Category Archives: Canada

Got a couple of minutes to celebrate Canada Day?

Canada Day, or any day such as today, is a good time to watch two of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes about Sir John A. Macdonald at the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, which launched Confederation, and about Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s incredible contributions to bringing … Continue reading


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New WWI Canadian records added to Ancestry

I learned from John D. Reid’s blog, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections, that Ancestry has added the following Canadian WWI records. Canada, Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919, 1,210 records This relatively small database is from the records of … Continue reading

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Celebrate Canada Day with free access to Canadian records offers free access to all 235 million Canadian records on its website until Canada Day, July 1, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.To view these records, you will need to register for free with with your name and email address. Once you … Continue reading

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Toronto Star donates more than one million photos

The Toronto Star has donated more than one million photographs, spanning the years 1900 to 1999, to the Toronto Public Library. This collection represents the Star‘s entire photo archive. Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank said: “These remarkable photos will now … Continue reading

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Day one for new Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Library and Archives Canada today welcomes Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada. He had served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since June 22, 2009. Details about Dr. Berthiaume’s background … Continue reading

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FamilySearch updates Canadian records collection

This past week, FamilySearch updated its Canadian records collection. British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971. Pre-emptions are purchased land that has not been fully surveyed. The registers summarize the information from the pre-emption certificates. The pre-emptions are listed in registration number order, … Continue reading

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Laura Secord Day

Tomorrow, June 21, is Laura Secord Day, which means free admission at the Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston, Ontario and several talks and performances on the property, including a presentation by historian David Hemmings about the Canadian heroine’s family history. … Continue reading

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LAC expands database of service files of WWII casualties

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) recently launched an updated and expanded version of the Service Files of the Second World War – War Dead, 1939-1947 database. Researchers can now access more than 1,000 complete digitized service files for Canadian servicemen … Continue reading

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Canadian deaths 1878-1886

If you are looking for deaths in Canada between 1878 and 1886, you may find them in the Abstracts from The Dominion Annual Register and Review. When you find a name that interests you, look at the digitized version of the … Continue reading

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A story about a 100-year-old postcard and why we should scan and share our historical documents

An article in the Calgary Herald, Postcard reunited family 100 years after sinking of Empress of Ireland, is an example of why it is important we scan and share as many of our historical documents and photos as possible. Calgary resident … Continue reading

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