the road!

The Southern Ontario Library Service's Spring Workshops will include yours truly! I'm very excited to be presenting 1/2 day workshops in five locations in Southern Ontario on Genealogical Policy, How-Tos, Resources and Community Programming Partnerships. Registration opens on February 11th and the full brochure is available here.

Here are the dates and locations for your quick reference:
Friday, April 25, 2008: 1-4pm - Brockville Public Library
Friday, May 2, 2008: 1-4pm - London Public Library – Westmount branch
Friday, May 9, 2008: 1-4pm - Barrie Public Library
Friday, June 6, 2008: 1-4pm - County of Brant Public Library – Paris
Friday, June 13, 2008: 1-4pm - Port Hope Public Library – Port Hope

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