Thursday, 18 April 2019

Family Tree DNA — DNA Day Sale

Up to 30% off Family Tree DNA tests.

Includes $200 US off the BigY 700 test which examines 700 short tandem repeats and 100K SNPs on the Y chromosome.
Now $449 US, for a limited time.

Town Plans for 1820s Scotland

The National Library of Scotland has placed online a digitized collection of over 60 town plan maps of Scottish towns by mapmaker John Wood (1780-1747).

If your ancestor set sail from Stornoway for Canada the Plan of the Town and Harbour of Stornaway, Island of Lewis, from actual survey. 1821 might be of interest.

From 1822 there's Map of the ten parishes within the Royalty and the parishes of Gorbals Barony of Glasgow

Each map is linked to a description from an 1828 publication Principal Towns of Scotland to Accompany Wood's Town Atlas from the Internet Archive.

Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives DHCP Funded Project

The following is an extract from a 16 April AMBA press release giving details on one of the 12 Ontario Documentary Heritage Communities Program projects funded by the LAC for 2019-20.

ARNPRIOR, ON— The Ottawa Valley has a deep and rich history linked to the lumbering industry and one of the most influential people from that era was Daniel McLachlin. McLachlin was a lumber baron, entrepreneur and politician. He is considered by many to be the true founder of the Town of Arnprior.

As part of its mandate to acquire, preserve and make accessible important historical documents relating to our local region, the Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives (AMBA) is launching a new project to explore McLachlin’s legacy. The project will digitize and provide online access to the historic letters, ledgers, maps, plans and images from that era. From shanty accounts to personal correspondence, we will shed light on the life and activities of one of Arnprior's most influential residents.

Funding for this project comes from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The DHCP provides $1.5 million annually to support projects by archives, libraries and documentary heritage institutions throughout Canada. AMBA will receive $49,568 in 2019-2020 for its project Daniel McLachlin's Legacy: Exploring the Lumber Era of the Ottawa Valley.

Work will begin shortly with the goal to finish in Winter/Spring 2020. A launch date for the online material will be announced closer to the completion of the project.

I spoke to Emma Carey, AMBA Archivist to find out more details. The project will digitize and provide online access to the historic letters, ledgers, maps, plans and images from approximately 1852 to 1929. Besides protecting the delicate originals from further handling, it will provide access to rare documents of the timber industry. These include a 1890/91 shanty accounts ledger; a circa 1900 manuscript on life in the lumber camps with 80+ images; timber limit maps; and plans of piers, mills, railways, and a log slide. McLachlin’s 600+ letters from 1834 to 1857 provide insight into both the business and personal life of this community leader.

While some of the digitization will be outsourced much of the delicate and oversize material will be processed within the archives by community volunteers using newly purchased equipment. The AMBA website will be updated to create more dynamic user experiences. This will include an image zoomer (for looking closely at large digitized maps); a map feature to link photographs and documents with geographical locations and, a flipbook viewer for more easily viewing the manuscript and ledger books.

Questions and comments on the project may be forwarded to:
Emma Carey
Consulting Archivist
Arnprior and McNab/Braeside Archives

Quinte Branch OGS April Meeting

For its meeting on 20 April, 1-3 pm, Quinte Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society presents
"Early Loyalist Roots of the Lower Hudson River Valley and New York" presented by Brian Laurie-Beaumont.

Everyone welcome, bring a friend to Quinte West Public Library, 7 Creswell Dr, Trenton.

Additional information at and

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Many Families, Issue No. 4

I've been following progress on Tad and Terry Findlay's project to produce magazine format books on their family histories. The first issue came out in 2015 with the objective of producing one a year. Three came out on schedule, No. 3 in June 2017. Then life got in the way!

