New books in LAC’s Genealogy Services Collection

Books01Library and Archives Canada posted on its blog a list of new books available in its Genealogy Services Collection. Among the books listed, the following are about Quebec and Quebec families.

Family Histories

L’ancêtre des familles Kirouac en Amérique, son épouse et leurs fils : synthèse d’une recherche généalogique effectuée de 1978 à 2013, by François Kirouac.

Barthélemy Verreau, premier Verreau en Nouvelle-France, by Jean-Marie Verreault.

Les 100 ans de Taschereau, by the Comité du 100e anniversaire de Taschereau (Québec).

Dictionnaire généalogique des familles Audet et Lapointe, 1663-2013, by the Association des descendants de Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe.

Généalogie de la famille Bournival, by Gilbert Bournival for the Regroupement des Bournival d’Amérique.

Hanrick / Handrick / Hendrick Family of County Wicklow, Ireland and West Québec, Canada, by Della Hendrick Dupuis.

Labossière : descendant, 1878-2006, by the Labossière Family Association.

Les mariages Dumas du Québec et des régions avoisinantes, by Michèle Dumas.

Ethnic and Local Histories

Les filles du Roy (1663-1673) : Champlain, Batiscan, Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, edited by Jean-Pierre Chartier.

Répertoire des mariages (1895-1986), baptêmes (1895-1986), sépultures (1895-2012), St-Jean-Baptiste de Cap-aux-Os : avec notes marginales, edited by Donat Fournier, Serge Ouellet, Élaine Réhel.

The entire list of books and details are available in the LAC blog post here.

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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 be easily available to students, researchers and all the people of Toronto. We believe this collection will help all Torontonians better understand our past and appreciate our future.”

By July 7, the majority of the images will be publicly available in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library. Some of them will also be available on the library’s digital archive in the near future.

According to John Honderich, chair of Torstar Corp. and a former publisher of the Toronto Star, the collection includes “some of the most iconic photographs of the city” and captures “both the times of triumphs and the times of despair over a century in the life of Toronto.”

Toronto’s outgoing chief librarian Jane Pyper said: “This photo archive is believed to be the only complete archive of Canadian news photographs spanning the entire 20th century.”

The donation is one of the ways the Star is working with other institutions in the city to “create a lasting legacy for the people of Toronto.”

The Toronto Star Archives are available online on a subscription basis.

The article about the photo collection donation is available here.

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40% off genealogy boot camps

Thomas MacEntee’s Hack Genealogy has announced 40% off all digital downloads from his genealogy boot camp series.

The available boot camps, with handouts, are:

  • Self-Publishing Boot Camp
  • Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp
  • Genealogy Writing Boot Camp

The sale price for personal use of each boot camp is $7.77 US. Do the math. That price is probably cheaper than a couple of coffees at Starbucks — and you will derive even more pleasure from a genealogy boot camp.

This offer includes the commercial version of the boot camps for $23.67 US, which is especially interesting for genealogy societies and organizations that want to broadcast a webinar at an upcoming meeting and distribute copies of the handouts.

The commercial version of the Genealogy Writing Boot Camp would be ideal for a family history writing special interest group. If your society is unable to purchase it, members may each be willing to chip in a toonie (couple of bucks) to order.

In January, I signed up for the personal Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp and watched it live. It was well worth the price of admission, and I have digital access to this boot camp and the handouts for one year. I will most likely purchase the Genealogy Writing Boot Camp. After all, I can never pass up a good bargain.

Read about the Boot Camp offer here.

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FamilySearch offers free Scottish research webinar series

From June 23 to 27, FamilySearch offers a free webinar series about research in Scotland. These webinars are part of a series of webinars that will be made available on a monthly basis through the coming year. This sounds like an incredible opportunity.

Although I had been told the webinars would be archived, that does not appear to be the case. I have just learned that they are being offered as a trial run and will not be recorded.

Here is the schedule. Note that the times listed are in Mountain time.

Class: Scotland Maps and Gazetteers
When: June 23, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Websites
When: June 23, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Census Records
When: June 24, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Church Records
When: June 24, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Civil Registration
When: June 25, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Probate Records
When: June 25, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Poor Law
When: June 26, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Emigration
When: June 26, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Class: Scotland Land Records
When: June 27, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Class: Scotland Naming Patterns and Clans
When: June 27, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Details here.

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Joyeuse Fête de la Saint-Jean

Today marks the 180th edition of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec.

Quebec flagEarly French colonists introduced to North America the tradition of celebrating the summer solstice around the feast day of Saint John the Baptist. The patriotic tone of the Saint- Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations began in 1834. Earlier that year, Ludger Duvernay, an influential journalist, had visited the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montreal and was inspired to create a similar event for French Canadians.

Since 1908, St. John the Baptist has been the patron saint of Quebec.

Joyeuse Fête de la Saint-Jean!

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American soldiers and their children who died in Quebec during the War of 1812

While reading Vicky Lapointe’s blog, Quebec City’s history and its region, I came across a year-old post that made me realize that publishing burial information, in the hope a distant relative will learn about it, is not new. Even some people in the 19th century were doing it, albeit in newspapers.

On July 18, 1889, the Quebec Weekly Chronicle published a letter from Quebec City resident N. LeVasseur, who had found among some old manuscripts “a list of American soldiers who, with some of their children, died and were buried in Quebec, during the second American war in Canada, in 1812, 1813, 1814 and 1815.”

Evening View from the Citadel, Quebec by Millicent Mary Chaplin. Library and Archives Canada, C-000859.

Evening View from the Citadel, Quebec by Millicent Mary Chaplin. Library and Archives Canada, C-000859.

Mr. LeVasseur explained in the letter his reasons for sharing the list. “The following list which is extracted from the registers of the English Metropolitan Church of Quebec, may be of some interest specially to the relatives of the unfortunate soldiers from the other side of the lines, who may be living somewhere in the United States or who may have settled in Canada.”

The transcribed letter and list are available on Quebec City’s history and region. In addition to this transcription, the blog contains many extracts from English-language newspapers in Quebec city, such as the Quebec Mercury and the Quebec Morning Chronicle.

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Findmypast buys Mocavo

Findmypast-Mocavo logosFindmypast, the British family history company, announced today it has acquired Mocavo, a US genealogy company. Judging by the buzz on Facebook and Twitter, this could be a good union for genealogists. The news arrives less than a week after Findmypast announced it had purchased

In a joint news release, Findmypast and Mocavo said: “Together Findmypast and Mocavo will create one of the fastest growing global genealogy businesses. The two companies will provide customers with easier access and more relevant information to help add colour and depth to family history. Additionally, they both remain committed to delivering on Mocavo’s promise to provide free access to family history records on an individual database level forever. Toward that commitment, Findmypast is announcing today that the full indexes to the US Census from 1790 to 1940 are available for free at”

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