Monthly Archives: May 2014

This week’s crème de la crème — May 31, 2014

Here are some of my favourite bijoux. Blogs What the Hell is a DIT Name? by Tim Firkowski on The Genealogy Assistant: A Family History Detective. Starting Points: Researching Canadian Immigration and Ethnic History by Jan Raska on Canadian Museum … Continue reading

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FamilySearch adds more than 600,000 Quebec notarial records to its collection

FamilySearch has added more than 600,000 records to its Quebec, Notarial records collection, 1800 – 1920 for a total of more than 4.9 million records available online. The images of notarial records are arranged by locality, then notary, then time period, … Continue reading


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Empress of Ireland exhibit at Canadian Museum of History

To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, an exhibit will open tomorrow, on May 30, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec and will continue until April 6, 2015. The exhibit was developed in … Continue reading

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100 years ago today Empress of Ireland leaves Port of Quebec

On May 28, 1914, the Empress of Ireland left the Port of Quebec at 4:10 p.m., headed up the St. Lawrence River for Liverpool, England. Several hours later, at 1:55 a.m., near Sainte-Luce-sur-mer, the Empress of Ireland collided with the Norwegian coal ship, … Continue reading

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Loyalist refugees in lower Quebec

Global Heritage Press recently published Loyalist Refugees, Non-Military Refugees in Quebec 1776-1784, by Gavin K. Watt, about the family members who accompanied the Loyalist fighting men who fled the US during the American Revolution. According to the publisher, “This book … Continue reading

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Podcast with Irish genealogist and author John Grenham

If you have Irish ancestry, I encourage you to listen to Marian Pierre-Louis’ interview with John Grenham, author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, in a one-hour podcast. Mr. Grenham’s book is often described as the definitive book on Irish genealogy. The interview is like a … Continue reading

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Guide to Canadian Jewish Genealogical Research a useful resource for researchers of all backgrounds

It is amazing what I find when I get lost and distracted on the internet. I have no idea what I was looking at, but before I knew it, I had clicked on several links and discovered the JewishGen website. More importantly, I … Continue reading

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Lecture about the Patriots

As part of the lecture series organized by the Société de Généalogie Vaudreuil-Cavagnal with the Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion, Gilles Laporte will speak on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m., about Les clans familiaux chez les Patriotes. Monsieur Laporte is a … Continue reading

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Latest batch of British WWI unit diaries now online

The National Archives announced a couple of days ago that it has made a third batch of WWI unit war diaries from France and Flanders available online through its First World War 100 portal. The unit war diaries provide accounts … Continue reading

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Southern California Genealogical Society offers free live-streamed sessions

From Friday to Sunday, June 6 – 8, we have an incredible opportunity to watch 14 live streamed sessions at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s (SCGS) Jamboree. All will be available for free, but you must register. I “attended” most of … Continue reading

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