Last weekend Terry slipped me a copy of No. 4 which I insisted on paying for, they're that good. The contents in this issue are 11 articles on the Mason and four on the Girling families, 12 on the First World War and nine on Researching. That's 36 articles in 144 pages. About half the space is taken up with photos, maps and other visual material so the average article is two pages, many in the Research section are just a single page. Even with much white space narrow margins means there's no skimping on textual substance.
Some of the longer articles are: No Ordinary Story, Fraternal Societies in Early Ottawa, Go West Young Man, Canadian Expeditionary Force: A Primer, He Never Talked About It (26 pages including images), The Raid That Saved His Life,  Casualty Evacuation: From the Western Front to Blighty, 1918, Writing about Ancestors with Unknown Military Service, He Fought at Passchendaele.

In posts on previous issues, I've commented on what I like, and that hasn't changed:

The articles are a model of research and writing;
The thrill of discovery is shared;
The layout is superb, an inspiration;
The content is more than just about the families.

In reading some of the articles on the Mason family I was struck by how there was more than one instance where no conclusion about a genealogical fact could be drawn. Many of us would be deterred from writing, insisting more research is needed. Terry demonstrates the thrill that draws readers in is the chase.

Another thing demonstrated near the start of the volume is that the very best way to find an error in your writing is to publish. It's minor but would grant someone an extra two months or life.

Posts on the previous issues are:

Comments and queries to Terry and Tad at

StatsCan Publishes Historic Data on Seniors Internet Use

Extract from Statistics Canada Infographic
An infographic on seniors internet use just published by StatsCan is based on the General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home), 2016 and General Social Survey (Social Identity), 2013. Three-year-old data!

It's not as if StatsCan isn't aware of the importance of timely information as indicated in the recently tabled Departmental Plan 2019–20.

The Minister mentions the organization is working toward timely information:
The agency is also modernizing to keep pace with today’s data-driven economy and society, aiming to provide more timely, detailed and high-quality data and insight. 

The Chief Statistician notes the organization has a reputation for timeliness:
Statistics Canada has earned its reputation as a world-renowned statistical agency that provides high-quality, timely and credible data that responds to the information needs of Canadians. 

Three-year-old data! The Chief Statistician should stop deluding himself about timeliness at StatsCan. Just look at the UK Office of National Statistics, for example. They publish estimates of deaths weekly, the latest is for the week ending 29 March 2019. StatsCan publishes deaths by month, the most recent being for December 2017.

Sadly, despite the word timely appearing in the Departmental Plan nine times not one of the departmental result indicators refers to timeliness.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

YouTube: The Rise of Genetic Genealogy as a Citizen Science

From Maurice Gleeson, ISOGG Educational Ambassador, a short lecture presented at the Personal Genomes: accessing, sharing & interpretation conference, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK on 11-12th April 2019.


The Great Migration Parish Web Mapping App

Why am I mentioning this web mapping app showing the last-known parish for all 1,795 emigrants whose origin is confirmed, about a third of the nearly 5,700 emigrants who left England (and a few other places) for New England between 1620 and 1640?
It would be interesting to see a similar map for, say, British home children, war brides, those interred in a particular cemetery.

Perth & District Historical Society April Meeting

The following is a notice from the Perth & District Historical Society.

Thursday, April 18, 2019- 7:30pm

Architectural Conservation of Wooden Heritage Buildings

Presented by Jack Hollinger.

Although our Society’s mission is primarily to learn about our local history, culture and heritage, we sometimes take a circuitous route to it. For this month’s meeting, we will go beyond our local borders to a wider world of heritage buildings of our area, of Canada and abroad.
All too often, the focus of the study of our heritage, and activities to protect it are on the old stories and records, and we overlook the physical structures in which it all took place – and which have their own stories to relate. Unfortunately, this aspect is, at times, forgotten until it is too late, and the cost of restoring too high. For many reasons, stone buildings usually receive a higher priority for restoration (note the present work on Parliament Hill). Wooden structures, despite being equally significant to our heritage, are often overlooked, because they are more susceptible to the ravages of time and neglect. Consider the old wooden barns of this area or the traditional wooden grain elevators of the Prairies. The restoration of such structures requires different technology, as well as a more sensitive approach.
Jack Hollinger, our guest for this month, grew up in Ferguson’s Falls and attended PDCI. His post-secondary education includes two undergraduate degrees from Queen’s University, plus programmes in Heritage Carpentry and Joinery at Algonquin College – Perth Campus. At the Perth Campus, he has been teaching the Heritage Carpentry and Joinery programme for the past 10 years and overseeing it for the past four years. He admits to a passion for trees, wood and the things we can make with it, with a special interest in traditional methodologies. Hollinger and his wife of 15 years, Donna Klassen, have two sons.
Jack’s work experiences have taken him to The Northwest Territories, the Laurentians of northern Quebec, Lanark County and Colorado. Further afield, he has been to Norway to study wood architectural conservation, especially their unique stave churches, most recently as a guest instructor on traditional wooden building techniques for ICCROM in Oslo Norway. In addition to the Norwegian experience, he was chosen to be a member of a group of heritage carpenters and professionals from around the world for a course on wooden architectural preservation focussing on the restoration of the most iconic Church if the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island, Karelia in northwestern Russia.
Jack Hollinger will talk to us about traditional craftsmanship in the Russian North, Norway and Canada. He will review the differences between these locations, what we can learn, where the field of heritage carpentry can contribute to preserving our history, and lessons that can be applied to looking after our own neighbourhood. Such are the benefits of having a world-class heritage carpentry professional in our midst!

Please join us at Perth's Royal Canadian Legion,
26 Beckwith Street E., Perth, (Toonie Donation).

Monday, 15 April 2019

Passing the Gloucester Chain of Office

On Sunday afternoon a bit of history was made when the green and gold mayoral chain of office for the former City of Gloucester was passed from the last Gloucester mayor, Claudette Cain, to Ottawa mayor Jim Watson.
The ceremonial chain, which had been in the custody of the Gloucester Historical Society, joins those of the other municipalities amalgamated with Ottawa in the care of the Ottawa City Archives. City Archivist Paul Henry was present to take custody at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Ancestry updates UK Death Indexes

Sourced by Ancestry from the company Wilmington Millennium, West Yorkshire, these updated records give you a 50/50 chance of finding an entry for the event during the time period.

Scotland and Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2017 has 526,913 records covering approximately 45% of the total deaths that occurred in this time period.

England and Wales, Death Index, 2007-2017 includes 2,194,898 records covering approximately 55% of the total deaths that occurred in this time period.

Each entry gives name, gender, age, birth date (from age), death date, last residence (town), postal code (the first part giving better resolution than the last residence).

FreeBMD April Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Friday 12 April 2019 and to contain 269,607,959 unique records (269,239,094 at previous update).
Years with major additions, greater than 5,000 records, are: for births 1964, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984-87; for marriages 1965, 1980, 1984-85; for deaths 1983-86.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Library and Archives Canada Departmental Plan 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Departmental Plans, including that for Library and Archives Canada, were tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday 11 April 2019.

LAC's 2019-2020 Main Estimates expenditure is $94 million. That compares to $60 million for 2018-2019. Spending increases because of almost 35 million dollars dedicated to substantial completion of construction of a new facility for the preservation of analogue documents in Gatineau, Quebec.

Focusing on the part of LAC's activity of most interest to genealogists "Providing access to documentary heritage", Main Estimates expenditure for 2019-2020 is $31 million, unchanged from the previous year and maintained in the following year forecast after which it increases by $9 million to support the LAC - Ottawa Public Library new joint facility at 555 Albert. The 2019-2020 human resources of 287 FTEs, up from 243 FTEs in 2018-2019 is planned to decrease in subsequent years because of the discontinuation of funding for the Indigenous languages and culture preservation initiative announced in Budget 2017.

What do we get for the money? For 2019–2020, while many ongoing initiatives will continue such as loans to organizations outside the NCR:

- LAC will begin developing a virtual reading room and will digitize the finding aids and reference tools held at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa.

- LAC will continue to develop new tools to enhance access to its collection. It will improve the online search experience by indexing additional databases.

- Co-Lab builds in new functionalities and proposing new (transcription and description) challenges to its users (and) restores full value to digitized documents by making them more searchable and accessible; for example, for clients who use a voice synthesizer or screen reader.

- We Are Here: Sharing Stories will see the digitization of hundreds of thousands of documents, photographs, maps and other material of importance to Indigenous communities as well as the creation of online content.

Listen, Hear Our Voices will continue to provide Indigenous communities with the support required to preserve their oral recordings. To this end, LAC will provide services to communities, such as digitization, deposit preservation, and the development of a catalogue of existing expressions.

- LAC will test a new way to increase the visibility and accessibility of its collection. It will conduct two pilot projects to develop an augmented reality application, i.e., a virtual interface that can enrich reality by superimposing complementary information on it. One relates to the Dominion Textile collection and related LAC material, and the other to the Proclamation of the Constitution Act.

Comment:  As in the bottom right of the word cloud, continue is a theme this year. Indexing additional databases is mentioned without any detail. Major or minor? I was surprised to find digitization of Vernon directories from the LAC collection being undertaken by FamilySearch is not mentioned. In fact no mention of OCR initiatives at all. One file I processed through DigiLab into a pdf was then OCRd, nothing like a perfect transcription of course. No indication of whether this will become available in a searchable format when LAC makes it available online. If not why not? And why not for other files?

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Ancestry Improves Public Profile and Messaging
If you have a public profile for your Ancestry account, and if you use the messaging application to communicate with matches you'll find changes, mostly improvements being made in the next few days, if not already.

Book Review: Orphans of Empire
"The spirit of William Hogarth runs vividly through Orphans of Empire, Professor Helen Berry’s latest book, which explores the story of what happened to the orphaned or abandoned children of London’s Foundling Hospital ... the brainchild of Thomas Coram."

Rage Against the Machines (pdf)
A study of the Swing Riots of the 1830s in England using digitized newspapers brings new insights to the diffusion of the threshing machine and severe labour unrest in wheat-growing areas which was mitigated in parishes where more generous Poo Poor Law support was provided.
The pdf was a very slow download.

Methodist History
Links at, and — a tip from Jane MacNamara who was impressed with the content and usability. BTW: check out Jane's blog Where the story takes me… for well researched Ontario posts back to 2012.

Google Search Refinement
You can now limit your results from a Google search by adding before:yyyy and/or after:yyyy, or get more precise using dd/mm/yyyy.

Google's Amnesia
Google seems to have stopped comprehensively indexing the internet for its Search. Certain old websites — those more than 10 years old — may not show up through Google search. Lifehacker suggests alternatives. BTW, if you're concerned about the lack of privacy on Google try DuckDuckGo — not as good as Google but pretty good.

Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds
From the New Yorker. It's from 2017 so some of the "current" references are dated.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Findmypast Focus on Devon

A relatively modest addition this week, over 23,000 new records from the English county of Devon.

Devon, Port Books
This new collection covers ships administered in the Devon ports of Appledore, Barnstaple and Bideford between 1595 and 1705. The 7,764 records reveal:

The names of the ship's masters and merchants
The ship's name and the year it was entered in the port book
The ship's cargo, tonnage and trade type
The ship's registry, administration, departure and destination ports

Devon Baptisms
Four early Devon parish registers, from the 1500s to 1750 are added:

Appledore, Independent Chapel
Appledore, Ebenezer Baptist Chapel
Appledore, Methodist Chapel
Bideford, Methodist Circuit

With these additions, the total Devon Baptisms collection is 2,706,855 records from 1529 to 1999.

Devon Burials
Devon burial records are augmented with those from the parish of Northam. The collection now totals 2,110,592 records from 1320 to 1988.

Devon, Land Tax and Valuation Records
Records from Northam and Clovelly have been added to this collection giving information on:

The land owner's and occupier's names
The year or year range that the events were recorded
The year the valuation took place
The sum of money paid on the property.

There are now 259,054 records from 1777 to 1910.

Lost Ottawa Presentation

Friday, 12 April 2019

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, by John Grenham - 5th edition published

Claire Santry, no mean author herself, blogs on the new 68-page paperback edition of this standard reference for Irish genealogy commenting:

There are new sections of text about Genetic Genealogy, the online arrival of the National Library of Ireland's RC Registers, an overview of the major online sites, and tips and techniques to overcome the inconsistencies of some of the search engines. 


...most of the extra 110 pages have been used is to dramatically extend Chapter 8 - Emigration and the Irish Abroad ...

The bad news  — "It will be launched in North America in due course."

The good news — "Now available via the Book Depository for €22.11/£21.60 with free postage worldwide." The Canadian dollar price — $28.20.

Event: The Story of Hazeldean

The original settlement of Hazeldean, formerly part of Goulbourn Township, in 1818 was by a group of “Loyal Protestants” and their families (15) who arrived mid-November after an arduous 45-day journey from Quebec. They had originally departed from Cork on 11 June 1818. The Hazeldean settlers were part of a group numbering 183 under leader Richard Talbot, mostly immigrants from in or near Cloghjordan, in Modreeny parish, County Tipperary.

On Saturday 13 April at 1:30 pm the Goulbourn Township Historical Society will host a presentation by Roger Young, Society Director and retired Anglican priest who has a direct family connection to the community, on The Story of Hazeldean. The location is the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

All welcome. Parking and refreshments are free.

Thanks to Patricia Barlosky for the tip.

Another good source for information and links to resources for The Talbot Settlers, 1818

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Documentary Heritage Communities Program Awards Announced

Word Cloud from DHCP Project Titles 2019-20
This year's round of the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program has 52 projects announced as recipients. The complete list is here.

All Provinces and Territories have projects funded, except the NorthWest Territories. Nearly two-thirds of the awards are for smaller projects worth less than $25K.

12 are for Ontario-based organizations and another from the Outaouais. Here's the complete Ontario list:
  • Daniel McLachlin's Legacy: Exploring the Lumber Era of the Ottawa Valley (Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives), Arnprior, $49,568;
  • Creating Community Access to Lobo Township Book Committee Fonds (Middlesex Centre Archives), Delaware, $13,500;
  • Digitization of the John Bertram & Sons Co. Fonds (Dundas Historical Society Museum), Dundas, $21,055;
  • Images of Ontario by George Hunter, RCA - Digitization and Preservation Project (Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation), Mississauga, $24,906;
  • Directory of Heritage Sites in Orléans (Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l'histoire d'Orléans), Ottawa (Orléans), $15,620;
  • The Wl Historical Documents: A Legacy to Canada (Federated Women Institute of Ontario), Stoney Creek, $100,000;
  • CLGA - Collection Processing Project Part 3 (Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives - CLGA), Toronto, $31,697;
  • TIFF's Ontario Film Collection Assessment + Inspection (Toronto International Film Festival Inc. - TIFF), Toronto, $48,085;
  • Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre's Digital Preservation Project (Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre), Toronto, $49,920;
  • Building Stronger Communities by Building on the Past: Sharing the Histories of Toronto’s Grassroots Community Groups (Connexions Archive & Library), Toronto, $49,220;
  • Increasing Community Access to Inuit Artistic Heritage (Inuit Art Foundation), Toronto, $49,723;
  • Digitizing and Providing Online Access to Testimonies of Canadian Immigrant and Ethnic Experiences (Multicultural History Society of Ontario), Toronto, $47,839.

OGS Kingston Branch April Meeting

On Saturday, 13 April 2019 Early Quakers in the Bay of Quinte and Kingston area is the topic for a presentation by Randy Saylor to the Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Toronto-based Randy Saylor was born in Trenton, Ontario, now retired, and interested in family roots and history for many years. His website Randy Saylor: Family & Bay of Quinte Records shares genealogical research and historical records of the early families who settled in the Bay of Quinte area of Upper Canada (now Ontario) from 1783 up to the 1850's.

The meeting is in the Sir John A. Macdonald Room at the Seniors Centre East, 56 Francis Street, Kingston starting at 9:30 a.m.

A note that the collection of Kingston Branch OGS is now available for all to use at the re-opened Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The new home is on the second floor reachable by elevator. The Branch library collection is included in the KFPL catalogue with the word GENEALOGY in its shelfmark.


A milestone ... the

published on this blog.

BIFHSGO April Meeting

Saturday, 13 April
9:00 am to 9:30 am
What’s in the BIFHSGO/OGS library for you? 

Pam Cooper of BIFHSGO and Grace Lewis of OGS will describe what the holdings in the BIFHSGO/OGS Ottawa Branch library offer to genealogists.

10:00 am to 11:30 am
All My Worldly Goods: Murder Mystery & a Personal Journey into the History of British Home Children

Maggie Wheeler will talk about what she discovered about Home Children while researching her latest novel, the newest addition to her popular series of murder mysteries set in the Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence Seaway,

About Maggie Wheeler
As the Seaway Valley’s “Queen of Crime,” Maggie Wheeler has spent almost two decades showcasing the social, cultural and psychological impact of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project on the Canadians it affected.

She is the author of the best-selling Lost Villages historical murder mystery series, which has garnered a nomination for the Ontario Premier’s Awards for the Arts, an Ontario Provincial Hansard, and Seeker’s Awards for Literary Artist of the Year in 2013 and 2018. In January 2017, Maggie was named Ottawa’s Favourite Female Author by FACES Magazine Annual Awards—and was again a finalist for the award in 2018. The Lost Villages series has been used to teach English and history from intermediate to post-secondary levels in Eastern Ontario and Upper New York State.

Since 2001, her work with the Seaway history has kept Maggie on the public speaking circuit and in the media at local, regional, national and academic levels. Her most recent contribution is the “Lost Villages” article for Historica Canada’s The Canadian Encyclopedia—the official national online resource for all things Canadiana. Maggie recently launched her fifth Lost Villages novel, All My Worldly Goods, researched and written with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Come join us at The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Open to the public

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

British Newspaper Archive Coverage

Every time I look at the British Newspaper Archive I wonder about why there never seems to be anything new of interest for my family history.
This bar chart shows part of the reason. On the basis of pages digitized, normalized for 1901 population, there is far more content for Ireland than other parts of the British Isles — more than twice as much for Ireland as England.
Not that all of England is so neglected. Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire (including Bristol) have more pages per capita than Ireland.
Others in the top ten English counties are Northumberland, Westmorland, Devon, Warwickshire, Cumberland, Buckinghamshire, and Suffolk. London comes in at 11th.
The most neglected counties are Middlesex, Surrey, Essex and Rutland.

The year with the best coverage is 1892.

Catholic Marriages in the Outaouais and Eastern Ontario

In her Gene-O-Rama presentation on Ottawa area genealogical resources at LAC last Saturday, Mary Munk mentioned Jacques-Henri Fabien (d. 1974) and the more than 250,000 index cards drawn mainly from parish registers he compiled. It covers mostly marriages from 1657 to 1974 with the marriage date, names of spouses and their fathers and mothers, as well as the parish where the event took place for the oldest Catholic parishes in the Outaouais area. They were made available on microfilm and subsequently in the Héritage collection. Search for Fabien and find digital microfilm reels H-1023 to H-1047, but not in numerical order and mixed with other films.
This table might help locate the film you need.

Surname RangeMicrofilm Number
A - BelairH-1023
Bellaire - BoisvertH-1024
Boisvert - BrunetH-1025
Brunet - CharbonneauH-1026
Charbonneau - ColeH-1027
Cole - DaveyH-1028
Davey - D'AurayH-1029
Dore - FaunelH-1030
Fauvette - GauthierH-1031
Gauthier - GuerinH-1032
Guerin - Joyal-LanfreniereH-1033
Joyal - LaframboiseH-1034
Laframboise - LaperiereH-1035
Laperriere - LeBlancH-1036
Leblanc - LeRoyH-1037
Le Royer - MartinH-1038
Martin - MenardH-1039
Menard - OakleyH-1040
Obery - PerierH-1041
Perier - ProvotH-1042
Provot - RochonH-1043
Rochon - SeguinH-1044
Seguin - TailleferH-1045
Taillefer - VezeauH-1046
Vezeau - ZH-1047

I would not spend times on this resource if you have ready access to the Drouin collection.

Quebec Family History Society April Meeting

Topic: The English in Early Montreal
Speaker: Gillian Leitch, Historian and Genealogist

Although the English have always been a large percentage of Montreal’s English speaking population, the city’s English have been little studied and little understood. Since the Conquest, the English have played a crucial role in the city development. They created very English institutions that preserved their sense of belonging to both Montreal, England and the Empire.

This talk will discuss the English in Montreal through their institutions such as the Anglican Church, the St. George’s Society and other uniquely English Associations through the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century.

Gillian Leitch’s PhD thesis, “The Importance of Being English?: Identity and Social Organisation in British Montreal, 1800-1850” was completed in 2007 at the Université de Montréal.

Saturday, April 13, 10:30 am
Briarwood Presbyterian Church Hall, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Last Minute Notice: Ancestry Essentials and Insider Tips in Pembroke

On Saturday the Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy Group will be holding a Spring Seminar on "Ancestry Essentials and Insider Tips" featuring spokesperson Lesley Anderson (just back from a Mediterranean cruise).

The seminar will be held at the Pembroke Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, 13 April 2019 from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Walk-ins welcome.  Although it's too late to order the catered lunch there's a Tim's and other fast food outlets close by.

See for further details.

Carleton County Wills at LAC

At her Gene-O-Rama presentation on Ottawa area genealogical resources at Library and Archives Canada Mary Munk mentioned an exceptional holding. While provincial records are generally not held at LAC an exception is a collection of microfilms for the Surrogate Court of Carleton County, Ontario from 1840 to 1902. They are numbers M-5477 to M-5504 and available self-service.

Otherwise, it's a matter of resorting to the Archives of Ontario, either by visiting or ordering in a microfilm copy. Confirmation of how backward the AO is in making these files available is at

Mary also mentioned a published index to part of those records available on the open shelves in the Genealogy and Family History Room on the 3rd floor at 395 Wellington. It's the Carleton County volume in the series Surrogate Court Index of Ontario, Canada 1859-1900 ( Wills ) published by Global Heritage Press.

All 27 county volumes of this index are available at the Ottawa Public Library Main and Nepean Centrepointe Libraries, the volumes for Carleton and surrounding counties are in the Ottawa Branch OGS library collection at the City Archives.

2021 Census Consultation Report

Just released by Statistics Canada is a report The 2021 Census of Population Consultation Results: What we heard from Canadians. It's based on input from 2,804 responses including 850 classified as the Public.

As the census is collected by Statistics Canada it's not surprising the emphasis is statistics.
"Data from the Census of Population are important for all communities and are vital for planning services that support employment, education and health care. Governments, businesses, associations, organizations and many others use these data to make important decisions. The census provides information that reflects Canada’s changing society and is the primary source of sociodemographic data for specific population groups such as lone-parent families, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, seniors and language groups."
The Stats Can mindset is evident. There is no acknowledgement of the importance of the census as a historical resource of interest for information on individuals.

Stats Can acknowledge input from genealogists in the following two paragraphs:
"Among the general public, demography and place of birth data stood out for their frequent use, reflecting the many responses from genealogists and individuals interested in family history."
"Other than LGBTQ2, gaps for demography and household composition tended to be reported by genealogists interested in the relationships between household members and marital status. Current content in the census questionnaire on demography and household composition otherwise appears to satisfy the great majority of information needs."
In the section on Immigration and Citizenship it was noted that:
"Non-government respondents tended to be interested in questions about ancestry, such as the precise place of birth of those born outside Canada and the place of birth of grandparents."